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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

Saysys Sexual Harassment shouldn't cost us knowledge (416 comments)

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.

about two weeks ago

Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

Saysys Quickoffice Pro Is not a "scam app" (89 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago

Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Saysys Re:Let's do the math (307 comments)

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.

about a month ago

Tetris Is Hard To Test

Saysys Re:One line? (169 comments)

80 characters: all done in COBOL

about 2 months ago

Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Saysys Perverse Incentives (283 comments)

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.

about 2 months ago

New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

Saysys Re:Mitochondrial DNA? (135 comments)

Jack the Ripper was a fucking Jedi?

No, He was a human with a mother.

From Wikipedia:

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.

about 3 months ago

Is Sugar Toxic?

Saysys Re:diabetes research (1017 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

Saysys Re:The problem in the US... (298 comments)

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.

According to 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.

more than 3 years ago

Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes

Saysys Re:Oh common.. (391 comments)

If Mexicans had guns then we'd not have to worry about the Mexicans with guns.

more than 4 years ago

Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes

Saysys Re:Feel safe now? (391 comments)

...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.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers

Saysys Re:ok, i'll be dumb enough to ask (361 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

400 Turns of Civilization V

Saysys Hex! (320 comments)

"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

more than 4 years ago

Privacy Flaws In Chatroulette Expose Users

Saysys For those not stupid enough to know: (101 comments)

"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.

more than 4 years ago

Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble

Saysys Re:How can a black hole emit anything? (145 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble

Saysys Re:How can a black hole emit anything? (145 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Hulu May Begin Charging For Content Next Year

Saysys Re:I'd pay for Hulu... (234 comments)

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

more than 5 years ago

The US's Reverse Brain Drain

Saysys Re:Maybe because we treat them like criminals (757 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago



The End of Scarce Oil and Atmospheric CO2 Problems

Saysys Saysys writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Saysys (976276) writes "n September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline. This breakthrough technology, the company says, will deliver renewable supplies of liquid fossil fuel almost anywhere on Earth, in essentially unlimited quantity and at an energy-cost equivalent of $30 (U.S.) a barrel of crude oil. It will deliver, the company says, “fossil fuels on demand.”

oule says it now has “a library” of fossil-fuel organisms at work in its Massachusetts labs, each engineered to produce a different fuel. It has “proven the process,” has produced ethanol (for example) at a rate equivalent to 10,000 U.S. gallons an acre a year. It anticipates that this yield could hit 25,000 gallons an acre a year when scaled for commercial production, equivalent to roughly 800 barrels of crude an acre a year."

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