David Otazu

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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David Otazu
Posted 11 months ago
Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams
At minute 4:11, Jonas talks about an image on the screen, but the viewer is not shown that image for a full 17 seconds. Then the camera eventually does show that image, but only for one second before Jonas switches the picture, and even then from only at a fairly distant camera perspective. I was energized to tell TED about such frustrating editing errors while reviewing a 2006 video by Steven Johnson (at minute 7:34) when for over 20 seconds a slide referred to by the speaker was not shown in the video. I've noticed these errors very often and they occur way too often, but I don't think they think this is a significant issue. I'm asking everyone, when you notice such errors, please bring these editing errors to TED's attention so that these frustrating errors would be minimized. Be on the look out for such instances in all the TED videos that you watch. I can't image even one reason within the entirety of the universe that would rationally explain such video editing errors, but I'm sure there's got to be some reason. Someone, please enlighten me. Otherwise, I just must assume incompetence. TED's response to me about this issue was basically that they have great confidence in their editors. This response came even after I begged them to give me at least some rational explanation, because I know there has got to be one. But if this is their only response, perhaps the editors' supervisors are incompetent as well. Come on! Someone shed light on this matter!
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David Otazu
Posted 12 months ago
David Kwong: Two nerdy obsessions meet -- and it's magic
It saddened me to see this on TED. Clearly, this was not a random selection from the audience and it was not a truly random selection of which animals to color. I am not convinced that anywhere near a majority of average people would successfully color the animals with the right color had the instruction been given correctly. He should have said, "Pick a marker and color one animal. Use a different color for each animal", that's it. Furthermore, this 'magic trick' was not even in the realm of problem solving, in my opinion. I didn't see a problem or puzzle in this demonstration. I don't necessarily like this kind of puzzle-solving so maybe that's why I don't see the value. But his main point was not at all reliably supported by this stunt.
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David Otazu
Posted over 1 year ago
Roger Stein: A bold new way to fund drug research
It is possible to create complex financial instruments/markets to accomplish various goals. But the mark of a great financial solution is one that does so in a logical way. Starting out by issuing debt to create cash flow does not seem like a very sustainable model. However, I wasn't able to follow exactly how his plan would work. But it does seems similar to how our money supply is create...the Fed merely creates money out of thin air and then charges real people (taxpayers) interest to finance this debt. An additional cost of this arrangement is inflation. Perhaps some sort of similar negative externalities are inherent within such a system as advocated by Roger Stein, and if so, we should not adopt it. My main questions would be, "Who, ultimately, will pay for such research?" and "Do the cost of any potential negative externalities outweigh the benefits of the alternative solution to disease such as prevention, alternative cures, euthanasia, proper tax structure on 'junk' foods, elimination of energy subsidies (to make people exercise more), or even the maintenance of the status quo? I would need to find out more about the details on how this system would work to make a better judgement. I wish he had more clearly explained the process to a layperson like me.
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David Otazu
Posted over 2 years ago
A stepped minimum wage
Great idea! Kids should be allowed to work at 14 or 15 a few hours a week, getting experience and money handling skills. As they get older the allowable hours per week should increase as would the minimum wage. The real world is the best teacher. A lot of kids want to work at these ages to begin earning some money.