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Comment Re:Out of curiosity... (Score 2) 89

We actually inherited a lot of our bureaucracy and administration from the Brits. I'm sure if you want to use the IRNSS on your cell phone, you'll just have to fill out a form to acquire a permission-form which is then submitted to a committee for speedy* evaluation.

*Subject to the lunch and tea-times of the members of the committee.

Comment Meanwhile, in Vogsphere (Score 1) 629

While we're pondering how advanced or 'cybernetic' our apelike species is becoming and what that implies for alien contact, the Vogons are drafting legislation to setup a committee to analyze the ramifications of setting up a committee to analyze the ramifications of building a space-highway through the Solar system. We're not going to be able to ponder much longer.

Just a few hundred years, given how lightning fast committees are.

Comment Correlation with wages? (Score 1) 344

I don't know if it's a good strategy to deduce from flat wages that there isn't a shortage in supply of STEM workers. In fact, it is more than likely that the 'replacement STEM workers' for Americans (i.e., immigrant workers) come cheaper. If there is a 'market force' of labor shortage, which brings wages up, there's a counteracting force of 'cheap labour', which brings the wages back to where they were. Essentially, if you pick 'wage behavior' and 'number of employments' as your two metrics for deducing something, you may be underestimating the dimensionality of your 'state-space'.

After looking at EPI's paper, the wages graphs vary around in an errorbar of about 100%, which is incidentally how much the number of employees graphs vary, too. Without actual errorbars, correlating two quantities with a similar-looking 'statistical spread' would lead to an underestimated total (or propagated error).

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