Disclaimer, I've actually taught English as a second language to scientists and technical personnel...
"Understandable. Daniel Kahneman has some amusing anecdotes who people who work in finance really don't seem to figure out what it is they're really doing."
Daniel Kahneman is highly suspect, he's friends with Nassim Taleb https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Games?! Bah! I remember inputting the source code for a graphic of the space shuttle on my Commodore Vic 20 that had a 16 Kb memory expansion card...
Luckily the memory was good
"declaring that "at 400 parts per million, all our food crops, forests, and natural ecosystems are still on a starvation diet for carbon dioxide."
Yeah but it seems there may be some unintended consequences...
Lead author Dr Roel Brienen, from the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, said: “Tree mortality rates have increased by more than a third since the mid-1980s, and this is affecting the Amazon’s capacity to store carbon.” Initially, an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – a key ingredient for photosynthesis – led to a growth spurt for the Amazon’s trees, the researchers say. But the extra carbon appears to have had unexpected consequences. Study co-author Professor Oliver Phillips, also from the University’s School of Geography, said: “With time, the growth stimulation feeds through the system, causing trees to live faster, and so die younger.”
"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long - and you have burned so very, very brightly Roy"
What do you call someone who speaks more than three languages?
What do you call someone who speaks three languages?
What do you call someone who speaks two languages?
What do you call someone who speaks only one language?
The solar powered rover, Opportunity is still rolling and sending back data 10 years after it landed, not too shabby!
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/sh... Appendix F - Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle
by R. P. Feynman
It appears that there are enormous differences of opinion as to the probability of a failure with loss of vehicle and of human life. The estimates range from roughly 1 in 100 to 1 in 100,000. The higher figures come from the working engineers, and the very low figures from management. What are the causes and consequences of this lack of agreement? Since 1 part in 100,000 would imply that one could put a Shuttle up each day for 300 years expecting to lose only one, we could properly ask "What is the cause of management's fantastic faith in the machinery?"
The remainder of the report is quite revealing.