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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

FhnuZoag Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (426 comments)

No, I am in the position of saying that whether or not there is an illiteracy issue in the US or not, you, Karmashock, are full of shit.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

FhnuZoag Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (426 comments)

Personally, I think the evidence, as far as I have seen *is* ambiguous and scant. I'm not sufficiently interested in this argument to go digging for sources to back up the opposing point of view, since I'm not sure I even hold it - at least to any great extent.

My bone in this debate (as a professional statistician) is simply to point out that the specific data source you quoted is not what you presented it as. Thus it's deeply offensive to me that you misrepresent a statistical estimate and then have the temerity to go:

It is a tragedy of this era that so many read statistics without understanding how to read them.

Assert as you wish. But without actual evidence, your claim is a mere assertion. I don't have to prove the opposite of your assertion to show that.

2 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

FhnuZoag Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (426 comments)

Careful there.

Those values you quoted are *not* education statistics. They are estimates from a model built on national data, only a very small number of which actually came from Montana. In short, these are *specifically* driven by demographic data, and for especially low population, unusual demographic states like Montana, can potentially give very inaccurate results.

http://nces.ed.gov/naal/estima...

Specifically, the estimate for 2003 uses the following set of predictors:

- Percentage of the county population who were foreign-born and who had stayed in the United States for 20 years or less years;
- Percentage of county population age 25 and older with only a high school education or less;
- Percentage of the county population who were Black or Hispanic;
- Percentage of the county population in households with incomes below 150 percent of poverty level;
- Indicator variable identifying the New England and North Central census divisions; and
- Indicator variable identifying the SAAL states.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

FhnuZoag Re:Top survival skill: Making friends and allies. (719 comments)

Seriously yes. Most of the above skills are nice and all, but the likelihood is that not any one person will have all of the above. Which means you need to work with other people. In fact if one guy has a particular skill, you need to be able to educate the rest of the group in it. It's no use building a group where if one guy dies everyone is fucked.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

FhnuZoag Re:Soldier (719 comments)

Yeah, if you had cattle, the last thing you would want to do is shoot them, anyway. You have there an animal that converts useless grass into all sorta of diary products. Turning that into a steak will probably fuck you in the long term, and you'd better be thinking in the long term.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

FhnuZoag Re:Soldier (719 comments)

In most parts of the civilised world, there's very little to hunt. Whole herds of wild animals are not going to magically appear, and in terms of land area hunting would require far greater an area of decent unpolluted soil than agriculture to feed any given population.

2 days ago
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12-Year-Old Builds Lego Braille Printer

FhnuZoag Re:not a crock of shit. (49 comments)

This kid didn't do this...the kid's parent gave him step by step directions. I had an awesome dad who was a cryptographer in the Navy in the 70s and he taught me **all kinds** of awesome shit. That's awesome and I'm thankful. He sure as shit didn't help me write an Orthogonal Time-Division Multiplexing algorythm for my science fair projects though...because that would have been **cheating**...he helped me make a few things but obviously this kid had all kinds of help and most importantly, the article seems to purposely not mention how the kid made all this happen just his step by step.

It's about accuracy in reporting **WHAT IT TAKES TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE TECH WORLD**

if we present this mindless crap as examples of young people doing science...well, we're cheating **them** and **ourselves**

there are **real** kids out there doing stuff at this level with only basic guidance & procurement help

Wow, you sure know a lot about this random kid, to assert all this with so much confidence. Modded insightful too! I'm convinced.

Do tell, how do you determine if something is done by a "**real**" kid, and not a FAKE KID like this one?

about 2 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

FhnuZoag Re:munis are broke (430 comments)

"US federal government debt as a percentage of GDP was a touch over 120%."

I note that a large proportion of that debt is debt the US government owes to itself.

about 2 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge

FhnuZoag Re:Tin foil hat time (330 comments)

The opposite is true. The Middle Class is in dollar *debt* - in particular, mortgages. Their assets - houses, cars are assets whose value rises automatically with inflation. Their wages also rise with inflation, because higher prices implies higher wages to sustain those prices, unless your shops want to scare off all their customers, as well as higher pay to employees, because businesses don't want to lose all their employees. Thus all things being equal, people who earn wages, as opposed to live off savings, are in a better position under inflation.

Warren Buffet's shares do not automatically rise with inflation. Rich people with large bank accounts suffer. Historically the rich have always fought for deflation, for this exact reason.

about 3 months ago
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Multidrug Resistance Gene Released By Chinese Wastewater Treatment Plants

FhnuZoag Re:Anti-Chinese Propaganda? (111 comments)

What's actually going on here is that Chinese researchers have carried out this research using the most easily available data they have - Chinese data. There's no reason to believe that US wastewater treatment plants don't also release this material, because AFAIK, no one has checked.

about 4 months ago
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Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

FhnuZoag Re:SO, does it look the same as it did in 1969? (268 comments)

It is 40 year old tech in the same sense that the Soyuz the US uses now is 50 year old tech. The basic point is that space technology has advanced only incrementally since Apollo, especially with the Shuttle ending up costing more than non-reusable spacecraft and turning out to be a technological cul-de-sac. If the Chinese want to build, according to modern technology, the most cost-effective and efficient launch system, it's going to look a lot like this '40 year old tech', albeit with better computers, more sensitive sensors and other, less obvious, improvements. I'd say that the Chinese are essentially on a par with the US in terms of space technology. (For example, the automated hazard avoidance/hover land system is quite reminiscent of what the Curiosity rover landing system had, and that was much lauded. It's a lot more advanced than the manual remote control, or 'sit and pray you don't land on a rock' landings using for the Cold War landings, and for most of the Mars probes.)

