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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

microbox Re:Mod parent DOWN (514 comments)

Ending the war on drugs would be a good step towards breaking down the honour culture that causes so many problems for some African Americans. Don't forget that this happens because of institutionalized incentive structures.

about a month ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

microbox Re:Crazy (778 comments)

once the wage is in effect fewer new businesses will be created.

Just because you believe it doesn't mean that it is true. Even professional economists can't agree on such a simple statement, since the details are so complex. But whatever floats your boat Mr Dunning Kruger.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

microbox Re:New bells and whistles (636 comments)

Then you're not using the correctly. If you understand how to design functional software (i.e., using closures), then you end up with far less code, and much better separation of concerns. Had to spend some time in lisp/scheme to really get it.

about 3 months ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

microbox Re:News at 11 (298 comments)

This article is just another PRATT. No scientists are not ignoring the increase in sea ice. I think the parent comment reflects the depth of AGW opposition.

about 2 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

microbox Re:Bad move (280 comments)

Right, that would fit into an NSF grant. Also, their promo video says that they were the most read paper (in some time frame), but really, it would be more interesting to know how many times they are cited.

about 3 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

microbox Re:A matter of priorities (280 comments)

Yeah, and think of all the high technology jobs the UK would have created. Granted the military industry has big hooks into the government... and all that money talks...

about 3 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

microbox Re:Fusion power since 4.5*10^9 BC in space! (280 comments)

Gee how to do you know that that cannot be done. You see, maybe the technology isn't around now, or maybe it is, and the electricity infrastructure needs to be updated. But it is not entirely stupid.

about 3 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

microbox Re:Oh, sure (280 comments)

The financial industry is sitting on trillions of investment dollars that are looking for a home. Wonder who buys all that sovereign debt? That's because there's nothing better out there for all that money. Or at least, that's the financial industries story. We're really looking at the failure of financial institutions to manage investment dollars. They will only lift their game insofar as things like kickstarter forces them to.

about 3 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

microbox Re:sigh (627 comments)

Err no.

Haven't you heard about the consensus. (Before claiming that science is not consensus, that is a different issue, and a way to avoid the point, that the vast majority of scientists disagree with you.)

How can you tell if its a political document rather than a science. First sign is it came from a political organization. The second is that its not peer reviewed.

Oh yeah, there are problems in how the final language of the report is written, which every county pushing their special interests into the language. Don't change the fact that the scientists signed off on the document.

Try reading some of the citations in the report. See how well they match suggested claims in the report.

That's a howler, because I *have* read some of the citations of the report, and it seems very well written to me. If you a referring to some particular controversy in some paragraph (or sentence) of AR5, then you should (1) provide a citation, and (2) admit that the report is larger than one paragraph or sentence.

Yea i know several scientists that where involved with the last IPCC report and vowed never again.

I know of complaints from scientists about how the science gets watered down, and a rosey sheen is painted onto some parts of the problem. Doesn't change the central point that I was making: we can and must move to a carbon neutral economy. Quibbling over semantics won't change that at all.

about 4 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

microbox Re:When Al Franken... (282 comments)

We are all victims... that's the point. There is a way to side-step these types of cognitive biases, which is a life-long obsession of mine. There are certain red flags which the mind tries to stop itself from paying attention to. I could go on at length about that; however, the linked material raises several red flags. Just something to think about.

about 4 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

microbox Re:sigh (627 comments)

Well, according to actual scientists, the politicized bullshit is on WUWT et al.

about 4 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

microbox Re:sigh (627 comments)

Who is buying all this oil and coal?

The value of all the proven reserves will plummet if the market for oil and coal decreases. That is the source of the disinformation campaign.

We cannot do without coal/oil in 2014, but with the correct incentives, we can change our infrastructure to do with a *lot* less, and emerging markets can skip the coal trap all-together.

According the IPCC AR5 WG3, sustained movements away from carbon over 90 years will do the trick. You can still drive your car, and so can your children.

There is a lot of detail to get into for why we should be introducing economic incentives now -- you can read all about it in the 1700 page report, and 10k references.

about 4 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

microbox Re:sigh (627 comments)

The solution *has* been proposed, and big oil is fighting it with a misinformation campaign as to whether AGW is happening at all.

about 4 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

microbox Re:sigh (627 comments)

We could fix this problem easily with barely any significant change to our style of life. Sure there will be winners and loser, and the losers will be big oil/coal companies -- some of the most powerful institutions in the world -- and that's why nothing is being done. It is really easy to throw mud and claim there is "confusion" on whether AGW is happening. Meanwhile, they tell themselves a story about how CO2 isn't a pollutant, and doing anything would be communism, and therefore morally wrong.

