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Elliot Temple on April 8, 2019

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Shapley value


Interesting formula for distributing the gains from an enterprise to which participants contribute differently, such a business in which one person supplies the initial capital and the other people are workers.

Alisa at 9:30 AM on June 2, 2019 | #12604 | reply | quote

Bogleheads forum: Does a home mortgage use Simple or [Compound] Interest?


> Can someone explain how a home mortgage loan, fixed rate, works please? Is it simple interest or compund and if its compund would that be daily compound or something else? Thank you

137 posts in this thread.

Frisco at 1:46 PM on June 2, 2019 | #12606 | reply | quote

Neat tweet about SNS5 winner

Neat tweet about the winner of SNS5 (Smash'N'Splash 5): SPOILER alert

Frisco at 8:57 AM on June 3, 2019 | #12617 | reply | quote


> Even apparently negative stories, for example about how hard the workers are driven, benefit Amazon, much like a mobster's reputation: 'don't try competing with these guys'.

Short, interesting article. The basic point is stories like "amazon treats its business partners harshly (third party sellers)" and "amazon treats its warehouses employees harshly in giant, super-organized warehouses where amazon insists on efficiency" fit the narrative that amazon gets good deals for customers and is hard to compete with.

Anonymous at 11:55 AM on June 3, 2019 | #12619 | reply | quote

NASA mission planning

https://web.archive.org/web/20081116034911/http://www.planetary.org/explore/topics/space_missions/voyager/stories_kohlhase.html :

> Charles Kohlhase served as Mission Design Manager for Voyager from 1974 to 1989... Following Voyager, he was science and mission design manager for the Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan.

Kohlhase said:

> "It was my job to come up with the master plan. It was the job, essentially, of mission architect, sort of like a glorified tour planner. Basically, I had to take the scientific objectives and then build a mission around them, considering everything and taking in all aspects, from the launch vehicle to scientific instruments, the scientists' goals, how we would use gravity assist, and so on -- and then determine what requirements every element places on the others."

It's effective to have someone responsible for planning things and taking all relevant knowledge and objectives into account. It would be good to take that approach to planning your life.

Alisa at 5:57 PM on June 3, 2019 | #12622 | reply | quote

#12622 That person, for *your* life, needs to be *you*.

If you can't do it, well, I guess you really better learn the *philosophical skills* involved. Otherwise your life will be a mess.

curi at 6:26 PM on June 3, 2019 | #12623 | reply | quote

Skyline on learning how to learn:


Anonymous at 1:00 PM on June 4, 2019 | #12654 | reply | quote



>> A lawyer for Facebook argued in court Wednesday that the social media site’s users “have no expectation of privacy.”

>> “There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” Snyder said.

Anonymous at 10:11 AM on June 8, 2019 | #12690 | reply | quote

Apple’s “Live Listen” feature


WithApple’s “Live Listen” feature, your iPhone and AirPods can supposedly help you hear someone talking in a noisy environment such as a restaurant.

Frisco at 2:15 PM on June 8, 2019 | #12692 | reply | quote

> An average-sized apple (mass ~100 g) exerts about one newton of force

Anonymous at 3:33 PM on June 9, 2019 | #12702 | reply | quote

The new Mac Pro is good news. I liked this article talking about Apple listening and paying more attention to the Mac again, not just iOS.


Anonymous at 2:52 PM on June 11, 2019 | #12735 | reply | quote

Banter international


Anonymous at 1:15 PM on June 13, 2019 | #12766 | reply | quote

#12766 You have to be "based" (uncucked) to join

Anonymous at 6:10 AM on June 14, 2019 | #12771 | reply | quote

I enabled email notifications for a bunch of low volume YouTube channels and I'm liking it. After you subscribe to a channel, click the bell to toggle on notifications.

