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Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

Lexible Ok, but you're not in before: ECOLOGICAL FALLACY! (126 comments)

Not to mention other cross-level fallacies. See for example: Diez-Roux, A. V. (1998). Bringing context back into epidemiology: variables and fallacies in multilevel analysis. American Journal of Public Health, 88(2):216--222.

The upshot: Even if a causal relationship corresponds to the study's findings, causes of state-level rates of test achievement are fundamentally different things than causes of student-level rates of test achievement.

2 hours ago
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New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

Lexible Stack Exchange reputations? (100 comments)

That seems like it might be a proposal for ways to spend things like SE reputation for things other than bounties on SE. :)

about a month ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Lexible *WAS* a scam? (125 comments)

I got robocalled by "Rachel from Cardholder Services" last week.

about a month ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

Lexible Pics or GTFO (238 comments)

No pictures of the material under ambient lighting with other recognizable objects or this is vapor.

about a month ago
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They're Spying On You: Hacking Team Mobile Malware, Infrastructure Uncovered

Lexible Nope:iOS malware only works on jailbroken devices (48 comments)

I notice that you are still not answering the question How to wipe an infected device. Is basic reading comprehension too challenging for you?

about 2 months ago
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They're Spying On You: Hacking Team Mobile Malware, Infrastructure Uncovered

Lexible Re:iOS malware only works on jailbroken devices!! (48 comments)

And you also answer the question by way of spreading FUD about taking control of one's own general purpose computer like a complete jackass.

My question was: given that the researchers identified ways to uninstall/trigger wipes of the malware from one's phone, how does one go about doing so? "Don't jailbreak an iphone." is not an adequate answer to that question.

about 2 months ago
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They're Spying On You: Hacking Team Mobile Malware, Infrastructure Uncovered

Lexible Re:They mention "uninstall" and "wipe" but not how (48 comments)

Way to not answer the question by way of spreading FUD about taking control of one's own general purpose computer, jackass. My question was: given that the researchers identified ways to uninstall/trigger wipes of the malware from one's phone, how does one go about doing so? "Don't jailbreak an iphone." is not an adequate answer to that question.

about 2 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Lexible Re:this is totally wrong!!! (1482 comments)

"I truly think and feel OK cupid is wrong for forcing their agenda those whom do not necessarily agree." Do you mean like Prop 8 supporters forcing their lifestyle choices on same sex couples desiring to marry? Cause, like: it is very difficult to understand how you can mean what you wrote without blatant glaring, bigoted hypocrisy.

about 5 months ago
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Lasers May Solve the Black Hole Information Paradox

Lexible Add some sharks and I am SOLD! (75 comments)

What we all want is spaghettified laser sharks. Amiright!?

about 5 months ago
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Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Lexible Subcreation (176 comments)

The summary puts me in mind of Tolkien's essay How Like a Leaf (and the companion short story "Leaf by Niggle"), wherein he explored the act of "subcreation" (i.e. creating fiction, whether literary, imaginary, visual, etc.) as part of what "in god's image" means: acting in a smaller capacity as a creator was for Tolkien inseparable from his spiritual beliefs as a christian trying to live in the image of god. Caveats: I am not christian, nor am I asserting that "in god's image" is universal among deistic religions, or that it does not have other interpretations, yadda yadda yadda...

about 6 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

Lexible Oh come on! (664 comments)

How in the world can the StackExchange formun StackOverflow be responsible for such anomolous acceleration events? I mean praise reddit or IRC alternatives to stackoverflow.com all you want, but tone down the rhetoric willya? Sheesh.

about 6 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Lexible Re:Personal faith != alternative to legal system (903 comments)

Hahahaha! You've never worked in the non-profit world, huh? I certainly paid income tax, social security, etc. when working in the non-profit world.

about 8 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

Lexible Personal faith != alternative to legal system (903 comments)

Just like if one's personal faith entails, say, pacifism (of the no support for institutional violence variety), that does not mean that one gets to opt out of, say, taxes that support the military, the police, or the prison system. Not sure how mandating that birth control is part of a federally stipulated health care package and religious (yet Sisyphean) objections to heterosexual sex are going to change that reality.

about 8 months ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Lexible 'Cause if there's 'legitimate rape' (1469 comments)

There must also be 'illegitimate rape,' right? Send that clown packing back to the anti-woman nut house he escaped from.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers

Lexible What about trailer tractors? (153 comments)

Is building up viably secure automotive computing platforms part of a push toward a fleet of automated teamsters?

about 2 years ago
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Kyoto Protocol Renewal Efforts Struggling

Lexible The ONLY international GHG framework (393 comments)

The Kyoto Protocol's emissions targets were woefully inadequate to avert the worst of greenhouse gas (GHG) related climate change. However, the Kyoto Protocol was the ONLY international framework for negotiating multilaterally on curbing emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Bush/Obama administration in the US and China sure did a good job destroying that framework putting multilateral efforts to ameliorate climate change on an even more glacially slow path. To quote Stephen Colbert "Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is."

more than 2 years ago
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Your State University Doesn't Want You

Lexible My state university gives only %12.5 to the budget (551 comments)

The strategies of recruiting out-of-state and foreign students reflects decades of disinvestment in public education by the state government. Where I teach the state legislature retains 100% of the control over our budget despite contributing only 1/8th of that same budget. This pattern exists in state throughout the U.S.. If you want a quality public university system get on the phone, write letters and organize to pressure your state government to fund it.

more than 2 years ago

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Lexible Lexible writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lexible (1038928) writes "What recommendations do /.ers have for those of us who want to transition from interpreted to compiled programming?

I'm a geeky scientist, but not a CS type at all. Over the years I have rolled my own CGI scripts in Perl, published analytical programs in R/S and other less savory interpreted languages, and lately built stand-alone programs using python/TkInter. More recently still, I have realized the need for much faster programs, and am leaning towards learning C or C++ (or possibly Fortran) to meet these needs.

Should I bypass C and opt for C++ or not? (does C++ make oop easier?)
Are there good books for these languages for folks with far more than a novice level of programming experience?
Are there resources specifically aimed at people in my position?
Are there specific pitfalls should I beware of?

Thanks much!"

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