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Comment: Re: Maybe science went off the rails... (Score 0) 375

by kenh (#49774439) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

That 99/100 believe one thing shouldn't be used silence the 1/100 - that is what I, as a layman perceive as going on in the scientific community.

An easy example of this is when climate scientists refuse to make their raw data available to those that wish to challenge their findings. If they have faith in their findings, what's the problem?

Other notable issues arise when things like the famous hockeystick graph which clearly showed temperatures rising in advance of rising CO2 levels is used to argue that rising CO2 levels are responsible for the temperature increases observed. Or when dire predictions are made (No polar ice by 2015!) and then the predictions fail to come true.

To the average person, being asked to accept and act based on scientific consensus these public mis-steps undermine their faith in science and those that claim to practice it.

I don't want to debate the above examples (but hey, it's Slashdot, go for it!), my point is the above are examples that have flown in the face of what everyone was taught in 8th grade science (mis-reading a graph, refusal to share data, and making outlandish predictions based on a desire to gain publicity rather than scientific facts).

The point is the perception science by the layman, and the above examples all undermine the perception of science's infallibility.

Comment: Maybe science went off the rails... (Score 4, Insightful) 375

by kenh (#49774069) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

...when we replaced the scientific method with scientific consensus?

That 99 out of 100 scientists agree one thing is true doesn't make it true - it may be, it may not be, but the number of people that believe doesn't make it so.

When the scientific community is caught 'correcting' raw data and ostracizing 'non-believers' that challenge their beliefs they undermine the public trust in 'science'.

I was taught that the scientific method welcomed challenges to accepted beliefs - a return to that position would go a long way towards reforming belief in science.

Comment: Re: Unless it was part of a contract..... (Score 1) 379

by kenh (#49758497) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

Taking the pictures to sell to the players and parents themselves (which again, I don't think he was doing) is a little murkier, but still usually fine.
Some states have privacy laws that require a written model release between the photographer and the subject. Others are fine with verbal consent or "implied consent."

Where did I agree/give consent to photographer at the local amusement park to take my picture as I'm riding their roller coaster? I'm not saying I didn't, but was it when I walked on the property, when I bought the ticket, or when I got on the ride? I'm not aware of giving consent in any of those events, but that doesn't mean I didn't consent. (There could be a small sign as I enter the park, a waiver on the ticket stub, or a notice as I enter the roller coaster.)

Comment: Re: Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by kenh (#49741781) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

The rich? Fuck no. It's truckers. 18 wheelers cause around 99% of the wear and tear on the roads, but all of us subsidize that shitty business model.

And we ALL benefit from it also in the form of lower prices for goods shipped by trucks... Or is your grocery store, d part net store, local car dealership and Home Depot all supplied via the railroad?

Comment: Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 826

by kenh (#49741027) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Right, all those "poor" stockbrokers in CT that travel in to Wall Street will never be able to afford the tax.

This tax replaces the gasoline tax for 5,000 drivers. That means they get their gas cheaper, and then write a separate check for their mileage tax. That writing the check after the fact is the thing that will kill this initiative.

At 1.5 cents/mile driven, a driver with a high-milage (eco-friendly) car will pay much more in taxes than the driver of an SUV. Simply put, the driver of a 15 MPG SUV used 3x as much gas, and as such paid 3x the state tax (since they used 3x as much gas) as the driver of a 45 MPG car.

The driver of a plug-in car will (finally) stop freeloading on the backs of customers that drive cars that run on fossil fuels...

The average driver covers 10-12,000 miles year, which means the 5,000 drivers will likely pay, on average, $150/month in "infrastructure" taxes.

Comment: Re: Affirmative Action (Score 1) 529

by kenh (#49722229) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint

In Japan, in Korea, in China they do not have AA --- and their economies are growing leaps and bounds and everybody can attest to their technological achievements.

Got a big 'minority' problem in those countries?

Actually, I realize that all Japanese, Chinese, and Koreans are not 'equal' in the eyes of their fellow countrymen.

We can't end AA for the same reason we can't unwind our crazy sentencing guidelines in this country... Both require politicians to make the change, and to do so opens them up to either racism or being soft on crime, either of which would be a political career-wnder in America today.

That said, admitting students that got 400 points lower on their SAT than the lowest-accepted Asian-American is s disservice to low-scoring student.

There was a debate a while ago about colleges giving 'legacies' preference during admission at the ivy's - that sounds great, make it a meritocracy, until a black alum finds out his son or daughter can't get into Harvard because they are a legacy...

Comment: Re: Ungreatful Cunt (Score 1) 214

by kenh (#49695339) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million

I'm pretty sure this is not about the money. The guy is 71 years old and has is own TV show and his own radio show, plus multiple books. I seriously doubt the money is the problem.

He has accomplished all the above while he was under the oppressive yoke of his Simpsons contract - how much more freedom did he want/need?

The production company said it offered Shearer the same contract as it offered all the other cast members, but Shearer turned it down.

Shearer says he simply wanted what he always had - the freedom to work on other projects.

How can you reconcile the above?

Harry Shearer famously tried to 'demand' that the voice actors get royalties from product licensing - do you know what happened then? Not only did the voice talent NOT get participation in product licensing revenue, the entire cast got a PAY CUT.

Harry Shearer has a history of being the squeaky wheel, tilting at windmills under the pretense of helping others.

Presumably Mr. Shearer was offered the same contract he had the previous 26 years, the contract that allowed him to write several books, have his own radio, TV shows, and whatever else, but he wanted more... What that 'more' was I can not say, only that the production company felt they couldn't give him whatever it was he asked for, so now someone else will voice his characters and collect some fraction of the reported $300K Mr. Shearer was previously paid per episode.

Comment: Press Pass for White House (Score 3, Insightful) 44

by kenh (#49676865) Attached to: MuckRock FOIA Request Releases Christopher Hitchens' FBI Files

While you may find it upsetting that the FBI had a file on an author, understand a few things:

1) the original impetus for the report appears to be a 'tip' from an informant

2) a number of the documents in the file have to do with a request for a press pass into the White House

3) the resounding conclusion of the 19 pages is that there is nothing to be concerned about

I would hope that reporters that want to work inside the White House would have SOME investigation into their background performed before issuing credentials, and at 19 pages, this was a very minimal investigation.

Comment: Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612

by kenh (#49668547) Attached to: To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

Henry Ford understood this, pay your workers enough to afford the product they make and you will build a society that is better for everyone.

How is it the Chinese economy hasn't figured this out yet? I doubt many workers at Foxconn plants can afford to buy one of the iPhone 6s they make...

When Henry Ford doubled pay so his workers could all buy cars, did he also build parking garages so they could drive them to work?

Comment: Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612

by kenh (#49668495) Attached to: To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

Right, because when enough consumers wanted an automobile, that caused the industry to burst forth out of the ground, turning out automobiles and creating jobs.

The guy that sat in the garage, working on plans and building prototypes? He was only doing that because the best available market research indicated that people wanted a mode of transportation that didn't produce feces as a by-product.

You've never actually met an entrepreneur have you.

"I'm a mean green mother from outer space" -- Audrey II, The Little Shop of Horrors