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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

Comrade Ogilvy Re:What Bankruptcy Means (448 comments)

The problem will never by solved by any plan which requires increased taxes because the federal government has never shown any inclination to apply revenue generated by increase taxes to debt reduction. New taxes always go to new spending.

Not only are you moving the goal posts, but you are using provably untrue assertions to make your case.

Whether a country is bankrupt or not depends on its ability to control its deficits. If the deficits are "small" and well managed, then economic growth and modest inflation can take of the long term debt.

The HBush and Clinton tax increases were a big help in bringing the US into the black for a few moments, it just took some years to do their work. You should look at the world as it is, not as you remember it in 1978.

about a month ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Comrade Ogilvy Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

There has been only ONE societal factor that has been found to satisfactorily correlate with the reduction in crime (see the movie Freakonomics, and that has been widely disputed.

Incorrect. The better explanation is reduction of childhood lead exposure. The correlations are extremely powerful, and map nicely down to the timing of lead reductions in individual states/provinces even in different countries.

So your claim that there is no major of model to explain reductions is simply wrong,. The lead theory works even in other countries where the dynamics around guns are very different from America. This apparent effect completely swamps the wiggle the pro- and anti-gun camps like to argue over.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Comrade Ogilvy Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

And in this case, that there is a C taking effect is indisputable, even if the exact details of C are less than perfectly clear. The simplistic pro- and anti-gun camps arguments both fail to describe reality.

about a month and a half ago
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Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Everyone prepare for Armageddon! (182 comments)

He also knows that for larger projects to fulfill promises made to investors, he must keep to schedule. To keep on schedule, he needs a reliable source of skilled labor. If the state is viewed as a craphole, workers with families will not lay down roots, and his best employees with flee when offered a few pennies more somewhere else.

about 2 months ago
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Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Oil Man wants more money? (182 comments)

What is going to happen next is that Oklahoma will spend money on roads that the oil industry uses and services that will make the state a palatable place for oil workers with families to live, thereby creating a reliable supply of skilled employees. New drilling projects become more reliably on time and on budget, thereby reducing the effective risk.

The competent oil men whether the 5 year projects overrun budget and take 7 years to complete, because deliveries are always late and their best employees have fled to Canada. The tax being discussed is a rounding error, in context.

about 2 months ago
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Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Comrade Ogilvy Re:So what is the downside? (199 comments)

Also, those with higher intelligence tend to reproduce less.

Only in the rich world of today where we confound intelligence with university educations, thereby delaying children during a span of high fertility. That is surely a recent trend. Intelligence correlates with general health, especially in a more rough and tumble world of uncertain nutrition. Above average intelligence is a wonderful positive indicator for mate selection.

about 2 months ago
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Single Gene Can Boost IQ By Six Points

Comrade Ogilvy Re:wow, people still believe in the IQ myth? That (199 comments)

Slightly more livebirths are male than female. So it is possible that the average is greater than 1. And then there is, um, China and India to skew the averages, unfortunately.

about 2 months ago
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Setback For Small Nuclear Reactors: B&W Cuts mPower Funding

Comrade Ogilvy Re:I have a project (165 comments)

A big part of the problem is we are hooked on viewing nuclear power as a space aged ego gratifying source of electricity, just like Captain Nemo had. There are probably lots of good uses of a cylinder that gets dropped into a concrete sleeve in the ground providing simple very hot water.

about 3 months ago
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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Still waiting to see 3 things (174 comments)

Re #2: People do die from complicated and badly marked construction zones from human error. Happens all the time. So the computer does not have to be 100% to be vastly better than a human. Having the humility to slow down, instead of the human pride that causes us to drive hard forward in the face of uncertainty, will be a huge advantage to the computer program.

about 3 months ago
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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Still waiting to see 3 things (174 comments)

Please mod parent up! (Had mod points to burn just a couple days ago.)

