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Comment Re:My ideal TV would be a big dump screen, that's (Score 1) 232

Assuming a 2.6m viewing distance, you can see the full resolution of 480i with a 25" set. So yes, I believe that you can tell the difference between 480 lines and HD resolutions on a 40" set.

You may be able to "perceive" a difference between 720p and 1080p on a 40" set (through vernier acuity). But you are unlikely to be able to actually resolve details at the full resolution of 1080p on your 40" set unless your vision is much better than 20/20.

With 20/20 vision, you can identify a letter (such as "E") only with a subtended angle of 5 arc minutes or more.

Comment Re:My ideal TV would be a big dump screen, that's (Score 1) 232

40" with supposed "HD" which is really 720p half-HD? This the dark ages? Am I to be impressed with a resolution lower than the average cellphone?

At a typical TV viewing distance of 2.6m, you can only see the resolution of 720p with a 45" set or larger. For 1080p resolution, you would need a set of 68" or larger. For 2160p resolution, you need a set of 148" or larger.

Comment Re:Novel Idea (Score 1) 364

I agree that foreign income to US companies is not effectively taxed "twice" due to foreign tax deductions, it is being effectively taxed at the US rate instead of the foreign rate. This is in comparison with say France which does not force French companies to pay French taxes on income earned by German subsidiaries (and instead, leaves the German income to German tax rates).

Comment Re:Novel Idea (Score 1) 364

How about we just lower our tax rate to 15%

That would be a start, but element #2 is not taxing US corporations on income earned outside the US (that income is already taxed by foreign localities). Every other country in the world operates on taxing corporations on income generated in their country, perhaps the US should join everyone else...

Comment Secondary markets for crowd funding (Score 1) 211

There should be a "secondary market" build into crowd funding platforms.

Imagine you put $150 towards a crowd funded drone. A year goes by, and you are getting nervous, so you can sell your $150 slot for $100 cash to someone else. Or if it starts to look like the product is going to be awesome, someone may offer $200 for your slot.

There should be a "short market" as well. You offer a $140 slot to someone else for a $150 drone. Then if the drone doesn't get built, you keep the $140. If the drone does get built, you have to pay the $10 difference to deliver the drone to the person whom you offered the slot to.

And there should be various kinds of crowd fund slot options, including timed ones.

Comment Re:Manufacturing is Hard (Score 1) 211

t took 4 weeks just to load the Bill of Materials in their system! That was after all the kinks were worked out on our end and with direct relationships with half the suppliers. Now they can finally order the parts which have generally have a 6-12 week lead time.

I think you need to physically move to Shenzhen!

Comment Re:Back in the old days (Score 2) 393

Likely as not, people suffer greatly as honest appraisers of their own self worth

Private banks might be better at doing an evaluation of whether you will make enough to be able to pay off your loans after graduation.

But in the US, the government first started guaranteeing private loans, then they just totally socialized them - although you can not use bankruptcy to get out of them.

Comment Marginal students do not benefit from college (Score 2) 393

From The Option Value of Human Capital: Higher Education and Wage Inequality

"...we find that subsidies inducing marginal students to attend colleges will have a negligible net benefit: Such students are far more likely to drop out of college or become underemployed even with a four-year degree, implying only small wage gains from college education."

Comment Re:I wonder.... (Score 1) 607

This story claims "All three of Japan's largest automakers are pushing to locate production of cars meant for the U.S. market in North America, primarily in Mexico and the United States. Toyota, Honda and Nissan are all recovering from supply chain disruptions caused by last year's tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand, and localizing production for the U.S. market provides a natural hedge against supply chain disruptions. Moreover, the continued high value of the Japanese yen against the dollar means that it is now more expensive for Japanese car companies to ship cars overseas to the U.S. than it is to build them locally."

US tariffs on Japanese car imports are only 2.5%.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 291

People complain about the fact that wages don't keep up with price inflation.

Except that Real Compensation Per Hour has been rising (although it had a bit of a plateau during the recession recovery years).

In an economy that bears some semblance to a free market, innovation and competition would naturally increase the purchasing power of a given wage (or at the very least hold it constant) over time. That does not happen under the Federal Reserve system and fractional reserve banking.

Price of 1975 Cray-1 (80 MFLOPS), $8 million.
Price of 2015 iPhone 5s (76.8 GFLOPS), $450.

Looking in terms of hours worked, 100.5 hours of work was required to purchase a washing machine in 1959 compared to just 23.3 hours of work (for the average worker) in 2013. Purchasing a TV demanded an astounding 127.8 hours of work in 1959, whereas a worker in 2013 could purchase one with only 20.7 hours of work (see other examples above). More examples here.

Comment Re:instead of union how about being value for mone (Score 1) 607

it's not being greedy to actually want non-stagnant wages

Non-farm business sector real compensation per hour is up 2.7% since 2014, after a long plateau due to the recession and formerly high unemployment rate, which is now down to 5%.

CEO pay is down over 30% (as a ratio with average worker pay) since 2000 though.

Intel CPUs are not defective, they just act that way. -- Henry Spencer