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Comment: Re:Scientific American begs to differ (Score 1) 319

by bangular (#49500417) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
Maybe this tells us more about intelligence tests than anything. IQ has mostly been dismissed as an end all measure. We now know we can measure a persons intelligence a number of ways. IQ may have been a measure of a very specific type of intelligence, but had little correlation with one's life happiness.

Comment: Re:Mis-use=reviewer don't do their job (Score 2) 180

by bangular (#49494455) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values
I agree in principle, but the reality is a huge number of reviewers don't really understand the research paper they're reviewing. They are more concerned with things like "no previous research has been done" vs "little previous research has been done" and independence assumptions.

Comment: Re:If all you care about are numbers (Score 1) 201

My high school education in Florida (about 10 years ago) consisted of studying for the FCAT and almost nothing else. We'd typically have 1 or 2 dedicated classes in our schedule called "research" or some other euphemism for FCAT where we'd just study for that test. Florida really let down a whole generation of children with that test. I didn't receive a meaningful K-12 education because all we did was study for one test. It took me many remedial classes in college to catch up to where I should have been.

Comment: Re:Well they wanted the results (Score 3, Insightful) 201

Statistics and economics. It's always statistics and economics.

The vast majority of decisions and funding in this country come from statistics. Unfortunately, the powers that be rarely have that background and don't understand that most statistics act as a proxy for the underlying issue they are trying to affect. We want "smarter" kids, so we give them a test which measures their "smartness." If their test scores improve, we give the schools more money. What we've actually done is incentivized everyone to cheat and disconnect that proxy measure from the child's "smartness."

That's the problem we have when the administrators of this country have degrees that never required a calculus based stats course. They don't understand the complexity of the numbers and think all numbers are equal.

Comment: Re:Perhaps a more interesting metric would be... (Score 2) 94

by bangular (#49182567) Attached to: Demand For Linux Skills Rising This Year
From Simpsons Poochie episode
"So you want a realistic, down-to-earth show that’s completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots?"

My experience with most companies is that what they say and do are two completely different things. Of course they're going to ask for all skills ever possible, but they aren't willing to pay for the skills they claim to want. The question I always see is "are critical thinking skills important to you?" Of course every business is going to claim they want critical thinking skills. But in reality, most won't pay the premium those skills cost, nor do they want those skills to question stupid business practices.

Again, how they respond to these stupid surveys and what they do in practice are two different things.

Comment: Re:More EVs = More Infrastructure = More Sales (Score 2) 181

by bangular (#48813043) Attached to: Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025
EV's are an afterthought for every manufacturer except Telsa. At best, they're tinker toys to help get their average MPG to a rate that makes Uncle Sam happy. 100% of Tesla's sales are EV's. Less than 1% of GM's are EV's. I just still don't see anyone taking EV's seriously except Tesla. They want an EV presence "just in case."

Comment: Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 525

by bangular (#48369131) Attached to: Microsoft To Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET and Take It Cross-Platform
You have a good point. Saying you're "open sourcing .net" can mean a lot of things. Mono is actually useful today. An open source .net that's missing a huge number of libraries and Windows specific features is useless. Might as well just stick with Mono at that point.

Comment: Re:And you get to live in Florida!!! (Score 5, Informative) 161

by bangular (#48338403) Attached to: Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires
Florida resident here. There's a lot of hate toward Florida from people that don't understand our state.

Florida geographically is HUGE. This means a lot of different cultures. Assuming the panhandle is anything like key west is just plain wrong. Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Miami, and the Keys might as well be entirely different countries.

This company is located in Dania Beach in Broward county. I defy you to find good ol' boy values and cheap real estate in Broward.

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