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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Yaotzin Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

What they should do is FIRST give students a 10-hour schoolday, just like office workers have;
so instead of getting out at 2pm, students start at 7am and school lets out at 5pm, with a 1hour break/lunch.

That's a bad idea. A 10-hour school day would guarantee that at least two of those hours are wasted. The only upside would be that you wouldn't have to care what your kids are doing while you're at work. School days shouldn't be longer than 8 hours, and homework shouldn't take more than an hour to complete.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Yaotzin Re:No kidding (152 comments)

Just my cents...

Just my cents...

Bitcents or Dollar cents? There's potentially a $6.28 difference there.

about a month ago
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Ericsson Trial 10Gbps 5G Mobile Broadband Network in Japan

Yaotzin Re:Yay? (53 comments)

IANANE but I've heard that 5G isn't supposed to be about increased download rates since, as you say, there is little point. The point is as I understand rather increased capacity to allow a larger number of people to be able to utilize and reach the rate cap (~80 MB/s) simultaneously.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Yaotzin Re:Duh (818 comments)

Still, as a Swede talking, I don't feel like I live in a true democracy. We only have public votes once every 10 years or so, and the results of those are often discarded. I'm aching for a more direct democracy where the government only has the executive mandate. I don't know if the country would be run better, but at least we'd get a say.

about 4 months ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaotzin Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

Yes, well nutrition is a very good example of perfect confusion actually. The media, or the tabloids in any case are wont to blow up the significance of every "new discovery" immensely. New super diets and what not, this and that will kill you etc. It's usually a product of narrow-minded studies but the media doesn't care about the methods. On the other hand, the public health departments come off as more or less inert, which doesn't help either.

about 5 months ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Yaotzin Re:Go after em Nate (335 comments)

I think the big problem for the general public is knowing when there is a scientific consensus, especially since there will almost always be at least one differing opinion.

about 5 months ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Yaotzin Re:Why'd he sign the agreement? (387 comments)

Absolutely, that's a fair point. I see I was a bit frivolous with my usage of 'obviously', but I've the notion that a settlement is to save time and money instead of just going through the motions in court. This is generally a good thing. This whole NDA changes everything though, it's a low blow. While I now realise the economical reasons for accepting such an offer, the moral implications are dubious. Paying him off communicates to me that Gulliver was in the wrong and that they're (sort of) sorry. Putting a gag on the man mucks it up completely, saying rather that they realised that they did wrong but that they're NOT sorry. In the end he lost his money since the agreement was voided, all fair, but the agreement should never have included a non-disclosure clause. Gulliver, if they were honest, should never have put it on the table and the man should never have agreed to it. The lawsuit shouldn't have been about the money, but about fair compensation. IMHO, being told to take the money and shut up is not fair compensation. So in accepting, he acknowledged it was about the money and Gulliver, by proposing, acknowledged they didn't care about fair compensation. Now both sides look like shit and so, nothing was accomplished. Just my $.02.

about 6 months ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Yaotzin Why'd he sign the agreement? (387 comments)

Gulliver obviously settled because they weren't sure about their chances to win the lawsuit, so why should he accept their terms of non-disclosure and not just see it through? It feels like he gave away a winning hand. If someone's done you wrong you'd want to tell people about it. IANAL so maybe I'm missing something.

about 6 months ago
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Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

Yaotzin Re:Lame (108 comments)

To be fair, "close to zero" isn't zero.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

Yaotzin Re:Oh Good (199 comments)

I use WhatsApp and have unlimited free SMS. WhatsApping is useless for me in a 1v1 conversation, but group chats are where the attraction lies. Also my sister isn't officially allowed to send private messages from her work phone, but WhatsApp circumvents that.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

Yaotzin Re:Why not (462 comments)

Or just:

  • [ ] Male
  • [ ] Female
  • [ ] It's complicated

about 6 months ago
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Germany's Renewable Plan Faces Popular Resistance

Yaotzin Re:the transmission would go further (176 comments)

Norway is, I think, mostly hydroelectric and probably at peak coverage already. I wonder, how much power can they supply Germany with? Cool map by the way.

about 6 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

Yaotzin Re:In My Opinion (255 comments)

I'm not sure I agree but I'm not wading into the quagmire that is morality right now. I just wanted to add that all pharm ads are not illegal in Europe, just the prescription drugs. Which is as it should be. Patients with little or no understanding of their treatment cannot be expected to be able to choose correctly their own medication. Especially if their knowledge stems from whether the TV said this or that drug is pretty good or not. Rx drugs require a prescription for a good reason, these are serious forces we are messing with. A single-payer healthcare system would do you good from an economical point of view though, since a larger purchasing entity can demand better prices from the private sector.

about 6 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

Yaotzin Re:Big Numbers! Give Us Money! (255 comments)

I am unsure how the process works in the US, but in Europe no new drug will be approved unless it's verifiably better than already existing drugs. So simply exchanging a functional group for a bioequivalent won't get you anywhere. Meaning that the money is spent on better cures. Basic research is already mostly done by universities (funded with tax money) but I doubt actual product development would be done more efficiently by them since (IMHO) a lot of university research projects tend to go nowhere or reach already acknowledged conclusions.

However, purchase of drugs should be done by as large entities as possible for maximum efficiency and lowest cost for the individual. As it is today, the US is where most pharmaceutical companies earn money, because they can charge higher prices per pill since buying entities are smaller. This means pharmaceutical companies will largely ignore markets where they will have to deal with societal scale buying entities, and we're all worse off for it. You pay more, we get fewer drugs.

about 6 months ago
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Yaotzin Re:So... (351 comments)

On the other hand, too much vaccination and too much hygiene seem to be responsible for more sickness by keeping immune systems weak. Not only is there solid research on this, but it's quite instructive to watch the farm kids out running barefoot in pig shit... and never get sick. And let's face it: there are worse ways to die, like cancer.

What solid research? Farm kids don't get allergies as much, but they get sick just like the rest of us. Also, you don't seem to know how vaccines work. They strengthen the immune system by showing it an inert form of the pathogen so that it can react instantly on the next encounter.

about 7 months ago
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Water Plume Detected At Dwarf Planet Ceres

Yaotzin Re:water in sci-fi plots (66 comments)

You'd also be trying to succeed where ~10^40 viruses and virons failed over 10^12 years.

A good natural virus doesn't kill the host as it is parasitic in nature and needs it to survive and replicate. I wouldn't say that they've failed just because we aren't dead yet. If the hypothetical alien space invaders could get their hands/paws/tentacles on some Ebola they'd just need a good dispersion system.

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube

Yaotzin Re:all astroturfing is immoral (128 comments)

Actually, thanks to the tag #XB1M13, you can easily separate the shills from the fanboys. The trouble is avoiding the fanboy stamp.

about 7 months ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

Yaotzin Re:Multivac (182 comments)

The first thing I did when I read the summary was Ctrl+F "multivac" :) In order for the last question you'd have to make sure it doesn't commit suicide by proxy first though.

about 7 months ago

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