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Comment Consider a Spherical Cow (Score 5, Interesting) 449

Ecomonies are not a collection of processes all known. They are a collection of agents, mostly unknown with hidden internal states. Another way of saying this is that gathering information for centralization cost money. Economies process that information at many local and global levels and don't share it past the point of economic efficiency. That's in an idealized system. In an non-indeal system there's even wrong ideas.

A classic example of this is the maxim that the bad apples drive out the good apples. Meaning if you can't tell the difference between a good tasting apple and a bad tasting apple from the look (without tasting it) and if it costs less to produce a bad apple then the good apples won't sell as they are indistinguishable. In order to sell those apples you need to incur some cost. Do something that actually raises the price or lowers the profit like constitute an apple certification board, and set up a set of agents to test apples regularly for different farms, and persuade the consume your certification is valuable by giving away free taste demos. Otherwise there isn't information available to make a decision other than price. A similar thing occurs in how bad (debased) money drives the good (full gold) money out.

You can create systems to optimally manage agent based systems. Interesting there is work now that shows how denying information to consumers can increase econmoic efficiencies as well. This should come as no surprise to people familiar with Braes paradox in traffic control.

One of the core faults of communism is that while it can achieve some good results from linear programming notions of optimality is that it ignores that capitalist economies actually are information gathering systems that are very efficient).

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

The only thing that interests me is the fitness tracker, and I'm not willing to spend more than 50 bucks to get something like that.

I'm probably the outlier. I have been in the past, although notably, not with smart phones. I recall disappointment with RIM, then with Apple, at the offerings. It wasn't until android phones actually started providing cost effective phones that I bought into them.

But I remember everyone getting excited about itanium and thinking, "This is shit. Why is everyone worked up about it?".

Comment this is stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 136

first, we all know there's a reasnonable correlation between epa estimates and our observed results. It's quite good. Second there's been lots of tests on other standards to show they perfrom good real world estimates. The author is nit picking that a specific set of linear combinations of tests hasn't been correlated. That is if you have 5 test that are correlated with real world measurements and you average them it is true that the average has not been tested but logically we can estimate it's error from the other tests.

who writes this crap

Comment Re:Is free software in this realm? (Score 1) 74

Good data, but you were the first to introduce mobile messaging as a requirement. While mobile messaging is a requirement for some use cases, it's not universal. In fact, in some cases it would be seen as a detriment. Specifically, I'm thinking businesses who don't want to leak data on unsecured personal devices, but I'm sure there are others.

Comment Re:Is free software in this realm? (Score 1) 74

You can setup your own jabber server, on your own infrastructure, then run a client that utilizes GnuPG.

Channels are secured via TLS, both between client and server and from server to server. Then the messages themselves are encrypted with GnuPG, so only someone who has your public key can communicate with you. Mind you, this setup isn't as convenient as more traditional services, but that's always been the trade off for secure communications.

Comment Re:Someone Please Explain The Glitch (Score 2) 80

or rather, they designed the game to need access to your GPS so they can get your geolocation for advertising purposes

I would normally agree with you, but PoGo has exactly zero ads in it (not even the voluntary "Watch this short ad for a buff" type so common in Freemium games). Nor, for that matter, have I received a single even remotely spammy email of any kind at the throwaway GMail account I used to register.

Really, no need - People apparently can't throw money at it fast enough. Can't say I quite get it, though... Cute toy, but to have literally doubled Nintendo's market cap in the past few weeks? Wow.

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