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Comment: Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (Score 1) 186

by s.petry (#48028117) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

I appreciate the clarification, and happen to agree that interrogation and clarification is severely lacking in dialogue. That said, statements such as "You appear to have a poor understanding of electricity." are purely speculation and opinion and don't seem to match your claim of tendency and interests. This serves as precisely as an appeal which you claim to ignore.

No harm done to my ego, and hopefully not yours either. I enjoy good dialogue, and try to practice as often as I can (not easy on Slashdot either).

Comment: Re:More eugenics propaganda? (Score 1) 168

by s.petry (#48028033) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

So you say that everybody can pick up a skill equally? Look around you, talent is not equally distributed.

"Yes", followed by "There is no evidence that the bias is only, or even measurably, hereditary genetics" (I'll explicitly state "hereditary" since a generic use of "genetics" may be missing the point). The point is, and was, that hereditary genetics is not as big of an impact as economics and social standing. Several sociological experiments were done proving exactly this. In the best experiment, a very young black male was raised in a wealthy English household. Not surprisingly, the black male learned as well as any "white" male and was just as successful as any "white" would have been.

The article hints that it is strongly based on genetics and why should it not be?

Because it's not science, it's bigotry. Anyone claiming that hereditary genetics is the main factor with intelligence is just as wrong as Hitler was, though they will probably refuse to see their own biases (speculation I agree, but fair given history).

Claiming that genetics has nothing to do with it is nonsense.

Many problems with capacity to learn are due to stresses after leaving the womb, but we also know that developmental issues can occur in the womb. This obviously indicates that hereditary genetics don't have as much impact as people wish to claim. I would further agree, and stated in my first post, that deformations change the equation.

Genetics is influenced from the time of conception onwards, and if they used this as a measure somehow it's surely not stated or indicated. TFA does however end on the claim that hereditary genetics is the biggest factor, and that should concern people.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 3, Interesting) 196

by s.petry (#48027273) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

One of many reasons I am currently developing internal proxy services is due to Windows 8 constantly phoning home, trying to download games and themes, etc.. We can only block the 3rd party requests, so nothing past Windows 7 will be in a PCI cage any time soon. Further, we have postponed any further 'upgrades'/orders which contain Windows 8 until we can determine how much impact the proxy will have. The proxy surely won't fix issues like this proposal since it will talk to "", so I see many others having to adopt the same plan of action you stated.

Comment: Say what? (Score 1) 76

by s.petry (#48026971) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Gordon Ramsey is not a culinary genius. I think you miss the whole point of the shows if you get that idea. He's a business chef and his goal is to make money, not to make food necessarily taste great. Often times a chef has to cut quality to make a profit, so good and great are two very different things.

It does not take pounds of pepper (implying black pepper) to make something hot. If you would have said "peppers" I'd agree with the you, since the best heat in food comes from various chili peppers. Vegetable heat also seems to be much easier on the stomach. You personally may not like hot food, but many people do. There is no real "normal" when it comes to taste.

I disagree more with the name of the device than the purpose. Consistently measuring heat and acidity is surely something science can do very well. Taste is always subjective, so the machine can not know "delicious". I could surely measure "warm" and "wholly FU$* that is hot!", which I think is a good thing to know.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 2) 184

Sure, the guy was not paying enough attention but to argue it's only him is wrong. The money we pay for security people to frisk Meemaw's depends undergarments is surely enough to have the same security person yell "STOP".. *sigh* I'll bet that the Airport has more than one guard at every station too, so they are way more at fault than some idiot not watching where he is walking.

Comment: Re:More eugenics propaganda? (Score 1) 168

by s.petry (#48023863) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

The study failed to mention social biases, hence my statement that the study is flawed and not false. They could easily have provided additional facts to demonstrate any potential bias. Perhaps they have this information in a different location, or unpublished. My point is that _any_ study of this type has serious biases outside of just genetics.

I only provided easy to demonstrate potential bias since you stated that you could not see any way for a bias to exist outside of genetics.

Boys and Girls develop quite differently, and express different interests at different ages. Would you suspect that a boy and girl can both draw at the same skill level, whether fraternal or identical twins? Is this another potential source of bias?

How about twins, either fraternal or identical, where parents spend more time with one child for numerous possible reasons? No child receives equal and identical treatment to a sibling, twins or not. Is this another potential source of bias?

None of this implies that the bias was forced or intentional, but biases don't have to be forced or intentional to exist.

Comment: Re:More eugenics propaganda? (Score 2) 168

by s.petry (#48023571) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise
If I take 2 sets of identical twins from an upper class neighborhood and "whole" family and compared them to 2 sets of fraternal twins in different homes (divorced parents), I would surely have biased results. Age of the twins makes a difference, abuse in the home makes a difference, etc.. etc...

Comment: More eugenics propaganda? (Score 1) 168

by s.petry (#48023309) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

Honest, I'll get to the point but have to lay the groundwork. Quotes are all from TFA.

