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Comment Re:The IT Crowd (Score 1) 406

I've thought about this for some time. I find IT Crowd really funny, but I can't connect with TBBT. My thought is that in the IT Crowd we are laughing with the Geeks, in TBBT we are laughing at them. Certainly IT Crowd has stereotypes and exaggerations (comedy would almost be impossible without exaggerations, by the way), but it develops more empathy toward its characters and allows us a way into their experiences much more than TBBT. Take Jen, for instance. Even though she is a stereotype (woman who doesn't understand computers but somehow ends up in charge of IT), she's portrayed as a real person who wants to do a good job and recognizes her shortcomings but just wants to be successful (and really the joke is on the higher level management who hired her without knowing anything about IT or computers, either!).

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 3, Insightful) 1164

Banning guns from certain locations isn't the goal of gun-control advocates. The goal of gun control is to keep the guns out of the hands of the SHOOTER. If that means that a few law-abiding citizens can't get access to an M-16 for entertainment purposes, than so be it. Banning guns piecemeal from specific locations has never been promoted as a comprehensive solution.

Comment Re:I'll tell you how- they're turning the internet (Score 5, Insightful) 194

Hulu + isn't free, and neither is cable or satellite television. I don't mind paying for content I want, but I don't want to pay and be forced to sit through tons of commercials. Providers, make your pick. If I'm paying, layoff the adverts. If it's free, then feel free to load it up with advertising, but I'm much more likely to turn it off or install an ad-blocker.

Comment Re:Three puzzles (Score 1) 208

Do you really want someone to answer, or are these all rhetorical?
Here's my take on this issue: Just because something is prone to be misused and misinterpreted doesn't mean it should be banned. In fact, some of the replacement approaches use the very same logic just with a different mathematical calculation process. However, it does illustrate the need for researchers to clearly communicate their results in ways that are less likely to be misused or misinterpreted. This wouldn't exclude the use of p-values but they are only one of many possible tools for researchers to use.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.