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http://wmbriggs.com/post/18694/

Hallaluja... Briggs has been trying valiantly to explain to the educated out there that a trendline is nothing more than a figment of your imagination. Trendlines are not data. The data is the data. Someone reads 48C on a thermometer (whether he did it right or wrong), the data point is 48C. If you then average all of the measurements over some time period, you no longer have "data". You have a model of the data. This can be good or bad. If you are looking at averaged data, it should be clear that you are looking at averaged data. Averages are deadly dangerous. Always treat them carefully. Was that 48C a bad reading, or was it really hot that day. Variations in temperature can be huge over small distances.

In this case, Trumps unfavs went down. The person claiming that they haven't has made a first order error.

More interesting is that his "favs" went down also.
If you can’t see the tweet, and tweets are ephemeral, the screen shot is also given. Now I do not give a damn about the election, so please not one word about it. The point I want to make has…
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Picking on how terrible american schools are is a pretty easy thing to do. Figuring out why it is that Foreign language in the United States isn't exactly a priority takes a little extra thought. I took French and German in high school. I can understand german still. I could find opportunities to speak more often, but I don't. Had I taken Spanish though, I would find many more opportunities. I chose poorly. 

I spent a year in Germany. I could get on a train and be in a country that didn't speak German the way I spoke German or the people around me spoke german in about an hour. In less than a day, you could get to a country that spoke French, German, Dutch, Portugese, Italian, English and several others. If you are in Dubuque, IA, how far does a days train ride get you. If you get to Quebec, you will find yourself faced with a bunch of folks who just want you to leave. The rest of Canada will happily take your money in English. 

Our system of Education doesn't quite work. 

When I was in Germany, I got some questions about the world wrong. I had learned there were 7 continents. They looked at me funny. North and South America ARE NOT two continents. What the hell was wrong with me?

I shut up. I wrote down just the 6 on the future test. 

One of the things I learned going to Germany. The kids group along the same damn lines that american kids grouped. The names of the groups were different, but they were still there. There were rich kids, poor kids, stoners, jocks and mean girls. There were those sticking to the script provided by the system. There were those that were rejecting the system. There were teachers trying to wrangle everyone towards something resembling a goal and trying to figure out how to get the people who were rebelling to not rebel too much... 
If you're American, your teachers probably didn't teach you proper posture or how to put a condom on in the dark.
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http://www.dailydot.com/technology/ebay-gender-men-women-pay-gap/

Once upon a time, there was a golf club. The golf club tried to maximize there revenue by maximizing the price they charged for beer. They used to charge $1.50 and they did well. People would come to the course and end up buying the equivalent of a six pack. They raised the price to $5. They stop selling as many beers. Eventually they went out of business. A six pack is now $30. People start sneaking the beer onto the course instead of buying it.

The club is no longer in business.

Are the men getting paid more? Are the women selling more?

There is a very good chance the women are working smarter...


Research shows men make more for the same products.
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I have a friend locally who makes jewelry as a value added business. He works harder and longer than I'd ever care to, and he's discovered that he has much more profit per day if he sells his jewelry literally for $5 per piece than if he even charges $10. 

He told me he's essentially wholesaling to the public, and he knows for sure many people buy his jewelry just to stock their own store with extra items for impulse shoppers. 

Beyond a certain point sometimes, the only tangible strategy is just to undercut everyone and produce like a crazy person. 
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I tell people who want to listen:
"You don't have to be a good speller to be a good programmer, you just have to spell words the same way".

DocumentRoot /home/hyperroot/public_html/accoundhound.com/content/

ErrorLog /home/hyperroot/public_html/accounthound.com/logs/error.log

It took me way too long to find the mistake.....

Especially when you consider the error message pointed right too it....

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I have suggested other places that a Gallon of Gas has a value of $5000 when labor is worth $15/hour.

Here is http://digg.com/video/olympic-cyclist-can-barely-power-a-toaster

An example of why I stand behind that.
Robert Förstemann is a world champion track cyclist. Basically, he does squats all day then rides a bicycle really, really fast. And yet, it takes all his strength to power a 700w toaster long enough to toast a slice of white bread.
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http://pennystocks.la/battle-of-internet-giants/

Revenue > Expenses.

It is a fundamental part of the equation. It is the 2nd law of thermodynamics. In finance the 2nd law can be thwarted for a little while. It will come back and bite you.

The more indirect the source of fund the more you tap dance. If the person buying the product is the one paying for it, you have a strong feedback mechanism. A lot of business out there these days don't have this mechanism any more. Healthcare is primarily paid for by a third party. The person getting the product is not paying for it directly.

Advertisement is a direct payment. Advertisement is paying for your eyeballs and people who are able to attract them.

Advertisers aren't interested in paying you directly to watch their ads. You aren't interested in getting paid what they would pay.

When your revenue is less than expense, you have to find somewhere to get the difference. You either raid cash surplus, you get a loan, or you get more investors. Investors want a return on their money.

Twitter does not look like a good place to put money...

From Apple to Google, watch as the internet giants accumulate (or lose) wealth in real-time in this interactive visualization.
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That's like snapchat. How are they supposed to monetize that? The minute they attempt to, someone else is going to release an ad-free program that does exactly the same thing. 
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http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2016/food/farm-to-fable/restaurants/

One of the difficult things in life is dealing with the realities of sales. If you want to make a living as an artists (and being a chef is a form of art), making the experience interesting to the customer is part of the game.

