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Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 3, Informative) 120

by timeOday (#47932503) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing
Well, slaves actually did have substantial market value. Piketty has an interesting section on this in "Capital". Quoting from it :

What one finds is that the total market value of slaves represented nearly a year and a half of US national income in the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, which is roughly equal to the total value of farmland...

In practice, in the antebellum United States, the market price of a slave was typically on the order of ten to twelve years of an equivalent free worker's wages... In 1860, the average price of a male slave of prime working age was roughly $2,000, whereas the average wage of a free farm laborer was on the order of $200.

For reference, the US National Income in 2012 was $15.7 trillion, i.e. a few percent less than the GDP. 150% of that is about equal to the total value of all residential real estate in the US.

Comment: Re:Weasel worded. (Score 1) 73

by timeOday (#47932253) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers
Go ahead and try to argue why it's not true, I'll wait. In every area where achievement is objectively measurable, it is true. For example, The world record marathon time was 2:26 in 1950, but the top 50 finishers of the most recent Boston Marathon all beat that time. So, what you need to prove is that something about modern times has had such an opposite effect -- in subjective pursuits only -- as to outweigh the nearly insurmountable odds of a growing population with growing freedom times the impact of technology.

Comment: Re:...the best photographers were older people... (Score 4, Insightful) 73

by timeOday (#47931273) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers
All that experience can be accumulated hundreds of times faster in digital where you can see immediate results. Tomorrow's experts will be more expert than yesterday's experts, just as the 20th century saw huge leaps in athletic performance such as running and swimming races, weight lifting records, etc. There are also thousands of artists today that equal the top handful of masters of old times, it simply isn't acknowledge because it is subjective, and appreciation is inherently relative, in the same way people love 60's sports cars even though they are actually slow and poor-handling.

Comment: Alternately.... (Score 2) 312

by timeOday (#47930109) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
Another possibility is that the model 3 will eventually hit its price point but miss its delivery date. If demand for the S remains strong enough to gobble up battery production, Tesla could just keep making those, while reduced battery prices increase profit, and/or reduce the selling price to extend demand even further, thus pushing back the Model 3.


The basic oddity of the Model 3 plan is Tesla's intention to jump all the way from the $80K S down to half of that on the next model. An electric car doesn't really need to be as cheap as $35K, since the S has demonstrated demand for a higher price if the car is good, and since the average price of a new car is already $28,400, and those cars will burn tens of thousands of dollars of gas over their lifetime.

One way or another there is going to be a financial incentive to feel their way down the price point more gradually, although I hope they remain committed to, and are able to pull off, the revolutionary approach.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 793

by timeOday (#47929329) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

A society that doesn't allow math won't last long.

How often will we fall into trap of taking headlines like this at face value? Islam, not even radical Islam, is anti-math, as far as I have ever heard.

Read further into the (short) article, and you hear actual quotes from the new policy, which are more what you would expect:

Educators cannot teach nationalistic and ethnic ideology and must instead teach "the belonging to Islam ... and to denounce infidelity and infidels."

Books cannot include any reference to evolution. And teachers must say that the laws of physics and chemistry "are due to Allah's rules and laws."

...all of which is still bad, albeit all-too-familiar. But I will be $5 if you asked ISIS director of education if they were "anti-math" he would take it as an accusation.

Comment: Re:Urban Fetch (Score 1) 139

by timeOday (#47913329) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands
The "ride-sharing" services believe that smart phones are the enabling technology that explain why Things are Different Now and taxi laws should no longer apply. I would guess the rationale for this is the same. Of course a lot of people already had cell phones way back in the dark ages of (2000 or thereabouts), but I'll grant relatively few people had GPS, especially linked to their phone, which would be very useful for automated dispatch optimization. Combining trips would be the key for making this viable.

Comment: Re:As a layman... (Score 2) 104

Because your immune system is likely to kill you when it kicks into hyperdrive to clear the pathogens from your system:

The presence of microbial pathogens in the bloodstream triggers systemic inflammation and can lead to sepsis, which often overcomes the most powerful antibiotic therapies and causes multiorgan systems failure, septic shock and death. Sepsis afflicts 18 million people worldwide every year, with a 30-50% mortality rate even in state-of-the-art hospital intensive care units, and its incidence is increasing because of the emergence of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.

The use of magnets here is not magical, just a way to pull out the nanobeads. They are coated with a human-derived factor that does all the hard work of pathogen selectivity:

These capture agents are composed of magnetic nanobeads coated with a genetically engineered version of human MBL that binds to a wide variety of pathogens and is easily manufactured but lacks key functional domains that could complicate therapy.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 4, Interesting) 193

by timeOday (#47883499) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

Removing the human from the loop in aircraft automation has been a source of unending problems

Commercial aviation is now safer than it ever was in the past.

Fully autonomous driving is doable IF it is only along routes that have been verified and to some extent instrumented. I predict we'll see a few Approved Routes initially, such as stretches of Interstate. Fairly soon, the approved routes will account for the majority of vehicle miles driven. Then there will be a long tail of routes and conditions that won't be automated anytime soon. Basically, just like cellphone coverage.

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