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Comment Re:Problem is true waste is hidden (Score 1) 249

I don't have a good grasp on the numbers but I find it hard to believe that the US economy is built around military spending. The national budget is in a large part spent on all things military , but public spending is only a fraction of the economy.

When all you have is a military, every challenge looks like a potential conflict.

I would agree that the US is more inclined than others to resolve things in a military manner. One reason would be that it helps to know that you have a military advantage. Another is that a number of key players benefit from conflict (and a lot of others through a real 'trickle down' economical effect). A third would be that conflicts are the way to get ahead in the military, so there's an eagerness to get involved. But there already things get confused. Sometimes the military are the ones pressing for caution but lately things seem to point the other way. Maybe the main factor is simply that for the US everything is 'their business'. That's a complicated issue. There could be the fear that if the US stops playing the hegemon, they'll be dumped by their alles.

Comment Re:Problem is true waste is hidden (Score 4, Insightful) 249

There are generals who've stated it bluntly: the military budget needs depend on what you want to do. If you just want to have a defensive capability, then a fraction of the current budget is enough. If you want full scale dominance then the current budget is not enough.

That the military and intelligence budget is not transparent is true enough. there are a lot of shadowy constructions that have been setup specifically to allow secret funding of projects(typically projects that change names often). Only I wonder if that should be the main focus. The main problem may be in plain sight. If you just look at the current organisation, there is a huge military budget, and part of it is spread around to many states, so that a lot of people benefit. In effect a lot of politicians support military projects because they hope to benefit.
It leads to an arms race that fuels itself. Politicians are in favor of modernizing nukes because it means jobs. Politicians don't want a less wasteful budget. It would only mean they get less of it.

Comment Re:cut out medical waste (Score 1) 74

If only 21% of the time the first diagnosis was thrown out then sticking with the original therapy was probably right in 80% of the cases. That's not too bad.
Then for that 21% you have to consider a differential diagnosis is list of possible diagnoses listed somewhat in the order of plausibility. To what extent the doctor was just giving the next item in the list without really contradicting the first one? Was the second diagnosis better? Some patients just shop for a doctor to confirm a diagnosis. I'm tempted to say what counts is whether the therapy works. I'm not a doctor but I know sometimes doctors use a therapy without being sure of a diagnosis. Because it's a cheap way to find out the cause. If it doesn't work then you have to dig deeper. Of course if the patient then moves to a second doctor..

There are other issues. The quality of the help for dermatological problems for instance is low. That is because most doctors think dermatology is easy and they can handle it themselves(after all they often earn more than a dermatologist) instead of sending the patient to a dermatologist. I suspect rheumatologists have the same problem but there I'm not sure.

Comment Re:The solution is also a problem (Score 1) 208

Civility , as in a form of respecting the others, matters everywhere. If it's absent the some guys can't handle it. Others may put up with it for a while, but then decide 'remind me again why I should I put up with this?' and leave. I've seen Kuroshin die like that. All the time while it was deteriotating there were the foulmouthed pricks convincing each other that they were just weeding out the wussies and once that was finished they'd have this really great site.

Comment Re:The solution is also a problem (Score 4, Insightful) 208

I'd certainly prefer to get rid of the Anonymous Coward habit on here. People act a bit better (statistically) when they have a name on a forum. It doesn't have to be completely impossible to post AC. Just imagine you have to log in anyway but can choose to post as anonymous, possibly with a much longer waiting time before your post is committed. Sometimes people post as anonymous because they are scared. These people have a good reason and they still have the possibility to post AC.

Comment Re:"Green" technologies aren't sufficient. (Score 4, Interesting) 251

This is a funny comment because on the one hand it's very sensible to point out that's critically over engineered, but the reason 'ass clown geeks out of control' is ridiculous. The reason it's overengineered is that they first invested a lot in a compact design that would fit into a military submarine, and then the civilians continued in that direction and got locked in. Then there came the security concerns which kept piling up, and that led to the complex very expensive designs because the basic model was unsafe. So now they have the safest ever nuclear plants which nobody here wants.

Comment Cheap energy (Score 1) 251

Several interesting things in this article but I'll just mention the part about shale.
A few years back the story was peak oil and we were going to have a major energy crisis. With the prospect of more expensive energy shale became more interesting but at the same time everyone else was also looking at other sources of energy, renewable and other, and other things happened, like Iran's oil becoming more available. And now we have low oil prices over an extended period of time. Shale is not the cause of the nuclear energy glut, it's one of the victims. Shale can only be viable if energy cost is high enough.

As for the future of nuclear power, it's been going downhill since the eighties. Western nuclear energy got a severe blow with Chernobyl and after Fukushima western nuclear energy is dead. In the far east, mainly China it's got a future.

Comment Bixby (Score 1) 104

One use case involved taking a picture of a monument and Bixby being able to tell you information about this as well as recommendations of restaurants nearby.

In the original series Bixby would even tell you where you wanted to go and what food you were thinking of. And he lived in a plane that he named 'The Spirit' and the pilot was named Jerry.

Comment Re:Brainstorming isnt always about generating idea (Score 1) 89

The article isn't even about brainstorming but more about when a creative process works better alone or in group. The creative group session can take many forms.
Their main theme is that depending on the individual the optimal strategy can be different. Some people work better alone.
Just as well often people prefer a combination, alternating group and individual stages.
All pretty sensible and bland I would think.

Comment Re:Yes, India eliminated its R1000 notes (Score 1) 366

I don't think you should measure demonetization with your personal experience of ubiquitous R2000 notes. There are the statements of those involved who are clear: Cash is a competitor, and it has to be defeated. They are less clear about the exact approach. That is the deduction part. The deduction is that a brutal interruption of cash will cause people to move to credit cards quickly but that instant elimination is too brutal to be accepted.
India is almost entirely cash based. That makes it different from the US. The effort to eliminate cash is worldwide but it is less painful once you have an electronic system everywhere.

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