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>The margins for counterfeiting this part can't have been very good.

Unless they were stolen, and repackaged in order to hide their origin. Like a chop shop, only no chopping

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Is that for counterfeiting, or security

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leephillips 6 days ago | link

Both. Counterfeiting, or substituting recycled parts, can be for economic reasons, or can be a hostile government that managed to substitute its hardware into the supply chain, for sabotage or to create backdoors.

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>I doubt how anybody can claim they're "driving safely" when the only observer is oneself and there is no baseline to compare against.

Don't we all get observed and evaluated by a driving instructor before being licensed (think about what that word means) to drive? I'd say that meets your criteria

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mikeash 6 days ago | link

In theory, yes. In practice, driving instruction and testing in the US is ludicrously inadequate. The driving test here is little more than making sure you're capable of writing your own name.

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I wish these things would let you change the confidence interval. 95% is really only used in an academic context. If you think about decisions that you make in a typical business context, you are not using more than 80% or so

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jessicaraygun 13 days ago | link

This is a feature that I would love to add to Confidence.js sometime in the near future.

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Last.fm has a great neighbor-based recommendation engine. Combine that with Echo Nest's user-based machine learning approach and Spotify's user base, and you have a pretty robust product

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aggronn 42 days ago | link

As a grooveshark user who loves last.fm, i don't like this idea.

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Also known as an abundance mentality. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Habits_of_Highly_Effe...

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k3oni 42 days ago | link

Thanks for the link.

An important quote from that "the abundance mentality arises from having a high self-worth and security and leads to the sharing of profits, recognition and responsibility".

That point is a bit hard to apply in real world due to the general nature of our inner self or the circles we are exposed to.

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To take your idea one step further: because it's so costly to get stuff into space, the less we come back with the better. The astronauts can come back, but once they launch a bunch of infrastructure, tools, etc into space those should stay there and remain usable. The ISS is a good example of this concept

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WalterBright 67 days ago | link

I've also thought heck, design the empty rocket to be attachable as part of the space station.

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bdunbar 67 days ago | link

The idea was floated around to boost shuttle's ET into orbit, and collect them. Flush out the noxious bits, add atmosphere and: living room. Modular sections for a rocket ship. Storage.

NASA never went for it.

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There is some risk with early adoption. Reliability will be lower. That's why NASA built the space shuttles uses decades-old computers in its spacecraft. But that doesn't mean it's not the solution to a problem

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Airlines in the US close boarding 10min before departure (assuming no delays). Once they close the gate door, they are not allowed to reopen it to allow a passenger through

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem

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