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Comment Re:What complete nonsense (Score 1) 226

The only objective notion of value is: what it sells for.

Price is indeed how we quantify value. But price is not a constant scale, so you have to decide what point in time you report something on. When you want to understand the value of something in units that you are familiar with, you need to use a scale that you understand, namely today's prices.

Comment Re:One obvious improvement (Score 1) 112

I've got to disagree...though not totally. ISTM that overloaded operators need to be marked, rather than eliminated. I once suggested that overloaded operators be enclosed in pipe chars, e.g. |+|, but nearly any mark would do. And this be only used for operators. I also wanted to allow alternative symbols, names, etc. to be used for operators, but there I ran into the precedence problem

Comment Re:Readability? (Score 1) 112

The language that's easy to read is the one you know well. I've used Python enough to think that it's easier to read than C or often C++ code that does the same thing. C's problems is indirections via multiple levels of pointers and macros. With C++ it is just that the language as a whole is too large, and I only know parts of it well, though it can include C's problems as well (but it doesn't need to).

Comment Re:The toxic community worries me. (Score 1) 112

I've looked at Nim a couple of times, most recently earlier this month. I didn't get much beyond looking, as I need various libraries as well as the basic language, but it did look interesting. If you only need one or two external libraries it might be worth your while to look at it more deeply than I did.

But I really doubt that their code generation averages as fast as decently hand-crafted code. But it may well be a lot faster to write.

Comment Re:That is correct (Score 1) 140

You've got your definition, I've got mine. If you don't like mine, let's hear yours. (Mine would include not doing things that are clearly going to leave you in a situation that is worse, from your own evaluation, than the current situation, and which you have reason to know will have that result...unless, of course, all the alternatives would lead to even worse results.)

Comment it's a great location (Score 1) 226

It's all about location, location, location. You got a buyer for that $10 Quintillion USD worth of iron protoplanet located in the astroid belt? Didn't think so.

Actually, large amounts of metal outside a gravity well is extremely valuable for space exploration, since launch costs right now are thousands of dollars per pound.

Furthermore, once outside a gravity well, it's fairly cheap to move stuff around. If we start mining asteroids for metal, we can move that metal back to earth orbit at almost no cost. We could even deorbit it, although that would really be a waste.

Comment Re:economics (Score 1) 226

dumping that much extra iron into the economy would make the "value" close to zero

No, it would sharply reduce the price.

The value of that metal is given by what you can make from it, and that doesn't decrease (in fact, it increases).

The decrease in price actually corresponds to the increase in wealth of society; that is, the fact that you can buy something that used to be expensive for much less money makes you wealthier. And because you're wealthier, things then seem cheaper to you.

Comment Re:How large?!? (Score 1) 226

The entirety of the asteroid belt is just over 4% of the moon. There are very few large chunks by any sci-fi standard. Why anyone would go to the very far and dangerous belt, when you can just strip mine the moon

You would go there precisely because those bodies have almost no gravity; you can land on them and take off with almost no fuel. In fact, you can simply tow them into lunar or earth orbit with almost no fuel.

I'm not sure why you think the asteroid belt is "dangerous"; it's not the whirling mass of rocks that you see on SciFi.

Comment Re:What complete nonsense (Score 1) 226

The $10 Quadrillion figure is total baloney. You can't just take the current value and extrapolate, because the price would fall as the supply rises.

It is true that if you dumped all that metal on the market, its price would plummet. But that doesn't actually reduce the value of that metal.

Price and value are two different things. The value of that metal is described by the stuff that you can build from it: bridges, towers, spacecraft, etc. That value doesn't actually change by having more of the stuff available. To understand the value of something, you look at the price of it.

Price isn't a constant scale, and it changes over time. There are two different prices that are important here. To understand the value of that metal, looking at its current price is actually quite a good measure: that is how much better we would be off, in current dollars, if we got all that metal. The future price of that metal tells you its value on a different scale, the scale of a society where everybody is much richer because a dollar buys much more stuff.

