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Comment: Re:R wont run on linux soon (Score 1) 105

That's pretty good evidence that there is some relationship, you are right.

However, R is developed by a team out of the University of Wisconsin Statistics Department, lead by Doug Bates. I believe that the team at UW, not GNU, makes decisions about the direction for R's future development.

Nevertheless, your original point stands and I agree with you that I don't see that team moving from linux any time soon.

Comment: Re: BTC Insured? (Score 1) 79

by gumbi west (#48898289) Attached to: Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

The thing is that you are guessing about how it might work, not actually knowing how it does work.

If your account gets hacked and the money is transferred within the country, it can simply be recovered by transferring the money back because all the accounts fall under the same 'governance', even internationally there are some agreements for returning stolen money.

On the startup podcast, one of their investors accidentally wired the money to the wrong account and they only got most (about 2/3) of their money back because the other side had withdrawn another portion. The bank and police offered no assistance in getting back the rest.

Comment: Re:It was CmdrTaco's blog (Score 1) 190

by gumbi west (#48606261) Attached to: Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

This, however, is clearly a post about business models and the economy, or I assume it is, tl;dr The business side of technology is irrelevant to my interests, business is just a bad reality TV show.

I am an economist and this drivel is more like, "what I think I recall based on having taken econ classes a long time ago" than it is about economics or business. I would never endorse any of the above logic attributed to economists, with the possible exception of the first day Apple pricing which I would talk about simply in a college class even though actual economists know full well why a company might use that pricing model.

News flash: what's taught in college economics is known to not be correct, it's just part of a liberal arts education.

Comment: Re:Call a spade a spade (Score 2) 148

by gumbi west (#48527501) Attached to: How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

just not the kind of control that the majority of Americans desire

I'm not so sure. I think the President (who ever that is) typically wants to keep the country safe and the NSA wants to do the same and they think that they are doing it correctly. I think people want the to be safe and it's tough as the person who is actually President to cut off the means employed by the NSA and hope that you are correct and the ends will still be there knowing that if there were an attack it could easily be your decision that allowed it and all it's nasty side effects.

All that said, I'd personally like more court involvement. In particular, I see no reason the judicial process couldn't happen in a classified arena. If the lawyers had security clearances and all judges already do, then I see no reason they couldn't just have closed proceedings without juries, but at least have some oversight from an outside body.

Another viable option for checks would be an Inspector General, covered by the Inspector General act and so truly independent from the agency itself, who could issue reports to the President and Congress.

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.

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