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Comment: Confirmation bias???, nah... (Score 5, Interesting) 187

by devloop (#45535753) Attached to: Art Makes Students Smart
"Researchers" were contacted by.. uh.. well.. the Museum... developed a "methodology" for the "experiment" after the fact, then based their definitions and metrics on an assessment program developed in conjunction with ... another museum.

Solid!. No way this is just another case of confirmation bias.

Comment: Maximum Penalty???? (Score 1) 242

by devloop (#45511655) Attached to: Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog
How is $1.2m the maximum penalty available under the law for this case, when back in 2009, Capitol vs Thomas, a jury awarded $1.92m to Capitol?

Even at $1.92m, that was NOT the highest they could have gone either, the judge established that each infringement would be penalized at $80k, down from a maximum of $150k per instance!

That would have worked out to $3.6m.

Why weren't AFP et al penalized per infraction, vs having a cap for the whole incident?

Comment: Apple apologists in 3, 2, 1 (Score -1, Flamebait) 481

by devloop (#44919863) Attached to: CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken
Their "new", great iPhone has been out for less than a month, with their latest super high tech, hyper hyped "secure" technology and a relatively trivial hack has already been published. We'll have teens with chewing gum hacking TouchID next, and yet, Apple fan bois will still continue to hype and buy Apple substandard, over priced technology.

Comment: Dark strings (Score 3, Funny) 86

by devloop (#44762255) Attached to: Mystery Alignment of Planetary Nebulae Discovered
I have worked out an elegant solution that can be collapsed to only 88 dimensions, where infinitesimally small unbound super strings made of pure dark energy are curled up in tiny unobservable sub-plank scale vibrating loops that create immeasurable gravity-like dark froth along the alignment axis.

+ - The STEM Crisis Is a Myth 2

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, advises IEEE Spectrum contributing editor Robert Charette — the STEM crisis is a myth. In investigating the simultaneous claims of both a shortage and a surplus of STEM workers, Charette was surprised by "the apparent mismatch between earning a STEM degree and having a STEM job. Of the 7.6 million STEM workers counted by the Commerce Department, only 3.3 million possess STEM degrees. Viewed another way, about 15 million U.S. residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline, but three-fourths of them—11.4 million—work outside of STEM." So, why would universities, government, and tech companies like Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft cry STEM-worker-shortage-wolf? "Clearly, powerful forces must be at work to perpetuate the cycle," Charette writes. "One is obvious: the bottom line. Companies would rather not pay STEM professionals high salaries with lavish benefits, offer them training on the job, or guarantee them decades of stable employment. So having an oversupply of workers, whether domestically educated or imported, is to their benefit...Governments also push the STEM myth because an abundance of scientists and engineers is widely viewed as an important engine for innovation and also for national defense. And the perception of a STEM crisis benefits higher education, says Ron Hira, because as 'taxpayers subsidize more STEM education, that works in the interest of the universities' by allowing them to expand their enrollments. An oversupply of STEM workers may also have a beneficial effect on the economy, says Georgetown's Nicole Smith, one of the coauthors of the 2011 STEM study. If STEM graduates can’t find traditional STEM jobs, she says, 'they will end up in other sectors of the economy and be productive.'""

Comment: When exactly was this, exactly? (Score 5, Interesting) 330

by devloop (#44185935) Attached to: U.S. Independence Day is a ...
- we did assassinate people, directly or through proxies, just a few high profile targets there for you:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/mar/21/usa.davidpallister

- we did torture people, it was done so routinely that we even had a handbook:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Army_and_CIA_interrogation_manuals

- our normal state *is* war. i could not find a 40 year gap when we were at peace since the 1800s:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States

i laugh when any of my fellow 'murikans asks tear eyed "why do they hate us?".

we have been busy exerting violence, exporting torture, destabilizing democracies, sponsoring terror and exploitation
through brutal dictatorships, forcing our corporate interests by military means on everyone, on every continent.

we, as a people, are compassionate, inventive, giving and law abiding, our governing class is amoral, tyrannical and malevolent.

Comment: It works!, Found these in Ireland: (Score 1) 174

by devloop (#43880981) Attached to: Google Maps Used To Find Tax Cheats

Comment: Re:Don't copy that floppy! (Score 2, Insightful) 289

by devloop (#43778995) Attached to: Latvian Police Raid Teacher's Home for Uploading $4.00 Textbook
What a wonderful compliant, obedient little boy the Scouts helped you become!

I'd prefer my kid to be more defiant and incredulous of authority and status quo,
and to consider that sometimes great corruption demands extreme measures to
correct it and sometimes one must disobey and rebel in a disorderly manner.

Washington, Revere and Franklin would probably make awful little scouts.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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