top MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin
Sexual Harassment shouldn't cost us knowledge. It's disgusting that we're loosing the benefits of this amazing pedagogue simply because someone was offended by something he said to someone online.
This is total bullshit.
top Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store
Quickoffice Pro is a useful program i've been using since I purchased an iPhone 3G. It recently had a bad update that broke it, a mistake on the publisher's part no doubt, but not a scam. Honestly this article reads way to joyously consists of way too little research on the subject.
It's like some people want IOS to suck in the same ways Android does; sorry folks! It sucks in it's own ways.
top Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies
Ummm I think you've confused ridiculously large number with infinity. They are not the same thing.
Clearly you do not understand how calculus works.
top Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia
While focused on an academic audience of organizational scholars, I have a friend who was a Steward and has written an ethnographic book about Wikipedia:
If you are more interested in accessible information he's also written an editorial regarding Wikipedia for Slate:
about a month and a half ago
top Tetris Is Hard To Test
80 characters: all done in COBOL
top Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science
Universities have a perverse incentive when it comes to producing doctoral students.
University departments are bureaucratic systems. A bureaucratic system's primary objective is to grow. It may take 20 undergraduate students to 'make' a class. It only takes 10 masters students and 5 doctoral students. The more classes that make: the more professors are needed: the bigger the department.
This means the fastest way to grow your department is to increase the number of doc students. Since almost every Ph.D. is an industry-useless research degree, this, then, leads to the glut of researchers we see today.
The solution has already been hit upon by business schools. The AACSB accredits only 120 universities to produce doctoral students. Of those each field (accounting, finance, marketing, management, information systems) has about 80 universities that are accredited for that sub-field. Each field graduates about 3 students a year. Without an AACSB accredited professor-pool it is hard for a business school to get AACSB accreditation. But why does the business school care?
The masters program produces a degree that is valuable outside of academia and a premium is charged for it. While accreditation is no guarantee that your business school is good, if it does not having it you can be almost certain that it is bad. The MBA is NOT a research degree and in no way prepares you to be a professor.
What is needed is for the highest caliber departments (in each glut field) in the US to join together in an association. The association limits how many doctoral programs are accredited. The association maintains the highest standards for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. The association limits how many doctoral students are admitted relative to the number of research active faculty in a department.
Combine this then with a masters program that is entirely focused on practical work in the field. Do not give doc students a masters and do not focus on research skills that are not valuable in industry in masters programs. Presently: Nursing, Business, and Engineering are all viable directions to go for someone interested in research and teaching. Perhaps you notice a pattern?
And the pay? 150k is not an unheard of starting pay for an assistant professor of accounting.
top New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper was a fucking Jedi?
He was a human with a mother.
In humans, mitochondrial DNA can be assessed as the smallest chromosome coding for 37 genes and containing approximately 16,600 base pairs. Human mitochondrial DNA was the first significant part of the human genome to be sequenced. In most species, including humans, mtDNA is inherited solely from the mother.
top Cancer Cured By HIV
http://www.kvia.com/news/28836239/detail.html "A year after the therapy, two of the patients had complete remission of leukemia and one had a partial response to the therapy."
looks like 2 out of 3 people are in full remission... doesn't sound like being only 70% of cancerous tissues removed to me.
top Is Sugar Toxic?
the toxicity of sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose, etc) is one of things that almost no researcher in the know dares to mention publicly because it would be career (and funding) suicide. the processed food industry is far too powerful a lobby group.
This is so wrong it hurts. The point of tenure is so that someone CAN say such things, if such things could be backed up then they would be.
The case presented in the video is reasonable but over stated; your conspiracy theory is both unreasonable and overstated.
top Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?
Is not to inspire future scientists. It is that every kid with an IQ of 90 or more is told that they can be a doctor, lawyer, or scientist, and allocated resources as if they could, when only the 1st percentile or less can actually fill these positions.
I don't see how 'movies' solves this problem: instead, it makes people with Wal-Mart skills, think that they *should* have a better lot in life, and resent that something is wrong if they don't, and spend money trying to get degrees that are meaningless, and so forth ad infinitum.
From Hauser, Robert M. 2002. "Meritocracy, cognitive ability, and the sources of occupational success." CDE Working Paper 98-07 (rev). Center for Demography and Ecology, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin.
