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by Zamfir
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888066

Re: Trump presidency

It's apples to oranges though. "Excess deaths" studies always find much higher numbers than a count of direct casualties. For example, this is a prleiminary study that suggests that Katrina also had a high number of excess deaths in the following months (and presumably, every other natural...
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 93589

Re: Libertarianism

If people use that kind of talk, burn them and spread the ashes just to sure.
by Zamfir
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 10315

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

I think your point is more "stories need some plausibility to be enjoyable"
by Zamfir
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888066

Re: Trump presidency

Eh, offshoring has been a problem for forever. The trade war *could* go sideways, but it hasn't yet, and it probably won't. Most other parties have a great deal more to lose from one than the US does. I dont think this holds. Yes, the US typically has a strong negotiation position. But that's nothi...
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 93589

Re: Libertarianism

Basically it's the libertarian argument that people in the aggregate will always be better at allocating their time and money than government could ever be. Only you know if a thousand dollars would be better spent on clearing a debt or doing a college course or getting your elderly mother in a bet...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 93589

Re: Libertarianism

Elasto, i think I you're right o focus on more than technical economical issues. But it does make me skeptical. A UBI is money for all such goals as you mention, plus other worthy goals, plus money for people who don't particularly need, want, or deserve it. Only that last part is special about a UB...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 93589

Re: Libertarianism

Yeah, macroeconomic arguments are quicksand When you give money to the poor (and thus take it from the rich, because money is just a form of distributing existing resources), you increase consumer spending and decrease savings. Savings are domestic investment plus net capital outflow. By raising the...
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

On a related issue: what do people here think is the optimal size for a lottery prize? The thrill is that you can imagine what you'd do with the money, and be excited while the possibility is in the air. On the other hand, the higher the prize the smaller the chance, and this reduces excitement beca...
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 339
Views: 114361

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Whats the point of a party-identifying senator who only votes with the party 50% or 60%?
by Zamfir
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 339
Views: 114361

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar or Ban Ki-moon and well behind the unassailable all-time champion, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

I liked U Thant best
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888066

Re: Trump presidency

Zamfir, you have good points but what about China's global initiative for influence? That mimics a Pacific Union, with China as the backbone. Pff, now there's a topic to tackle in one post... Just to be short: I think news articles tend to push Trump into articles about Chinese initiatives that wou...
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888066

Re: Trump presidency

And Trump making things like trade, commerce, economic alliances, and international cooperation a massive headache only pushes other frustrated nations to form blocs without the US, and they'll eventually figure out ways of effectively doing business without us. It's already happening in the Pacifi...
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888066

Re: Trump presidency

I would point to Trump's disastrous foreign policy, one which is alienating virtually every other economic power on earth and could easily lead to a collapse of American economic and geopolitical power. Isn't that a bit over the top? US power can take a lot of hits. Foreign goodwill towards the US ...
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722420

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Verizon sounds rather reasonable, based on that article. The Fire department does not have the top-tier plan. They usually get switched (for free) to the top-tier plan in emergency situations. Not everyone at Verizon knows about that policy. When the fire department reaches the wrong contact person,...
by Zamfir
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888066

Re: Trump presidency

As with Nixon, it's not so much the crime as it is the cover-up. But in Nixon's case, there were direct (and many) crimes below the coverup. This Stormy Daniels thing is like Clinton, where the thing being covered up is not a crime, just embarrassing. Most of the sentences are tax frauds unrelated ...
by Zamfir
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8705
Views: 888066

Re: Trump presidency

Perhaps someone can help me, because I can't figure out from the news what crime Cohen apparently committed. The reported facts are that he paid, as middleman for Trump, hush money to a porn actress who had had an affair with Trump, which would have embarrassing to his campaign if it had become publ...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 131516

Re: Science-based what-if questions

If nothing else, lower detonation altitude height would make for dirtier, more visible mushroom clouds. Unless the bang was hot enough to boil nucleii apart, though, I don't see them becoming radioactive fallout. They'd just be dust. It's true that the soil does not itself become radioactive, but i...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Supervisors
Replies: 13
Views: 7533

Re: Supervisors

One problem with smaller organizations is that you quickly deal with the Bosses. The unaccountable top that only goes down if the whole organisation goes down, or if they have conflict with each other. That can be owner-managers, though I have seen plenty of non-commercial organizations where the le...
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)
Replies: 13
Views: 5060

Re: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)

A structural engineer?
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)
Replies: 13
Views: 5060

Re: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)

