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Comment: Re:Yeah ... but ... it's true. (Score 1) 267

by GodInHell (#48022927) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
Absolutely, I want a Tesla Model S - I would gladly buy one if I could. I would joyously be part of Telsa's sales - but that doesn't change the numbers. Tesla is a tiny player making big waves - hopefully its just the signs of a new beast rising from the deep - but companies should be evaluated based on their numbers, their vision and their leadership - Tesla has only two of those going for it right now.

Comment: Yeah ... but ... it's true. (Score 4, Insightful) 267

by GodInHell (#48022279) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
Check out the chart at Wikipedia the Model S sold about 40,000 cars this year. Compare that to the significantly less sexy Nissan leaf with its 130,000 sales - or GM's total sales for 2014 January - June of 4.9 Million vehicles. See, GM's sales report for Q2-14.

Tesla is a great car company and likely to be an even bigger deal in the battery market - but compared to GM, it's sales barely register.

On the stock front - GM's market cap is 51.8B, Tesla's is 30B. So, yes, Tesla is probably a bit overpriced right now - people are buying what Tesla will be, not the company it is today.

Comment: Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (Score 1) 92

by GodInHell (#47940745) Attached to: Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

Not everyone speaks legalese, after all. ...and that is why the lawyers get to run things.

Yep. Basically. That and the fact that we're comfortable going into Court and performing in front of a judge and client, putting our knowledge of the law out there and giving advice to people in the most stressful moments of their lives. Ever had a bad day specifically because you knew you had to go confront someone for being a jerk / doing something stupid? That's about 50% of my job. The other 50% is mostly research and writing.

Comment: First - Find a real test for "intelligence." (Score 1) 269

by GodInHell (#47880659) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little
Sounds like maybe they put the cart before the horse. "Intelligence," of the kind that can be scored on academic tests, is a combination of raw potential, opportunity and effort. You can have amazing potential for intellect, but never get off the family farm - get "home schooled" and told that the earth is flat and math is a tool of the devil - you will then fail any external metric of "intelligence" that requires you to know and apply facts. Likewise, someone who has barely average potential can, given adequate opportunity and effort, develop the skills and abilities to do well on academic tests or external measures of "intelligence."

"Intelligence" as measured by academic performance would thus not correlate well with raw genetic markers (i.e. raw potential). First they'd need to define what capacity of the person they want to deem "intelligence" e.g. - are we talking logical deductive capacity, ability with mathematical computation, the ability to communicate effectively, problem solving skills - what is "intelligence?" Second, they would need to find some way to test that capacity that isn't commonly understood and used outside the study, so, for example, not asking participants to take a math test because then the opportunity and effort elements interfere with the measure of raw capacity - you'd need a test that challenged the ability to learn and comprehend without falling back on existent structures; this would be very difficult to formulate well, and any test taker could only use that test once. Third, they'd need to look for common physical markers in the developed body / brain for those that demonstrate whatever capacity they've defined as intelligence - e.g. nerve density, size of the brain cavity, etc. Only then can you look for a genetic source for that physical marker.

"Intelligence" isn't height or weight or eye color - it is too subjective a quality to seek out before defining your term very narrowly.

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