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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Your point about policy management makes a lot of sense. Every software company I have worked at in the Valley has had IT with excellent non-Windows chops, yet they all still end up installing MS Exchange. There are certain solutions areas where MS has plenty of street cred among those who have to make the decisions.

It is still an uphill battle. IT is often desperate to reduce the scope of device support, and they are not allowed to say no to the iPhone, and probably not Android either. If it comes down to a battle some VP will complain and the CEO will lay down the law that the E-teams favorite phones will be supported.

2 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Comrade Ogilvy Mars needs our women! (394 comments)

Obviously.

3 days ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Comrade Ogilvy Victim blaming? (622 comments)

I can tell the difference and you cannot, as proven by your second example. The 1st and 3rd are merely risks; perhaps unwise actions, but (usually) small risks. The 2nd is just being stupid, as you are, for writing your post. That you are juxtaposing these three means you are not mentally or morally qualified to comment on the topic. TFA explains this point. Perhaps you could read it?

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

Paying very bright minds little while they are grad students working under the guidance of a seasoned researcher is baked into the economic model of the grants. The universities are not subsidizing the PhDs. The future PhDs are indirectly subsidizing the rest of the university, because gard students working for little makes grant giving attractive, and the university skims every grant with overhead charges.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Comrade Ogilvy Re:Group of supremely well educated (283 comments)

To recall (roughly) the words of evil Psycop Bestor from B5: "...being a freedom fighter is a great thing. You keep your own hours. It looks good on a resume. But the Pay. Sucks."

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Comrade Ogilvy Re:They should be getting jobs at univeristies (283 comments)

While students should be wary of faculty teaching courses who are great at research but not so great at teaching, the underlying reality is that those researchers are indirectly keeping costs to students down by bringing in the grant money. The reason the grant money comes is precisely because these researchers can leverage their expertise with numerous cheap grad students -- it is built into the economic model of the grants themselves. Whether that is a good deal for the grad students is a complex question, but the grant-giving institutions and (most) professors do not concern themselves with that much.

about two weeks ago
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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

Comrade Ogilvy Re:How about giving Tibet back to the Tibetans? (84 comments)

South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan are all right in China's way.

Those cute little people who are so rudely "in China's way" have been there for thousands of years, and they are critical trading partners.

If rather than recognizing these many people co-inhabit the same area and need to get along, if China prefers to think of them as "in the way", China has a world of hurt coming its way. And when the disaster happens, it will be 99.999999% China's fault.

about a month ago
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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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

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