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Comment: Re:THE virus is a bit of an overstatement (Score 3, Informative) 202

by definate (#45197707) Attached to: Finnish Team Makes Diabetes Vaccine Breakthrough

When in Rome.

Do you guys even bother reading your own links?

...type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.

Anonymous Coward is correctly pointing out that while it's linked, the actual relationship is more complicated than that, and that is why "Eating too much sugar causes diabetes" is a myth. Rubycodez was making a joke and hence his comments shouldn't be taken that seriously, however the joke did rely upon the myth that consuming too much sugar causes diabetes, otherwise his joke wouldn't make sense. That is why Anonymous Coward's link was relevant.

Comment: Re:Oh, really? (Score 4, Insightful) 1255

by definate (#44735019) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

I know this is a casual forum, and we're mostly making light of this article, however there is a valid reason that schools have adopted this idea.

The idea is that you're rewarding the child for putting in effort, which has been shown to produce better results for complex cognitive tasks. In fact, there's been a fair few articles which have been either directly related or tangentially related to this, linked on Slashdot.

In addition to this, the student which is rewarded for their innate ability or luck, does not necessarily learn to continue to put in enough effort. This is particularly prevalent later on in life, when study for almost everyone becomes quite a lot harder, and persistence pays off.

Lastly, there is more of an appreciation for the random/luck component of the outcome, which probably makes up more than 99% of the probability of a successful outcome. I was a huge nerd at university, I put in a lot of time and effort, and I'm blessed with a reasonable innate ability to learn easily, and got grades that were quite good. However, I like almost all of the other nerds I knew, had a lot of courses that I did not achieve good grades for, when my competency in that course was amazing. Similarly I had some courses that I did achieve amazing grades for, when my competency in those courses was far below that suggested by the grade.

As always, a caveat, the topic of motivation and what drives people, is hotly debated and researched. Most of the research hasn't been that great into this, but some of it has, and those ones suggest that on average, this is a better method for raising our children.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 1145

by definate (#43244681) Attached to: SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

"No it doesn't. There'll be one guy left with one eye. Hows the last blind guy gonna take out the eye of the last guy left, who's still got one eye! All that guy has to do is run away and hide behind a bush. Gandhi was wrong, it's just that nobody's got the balls to come right out and say it."
- Seven Psychopaths

Comment: Re:How long until the PS4 is irrelevant? (Score 4, Insightful) 587

by definate (#42961955) Attached to: Sony Announces the PS4

As my console friends remind me. There's a much greater simplicity and ease of use of the consoles versus the PCs in their eyes.

They will still buy consoles, for the same reason that your parents don't run virtualized environments to emulate other operating systems, and the same reason that most people I've met haven't cracked their Wii... it's all too complicated and frustrating for them. This doesn't preclude other people setting it up for them, but they often don't feel comfortable with it.

Comment: Not in Australia (Score 3, Informative) 307

by definate (#42931571) Attached to: Tax Peculiarities Mean Facebook Paid No Net Taxes For 2012

I don't know the US legal system nor it's taxation, however I do know the Australian system.

For comparison, if you were doing that in Australia, particularly if you described it the way you have, you would easily fall under the Income Tax Assessment Act of 1936 Part IVA--Schemes to reduce income tax. At which point they would use section 177F to remove the affects of any benefit you're creating for yourself, tax you on the new amount, and depending on the severity of the situation, there could be fines and even jail time.

The difficulty in Australia is that to figure out this can take quite a lot of time and money, however the ATO has special divisions that target the ones they will get the most gain from. One of my lecturers at university was one of the people who worked at the ATO on high net worth individuals to try and figure out if they were dodging tax. He had a lot of insight on methods used to find people who were living off of loans from corporations which they themselves controlled or owned, such that they were re-classifying their income as expenses. It's actually really interesting how they go about it.

While I know the US is very different in this regards, I'd be somewhat surprised if something like this didn't exist in the US.

Comment: Re:Valve / Steam... (Score 1) 371

by definate (#42866573) Attached to: Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

That price wasn't very specific, here's a better run down of prices Holden Commodores on CarSales.com.au. The *'s mean they're not sure if it's "on road" (meaning it's inclusive of all taxes) or not. I don't think it is. There was a similar ambiguity when I was looking up the US prices.

The cost of living here is a fair bit more expensive, property is often quite a lot more expensive unless you live quite rurally. Here's a better write up on that on the "Australian forum". Almost every American I've met has complained about the price of things here though.

Apparently the median household income in the US is $52,762 and in Australia it is $68,640. Though it should be noted this is without considering purchasing power, both are probably measured quite differently, and each is quoted in their local currencies... but it's the best I could find, without going into this more seriously.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming

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