In the late 1800s, Francis Galton—founder of the scientific study of intelligence and a cousin of Charles Darwin—analyzed the genealogical records of hundreds of scholars, artists, musicians, and other professionals and found that greatness tends to run in families. For example, he counted more than 20 eminent musicians in the Bach family. (Johann Sebastian was just the most famous.) Galton concluded that experts are “born.”

Obviously this line of thinking ignores things that nepotism and cronyism easily explains. Obviously Rockefeller wealth means that his kids get the best education, have way more free time to get an education, and more money to pursue projects and education. People that don't have to clean the house, milk the cows, cook the food, etc.. have a whole lot of time on their hands to devote to intellectual advancement.

Nearly half a century later, the behaviorist John Watson countered that experts are “made” when he famously guaranteed that he could take any infant at random and “train him to become any type of specialist [he] might select—doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents.”

Numerous sociological experiments have confirmed this same thing. It's not the genes you are born with as much as the education, life style, and social surroundings you have growing up that matters. Hanging around with great musicians as a youngster results in someone learning music and being a good musician over time. This obviously assumes no disorders that prevent learning and activity.

The 10,000 hour rule seems to work from that same line of thought. Hard work yields results, at least most of the time.

The end of the article however jumps over to the recent flawed study that goes back to eugenics (one of many out of the UK in the last 2 years). That study claims that identical twins can draw pictures more similarly than fraternal twins, therefor genes are the key factor in a persons natural ability to draw. This study is flawed as they obviously ignore every other possible impact on a person's ability to draw a picture, and simply claim "genetics".

Comment: Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (Score 1) 186

by s.petry (#48019825) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Merely being in contact with the door handle would create a condition whereby the car provides a more conductive path to ground than your body.

This is what I stated in slightly different terms. I used to try to run differential equations trying to estimate how many volts/amps my arm may have taken. There are far too many unknown variables to do so, but it was a fun project for a while.

You appear to have a poor understanding of electricity.

It's actually pretty good, which may not be apparent even if you had bothered to read both posts (It's Slashdot, not a dissertation). It's been a couple decades since circuit design, but I can still read schematics and calculate impedance, frequencies, etc... Perhaps this is confusing to you, since I don't attempt to belittle people. If information is missing I attempt to have people fill in the gaps, I don't jump right to conclusions based on opinion.

Comment: This always cracks me up! (Score 1) 289

Having a queen who stays out of politics isn't a big deal.

Sure, in public she and the other so called 'blue bloods' stay out of politics but why on earth would you believe they stay completely out of politics? No, none of them will stand in parliament and debate, but thanks to England (and every other country paying homage) they have plenty of political influence and cash to influence with.

I find it sadly comical that tax payers continue to justify directly funding these people with billions of pounds in taxes every year, while trying to diminish their influence. The indirect funding is quite extensive as well.

Oh, I know.. if the Monarchy was dissolved a few corn dog venders would never be able to find other work.

Comment: Re:Not guaranteed memory problems (Score 1) 186

by s.petry (#48014175) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning
The car is wet so has direct to ground connection since said car was parked in the dirt next to the baseball field. I didn't fill in every minor detail, but assume that people can read a bit into "a thunderstorm rolled in" which usually indicates lot of water is also coming down. I surely hope I don't have to point out that water is conductive.

Comment: I believe that was sarcasm? (Score 1) 54

by s.petry (#48014111) Attached to: Update: At Least 31 People Feared Dead After Japan Volcano Erupts

First, I see all deaths as negative things so am not trying to belittle the loss of any lives. That said, I believe that the person you responded to was missing a sarcasm tag. We have gotten much better at detecting volcanic activity ahead of an event, but not always, and the severity of the event is always a big question mark. I remember reports about bulging at Mt. St. Helen that had scientists giving out warnings of another eminent eruption for about a year. I used to check a watch site they had set up with camera feeds directly to the internet (site may still be active?). Seems like it became a scenario of the boy crying wolf, so people started ignoring the warnings after a time.

We have had other volcanic events occur without warning, and this very well could be the case here. (Minutes of seismic activity as a warning is not really a warning for those on the volcano). Obviously tragic for anyone on the volcano at the time of the eruption, but not unheard of.

Comment: Personal profit == funding? (Score 1) 96

The amount of funds that actually goes to ALS research from the Ice Bucket challenge is a very low percentage, while the people in charge of the charity are paying themselves well over living wages on the same charity dime. If you research various charities you will find that this is not a unique practice. I personally am very careful where my donations go, and would not donate to this one. This "charity" claims that 72.4% of the donations for "program expenses" which includes salaries. Here is a source in case you are interested, which shows that out of 24 million in donations they claim 21 million in "expenses" leaving a whopping 3 million for actual donation. Sadly this gets them a 4 star rating, because many charities only donate a fraction of a percent and yet can still be tax exempt "charities".

Microsoft could easily be using this for a similar objective. Obviously these programs entitle them to a tax write off, but longer term leads to reduced developer pay so increased profits. India and China have been increasing in costs, and are not that far from the US in costs for developers today. Obviously this is also used for public relations (propaganda).

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