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Comment: Re:Falling forward not backward (Score 2) 397

by pepty (#49779911) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

I agree it's not a problem. But who cares. If the result is important it will be replicated. ...if it's not important then no one will cite it... People will make errors. If they weren't then then were not paying for aggressive enough research.

The problem is opportunity cost. There's usually a big lag between research getting published and being formally replicated - or debunked. Meanwhile, grants are awarded and lots of FTEs get burned to do research based on work that turns out to have been shoddy. All that time and money could have spent on research that actually proved or disproved something. "Aggressive" doesn't really enter into this problem (lack of aggression is a better topic for a discussion on science funding priorities, not design of experiments). Are skiers who take the time to buckle their boots not being aggressive enough?

Comment: Re:Does not understand the market, obviously. (Score 1) 335

by pepty (#49723743) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

Stock valuations are based not only on actual assets, but future growth and earnings potential. If I buy company X, it's because I think company X has a good product, business plan, and management and is going to be able to grow faster than inflation and faster than their competitors..

That's a very quaint view, which is definitely not held by the parties which conduct the most trading. Stocks' values are mostly determined by what institutional traders think will happen to the stock's value in the next 3 seconds to 30 days.

Comment: Re:Why is this even a debate? (Score 1) 355

While some multi-center studies may receive data with patient identifiers, they will either be rejected or scrubbed of these identifiers prior to being added to the database and being analyzed.

Things like age, sex, geographic location, occupation, genetic information, and medical histories are also patient identifiers. If you scrub those you can't even determine whether the subject should be in the study, let alone score them or put them in subgroups.

Comment: Re:Of course, there's this (Score 1) 176

I have to throw away a ton of plastic just because nobody bothered to stamp a number on it when they molded it.

Not much difference between you throwing it away or recycling it these days. China became much more strict about importing recyclables two years ago, plus the price of oil dropped. Unless it is stamped #1 or #2 it's probably headed from the blue bin to a landfill.

Comment: Re:(URGENT REQUIREMENT IN DETROIT!!!!!, etc) (Score 1) 227

by pepty (#49600207) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

"Detroit" could also mean Metro Detroit, which means Detroit's suburbs, which also means some of the most affluent areas in the US.

OP is a fucking idiot.

Used to mean, but not since the recession:

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20100924/oakland-plummets-on-list-of-wealthy-counties

Comment: Re: Job market dynamics suck (Score 1) 227

by pepty (#49600167) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think
Lots of smaller high tech operations, especially in fields related to biomedical and defense research. Be one of the first hires at a microfluidics startup, join a big fast growing company like Illumina (next generation DNA sequencing), or an old company like General Atomics (predator drones). Plenty to choose from these days.

Comment: Re:sage (Score 4, Insightful) 352

by pepty (#49557017) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

The 'virtual class' will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country's best teachers (a.k.a. a "super-teacher"), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide,

"will contain whatever buzzword content sounds good regardless of its impact on understanding of geometry, grammar, US history, chemistry, foreign languages, or coding" more like.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 350

That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off. The National Association of Broadcasters has been asking mobile makers to change this. But the mobile industry, which profits from selling data to smartphone users, says that with the consumer's move toward mobile streaming apps, the demand for radio simply isn't there."

It's not the mobile makers (excepting Apple) that don't want FM turned on, it's the carriers who want you to upgrade to a plan with more data.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves taxes (Score 1) 173

Washington would still get the lion's share of Microsoft-based taxes since the lion's share of employees live there, and are well-paid.

In other news:

Back in 2010, Smith, Steve Ballmer, and Microsoft Corporation joined forces to defeat Proposition I-1098, apparently deciding there were better ways to address the state's needs than a progressive income tax.

Comment: Re: Energy storage in the grid is 100% efficient! (Score 1) 281

by pepty (#49452831) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

Grid transmission has losses of about 7% from the power station to you, but will likely be higher if it is peer-to-peer.

I'm not following. Why would peer to peer, with all of the electricity produced and consumed within the same area (short trip at low voltage), be less efficient than electricity from the power station (long trip at high voltage plus short trip at low voltage). Conversion losses at the grid tie?

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