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Comment Re:Greeks surrender: no restructuring (Score 1) 485

Easy ... the last line in square brackets is [In case no agreement is reached, Greece should be offered swift negotiations on a time-out from the euro area, with possible debt restructuring.] In other words, if you don't like it you are on you own and we are happy to provide humanitarian aid. You are welcome to take as long as you want to pontificate and come back whenever you like, no problems. There will always be conditions which will remain unknown until you decide to come back.

Comment NOBODY reads science (Score 1) 958

Effectively nobody reads science. Everybody gets it through different channels that have a bias. Very few understand it and feel shit for not understanding it. So those that filter it pick and choose and shape the scientific message so that people don't feel inadequate. It will always be like that, learn to live with it. Most people are happy with bread and circuses. The remaining few enjoy the beauty of nature the the quest for understanding. Choose to be among the few.

Comment Tower of the winds (Score 1) 62

There were other such devices such as the tower of the winds. The Greeks did not nessasary discover log the data from the heavens, what they did work out is that the heavens followed mathematical rules and so simple equations could be used to predict the behavior of the heavens and not the whims of the Gods. Hence you could convert the equations to gear mechanisms and off you go ...

Comment Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 307

Standard argument from ignorance ... "hey look you don't know what you don't know so we might invent long enough ladders to be able to climb to the next galaxy". Well in fact you are wrong, we are fast advancing to knowing a fair bit or what can be known. I know it may sound familiar. What is well know is the cost of pushing the boundary of knowledge is growing fairly consistently. So in a century we will need half the worlds resources to learn 1% more where as now we need 10% of the worlds knowledge and a century ago we needed .1% of the worlds knowledge. Ultimately it might not be possible to cross into another galaxy much like it might not be possible to travel back in time to make two planets occupy the same spot with no ill effect ... but you don't know, there are still people working in garages.

Comment $311 Million (Score 3, Interesting) 161

$311 Million and they are circling the toilet !! What are they spending it on. I am sure they can rationalise their team and their product range. If it is profitability they want, they should focus in that direction and is find out what made them profitable, which might not be what is bringing in the money. Note Google makes money by selling our analytics but it is their presence on other fronts which makes them a household name.

Comment You are measuring it wrong (Score 1) 182

If you have a shop and tens of thousands simply window shop but only a few hundred actually buy something you are a screaming success. The non buyers do not cost you anything. Why is a MOOC a failure if you get thousands that participate and hundreds of thousands that simply audit or don't even go past the first few videos. They are working them out but there is so much content now out there in the interwebs which can help people learn if they want to, it is a screaming success. Don't forget most people, say 95% simply need bread and circuses. The remainder now have access to awesome content whereas they normally wouldn't. It is a WIN WIN WIN scenario.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen