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Comment: Re:Guess who won't get hired (Score 1) 599

loyal to their employers (this is a good thing)

Maybe this was a good thing for previous generations but in my experience, no. Why should I be loyal to company that will not raise my salary to market value or account for inflation, will lay me off at the drop of a hat, or has no path to further my career within the company (or career change)?

It would be great to be able to have the loyalty the boomers had to their employers but I think with most companies (especially in IT) IT personnel are treated like cattle. Why would I want to be loyal to that type of treatment? Only a deluded naive person would IMHO.


Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values 208

Posted by Soulskill
from the let's-argue-about-sabermetrics-instead dept.
sandbagger writes: Editors of Basic and Applied Social Psychology announced in a February editorial that researchers who submit studies for publication would not be allowed to use common statistical methods, including p-values. While p-values are routinely misused in scientific literature, many researchers who understand its proper role are upset about the ban. Biostatistician Steven Goodman said, "This might be a case in which the cure is worse than the disease. The goal should be the intelligent use of statistics. If the journal is going to take away a tool, however misused, they need to substitute it with something more meaningful."

Comment: Re:As well the ACLU should (Score 1) 599

Maybe if you took a class that helped bridge the gap between finger painting and programming. You just have to learn how finger painting applies to programming and once you do your programming skills will increase. Everything is related to finger painting because it is art and a reflection of society as a whole, and that affects your programming unconsciously. /sarc

Although, i have seen that taught in an art history class. Art history affects everything because culture.

Comment: Re:Balls of steel (Score 1) 327

by penandpaper (#49487009) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

But money isn't speech.

You should tell that to Justice Scalia. He seems to think so.

Citizen United is predicated on the idea that Corporations are people therefore they have the same legal protections as citizens. As you pointed out, if you agree with that premise then it would follow that you should not be able to restrict which corporation can spend money in politics. This underlying idea, that corporations are people, is not new and has been around as judicial precedent since the founding of the republic.

Do you think that corporations should be able to influence elections despite their inability to vote? What is stopping the citizens that make up those corporations exercising their rights to express their opinions?

Money in politics is not a good thing. I don't think any one disputes that. What is disputed is that non-voting "people" are controlling the dialogue because of their vast reservoirs of cash.

How do you reduce the blatant corruption and bribery infecting all levels of government? http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/... https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Simulation (Score -1, Flamebait) 113

by penandpaper (#49391613) Attached to: NASA-ESA Project Will Shoot an Asteroid To See What Happens

Oh, wait - you're not one of those global warming priests are you?

tweaks to models to adjust for observations/measurements (and adding previously unknown variables) == whole theory is wrong because models are not 100% accurate

Oh, wait. you adjust your theories to fit preconceived notions rather than adjusting to observation.

Comment: Re:The fear of not getting what you want if you wa (Score 1) 193

Instant Gratification. We did this shit to ourselves because I can still pick up a pen and paper. You just refuse to wait.

I can pick up a pen and paper too but I don't think anyone wants to see that kind of instant gratification.

Kids on your lawn again.. amiright?

Comment: Re:Engineers? Bah...ignore them. (Score 1) 129

by penandpaper (#49339281) Attached to: Do Robots Need Behavioral 'Laws' For Interacting With Other Robots?

Er...no. How about just letting engineers figure these things out like we always have?

How else do I tell people how to do something so I don't have to? I have no idea what engineers do or how they do it and I don't want to know! Engineers can do it yea sure but that's boring. *I* have imagination, and vision (and I saw an episode of Dr. Who last night!). Engineers should just listen to me, obviously. /snark

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel