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Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 384

by bingoUV (#49747883) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

I never said getting "complicated designs" from brainstorming sessions is easy. I used neither of these words, nor any implication which indirectly means this. What makes you invoke this straw man?

You talked about "working together", so my post was directed at one of the types of working together.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 384

by bingoUV (#49742855) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

Plan the meeting agenda ahead of time

Working with people in different continents means brainstorming with them too. That means 10 people will have different pieces of information, 10 will have ideas based on them. A single person can "plan" ahead only as much as his own information. This being 10% of the total information, ideas generated by himself would need to be seriously modified even if useful by themselves. This modification needs to be communicated fast and effectively - even while being bombarded by 9 others giving extra information and giving their own original and modified ideas.

The above might seem more chaotic than it needs to be, but it is definitely something for which "planning" gets dwarfed.

With 10 people in the same room, an effective brainstorming session can be produced. Something about the virtual central shared whiteboard hampers it.

Comment: Re:Syntax hilighting (Score 1) 423

by bingoUV (#49741837) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

Is there any way you like to highlight things? Do you see code better when different fonts / styles are used for different types of texts in the code? Underline / bold etc.?

About bad "ls" colour schemes, I have myself used "echo *" as a more readable alternative to "ls". Of course, you could change "ls" colour scheme or "ls --color=never"

Comment: Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1055

by bingoUV (#49733955) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

What if you sell coffee and a fungus drives the price of coffee up? What if your town shuts down for a week because of a tornado? What if your truck gets wrecked?

All these events, if occasional, can be mitigated by saving / investment. If regular, most businesses will shut down.

Are you saying this is about raising the wages for some month only when certain astrological patterns are seen, on an average one month a year?

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 334

by bingoUV (#49724477) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

Yes, I forgot to mention that though theoretical rarity is similar as you say, practically orders of magnitude more mined gold exists than platinum. So they cannot be said to be similar from a practical perspective.

Given the physical dissimilarities, calling them similar is very wrong.

Comment: Re:What book value means (Score 1) 334

by bingoUV (#49724165) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

The value of the Coca Cola brand is the difference beween the above value, and the value of a company measured in the same way, but selling "no name" brand cola (probably close to zero).

So to measure the worth of Coca Cola, you need to spend lots of money in establishing another cola company and make it sell no name brand cola. This is not practical. If the company is imaginary, it doesn't come under "easily established", it comes under "educated guess" that the GP was mentioning.

If the value of this imaginary company is assumed to be zero, you are essentially saying the value of Coca Cola company is same as the value of the Coca Cola brand. This is clearly wrong.

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 334

by bingoUV (#49724127) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

platinum and gold, two precious metals with very similar properties

They are extremely dissimalar.

1. Platinum is harder than pure iron - though matches gold in ductility and malleability if enough force is applied. It is much much harder to work with than gold.

If you have raw gold as money, you can divide it into pieces with relatively little skill or force. Not so with platinum.

2. Platinum is much much rarer than gold.

Comment: Re:And OP is retarded. (Score 1) 334

by bingoUV (#49724095) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

1. Somewhat less easily verified than gold.

2. Not divisible - the worth is proportional to fourth power of size, depending on other factors. And serious technology is required to divide it, except along the lines at which a piece of diamond wants to be divided.

So you have a diamond worth 20 horses, but you want only one horse. By dividing the diamond into 20, you have reduced the worth of your diamond by many orders of magnitude. IF you are able to divide it into 20 at all.

Comment: Re:I block Flash and Java. (Score 1) 616

by bingoUV (#49718485) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

1. People claiming to want to study opposing viewpoints are a dime a dozen.

2. Atypical people don't matter anyway.

3. The revenue generated from ads, normalized by adblocking people, is so little that most people would be limited by time to view all the material rather than the money to pay for it. Except for badly scaling pricing models - but when bad models are assumed, any number of things can wrong, viewpoint bubbles are the least of worries.

Comment: Re:I block Flash and Java. (Score 1) 616

by bingoUV (#49715979) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral

It would also put viewers in a bubble where they're unwilling to look at a site with opposing viewpoints because they'd have to pay more. It's similar to the purported drawbacks of the Facebook Zero/Internet.org initiative

1. Human psyche isn't amenable to looking at things disagreeing with them. Any system evolved / used by humans will have that problem. Even without internet.org / zero / facebook / lots of paid websites - most people live in their own bubble.

2. Even without internet.org/zero - facebook already puts you into your own bubble. Things similar to those you like are shown more. There is no dislike button for similar deliberate purposes. Facebook blames this on users, but they know that showing you things that you like is a good way to keep you coming back for more.

3. In effect you are saying paid websites would "put viewers in a bubble where they're unwilling to look at a site with opposing viewpoints", whereas without the paid websites they are already in the same bubble. I don't see a difference.

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