Over 10% of social scientists, people in computer related occupations, materials engineers and a non-negligible number of university professors, electrical engineers, lawyers, hard scientists, and general engineers have an IQ under 100. To be fair, though, the bottom 10% of physicians have an IQ under 113
This hardly relegates the jobs of scientist, lawyer or even doctor to the top 1%. With the exception of doctor, which requires being in the top 20%, all of these jobs could be obtained by someone with a sub 100 IQ.
That said, it is not very likely that your theoretical 90 (bottom 25%) is going to get a job outside of sales, police, electrician, mechanic etc.
top Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes
If Mexicans had guns then we'd not have to worry about the Mexicans with guns.
top Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes
...and yet the demographic of the persons caring guns is not taken int account. No one wants to say it, but the truth is that 'urban' youth tend to carry because they get shot at and shoot because others carry. Making guns illegal would not fix the problem, these people already have guns illegally.
It isn't that having a gun makes you more prone to use it, it is that the need to use a gun makes you more prone to have it.
top Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers
My true self is crap; I much prefer the fulfillment I receive from my wife by allowing Christ in me to make all other women meaningless sexually.
top Denver Airport Overrun by Car-Eating Rabbits
Anya was RIGHT
top 400 Turns of
"The biggest change in Civ V is that the Civilization world is no longer sliced into squares. It is composed of hexagons."
This change is about 15 years late... but most welcome
top Privacy Flaws In Chatroulette Expose Users
"Chatroulette is a website that pairs random strangers from around the world together for webcam-based conversations. Visitors to the website randomly begin an online chat (video, audio and text) with another visitor. At any point, either user may leave the current chat by initiating another random connection. As of July 11 the site is offering an experimental "localized" version which pairs people by state". -wikipedia
So 1.) people find each-other intentional and 2.) "using information obtained in chats" I can get you SSN... if you tell me.
Literal nothing worthy of note in this research folks... move on.
top Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble
It's the Quine part of the QDT that has the real problem.
You see, an epistemological assumption that we can never know truth comes either from a limitation of human conscience or from an ontological assumption that there is no truth to be found.
In reality, there is a reality, there is truth, we are simply constrained by our human limitations when it comes to interpreting it.
If you read what I said I didn't argue that pure falsifiability can be obtained any more than the pure utility of a theory can be obtained; simply that these are theoretical anchor points on which the continuum of theory lies.
Remember: objective, not subjective, Bayesian inferences are what have brought us to the spam filters, etc.
top Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble
Actually theories are abstractions of the relationships between concepts that are only indirectly-measurable, while hypothesis are the more concrete understanding of the world derived from empirical evidence and link that which is measurable to that which is not. Without some level of indirect-measurement required there is no need for a theory, we would simply have fact... such as the fact of microbial evolution, the fact that DNA exists and so forth.
This means that theory is not something verifiable through observation, but a systematic method of understanding complex reality in a way that is parsimoniously comprehensible. If competing theories have also yet to be disproved then there is no 'right' theory, only a trade off between utility and falsifiability -> the more general the theory, the less well it is defined concretely through variables and hypothesis -> the better it is at abstracting reality and the worse it is at being falsifiable.
The point being that a "theory" is neither the super-hypothesis that you seem to think it is, nor is it the half-witted conjecture that the gpp thinks it is.
It is a multidimensional abstraction of reality that, while useful for explanation and at some point empirically disprovable, must reside at some level of abstraction and thus make trade offs between its usefulness and dis-provability.
top Hulu May Begin Charging For Content Next Year
That is essentially it, as long as the value proposition (works like a DVR, commercials don't run longer than skipping through commercials on a DVR take, the price is the cost of internet access instead of internet + TV) then migration will happen;
Let say a reasonable HTPC w/ 1080p display costs $1500 and cable with a DVR costs $60 a month, hulu pays for your HTPC w/ new HDTV in about 2 years; Add to that a $5 a month fee for what used to be $15 a month HBO and hulu charging for premium content: Hulu w/ service, after the second year, saves the consumer ~ $850 a year
top The US's Reverse Brain Drain
Or we could just accept that growing the power of the US isn't the goal that we Americans should be seeking but, rather, that having two Silicon Valley's in the world would be better for everyone.
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