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Comment It's ridiculous that SSNs should be sensitive info (Score 5, Insightful) 391

The problem isn't with google for collecting social security numbers. The problem is that SSNs are so sensitive in the US. I live in Sweden and here social security numbers are a matter of public record and many companies collect these numbers from their customers for their databases. It's quite convenient and, if done right, not as privacy infringing as people seem to think. It's quite ridiculous to have, like the US, a system where you can impersonate someone by knowing their number.

Comment Quantity, not quality, is often prioritised. (Score 5, Insightful) 453

I'm a scientist myself. It's quite clear from where I'm standing that to get good jobs, research grants, etc one needs plenty of published articles. Whether the conclusions of those are true or false is not something that hiring committees will delve into too much. If you are young and have a family to support, it can be tempting to take shortcuts.

Comment Re:not so fast (Score 1) 345

Most of the "proofs" that you talk about are by crackpots who have published almost nothing before. This guy has 21 publications according to mathscinet, some of which are in relatively prestigious journals. So we should take this a bit more serious than the RH proof spam on the arXiv that the parent talks about. That said, it has happened before that a well respected mathematician has announced a proof for the RH that has turned out to be false (de Brange comes to mind). So the jury is still out on this one.

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