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Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score 1) 217

I've met plenty of social sciences graduates and talked to them enough to see their attitudes in person, but haven't seen anything on Fox News except one of the recent presidential debates in the last year or so (can't actually remember the last time I watched the channel beyond the one debate), so I'm not exactly a regular watcher. Thanks for the advice, though. It's too bad it was based on false premises and completely devoid of valid content.

Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score 1) 217

The nice thing about the ISA idea is that people don't have to argue and debate which degree programs are valuable, real investors have to put their money where their mouth would be and the ones who can't predict the values properly will quickly lose enough money to leave the market to the people who can make money at it by predicting someone's future prospects effectively.

It's essentially doubling as a prediction market for the value of a particular program of study.

Comment Re:Is this really as typical as it seems? (Score 1) 97

Security is new? These security devices fail because they make unacceptable tradeoffs generally from rolling their own implementation. There is a reason for standards. In the move from NO/NC devices these guys are trying to get device lock in. Reality is a pir motion sensor is a few bucks but they realy want to sell one for 50. If they conform to a legit standard like zwave they would have to work with other bits of kit and thus compeat. Zigbee is a cluster because it does not define a high level and require it's use. It's little different from the hard wired days when you needed the master password to program your panel but were beholden on the company that installed it to give it to you (and my favorite charge me to change it since they used the same one on every device they installed).

Comment Re:Time to invest in hard hats (Score 1) 259

Unless the parachute can steer it away, I'm not sure it would help much. The speed and momentum that would cause most of the damage would be from the vehicle striking it.

I'm replying from my phone with piss poor reception so i didn't get a chance to watch the video you linked to. Sorry if that already answered my point.

Comment Re:Missing the point a bit? (Score 1) 121

I'm not really in the target audience; but I know that sage, at least, can optionally use sage as a frontend to mathematica. I don't know how the feature sets compare; but if you are using the sage web interface it is pretty painless to interact with a copy of mathematica installed on the sage server; instead of, or in addition to, the OSS tools that it works with.

It may just be added complexity, there may be something that mathematica handles particularly brilliantly that the parent poster has in mind; but it shouldn't be terribly unpleasant done over the network unless your problem is computationally expensive enough that it would crush the rPi whether done locally or remotely.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 208

I'm not really sure how much staking-out of high ground is even possible until one gets closer to economic realization. Even if some treaty said that "Any touching of the asteroids is forbidden forever, with utter seriousness", one could safely enough do the R&D necessary to make grabbing them and chopping them up more practical; basically all the capabilities you'd need for asteroid mining can also be used for satellite launch, automation/robotics, improved astronomy and telescopes, and similar warm and fuzzy applications. The astronomy stuff would mostly fall under 'pure science', unless you can convince somebody that it will help detect ICBMs; but launch capabilities and improved robotics and remotely automated process research have a variety of plausible commercial applications even if the asteroids are off the table.

On the other side of the coin, highflown expressions of legal principle are usually given a great deal of latitude until they actually conflict with the interests of the nations that you need to sign and obey them. So long as the prospect is sufficiently science-fiction, anyone willing to spend a lot of time hounding UN delegates is more or less free to write whatever they want. Were somebody to step up to the table with a vaguely plausible plan, however, it's hard to imagine that they'd have much trouble finding a country large enough to be able to ignore the consequences and more than willing to do so in exchange for a cut of the take.

It seems to me that team lawyer wins more or less by default so long as the implementation isn't worked out(both because it won't actually be happening; and because there will be relatively little resistance to opining against it); but team mining will win more or less by default if they can actually make it cost effective; since laws national and international are bent, broken, or rewritten all the time for markedly less profitable(and much more ghastly) ventures.

Until that time, the posturing is symbolic(either banning the practice or laying claim to rocks you aren't already on course to intercept). If the law says nobody can do it; that will change once somebody concludes that they can turn a profit by doing it; and if I get myself crowned God Emperor of the Kupier belt now; I'll still have to get my tech up and running before somebody else does, or the claim will do me little good.

Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score 4, Insightful) 217

Unfortunately, the current social sciences at U.S. Universities is more likely to turn out a 26 year-old government social worker who thinks all parents are idiots who need her detailed supervision and spends her free time in "safe spaces" demonstrating for vague left-wing causes in the hopes of finding an enlightened boyfriend who'll stay longer than one night.

If instead, it were to actually "teach people critical thinking, how to argue and write persuasively." and produce "well-rounded individuals who can go on to be successful in a number of fields.", then the ISA market will value that future success and ability to repay in the future appropriately.

Comment Re:"Incorrect" MPG numbers (Score 1) 165

How high is the fine, how likely is it to get caught, how much is the profit due to the lie?

Whether it's legal or not is meaningless. When fine * chance is lower than revenue, it's a matter for finance, not for legal. Because then it's little more than a part of the calculation with tax reducing reserves "for possible legal fees" in the financial statements.

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