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Comment: Re:Just Require an IQ Test (Score 1) 634

by TheSync (#48886609) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Considering recent studies show that cancer is more likely to be caused by genetics than smoking

Can you link to these "recent studies"?

And if so, why did lung cancer rates fall by 12% in the last 30 years in the US, does that mean we are evolving immunity?

Or perhaps it lines up with reflect changes in the nation's smoking habits - smoking less, especially by men.

Comment: Re:Bull pucky (Score 1) 200

This is a direct recipe for increasing income inequality, and you have to be a dishonest psychopath to think that's a good ida.

You will have to show the evidence that higher tax rates on individuals with higher incomes are effective at changing income shares.

In case you didn't notice, EU countries also have rising Gini coefficients as well as the US, despite different tax policies (though the US doesn't have the same level of unemployment).

Higher returns to people with more skills is a function of increasing technology and global economic growth, and will continue regardless of the tax rates.

Comment: Re:HUH? (Score 1) 200

Certainly, a lot better than investing in more tax cuts for billionaires.

Alternatively, billionaires could be using their money left over after tax to invest in new technologies, and actually do it intelligently as they are trying to make money instead of political points.

Comment: Re:Is nursing high-paying? (Score 1) 200

It looks like US BSN are higher paid than their UK counterparts.

US doctors and nurses are paid about 50% higher than OECD equivalents even after adjusting for cost of living.

When governments are more involved in the medical field, they have the power to reduce salaries.

Comment: Re:better then theory loaded schools with teachers (Score 1) 200

Although it may also be simply a selection bias.

I'd argue college is 50% or more credentialing inborn capability. The value of a college degree is that 1) you proved yourself capable enough to be accepted by that college and 2) you made it through four years without dropping out.

Evidence for (2) is that there is a huge salary difference between someone who completes 99% of college without getting a degree and someone who gets the degree for completing 100%.

Comment: Re:Bull pucky (Score 1) 200

Why should guys like Mitt Romney only get to pay 13% on his annual income in tax

You should be aware that for tax year 2014, the maximum capital gains tax rate is now 23.8%. Romney was only paying 13% effective tax rate when the capital gains tax maxed out at 15%.

Of course Romeny paid millions in taxes, which is more than you ever will.

Comment: Re:What a bunch of fucking bullshit this is... (Score 1) 218

by TheSync (#48827567) Attached to: Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

No, Hedy Lamarr invented a particular mechanical way to achieve frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) using paper player piano rolls.

FHSS was actually invented by Tesla, who patented the idea in 1903, and there were various implementations of it by WWI.

Moreover, direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) was actually only made practical through the "noise wheel" work of Mortimer Rogoff around 1950. His work was kept secret for over 30 years, which is part of the reason why few people know of him.

Hedy Lamarr was clearly a very intelligent person, and her work with George Antheil was apparently used to control some torpedoes in the 1960's using FHSS.

But it is misleading to say that she invented spread spectrum, or even invented frequency hopping.

It should also be noted that only the lowest bandwidth early 802.11 protocols used FHSS. There was a transition to DSSS, and now most modern 802.11 protocols use OFDM.

Comment: Re:Tell me it ain't so, Elon! (Score 4, Interesting) 181

by TheSync (#48813765) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

My father used to own a Texaco gas station. He often competed with stations that were owned by Texaco itself. There were times when those company-owned stations would sell gas for cheaper than they would sell it to him wholesale. Corporate mentality doesn't care about anything but profit.

Of course through the effects of corporate self-interest, consumers got cheaper gas than they could from your father's rip-off gas station...

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.