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Comment Not too surprising (Score 5, Insightful) 444

This is true all over. How often do posters on this site kick back and have a beer after their friends come home from their job on the lawn service crew, or as an auto mechanic? Are most of your friends in technical positions? Do most of your friends have interests that align with your own? Same sort of thing.

People responding to this article act like they are fonts of egalitarianism when if you look at it they are probably just as judgmental (up and down, the responses being a case in point) as the purported billionaires in TFA.

Comment Re:Disruptive? (Score 1) 330

Foods prepared this way are at their best for one year though are still good for longer.

Generally speaking, as long as the jar is still sealed the food texture and flavor will degrade long before it starts to lose much nutritional value. Everything that was in the jar at the time it was sealed is still there when you open it.

That said I like eating food that tastes good, so it's good to use FIFO when consuming. My pork canned in 2011 is still tasty today though.

Comment Re:Disruptive? (Score 5, Informative) 330

Canning = Preservatives

Say what? No preservatives in anything I've canned.

Step 1: Buy pork
Step 2: Cut pork into smaller pieces
Step 3: Pack pork in canning jar
Step 4: Put lid on
Step 5: Process through pressure canner (~1.5 hours)
Step 6: Put on shelf for up to 5-10 years
Step 7: Serve and enjoy!

Pressure canning is one of the easiest things I've ever done.


The Top Secret Chinese Military Project That Led To a Nobel Prize 73 writes: Jeff Guo reports at the Washington Post that development of qinghaosu — or artemisinin — is one of modern China's proudest accomplishments winning a Noble Prize in Medicine this year for Tu Youyou, but it's also a story about Communism, Chairman Mao, and China's return to the world economy. On May 23, 1967, Chinese scientists commenced Project 523, a secret effort that enlisted hundreds of researchers to discover a new malaria drug during the Vietnam War. Although in a better warfare position, the People's Army of Vietnam (North Vietnamese Army) and its allies in the South, Viet Cong, suffered increasing mortality because of malaria epidemics. The project began at the height of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, a brutal time during which academics and intellectuals were murdered, imprisoned, or sent to "reeducation camps" in mass purges.

For doctors and chemists. Project 523 was a lifeline, according to Professor Zhou Yiqing. "By the time Project 523 had got under way, the Cultural Revolution had started and the research provided shelter for scientists facing political persecution." Tu's husband had been banished to the countryside when she was asked to get involved in Project 523. Tu's research project sought to find modern logic in ancient ways, much as the French researchers identified quinine from the bark of the cinchona tree. According to Tu, she and her team screened over 2,000 different Chinese herbs described in old texts, of which about 200 were good enough to test in mice. That's when they hit upon a plant called Artemisia annua: annual wormwood, or qinghao in Chinese. At the time, all of this work remained a Chinese military secret; some of the results were published in Chinese-language journals, but it would be well after the death of Mao Zedong until China would reveal that it had discovered a surprisingly potent new weapon against malaria.

According to Guo the lion's share of the credit rightly goes to Tu and the countless other Chinese scientists who worked on Project 523. But Oxford anthropologist Elisabeth Hsu suggests that the political climate at the time also deserves recognition. Qinghaosu might never have been discovered had it not been for Maoist China's nationalist infatuation with Chinese folk medicine. "It was thus a feature specific to institutions of the People's Republic of China that scientists, who themselves had learnt ways of appreciating traditional knowledge, worked side by side with historians of traditional medicine, who had textual learning," Hsu argues. "This was crucial for the 'discovery' of qinghao."

Comment Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics (Score 3, Insightful) 445

The underlying assumption of this, and of "tech employee representation" being that any given subgroup retains all the demographics and characteristics of the larger group and any deviation from that is an anomaly.

Get back to me when there is outrage that men are only 10% of the population in teaching and nursing careers. Why aren't we channeling funding to make teaching and nursing careers appealing to male students? Oh, because male students get to choose careers while minorities and female students are weak and unable to pursue the repressed interests that statistics say they must secretly harbor.

Comment Re:It's all about the money, honey (Score 1) 164

Also, I saw this news story. Maybe the local paper is in the bag for TWC, AT&T, and the other competitors (GASP! In the telecom industry?) but they certainly make some seemingly fact-based points that are more solid than the usual misdirection.

Comment Re:It's all about the money, honey (Score 1) 164

1% of all property taxes going to subsidize internet service for a handful (3,000 accounts) of businesses and residents seems like a lot. Salisbury is not a booming metropolis, that's a lot of people who probably can't even afford a $45 a month internet package paying higher taxes and utility rates to keep those prices down. Meanwhile they are paying $15/mo for a 2Mb connection with Time Warner Cable because their local government can't offer them anything less than that $45 package.

Comment It's all about the money, honey (Score 3, Informative) 164

In 2014 they generated $4.8 million in revenue and after expenses had $229,000 to show for it. Add in depreciation (a substantial expense for a capital intensive company), amortization, interest, and other expenses and they were taxpayer funded to the tune of $144,110. That's almost 1% of all property tax revenues.

It will be interesting to see if they can be profitable as their services scale past 3,000 customers and service more of their 33,000 residents and even more businesses.

Comment Psychology (Score 4, Insightful) 157

That's because economics is a blend of math and psychology. The math assumes a rational actor with all the necessary information. The psychology is rarely rational and involved decision making influenced by the decisions of others, highly varied interpretations of historical events which preclude deterministic mechanisms, and imperfect information viewed through personal biases and strengths. Inaccuracy results from improperly weighting the relative value of these two in economic outcomes and from difficulty in modeling the psychological elements. Bad math is the least of the challenges facing economics.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2) 288

Same pattern happens in reverse -- take Illinois voting returns, for example. Rural precincts with fewer voters compile and report their results quickly, so Illinois goes deep red. Then Cook County (Chicago), which represents 1,635 of Illinois' 57,915 square miles, or about 2.8%) reports and the state goes blue.

Using 2012 as an example, Cook County contributed 1.94 million votes to a 5.1 million total. So 2.8% of the land area represented 40% of the results that decided 100% of the electoral votes of the state. I'm pretty sure the 97.2% of Illinois that works that land to feed the remaining 2.8% feels pretty crappy about that imbalance.

Comment Skip it (Score 2) 87

Don't bother learning a specific language, instead invest time in understanding basic principles of software structure and design. Understand object oriented principles, data structures, algorithms, and the basic concept that various blocks of the software work through interfaces. Focus on a higher level of abstraction than the specifics of a given language and he'll understand enough to say "and then this section of code needs to pass this information on to the next section of code which does this stuff with it, then passes the result to this next stage."

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 676

Which is exactly what I'm saying -- information from outside the government comes in, and from the point of that transfer it is classified and must be so marked before it leaves the possession of the case officer. The source of the information and the fact that it is known to the government are fixed at the time of transfer, and those are the details that must be protected. The marking is an administrative formality that doesn't change the sensitivity of the data.

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