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I'm a 26 year old eternal student. I never want to stop learning. I'm interested in physics, math, philosophy, psychology, education, and literature. I'm optimistic about the world and the future.


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Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Rest In Peace, Opportunity

Scenario A

NASA: "We're going to design a mars rover that's going to last 5-10 year and gather useful data the whole time. We need $1B to do it"

Congress: "No that's expensive and completely unnecessary"

Scenario B

NASA: "We're going to design mars rover that should be able to do a 90 day mission. We need $1B to do it."

Congress: "Ok that's fine, give it your best shot"

Unless somebody can find me some data that Spirit or Opportunity were actually designed to last 90 days, I think this is not so much a case of good engineering as it is a case of not over-selling to someone who's determined to be mediocre..

Something tells me they aren't investing in Reddit or Snapchat in order to influence what people living in China think of China.

Heck, they might have spent that money just to give the impression that they have the power to control what's said on the internet, but it's probably more than that.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Fortnite

    Still on games?

Probably, right? I mean, if we assume that most of that money is disposable income that parents are spending on their teenage children (or maybe money the kids made themselves if they're a bit older), it's safe to assume it otherwise would have been spent on something similar.

/r/winniethepooh is the canary in the coal mine, I guess.

    Automating work is a choice, of course, one made harder by the demands of shareholders, but it is still a choice.

Not really, unless you can convince everyone else to play along. If your competitors cut production costs by 80% after replacing most of their unskilled labor with machines, and you don't do that, you don't even need to worry about shareholders because you won't even have a company anymore.

On the other hand, if everyone in every industry replaces their unskilled workers with machines faster than workers can be re-trained, the economy will tank, and they won't be able to sell their products to anyone other than other billionaires because no one else will have any money. The takeaway that I get from this article is that everyone wants to replace their own workers with machines, while hoping that no other industry does so.

    WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the special counsel investigation, plans to step down after Robert Mueller finishes his work, according to administration officials familiar with his thinking.

Misleading headline af. So, some people who maybe claim to know Rod Rosenstein think he's fed up with this shit and ready to retire, but he can't leave yet due to the exact issue that this headline is misleading you into thinking this article is about.

If Hillary was running, she'd probably try to pressure every other mainstream democrat in Congress not to run, like she did last time. If she's lost enough political capital that she can no longer influence the democrats, then she probably knows it's not worth running. So either Warren is confident that Hillary can't run again, or she knows it for a fact.

This does assume that all players are rational here, so I might be proven wrong in the next week or so.

My money is on it being a battle between whomever Bernie endorses and whomever Mike Bloomberg would vote for, and Warren will drop out after she gets like 2% in New Hampshire. I just don't see her being a spoiler because I don't think there's a "middle" to the democratic party anymore that she can appeal to, the party at this point is really just a weak alliance between centrists and the Left.

Warren's candidacy doesn't really excite me, but the real silver lining here is that this heavily implies that Hillary isn't planning to run.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Capitalism

So, uh, I was the one who added #aboringdystopia but really i wish the tag was #abanaldystopia or something cause that captures the mood a whole lot better but reddit outvoted me so this is what we're stuck with.

What I'm saying is... I hope me and the other tag can still be friends, i guess? Cause I don't think we disagree.

Odder  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: In Defense of Finance

Damn this shit is Stargate SG1 meets Coast to Coast AM

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