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Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 253

"The ideal goal of education is to have the curriculum and the educator as unbiased as realistically possible."

In theory. In practice, we have large amounts of evidence for certain topics (for example, cognitive differences between races), but if you try to teach the facts, you get crucified career-wise.

People want the unbiased truth, as long as it doesn't conflict with their biases.

Comment Re:I'd move to Toronto in a heartbeat. (Score 1) 161

"I've found waiting times for ERs are way shorter in Canada"

This is because Canada prioritizes lifesaving medicine. For most issues, if you have insurance, the US is better. If you make it to the ER, Canada tends to be better.

"prescription medicine costs a lot less in Canada"

Sort-of. Non-generics tend to be cheaper, if your income is low. If you're professional class, PharmaCare will often not cover anything at all until you are out $10,000. In the States, prescription coverage tends to be cheaper.

If your medication is generic, the US is definitely cheaper. Wal-Mart's $10 90 day generics is amazing that way. Moving here, I went from around $30 USD/mo to around $300 USD/mo, because generics cost so much more here.

"costs are way way less in Canada than in the US."

Sort-of. If you have insurance in the states, it tends to cover more than what's covered here in Canada. If you need dental work or mental health, forget about it, and I've been waiting more than 6 months here in Ontario for a family doctor. I found a great specialist here in Canada, but my spouse couldn't go there without a referral, and ended up with someone who was just a 5 minute pill pusher. It's hit or miss.

In the States, you can generally see whoever you want, unless you are on a HMO.

Comment Re:I'd move to Toronto in a heartbeat. (Score 1) 161

Toronto costs a bit less, but the wages are significantly lower, and if you manage to avoid that, the taxes and cost of living make up for the cost. Ontario healthcare is not particularly as good, so plan on going private for that.

If you do move to Canada, prepare to pay more for pretty much everything.

Comment Re: Are you a dictatorship or what? (Score 1) 151

"a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives."


The representatives serve the people. Senators serve their State (and originally weren't popularly elected). The President serves all States, and is elected by the States.

So, no, not a democracy. It's a representative government, to a degree, but it is not, and never was a democracy. With gerrymandering and lobbying, it's becoming even less of one with time.

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 253

Why do you assume that education will reduce hate?

I hate the Mormon church because of what I've seen it do, and researching it's history. It is precisely because of education that I despise it. The same can be said of Islam. It is barbaric.

It is arrogant in the extreme to assume that all "hate" is irrational, and that you can educate people out of it. When it comes to some topics, hate is entirely rational.

Comment Re: Are you a dictatorship or what? (Score 2) 151

The US isn't a democracy, nor has it ever been. It's why (for example) the people don't elect the President. The States do. Generally, they have a nonbinding poll to request input on how they allocate their votes, but are under no legal obligation to do so.

As for why the President can kill a trade deal, the States delegated authority to the federal government to manage international trade, and congress passed laws using their authority to manage international trade.

As is often the case, congress doesn't want to have to pass a law for every individual situation, so they pass a law granting authority to the executive branch.

It is the same reason there is literally a law saying the president can exclude any group of aliens he wants, or all aliens, for any reason benefiting US interests, for any length of time, or add any restrictions he wants. That law will ultimately stand up in court, along with the travel ban.

The president has a lot of executive power.

Comment Re:test for cheating (Score 2) 107

Fuck teachers who do things like that.

I was failed out of a class (at Harvard no less) for doing too well. The instructor didn't think it was possible for me to do as well as I did, in the time I had, and determined that I had cheated on the final project.

Some of us don't need to ask classmates - I was the nerdy autist who (quite literally) asked for DOS manuals for birthday presents as a child. Dealing with extended memory, high memory, upper memory - all of this was common when dealing with video games, and it was often necessary to move things around in memory to deal with (for example) the CDROM driver (or mouse driver) using up memory in a way that caused issues with DOS Protected Mode apps. Or, TSRs would cause conflicts. When teachers assume that students are incapable, they are bad teachers.

If you are talking about a limit on a server (rather than a batch file), then you are likely talking about unix quotas and limits. These are also common limitations, and one I ran into on the FreeBSD nodes that I would use. I was in around 5th grade at the time.

If I ran into a resource limit on someone else's system (for example, a shared CS unix box), I'd check the quota and see if my limit is soft or hard. If it's soft, the command `ulimit` would let the soft limit be raised up to the hard limit, likely fixing the crash. If it's a hard limit, I'm calling IT, not the professor.

It's possible you actually meant batch file, but when you say "needed more than you had", that's an interesting assumption if people are permitted to use their own computers (unless you are talking about the native DOS memory limitations, which can be fixed with LOADHIGH, which gets you out of the DOS conventional memory area.

Comment Re:Not reflecting reality. (Score 1) 465

I have no doubt that the algorithm accurately represents the data it was trained with.

It sounds like they need to add additional factors to the risk scoring, so that it can have greater forward-predictive value, not just backtesting.

My comment is addressed more to the concept that "it's biased, therefore it must be bad". If the data is biased, then the algorithm should be, too.

Comment Re:racial bias is faulty programming (Score 1) 465

Apparently, it doesn't work as you think.

As a visible deterrent, designed to reduce the number of illegal weapons out on the street, and by property managers to reduce the amount of criminality going on in their buildings?

Black people are much more likely to be stopped for frisk and frill than white people, but the portion of whites who then were found to have drugs with them is higher than the portion of blacks.

Of course. That's what happens when you are more selective in which white people you search - you are selecting specifically for the ones most likely to have something to find. If you are selective enough, you can get the odds of finding something to nearly 100%, but you will make a lot fewer arrests.

So, more criminals were black, and more weapons were carried by black people - they search more black people. They still do search white people, but because they search fewer white people, they do it on the basis of other risk factors and find more guilty people (by percentage). That would be expected in a functional evidence-based enforcement system.

The drugs were a secondary effect, anyway - the point was to discourage people from carrying knives and guns around, a disproportionately black crime.

Comment Re:racial bias is faulty programming (Score 1) 465

It's not circular at all.

We stop a selection of people across all demographics, which lets us validate our model, and focus our attention on where we're likely to find problems. If we start noticing that the focus is not justified given the other data, we adjust our model.

It's no different than using any other attribute - we pull over vehicles with AZ plates on the I-10 in Texas, because that's where we've historically seen people running drugs. If the cars getting pulled over start having fewer drugs, and vehicles with New Mexico plates start showing up more with drugs, then the profiling can switch from AZ to NM.

If blacks are more likely to have illegal weapons on them, it makes search to focus on searching black people if you want to find illegal weapons. Anything else is silly, and as long as you have enough other data points to validate the model, its' rational and evidence-based, particularly if enforcement only happens when the person is actually breaking the law.

Like a DUI checkpoint, you don't have to worry about catching innocent individuals in the dragnet. Are DUI checkpoints circular reasoning, because they tend to catch drunks when they do them?

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