NinjaLanternShark t1_je390pb wrote

Actually the "google engineer" in the article is Ray Kurzweil, a man who's been a futurist for longer than most Redditors have been alive.

I don't always agree with his views and predictions, but he certainly has earned the right to be called more than "a google engineer."


NinjaLanternShark t1_je0wwgz wrote

My wife lost her mother several months back. The hard times are when she goes to do something that she would have done with her mom -- prom dress shopping was really hard this year because they'd always do that together.

If you know something like that's coming up perhaps offer extra support for that activity.


NinjaLanternShark t1_jdf0tbg wrote

To be fair, if you're going to pull quotes, the "conclusion" section of a research paper is about the best place to do so.

And I'm very glad that, at present at least, it doesn't look like the stadium is looking for any public funding or subsidies. I have no doubt they'll make it an opportunity zone and give them a 10 year tax abatement though.


NinjaLanternShark t1_jdelh82 wrote

Article mentions:

> Last year economists John Charles Bradbury, Dennis Coates, and Brad Humphreys reviewed more than 130 studies conducted over 30 years, finding “clear and unambiguous evidence” that sports stadiums and arenas do not generate strong economic benefits for host communities.

At the end of that paper's exec summary is this line:

> Economic activity in and around sports facilities on game day represents a transfer from other local commercial activity and comes at the expense of existing local businesses


NinjaLanternShark t1_jck6g5y wrote

I hate when articles don't make sense and the writer/reporter can't be bothered to clarify.

You literally couldn't put a photograph of a nuclear reactor on the moon for that.


NinjaLanternShark t1_jajdhx0 wrote

I've dabbled in photography as well as marketing & communications and I just want to say -- the photo of someone taking a photo of the goat is far more interesting than the photo of just the goat.

In fact I'd go so far as to say the "photographer" seen in this photo doesn't even need a working camera. They're a prop in this, the real photo.

Nice work all around.


NinjaLanternShark t1_j69a3r2 wrote

IMHO any true scientist will tell you you can't prove a negative -- you can't prove vaccines don't cause autism, you can only state we have no studies or evidence that show they do, to which someone will reply, we have studies that do link them.

I'm not trying to be difficult, just saying it's much more complex than "half the country believes in lies."


NinjaLanternShark t1_j698902 wrote

Actual "fake news" with false information is relatively rare, and easy to spot -- think of tabloid news.

Here's the problem: "Classified documents found in Biden's home shines light on Democrat witch hunt of Trump."

That's not provably false. It's an extreme spin on what is ultimately true information.

You won't find universal agreement that headlines like that should be taken down. Therefore anyone using AI to filter stuff like the above only reinforces the echo chamber.


NinjaLanternShark t1_j0842x9 wrote

My point is, this isn't tech that will bring cheap power to the masses. It'll be an incredibly expensive way to get power to where it's currently impossible. Which isn't to say it's bad, it's just not going to "worldize power."


NinjaLanternShark t1_j07w4z0 wrote

Eh. If this works it will be a very expensive and probably dangerous way to transmit power. Only really applicable if you're the military and operating in a specific place at a specific time is far more important than cost.


NinjaLanternShark t1_iynpv4j wrote

If you want to know more, research "precision railroad scheduling" in your news outlets of choice. It's railroad's version of "just in time" manufacturing -- basically squeezing every dollar of value out of the railroad that you can.

This means if train A is scheduled to go from city B to city C, it absolutely positively can not be delayed, or the effects will keep rippling for days, because there's no margin or buffer at all.

That's why they're fighting sick days so hard. If someone calls out sick with no notice, it costs the railroad way more than the value of that person's salary for the day.

Of course, they could fix this by hiring more people, but, PRS is why sick days is such a sticking point.


NinjaLanternShark t1_iyj48eg wrote

I'm frequently surprised at how influential Twitter is despite a relatively small user base. You rarely hear anything about Pinterest in the news despite having close to double the user base.

Maybe the world would be better off if politicians and pundits had to express themselves through Pinterest boards instead of tweets :P