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Comment: Re:Can they do that? (Score 1) 152

by itsanx (#39611617) Attached to: Google Actually Patenting Its April Fools' Joke
I agree wholeheartedly with everything you say except for one thing - "truth is irrelevant in dealing with reality". Truth is certainly relevant in dealing with reality for those who believe there is such a thing as truth while letting authorities like scientists, priests or politicians monopolize that truth. Human error can never be removed from any equation (unless absolute truth is discovered), but hopefully it can be decreased to such an extent that it no longer represents a threat to us.

Comment: Re:Can they do that? (Score 1) 152

by itsanx (#39605861) Attached to: Google Actually Patenting Its April Fools' Joke
This may be OT, but I sincerely agree with parent. Science makes no claim on truth, science is a conceptual paradigm used to create tools. Reality does not need these tools to function - humans need the tools to relate to reality. As long as the standard model, upon which most nature science is built, remains incomplete there is no plausible support for a 1:1 correspondence between scientific explanatory frameworks and the inner workings of nature. We are already crossing the boundaries of human logic when proposing that a subatomic particle can assume several opposing states at once. Science in general and mathematics in particular are arts of reasoning. While they have proven to deliver enormous advancements in technology and welfare, they are not to be mistaken for truth.
The Almighty Buck

+ - Accomplishment-based work attendance: an idea whos->

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hessian writes: "Beginning Jan. 1, the Web-based event planning company is allowing employees unlimited time off.

“We just want you to do your job,” Harding said. “If you can do that, why limit the amount of vacation you can take?”

“Everything will work exactly the same,” she said. “We’re just taking the attendance out of performance.”

“If you’ve met your sales goal by the middle of the month, I have no place as a manager to keep you from taking the rest of the month off,” Chris Chi, associate director of sales, said."

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+ - Prospects Darken for Solar Energy Companies

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Although global demand for solar power is still growing — about 8% more solar panels will be installed this year compared with 2010 — bankruptcies, plummeting stock prices and crushing debt loads are calling into question the viability of the solar energy industry that since the 1970s has been counted on to advance the world into a new energy age. Only a handful of manufacturers are now profitable in the face of too much capacity, which has contributed to a plunge in prices as government subsidies have been curbed. Prices for solar panels started 2011 near $1.60 per watt, but a buildup of inventory forced manufacturers into a fire sale toward the end of the second quarter that has pushed prices to near $1 per watt now. "The prices that we're seeing today are likely not covering manufacturing costs in many cases," says Ralph Romero, director in management consulting for Black & Veatch, which provides engineering and due diligence consulting services to solar manufacturers. With at least seven solar-panel manufacturers filing for bankruptcy or insolvency in the last several months and six of the 10 largest publicly traded companies making solar components reporting losses in the third quarter, public-market investors are punishing the solar sector, sending shares down nearly 57% this year and although winners are expected to emerge eventually, the question is how much more carnage there will be before that happens. "The fact of the matter is, nobody really knows which solar companies will be pushed out of business or be forced to merge," writes industry analyst Rodolfo Avalos. "Nobody also knows how long it will take for the solar industry to improve even when the forecasted solar global demand for the next 5-10 years is quite promising.""

Comment: Obviously... (Score 3, Insightful) 278

by itsanx (#35501864) Attached to: Revisiting Ebert &mdash; Games <em>Can</em> Be Art, But Are They?
...he hasn't played Psychonauts by Tim Schafer. It is absolutely masterful in its depiction of humanity. While maintaining an amusing cartoonish style, it touches on the most difficult and painful parts of life. Like art, it teaches us something about life that cannot be taught in any other way.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.