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Comment: Re: I'm sick of this thread and sick of all of yo (Score 1) 330

by tgv (#48300115) Attached to: Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

It gets worse. I've seen this coming since 2008, but gene sequencing, preferably in combination with fMRI, is getting bigger. Not that it means anything: we don't know how a lump of neurons that consume more oxygen relate to behavior, and we don't know how genes affect lumps of neurons at any subtle level, let alone that we can conclude something from gene sequencing, but since it is very sexy and has new images to enhance psychological studies, there will be more and more of it, until you read one day: Reactions to Disgusting Images Determined by Genes.

Comment: Matlab? Ugh! (Score 2) 205

by tgv (#48179343) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

I've worked in Matlab (doing DSP), but it's one butt ugly language. It's like FORTRAN with braces, and "global" only works sort of half. And its symbolic manipulation feels like an afterthought. Even Javascript is a better language. And for statistics, why not use R?

Pro tip: if you want to try your hand at Matlab: it's horribly expensive, but there are free clones available: Octave (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Octave) and Scilab (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scilab). I prefer the latter, but be sure to check the list of differences with Matlab.

Comment: Re:wtf is up with that summary (Score 1) 282

by tgv (#48129961) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

I think you can trust them a bit. They're not constantly lying to you about everything. At least, not the higher quality outlets. You do have to consider that often only partial information is available, and that they want to sell ads, so it's almost never the final word. But with that restriction, there are quite a few reliable news outlets available. Perhaps the best idea is to read everything two weeks later, so you can compare it to recent reports...

Comment: Re:wtf is up with that summary (Score 1) 282

by tgv (#48127979) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

It's dubbed "astroturfing": a form of propaganda whose techniques usually consist of a few people attempting to give the impression that mass numbers of enthusiasts advocate some specific cause. They are also completely ignoring the fact that nobody else wants it to be legalized. That /. publishes it, is the result of a lousy, commercialized editorial policy, and another illustration that you cannot trust sources that offer you new for free.

Comment: Re:Getting tired of this shit (Score 1) 282

by tgv (#48127969) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

You are completely right. I came here to say something to similar effect. The "share economy" is just shifting the employer's risk from employer to employee, almost returning labor to hour or piece wages. It's not sharing, it's another way of getting profit. So if Uber wants to sell taxi rides, they can get a license like everybody else.

Comment: Re:Google Play Music anyone? (Score 1) 610

by tgv (#47912431) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

I expect a bit better from Apple. After all, you pay a ton of cash for their hardware. It just shows that the corporate culture at Apple is moving further and further away from computing and more towards low cost media sales and commission on payments. Too bad, cause I really like OSX.

Comment: Re:I can explain the failure[s] (Score 1) 182

by tgv (#47897333) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

> in all my classes, students from Asian and African education systems beat my native born Americans. This has been the case ALL the time.

That might be (selection) bias. Asians and Africans that go the US, have received proper education, better than average. They're probably from relatively wealthy parents. The other Asians and Africans did not get such a good education. The Americans (although probably not natives!), on the other hand, are in your classes after receiving common education, and --unless you teach at an Ivy League university-- are not the best of their generation. So you might be comparing apples and oranges.

Comment: Failure? (Score 3, Informative) 182

by tgv (#47896951) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

The eye is bigger than the stomach. That is certainly part of the MOOC "failure". However, I don't consider it a failure. They have hundreds of thousands of students that finished a course. Is that failure? In comparison to the 8 million enrollments perhaps, but in comparison to the zero that would have done the course without MOOC, it isn't. I did a course. Followed all classes, didn't bother to get a grade or certificate, because (a) I couldn't put in the effort in the single week there was to do the project, (b) I didn't care about the certificate. It was just to learn something new. And I'm grateful to coursera that they offered this possibility.

Comment: Re:I can explain the failure[s] (Score 1) 182

by tgv (#47896931) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

> The obvious poor quality elementary and post elementary pupils western countries produce compared to kids from the Asian subcontinent

I think you might be ever so slightly mistaken there. If you're referring to the PISA or OESO scores, they are heavily biased. And many Western countries have quite decent elementary education, thank you very much. I agree the effort could be improved, but you can't call it poor.

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