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Star Trek Economics

ph0rk Re:You have violated copyright by posting this. (888 comments)

google doesn't have anything other than incidental pairings of the words quatloo and Akkadian.

To properly understand my post, read it in the voice of John Ratzenberger playing the character Cliff on the US television show Cheers.

Did I tell you about my trip to Iraq? Here, I have pictures...

about 6 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

ph0rk Re:Untested? (357 comments)

In all fairness "my controls are messed up" has been a viable excuse for poor performance since Street Fighter 2 hit the SNES in 1992.

about 6 months ago
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NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

ph0rk Re:Really good question (326 comments)

Mod parent up - the MTurk study missed the point by a mile.

about 6 months ago
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Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US

ph0rk Re:classroom tools (210 comments)

Graduate students and professors need to "publish or perish". I'm hoping that at least some of them will use at least some of their publishing time to write free textbooks.

It is unlikely that a free textbook (or any textbook, really) will count for tenure, in either the social or physical sciences, barring very high level technical textbooks.

So, yes, they would be wasting their time unless already well established. That rules out grad students and early career professors.

about 8 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

ph0rk Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

However, people are getting more educated and tech-savvy in general.

That is false: familiarity with facebook does not mean tech-savvy.

A surprising portion of even the very best and brightest 18-22 year olds would still hold a floppy disk completely level if you told them the bits might fall off.

about 10 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

ph0rk Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

It has always seemed to me that an iPhone only really made sense if you were already an almost completely Apple shop. If you already use OSX everywhere, have a few apple TVs or airport speakers lying around, an iPhone is tops for integration.

I've never understood why anyone would buy one that didn't already have at least one OSX machine.

about 10 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

ph0rk Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

had proprietary SCSI connectors, .

DB-25 was a proprietary connector?

about 10 months ago
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

ph0rk Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

Apple was famous for their cheapness and that "hardware that could support GUIs" was a 9" monochrome monitor with terrible resolution. PC's had better than that from the start.

I remember the IIgs in color.

about 10 months ago
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Lower Thermal Radiation Input Needed To Trigger Planetary 'Runaway Greenhouse'

ph0rk Re:only 22 pounds to read the actual research! (137 comments)

That is how scientific publishing is structured. Don't blame the authors, they're mostly incapable of fighting the system without sabotaging their careers.

1 year,28 days
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IBM Uses Roomba Robots To Plot Data Center Heat

ph0rk Re:Temperature probes are pretty cheap (57 comments)

So, I haven't been in an IBM content hosting server room in around 13 years, but I think you far underestimate how large they can be.

about a year ago
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Med Students Unaware of Their Bias Against Obese Patients

ph0rk Re:Med students (446 comments)

Even if X is often correlated with Y, it doesn't justify the assumption that X always implies Y.

While that is true, the safe bet is still going to be that X implies Y.

If the first premise is true (X is highly correlated with Y), then to expect Y when one finds X is only natural (and takes less processing time).

Now, if we had some clear cases where X doesn't lead to Y, for example when Z is present, then we can solve the problem of unfairly expecting Y by also looking for Z. Hunting for Z will probably be more fruitful in the long run than trying to train people to ignore stereotypes that have evidentiary support.

about a year ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

ph0rk Re:"Majority" (578 comments)

Clearly no such ban is immanent. That said, prop 8 passed in California with only 52.24% of the vote.

about a year ago
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Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns

ph0rk Re:Big enough sample size (578 comments)

Wasting mod points to post, but: US Americans are not that heterogenous. What specific groups (with dissenting views relevant to the matter at hand) are systematically excluded from the sample?

They offer up their sampling procedures and methodology here.

A larger sample size is not inherently better. 1000 isn't much different from 10,000 or 10 million. If the sampling method would be unrepresentative with 1000 cases, it wouldn't be any better with more.

about a year ago
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World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

ph0rk Re:not where from, where to? (523 comments)

I've played games that let the old content sit untouched.

Hardly anyone played it, so you had to essentially con top level players to milk run you through content to get geared - unlikely in cases where there wasn't already a real-world friendship. Once a game hits that point the influx new players that stick with the game long enough to raid drop to nearly zero, and the game ossifies, then dies. There is no way that it is a "better" solution.

about a year ago
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For Businesses, the College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

ph0rk Credential inflation is real (728 comments)

and hardly a new phenomenon.

You need a Masters Degree in many fields to have a snowball's chance in hell of getting anywhere. This varies somewhat in technical fields, but as we see time and time again, once your age climbs over, say, 35, it can be tough as hell to get a technical job. Outside of tech fields, you need either a top flight BA/BS or a higher degree to set you apart, and there is no reason for this trend to reverse.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

ph0rk Re:The corporations are our enemy (240 comments)

Terminator was far too optimistic in portraying our future as the War Against the Machines, a nice and clean them-versus-us scenario in which the machines would be non-human. The enemy would be easy to identify.

Uh, yeah. Did you actually see Terminator?

about a year and a half ago
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Is Technology Eroding Employment?

ph0rk Re:Modern Luddites (544 comments)

I don't see why Luddism is the necessary conclusion.

It could just as easily be: Sky-high unemployment, and to hell with the workers anyway. Human input isn't really necessary for a variety of tasks. When machines become cheap enough for a short-term profit, why hire humans to flip burgers, push mops, write tickets?

Jobless recovery and all that.

about a year and a half ago
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Larry Ellison Buys His Own Hawaiian Island

ph0rk Re:Units (398 comments)

How about 2.06 Districts of Columbia?

more than 2 years ago

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