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McDonald's Denies Prof's Claim Staff Attacked Him For Wearing Digital Glasses

caranha McDonalds Brouhaha Aside... (627 comments)

From TFA:

"Google-glass like computer eyepiece".

No, you're doing it wrong - it is the other way around :-/

more than 2 years ago

Teaching Natural Sciences To Social Science Students?

caranha I was in your shoes last year (265 comments)

Dear Anonymous Poster,

Last year I was responsible for a class on elementary statistics for physical therapy students.

The first thing you have to keep in mind is: your students will be asking themselves from the get go: "Why is this useful to me?". Many of them may have enrolled in "soft" sciences to get away from maths in the first place. You have to provide these answers to your students - if not directly, then indirectly, by providing plenty of examples on where the subject will be useful in their work - this is quite easy with statistics. Also, whenever possible, skip too elaborate proofs, and go instead for more intuitive or example based explanations of why these concepts work.

If you provide me with some sort of contact details, I can give you my lecture notes. Cheers!

more than 2 years ago

Measles Resurgent Due To Fear of Vaccination

caranha Re:An episode of Penn & Teller's Bullshit says (668 comments)

It can be even worse.

Not exactly the same thing, but related, I have recently done the research to tell my Work's mailing list that a hoax someone had forwarded was a hoax. I was called "prepotent", because the person who spread the hoax was obviously a well meaning person, who sent the message because "he cares for us", and "it is not totally implausible, even if not true".

So people not only don't care about doing the research. They resent those who do.

more than 3 years ago

Cancer Cluster Possibly Found Among TSA Workers

caranha Re:Statistical pro (487 comments)

If we only had developed statistical tests that calculate how likely it is that a given cluster appeared randomly based on previous data...

more than 3 years ago

EVE Online Targeted By LulzSec

caranha Re:I call BS (352 comments)

Still, all you need is one (or a couple) of alphas to make a good script, and a bunch of mindless drones to follow it.

more than 3 years ago

7.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Japan; Tsunami Alert Issued

caranha Re:A Twitter feed? (313 comments)

Seriously. I have been following many reporters in Japan on Twitter, and some "serious" news outlet. The twitter feeds have been doing a much better job in posting up-to-date news and commentaries, and fighting the spread of rumors. I used not to take twitter seriously either, until it became my main source of info for this disaster.

It is all about who you follow.

more than 3 years ago

USB Is the Devil's Connection

caranha Re:How many members in this cult? (474 comments)

Actually, the story was repeated as true in some media outlets in Brazil. The original blog's admins even went around posting "Thanks for believing in us!" in some of these.

more than 4 years ago

Study Shows Monkeys Like Watching TV

caranha Wrong (103 comments)

The linked article does not actually refers to the Scientific article (why not?), so I went and did some digging.


Nothing like "monkeys like to watch TV". The experiment only measure the activity of the monkey's brain when it is watching the movie, but not when it is NOT watching the movie or when it is watching something else. Actually the paper is more about this new brain wave sensor that they are developing than about monkeys and TVs. Like a previous commenter said - if you have a monkey stuck into a chair, with a bunch of probes dug into its brain, in a dark room, it will get interested in a movie shown in front of him. Duh! (and, according to the article, at least 60% of the trials where thrown away because the monkey did not actually look at the movie).

more than 4 years ago

University Gives Away iPhones To Curb Truancy

caranha Re:There is always an easier solution... (252 comments)

Perhaps it's because universities have a limited number of spaces that they would prefer to give to successful students and truancy may correlate with success.

Not really. Japan currently has a problem of more spaces than students (aging population and all that). It is not as bad for universities as it is for elementary/high school, but it is a serious problem.

Or it may be that some classes require a team effort and truant students disrupt that (but for whatever reason, the team is reluctant to report it.... or it counts against them anyway).

This is more likely. I have TA'd for a course where the entire team's grade was determined by each member's assignments.

Anyway, I find this article highly irregular. My experience is that japanese universities will bend themselves backwards to prevent any undergrad student from not graduating. Also, all cellphones here
have GPS, not only iPhones. I think it is more likely, from RTFA, that the university is putting on a course for the students to hack with the iPhones, and the writer of the article decided to capitalize on the minor point of "trying to check attendance with the GPS".

more than 5 years ago

Understanding Addiction-Based Game Design

caranha Re:Weak Article (308 comments)

Well, what did you expect? The story submitter was the guy who wrote the article himself. (Jeff Vogel owns spidweb games).

more than 5 years ago

Darwinism Must Die So Evolution Can Live

caranha Re:I beg your pardon? (951 comments)

Lamarckian Evolution.

Neo-Darwinian Evolution.

Developmental Evolution.
(lamarckian evolution in a very limited scale during embrionary stages of an individual)

The term "Dwarvinian Evolution" is necessary to compare to other models for Evolutionary theory, even in Biology.

more than 5 years ago

Game Developer's Response To Pirates

caranha Real World Goodies (734 comments)

Indeed. Including a cloth map, a moonstone and an ankh in the packaging (Rest in Peace, Origin :~( ) will make more people buy the actual game instead of copying than any DRM ever will.

more than 6 years ago



Japan Celebrates Windows 7 with 7-story Sandwich

caranha caranha writes  |  more than 5 years ago

caranha (680518) writes "Burger King Japan found that the release of windows 7 was a significant enough event to release a 7-story high hamburger to celebrate it. The Ad says that the promotion will take place for one week from now. The cost of the sandwich (1450 Yens), is about 3 times the usual price of BK's sandwiches, but up to 30 people per day may get a discount to 777 yens.

On my way back from work today (~6PM) I walked across a BK in Akihabara, and they were already out of the "Windows 7 Whooper"."

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