Re: Politeness

2012-11-25 Thread John Williams
On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: While I didn't want to complicate my reply at the time, I do want to take this opportunity to say that in no way was I referring to how much Jon achieved or hasn't achieved. Hilarious!

Re: Politeness

2012-11-25 Thread John Williams
On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM, Warren Adams-Ockrassa war...@nightwares.com wrote: Having been watching from the sidelines, it's amazing how easy it is for me to decide whose voice is respectable and mature, and whose is childish and petulant, in this discussion. If only it were also easy

Re: Politeness

2012-11-25 Thread John Williams
On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Jon Louis Mann net_democr...@yahoo.com wrote: He assumes that I am not a successful politician because I have not won an election. Actually, no, that is not why I assume you are not successful. ___

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-24 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:22 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: Do whatever you want with my opinion, Thank you, I will. ^^ politeness ___ http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-24 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 8:08 AM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: Half of the article that I'm giving a link to talks about him. It is written by another Nobel prize winner, Without commenting on Burgin's book, I will point out that Robert Solow (bad Solow?) writes an extremely biased

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-24 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM, Kevin O'Brien zwil...@zwilnik.com wrote: I also note in passing that a study done a few years ago about charitable giving found that economists were the stingiest group in the study, which I found not at all surprising. Would you be referring to the study

Re: Politeness

2012-11-24 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM, Jon Louis Mann net_democr...@yahoo.com wrote: It's not like he's some genius who doesn't suffer fools; that I would respect. It is not like you are a successful politician. Why would anyone care about having your respect?

Re: Politeness

2012-11-24 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: I actually think I'm not so sure about that. ___ http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-21 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 7:12 AM, Kevin O'Brien zwil...@zwilnik.com wrote: So at this point I can only conclude that the Republicans are congenital liars. You are wearing selective blinders. All politicians are liars. ___

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-21 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM, Klaus Stock k...@stock-consulting.com wrote: So at this point I can only conclude that the Republicans are congenital liars. You are wearing selective blinders. All politicians are liars. But not all are congenital. Ha! Luckily, most voters do not care if

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-20 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM, Kevin O'Brien zwil...@zwilnik.com wrote: BTW, my doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan involved banking and monetary issues. One of the best lessons I learned was that people who really understand what they are talking about can say it it plain

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-20 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM, Kevin O'Brien zwil...@zwilnik.com wrote: OK, I'm not at all clear on how you got top-down management out of what I said. I'm getting tired of correcting all this nonsense, but I thought I'd respond to this at least. You are the one claiming you know better how

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-20 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: You change the regulations of the parasites on Wall Street... ...You should read more. If only it were that simple. Regulators have been trying to manage things for decades. Between regulatory-capture and the law of

Re: Where to now?

2012-11-20 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: And the suceeded for 60+ years. Ha, hahaha, ho ho ho. Very funny. You would benefit by occasionally listening to other people. How about Hayek? The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really

Re: Galileo was wrong!

2011-08-28 Thread John Williams
On Sun, Aug 28, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: It's funny, when you think about it.  A Protestant can rail against every other church and found his own church.  But if you're an ultraconservative Catholic, how in the world do you argue that the Pope is dead wrong on the

Re: RE: Facebook is evil, why it must be eradicated [was: Wikileaks?]

2010-12-07 Thread John Williams
Ultimately, these sorts of issues are due to insufficient diversity. As long as there is a majority (or perhaps even a large uniform minority) who believe something strongly, there will be businesses or government policies that cater to this majority. Whether government representative or business

The Ben Bernank and the quantitative easing

2010-11-15 Thread John Williams
It's like watching a cartoon of train wreck... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTUY16CkS-kfeature=player_embedded ___ http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com

Re: Can Honerable People Have Mortgages?