Channels include Project Veritas, Lauren Southern (though she claims she just retired ... right before questions about her involvement with fraudsters could be asked), Charles Tew, and various gaming related channels (leffen, PPMD, Mineral Overwatch, ml7 overwatch, and a bunch related to speedrunning).

curi at 1:00 PM on June 14, 2019 | #12773 | reply | quote

Libertarian/conservative Mises fan who works at Macy's says they're rolling out mandatory left wing indoctrination "unconscious bias" training at work, refuses to participate


Anonymous at 12:30 AM on June 17, 2019 | #12779 | reply | quote

Post something every day

There’s some wisdom in this Twitter thread by @internetVin. It’s about improving by creating something every day. https://twitter.com/internetvin/status/1141151249120841728

Frisco at 9:55 PM on June 18, 2019 | #12800 | reply | quote

#12800 You have heard that advice before, probably 10+ times, in various forms. They don't teach how to actually do it and you don't know. It will not help you unless you do something about that problem.

Anonymous at 10:27 PM on June 18, 2019 | #12801 | reply | quote

Optical telegraph

Interesting Twitter thread about something I hadn't heard of before: the optical telegraph.

https://twitter.com/random_walker/status/1037031465735860224 :

> Before electric wires, did people have a way to transmit information faster than horses and pigeons? Yes! It was called the optical telegraph and was invented in the 18th century.

Tangent: I find "the 18th century" less clear than "the 1700s".

> Imagine a network of these towers, one every 10 miles or so. The two arms can be moved to create about 100 different symbols.

The lowtechmagazine article linked below says it was 196, not 100:

>> The semaphore had two signalling arms which each could be placed in seven positions. The wooden post itself could also be turned in 4 positions, so that 196 different positions were possible. Every one of these arrangements corresponded with a code for a letter, a number, a word or (a part of) a sentence.

Back to the Twitter thread:

> Tower operators observed neighboring towers with a telescope, and then passed on the message—at a rate of 2-3 symbols per minute. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semaphore_telegraph

> Even though the "bandwidth" was minuscule, it revolutionized communication because messages could travel at a thousand miles per hour! (In other words, low latency.)

> By 1830 France had a nationwide network of over 500 towers, then many other countries. https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2007/12/email-in-the-18.html

Alisa at 9:10 PM on June 21, 2019 | #12825 | reply | quote

#12825 Something similar was featured in "Going Postal": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Pratchett%27s_Going_Postal

Their system used lights and mirrors instead of semaphores to communicate between relay stations.

I watched Going Postal several years ago. I remember it being severely tarnished by anti-progress and anti-capitalist themes. But I do remember thinking the optical telegraph they used was an interesting pre-electronic idea for communication.

Andy at 9:52 AM on June 22, 2019 | #12833 | reply | quote

A review on these mixing bowls (good price right now)

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FBUMLQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_UzOdDb42BE156

>Absolutely beautiful bowls, ordered 2-3 days ago and received today. I do the meal prep and I do the cooking at home. When I cooked last week for a group of Church friends and had to transport the food to the church I realized how antiquated our kitchen bowls were. So without telling the wife I got on my favorite website to shop, and today I received the benefit of that shopping episode. When the wife asked what got into me that i purchased kitchen stuff, I told her I had to because I was depressed so I went shopping. That diffused the encounter, so she said I totally understand because "that's what i do when i am depressed", success.

I found that amazon review for mixing bowls notable in a number of ways

He mentions he didn't tell his wife about his purchase of a very inexpensive item that served a need he thought he had

His purchase of kitchen stuff was apparently so out of character his wife asked what got into him. This despite the fact that he does the meal prep and apparently cooks for his church friends

He feels the need to use a psychiatric excuse to explain his purchase of a minor kitchen item when he's the primary cooking person

And apparently a major conflict was avoided cuz he describes the situation as being diffused

Anonymous at 1:03 PM on June 22, 2019 | #12835 | reply | quote

An explanation on why some baked goods require cold butter


>A lesson on butter

>Cold butter is ideal for baked goods that should be crisp. Butter that’s straight from the fridge doesn’t get fully incorporated into a batter; instead it gets broken down into small pieces throughout your dough. Since butter is about 18% water, steam is released in those pockets during baking, which helps create flaky layers. Use it in: scones, pie crust, biscuits and crispy cookies.

