A Mint, Mr. Creosote?

When you are spending other people’s money, there’s very little incentive to cut costs. With a hat-tip to Michelle Malkin, here’s a splendid example: a million-dollar coin-toss.

If ever there was a huge, complex, brittle, and unstable system in need of a reboot, well, folks, you’re living in it.

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5 Comments

  1. Ridiculous.

    I am actually pretty good at flipping a coin. I wonder if I could get a part-time job at my local airport?

    Posted May 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    You’re overqualified.

    Posted May 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  3. I suppose you’re right, Malcolm. I’ve been using random number generators for half a century (yikes!).

    BTW, back in the stone age of “big iron” computers, which were ridiculously slow compared with today’s teraflops, we had to find clever ways of avoiding floating-point operations (which were time-consuming), especially square roots. An ingenious algorithm for the square root of a random number is: sample 2 of them and keep the larger one!

    Posted May 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
  4. Whitewall says

    The sooner the “reboot” comes the better. Anybody up for taking the top job to sort out criminals and cons from actual decent public servants? Or do we have miles to go before we fully realize we are enabling these parasites who rob us blind? Venezuela is in the news for a reason. Democratic capitalism. Hard to wash it off once it gets on your clothes.

    Posted May 19, 2016 at 8:09 am | Permalink
  5. JK says

    Hows about a $600 Million mint?

    http://www.popsci.com/zuwalt-destroyer-delivered-to-navy

    Posted May 21, 2016 at 12:37 pm | Permalink