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Comment: I have a friend that is a Steward and wrote a book (Score 4, Informative) 140

by Saysys (#48321287) Attached to: Meet the 36 People Who Run Wikipedia
HI,

While focused on an academic audience of organizational scholars, I have a friend who was a Steward and has written an ethnographic book about Wikipedia:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/searc...

If you are more interested in accessible information he's also written an editorial regarding Wikipedia for Slate:
http://www.slate.com/articles/...

Comment: Perverse Incentives (Score 2, Interesting) 283

by Saysys (#48088301) Attached to: Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science
Universities have a perverse incentive when it comes to producing doctoral students.

University departments are bureaucratic systems. A bureaucratic system's primary objective is to grow. It may take 20 undergraduate students to 'make' a class. It only takes 10 masters students and 5 doctoral students. The more classes that make: the more professors are needed: the bigger the department.

This means the fastest way to grow your department is to increase the number of doc students. Since almost every Ph.D. is an industry-useless research degree, this, then, leads to the glut of researchers we see today.

The solution has already been hit upon by business schools. The AACSB accredits only 120 universities to produce doctoral students. Of those each field (accounting, finance, marketing, management, information systems) has about 80 universities that are accredited for that sub-field. Each field graduates about 3 students a year. Without an AACSB accredited professor-pool it is hard for a business school to get AACSB accreditation. But why does the business school care?

The masters program produces a degree that is valuable outside of academia and a premium is charged for it. While accreditation is no guarantee that your business school is good, if it does not having it you can be almost certain that it is bad. The MBA is NOT a research degree and in no way prepares you to be a professor.

What is needed is for the highest caliber departments (in each glut field) in the US to join together in an association. The association limits how many doctoral programs are accredited. The association maintains the highest standards for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. The association limits how many doctoral students are admitted relative to the number of research active faculty in a department.

Combine this then with a masters program that is entirely focused on practical work in the field. Do not give doc students a masters and do not focus on research skills that are not valuable in industry in masters programs. Presently: Nursing, Business, and Engineering are all viable directions to go for someone interested in research and teaching. Perhaps you notice a pattern?

And the pay? 150k is not an unheard of starting pay for an assistant professor of accounting.

Comment: Re:Mitochondrial DNA? (Score 3, Informative) 135

by Saysys (#47845883) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper was a fucking Jedi?

No, He was a human with a mother.

From Wikipedia:

In humans, mitochondrial DNA can be assessed as the smallest chromosome coding for 37 genes and containing approximately 16,600 base pairs. Human mitochondrial DNA was the first significant part of the human genome to be sequenced. In most species, including humans, mtDNA is inherited solely from the mother.

Comment: Re:Experiments performed only on 3 test subjects (Score 1) 521

by Saysys (#37060100) Attached to: Cancer Cured By HIV
http://www.kvia.com/news/28836239/detail.html
"A year after the therapy, two of the patients had complete remission of leukemia and one had a partial response to the therapy."


looks like 2 out of 3 people are in full remission... doesn't sound like being only 70% of cancerous tissues removed to me.

Comment: Re:diabetes research (Score 1) 1017

by Saysys (#35865736) Attached to: Is Sugar Toxic?

the toxicity of sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose, etc) is one of things that almost no researcher in the know dares to mention publicly because it would be career (and funding) suicide. the processed food industry is far too powerful a lobby group.

This is so wrong it hurts. The point of tenure is so that someone CAN say such things, if such things could be backed up then they would be. The case presented in the video is reasonable but over stated; your conspiracy theory is both unreasonable and overstated.

+ - The End of Scarce Oil and Atmospheric CO2 Problems-> 1

Submitted by Saysys
Saysys (976276) writes "n September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically engineered cyanobacterium that produces liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline. This breakthrough technology, the company says, will deliver renewable supplies of liquid fossil fuel almost anywhere on Earth, in essentially unlimited quantity and at an energy-cost equivalent of $30 (U.S.) a barrel of crude oil. It will deliver, the company says, “fossil fuels on demand.”

oule says it now has “a library” of fossil-fuel organisms at work in its Massachusetts labs, each engineered to produce a different fuel. It has “proven the process,” has produced ethanol (for example) at a rate equivalent to 10,000 U.S. gallons an acre a year. It anticipates that this yield could hit 25,000 gallons an acre a year when scaled for commercial production, equivalent to roughly 800 barrels of crude an acre a year."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:The problem in the US... (Score 1) 298

by Saysys (#34696538) Attached to: Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

Is not to inspire future scientists. It is that every kid with an IQ of 90 or more is told that they can be a doctor, lawyer, or scientist, and allocated resources as if they could, when only the 1st percentile or less can actually fill these positions.

I don't see how 'movies' solves this problem: instead, it makes people with Wal-Mart skills, think that they *should* have a better lot in life, and resent that something is wrong if they don't, and spend money trying to get degrees that are meaningless, and so forth ad infinitum.

According to From Hauser, Robert M. 2002. "Meritocracy, cognitive ability, and the sources of occupational success." CDE Working Paper 98-07 (rev). Center for Demography and Ecology, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Over 10% of social scientists, people in computer related occupations, materials engineers and a non-negligible number of university professors, electrical engineers, lawyers, hard scientists, and general engineers have an IQ under 100. To be fair, though, the bottom 10% of physicians have an IQ under 113

This hardly relegates the jobs of scientist, lawyer or even doctor to the top 1%. With the exception of doctor, which requires being in the top 20%, all of these jobs could be obtained by someone with a sub 100 IQ.

That said, it is not very likely that your theoretical 90 (bottom 25%) is going to get a job outside of sales, police, electrician, mechanic etc.

Comment: Re:Feel safe now? (Score 1) 391

by Saysys (#34179776) Attached to: Real-Life Gadgets For Real-Life Superheroes
...and yet the demographic of the persons caring guns is not taken int account. No one wants to say it, but the truth is that 'urban' youth tend to carry because they get shot at and shoot because others carry. Making guns illegal would not fix the problem, these people already have guns illegally.

It isn't that having a gun makes you more prone to use it, it is that the need to use a gun makes you more prone to have it.

Comment: For those not stupid enough to know: (Score 3, Interesting) 101

by Saysys (#32902328) Attached to: Privacy Flaws In Chatroulette Expose Users
"Chatroulette is a website that pairs random strangers from around the world together for webcam-based conversations. Visitors to the website randomly begin an online chat (video, audio and text) with another visitor. At any point, either user may leave the current chat by initiating another random connection. As of July 11 the site is offering an experimental "localized" version which pairs people by state". -wikipedia

So 1.) people find each-other intentional and 2.) "using information obtained in chats" I can get you SSN... if you tell me.

Literal nothing worthy of note in this research folks... move on.

Comment: Re:How can a black hole emit anything? (Score 2, Insightful) 145

by Saysys (#32895648) Attached to: Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble
It's the Quine part of the QDT that has the real problem.

You see, an epistemological assumption that we can never know truth comes either from a limitation of human conscience or from an ontological assumption that there is no truth to be found.

In reality, there is a reality, there is truth, we are simply constrained by our human limitations when it comes to interpreting it.

If you read what I said I didn't argue that pure falsifiability can be obtained any more than the pure utility of a theory can be obtained; simply that these are theoretical anchor points on which the continuum of theory lies.

Remember: objective, not subjective, Bayesian inferences are what have brought us to the spam filters, etc.

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