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Comment Re:Storm chasers say they have as much right to wa (Score 1) 402

The probability of someone with a PhD in meteorology (or something similar) knowing what they are doing with a storm is quite a bit higher than some random guy who thinks storms are neat.

Are there amateurs who know a lot about what they are doing and their hobby is contributing in some way to society / our knowledge base? I'm sure there are, but very few compared to the "random yokel who wants to video tape the storm because he watched Twister last weekend"

Comment Re:Storm chasers say they have as much right to wa (Score 1) 402

Yup. Clearly if money is the prime goal one wants to spend 4 years in a tough undergrad program becfore moving on to a 6 year (on average) graduate program and probably a post-doc or 2, vs. getting a degree in marketing and having your company pay for your MBA and rolling in 6 figures.


Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."

Comment Re:This is a random comment. (Score 1) 395

This is called "almost surely" or "almost never" in probability theory.


While the probability of getting an infinite number on 1's is 0, it's still in the sample space, therefore can still happen (in fact, with an infinte number of coin tosses, any particular sequence has a probability of zero of occurring)

Anything cut to length will be too short.