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Comment Re:"can be wrong, profoundly wrong" (Score 2) 326

All but about a dozen?

How the hell would you measure that? The most extreme testing stuff I've ever heard of can't get you anywhere near that much information. If you could get definite information that you were at the 1-in-1,000,000 level, that'd get you into the top seven thousand and change. And the thing is, we can't get accurate measurements even that far out.

Once you're to "the test can't produce meaningful results anymore", you're done. You might be way smarter than other people with that trait, you might be on the stupid end of the pool, we don't know, we can't tell, we have no way to measure it.

We don't know. He does. He's a genius.

Comment Re:I wonder if New Zealand can do other tricks too (Score 5, Informative) 175

That's the dirty little secret about federal charges in the U.S. Federal court rules don't require the prosecution to hand over their evidence until the trial unlike state courts where the accused has a chance to see the evidence against him- or herself and prepare a defence. And the minimum penalties are always enormous.

That's why federal charges are so highly feared in the U.S. and it's why almost all federal cases are pleaded out.

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21570742-how-mandatory-minimum-sentences-distort-plea-bargaining-thumb-scale

The article is about a different issue, but it describes the problem.

Comment I am a chemistry student's father (Score 1) 372

And I agree with you 100%. My daughter has to pay an extra $40 a semester for an account where her chemistry prof posts her assignments on-line once per week. He could open a blog account for free and post them there or just hand them out on a piece of paper like every other professor does, but no, every student has to pay $40 a semester for access to a "educational resource system" just to see their weekly assignment.

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