Postol has a long history opposing any form of missile defense. While his assessment may well be correct, it should be viewed with considerable skepticism until data from opposing viewpoints is examined against his.
I don't care about that, because someone opposed to missile defense can still have a good argument. I read his post with interest.
Unfortunately, his data isn't very good. He starts with a hypothesis on how the missile defense system works, then proceeds to show that if his hypothesis is correct, it is unlikely that the Iron dome is effective, based on data he analyzed in 2012 and photographs he's seen since then. I shouldn't need to explain why I see that as unconvincing.
There's always room to doubt official figures, but I'd like to see something a little more convincing than that from a story with this kind of headline. It was just a longer explanation of what he said previously, he didn't produce any more data, unfortunately.
There are also rigorous studies done by many academics that agree the effect if existant, is tiny.
Well yes, if you make a small change, you'd expect a small effect. I read your post several times, and I'm still not really sure what point you are trying to make.
The problem isn't in the upstream, it's in the downstream. Specifically their L3 interconnects.
I think people vastly overestimate the ability of the free market to meet consumer demand, in cases where the demand is for something that can't be easily quantified.
Oh no sir, the market filled your demand perfectly here. You asked for a cheap phone, and that's exactly what you got.
But despite what those terrible commercials show on TV I didn't see throngs of hopelessly miserable Children.
True, the hopelessness is in the adults. And it's usually not a matter of being in an impossible situation, it's a matter of lacking the knowledge of how to improve their situation (I'm more familiar with latin america, so Africa could be completely different, I don't know).
Anyway, why are you going to Africa? I've wanted to go, but I don't really have a reason, and I'm not going to go just to stare at people.
Why is this on Slashdot?
just because people are poor, doesn't mean they are hopeless.
You should visit (really visit, not do the touristy thing) a third-world country and feel the hopelessness. Not all countries are like that,but a lot of them are.
I've no doubt that some of them are good by whatever standard you choose to measure with.
I have doubts
I was being intentionally inaccurate to draw attention, in the same way that ads do it.
I guess it worked
and more importantly opportunity than 95% of the people in the 3rd world
Yeah, this is what is sad to me, the hopelessness people have.
But the point of the article is that the argument that 'raising the minimum wage will kill jobs' has been disproved.
No it isn't, the point of the article is to help people who already agree with that feel good about themselves. If you have any logical sense at all, if this were an article about a topic you disagreed with, I'm sure you could find logical holes in it.
The fact that you haven't tried to poke holes in an argument you agree with shows a cognitive bias on your part. Now the question is whether you'll fix that cognitive bias, or remain the way you were before.