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+ - Occupy founder calls on Obama to appoint Eric Schmidt 'CEO of America'->

Submitted by Third Position
Third Position (1725934) writes "One of the co-founders of the Occupy Wall Street movement has called on Barack Obama to resign as president, and “appoint Eric Schmidt CEO of America”.

Justine Tunney, a self-styled “champagne tranarchist”, is now a software engineer at Google, but remains involved with Occupy Wall Street, through the website, which she created."

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Comment: Re:Don't be too sure of yourself. (Score 2) 279

by Third Position (#46498493) Attached to: The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

What if the Billionaire WANTS a certain answer and lets the scientist know it, so that the "data" can be published for a huge return on investment for the billionaire? Tobacco industry did this.

Or maybe billionaire just has an answer he emotionally wants to hear and funds science to get that instead of sensible science? If Jenny McCarthy had billions what sort of research d'you think she might fund?

Or what if billionaire wants research on life extending treatments for him and him alone and screw publishing?

I don't see any compelling reason billionare science would be any better than publicly funded science. I'd rather everyone own the results, too, than a billionaire.

I mean, one thing a billionare is VERY good at is hoarding good things (money) for themselves AREN'T THEY.


And the incentives of the people deciding which research will get public funding differ exactly how? You seem to start with the assumption that the career bureaucrat won't dispose of assets under his control to his greatest advantage whereas the career businessman will. I'm not seeing it.

Comment: Re:Startups Aren't Really Job-Creators In Practice (Score 3, Informative) 303

Private companies just don't need the sorts of skills that the typical person has. Nobody wants to hire an average programmer (at least, not at US wages), or an average marketer, etc. Today we have hyper-specialization and if you're in the top 1% of whatever you do you'll have a job for life, and if not you'll be lucky to ever have a job. We're still in transition, but all the trends are there.

We life in a country which has a huge economy, and yet tons of people who are unemployed.

Oddly enough, a libertarian economist, Tyler Cowan, wrote a book that agrees with you. Average is Over.

Comment: Re:"Protecting jobs" at the expense of what? (Score 1) 182

by Third Position (#46363843) Attached to: IBM Begins Layoffs, Questions Arise About Pact With New York

In principle, I agree. But that only holds true as long as management is correctly evaluating what and who is performing efficiently. Judging from IBM's performance and stock price, management is not doing so hot at making that judgement.

That's also a nice thing about markets. They not only punish inefficiency, they also punish stupid management. It may take a while, but eventually the chickens come home to roost.

While government shouldn't protect the inefficient employees, it shouldn't protect incompetent management, either.

Also, economic efficiency isn't everything. Would you be comfortable offshoring industries our national defense is dependent on, even if economic efficiencies could be obtained by doing so?

Comment: Re:He's s shill probably (Score 1) 194

by Third Position (#46320103) Attached to: Internet Shutdown Adds To Venezuela's Woes

The majority of Venzuelans voted for the government they have today. They stood idly while Chavez rewrote the constitution "for the common people". Now they get to enjoy the benefits.

Well, sure. But then, we can assume that Venezuelan democracy isn't so different from our own. Most likely they voted for it not because it was wonderful, but because it was the least bad choice on the ballot. Just because you get to vote, doesn't necessarily mean you get to vote for what you want.

+ - Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Several massive countersuits have now been filed against global warming scientist Michael Mann after he failed to pursue his own lawsuit against Canadian climate scientist Timothy Ball.

If true, it suggests the tide has definitely turned in the battle over climate science — between honest scientists and the political activists who claim to be scientists."

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Comment: Paul Krugman, 1998 (Score 0, Troll) 187

by Third Position (#46271045) Attached to: Krugman: Say No To Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner

"The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in “Metcalfe’s law”–which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants–becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s."

--Paul Krugman, 1998

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