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by jseah
Tue Jun 28, 2016 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1168790

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote: This is simply Baumol's cost disease.

If the equilibrium wage is less than minimum wage, and there are ways to get around the minimum, raising the minimum wage will increase the proportion using the workaround.

The cost disease refers to a rise in the equilibrium wage.
by jseah
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255905

Re: British EU referendum in June

Reducing migration could be as simple as imposing a cap. Say the goal is 50k per year (half): Implement a points or ratings system. The top 50k scorers get their visas, the rest don't. Ties are decided by lottery (and inform the ones who fail that they were on the cutoff and maybe try again next yea...
by jseah
Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 73505

Re: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting

Tyndmyr wrote:But...about 4.4% of the US population is prisoners. If 9.4% of them are Muslim, and that's still about .9% of the population...that means that nearly half the US Muslim population is in jail right now.

That's kind of significant.

4.4 * 9.4 / 100 = 0.4136

9.4% of 4.4 is 0.41 not 0.9?
by jseah
Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 50 Dead, 53 Injured in Orlando Gay Club Shooting
Replies: 490
Views: 73505

Re: US Anti-LGBT policy lead to 50 dead in Orlando Nightclub Shooting

What the hell are we doing wrong that a person with that mindset still feels comfortable enough to live around the rest of society? Uh, I would think that his actions indicate he's NOT comfortable living around the rest of society. Otherwise he wouldn't be shooting the rest, yes? Or do I misunderst...
by jseah
Tue Jun 07, 2016 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Society pays tab for personal liberty
Replies: 70
Views: 15373

Re: Society pays tab for personal liberty

And I would suggest, without, admittedly solid facts to back it up, if you look at the NYC-DC corridor, you'll find a higher average density than any similar area in the world, possibly excepting the Ganges river valley. ETA: Okay, maybe not, but it's in the top 10. This is where I refer to where I...
by jseah
Thu May 05, 2016 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

I'm reading the labour section now. Well it's a bit short on specifics but some parts are quite laughable. Eg. The malaysia part doesn't mention the bumiputra benefits which is a major barrier to foreign investment. Minimum wage laws? Unenforceable, cheating on sales tax is already hard to catch and...
by jseah
Thu May 05, 2016 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

Yes, that would be the point. But it does not change the fact that labour is cheaper is South East Asia than in the US and we run a more or less permanent current account surplus wrt US.
by jseah
Thu May 05, 2016 12:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

Singapore is small enough that if you started from any point and went 90 km in any direction, you wouldn't be in Singapore anymore. =P this also means that level of traffic control is absolutely required. There are 5 million residents on an island 40km across. But yes, that was just an explanation f...
by jseah
Wed May 04, 2016 9:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

Singapore is special. All car prices are inflated regardless of origin due to the COE system (government caps total number of cars by auctioning car ownership licences, you need one per car, valid for 10 years only, non-transferrable). Even domestic cars have to pay this too. This COE is usually a f...
by jseah
Wed May 04, 2016 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

The tariff thing sounds like it is a big win to the US however. If the tariffs come down in Singapore / Malaysia, then it should help manufacturing in the US and even the odds against Japan. Considering that the US practically wrote the deal, we would expect that most of the benefits would flow to ...
by jseah
Tue May 03, 2016 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

The US benefits too. Namely gaining influence in the region where China is threatening to loom large.
by jseah
Tue May 03, 2016 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

Well, in the end, the deal benefits export oriented economies like Malaysia. We might have to give up some tariffs but but the majority of industries will benefit. Even non export oriented Singapore will benefit from the increased trade since Singapore's a major port. Not being able to pirate movies...
by jseah
Mon May 02, 2016 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

@political feeling: SG/MY Random ppl: TPP? What? Can eat ah? My friends: Meh, our political superiors know better. (Singapore only) The more cynical: corrupt politicians lining their pockets again! (Malaysia only) But more generally, we like the attention the US is giving us. China is worrying and f...
by jseah
Mon May 02, 2016 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23305

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

KnightExemplar wrote:
In Malaysia, for example, American motor vehicles face tariffs of 30%, while motor vehicles from Japan, Turkey, and elsewhere face no tariffs.


speaking as a Malaysian here, imported cars have some ridiculous tariff. Certainly more than 30%, more like 100%.
by jseah
Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices
Replies: 65
Views: 15267

Re: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices

ucim: In an era of weak central government, how would suppression of reading even work? It's not like you can tell if someone can or cannot read just by looking at them. Zamfir: An interesting read. I did some light reading on Wikipedia regarding the history of banking, the grain debt trade was rath...
by jseah
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices
Replies: 65
Views: 15267

Re: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices

Much of the "economy" was in-kind payments. And credit - don't underestimate that part. You see a lot of mention of coinage in medieval documents, but that doesn't always imply actual coins. Just as our contracts don't imply suitcases of bills.<...>So, actual metal coins are not as crucia...
by jseah
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices
Replies: 65
Views: 15267

Fictional Economics - Deflation in Basic Goods prices

I'm not sure if this is the right subforum, but couldn't find an analog of Fictional Science. So the situation I'm considering here is a scenario where a pseudo-medieval society finds a cache of well-index and explained modern day science (it comes with a librarian). Assume also that the printing pr...
by jseah
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 26582

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?

But then the system is not passive anymore. The photon's energy is increased by the energy they steal from the moving mirror. This slows the mirror down. Hm, true. But the energy increase from the blue shifted photons will not account for all of the increased temperature. There is also an increased...
by jseah
Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 26582

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?

