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Comment: Re:More eugenics propaganda? (Score 1) 187

by david_thornley (#48031217) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

What the bleep does race have to do with anything here? A study of one person proves very, very little. Are you claiming that blacks are considered uniformly genetically inferior to whites?

What you need to do, for genetic studies, is have people of similar genetic makeup (identical twins are best, but non-identical siblings are good) living in different situations. If you do that, you'll find that the people in better conditions do better, on the whole, but from what I've read you'll find that genetics plays a large part.

Comment: Re: Wisdom from these guys? (Score 1) 267

by david_thornley (#48031117) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

I believe that the stock market is filled with people better able to play the market than I am. Therefore, my strategy is to buy companies I have some long-term confidence in and let them appreciate. Day trading puts me in the shark tank. Shorting on a big scale straps leaky blood bags around me and puts me in the shark tank.

Comment: Re:Tesla is worth 60% of GM ! (Score 1) 267

by david_thornley (#48031071) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

A company that expects massive growth doesn't need a sane P/E ratio. People are counting on the earnings to go up.

Facebook looked to me like a bust, though. It opened at a psychotically insane P/E ratio, and I couldn't see how it was going to increase earnings that much (and I still can't). I consider it a strategy that worked wonderfully to make Zuckerberg rich at the expense of the investors.

Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 1) 267

by david_thornley (#48030941) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

According to TFS, Lutz said that Tesla is a fringe brand, and will remain one until it produces lower-priced cars. Not that Tesla never would become mainstream or anything like that. Seriously, Tesla sells luxury cars and nothing else right now. That makes it a fringe brand. They have plans to make less expensive cars, and when those are selling Tesla will cease to be a fringe brand.

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 451

by david_thornley (#48028707) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Um, whatever? False earthquake alarms aren't a problem anybody is to be blamed for, nor are failures to predict a real earthquake. Insisting that there is no earthquake danger in a certain town, and that nobody should take any protective measures, and being proven tragically wrong, is blameworthy.

Comment: Re:Fox News? (Score 1) 451

by david_thornley (#48028667) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Okay, how many "good ones" dismiss anything said by the "bad scientists" because of who they work for? Everybody is free to submit papers with the evidence they can scrape up, and it's essentially impossible to keep a good paper from being published at all. Thing is, the evidence is pretty convincing if you look at it skeptically and intelligently. If a scientist working for the oil companies came up with a good paper, I really doubt the origin would be a problem. If a scientist working for the oil companies comes up with opinions not backed by the evidence, well, again I really doubt the origin would be a problem.

Science, as a discipline, works with egotistic and sometimes petty individuals who are as fallible as anybody else. It works pretty well.

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"

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