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Comment If nothing happens it becomes negative feedback (Score 1) 162

Trump says X, traders jump on positions that would benefit from X to try and get out in front. However other than the speculative betting there isn't much movement. Then X doesn't happen, so there is no long term movement. The traders disengage from their positions trying to take as little loss as possible.

This happens over and over and more will learn that acting just loses you money. It's why markets don't do fuck-all in response to Alex Jones. It isn't like his message isn't out there for the world to see, and actually more widely watched than I can fathom, but they don't believe anything will happen based on it so trying to get a first mover advantage can't happen.

You only gain an advantage by getting in first if the move happens. If it doesn't, at best maybe you can get out without a loss but usually you are going to take a hit to some degree. Thus you act only on those things that are likely to generate a move.

Traditionally, things the president said would qualify. However Trump is anything but traditional. He shoots his mouth off all the time, regularly contradicts himself, and changes his mind often.

Comment Well with the "elite" schools it is often not that (Score 4, Insightful) 306

For a regular school, particularly state school, then yes it gets stacked a lot by test scores and other academic indicators. The better you do academically, the more they are interested in you and the more money they'll try to give you to get you to attend.

However the "elite" schools have a whole bunch of good old boy shit going on. If you look at admissions in to places like Harvard you find that there are some legitimately top performers who come in, but a whole lot who are not and are instead connected some way. They are kids of alums, politically connected, rich, whatever. They are the "right kind of people" and so get the invite.

That's also the reason why parents want kids to go there is the connections. You don't get a better education at Harvard overall. Any university with a good program will do at least as well, and in plenty of disciplines there are schools ranked far better. However it further gets you in to the old boys club and gets you connections to people that gets your opportunities that would not otherwise be available later in life.

Comment And in fact you do the opposite (Score 5, Insightful) 271

You have a plan should you get killed or otherwise be unable to provide the passwords. Where I work, in addition to there being more than one IT staff, all the passwords are safely locked away where the Dean can get at them, if needed. We make sure that even if we are all gone, whoever comes after can get access.

These days the university has policies to that effect but we did it before then because that is what you do. You have a disaster plan, and that plan includes what happens if you aren't around.

Comment No, he wasn't (Score 2) 794

Assanage's offer was always empty, given that the US isn't after him, at least not publicly. Now he contends that the US wants to get him in secret, though he's presented no evidence of this and of course one would have to question if they'd agree to a public deal for something secret.

Assanage is wanted by Sweden and the UK. Sweden for a sexual assault case, and the UK for skipping bail in that case. The US has not filed any charges against him, though I'm quite sure they don't like him. If he left the embassy he would be arrested by the UK and shipped off to Sweden. Or they might not send him off, since he's broken UK law by skipping bail and try him there for that crime, then ship him off once she's served his sentence.

So this was always a stunt.

Comment Re:Not an alternative to Linux, an alternative to (Score 1) 277

Bingo. We have a winner.

Microsoft is pushing hard for Windows lap-tops to no longer be shitty (eg: trackpad), and they're pushing Linux on Windows (until these updates are released its not really useful: it's missing important stuff such as file watching, etc).

Once this is all in, it's going to be in pretty good shape. Just missing a few things like an Alfred alternative that doesn't suck, but that's not as important.

Comment Re:And that's a bad thing (Score 1) 133

It's not just the modules themselves; npm is also horrible.

For starters, npm is non-deterministic. Yep, you've read it right: you can install the same packages on two different machines, but if you do it in different order, you can end up with different dependency trees. And yes, despite what the npm maintainers say, it can result in different versions of packages being installed for the same set of version constraints.

Then there are major bugs that have been open for over a year, and can be blocking (as in, no way to install a package) if you happen to be the unlucky one who is affected... but there's no fix. The bug still says "needs repro", despite 80+ comments and 24 upvotes on it, and one of npm developers saying that he "ran into this a few times".

Comment Re:Compre to Boston's Big Dig (Score 1) 408

The cost isn't so much an issue as the fact that these things are always underscoped, even though you can do 5 minutes of research and get a more accurate estimate by tossing a random ballpark.

My hometown in Canada had the same issue with a subway project. It was delayed years and years and cost 4x more than estimate.

But when people started bitching, the officials pointed out it was still the cheapest project of its category in the world.

Its like, if you knew that...why did you scope it as 1/4th of the cheapest project in its category? Obviously that wouldn't work?

Politicians will politic.

Comment Re:But the median college-educated.... (Score 2) 495

Yup. The previous generations worked very, VERY hard to devalue anything that didn't involve academics. So now, all of those "diploma-less" jobs pay less.

But the jobs that require a degree are not necessarily that valuable, and not everyone is fit (or interested in) for it. So now you have a bunch of people working their ass off to be worse off, and the fallback options are no longer considered valuable.

Comment It is a problem I've talked about for a long time (Score 0) 130

And one that often gets me downvoted since Mac users don't like to hear it: Apple is a fashion company. That's why they've been able to do what they do. In fashion, a higher price can be a GOOD thing not a bad thing, whereas consumer electronics are one of the most notoriously price sensitive markets out there.

However the downside is as you say: What is fashionable changes and it is really hard to stay on top of it forever.

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