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

Lord Lemur Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (394 comments)

If the conclusion of a study was that sending women to space was inefficient, there would be plenty of people screaming that it was sexist. This study, like all mono-culture solutions involving human endeavor says more about the opinions of those writing the conclusion then what the optimal solution would be. In all of my years, I have never been involved in any mission, plan or project that couldn't receive the benefits of more diverse viewpoints and experience In my experience, this is true for warfare, public service, private service, charity work; anything that requires people to work together to solve problems. People of different backgrounds, cultures, genders, ect. provide very large intangible benefits that contribute to success. Saying that one class of people should be excluded from a difficult endeavor because they eat more is very short sighted.

2 days ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

Lord Lemur Re:In other words, the service is going to die. (73 comments)

Correct, very wise for a country rich in resources with a population smaller then California, and a huge boarder with most advanced military in the world who loves to go to war.

2 days ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

Lord Lemur Re:Oxi-moron this is... (38 comments)

Routing around regulation is what American Innovation does best.

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

Lord Lemur Re:As it is designed to do (138 comments)

To be fair it is a tool to discover how bad their software is. You would think Microsoft set a pretty low bar for qualified success here.

about a week ago
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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Lord Lemur Re:seems like good news, but really? (100 comments)

False a more direct parallel would be, If your neighbor's house catches on fire when he's not home, would it be OK to go over to his house and taked the burned, unworkable and unviable remains of his television and use them to save a human life?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Lord Lemur Re:A lucky group of mice? (119 comments)

The other mice from that batch were routed over to a lab conducting an experiment entitled "Will it Blend?"

about three weeks ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

Lord Lemur Re:Score one for the other team (173 comments)

Whether such phenomena are "truly random" or not (a bit of a paradox for a supposedly generally-deterministic physics), or, say, a perfect back-door to controlling all of physical reality that an insightful engineer might put in, or, say a God, is a metaphysical question. But that it can happen is clear, as a matter of science.

One of these, vaccum fluctuations, has the ability to predict something and is theoretically testable thus science, the other is god. The problem with your myth of choice is that it is a myth of the gaps. It can only exist where we don't yet know the answer. When we find the answer it will retreat further. There isn't any sort of rational experiment we can preform to prove it's existance, and it has absolutely no predictive power whatsoever. It is faith in that it is a useless expendeture of intelectual power to try and defend.

All that being said, if it makes you a better person, or makes you feel good, or whatever, by all means god it up. Please, however don't insist that other's pretend it is valid or rational.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Oh good (907 comments)

If you have extra payments in a savings account you are probably not sub-prime.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Kill?

The alternative MIGHT be to not lend money to people with bad credit scores. Would THAT be better?

In many cases, yes.

Having wages more inline with productivity would be much better. The types of loans being discussed here, came into being after we decoupled minimum wage from worker productivity per hour, and started the long decline of real median incomes relative to productivity per capita, but fixing demand side issue like that is so out of vogue.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Substitution effect (907 comments)

The airline industry is very big on pushing Brand Loyalty via points, rewards and membership programs. Though not well versed on that specific market, brand loyalty could significantly influence many riders that would have to choose occasionally between Spirit and their airline of choice.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Oh good (907 comments)

No, then you get to reposess the vehicle, usually much faster and cheaper, and resell it again at 30% intrest, after acessing all sorts of fees to the origional borrower.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Oh good (907 comments)

and sometimes even people who aren't living incorrectly

Like underwater?

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Invisible hand is slow; Spirit did cut (907 comments)

Depends on the Price elasticity of demand. In many cases lowering price to make up on volume is a sucker's bet. It may be that all Spirit will accomplish is to decrease their own margins for minimal gain.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Competition (907 comments)

Now imagine your credit score is 480 and you have $17 down. Sort of limits your options a bit doesn't it. That removes a large number of the entrants from the market very quickly (and rightfully, so). Pricing to these customers are based on their ability to pay back, not on normal market forces. Operating in this sector, without the intent to reposess is not profit maximizing.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lord Lemur Re:Competition (907 comments)

You fail to account for the non-overlapping nature of many of the markets, many of these types of "loans" are generated by the local buy-here-pay-here. The local office may often set their own rates, hold their own paper, ect. They are limited by what they charge based on regulatory limits and the customer's ability to pay. It's key to the bussiness model that they exceed the customer's ability to pay, because that maximizes their profits through repossession and resale.They aren't free markets's because geographically there may be 1 or 2 companies inside the range of any individual sub-prime-doesn't-have-a-car-becuause-the-last-one-got-reposesed-buyer. The first place that offers a vehicle will win the business of these customers. They aren't competing with eachother generally. This kinda throws a hitch into you clear assertion that any change in their cost translates to lower prices, due to other preasures on the price outside of what one would see in markets that are closer to Free in the traditional definition. While I agree that "In the old days, a jobless single mother wouldn't be able to get a car loan at any intrest rate." I have to point out that the Buy-Here-Pay-Here was crated in response to a ballooning cost of vehicles relative to income in the 70's. Before that time it wasn't needed. Also, in the modern setting, many situations a jobless single mother still has a stream of income, that many banks will lend against not just the type of predatory lenders that generally service Buy-Here-Pay-Here type of debt.

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Lord Lemur Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

"activist owners" = people I don't agree with?

about a month ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Lord Lemur Re:No. (368 comments)

There is the little detail about his inability to follow up on Minecraft's success with another marketable game.

about a month and a half ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Lord Lemur Re:No. (368 comments)

The price is just so unbeleivably high for Mojang. It's like having a winning lottery ticket, and some one offering to buy it off you for 20x its value. $2B pays for alot of fine scotch to wipe away the taste of crow.

about a month and a half ago

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HP announces memristors

Lord Lemur Lord Lemur writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lord Lemur (993283) writes "The long-sought after memristor — the "missing link" in electronic circuit theory — has been invented by Hewlett Packard Senior Fellow R. Stanley Williams at HP Labs (Palo Alto, Calif.) Memristors — the fourth passive component type after resistors, capacitors and inductors — were postulated in a seminal 1971 paper in the IEEE Transactions on Circuit Theory by professor Leon Chua at the University of California (Berkeley), but their first realization was just announced today by HP. According to Williams and Chua, now virtually every electronics textbook will have to be revised to include the memristor and the new paradigm it represents for electronic circuit theory."
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Dude, your getting a Dell, and hosed!

Lord Lemur Lord Lemur writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lord Lemur (993283) writes "Dell Inc. deceived customers in a massive "bait and switch" scheme to increase sales of its computer and electronic products, a New York state judge ruled Tuesday. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sued Dell in 2007 on behalf of hundreds of customers who claimed that the electronics company lured them into buying products with promises of attractive deals and promotions."
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