2010-10-24 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 9:58 PM, Mitch mi...@oceanbound.net wrote: Here's what it seems you are writing: Cars are made to withstand impacts. Car insurance covers the cost of repairing collisions. Not every driver will drive without a collision. Therefore, insured drivers individually do not

Re: Loan modifications (was Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries)

2010-10-22 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:27 PM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM, John Williams jwilliams4...@gmail.com wrote: That suggests that you are not going to strategically default. I wonder if there are any other clues that the lender was able to glean

Re: Loan modifications (was Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries)

2010-10-22 Thread John Williams
On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 1:38 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: I answered this in another post, but I'll explain a little bit differently here. I see the mortgage insurance as insurance against the borrower being UNABLE to pay back the money, not just choosing to default. Well you can

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM, David Hobby hob...@newpaltz.edu wrote: Hi.  I'm with Keith on this.  A mortgage is not an absolute promise to pay back the loan.  Rather, the deal is that if the borrower does not keep up payments, the lender can take back the property. I'm not sure why you

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 12:39 AM, Charlie Bell char...@culturelist.org wrote: Other than implying that Brad censors his blog of disagreement and Nick is dishonest, you mean? Brad called me a troll and tried to incite people to censor me, which is not polite. I replied to that insult rather

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 12:43 AM, Charlie Bell char...@culturelist.org wrote: Small government and low taxation libertarians don't explain how these infrastructure services are to be maintained if the mechanisms for maintaining them are disbanded Actually, quite a few libertarians do explain

Re: Can Honerable People Have Mortgages?

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:05 AM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: But, there was always a possibility that I'd be hit by a devastating illness after the mortgage went under water, so that it would be impossible to sell the house for enough to pay the mortgage and it would be impossible

Re: Can Honerable People Have Mortgages?

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:18 AM, Brad DeLong brad.del...@gmail.com wrote: Indeed. By John Williams's definition every borrower everywhere at any time is a dishonorable scumbag. No, that is not my definition. I suggest you try to think logically if you want to understand my viewpoint. You seem

Re: Can Honerable People Have Mortgages?

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM, Brad DeLong brad.del...@gmail.com wrote: Dan-- John Williams's: cannot be seen as written in good faith. Cannot be seen by you, perhaps. You write as if your opinion is the only one that is possible. I wonder if you really believe that, or if it is just your

Re: Can Honorable People Have Mortgages?

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 11:14 AM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: I'm curious John, if you agree with this general understanding that Brad stated, and that virtually every businessman and economist I know agree with, or if you think that there is no way of telling why, say, the interest

Re: Loan modifications (was Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries)

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 8:39 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote:  They lied to by saying they had no choice because the loan owner would not allow them to make the modification, admitted that another division of their own company owns it, then tried to tell us that they could not

Re: Loan modifications (was Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries)

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Chris Frandsen lear...@mac.com wrote: On Oct 21, 2010, at 2:02 PM, John Williams wrote: But since you want to modify an agreement in your favor, you more or less need to jump through their hoops, even if they are ridiculous. John, do you believe

Re: Can Honerable People Have Mortgages?

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: Given that, do you consider it dishonorable for me to have taken out a mortgage? Of course not. But I would expect an honorable person, if they were not foreclosed upon, and if they recovered from the illness and had a new

Re: SETI@home (history)

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM, Alberto Monteiro albm...@centroin.com.br wrote: IIRC, there was a story somewhere that the s...@home software included a bug (like a crippleware) that would make it run _much slower_ than it could run, because there was not enough data for the millions of

Re: Loan modifications (was Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries)

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
You did a poor job of quoting there, Dan. It would be helpful if you could just quote the directly relevant parts. If I am paying for insurance for the lender in case I don't pay it back, why is it immoral to accept the penalty for not paying it back, knowing that I prepaid insurance for the

Re: Loan modifications (was Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries)

2010-10-21 Thread John Williams
So, you think that violations of TiLA and RESPA are properly described as incompetence? I cannot answer that without a lot more details which are probably impractical for you to provide to me. Meanwhile, today, I'm taking a break from running an orbital floor sander that I'm using to

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 5:09 AM, Charlie Bell char...@culturelist.org wrote: Whereas in much of Europe, it's just tax you pay knowing there's a health system and social security that is functional if, god forbid, you actually need it. Like you pay for roads, schools etc. I am not very

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 5:14 AM, Charlie Bell char...@culturelist.org wrote: And *WHOOSH* did you miss Pat's point. Point being, people who come to work ill 'cause they can't afford to take a day off 'cause they don't get sick leave and have to pay for the quack, so they turn up to work

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:26 AM, Chris Frandsen lear...@mac.com wrote: Sorry, Charlie, it seems the new angry crowd out there either think that roads and sewage systems just appear or that we pay too much for them.  We can all go back to dirt roads and septic systems, you know:-) Was this

