Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Crazy Social Solution To ASocial Dilema

A Crazy Social Solution To A Social Dilema

So I came upon this on Slashdot this morning. (I know, I know, but somehow I still do.)

The Moral Dilemma of Driverless Cars: Save The Driver or Save The Crowd?


"Most people want to live in in a world where cars will minimize casualties," says Iyad Rahwan. "But everybody wants their own car to protect them at all costs." The result is what the researchers call a "social dilemma,"

How about a button where every time you get in your car, you have to choose what you want the car to do?

1. Minimize casualties.
2. Protect me at all costs.

You can also change your mind at any point during the ride/trip.

These decisions are then posted to all of your social media.

Multiple people in the car? Majority rules.

Crazy, I know. How do you think it would play out. How would it be gamed and how could those games be counteracted?

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Money Money

Money Money

So, I have been meaning to do this for a while now.

This is the result of some quick research at this point, not extensive research. I invite comments to help this make more sense. I invite suggestions as to how to add to this information to make it better.

Here we go:

Highest-Paid Bosses
The CEOs of America's 500 biggest companies got a collective pay raise of 16% last year earning total compensation of $5.2 billion. That's an average $10.5 million


Very Top:

John Hammergren of McKesson $131.2 Million Total Compensation

The World's Highest-Paid Athletes (Top 100) Fudged a bit. Please check figures. (Millions)

Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements
32.2 24.0 8.2


Very Top:

Floyd Mayweather (Millions)
Pay Salary/Winnings Endorsements
300 285 15

World's Top Paid Actors


Very Top: Millions Millions
Actor Year Salary Total Income
Keanu Reeves 2003 30 156

I could not find a similar table for actresses.

World’s Top 20 Highest Paid Political Leaders


Very Top:                                    Millions
Leader Country                                   Salary
Lee Hsien Loong    Prime Minister of Singapore    1.7

Any ideas on other professions? Links if you know them please.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sea Level Rise


is the sea level rising or is the land level sinking?

Short and sweet.

How exactly is this determined?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Or Commercial

The Or Commercial

*** Correction ***

 OK, I heard it again a day or so ago. I had gotten the details wrong between the time I first heard it and the time I wrote.

The two "things" were towing capacity and hauling capacity if I am now recalling correctly.

The principle remains the same as first described though.

This great truck with these great abilities is being advertised!

*** However *** you can't actually buy a truck with the abilities being advertised. You can buy a truck and get some of the abilities or another truck and get some other abilities but no truck you can buy will give you all the advertised abilities...

Still looking for older examples of this game. (Surely they exist and I have missed them or are not remembering them at this time.)


Well, this is a new one for me.

So I was listening to AM radio out of South Florida just a short while ago when an ad came on for a major US auto maker's pick up trucks. (The name will be held back to protect the possibly not so innocent.)

I was not really paying attention as they went down a list of features / benefits to having the truck including touting the gas mileage and towing capacity, two things pick up truck ads seem to love to brag about.

OK, so the ad is pretty much over and slip in to the audio version of fine print. And that's when the pull the slick move. It turns out that the mileage they just touted applies when you get the truck with one available engine and the towing capacity is available when you get the truck with a *different* available engine.

So, let's get this straight, I can get a truck from them that has the advertised mileage (but presumably a lesser towing capacity) or I can get a truck from them that has the advertised towing capacity (but presumably worse gas mileage) ***BUT*** I *cannot* buy a truck from them with the advertised gas mileage *AND* towing capacity!

Go figure!

Has this game been going on for a while and I have simply missed it or is this a new trick?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Thought On Voting Reform 001

Thought On Voting Reform 001

July 12/2015

Recorded July 12, thought of long before.

I am going to use the Bahamas as an example here. We have a Westminster system. There are X number of seats representing X number of constituencies in the country. People will run to be elected to the seat for a constituency and the one getting the most votes gets the seat. (pretty much - there may be some technicalities missing)

You win a seat and you are a member of the house. The party with the most seats forms the government.

What if instead, everyone who ran for a seat got into the house so long as they got more than Y% of the votes? (Let's say as a first cut that Y is 5 or 10 percent) Let's further say that the votes are cast in an instant runoff fashion so that any votes cast for a person getting less than Y% of the votes go to the voter's next choice and so on. (How many levels deep is reasonable?)

Let's say when you get in and you vote on an issue in the house, your vote counts not as a whole vote but as a part of a vote equal to the percentage of the votes you got. So, if you got 60% of the vote, your vote in the house counts as 6 tenths of a vote. If you got 10% of the votes in your constituency, your vote in the house counts as 1 tenth of a vote when you cast it.

What problems does this solve? What problems does it create? Is it,on the whole, a better system for the people of a country?

An Idea For facebook

An Idea For facebook

It happened to me again this morning. I went to log out and it asked me if I was sure I wanted to leave as some of my input was not yet posted and would be lost. I scanned through looking for the unposted material and count not find it. ***TWICE!***

I gave up and left the page anyway and lost whatever it was.

Here is a hint for facebook and all designers. (Windows, I am looking at you in particular! facebook are not the only ones to pull this sort of thing.)

Put a button on the alert that if I click it will ***take me to the unposted entry!*** Don't make me search for it. Take me there. The application knows exactly where it is already. Don't make me search for it. Don't waste my time.

I am looking at windows because I was plagued for years by a message along the lines that a file was missing or corrupt but it refused to name the missing or corrupt file for me when it knew very well which one was a problem for it but it thought it was a good idea to make me guess instead of telling me!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An Idea For Gumroad

An Idea For Gumroad

X of Y limited edition stamping...

I am getting ready to send this idea to Gumroad as soon as I post this here at the zotz blog.

Andrew G. Roberts on Gumroad

"I see we can do PDF stamping to "customize" per customer.

I would find it useful to set a limit on a digital item and then as each is purchased, have it stamped (IN a location I can set) with 1/50, 2/50, ... 50/50.

It would be good for this to work on PDFs as now, any graphic file like jpg/png, etc. It might also be interesting to add this ability to stamp a video file."

We can choose to hope and work for positive change.

And here is what I was doing that prompted this idea:

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