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Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1450

I see references online for "Hawking has never been interested in how high his IQ is, but it has been estimated to be over 160.", which puts that as a lower bound, but not at 160. My IQ as tested in elementary school was over 160, so I suppose that doesn't seem super high to me. I'd guess Hawking's at much higher than 160. Without direct testing comparisons, there is a lot of "estimating" that goes on by various people, but pretty much anything over 150 is going to start getting into the realm where it tough for most people differentiate.

With ./ being a gathering of (in part) stereotypical nerds, I'd imagine the IQ distribution here isn't exactly "normal", either, but I'd also expect if you had a room full of people who earned over a Billion dollars, you'll likely find some pretty smart folks there as well, otherwise why doesn't everyone do it?

Comment Re:Perhaps globalism might be in fear for once. (Score 1) 1450

an HHS pick who passed laws to specifically help his stock picks (and I don't mean made it easier to trade stocks - he bought stocks and then helped pass laws that made those company's stock prices go up)

You really think someone with a net worth of $10-15 million would spend more than 10 minutes trying to make a stock purchase worth $2600 go up? What does he have to gain, a few hundred dollars if it jumps up 20%? Seems a lot more credible that his broker picked it as part of a basket of stocks and he didn't even consciously know about it in relation to the law in question, let alone create some giant legal conspiracy to make a couple hundred dollars...

Comment Re:Not a single time traveler? (Score 1) 1450

Based on his original SAT score of 1206, Bush's IQ was about 123. He also got good grades at Yale, which correlate with that as well. Also, whether or not you are defending Vietnam or Texas, or if your buddy runs the local guard air group, you still have to pass the same tests to go to and graduate from fighter pilot school in the military. Pretty sure that's what the OP was referring to.

Obama refused to release his specific school info, but we know the class average for his acceptance group of 67 was an SAT score of 1100, which would correlate to an IQ of 115, so that's the best info we have available for him.

Just because Bush spoke like a Texan, people make assumptions around intelligence based on his accent and choice of phrases, but don't let your regional prejudice override the actual facts available.

P.S. Trump's estimated IQ based on his Wharton acceptance is 156. Try not to be taken in by his carefully calculated public persona.

Comment Re:Tipping point (Score 1) 539

It's the opposite of humanitarian to tell poor people in other countries that our government has decided they shouldn't be able to have a job if it involves making stuff to import into the U.S.

It's always amazing to me how some people figure it's ok to force people not to trade with poor folks and improve their lives if those poor people happen to live outside their country.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 495

You've completely missed the point. They're only comparing 29-34 year-olds with the same age.

Someone who has a degree will on average out-earn someone who doesn't over their lifetime (depending on major, as someone equally intelligent will actually out earn someone with a degree in something stupid. You have to also account for reason for not having a degree, with not smart enough not explaining them all). However, the most significant differences in salaries come from someone's first year in a job to about 5-10 years, after which increases tend to level off more until the difference between 15 years experience and 20 years experience may be virtually nothing, percentage-wise.

As a result, if your first year in the job market 4-10 years later (i.e. post-degree, including advanced degrees), while you may make more money in the long term, you are unlikely to start at your entry-level-fresh-from-college job making much more than someone who has those years actually doing a job. If you dropped out of college, then your start is likely to be even worse. At the bottom end, if you were 29 and still in college (which some are), then it should be obvious that you are likely earning much less at that age than someone who has been working full time for up to 10 years already.

Comment Re:Is more education, better education . . . ? (Score 1) 495

If they are comparing salaries for the same age, then if more people are spending longer in college, that will delay their entrance into the workforce, putting them close to entry level salaries and thus drive the average down.

In other words, there is no mystery about this, the answer is in the rest of the summary where they say they're staying in school longer. Just replace "even though" with "because" towards the end.

Also, as you imply, it's not like they're graduating after those extra years with more knowledge to get paid for at their entry level job which now requires a degree (but probably didn't years before), so the net effect is to just delay the start of their earnings.

A better comparison would be to compare "just left college" people to each other, or "just started working", rather than using age.

Comment Re:Not as good as the zimbabwe dollar! (Score 1) 104

You're thinking what they were once worth to collectors as a rarity, not of their worth as currency.

From the article:
"In 2009 the government scrapped the currency, leaving US dollars and South African rand as the main notes and coins in circulation. To this day, Zimbabwe still has no currency of its own, although the government last year offered to swap old deposit accounts into US dollars, giving savers $5 for each 175 quadrillion (175,000,000,000,000,000) Zimbabwean dollars."

So as currency you can maybe get $5 for 175,000 of your trillion denomination notes now....

Comment Re:Uh move? (Score 1) 504

Yep, the answer economists on the left and the right (not really a partisan issue for once) give for lack of affordable housing in places like SF and NYC are zoning and rent control laws.

So the answer is simple. If the people who reside there want to fix the problem, just vote out the people writing those laws and replace them with people who will get rid of them. Then the problem will fix itself.

Of course, if most of the people there prefer super-high housing costs/prices, then you end up with what you have now, people artificially priced out of the market for housing because lower cost options are literally banned by the government.

Comment Progeria mice (Score 4, Insightful) 253

The scientists quoted say 10 years away from any sort of human clinical application. One interesting thing to note is that these are progeria mice, who would normally age very rapidly from their condition. So it's more like making them age more normal, not extending their lifespan abnormally. Will be interesting to see if they can use this technique to actual reverse normal aging and extend a normal lifespan, not just one which was previously going to be cut very short.

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