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KurtHectic  ·  1402 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Want to get rid of invasive species? Eat them.

Might not take off over here, but options available. In the UK our invasive species are: Grey Squirrel (cute, but not as cute as the indigenous red. Tasty bushcraft fodder), Himalayan Balsam (The internal nectar is edible, so maybe a high end energy drink?), Japanese Knotweed (Stems require half a day of soaking to get out the bitterness then can be eaten as asparagus apparently) and finally New Zealand flatworm (I guess if you can capture enough of them you can deep fry them as a kind of fritter, but probably not going to be many takers!)

KurtHectic  ·  1493 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Help me learn new things! – The history of railroads in the US

For anyone finding the subject of logistics-infrastructure and how it can revolutionise the world fascinating, may I humbly point you towards "The Box" by Marc Levinson about the emergence of containerisation. Much closer to our current time and we are still living with the aftermath of it today.

KurtHectic  ·  1530 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

Relationships can be summed up with some simple Maths in my view. A relationship between A and B is positive and will last if: E(A plus B) > E(A) plus E(B), E(A), E(B). Where E is the expectation of life-time utility defined as as emotional balance, economic success, personal enrichment, etc...

Add to this the phenomena that the more you work at the tools and skills of relationships (my significant other and I just completed a book on constructive arguing for example) then over time E(A+B) should increase, even as the expected years of your life-span and ergo your life together diminish.

It is not about right person or wrong person as if this characteristic was 100% a passive trait of another, which puts all the pressure on partner selection. But about whether the other person has enough of the same life expectations and whether they are willing to invest in a relationship for it to weather the storms of life. When the fire of passion fades to a warm glow this in the end is what will count, I believe.

KurtHectic  ·  1571 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What % of your take home pay do you invest?

Hmm... Depends. Do you count Mortgage payments as an investment? It is more tax efficient and a better return for me to pay my debt off on an asset I will own at the end then invest it.

KurtHectic  ·  1571 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: An Analysis of Gender in Films Based on Scripts (Male vs. Female Lines)

So an interesting test for that hypothesis is to repeat this same analysis on a different media form that is less exposed to a young, male, global citizen's prejudice and instead identify forms that are targeted at the type of audiences who are more ready to accept strong characters no matter their gender, race, sexual inclination, age etc...

A few have commented that now the real art in moving pictures has moved to the big budget television series either made for networks or for stream services. If the transcripts for these products still show a bias towards a gender in forms that are targeted to a typically well off and educated, western audience, then we may still have structural bias.

KurtHectic  ·  1633 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: #russiabyforeigners: non-Russians of Hubski, tell us what you think of Russia!

Disappointment, summarises the feeling. A country so full of unique perspectives, amazing engineers, thoughtful writers, hasn't made the huge positive impact on the world I think we in Europe all hoped for when the soviet order started to collapse. Instead it has crept back into itself and reverted to a statist controlled Orwellian bloc. I have watched several hours of RT here in Europe out of curiosity and the double-speak and message control in many of the controversial stories is chilling as well as the total lack of mainstream press critique of government. I think the core of it is Russia's leadership sees international diplomacy as a zero-sum game, rather than forums to find win-win solutions.

KurtHectic  ·  1633 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: '5D' discs can store data until well after the sun burns out via Engadget

Well it is one of the most published pieces of literature in human history. Also one of the most mistranslated and abused pieces of work that has had scholars pouring over it for centuries to get it as close as possible to an original work. If only they had this technology back in 30 AD, we would actually have a closer record of the New Testament rather than copies based on copies based on copies from uncertain origins. Imagine the misunderstandings and misinterpretations that have led to so much conflict cleared up by having a definitive record.

So I think that is the point of this technology. Being able to make an unchangeable, immortal record that can't be rewritten and reinterpreted for personal or political gain. This is a big deal for humanity.

Same country that outlawed minarets by public plebiscite in 2009 and only gave women the vote in 1971 nationally with the last regional canton granting it in 1990. It has also voted for policies that are in direct contradiction to its international treaties like the 2014 referendum on immigration restrictions.

So though there are plenty of innovative socialist ideas getting past the 100,000 petition stage to get to national referendum, there are plenty of examples of a generally conservative voter population blocking them entering into law.

KurtHectic  ·  1659 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: From Pickup Artist to Pariah

I am not sure. I think if one followed Nietzche's rejection of ideals and embrace personal power it would be necessary to at least pity and even disdain those who don't. Especially if they seem more content within the accepted social-moral framework than one feels. One would have to dismiss them as pathetic sheep. To acknowledge their view as a legitimate alternative would totally undermine one's justification to act like a self serving, arrogant ass.

KurtHectic  ·  1660 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: From Pickup Artist to Pariah

A lot of similarities as well with Nietzchen philosophy that is often appealing to young men - not much of a leap from Nietzche to the red pill. The idea that there are no ideals or universal moral frameworks and fulfilment comes from having the strength to reject Christian-Platonic social morals, embrace your fate for what it is - warts and all, then have the will to attain personal power and creative expression. Society be damned.

KurtHectic  ·  1670 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Young Adults Spend Their Time: 2004 vs 2014

The trouble with this is how do they account for multi-tasking? Travel is big, yes, but can often be combined with education, personal grooming, leisure time, eating, working and even sleeping.

KurtHectic  ·  1697 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How Happy Am I That You Don't Buy CDs

So basically MP3 music is over priced.

A problem I think described by my economics lecturer as one of price discrimination - how can you charge in a market different prices in a market to different groups based on their utility assessment of the good. Essentially there are a number of different segments out there with different supply and demand curves.

One group could be the market that missed out on the Napster generation who seem quite happy to spend over CD level prices on MP3 music, because they see it as more convenient to carry with them and have never questioned just how cheaply MP3 music can be distributed.

Then there is another segment that experienced services like Napster and similar, which gave access to almost all recorded music including some genre's and artists you would never otherwise pick up because the marginal cost of hearing a different track or album to your regular favourites is zero. For this group there are high fidelity streaming services that include the ability to store your music offline if needed and the price compared to CDs if you "consume" a lot of a wide range of music is much lower. (and fortunately for me no artist I care about has boycotted any streaming service yet)

And another group where physical ownership is important - like keeping favourite books on a bookshelf to tell a story of who you are and what you are interested in.

There is something for everyone basically. Gotta love the free market.