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Comment: Re:"The Ego" (Score 1) 553

by Snufu (#49615889) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Wrong. The standard unit of ego is the microtrump. A full trump is way too big for any practical use. That would be like expressing the power of your lawnmower motor as 1.2e-34 solar outputs.

Microtrumps are useful in many applied fields, but we still need a system of universal standard political SI (Superego International) units that can be used across all disciplines.

Ego force: Newt (Gingrich).
Bribing torque: Newt-meter.
Energy: Election votes
Power: Election votes per second
Power density: Election votes per second per district
Density of states: Electorate distribution
Density of electorate: Red states

Comment: The only constant is change. (Score 1) 123

by Snufu (#49607111) Attached to: How Silicon Valley Got That Way -- and Why It Will Continue To Rule

The article makes no argument to support its assertion that silicon valley will continue be a unique technology center. In fact, the article does make several compelling observations and cites trends that would portend just the opposite--a diaspora of tech development.

The specific SV boom from 1960-1990 was a concatenation of unique events. There is nothing unique to the geography that will keep tech in SV. California has the best combination of weather and recreation in the U.S. (IMO), but that's not going to keep the rest of the world from catching up in the areas that created SV: knowledge workforce, capital, and willingness to take a risk.

It is not well to be thought of as one who meekly submits to insolence and intimidation.