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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

risom Re:Another child making unsupported claims (203 comments)

It's hard to fit into a world where the average person really is dumber than you.

Quite the opposite, the 50% of the population has no problem to "fit into a world where the average person really is dumber than you."

The problem is not the intelligence of the kid, but the fact he thinks he's gifted. If you achieve good grades in school without effort and your parents constantly tell you you're gifted, you never really learn the correlation between effort and achievement. Then, suddenly, the real world kicks in. Other young adults, not gifted but learning none the less, catched up. Now they get the interesting jobs.

If you have contact to a gifted child, it's important to give him/her appropriate input. Put the focus on productive output, on effort (e.g. for a kid with math skills: Present interesting engineering problems, perhaps a bridge has to be built over a creek or something similar). On helping others and on developing the ability to communicate effectively with non-gifted kids (or adults).

about 2 months ago
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Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous

risom Re:One stupid question (88 comments)

The difference is liquidity. Bitcoins market depth is tiny. A truck full of Euros (about the same market value as the bitcoins) sold at market rate wouldn't be noticable on the charts. 30k of bitcoins sold at market rate would absolutely crush the market.

about 2 months ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

risom Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

An "economist" like in the article is a macro economist while your investing neighbor most probably is a micro economist. Same field, different point of view. A macro economist does stuff like predicting the housing bubble, but may suck mightily as a CEO of a company (and vice versa for the micro economist).

about 2 months ago
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Google Starts Removing Search Results After EU Ruling

risom Re:Good. (138 comments)

That's great and all, but if I walk into the streets of oh let's say France, I don't need to worry if I'm a Jew that Christians are going to start attacking me.

If you are a Jew in France you have a pretty high propability of Christians attacking you. You should read real news more often, France has a massive racism problem right now. Jews are emigrating from France at an unprecedented scale (WW2 excluded).

about 3 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

risom Re:IF.. (561 comments)

Really? I don't find the legitimate ones bad at all. Much better than the SAT for testing raw, innate intelligence. IQ is like a brightness of a flashlight. It's potential. Brighter is better, but it doesn't guarantee you point it at a useful direction, or even use it for anything useful at all other than to study playboy under the bedsheets.

The problem is that IQ as a variable is pretty useless in practice. It has no prognostic validity for success in life or in a job. Motivation is far more important for that, but it's also harder to measure.

I would think if they took recent Nobel Prize winners in the hard sciences, they would be trending above average and by a margin.

Sure, but you would find even more high-IQ persons in quite mundane jobs. IQ is a confounding variable for success. Counter example: most Nobel Prize winners are male, too. Is that the reason for their success?

about 3 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

risom Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

Given that hunger in developing nations is mostly an issue of distribution, not production (africa mostly is anything but arid: https://www.google.com/search?...), I would indeed be impressed if GMO bananas will help here.

about 3 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

risom Re:sigh (627 comments)

We could fix this problem easily with barely any significant change to our style of life.

Similarly, residential electricity prices in Germany (note that Germany and Denmark, both with heavily subsidized, high share "green" power generation, have electricity pricing on par with small island nations)

Two points:
First, in Germany renewables are not heavily subsidized (i.e. tax-financed) at all, but instead cross-financed trough averaging production costs of non-renewables and renwables. No tax money involved.
Second, It does not make sense to compare the price per kWh when the overall effiency is so vastly different to the USA :While I am paying about .29EUR per kWh on my renewables-only plan, in absolute numbers that amounts to only 40EUR per month on electricity for a 4 person household. We have a well insulated house, efficient appliences, LED lighting everywhere, efficient computers etc. With absolute consumption as low as that, I couldn't care less about the price per kWh.

about 4 months ago
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YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

risom Re:Bullshit (427 comments)

No one said they have to licence it for free. The debate between Google and Gema revolves around technicalities of payment. Most other royality collectors agreed to get an undisclosed percentage of advertisement earnings for the licences, but GEMA insists on a flat fee, regardless of amount of viewers etc. of a particular track. AFAIK GEMA is the only royality collector worldwide insisting on that.

about 7 months ago
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A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

risom Re: Sounds like he was enjoying himself! (253 comments)

Most other developed countries have equal or higher teacher's salaries and don't have a student debt problem at all. That pretty much falsifies you view on the topic (and would have been trivial for you to find out for yourself).

about 7 months ago
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Meet the Electric Porsche From 1898

risom Re:Hmm (143 comments)

Started a car manufacturing company producing high-tech electric vehicles that make anything produced in Detroit these days look like a Model T.

At the risk of being nit-picky: Musk only invested in Tesla, not started it. The investment was significant and included the right for Musk to call himself co-founder IIRC.

about 8 months ago
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Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

risom Re:CEOs are overrated (692 comments)

Apple managed to secure virtually the entire output of 1.8" hard drives from Toshiba (the only manufacturer of such drives at the time).

Many players at that time already had 1" hard drives, so 1.8" doesn't sound very impressive (1.8" drives were introduced in 1993 BTW).

The iPhone was the first capacitive touchscreen phone.

No, the LG Prada was the first one. Look it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LG_Prada

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

risom Re:I would have thought it more important (564 comments)

I think the idea that scepticism comes from humanities rather than science is a joke, and shows a complete misunderstanding of falsifiability and Karl Popper's work on the philosophy of science.

You are aware that Popper was a professor at a humanist department, right? That whole "philosophy of science" thing could have been a hint...

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

risom Re:Better idea: (564 comments)

Scientists should take courses on Rational Thinking.

That's what the OP said. "Rational Thinking" usually gets taught in a course called logics, which is a subdomain of philosophy, to be found in *drumroll* the humanities department.

about a year ago
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Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses

risom Re:Better idea: (564 comments)

Humanist misunderstands what Science and the Scientific method are

Amusingly, the Humanities are the realm where Science and the Scientific method have been invented, where the shortcomings of positivism where highlighted and critical rationalism (="you can't prove a scientific model, only falsify it") got created to solve that problem. Guess you should have taken one of those courses ;)

about a year ago
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Atheist Blogger Sentenced To 3 Years in Prison For Insulting Islam

risom Re:Really? (412 comments)

I'll do you better than that: an interactive tool which shows the data [philanthropy.com]. There's a link on that page detailing how the data was compiled. (Note that IRS data only includes people earning over $50,000 a year.)

... which handily debunks your own claims. GP said: "And proselytizing expenditures and church heating bills don't count." - while your source lumps them together with real charity:

Religion has a big influence on giving patterns. Regions of the country that are deeply religious are more generous than those that are not. Two of the top nine statesâ"Utah and Idahoâ"have high numbers of Mormon residents, who have a tradition of tithing at least 10 percent of their income to the church. The remaining states in the top nine are all in the Bible Belt.

When religious giving isn't counted, the geography of giving is very different. Some states in the Northeast jump into the top 10 when secular gifts alone are counted. New York would vault from No. 18 to No. 2, and Pennsylvania would climb from No. 40 to No. 4.

(emph. mine, source.)

TL;DR: atheists give to charity, christs give to the church.

about 2 years ago
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Einstein Letter Critical of Religion To Be Auctioned On EBay

risom Re:Church and Einstein (414 comments)

Correct. For instance, the Nazis actually did great things for Germany's economy and national pride.

Except they didn't do great things for Germany's economy. Neither in workers wages nor in GDP.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

risom Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

They can buy a used Thinkpad X series. Way more powerful, stellar build quality in comparison to a netbook, same price point, same weight. And even a used device will last longer than a new netbook.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

risom Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

It's often still cheaper even if you throw the original components away.

about 2 years ago

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