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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

hawk Re:so much for a "free" market (229 comments)

From time to time, a gas station here or there realizes that by checking under the hood, they sell enough oil alone to pay for the wages of the gas-pumper, and cheerfully offers full-serve at the same price as the self-serve across the street.

hawk

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

hawk Re:Shooting themselves in the foot (229 comments)

And then there's your retirement income when you move out of state.

Nevada has dealt with this by making all property within the state exempt when the judgment is for state income tax on retirement income.

sure, your *judgment* gets full faith and credit . . .

hawk, esq.

about a month ago
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The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

hawk Re:Why? (769 comments)

>Your forgetting the grinding of the fresh beans to put in that press.

*Shrug.*

And you forgot the part about roasting the coffee.

Although recently I've been lazy, and bought it both ground *and* roasted . . .

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

hawk Re:Old N new. (669 comments)

gosh, that's why I never switched from the original Master of Orion, which is what I still paly on a MacBook retina.

And, of course, nethack, the only game that *matters*

hawk

about 2 months ago
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Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

hawk The real solution (712 comments)

Executive options were actually a reform, to align the interests of executives with those of stockholders. They worked in one direction (up), but not the other--once the options were "under water", the executives had no reason *not* to "swing for the bleachers", risking whole company.

The solution is to align in *both* directions, so that the executives lose when the company loses, not just wins when winning.

This could be accommodated with a couple of changes in the tax code. Require a large part (majority) of high compensation to be in the form of stock: if your pay for the month is $100k, you get $60k of that as stock at current market prices. We need a (politically unpopular) tweak: this would currently create taxes on $60k. Instead, give the stock at a 0 basis, so there is no tax now, but the entire amount is taxed when sold--and require that the shares be held for a minimum number of years.

At this point, when the shares go down, so do the executives' worths. with options, stock going down merely increases the incentive for risky behavior seeking high gains.

But what do I know--I just have a Ph.D. in economics.

(doc)hawk

about 2 months ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

hawk Re:This isn't BSD! (64 comments)

No.

It would be labeled GNU/RTOS, and everyone who objected would be accused of ignoring RMS' contribution . . . :)

hawk

about 2 months ago
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Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation

hawk Re:Use Class Rank (264 comments)

But "you are certified as knowing the material" is the *definition* of a "C". B and A are for more than that.

hakw

about 2 months ago
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Adjusting GPAs: A Statistician's Effort To Tackle Grade Inflation

hawk Re:Use Class Rank (264 comments)

I used to simultaneously use two measures when grading tests.

I'd grade a test, awarding points, and then put it (without regard to this "raw" score) in one of four piles: A, B, C, and "unfortunate".

There was a general consistency between the stacks. When the raw score was inconsistent with the stack, I'd look more closely at it, and usually give it the benefit of the doubt.

Within the piles, I would deal with +/-.

Then, I would record the grades converted numerically. I used bases of 95/85/75/etc. for A/B/C, with +/- 3 for + and -. (In small classes, I tended to do an "eyeball average, though).

You *can* have high demands (e.g., actually learning), not inflate your grades, and still get high evaluations--but it takes a couple of years to get the needed reputation. There *are* enough students that want to learn . . .

And in another six years, I'll be done paying tuition for my own kids, and can return to the classroom . . .

dochawk, j.d., ph.d., esq.

about 2 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

hawk Re:There is no need to honk. Ever. (267 comments)

Nah, he's right.

I shouldn't have honked at that guy who drifted across the center while looking down, and just let him hit me.

Same for the folks who change lanes without looking; there's usually another car in the yet next lane to push me into for a cozy metallic sowdown . . .

hawk

about 3 months ago
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When Cars Go Driverless, What Happens To the Honking?

hawk Re:Honking is different overseas (267 comments)

In Nevada, this is actually a moving violation!

The only lawful use of a horn is as a safety warning, and waiting is not a safety issue.

One of my partners recently handled a ticket for someone who managed to get charged with this.

hawk

about 3 months ago
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IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

hawk Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

The mac's 68000 chip, though, was the same generation as the 8086.

Intel went from 8 to 16 bits, while motorola put 32 bits inside the 16 bit package at a time neither *had* a 32 bit bus available. They also indicated the expansion path (extra register length, etc.) that a fully flushed out 68k would have.

The 68k pushed what could be done, while the SX were deliberate limitations

about 3 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

hawk Re:Hey, Johnny-come-lately... (474 comments)

That was approximately when the accounts became required for posting, and we complained about cookies. (well, those that caved in right away, some of us stubbornly held out and ended up with these high ids)

hawk

about 3 months ago
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Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

hawk Re:While I agree about comments... (474 comments)

There was a crossover point in the vary late 90s. I started seeing things posted that I'd already read in the print version of the WSJ. Before that, you were likely to find things earlier here than any other single place.

hawk

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

hawk Re:Spell it out the first time (279 comments)

Yeah, but the 3 digit IDs are suspect: you guys all caved instantly when taco insisted on cookies . . . some of us held out a while before caving. :)

hawk, who still blocks almost all cookies

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

hawk Re:NoScript (731 comments)

I don't block ads.

I block things that blink or move, making text hard to read; things that try to track me; and things that make my browser sit idle.

I first starting doing this with junkbuster on a 486 when two pages (on my large for the time 17" screen) loaded so many blinky things that it brought the system to a crawl.

I'm fine with ads. I'm not ok with distractions, spying, or delays.

hawk

about 3 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

hawk Re:So you want to retire a statistical term... (312 comments)

Physics has a several hundred year head start on Economics. In some ways, we're about where Newton was . . .

And we have older folks who haven't progressed what was taught when they were in grad school (e.g., Krugman). Samuelson observed that the field progresses "one funeral at a time."

And testing hypotheses in economics tends to take longer, and we aren't allowed to tinker with economies to take measurements, for some reason :) [Congress hating competition?]

hawk

about 3 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

hawk Re:The big picture (312 comments)

About two thirds of things are within one standard deviation of the mean, 95% within two, and 99% in three.

This applies to all bell-shaped data, which is nearly (but not quite) all of it. Slightly broader rules (Chebyshev) apply to all data, regardless of distribution)

There is no similar statement for average deviation.

hawk

about 3 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

hawk Re:Basic Statistics (312 comments)

This gives us two possibilities:

1) You had a bad statistics professor, or
2) You shouldn't have received your passing grade.

hawk

about 3 months ago
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Why Standard Deviation Should Be Retired From Scientific Use

hawk Re:So you want to retire a statistical term... (312 comments)

And *you* seem to be under the impression that economists are "social scientists," or act similarly.

I have a B.S. in Physics, and my Ph.D. is jointly in Economics and Statistics--including classes taken in Pearson Hall (yes, the same Pearson--statistics as a field comes largely from the Iowa State Statistics Lab).

Again, with a Ph.D. in economics, I still don't understand what the so-called "social sciences" are--they seem to be primarily an claim to an exemption from the scientific method (which has a lot to do with economists not getting along with social scientists).

Mainstream modern economists are indeed scientists, although there are definite problems with gathering data.

hawk, aka dochawk

about 3 months ago

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hawk hawk writes  |  more than 9 years ago

>(This will go down on your permanent record)

So? I'm a professor--I can make change them!

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