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Submitted by Scroatzilla
Scroatzilla (672804) writes "What makes someone rise to the top in music, games, sports, business, or science? This question is the subject of one of psychology’s oldest debates. Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000 hours" rule probably isn't the answer. Recent research has demonstrated that deliberate practice, while undeniably important, is only one piece of the expertise puzzle—and not necessarily the biggest piece."
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Comment: Re:Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by mc6809e (#48015319) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

So, no studying PtoE, company fundamentals, etc. etc. Further proving that the Stock Market is almost entirely disconnected from the underlying companies. Basically, it's a Ponzi scheme.

This is true mostly for new or trendy companies in trendy spaces. Boring companies that have been around for a long time are often priced based on the future dividends they're expected to pay. They don't get any attention, though, because those that make money on speculating can't make any money by trading them. The speculators and brokers don't want people paying attention to fundamentals. Volumes would plummet so how would they make money? There would be no churn. And then they'd have to sell the million dollar Manhattan apartment where they keep their mistress.

It's similar to the difference between trading Beanie Babies (or whatever faddy collectible is popular now) and something like wheat.

The US government would have invested Social Security in the Stock Market, but they can't find a spokesperson from the financial industry you can advocate the scheme without drooling at the prospect.

The US government already invests that money by spending it and leaving a bond in its place.

And how did they invest it? Well, there are some big craters in Iraq and Afghanistan now. Bingo halls and casinos also seem to have profited.

Comment: Re:Why are you in charge of the decision? (Score 0) 310

by mariox19 (#48007141) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

Although I am well-versed in C, I have thus-far avoided C++, C# and Java [...]

It's amazing to think there is someone like this in 2014. It's like those stories they used to tell of Japanese soldiers stranded on Pacific Islands, back in the '50s and '60s, who allegedly had no idea WWII had ended. In all honesty, I find it almost easier to believe in the stories about the Japanese soldiers.

Comment: Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (Score 3, Insightful) 211

by mc6809e (#47991237) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

"Conservative" means different things in different countries. It even means different things in different US states.

In the USA, "conservative" might mean an advocate of small government and reduced government power, or it might mean a pro-life social conservative looking to restrict abortion or anything in between.

If privacy is a voter's primary concern in the US, it's probably best to vote based on the individual candidate's position than on the candidate's party.

Comment: Re:Renewable (Score 5, Insightful) 82

by mc6809e (#47903569) Attached to: Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

Using renewable energy to tap unrenewable energy... Seems not really enduring. Why not just use directly the renewable energy in first place?

Because oil isn't just used as energy, though it often is.

Petroleum is a miracle substance from the standpoint of its chemistry. It would be hard to imagine modern life without all the chemicals and materials petroleum makes possible.

Burning such a flexible, important substance as fuel is terribly foolish.

Comment: Re: GIst of the problem is ... (Score 1) 250

by mc6809e (#47842059) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

I think his 50% tax burden number comes from including Federal income and payroll taxes, State taxes, and local taxes.

That's probably correct only for highly paid professionals that get most of their income by selling their skills. Anyone with income that comes from wealth isn't paying anywhere near that.

The tax code in the US at all levels is incredible stupid.

But the 50% number isn't connected too terribly much with the lack of hiring, though. If you ask a business people why they aren't hiring many will tell you that they just don't have enough time to both run their business and worry about all the extra bureaucratic hassles that come with employing someone -- that might include paying some taxes, but it also includes liability and regulatory concerns.

Employing a new worker is like walking through a minefield. You might have seen job advertisements asking only for those that are currently employed. This is an attempt to avoid all those disasters that come with hiring the wrong person.

Comment: Re: But is it reaslistic? (Score 2) 369

The only Bacteria that are scary are anti-biotic resistant ones, all the rest can be cured with a dose of anti-biotic.

Don't be so dismissive.

I realize the plague is so dark ages and that we have antibiotics, but from 1990 until 2010 the overall mortality rate was 11%.

People still die even with antibiotics.

Comment: A willingness to fight (Score 4, Interesting) 579

by mc6809e (#47781749) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Men in general seem to have less tolerance for what they perceive as error and a greater willingness to fight to correct error.

That's not the say that men are more often correct than are women. They just seem more eager to do battle, even if it is from behind a keyboard.

Anyone that's been involved in an edit war of wikipedia knows that the winner is often isn't the one with the best grasp of the facts, but it's the one least willing to give up the fight.


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