Then again, single-letter symbolic notation is widely used by other communities than just by mathematicians, those are only a small subset. Look at the example from the OP: eurocodes are not written by mathematicians, and are not aimed at mathematicians. This is not some quirk of a single, close-kni...
by Zamfir
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel advice/questions
Replies: 36
Views: 10298

Re: Travel advice/questions

I usually just book something for the first few days. Move on when you're done, arrange accomodations when you arrive in the next place. It's not like you have to plan a holiday for weeks in advance, you can do the detailled planning while you're there.
by Zamfir
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722420

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Depreciation had its major origin in the railroad and early corporations . While in the same time frame as the plantations, it wasnt invented for said plantations. The slave owners kids were sent to the best colleges, so it really wouldnt be all that unusual that they would try to apply what they l...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 90
Views: 29082

Re: Consequences of climate change

Humans still wait until its too late to move easily, so the metaphor is good to describe human behavior even though scientifically untrue for frogs.

I don't have a citation, but I would expect that humans also jump out of a pot before it boils.
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Rogue goat may have helped dozens of farm animals escape Locals jokingly point the finger at another goat nicknamed Fred that escaped from the same auction market more than a year ago and sporadically pops up around the town. In fact, cops received reports that Fred was in the area a couple of hour...
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel advice/questions
Replies: 36
Views: 10298

Re: Travel advice/questions

This is the original, not the new world knock-off.
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel advice/questions
Replies: 36
Views: 10298

Re: Travel advice/questions

A bit late, some more information for somitomi. I live in Haarlem, you're invited to visit or stay a night if you're in the neighbourhood. If you like trekking, consider cycling as your main mode of transport, at least in the Netherlands. Put your luggage in bike bags, and cycle from place to place....
by Zamfir
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

If you click through on the recycling symbol, it gets interesting. It seems that the recycling symbol gets used in Arabic tweets as a 'please share' symbol .Plus there are prayer websites that send out regular, automated prayer tweets on behalf of dead people. Those latter tend include the share/rec...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 93589

Re: Libertarianism

See above, it's not a minor issue...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 93589

Re: Libertarianism

What is the practical difference between welfare available in progressively larger amounts to people with progressively lower incomes, and a basic income funded by an income tax (as any would have to be to for there to be any point to it)? Welfare comes with restrictions, usually to force people in...
by Zamfir
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722420

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Now you could argue that this is crackpot level stuff, and there's a lot of coincidences here. It is possible the mob was already primed, and Russian cyberwarfare didn't matter. However, Bannon's sponsors believed in it, and so did the Russians, and they all acted accordingly. Yeah, my comment was ...
by Zamfir
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 55964

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Oh, I get the point of trying to understand the news better. Even imperfectly, and even if you can't do much to change it. It's just that election prediction has such rapidly diminishing returns. Zero effort tells you that the democrats can theoretically get a majority in one or both chambers. A lit...
by Zamfir
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 55964

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I might have asked this before, but I still dont quite understand it: Why are people so invested in predictions about the election, with all the cycles and epicycles of polling and aggregation and what not? It's only a few months in the future to get the actual outcome. I understand why it matters f...
by Zamfir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4620
Views: 722420

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Presumably, the driver guy divided his previous days between risking his life, sleeping, and fighting Elon Musk's marketing assault.
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

And it's not just a middle finger from management - offices are way more expensive. That s why the American attitude puzzles me. If you don't have much bargaining power, I get why you accept an office without much daylight. Better to bargain for money. Same for London offices, where that window is ...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Two-four people in an office would be a dream, guess it takes a decent amount of floor space though. The trend in London is to pack people into ever smaller open-plan offices. I think the main cost is outer walls. Cubicles or open-plan allow you to put people further away from windows. Space is mor...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Offices for 2 to roughly 4 people, with windows on one side and a door on the other side. A corridor in between, and another row of offices on the other side of the corridor. The walls go up to the ceiling, but can typically be moved fairly easily. A meeting room for every few offices.
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Lack of light. Noise from too many people in one room. Difficult to have sensitive conversations. Often impossible to regulate the temperature to your own preference. Usually goes together with small space, though of course you can cram too many people in an office as well. The creepy feeling that s...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Yeah, it's not surprising. But clearly not obvious either. After all, lots of organizations do change offices to open-plan with the expectation of easier communication. I've never understood the American love for (or at least, acceptance of ) cubicles. Open-plan offices at least have the fig leaf f ...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2662109

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/1753/20170239 A study of offices that were changed to open-plan layout. Conclusion: face to face communications drops off a cliff, email communication goes way up. Pretty much the opposite of what such changes are supposed to accomplish. Assuming t...

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