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 7:38 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: I could tell the horror story of our efforts at loan modification, but I'll just say that it is one of the stories submitted to the Justice Department by the House California Caucus. If by loan modification, you mean

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 8:28 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: The average taxpayer elected officials who deregulated the financial industry so much that it became impossible for the average taxpayer to be able to know the actual value of a house.  We got the government we deserved

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 9:27 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: I didn't say it was someone else's fault.  I'm a taxpayer, too.  I am also responsible for the bad policies. So, if it is not someone else's fault, why do you think someone else should pay for money that you borrowed? It

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: Is that true for people who borrow from loan sharks?  Does the lender's behavior matter not? An honorable person would not borrow from anyone, loan shark or otherwise, and then attempt to renege on the pay back

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: It was not an easy decision to seek a loan modification. But the ethics of it are not as black-and-white as you say. It absolutely is that simple. A honest, responsible person does not make an agreement and then refuse

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM, Brad DeLong brad.del...@gmail.com wrote: Could we get this troll--Mr. Williams--out of here please? What gave you the idea that this email list is like your blog, where you can censor anyone who does not agree with you, Brad?

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: Hard to know if the quiet was due to trolling or some externality. It looks to me like this email list is usually quiet because the vast majority of the members have self-selected so that they have many of the same

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: I think that is only part of it.  I think that the general trend away from email lists to twitter is a strong factor.  For example, the Culture list is a lot quieter than it was 6 years ago, even though the mix of folks

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
Nick Arnett nick.arnett at gmail.com wrote: On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM, John Williams jwilliams4200 at gmail.comwrote: On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arnett at gmail.com wrote: Hard to know if the quiet was due to trolling or some externality. It looks

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-20 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 1:54 PM, Charlie Bell char...@culturelist.org wrote: You can leave the troll. It's taken only a few posts for me to realise that John has zero interest in engaging with any point, just repeating his own point over and over, and then using _ad hominem_  like he's doing

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 6:35 AM, Julia ju...@zurg.net wrote: The old people don't equate to the old culture.  There's a fairly large intersection of the two, but neither is a subset (proper or improper) of the other. I understand that, but as you say, there's a fairly large intersection of the

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 8:41 AM, Pat Mathews mathew...@msn.com wrote: Besides which, we greedy geezers will pass our ill-gotten wealth down to you hard-pressed Xers and your children in due time via the normal process of inheritance, if the medical bills needed to keep us functioning don't

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 10:06 AM, Pat Mathews mathew...@msn.com wrote: There is NO WAY an ordinary wage-earner could have saved enough to cover the sort of insurance-inflated medical bills common today. If true, then by what magic of aggregation can a group of such people afford something

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: I have tended not to answer you John because I have not been able to solve the problem of dialog with you.  Whenever I use facts or correlations to support an argument you point to the causal density of economics (not your

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Pat Mathews mathew...@msn.com wrote: Okay. Have it your way. We/they didn't save enough and consume health care with reckless abandon. May you never be in the workplace where the clerk, knowing that one must never, ever, consume health care one cannot afford,

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:03 PM, Bruce Bostwick lihan161...@sbcglobal.net wrote: On Oct 19, 2010, at 8:53 AM, John Williams jwilliams4...@gmail.com wrote: On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 6:35 AM, Julia ju...@zurg.net wrote: The old people don't equate to the old culture.  There's a fairly large

Re: Starting Engineer's Salaries

2010-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 3:29 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: they give the average starting salary for an EE in the US as 59,646, but in the SF area it is about 74,700.  So, that is about a 25% premium.  At simplyhired.com they state that the average EE salary in the SF area is

Re: Back to the plantation...

2010-10-18 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 11:55 AM, Jon Louis Mann net_democr...@yahoo.com wrote: Like I said, I'm no fan of Bernanke, but Garrett is even worse. I'm disgusted with the Democrats as well, but the tea baggers are REALLY out to lunch, breakfast and dinner!~) I'm not sure what you are saying. It

Re: Down with the government

2010-10-18 Thread John Williams
I'm curious, if the old culture is in such decline, why are Social Security and Medicare still untouchable? There is no way, with the current system, that today's young and middle-aged are going to get as much out of the system as they put in. It is a giant Ponzi scheme. So if the old are so

Re: Down with the government!

