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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

risom Re:Families (218 comments)

The problem when researching the correlation between parent-child relationship and daycare, as always in psychology and education, is the confounding variable of the parental socio-economic background. If you don't control for that at all, you'll get the result that the earlier children start to visit daycare, the more likely they'll show developmental problems. That's because poor families are more likely to have single parents, stressed out parents (multiple jobs, precarious economic situation etc.), and so on. These factors hinder optimal development. The better a study is at controlling for that factor, e.g. by making sure the distribution of working class and middle class families stays the same in both the early daycare group and the late daycare group, the less visible this correlation becomes.
Sometimes politics create the best test cases for questions like this one: The formerly divided parts of Germany proofed great for this: Before the fall of the Iron courtain, Western Germany mostly held the traditional view of the single male earner and the stay-at-home mom, where only some working class children, out of economic necessity, got into daycare before they were three years old. Contrast that to East Germany, where it was quite usual that to give the children into daycare when they were 6 weeks old (!) - most if not all women were fully employed in the GDR.
Of course this has been studied quite intensly after the fall of the Wall. The results: No real difference in parent-child relationship between East and West German children.

5 days ago
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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

risom Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (485 comments)

When science hasn't fully resolved a question based on the evidence

A question is, by the very definition of science, never fully resolvable. That right there is the difference to religious dogma.

5 days ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

risom Re:Families (218 comments)

Yeah, but the effect is that both parents are in full-time work by the time the child is two, who is then raised 7-8 hours a day in daycare. This is not exactly improving the child-parent relationship compared to one full-time carer until they reach school age.

As an educationalist I have to mention that this is simply untrue. The quality of the child-parent relationship doesn't correlate with daycare. At all. That relationship is mainly synonymous with a strong sense of trust (or successfull bonding, the e.g. the attachment theory by Bowlby, if you want to read more).

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

risom Re:stupid germans (419 comments)

Can any other country boast a top political leader who has a STEM leader . . . ?

Sure: China. Practically everyone on the top for the last 5 decades was a STEM person.

about 2 months ago
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Pitivi Video Editor Surpasses 50% Crowdfunding Goal, Releases Version 0.94

risom Re:Honest question (67 comments)

Gnome2, AmaroK, Songbird... Yea, OSS just isnt the miracle elixir people like to pretend it is, and "Just fork it" isnt an effective incantation.

But the Mate Desktop, a Gnome 2 fork, exists, so GP seems to be right: If it's popular enough, it will live on.

about 3 months ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

risom Re:Tip of the iceberg (669 comments)

There's actually a lot of potentional scientific correct stuff in the Bible.

The point about science is the process, not the result. There may be correct content in the bible, but that does not make it scientific.

about 2 months ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

risom Re:Oblig xkcd (220 comments)

Meanwhile, they let you rot in prison. Thats what key disclosure laws are about.

about 3 months ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

risom Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

Thanks for following up! You had a small mixup there, 28 million were all pregnancies, including planned ones, leaving only 12.25 unplanned pregnanies, of which 3.3 occur in the U.S, which is a bit above average, given 1.2 billion people in developed nations.

The absolute numbers are misleading, though, as pregnancies are not evenly distributed among the countries. More relevant the relative amount of unplanned pregnancies among all pregnancies among a given country. There, the U.S. has 49% - 51% ([1],[2]) unplanned pregnancies, France has 33% [1] and Britain has 16% [1].

The numbers get even more drastic if you look at teenagers only. There, the US has 5 times as much unplanned pregnancies (relative to overall population) as Germany [3].

[1] = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...
[2] = http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs...
[3] = http://www.profamilia.de/filea...

about 4 months ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

risom Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

We have about 3.3 million unplanned pregnancies annually in the u.s. alone which are not aborted due to recreational sex.

Thats a problem of the bad sex ed in the US, not a problem of birth control. No other developed country has unplanned pregnancy rates that high.

about 4 months ago
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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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 9 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year ago

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