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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

evenmoreconfused Re:Could have fooled me (205 comments)

According to TFA, there are several different sections. The statement about depending on science was from a portion designed to clarify prevailing attitudes towards science in general. It was separate from the part evaluating scientific literacy.

[The report] contains the results of a new public survey that assesses Canadians’ science attitudes, engagement, and knowledge. The report reviews data on Canadians’ science skills and the current peer-reviewed literature on science culture. It also features an inventory and analysis of the organizations and programs that support and promote science culture in Canada, particularly among youth.

However, it turns out the survey was commissioned by a number of Canadian agencies. It was performed internationally, but a Canadian report saying Canada is number one in science is at best somewhat suspect.

2 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

evenmoreconfused Re:First Vost (152 comments)

Also the only Vost, as far as I can see...

about a month ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

evenmoreconfused AP? (155 comments)

As Slashdot caters to an international audience, could someone please explain what AP means?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Ask Slashdot? (187 comments)

You want someone two days into a simple desktop linux system to get a consumer appliance?

Surely there should be some simple point-and-click app he can install from the desktop that will prevent basic misbehaviours. The very act of asking here shows that he does indeed have pride enough to want not to be a menace.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Astaro / Sophos (187 comments)

Totally concur. Best product I've used in decades.

That being said, it runs on a separate box and supports things like balancing multiple uplinks and fail-over, so it's a wee bit beyond the stated requirements.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Astaro / Sophos (187 comments)

Totally concur. Best product I've used in decades.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

evenmoreconfused Re:Seriously? (374 comments)

None of the things will protect against theft.

No. The only way I know to do that is what I do: forget it at home every day.

about 6 months ago
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Candy Crush Makers Establishes themselves as Trademark Troll

evenmoreconfused Uhm.... Verb maybe? (1 comments)

"To get around this, Royal Games, formerly King and publisher of Candy Crush, from an older company whose game bears no resemblance to either of the games in question."

Is it just me or does this sentence have no verb?

about 7 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

evenmoreconfused Re:Properly Recycled (171 comments)

Yes, it's actually kind of astounding that no-one in the poll-editing crew seems to have considered that anyone might recycle the things. Talk about missing options...

about 7 months ago
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

evenmoreconfused Properly Recycled (171 comments)

They get separated from their batteries. Batteries and devices get put in separate Tupperware bins, and every year or so the bins are taken to the local recycling center. After that I expect they wind up in the Far East where child labourers get poisoned as they disassemble them.

about 7 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

evenmoreconfused Re:very understandable (784 comments)

In my mind it centers around this question:

Assume an arbitrary community of 100,000. Leaving out natural deaths, let's say you have an annual death rate of 10 by gun, 3 by knife, and 5 by other (beating by trout, scissors, whatever), for a total of 18.

Then remove all the guns. Does the death rate stay at 18, with just the distribution of causes changing, or does it go down, because some who would have died from gunshots now don't (from e.g. mass shootings, gun accidents).

about 9 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

evenmoreconfused Re:very understandable (784 comments)

Annual number of handgun-related deaths per 100,000 people by selected country (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate)

Australia: 1.06
Canada: 2.38
Germany: 1.24
Israel: 1.87
Japan: 0.06
Netherlands: 0.46
United Kingdom: 0.25
United States: 10.3

Actually that's not as big a contrast as I expected -- I thought the US was 20-50 times higher than the norm, but it's significantly less than that for most western countries. The worst mostly in Central America, but Mexico is only slightly higher than the US at 11.17.

about 9 months ago
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I wish my cell phone was...

evenmoreconfused Missing option (495 comments)

50% more usable

about 9 months ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens

evenmoreconfused Re:Paying for Blood Work? (4 comments)

Ok, you're right.

Perhaps I should have said "included in the cover charge". But the cover charge is largely paid by the healthy, capable members of society, while the services are needed by, and provided to, the more needy and less capable members. Whether one considers this to be better or worse than the "user pays" model depends on your politics.

about 9 months ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens

evenmoreconfused Re:Paying for Blood Work? (4 comments)

That being said, it could be worth a reasonable payment if one could get it done in three minutes at the local pharmacy rather than taking 15 minutes at the clinic (which is just above said pharmacy).

about 9 months ago
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens

evenmoreconfused Paying for Blood Work? (4 comments)

You must live in the USA to have to pay for blood work. It's free in all the civilized countries.

about 9 months ago
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Since Snowden Leaks, NSA's FOIA Requests Are Up 1,000 Percent

evenmoreconfused Re:This reveals the major problem with the FOIA... (47 comments)

How about a new law explicitly insisting that ALL government data, except for personal data covered by privacy laws, must be made public within (e.g.) 24 hours. Exceptions only on a similar basis to the way warrants are done now: apply before a judge and get an x-month publication ban (x not to exceed say 72 months, except for real state secrets, where it could be longer).

about a year ago
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Container Ship Breaks In Two, Sinks

evenmoreconfused Re:Declared underweight? (361 comments)

The usual tariff is based on a concept called "weight-measure", which works like this:

- For cargo less dense than water, a given tariff is per cubic meter.
- For cargo denser than water, the tariff is per metric ton (one cubic meter of water weighs one metric ton).

If you think about it, this makes perfect sense, because anything heavier than denser than water has to be accompanied by enough air (i.e. empty space inside or outside the container) to make the average density of the shipment equal one, and anything lighter than water takes up just as much space in the ship as heavier cargo would. The result is that if you have e.g. a 2000 TEU ship, and each TEU is 35 cubic meters, a full ship will always generate 70,000 tariff units, whether it be laden with cotton candy or iron pellets.

Of course, shipping companies play both ends against the middle and can, with optimization, get better than 100% billing (e.g. by using fluffy stuff like household goods to provide the airspace needed to compensate for containers full of car engines).

In a previous incarnation I was a Systems Designer at a major container shipping company.

about a year ago
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U.S. Independence Day is a ...

evenmoreconfused Re:Decent cheese? (330 comments)

Consider the possibility that only the British and their colonies feel English hard cheeses worth celebrating. The rest of Europe seem to get their hard cheeses from the Netherlands or Switzerland.

about a year ago

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