2010-10-16 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 1:34 PM, Dan Minette danmine...@att.net wrote: I'm not sure why you think the main argument against letting banks fail is false.  It is that the financial system as a whole could have collapsed if there was no intervention. Maybe he thinks it is false because it IS

Re: Trolls

2010-09-07 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Jon Louis Mann net_democr...@yahoo.com wrote: Some time ago I unsubscribed from this list because of the comments of one person who has since matured.  Now I am having a similar problem with someone on Dr. Brin's FB page. If there is nothing wrong with me,

Re: Trolls

2010-09-07 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 5:39 PM, David Hobby hob...@newpaltz.edu wrote: Well, that was certainly helpful.                        ---David I'm no help either, though. We both helped increase list traffic, which has been quite low... ___

Re: Sherlock: new British TV show

2010-07-31 Thread John Williams
On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 6:25 AM, William T Goodall w...@wtgab.demon.co.uk wrote: So far there are three feature-length (90 minutes) episodes. The next two are broadcast on 1st and 8th August. The first got sufficiently good ratings/reviews that more will be made eventually. The current eps

Sherlock: new British TV show

2010-07-30 Thread John Williams
Anyone catch the premiere episode of Sherlock (A Study in Pink), a new British TV show? It is a remarkably good, modern version of Sherlock Holmes, written by Steven Moffat of Dr. Who fame. I believe it is airing on Sundays in the UK (not sure about that, I downloaded my copy). I hope the UK

Re: Tea Party Racism

2010-07-25 Thread John Williams
On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM, Doug Pensinger brig...@zo.com wrote: Is the Tea Party fundamentally racist?  Or is it just coincidental that it formed as a black man was taking office? I think you will find haters in just about any large group of people. Groups that have been around a while

Startide Rising Kindle released

2010-07-21 Thread John Williams
At long last, the Startide Rising Kindle edition has been released. I just received it. Now, all 6 of Brin's Uplift novels are available in Kindle editions. ___ http://box535.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com

Re: On Listmail

2010-04-29 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 10:02 PM, Doug Pensinger brig...@zo.com wrote: Maybe we've already had this discussion, but have you read Banks' Transition? No, and I do not plan to. I'll read any Culture novel he writes, but I am not interested in his political ideology.

Re: On Listmail

2010-04-28 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:07 PM, Doug Pensinger brig...@zo.com wrote: Ahem.  Hello?  Anyone here? I agree with most of what you say, but I just haven't felt like starting any discussions on this list recently. The two main things that I have previously been interested in discussing here are SF

Re: KJ6FOI

2010-02-25 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: This is something I've been thinking of doing for decades.  When I started, one of the obstacles was learning code at 5 wpm, which I accomplished. Did you want to learn Morse code? When I got my license year's ago

Re: KJ6FOI

2010-02-25 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 7:37 PM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: However, some of the spectrum is still restricted to CW (code) only. Right, the masochist channels :-) Or, perhaps, the apocalypse practice channels. ___

Re: Br?n on global warming

2010-02-15 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Charlie Bell char...@culturelist.org wrote: On 13/02/2010, at 7:05 AM, Keith Henson wrote: I think people are properly skeptical of the need to suffer that is preached by the global warming community. Um, exactly what is this global warming community that

Re: Google Buzz

2010-02-11 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 7:14 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: So... Google Buzz introduced itself to me this morning, just as I was reading an article on privacy concerns about it.  The biggest one is that it automatically imports contacts and shows them as friends. When buzz

Re: Google Buzz

2010-02-11 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 7:32 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: Welcome to Buzz Buzz is a new way to share updates, photos, videos and more, and start conversations about the things you find interesting. You're already set up to follow the people you email and chat with the most.

Re: Spray-on glass (was Re: ping)

2010-02-10 Thread John Williams
On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM, Chris Frandsen lear...@mac.com wrote: I have blink feeling that this is a big deal. Any thoughts? http://www.physorg.com/news184310039.html It caught my eye, too.  If it really does

Re: Uplift books on Kindle?

2010-01-27 Thread John Williams
The Jijo trilogy is now available on Kindle (as separate books). Also, Uplift War is available. The publisher says that Startide Rising and Sundiver are coming to Kindle in late February. ___ http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com

Re: Is this thing on?

