We are a pattern recognizing species. Mathematics is but a means of description, of writing out the patterns we see. Another is spoken or written prose, or poetry. Are we a poetic imagining within the mind of a (relatively) god-like Li Bai/Hafez/Yeats. Anthropocentrism by any other name would seem as likely.
The margins on Android phones are razor thin. Apple has complete control over the iPhone, giving them a plausible rationale for marketing a premium phone. If they release an Android phone, that rationale evaporates.
How well has Nokia made out since dumping Symbion and MeeGo for someone else's OS? Yeah, that bad.
Citizens of the North trying to go South do it through China, the Yalu River being a much easier, safer crossing. Only soldiers work the heavily mined and observed DMZ. Crossing the intra-Korean border is a really good way to get shot by either/both sides.
"This is the norm for us"? I'm in the middle of the bleeding country, 1500km from the nearest capital city, and I pay $80/mon for 400GB through Internode. Who's got you by the knackers? Even Telstra isn't all that much more expensive.
Moments after the enabling regulations for the Banning Of Other Known Sources of Sufficiently Unverified Codexes ("BOOKS SUC") Act of 2051 are published, e-book readers across the nation delete all content excepting certain approved technical references. Subsequently, the long work of weeding out the hoarded dead tree editions begins.
The current national Liberal Party policy seems to be limited to 1) balance the budget without added revenue, and 2) cut revenues they don't feel they should collect. The result is that the mining tax will go away, and due to very low tariffs and deletion of subsidies that ameliorate the effects of the strong AU$ that Aussie ores create, most manufacturing will go away. Ford and Holden closing up shop is just part of the trend.
So, yah want an information economy to go with those fries? Sorry mate, costs more than we want to spend, and what would you do with all that bandwidth, anyway? You don't know, you say? Back in my day, dialup was good enough. What does YouTube have to do with it?
> No paperwork. No taxes. No health insurance. No legal liability.
It would appear that ShanghaiBill is either a free rider. If he were hiring locally in Pakistan or China, he might be able to avoid some of these "costs", but not all. In fact, there would be additional costs, in the form of bribes and kickbacks to get his infrastructure up and stay up, poor security for his person, and arbitrary application of laws, regulations, and jurisprudence when he comes in contact with organs on the government. Instead, Bill huddles within the relative safety what I'll assume is an OECD member state, probably the US, and skates on covering a good portion of the costs that make his cozy existence possible.
What an amoral fucker. All "Wealth of Nations", without the "Theory of Moral Sentiments".
Fine, go with a heavy nitrous mix, then. Although it would do the job, I'm sure there would be right wing whinging that the condemned aren't supposed to go *too* easy.
IZON... Stem Innovation, whoever.
I'll be generous and guess that IZON farmed out too much of their software development to
...so, the guy with the bananas ate all but one of his, and said the last one cost five coconuts.
"Fiat" currency is a tool. Broadly, it causes inflation when supply exceeds demand, and deflation when demand exceeds supply. Ideally, a little bit of inflation is good, in that it encourages a moderate level of use (investment, consumption), leading to real economic growth.
A tangible currency made from a limited supply of raw material tends towards deflation, which encourages hoarding, which discourages use, leading to real economic contraction.
"Post-coercion?" Do I detect a libertarian term of art, or are you suggesting something else?
I believe the core issue that those such as the Texas board members struggle with isn't with scientific evidence of a particular theory, but rather the conclusions that some choose to draw from that evidence. A child's perception of God and Nature is necessarily challenged as she matures. Some resolve that struggle by denying God, some by denying what is discovered during study of God's creation. Some from the board have evidently taken the later course, which reminds me of a quote from Augustine of Hippo, who wrote in part:
"It is too disgraceful and ruinous, though, and greatly to be avoided, that [the non-Christian] should hear a Christian speaking so idiotically on these matters, and as if in accord with Christian writings, that he might say that he could scarcely keep from laughing when he saw how totally in error they are."
I was an early DSL adopter in HI and never looked back, until my first Fujitsu DSL model croaked five years later. The iMac SE's modem stood in until the replacement unit arrived from Hawaiian Tel a few weeks later.
The subject matter is by its nature incendiary. So, this is likely to another of those cases where discussion based on the paper's abstract is going to be a wee bit under informed. I poked around the Oxford Martin School's domain, but wasn't smart enough to dig up an on-line copy of the working paper... prolly just as well. I look forward to the published version.
I'll take a shot at working with what we've got:
- There has been massively disruptive technology in the past. We adjusted. How?
- The disruptive technology freed capital (human, raw inputs, financial) and added enough value that new economic niches developed.
- Broad example: farmers to industrial workers to service workers.
- The working paper seems to suggest that in addition to a continued reduction in human labor inputs per unit of industrial output, we'll see massive reductions per unit of services output.
- Where does the freed, excess capital get deployed next? What happens to the surplus value? We haven't a clue now, just as we didn't have a clue during the previous transitions.
- Past performance is no guarantee of future results.