So, if you want to understand the value of that metal, look at it in current prices. The difference between how much that metal would (hypothetically) cost under current prices and how much it will cost once it's available and prices have plummeted is a measure of how much richer the world has become by making all that metal available.

Comment Re:"Missed a lot of e-mails" (Score 2) 56

The more damning part is that they claim to have spent more than they received on the project, before simply forgetting about it. How do you go into the red and be so far into the red that you can't make a profit on the product, and then also forget about it? It seems unlikely compared to simply having chosen to drop the project and not having told anybody.

I mean, you're spending money working on it, you have some part of your R&D area set up with whatever you're spending that money on, at some point you have to have decided to shelve the project and put the stuff away. That isn't an accident or an oversight at the time it is happening. If they forgot they did it, that would have been weeks or months after they decided not to deliver, and decided not to communicate that.

Comment Re:" it was even a Boeing aircraft" (Score 1) 139

Right, you simply missed the point and don't understand what indirect transfer means. Try harder, you might eventually understand what you're disagreeing with.

All you're doing is missing the point.

Is the theory that there was only one person who worked for Boeing that could have picked up titanium "shards"[sic]? No, no, that was not the theory they floated. You simply didn't understand it, and didn't understand that it doesn't narrow it down really very far; and that's why they're asking for people who would have more insights to step forwards!

Comment Re:Some odd things in their guidelines (Score 1) 122

Shit isn't considered universally profane, it is only profane in certain contexts. Obviously they would allow uses of "shit" that are similar to how Data used it in the story.

Obviously, "partial nudity" of the same equivalent rating-level as has been featured in Star Trek would be acceptable. "Nudity" and "partial nudity" are not actually the same thing, and those "bum" shots are probably not even shots of naked actors. You would have to understand the American English meaning of these words, and American standards of what is acceptable in various types of media sources. Nudity is not allowed on broadcast American television, and everything ever show on Star Trek is acceptable for broadcast on American television; Star Trek has never shown nudity. They have at times implied nudity and shown lots of skin, but that is something different.

The only ones in the list that actually make an appearance on Star Trek are alcohol and illegal activities, and there is clear that they don't want the full possible range of those activities to be featured; they approve some uses of alcohol, but others would never have been shown. Same for illegal activities; they handle those stories with a certain type of sensitivity. Obviously, if you really wanted to do it and were going to handle it in the way that they would approve of, you'd have to talk to them and convince them to give you a waiver.

Comment Re:How is CBS and Paramount harmed by fan fiction? (Score 5, Informative) 122

They are very harmed if they wanted to make a mediocre movie about that part of the story, and there is already some higher-quality "fan" movie that uses their copyrighted material that they would have to compete with.

It isn't hard to find a way that it harms them. I agree that fan fiction usually helps, but that isn't a guarantee, it isn't a law of the Universe that fan fiction can only help the company who owns the copyrights.

It is a weak argument. There is no proof one way or the other what the effect will be, and will vary on a case-by-case basis. To even do the analysis you'd have to know what stories CBS/Paramount plan to tell in the future, and that will always be confidential, so you can't even do an analysis of it directly steps on their toes.

Also, fans complain when new canon material contradicts popular fan material, and fans complain that if they didn't shut something down it is as if they had approved it for canon. It isn't obvious that encouraging or even passively allowing it doesn't change canon in the minds of viewers.

Comment Re:In the interest of infringing further: (Score 2) 122

I totally agree. As a lifelong Star Trek fan I have to point out that William Shatner sincerely advised the obsessed people you talk about to "get a life" long ago. Perhaps anybody with an excessive attachment that they could "abandon" should finally now take his advice to heart?

My advice, choose what is on the screens you look at, and never ever ever make what somebody else put on a screen into part of your personal identity.

Star Trek's financial value of course won't change, but if twelve people stop buying Klingon prosthetics, all twelve of them will have more pennies. So their side of the financial effect is exactly the same. And by no longer obsessing about Star Trek, it will be almost as if it stopped existing for them. Create your reality by choosing what you spend your money on, and choosing what is on the screens you look at!

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