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Interviews: Ask Robert Ballard About Ocean Exploration

GoCrazy Space (40 comments)

You've probably heard about NASA's potential exploration of planetary bodies with water (yes! real water!) such as Europa, which is known to have solid ice water on the surface, but possible liquid water beneath. Would you consider moving your expertise on oceanography to more space based programs, with the possibility that your discoveries on Earth could be the same on these other planets?

about a month and a half ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

GoCrazy Why (330 comments)

Why do you tease me so blurb.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

GoCrazy Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

American republicans

Can I remind you it was a Democratic president who implemented forced privatization of health care services through mandatory HMO's?

about a month and a half ago
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The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

GoCrazy Re:Straw Man (622 comments)

I also didn't bother to read it because it follows the "finite blame" model that you can either blame the celebrities or the hackers, but not both.

Mexicantacogirl.tiff

about 2 months ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

GoCrazy Re:Before you even start (261 comments)

Drivers are the confounding variable.

about 3 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

GoCrazy Re:Chain Link Enclosure (521 comments)

I don't think we can make chain link fences that high.

about 4 months ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

GoCrazy Why... (435 comments)

Why would autonomous cars, ones that are programmed to obey traffic laws, be their first go to?

"I'm going to rob this bank...and then automatically stop at this red light."

about 5 months ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

GoCrazy Re:The Internet is meant to be anonymous (238 comments)

I have a unique name IRL, but I never thought using it was a problem because while I did have discussions online, I made a point to not say anything controversial or trollish. If only my own intentions were what mattered, right? A woman on Buzzfeed didn't think so. She disagreed with me, but disagreeing wasn't enough. She looked up where I worked and sent messages to my company saying that I was saying disgusting things on the internet. I got called into the HR to notify me about this. I didn't get in trouble, of course, because I never said anything "disgusting".

But it did get me thinking about who would be so petty as to pull real life and real reputations into an online discussion where my arguement should be my words and not whether I'd stake my job on it.

I don't know about you, but I don't go around my office discussing politics, sex, religion, or any polarizing topics. My opinions on those are something I try to keep separate from my professional relationships. My personality isn't defined by my opinions on topical subjects; I don't find myself to be hypocritical for not announcing my views to everyone I know. The aforementioned type of person, is someone who doesn't understand this. Someone who can't comprehend that not sharing does not mean lying. Someone who believes this so deeply that they take it upon themselves to "expose the truth" as a selfless act to save others.

This actually sounds a lot like you. I make a point to stay away from people like you.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

GoCrazy Re:No effort to avoid targetting suicidal individu (160 comments)

According to the study, two parallel experiments were conducted, one where positive comments were reduced and one where negative comments were reduced. They weren't exposing them to any additional "negative material".

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

GoCrazy Re:We're Sorry (160 comments)

It all started as a largely ignored paper

Can you really qualify that as being caught though?

about 5 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

GoCrazy Re:So they are selecting for Autism? (561 comments)

Unfortunately they have no been able to study this yet because, and someone inform Al-Qaeda, this is where the 72 virgins are.

about 6 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

GoCrazy Re:94%, really? (710 comments)

The article is kind of all over the place. While it provides no proof that less hours worked means a better economy, it quote some studies that find taking more vacation hours boost productivity and lowers turnover. But to quote The Office:

Jan: How would a movie increase productivity, Michael? How on earth would it do that?
Michael Scott: People work faster after.
Jan: Magically.
Michael Scott: No. They have to, to make up for the time they lost watching the movie.

about 6 months ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

GoCrazy Re:94%, really? (710 comments)

I work at an engineering consulting firm and it's around that, if not higher. If people work during lunch and then leave an hour later everyday, that's already 50 hours a week.

about 6 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

GoCrazy Re:Guy is a moron (358 comments)

For a few minutes anyway. The signal jammer moves with the guy's car.

about 6 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

GoCrazy Re:Guy is a moron (358 comments)

Consider this: A driver who does not receive texts will not check their texts.

about 6 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

GoCrazy Re:Administrators (538 comments)

While that may be true at your town's middle school, university faculty to administrator ratios are different. Western Washington University did some sampling. A graph on page 4 shows that it's about a 1:1 ratio.

about 6 months ago
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It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

GoCrazy No (218 comments)

It's not a car.

That's a cage. That's a car.

about 5 months ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

GoCrazy Re:Most qualified and motivated candidates? (435 comments)

As a Chinese American, and not that I can speak for all but I think most share my experience, growing up without English speaking parents meant I wasn't exactly taught eloquence or English social convention. Yet other Asian Americans and I are 3 times over-represented in the STEM fields.

And can you tell me with a straight face that tech workers are hired for their interpersonal skills?

about 6 months ago

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House of Representatives Pass H.R.1422 - EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

GoCrazy GoCrazy writes  |  about a month ago

GoCrazy (1608235) writes "The House of Representatives today passed the H.R.1422 — EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014. The bill's summary is as follows:

"EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013 — Amends the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to revise the process of selecting members of the Science Advisory Board, guidelines for participation in Board advisory activities, and terms of office. (The Board provides scientific advice to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA].) Prohibits federally registered lobbyists from being appointed to the Board.

Revises the procedures for providing advice and comments to the Administrator by: (1) including risk or hazard assessments in the regulatory proposals and documents made available to the Board, and (2) requiring advice and comments to be included in the record regarding any such proposal and published in the Federal Register.

Revises the operation of Board member committees and investigative panels to: (1) require that they operate in accordance with the membership, participation, and policy requirements (including new requirements for public participation in advisory activities of the Board) contained in this Act; (2) deny them authority to make decisions on behalf of the Board; and (3) prohibit direct reporting to EPA.

Adds guidelines for the conduct of Board advisory activities, including concerning: (1) avoidance of making policy determinations or recommendations, (2) communication of uncertainties, (3) dissenting members' views, and (4) periodic reviews to ensure that such activities address the most important scientific issues affecting EPA."


The bill also requires SAB members to disclose financial relationships and interests (Sec. 2a-3D), relevant professional works (Sec. 2a-4), and that all materials used in SAB advisories to the EPA be also released to the public (Sec. 2e)."
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AT&T's Next Phone Upgrade Plans are a Huge Ripoff

GoCrazy GoCrazy writes  |  about 9 months ago

GoCrazy (1608235) writes "AT&T unveiled its new Next plan today, which allows you to pay a small monthly fee for the privilege of upgrading your phone every year without a down payment. It's an obvious response to T-Mobile's Jump plan, which costs $10 a month and allows for an upgrade every six months. Both plans sound like a great idea: you'll get a new phone much faster than before, without having to pay full price up front or resigning your contract every time.

The big differences with AT&T's Next plan are that it costs anywhere from $15 to $50 a month depending on which phone you buy, and also that it's an absolutely clear ripoff designed to cheat customers into paying full price for their phone without actually buying anything."

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"Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" Inspires Solar-Powered Biochar-Byproduct Toilet

GoCrazy GoCrazy writes  |  about 9 months ago

GoCrazy (1608235) writes "Despite our penchant for diposing waste into potable water for environmental engineers to clean, a University of Colorado Boulder team is designing a solar-powered, on-the-spot waste sanitizing toilet.

The self-contained, waterless toilet, designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has the capability of heating human waste to a high enough temperature to sterilize human waste and create biochar, a highly porous charcoal, said project principal investigator Karl Linden, professor of environmental engineering. The biochar has a one-two punch in that it can be used to both increase crop yields and sequester carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

The University of Colorado submission is one of four winners in round 2 of the "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge"."

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