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+ - Hadron Collider To Create a Black Hole, Contact A Parallel Universe Within Days->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "Scientists conducting a mindbending experiment at the Large Hadron Collider next week hope to connect with a parallel universe outside of our own.

The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its highest energy levels ever in a bid to detect — or even create — miniature black holes.

If successful a completely new universe will be revealed – rewriting not only the physics books but the philosophy books too.

It is even possible that gravity from our own universe may ‘leak’ into this parallel universe, scientists at the LHC say.

The experiment is sure to inflame alarmist critics of the LHC, many of whom initially warned the high energy particle collider would spell the end of our universe with the creation a black hole of its own.

But so far Geneva remains intact and comfortably outside the event horizon."

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Comment: Re:Cheaters never win? (Score 1) 233

This is a freaking 10th class test. It's inconsequential in every way. The exams which do matter (like the IIT entrance exam) are very well administered. There is zero cheating in them. The tests themselves can be said to be useless, but there is no cheating involved. Also, a large number of H1B visas are people who have a master's degree from USA. Their degrees and accomplishments are NOT the products of cheating.
Cheating is not common means that events like these are outliers and they are dealt with very harshly. Look at the article. They expelled ~500 students and some parents have actually been arrested and are in jail. When I was in school, and taking one of these board exams, we were really scared of getting caught doing anything during the test that might construed as "cheating" by the invigilator. People are literally not allowed to bring cellphones/bags inside the testing room, let alone keep them on their person. They make it very hard to cheat and the punishments are very severe.
There are some government institutes where cheating is a common thing. But any qualification from these places is considered useless, especially in companies which would send people to the US. Connecting such cheating with the quality of people getting H1B visas is just plain ignorant.

Comment: It's funny (Score 1) 233

10th class exams are the easiest exams ever! Also, they are TOTALLY inconsequential. In fact, they are optional if your school is affiliated to the most popular board (CBSE). So we are talking about a test that is of so less consequence that you can say "fuck it, I don't need this shit" and everybody is fine with that. And even if you decide to take it, it's so easy that most students cram the entire yearly syllabus in about a month and get decent scores, sans cheating. I really cannot understand why such a huge cheating effort seemed appropriate to these people.

Comment: Re:Neither shocking nor new... (Score 1) 233

They're usually from the very top universities, the kind of which, even if there is talk of reservation for 'minorities', let alone cheating, can lead to people 'self-immolating' [wikipedia.org] in protest.

He was protesting against the Mandal commission reservations in jobs, not universities. We have 50% reservations for low caste people and minorities in every government educational institute. And though many people have complained, most support it.

Comment: Re:It won't change. (Score 0) 233

No, CHEATING is a cultural thing there. Many feel they have the RIGHT to cheat. [bbc.com]

Bullshit. This is BBC's shoddy alarmist reporting. Some random whackjobs saying some stupid bullshit does not mean "many" in the entire country of 1.2 billion humans feel the same way. It is NOT a fucking cultural thing. The culture here is to get marks, and people usually work hard for that. Some thugs in some remote parts may cheat like in the linked article. It is not a widespread phenomenon by any means.

Cheating on university exams produces inferior quality graduates, that only make the system cumbersome and unpleasant.

True. Most graduates out of university here are stupid and un-trained and basically worthless. That is not because of cheating. That is because of bad curriculum, bad testing and a general lack of focus on research. Even the best engineering schools (IITs) have a dismal record in research.

However, there are whole industries that capitalize on this phenomenon. H1B visa mills are just one such industry.

Almost 1 in 3 H1B visas are granted to people who have attained a master's degree from an American institute. So you are saying that Indians are so good at cheating that they cheated in GRE, cheated in the American university they attended, and still got the degree? LOL.

However, there are whole industries that capitalize on this phenomenon. H1B visa mills are just one such industry.

There are always hard crackdowns happening on cheating here. Incidents like these happen once in a while, but they are not prevalent enough to be a big problem. The bigger problem right now is that the entire education imparted in our colleges is absurd, inadequate and favors dumb people. For example, 50% of college seats are reserved for the dumbest of the dumb because hurr durr caste system. It helps nobody, only creates disgruntled people, and reduces the worth of the degree.

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