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Journalists will be interested in publishing articles about TPP today, rather than a month from now. That interest might lead one to lend a friendly ear to the only people who have actually read the current draft, who just so happen to strongly support the passage of the current draft.

Why are journalists more interested in publishing articles about TPP further away from the vote?

We're discussing TFA, which is already published. There are other reports and analyses out now as well.

You're claiming here that the New York Times was bought off with early access to TPP?

That's an extreme interpretation. KAB started the thread with thoughts about "how the TTP is framed". I mentioned "lend[ing] a friendly ear". How did we move from that to "bought off"?

It's not as though NYT are infallible, however, and it is well known that journalists often become sympathetic to the opinions of those government officials, company executives, etc. to whom they require access in order to obtain information they need.


Your perseverance in this article's comments is something else, kudos.

...e.g. winning/losing a war.

Is "winning" a possible outcome from wars? It hasn't happened during my parents' lifetimes. All of the losing we've been doing doesn't seem to have affected our commitment to outspending the rest of world combined to support the military-industrial complex. Do elections have something to do with that?

Yes, and because various interested parties know that will happen, no matter how much evil anticonsumer shit they pack into the deal, there's nothing holding them back during the negotiations. We've heard about the awful IP shit because EFF is on the ball, but there's no doubt we'll find out about even more once this takes effect. I'm not talking about e.g. Vietnam rice farmers vs. USA rice farmers vs. rice eaters everywhere, but rather all of those parties getting screwed by the ag corp interests who were actually represented at these negotiations.

I know what you mean! I sort-of understand why people don't make this clear when they're stating the problem, but I really don't understand the vast majority of people who don't explain it clearly when they're stating the answer to the problem. They'll go on for paragraphs, when they could have just said, "Monty only chooses doors without cars, so by choosing a door he gave you more information."

The abandoned mother of the abandoned child of a multimillionaire is justified in recounting any awful behavior she cares to recount.

"We should not seek revenge on those who have committed crimes against us, or reply to their crimes with other crimes. We should reflect that by the law of karma, they are in danger of lowly and miserable lives to come, and that our duty to them, as to every being, is to help them to rise towards Nirvana, rather than let them sink to lower levels of rebirth." — the Dalai Lama

Is this a religious discussion now? I'm not sure that applies, anyway; ISTM that Jobs is already a dung beetle, or whatever. Besides, TFA is hardly "seeking revenge". The tone isn't even particularly harsh. It's just: here's some shit that dude did.

Everyone seems to assume that robocars won't work in less densely populated areas, but I'm not so sure. In areas of little traffic it's possible to schedule trips further ahead of time. In addition, much greater speeds might allow a given number of robocars to serve a much bigger area. I'm sure there is a cutoff somewhere, but I think eventually it will be at a much lower population density than many expect.

No one would consider 500 metrics on a regular basis. In the "holacratic" context, however, it might be valuable for the worker to be able to consider different metrics today than she considered last week. It might be difficult to decide ahead of time which metrics will be useful. With too few metrics, that very decision might undermine holacracy.

There's a large difference between having access to metrics/data and an operational dashboard. If an employee is curious or wants to prove a hypothesis, the data can be made available through tools like Chartio, Looker, Periscope, etc. But a dashboard should represent the focus of the business and team. If she is looking at different metrics each week to make decisions, one has to question the integrity of her focus and decision making ability. If you're going to distribute metrics to employees every day, they should represent the current business goals and clearly communicate the businesses progress.

ISTM the Transit's TC might just not be tuned very well? That might be related to the model year or might be something a Ford dealer could fix with a firmware update. Friends I've had in snowy places have sworn by their AWD vehicles. Personally I've scared myself half to death driving a big RWD truck in the snow.

The whole energy-vs-power confusion seems problematic. This is a grid-connected system; there are no batteries. Thus it seems average power would be a more helpful measure than energy, when talking about train-brakes and households both. If one insists on discussing energy, why not quote it in joules or BTUs or whatever? One rarely sees average power used in these contexts however, so there must be something about it that the power companies don't like.

>why not quote it in joules or BTUs or whatever?

Retail electricity is sold by the kWh, consequently that is the unit that most readers will be familiar with. Of the readers who prefer to use strictly Si units in their daily lives, those people, aside from frequently converting to/from various units, are aware or can quicky find that 1kWh is 3.6MJ. For anyone who wants to use BTUs, well, it's a free country, I suppose.

At least in the US, electrical energy is generally measured in kWh. Joules would be annoying to the reader, even though it's simpler.

I think the constant confusion just comes about from journalists trying to write emotionally compelling articles. Saying that all 5 days recouped enough energy to power a single home for a year sounds pretty unimpressive. So the interviewee extrapolates out to if the system ran for the whole year or otherwise were scaled up. But having no technical background (and thus little respect for technical details), the writer edits their phrasing to be much simpler. Treating "power" and "energy" as synonyms, we end up with gross misstatements like in the article.

(And then of course the fact that such gross inaccuracies get past the editors and actually published shows you just how detail oriented the modern news org actually is. Just think of that any time you read any thing!)

(Mega)watt hour is a common unit of energy in electrical power because it's convenient. (For example, my power company reports my power usage in kWh (~100 kWh for my family currently)) A 60-watt lightbulb will use 60 watt hours over an hour.

Would "white-person" be more accurate here? Do the authors intend to suggest that gender contributes to the effect they claim? [edit: removed silly question]

I think we all understand what the author meant by "white-man".

There has to be some term for this... The making of unneeded comments on an article that have nothing to do with the study; PC Pedantry perhaps.

At least one of the authors is a woman.

Good ol' bikeshedding here.

I'd be pretty happy if we had upvotes, downvotes, and a bikeshed button. If bikeshed comments could be filtered that'd be great.

Perhaps something like a lateral vote meaning "the comment may have a point, but they are derailing the conversation."

Then we could have a "sort by interesting (relevant)" and "sort by interesting (diverging)".

(lol this is hn, you get no sorting or filtering or on-site messaging)

ah, good old HN comments section. Nonsense is not tolerated.

You know that `man' used to be gender neutral? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_(word))

And that 'nice' used to mean 'foolish'? http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=nice

And that 'fizzle' used to mean 'fart quietly'? http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=fizzle

And that 'wench' used to mean 'child'? http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=wench

And that 'meat' used to mean 'food'? http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=meat

Etymology is fascinating (a word which itself may be related to the Latin 'fascinum', or penis).

And "white man" is used here in the context of post-colonial Africa, where the phrase is loaded in a way that's relevant to the study.

  Take up the White Man's burden, Send forth the best ye breed
    Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your captives' need;
  To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild—
    Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.

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