AGW is easy to solve compared to the little lies we tell ourselves about what is moral, in order to protect our little empires.

about 4 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

microbox Re:I gotta better name (568 comments)

I'm pretty sure that most people agree on most things, and even policy wonks can find a huge amount of common ground to move forward on. Alas that politics is all about fighting. I heard one GOP insider saying that they push some of the conspiratorial nonsense to distract the base from making up nonsense about the GOP leadership.

If you are a conservative, you may enjoy this 20thC history of economics. The analysis leaves out a few important details (like the role of the OPEC crisis, and Nixon's price and wage controls, as causal factors in stagflation), but I think the general idea is pretty accurate. But no one theory of economics can claim to describe the economy, so it's important to realize that you are looking at a point of view that has blind spots, even if it is mostly true.

about 4 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

microbox Re:First it was global cooling (568 comments)

fad was pushed by a small minority of climatologists for a very short time.

Even that is overstating the case. Global cooling was *investigated* by a small number of scientists, including Steve Scheider (!). Time magazine and the media pushed it as a good story. Must have sold newspapers.

about 4 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

microbox Re:I gotta better name (568 comments)

Cheaper things may or may not be better for the environment though. There can be a paradox, where you end up using more resources because there is more collective demand.

Also, you're ignoring externalities, which is kind-of the whole point.

about 4 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

microbox Re:Shut Up (568 comments)

Most Nobel Prizes for physics go to scientists who demonstrate an existing idea is wrong. There are some problems with Kuhn's analysis, in that at any point of time, you'll find multiple paradigms active in large fields, and you'll also see rather incremental changes in and out of dominate paradigms, for the most part. This is a pretty big flaw in his argument.

about 4 months ago

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Studies show cap-and-trade is net economic benefit in 6 US states

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 2 years ago

microbox writes "t is axiomatic to some that cap-and-trade will wreck the economy and promote the type of corruption that both extremes of the political specturm decry. Vitreol and name-calling aside, both the science and the economics come down to an empirical question. For those who do not know, six US states have implemented cap-and-trade since 2001. On average, these states have faired as well or better than the rest of the USA according to standard economic indicators, and quantitative studies now show a direct economic gain to the region from cap-and-trade. Are conservatives too invested in nay-saying cap-and-trade to make an about face on the issue (e.g., Tony Abbott's expensive direction action alternative), or is the issue too polarized? When does empirical evidence make a difference to peoples beliefs?"
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US health administrative costs 4x that of Canada

microbox microbox writes  |  about 3 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "Free-market healthcare is a hot political topic, with both Republicans and Democrats heavily invested in their positions. Republicans often claim that US healthcare is the best in the world thanks to Adam Smiths' invisible hand. The US system certainly has advantages; however, no other country spends anywhere near as much on healthcare, and US physicians and administrative staff spend 4x as many hours per week dealing with payers and insurance companies as their colleagues in Canada. Is it possible that laissez-faire health-care is an inefficient solution, or are high administrative costs nothing to be concerned about, and reflect a more efficient and higher quality healthcare system?"
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Mac savvy woman remotely photographs thieves

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "1010 Wins brings us a story about a woman who nabbed the two guys who stole her laptop. When they went online, she connected to it using "Back To My Mac", and then she used the laptop's camera to photograph the thieves. I'm not sure if that's a great sales pitch for potential switchers, however, I think that's kinda cool [dons tin-foil hat]."
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Do schools educate students out of creativity?

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "Sir Ken Robinson wittily makes a profound case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. The universality of his message is evidenced by its rampant popularity online: "If you have not yet seen Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk, please stop whatever you're doing and watch it now." A transcript of his talk can be found here, however, the transcript is missing Ken's superb comic timing."
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Typing faster than Intelligible Speech

microbox microbox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

microbox (704317) writes "According to this article, an average speedy "typist" works at about 35-40 words per minute — a professional around 70-95 words per minute. Yet I recently came across an article on machine shorthand that purports that a typist can reach 225-300 words per minute. That's faster than intelligible speech! The trick is to use a chorded keyboard where-by a user types whole syllables or words by striking multiple keys at once, a technique called "chording". Specialized hardware goes for between $US 1000-4000, however, I see no reason why we couldn't use a regular keyboard for chorded input. I failed to find any FOSS software like a text editor that lets you use your keyboard in "chorded" mode. Is this a better mouse-trap that's just waiting to be built?"
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