Oh, a new idea! The principle that prevents you from doing this is simple. For a given black body radiator, the maximum power a passive lens system can pack into a target's view of the sky is equal to the power output by the radiator at it's surface. Therefore, any solution to doing so must necessar...
by jseah
Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1168790

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

But it is morally defensible. You can't ask me to hurt my family to keep factory workers in China or India employed, can you? Yes. I can. The difference is we are only talking about an American's employment, in China it can be a matter of life or death. I don't believe that one has a moral obligati...
by jseah
Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 26582

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?

gmalivuk: It was written in response to this: The non-intuitive part is that if you make a high-quality focusing mirror, which creates an image of the sun at nearly the temperature of the sun’s surface, and I do the same thing, and we adjust our mirrors so the focused images of the sun coincide, the...
by jseah
Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 26582

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?

I am pretty sure that Thermodynamics requires a perfect absorber to also be a perfect emitter. This looks like a good link, but Hyperphysics isn't coming up for me right now. Ahh, here's a cached page: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:tO7d88MAVX0J:hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/h...
by jseah
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 26582

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?

Why would it not emit heart? We are assuming it gives off black body radiation, no?
by jseah
Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 26582

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?

There was one bit earlier in the thread that I have a question about: The non-intuitive part is that if you make a high-quality focusing mirror, which creates an image of the sun at nearly the temperature of the sun’s surface, and I do the same thing, and we adjust our mirrors so the focused images ...
by jseah
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 401933

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Trebla wrote:While it's a pretty amazing advancement, it sadly lends (anecdotal) credence to the skeptics who decry that "bad people" will teach A.I. to do bad things.

You don't even need an evil mastermind! Randoms on the internet will do the evil brainwashing for you.
by jseah
Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 401933

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I suspect that progress will keep chipping away at that pool of things, and people will keep pointing to the ever smaller list of stuff saying "but THAT's what's important" because they need to feel special. Robots seem unafflicted by this. Deep Learning is cool though. One more step to h...
by jseah
Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2667416

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Lazar wrote:Humanity strikes back! Although he's lost the series, Lee Sedol has finally managed to win a match against AlphaGo.

It's probably one of the last few times anyone will manage to win a game against a computer.

Excited to see the modern equivalent of Kasparov!
by jseah
Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1168790

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Unless the drug has a complicated non-scalable production process, the amount of active ingredient is not a good measure for how much a pill will cost to make. Production costs aren't a major part of a drug's cost in first place and batch sizes scale very well assuming it is manufactured through a c...
by jseah
Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1168790

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

If the US Government buys stocks, then the US Government gets voting rights to those companies. With the amount of money we're talking about here, the US Government would be a large minority shareholder of a huge number of companies. I don't think the American people would like that. If the US Gove...
by jseah
Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1168790

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

^But the government, like has been mentioned, shouldn't run certain things simply because of bureaucracy. Creating an investment fund allows the government to reap monetary returns from areas you wouldn't expect a government to be involved in, while still not being involved with it. Eg. holding stoc...
by jseah
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1168790

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

^Thesh: It is a surplus because it is earning the government interest and can be drawn down in times of war/economic depression. A surplus would, ideally, be returned to the economy via re-investment. Many countries have sovereign wealth funds. Many sovereign wealth funds are aimed at foreign invest...
by jseah
Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1168790

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:A surplus can actually hurt your economy by reducing the money supply.

A surplus would, ideally, be returned to the economy via re-investment. Many countries have sovereign wealth funds.
by jseah
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite sequence, infinite average?
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Re: Finite sequence, infinite average?

From what I understood of Zamfir's link, the thing that got me was that P(finite tosses) = 1. Because it's not actually P(finite tosses) = 1, but more like P(no more coins after X coins) approaches 1 as X approaches infinity (as per sum of exponential series). So I was comparing a 'hard' 0 probabili...
by jseah
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite sequence, infinite average?
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Re: Finite sequence, infinite average?

Hm! Recurrence equations seem powerful. They look like the math equivalent of recursive functions in programming. I should try to make sense of that.

Poor Stencil the flea though. =O
by jseah
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite sequence, infinite average?
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Finite sequence, infinite average?

I recalled a problem I met a few years ago that was never answered to my satisfaction. Perhaps you can help. The problem: I am playing a game in which I toss a fair coin. Each time I toss a coin I 'use' a coin toss. When I hit zero coin tosses remaining, the game is over. Each time I toss a heads, I...
by jseah
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 79138

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

If so, I misunderstood (but still don't see the point of) that diagram. You were trying to get multiple images 'overlaid', yet that mirror is only there some of the time, so there's only one image..? The proposed setup has multiple lens and mirror systems, generating 1 image each. Reversibility (de...
by jseah
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:58 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 79138

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

The lines past the mirror was drawn in to show the path without the mirror. It's supposed to reflect off the mirror there to the target.

EDIT: was reversibility a requirement of the system? I wouldn't think a multi lens setup is reversible either since you don't get a coherent image on the target.
by jseah
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 79138

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

ijuin wrote:You can focus the sun to a spot of that size with a small lens, but not necessarily with a lens dozens of meters across.

Two same-size lenses with different focal lengths can focus the sun to the same spot size at different distances. Which would allow you to overlap the spots. (see diagram)
by jseah
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 79138

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

Either way, all the light from all the visibly-shining Moon cannot find itself pumped into a single point, it's smeared out one way or another. It isn't a single point in the plan I stated. The assumption is that the image can be focused to some small but non-zero size (1cm was given as an arbitrar...
by jseah
Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:14 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 79138

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

Non-parallel rays just means the angles of the mirrors and lens are changed a little (by that same half-degree). Alternately, your lenses aren't the standard 'perfect' lens but instead precision crafted to counteract the non-parallel rays due to the moon not being at infinite distance. (the portion ...

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