Anonymous at 1:38 PM on June 22, 2019 | #12836 | reply | quote

I made a SubscribeStar account to see what it's like. It's a Patreon alternative.


The highest tier allowed is $250/month.

Fees are kinda high. 7.9% + 30 cents. (The 30 cents is for each transaction, so for each subscriber each month.)

It'll let people do small recurring contributions like $5/mo. Please feel free! I'd appreciate it!

I also made a Bitchute account (video upload site) to save the name "curi". It looks OK so far but I didn't upload a video yet.

curi at 3:20 PM on June 22, 2019 | #12837 | reply | quote

I like the discussion format I've been using in comments at http://curi.us/1595-rationally-resolving-conflicts-of-ideas

Initially the discussion wasn't focused enough. Messages were too long and said multiple things, some of which got ignored.

So my first thought was to focus and only deal with one thing at a time.

But I had a better idea: one question/argument/comment/criticism *and* one short answer.

So it's basically like two conversations at once, each of which is focused and goes one small step at a time. This way, we can each lead/control one of the conversations (half of the overall conversation). We both get to play the role of question asker and question answerer (at the same time, at all times, instead of taking turns and sometimes waiting). It's fair and working well.

This format can be used unilaterally. You can just ask one question and answer one question in each of your messages, and if the other guy says more things then you ignore them. And you can do it without saying what you're doing. But in this case I briefly explained my plan and the other guy seems to be fine with the format and going along with it.

curi at 12:32 PM on June 23, 2019 | #12840 | reply | quote

#12840 If you had a conversation with more than 2 people, it's be much harder. 2 people results in 2 short parts per message. If there were 5 people, you could be writing up to 8 short parts per message (4 questions and 4 answers), and that's without dealing with anything said between 2 ppl who aren't you (it's treating a 5man conversation sorta like 2-man conversations between every pair of ppl at the same time). real 5man conversations are even harder b/c i'll want to comment on something said btwn 2 other ppl. the way ppl do 5man convos in practice is usually that 1-2 ppl have the main active role and the other ppl aren't fully involved.

curi at 12:35 PM on June 23, 2019 | #12841 | reply | quote

Mineral coaches himself at Overwatch. Plays games then reviews his own games with replays.


Anonymous at 1:04 PM on June 23, 2019 | #12842 | reply | quote


> We Tried to Publish a Replication of a Science Paper in Science. The Journal Refused.

> Our research suggests that the theory that conservatives and liberals respond differently to threats isn’t actually true.

Anonymous at 1:37 PM on June 23, 2019 | #12843 | reply | quote

Anonymous at 3:46 PM on June 23, 2019 | #12844 | reply | quote


> Date: June 22nd, 2019 11:56 AM

> Author: Lemma Time

> Was just reading some tweet thread where someone was like, NOTICE TO IMMIGRANTS AND ALLIES WE'VE FIGURED OUT WHO ICE IS TARGETING:

> 1- People who have missed immigration court dates

> 2- People who have been issued a final order of removal

> This seems like exactly who we should be deporting, no?

Anonymous at 4:59 PM on June 23, 2019 | #12845 | reply | quote


They verbs they suggest you do are *feel* and *fall*. You don't have to think or act. They take care of everything and you're passive. You don't have to create your own fun, they create it for you. (So they claim.)

Atlas Shrugged, Dagny talking about a party:

> “There wasn’t a person there who enjoyed it,” she said, her voice lifeless, “or who thought or felt anything at all. They moved about, and they said the same dull things they say anywhere. I suppose they thought the lights would make it brilliant.”

Disney offers lights and other things in the same category as lights.

curi at 2:49 PM on June 24, 2019 | #12853 | reply | quote

fun fact: if you have two factor authentication enabled on your Apple ID, and you are trying to sign into something with your Apple ID from an antiquated Mac OS that doesn’t support two factor authentication, you can simply append the 6 digit 2FA code to your password and sign in

Anonymous at 3:15 PM on June 24, 2019 | #12855 | reply | quote

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