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Comment The problem with IQ testing... (Score 1) 928

There are different sets of mental abilities that people of both genders have, and while some people will be very strong in some, they also can end up very weak in others. It is also the perception of the word "intelligent" that can also differ from person to person, or from ethnic group to ethnic group. As a result, you can have people who score very high in certain types of tests, yet if you throw them into an unusual situation, they won't have the slightest idea how to handle it.

The ability to come up with solutions to different problems is the perfect example of this. You can take someone with amazing abilities in mathematics or physics, but they might not be able to come up with a good solution on how to improve the functional efficiency of a business, group, or come up with other solutions outside their area of expertise. In this regard, their high intelligence is limited to a narrow area.

Being able to evaluate problems with systems of doing things may also be an area where people considered to be intelligent might have trouble, but at the same time they can handle very advanced scientific problems quickly and easily. A part of this is that people tend to either focus on specifics, or generalities. While some will really dig deep to find a detailed solution to a problem thrown at them, others will look at the situation from a "big picture" perspective and figure out a USE for what the detail oriented people come up with. Women and men both have the ability to fall into either group, but this idea that intelligence can be easily evaluated without looking at other mental strengths and weaknesses of the individual is what is flawed.

You can also break things down into areas such as memorization ability, the ability and speed to learn a new concept, and the ability to analyze and apply knowledge to various very different situations. If you take some Math majors from MIT and try to throw them into a situation that calls for a solution that does not call for a mathematical solution, would they be able to find the solution? Knowledge and is how much a person knows and can recall, and the other is the application of knowledge. One without the other tends to be fairly useless, but without wisdom, knowledge becomes useless. How many people do YOU consider to be idiots because they can't come up with good solutions to problems, even though they have very obvious mental strengths? It also requires a certain type of thinking to see systematic flaws in different areas, and it is unfortunate that many people don't understand this.

And finally, it takes the cooperation of DIFFERENT people with different mental strengths to come up with solutions to many things. The problem is that too many people fail to see their own weaknesses, and where they NEED the help of people with a very different way of approaching problem solving.

Comment Re:How pleasant (Score 1) 178

It is competition that is supposed to drive price to the marginal cost plus a modest profit. That's why it's extremely important to assure highly competitive markets (which the U.S. frequently fails at). In such an environment, the temptation to cheat is high and the cheaters will win every time if they're not carefully watched for truth in advertising and fraud (which the U.S. also frequently fails at).

Failure to enforce truth in advertising and failure to treat telecom fraud as fraud (including not forcing them to actually use billions in government grants for their intended purpose) are why the U.S. is rapidly falling behind the rest of the world.

I have NEVER dealt with a cell provider that didn't routinely slip bogus charges into the bill somewhere (all "accidents"). It's not as if I haven't tried several, it's just that they all seem to be the same. They might as well be one company with multiple brands for all the difference.

Comment Re:Prison Sentences (Score 2, Informative) 1127

Huckabee is getting flak because one man he let out early has shot and killed 4 police officers.

And what you said there that I bolded is a big part of his problem. He didn't "let him out". The Arkansas governor doesn't even have the power to just let someone out of prison. He commuted the sentence from 100+ years to forty-something years. That made him eligible for parole, which let someone else let him out due to assorted fuckups (and nobody opposing his parole hearings).

Comment Re:Why the need to supress debate? (Score 1) 736

All right, I'll gladly acknowledge that data sometimes surprises.

It's just that some of your "examples" come straight from the "deniers handbook" and are simply incorrect as examples. I keep seeing them repeated a gazillion times, long after they've been thoroughly debunked, is it surprising that that leads to prickly responses?

Repeating incorrect statements is bad science, responding to them by "blasting them to smithereens" may be bad attitude, but certainly cannot be considered "bad science"?

In recent years, we have actually been surprised regularly, unfortunately this was rarely in the direction of slowing global warming. Did you know that scientists even as recently as 5 years ago, scientists were expecting a gradually increasing melting of the Greenland icecap, but what we are actually seeing now is that this melting is increasing far far more rapidly? Glaciers running out to sea at 3 km/year in 1995 have now accelerated to 12km/year.

Did you also know that the sea-ice conditions seen in 2007 were expected to occur no sooner than 2020 according to projections from only a few years earlier, and that, despite claims of "recovery" in 2008 & 2009 by deniers, the reality is that in both these years, the sea-ice conditions were quite close to the record-breaking year 2007, and multi-year ice, which was the "bedrock" of the northern polar cap, has all but disappeared.

So yes, surprises do happen, unfortunately, the surprises do not point towards less global warming than expected.

Comment Re:Nokia... (Score 2, Informative) 114

Who cares about Android anyway? It still can't install/run applications to/from its own memory card, the most severe limitation. Its own google map support is a joke compared to Nokia's support or Apple's support (don't ask me why, I don't know). And Nokia still makes tons of money for every iPhone that Apple sells because of the licensed Nokia technology it has in it.

Wrong on all counts:

1. You can most certainly install apps from the SD card on all Android phones. Future phones will have more local storage, so you won't need to rely on a memory card - and you could say the same about iPhone - hey, it doesn't even have a slot for a card - who cares about iPhone anyway?

2. Google maps support is excellent with Android 2.0, better than with any other phone currently.

3. So, does Nokia want to become a licensing business? Or keep dominating their market with their own innovative devices?

Comment Re:Oh rats (Score 2, Interesting) 166

I don't know about that. Intel's offerings that are slated to come out 1Q - 1H of 2010 could give AMD some problems. Right now AMD has the performance advantage in the server space, but Gulftown will likely trump their offerings. Arrandale also looks quite impressive, especially the quad core i7 with an 18 watt TDP. The cores only run at 1.2 GHz, but with their Turbo boost the chip can clock up to 2.2 GHz. That will offer some amazing battery life for laptops and still provide good performance. I do believe some of the Arrandale processors will have a GPU on die as well. Granted it's an Intel GPU, but it offers some great power and cost savings over having to include a discrete card.

AMD doesn't look to have anything great coming out until late 2010 or early 2011 based on their roadmap. It helps that ATI is kicking ass in the graphics space. Right now they're winning on price and power. If they can get more of their 5800 series out in the market and release the mobile versions of those cards sooner rather than later, they'll be able to push a lot of hardware that way. However, they're not a real threat to Intel until they can get their SOC products out the door and offer a really compelling reason to go with their products.

Settling their legal issues with Intel will also help them a lot in the long run, but they're not out of the woods yet. They're still having financial problems, but if they can get through the next 18 months they'll be in great shape. The fact that they've been ahead of schedule on a lot of their new chips in the last year has probably helped substantially as well. AMD is in good position for the long term, but they need to decent sales in the coming quarters, which may be difficult to do with Intel releasing a lot of great new chips, especially in the mobile market where AMD hasn't been particularly strong recently.

Comment Re:This too shall pass (Score 1) 336


If IBM hasn't opened up, the two big players duking it out for the PC market would be Commodore and Apple. Without the "clone makers" (wow does that sound like an archaic term) the PC would never have taken the market share it did. Without them and Microsoft, Commodore and Apple would have mopped the floor with IBMs slow innovation pace.

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