Anwar - Last comments http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?tempskin=_atom&disp=comments b2evolution 2010-11-14T12:52:08Z In response to: Have you guys tried Annonzilla? collin [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=have_you_guys_tried_annonzilla&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c4142 2007-02-22T02:36:54Z 2007-02-22T02:36:54Z In response to: Have you guys tried Annonzilla? anwar [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=have_you_guys_tried_annonzilla&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c4141 2007-02-22T02:16:19Z 2007-02-22T02:16:19Z ]]> In response to: No Walled Garden for Me ben [Member] http://ben.nonplatonic.com http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=no_walled_garden_for_me_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c4137 2007-02-18T05:49:29Z 2007-02-18T05:49:29Z In response to: You can't cross the same river twice scott [Member] http://ink08.net/~cederber/ http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=you_can_t_cross_the_same_river_twice&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3996 2006-10-06T02:44:11Z 2006-10-06T02:44:11Z
I went back to Stanford shortly after moving back out here... it was strange. You do an excellent job of putting the feeling into words; your post really captures how I felt. (And in so doing, makes me feel a little better about feeling that way.)]]>
In response to: Single Pipe Steam Heating collin [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=single_pipe_steam_heating&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3911 2006-08-04T12:53:53Z 2006-08-04T12:53:53Z In response to: Single Pipe Steam Heating ben [Member] http://ben.nonplatonic.com http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=single_pipe_steam_heating&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3909 2006-08-04T07:57:50Z 2006-08-04T07:57:50Z
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In response to: Single Pipe Steam Heating collin [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=single_pipe_steam_heating&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3902 2006-08-03T14:42:39Z 2006-08-03T14:42:39Z In response to: Consolidation... collin [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=consolidation&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3888 2006-07-30T18:04:35Z 2006-07-30T18:04:35Z In response to: Consolidation... anwar [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=consolidation&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3881 2006-07-28T19:17:06Z 2006-07-28T19:17:06Z
They still manufacture embedded chips.
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In response to: Consolidation... ben [Member] http://ben.nonplatonic.com http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=consolidation&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3878 2006-07-28T08:55:34Z 2006-07-28T08:55:34Z Motorola and TI are still in there, right?

Things that run Mobile 5.0:

HP iPAQ 2490     Intel PXA270 520MHz
Dell Axim X51v     Intel XScale PXA270 624MHz
HP iPAQ RX 1950     Samsung SC32442 300MHz
HP iPAQ HW 6515     Intel PXA270 312Mhz

These are all wacky RISC processors, right? Do they count?

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In response to: Consolidation... ben [Member] http://ben.nonplatonic.com http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=4&title=consolidation&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c3877 2006-07-28T08:26:07Z 2006-07-28T08:26:07Z In response to: Classic SOM Design graham [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/graham.php http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=classic_som_design&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c447 2005-06-30T05:35:21Z 2005-06-30T05:35:21Z In response to: I don't need no stinkin' gubmint. collin [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=i_don_t_need_no_stinkin_gubmint&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c320 2005-06-08T07:31:49Z 2005-06-08T07:31:49Z
I will be pro-death penalty and anti-abortion, pro-child but anti-child care, for education but against funding of public schools.