How confusing the inputs of a system is to the computer is something that the program should be easily able to figure out, except in cases where the human drivers are hosed as well.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

Yes, you can overtly accept debt when accepting assets, but you cannot take on stealth debt by accepting assets that appear to be free and clear when the estate is closed. That is a blatant violation of due process. If the IRS failed to give reasonable notice to the estate of the intention to attach a lien on assets, the debts are gone. They are creditors. Creditors who do not act in a timely manner when an estate is closing or a corporation is being liquidated are simply SoL.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Mirror image (642 comments)

Umm, no. Read some actual historians who have done the research. The reason there is this popular myth of early marriage has to do with selection bias -- most marriages in medieval times that we have records for were aristocratic marriages, and their goal was less about love or even children than about cementing alliances, so they could happen at ridiculously young ages. Common people often didn't bother to get married at an actual ceremony (and certainly not recorded) until after the Reformation. Anyhow, a number of historians HAVE found records and accounts to look at marriage age in NON-aristocratic marriage (which was the majority of marriage), and they have found the GP's account to be roughly true -- median age for women marrying was early 20s... until just the past couple centuries. I believe the youngest median marriage age for women was somewhere in the late 19th or early 20th century. Look it up.

We should take your data here and apply it to the topic on hand, then. The cultural norms of the time required Muhammad to have many such aristocratic marriages, for the purpose of cementing alliances. In the context of the time, across nearly the entire globe, Muhammad's behavior was not unusual for a man in his position.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Not the first time this has happened (642 comments)

There are certain ambiguities, because the competence of the average officer does not seem to gel with the seeming extreme ultra-elite status of Starfleet Academy depicted in some episodes. And part of the problem is the graduating classes seem far too small. It is possible that there are many routes into Starfleet, and the Academy is the fast track towards command positions. The best way to rationalize this may be that Starfleet Academy is like West Point -- not every officer in the US Army went to West Point, but it helps a lot if you want to make the grade of Colonel or General.

about 3 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Comrade Ogilvy Freeze the genetic material (392 comments)

With technology, we can preserve a lot of genetic diversity in frozen embryos, eggs, sperm. So there are ways of mitigating the risk of genetic trait loss with a lower population.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

It is a little more complicated than that because perception within field of view changes with distance. But your idea does suggest some interesting experiments: how/whether variations in stripe width and distance to striped object can affect insect flight patterns.

about 4 months ago
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China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Meanwhile, BTC is down to around US$450, yet (100 comments)

There will be transaction fees. Because of what jeremyp said. Also, it is only a minscule slice of the people on this planet who can dare touch more than pocket change worth of bitcoin, without the benefits of some kind of insurance. Exchanges will step in and be part of that solution, eventually, once they are stable and respected enough to be backed by real money. So that "large amounts of money anywhere in the world for free" is never going to happen, in any important sense.

Bitcoin and similar have a shot at competing with credit cards. The real question is how much lower the fees be than 3%, once all kinds of overhead are factored in. Thinking in terms of zero costs is just a fantasy. Luckily for the bitcoin aficionados, the bar for success if not nearly so high. They do not have to achieve zero fees in order to be a big success.

about 4 months ago
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China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Comrade Ogilvy Re:As they should... (100 comments)

At least the Chinese gov't does not have to worry about its people liking to gamble....

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

There is a degree of guesswork I was making. It could be spiders, or it could be that these shifts look like movement, which might be a bird.

I was just watching a mockingbird in my yard the other day. They hunt for bugs by standing still on ground under bushes, then opening their wings. The underside of their wings has a strong white & dark pattern. Apparently that can trigger an insect flight instinct of some kind, causing the insects to move, revealing their location to the sharp eyes of a very still bird's head.

So this black & white trick is not unique to zebras. Even a hunter can use it against the insects. That suggests the instinct must be quite valuable to the insects themselves.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Important Quote from Article (190 comments)

Your is a reasonable hypothesis. I would offer another hypothesis: that stripes seen through multifaceted eyes resemble flashes of light -- which is you only tell tale sign you are about you get caught in a spider web; thus flying insects will turn away from the perceived flashing object.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

My guess: Flying towards a striped surface, when you are dependent on multi-faceted bug eyes, looks like flashes of light. Flying insects have evolved instincts to avoid flashes of light, because that is your only tell tale sign that you are about to get caught in a spider web.

So it is not that they have an "aversion" to striped surfaces exactly. But when approaching a striped surface they will tend to suddenly turn 90 degrees away, which comes out to the same effect.

about 4 months ago

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