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Comment: First prove the math works (Score 2) 389

by BigSlowTarget (#48072291) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
The assessment center approach described by the article would replace reading an application with days of evaluation of each student. Of course you would get better results but you just replaced a few person hours of work (on each side) with an order of magnitude more. That means much more expense for the colleges and way fewer applications possible for applicants. Is it worth it? You can't just say "sure" you have to examine the real data in detail. If you don't you could paralyze the whole system.

Comment: Re:Could be improved (Score 1) 907

by BigSlowTarget (#47994469) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running
That would make sense. People would inevitably push it to the limit then complain when it shut down anyway. The ignition should definitely be shut down (that is you cannot turn it on) rather than the engine for safety reasons. That just means people will leave their cars running 24x7 after not paying but that's against the law and probably expensive in gas.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 276

by BigSlowTarget (#47714169) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars
As with everything it depends on the service level and cost. If you live outside major cities your service level would be like Amtrak in those cities - terrible. This is proposed for a major city where it makes the most sense and I expect will lock the inhabitants (or at least the non-wealthy ones) into those cities by denying transport outside them and preventing them from traveling to less spoiled areas.

Comment: Not deploying driverless cars kills people (Score 2) 190

by BigSlowTarget (#47567531) Attached to: UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
We have 30k+ deaths a year from traffic accidents in the US. The UK could not be too far behind per capita. Driverless cars have a flawless safety record. Even if they screw up and kill somebody it won't be anything like 30k/year. That means every day we don't deploy driverless cars here kills something like 90 people. It's sad governments seem more interested in BS like lawsuits, gun control and drug wars instead of actually preventing people from dying.

Comment: Re:Ummm... (Score 1) 150

by BigSlowTarget (#46790237) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0
Except of course that individual current owners of Yahoo would see that the investors would get a 25% return and figure other people would sell at market and they could hang on to their shares for a while to get a chunk of the 25%. The investors would effectively have to pay a portion of the premium. They would also have to deal with the risk that they put the whole deal together and then someone jumps in and buys out Yahoo for a tiny bit more or that Yahoo directors tank the value through poison pills or other actions in response to their attempt.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.