2010-01-21 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM, Dave Land dml...@gmail.com wrote: _It_ is on, but nobody is on _it_. How's _it_ hangin' ? ___ http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com

Re: BRIN: Uplift books on Kindle?

2010-01-13 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM, David Brin db...@sbcglobal.net wrote: I have a query in.  Alas, it is a department that I have no influence over, but I will keep trying... Thanks for checking. I hope someone replies to you! I have heard from some other authors that it is difficult to get a

Better Off Ted

2010-01-12 Thread John Williams
I think there are some Better Off Ted fans here. One of the episodes tonight, The Impertence of Communicationizing, looks like it will be pretty good. This website has some uncensored outtakes of the episode: http://scifiwire.com/2010/01/better-off-ted-cast-drops.php You can see how they shot

Re: BRIN: Uplift books on Kindle?

2010-01-11 Thread John Williams
On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 3:00 PM, David Brin db...@sbcglobal.net wrote: The Startide Rising release says January 11 2009.   I suspectt that's a misprint and should be January 11, 2010?  That'd explain the glitch and should resolve in a week. Nope, still no Kindle edition of Startide Rising

BRIN: Uplift books on Kindle?

2010-01-06 Thread John Williams
I was checking again for the Uplift books on Amazon Kindle, and things have improved since the last time I looked, but the status is odd. Uplift War is available on Kindle, and Heaven's Reach is available for pre-order (Jan 13 release). Oddly, Brightness Reef and Infinity's Shore are nowhere to

Re: Cloud Computing Smears (Was: Google Wave)

2009-10-19 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:42 PM, Deborah Harrell harrellmed...@yahoo.com wrote: From: John Williams jwilliams4...@gmail.com massive snip Never underestimate the power of human error. As this debacle demonstrates. Which particular debacle would that be? I was referring to the Sidekick

Re: Cloud Computing Smears (Was: Google Wave)

2009-10-18 Thread John Williams
On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 9:42 AM, Bruce Bostwick lihan161...@sbcglobal.net wrote: On Oct 18, 2009, at 12:25 AM, Max Battcher wrote: On 10/18/2009 0:38, John Williams wrote: On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 8:36 PM, Julia Thompsonf...@zurg.net  wrote: Er.  In that sort of a situation, I myself would

Re: Cloud Computing Smears (Was: Google Wave)

2009-10-17 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 8:36 PM, Julia Thompson f...@zurg.net wrote: Er.  In that sort of a situation, I myself would set up a RAID for storing the data, *much* less chance for losing it. RAID does not protect from rm -rf / , which (some variant of) is my guess at what happened. Although now

Re: What's to read?

2009-09-22 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 11:19 PM, Doug Pensinger brig...@zo.com wrote: I think the reason you're still waiting for Brin's books is also the answer to you're question about the number of titles available. They're probably negotiating with a lot of authors for the rights or dealing with

Re: What's to read?

2009-09-21 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM, Pat Mathews mathew...@msn.com wrote: I have a Sony 505. The books on my reader are on my reader and on my desktop, not on my account on someone else's server. If anyone wants to delete them [think 1984] or whatever, they have to physically steal my reader and

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 7:41 AM, Bruce Bostwick lihan161...@sbcglobal.net wrote: I think you're oversimplifying the arguments for regulation.  I don't believe anyone involved in the process seriously believes regulation is a one-dimensional parameter, I think you give politicians far too much

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
Tyler Cowen writes about how politics and regulations contribute to financial crises: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/business/economy/13econ.html?_r=1 | FOR years now, many businesses and individuals in the United States | have been relying on the power of government, rather than competition

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 7:41 AM, Bruce Bostwick lihan161...@sbcglobal.net wrote: ty and the presence of certain fail-safes in the Never forget that you're dealing with a system made up of the collective behavior of millions of individual human beings, because that understanding is fundamental

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Bruce Bostwick lihan161...@sbcglobal.net wrote: On Sep 14, 2009, at 11:29 AM, John Williams wrote: The rest of the answer is that the Federal Reserve stepped in and put the brakes on the ridiculously overleveraged derivative trading that was going on, How

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 9:55 AM, Bruce Bostwick lihan161...@sbcglobal.net wrote: I believe that's the only rational assumption around which to design any regulatory strategy.  One of the assumptions is that the regulation must evolve with the market and take exactly that sort of gaming the