As an aside, I read this Mallard Fillmore comic in today's [?] Boston Globe. I don't really read it that often [not carried in Denver/Chicago papers?] but it seems kinda asinine to say the least. Although looking at the quote and comparing it to the comic, objectively they aren't that different [besides the objective fact that Republicans are evil]. Maybe I just expect my editorial cartoons to be, well, on the editorial page.]]>
In response to: Global supply chains ben [Member] http://ben.nonplatonic.com http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=global_supply_chains&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c150 2005-04-22T08:45:17Z 2005-04-22T08:45:17Z In response to: Global supply chains collin [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=global_supply_chains&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c148 2005-04-22T06:56:44Z 2005-04-22T06:56:44Z In an earlier book I argued that the extent to which countries tied their economies and futures to global integration and trade would act as a restraint on going to war with their neighbours. I first started thinking about this in the late 1990s, when, during my travels, I noticed that no two countries that both had McDonald's had ever fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald's. (Border skirmishes and civil wars don't count, because McDonald's usually served both sides.) After confirming this with McDonald's, I offered what I called the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention. The Golden Arches Theory stipulated that when a country reached the level of economic development where it had a middle class big enough to support a network of McDonald's, it became a McDonald's country. And people in McDonald's countries didn't like to fight wars any more. They preferred to wait in line for burgers.]]> In response to: Cuba, US, Health ben [Member] http://ben.nonplatonic.com http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=cuba_us_health&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c120 2005-04-14T08:32:16Z 2005-04-14T08:32:16Z
Also, I think the best way to model it is to treat the population as drawn uniformly from an infinite distribution since drawing a full population from a finite distribution would conglomerate additional stochastic processes with example selection. I don't know if that made any sense... I'm not sure how to explain what I'm thinking.]]>
In response to: Cuba, US, Health collin [Member] http://nonplatonic.com/collin.php http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=cuba_us_health&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c119 2005-04-14T04:02:04Z 2005-04-14T04:02:04Z
And as for something like "Life Expectancy at Birth," Jesus H. Christ that's complicated. Seriously, how is this computed? If it's just "for what age x are half the people of that were born in year now-x still alive" then "life expectancy at birth" is a horrible misnomer. I can't think of a sussinct explination of the extrapolations needed to make that phrase meaningful, but hopefully you can see my point. Ergo, I vote that error bars are needed for these measures to be meaningful. Do any of you know how you construct error bars for a sample when you don't know the size of the population? Things like this have never been explained to me with the rigor I want in order to believe them.]]>
In response to: Cuba, US, Health devin [Member] http://www.hwaethwugu.com/blog http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=cuba_us_health&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c116 2005-04-13T21:18:59Z 2005-04-13T21:18:59Z Comparing the numbers without error bars is pretty meaningless... though the samples are probably the entire population of a country, so the errors are very small. Marco wrote:
I do wonder how realistic it is to assume that the statistics are compiled by counting all births and deaths (or whatever you're counting). It's true that, at least in this country and probably most developed countries, birth records and death records are routinely kept

As Marco points out, sample error is not the issue; systematic error is, especially in developing countries. In fact, Cuba's reported mortality rate rose during the early 60s. This is because afte the revolution, the Ministry of Public Health improved data gathering. (Source: Waitzkin, Howard. _At the Front Lines of Medicine_, a book I'm trying to slog through right now). In the case of Cuba, the Former Soviet Union, et. al. there is also the issue of whether you trust the government to accurately report their mortality statistics.

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In response to: Cuba, US, Health marco [Member] http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~barreno http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=cuba_us_health&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c115 2005-04-13T21:07:36Z 2005-04-13T21:07:36Z
Comparing the numbers without error bars is pretty meaningless... though the samples are probably the entire population of a country, so the errors are very small.

It depends on what you're counting. If the numbers truly come from the entire population (counting all deaths/births or whatever with reasonable accuracy) and if the statistic is something like "Infant mortality rate for 2004," then the statistics are population statistics so error bars would be meaningless. However, if you're trying to say something about the sustained rate over a period of years, then you could treat each year's rate as a data point, or you could use sampling to estimate the birth and death rates over a period of 20 years.

I do wonder how realistic it is to assume that the statistics are compiled by counting all births and deaths (or whatever you're counting). It's true that, at least in this country and probably most developed countries, birth records and death records are routinely kept. But there are plenty of people outside of the system, especially the very poor and illegal immigrants, who wouldn't necessarily be recorded. I wonder how they come up with numbers for those people.]]>
In response to: Cuba, US, Health ben [Member] http://ben.nonplatonic.com http://nonplatonic.com/anwar.php?title=cuba_us_health&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#c114 2005-04-13T20:37:44Z 2005-04-13T20:37:44Z
I've seen the median used as a single indicator because it is less susceptible to bias from any outliers.

Then there's the question of what sort of quality we are considering. I would guess that in countries with socialized healthcare, the care an individual receives varies less than in a country without socialized healthcare. My guess would be that the US has higher quality healthcare, but it is not available to everyone. I wonder what happens if you consider the statistics for the US population with health insurance, or with some minimal quality of health insurance.

Then there are dietary and exercise considerations...]]>