Of course, making a living as a reporter (another art form of sorts) requires that you find stories that get people excited. This is just a good example of that.

The people truly outraged by this are the same folks that are truly enticed by the idea in the first place.

Local food is definitely better than food produced 6000 miles away, unless of course producing that food 6000 miles away has better conditions and the food transports well and it doesn't actually grow locally.


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Eggs? The perfect Egg? I can't tell you what the perfect egg is. I can tell you what the perfect egg isn't. Raw.

I made sunny side up eggs for the first time in a long time. There were flavors in there I haven't experienced in awhile. Since the egg isn't getting flipped, it gets to sit directly in the butter for a long time and the butter and the bottom of the egg get to mingle more thoroughly. The edge of the egg was just a little crispy and the crispiness was a delightful textural contrast. The yolk wasn't fully cooked but it was much more solid than my over easy eggs while still being a little runny.

Everytime I see someone discuss the "perfect xxx egg", I grimace inside. I am sure I will love that treatment of the egg. I love bad treatments of the egg also.

I might be Emile in ratatouille..... I can eat Girl Scout Thin Mints and delight in the more than hint of mint. I can also revel in the delicate contrast of a creme brulee. I can devour a bag of boring chips and be sated by couple of Salt and Vinegar chips but want more later without wanting more right then...


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http://digg.com/video/700-dollar-battery-rip-off

There are many folks who would agree that paying $700 for $30 in parts is a rip off. It is an easy thing to believe.

Before we dance off into calling the people making these $700 "ripoffs" evil. Let's ponder a moment the people buying the equipment.

Is it worth $700 to get this machine back up and running in a short time? How much is the time worth as you are waiting to make it work. I am pretty sure I could fix this for $40 of my expenditure. How much should I charge for making the fix. If I know what I need, I can have the parts on hand. How many people are going to need the service? How many parts should I keep on hand?

After you start considering the aspects of getting this thing "fixed".

The easiest fix is buying another six pack with the same connector on it. Open unclip, clip, close. Done...

The guy in this video point out that only two of the parts need to be replaced. Unsolder (carefully), get new part, solder back in place (carefully) and for $10 in parts, you are whole again...

iFixit has the tools for a reasonable price. The parts you can get from a bunch of different places. BUT then you run into the time crunch part of the equation. How much is down time worth?

$700 may be dirt cheap. Beyond dirt cheap.

This video is awesome because it reminds me that if a battery goes bad, I might be able to fix it cheaper on the sly. I tried to fix my batteries for my Ridgid cordless system. I learned a very important thing in that process. The tools you buy anywhere for Ridgid, Makita, Ryobi, etc are free. What you are actually buying is the battery pack. The tools are just the enticement to get you to buy the battery packs. I tried to source the individual cells. It didn't work out as cheap as this. It was right on the edge of being cheaper to buy a new drill set.

The guy in this video is correct in saying that the markup on this product is big. He is wrong to say that it is a ripoff. He has some skills. The value of his skill is seen here in being able to identify what is in the package. When the apocalypse hits and manufacturing disappears, having a guy like this on your side will be very useful. That $5 cell replacement suddenly isn't worth $5 any more. It becomes beyond price. Except it will still have a price.


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http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-sonic-booms-the-dod-doesnt-want-you-to-hear

The final line titillated me...

“I want to have, one day, a headline that comes out in the paper that says, ‘Supersonic Aircraft Flies Over City; Nobody Notices.’”

There is a tale about the test of the 787 wing testing. It may have no validity. They tested the wing and it exceeded all expectations. They finally got it to break. The people crafting the message did not say "Wing breaks at 187% of expected load". The person at the time did not want BREAK anywhere near his wing in a paper. That is just a tale that you hear around the cooler though.


On January 29th, some folks in New Jersey mistook loud rumbles and rattling windows for an earthquake. Turns out it was just a sonic boom—a thunder-like...
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https://www.good.is/articles/pink-tax-makes-being-female-expensive

AAAA!..

People who think there is a pink tax are morons studying to be idiots. The reason women pay more for their products is because THEY PAY MORE FOR THEIR PRODUCTS.

It is possible that the reason I don't have multiple mistresses is tied to me not buying stuff from the male aisle, but mostly I just don't need much stuff from the male aisle. I bought a Gilette Fusion razor 10 years ago with 3 cartridges. It cost me $26. I just threw away the last cartridge 6 months ago. I bought a Harry's Premium replacement. I am still on the first cartridge. I will likely be on that first cartridge for another 2 years.

There is no Pink Tax. Women are just way more likely to buy product. There is a real blue tax here. Men don't have quite as many aisles of product to choose from because we don't buy as much.

It is REALLY easy to avoid this tax. Really really easy. Don't buy it.

I have looked at the pay charts in a lot of places. You have to go pretty high up to find significant discrepancies in salaries. When you get to that level, it is not about your gender that the salaries are different. It is about your ability to negotiate your salary.


Women are charged 14 percent more for personal hygiene products than men.
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http://www.newsweek.com/martin-shkreli-congress-5th-amendment-423081

Don't Talk to the Police! Invoking the 5th amendment is what we should do anytime we talk to any public official....
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MT: Glad it's not a Cybertech Co. H+ series https://youtu.be/MVekrZ-H5Pc
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