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
There appears to be some ignorance masquerading as certainty floating around here. In the interest of reducing ignorance and increasing humility, here are some educational papers. The Financial Crisis and the Policy Responses: An Empirical Analysis of What Went Wrong John B. Taylor

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
Three Myths about the Crisis Jeffrey Friedman http://causesofthecrisis.blogspot.com/2009/09/three-myths-about-crisis-bonuses.html ... | To be sure, banks that bought mortgage-backed securities to reduce | their capital cushions were, indeed, knowingly increasing their | vulnerability if the

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 12:56 PM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM, John Williams jwilliams4...@gmail.com wrote: There appears to be some ignorance masquerading as certainty floating around here. In the interest of reducing ignorance and increasing

Re: Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-14 Thread John Williams
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 1:30 PM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 1:08 PM, John Williams jwilliams4...@gmail.com wrote: Interesting that you chose not to quote the paragraph that describes his opinion of the heart of the financial crisis. It seems to have

Re: DeLong on health insurance reform

2009-09-13 Thread John Williams
On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 6:58 PM, Doug Pensinger brig...@zo.com wrote: John Williams  wrote: http://american.com/archive/2009/august/maybe-we-should-spend-more-on-healthcare Yikes.  Let's first look at the source of the article, The American Enterprise Institute. Actually, the source

Health care reform: without a correct diagnosis, there is no cure

2009-09-13 Thread John Williams
Jeffrey S. Flier is Dean of Harvard Medical School. In the Journal of Clinical Investigation article referenced below, Flier offers his ideas on health care reform. http://www.jci.org/articles/view/41033 Flier identifies three root causes for the symptoms of America's health care ills: | First,

Re: From CNN: Democratic leaders in Congress soften on public option

2009-09-13 Thread John Williams
On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 6:46 PM, Nick Arnett nick.arn...@gmail.com wrote: This seems unfortunately, since it certainly appears to me that the health care industry could benefit from more competition. I'm always in favor of more competition. But I think the best way to increase competition,

Re: Knowledge of Complex Systems and Ecch-onomics

2009-09-11 Thread John Williams
On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 3:14 PM, dsummersmi...@comcast.net dsummersmi...@comcast.net wrote: Some of the time, but only some of the time, I have the sender as the poster, not brin-l.  Alberto was nice enough to send it back to me so I can repost it. As I posted before (maybe you missed it if

Regulation and the financial crisis

2009-09-09 Thread John Williams
http://www.american.com/archive/2009/september/regulation-and-the-financial-crisis-myths-and-realities | Myth 1: Banking regulators were in the dark as new financial | instruments reshaped the financial industry. | Myth 2: Deregulation allowed the market to adopt risky practices, such | as using

Re: Predictions and Re: Smaller Government-Is it possible or a pipe dream?

2009-09-09 Thread John Williams
at any attempt at such clarification. I don't take offense at questions. But I'm not particularly interested in discussing my viewpoints with people who write things like this: John Williams responded in less than 60 minutes to the previous post, used an excellent vocabulary to polarize and did

Re: DeLong on health insurance reform

2009-09-08 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 7:27 AM, Chris Frandsenlear...@mac.com wrote: Given human nature as I have experienced it, John, I do not see how a civilized society could exist following a total voluntary ethic. It is interesting how some people claim my posts are repetitive, while other people seem

Re: Smaller Government-Is it possible or a pipe dream?

2009-09-08 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 10:57 AM, Chris Frandsenlear...@mac.com wrote: No way will that happen unless there is an international disaster and major die-off of the human species. I don't have much evidence to evaluate the reliability of your predictions, but what evidence I have seen makes me

Re: DeLong on health insurance reform

2009-09-08 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM, David Hobbyhob...@newpaltz.edu wrote: John Williams wrote: I don't get this.  You recently wrote: No, I do not propose that the US should abolish all taxes, and I have written that here before. So some taxes are O.K.?  But I imagine that some of the people

Re: DeLong on health insurance reform

2009-09-08 Thread John Williams
On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM, David Hobbyhob...@newpaltz.edu wrote: Until this is resolved, kindly cease to refer to taxation as taking your money, etc. Are you serious? ___ http://mccmedia.com/mailman/listinfo/brin-l_mccmedia.com

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