What they lack is practical experience with actually *using* this technology, which is what these missions are about.

about 3 months ago
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Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

FhnuZoag Re:Rocks (268 comments)

So, not exactly '40 year old tech', eh?

about 3 months ago
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Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

FhnuZoag Re:SO, does it look the same as it did in 1969? (268 comments)

Look at what the US uses for its space program, these days: With the retirement of the space shuttle, the only thing left for boosting crew to the ISS is the Soyuz.

If the Chinese are using 40 year old tech, the US space program is using 50 year old tech -- built by a foreign country.

about 3 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

FhnuZoag Re:Wrong (276 comments)

Yeah, what BoA is saying is that *even if* Bitcoins were successful and popular in commerce, and as trusted as silver (which it's not), the prices it is commanding now is approaching the maximum of what it should be. Basically BoA is saying there is a huge bubble.

But hey, the Bitcoin pump-and-dumpers will push any lie that will nudge the prices up.

about 4 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

FhnuZoag Re: People Aren't *That* Irrational (276 comments)

This is a bunch of non-sequitirs. "As it was mostly option contracts, they were largely not executed, so it didn't end up being a major issue." Really? The damage caused by tulipmania and so on has nothing to do with whether or not the options are executed. Even if they aren't, people spent money on those options contracts, and so lost massive amounts of money when the prices collapse. The characterisation of the prices collapsing due to 'the height of the bubonic plague' is also incorrect. The height of the bubonic plague was 200 years earlier in the 15th century, and plague outbreaks occurred before, during and after tulipmania.

about 4 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

FhnuZoag Re:Replacement for cash not bank accounts (276 comments)

If it is a replacement for cash, its value should decrease over time to discourage people from hoarding it, and so keep the currency liquid.

about 4 months ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

FhnuZoag Re:Most of this will be about internal politics (519 comments)

Extensive... but not *that* extensive. Not nearly worth any extended period of interrupted trade between China and Japan, let alone the US.

about 5 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

FhnuZoag Re:Control of information is power (431 comments)

As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.

Commissioner Pravin Lal, "U.N. Declaration of Rights"

about 6 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

FhnuZoag Re:Russian Times to the rescue (431 comments)

A stopped clock is right twice a day, but RT *are* a stopped clock. They'd report any old bullshit if it helps their cause. Recall the reporting during the Libya campaign that Gaddaffi's victory was imminent, that the rebels were NATO troops, and so on?

about 6 months ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

FhnuZoag Re:My spider sense in tingling.... (634 comments)

The fixation on 'death panels' is based on a flawed understanding of the situation. If the NHS refuses to provide a treatment to you, you are still totally free to opt for private medical care. What the NHS provides is a certain minimum level (designed to be as efficient in saving lives as possible, given the available resources) to everyone.

about 6 months ago

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How videogames help fund the arms industry

FhnuZoag FhnuZoag writes  |  about a year ago

FhnuZoag (875558) writes "Eurogamer has an expose of the shady world of games developers licensing guns. From the article: "We must be paid a royalty fee — either a one-time payment or a percentage of sales, all negotiable. Typically, a licensee pays between 5 per cent to 10 per cent retail price for the agreement. [...] We want to know explicitly how the rifle is to be used, ensuring that we are shown in a positive light... Such as the 'good guys' using the rifle," says [Barett Rifles'] Vaughn."
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GOP fires staffer who recommended copyright liberalisation

FhnuZoag FhnuZoag writes  |  about a year ago

FhnuZoag (875558) writes "Derek Khanna, who earlier this year, wrote a memo as part of the Republican Study Committee advocating copyright reform (http://politics.slashdot.org/story/12/11/16/2354259/gop-brief-attacks-current-copyright-law) that was later retracted (http://politics.slashdot.org/story/12/11/18/0612236/gop-study-committee-director-disowns-brief-attacking-current-ip-law), has been fired, due to complaints from Republican congressmen with ties to the entertainment industry."
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Backdoor in RuggedOS systems: Infrastructure, military systems vulnerable

FhnuZoag FhnuZoag writes  |  about 2 years ago

FhnuZoag (875558) writes "Via Ars Technica ( http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/04/backdoor-in-mission-critical-hardware-threatens-power-traffic-control-systems.ars ): A backdoor has been found in Canadian based RuggedCom's 'Rugged Operating System', providing easy access to anyone with the devices's MAC address — something often publically displayed. Rugged OS is being used in a wide range of applications, including traffic control, power generation, and even US Navy bases. The backdoor was first found over a year ago, and RuggedCom have so far refused to patch out the exploit. (Original disclosure: http://lists.grok.org.uk/pipermail/full-disclosure/2012-April/086652.html )"
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