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Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 1) 347

by FreedomFirstThenPeac (#47416317) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

The incentive is NOT to make the most money. It is to charge just enough that there is very little room for a competitor to slip in a lower premium for the same protections. Thus, if you are deemed to be an expected cost is $1K/year driver then your premium should be about $1.1K a year to leave them some protection against the high-side risks (protection they usually get through re-insurance, but that's another concept and we don't want to overload the wet-ware circuits). Conversely, if you are deemed to be an expected cost is $10K/year driver then your premium should be $11K a year and I bet they just hope someone else comes along and offers you a better deal.

But "increasing the total sum they get from premiums" is not even a first order approximation of the TWTWW (the way the world works).

Comment: Re:Don't mention the tree-planting thing! (Score 1) 228

by FreedomFirstThenPeac (#47371455) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US
I guarantee that if more than some (insert your guess here)% of the economy went into barter then the IRS would start enforcing EXISTING laws that make barter transactions taxable as income. So, calling brownies money (as barter) does not make them untaxable, just (currently) untaxed. As for non-profits getting a special tax break, why not (1) eliminate all corporate taxes, (2) remove free speech from corporations and unions, (3) tax wealth more (level that entitlement cliff), (4) tax consumption more (carbon tax, anyone?), (5) tax income less (but progressively).

This list is not supportable by either party, which makes me think it could be the best set of trade-offs ever. The only improvement would be if estates of everyone who died were taxed at a rate that paid off their (proportional) share of the national debt that they let get run up on their watch (without regard to which party incurred it). Might make those 20-somethings think a little bit about how much debt they wanted their cohort to put on the books.

Comment: Re:Weather is NOT climate (Score 1) 567

As a practicing mathematician and statistician I really don't think the publicly available data is suitable for any weekend warriors to do their own analyses. The data that is available, I fear, will have been "cleaned" to ensure consistency with local dogma rather than to ensure suitability for analysis.

Comment: It's all about the genetics (Score 1) 222

by FreedomFirstThenPeac (#47186455) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines
The genetic algorithm (GA) has proven (3B years of testing) to be incredibly powerful, able to solve problems that are not even on the table at the beginning of the run. As soon as we create a system that can evolve using GA, and that can replicate itself physically, we need to worry. Even with human interventions, computer viruses are annoying, wait till someone successfully writes in a good GA and it finds its way into a manufacturing system.

Comment: Re:Working in the SCIF (Score 1) 310

Actually, the most unusual location was in the undressing room at a strip club, which happened to be where the computer was sitting. My buddies waiting on the floor while I disappeared into said undressing room were unimpressed with my excuse for going there. "Yeah, right!" was the general response when I told them.

Comment: Working in the SCIF (Score 1) 310

1. What is the most unusual location you have written a program from?
A coffee shop in Estes Park, where I wrote code that had to be modemed back to Minnesota using an old 4-prong phone connection (had to find a converter from the new-fangled RJ14 plug).

2. What is the most unusual circumstance under which you have written a program?
Using an HP9825 to emulate a TI59 so I could more quickly develop the program.

3. What is the most unusual computing platform that you wrote a program from?
Probably that same HP9825, a calculator with a card reader, a pen plotter and an 80-character display (that's right, one line of code visible at a time).

4. What is the most unusual application program that you wrote?
Not really an application, but I once wrote a Monte Carlo simulation to answer the question, "how long after a [specified] nuclear attack would it be until the radiation on the ground would have dropped far enought to allow the Russians to force workers at gunpoint to enter the area if they only needed the workers to function for 15 minutes?" Had to do that one on an HP41C.

Comment: Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 772

by FreedomFirstThenPeac (#47129169) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy
The closest a scientific theory can get to being fact is when it becomes "dogma". Once it is dogma, any research that contradicts it must meet a higher level of confidence. So, if I claim that H. pylori causes ulcers when dogma suggests that stress causes ulcers, then I need to have results that perhaps exceed the usual 0.05 p-value threshold for submission, review and publication.

In that light, dogma now says that humans are causing global warming, the science is "settled" in that sense. Evolution is also at the level of dogma.

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