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Comment: Amateur Mistake (Score 1) 245

by twistedcubic (#48407607) Attached to: Big Talk About Small Samples
I read your long essay. You can only make inferences about the population you survey here ("Mechanical Turk"), not the general population. (Are people on "Mechanical Turk" representative of the general population?) So the best you can do here is draw conclusions about people using "Mechanical Turk", but alas, your sample wasn't random. It takes hard work to do a statistical study well, especially if taking random samples is too hard or too expensive. Unfortunately, nobody believes this.

Comment: Re:City life (Score 2, Insightful) 459

by twistedcubic (#48361755) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech
I am so tired of this simple-minded shit getting modded +5 Insightful. Please stop psychoanalyzing an entire race if your primary experience with members of that race are just one real-life person (who will never get invited to your home), and a bunch of fools on television. You don't know what the hell you're talking about. You're not that amazing. Get over it.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 907

by twistedcubic (#47995777) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

In the absence of a government-protected monopoly, if all sellers' costs decrease, competition will drive the price down over time.

How true! Gasoline here in southern California costs just $1/gallon now, when just last year I paid $4.50/gallon. Amazing how those cost savings are passed on to the consumer!

Comment: It's hard to be rich (Score 1) 243

by twistedcubic (#47737281) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart
I think Khan is being a little too cautious. However, being a millionaire, he probably is more careful to instill certain values in his children, since they'll never do without for lack of money. I often read on the internet about how parents too often praise their kids for being smart, but I've never seen this in real life (except for my children, who are brilliant ;) I wouldn't take the research literally. I think people should take all the good lessons learned from their parents, along with some common sense, and pass them on to their children.

That does not compute.