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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 49 minutes ago

Re: AI- The Final Invention

Eventually, we'll be able to create an AI by "simply" modelling human evolution.

Is that act of modeling part of human evolution?

If yes, then evolution has continued and isn't part of the model.
If no, then you [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1 hour ago

Re: AI- The Final Invention

The old "can God create a boulder that even he can't lift?" question...

... can humans create a device that is more intelligent than themselves?

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:38 PM

Re: Bloomberg: a one time bumb in heathcare spen

Millions and millions of people rely on them. They are successful. And we could easily fund them in perpetuity if the Republicans got out of the way.

With one party rule, so much more could get done. Just imagine, none of that [more]

Sun Apr 20

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:21 PM

Re: CNBC: Next 25 years

Not as unlikely as you would think. South Korea, and much of Asia, are really into vertical and horizontal conglomerates, or semi-conglomerates (tightly coupled companies).

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:43 AM

Re: CNBC: Next 25 years

Amazon has a different problem. They are primarily a retailer and eventually their potential has to be limited by total retail sales (times their percentage of it) and profit margin on those sales. Of course they could branch off into other [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:58 AM

Re: CNBC: Next 25 years

None of their choices make sense:

1) GE, current market cap 266B, 100x would make that 26.6T in 25 years. If GDP grows at 4% a year on average oven next 25 years, this would mean that GE market cap would be more than half of GDP. How likely [more]

Fri Apr 18

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:38 PM

Re: CNN News Flash!

CNN is definitely breaking the news.

http://static01.mediaite.com/med/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/...

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:36 PM

Re: Paging the Ukrainian Valet...

I sometimes find it amusing how we seem to forget our own inconvenient American history when wagging a finger at other countries for doing the same thing when it comes to acquiring land.

I'm not sure what this argument is saying. Are [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:25 PM

Re: Those lazy, good for nothing unemployed

Our tax code, by the way, urges people to have children what with the $1,000 tax reduction per child (Child Tax Credit) plus the $600 reduction from income. The child tax credit was even raised in the last decade from what it was at the end of the [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:20 PM

Re: Soft Skills vs. Hard Employment Reality

Here's another one: in 1982, AT&T announced that anyone who wanted to be compensated for auto mileage driven for work had to have a car that met the following standards:
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Most likely an urban legend. I worked for AT&T [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:52 AM

Re: a valuable TMF article

And then you die and can afford an expensive funeral.

Or you can retire and be able to live well :-)

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MarkR replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 10:50 AM

Re: Hybrid/Other Annuities

Very unlikely it would have such built into the rider; but then neither does a CD or a preferred stock.

Arguably, the CD *does* have some level of inflation protection because after inflation occurs, when you renew it, it will be at a [more]

Thu Apr 17

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MarkR replied to the Bonds & Fixed Income Investments board. 10:35 PM

Re: Hybrid/Other Annuities

Why not acquire a fixed/hybrid annuity from an A+ rated insurance company, and get $500 or so a month until I'm not around to sign the checks? At 59, I would hopefully live to >79 ...

Is the $500 inflation adjusted? Because if it [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:22 PM

Re: a valuable TMF article

Having the emotional backbone to drive an uglier car than you can afford, live in a smaller house you can afford, eat out less often than you can afford, and wear cheaper clothes than you can afford is rare. In my experience, less than 10% of [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 7:18 PM

Re: a valuable TMF article

In any case, it is important to use your mind rather than to use "stop loss" orders for regular stock investments (for futures and options, on the other hand, you are wise to use "tight" stops). "Stop loss" orders on [more]

Mon Apr 14

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MarkR replied to the Jewish and Foolish board. 5:59 PM

Re: Wishing you all a kosher & happy pesach

Chag Kasher Vesameach to all of klal yisrael!

May all of Israel have a kosher and happy Passover.

Sun Apr 13

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:38 AM

Re: OT: Finnish movie worth seeing

Odd. Only thing I can think of is - different country. I'm in USA.

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:40 AM

Re: Siebelius resigns

No reason for two different groups to be writing two different codes for that process.

Of course there is a reason! Two sets of politicians doling out contracts to two sets of supporters.

Fri Apr 11

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:00 AM

Re: OT: Finnish movie worth seeing

Well, I'll be damned ... found it in Amazon Prime Video. Watching it right now.

Thu Apr 10

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:25 PM

Re: OT: Finnish movie worth seeing

I chatted with netflix for 30 minutes. First the person found other films with similar names, then he finally said that they don't carry that film anymore. End of contract thing.

How long ago did you watch it?

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