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Comment Re:bi weekly salary? (Score 1) 399

exactly. the study indicates a typical subject has 5 non-average months. If 2 months are above-average due to extra paycheques and the regular months aren't skewed lower by those 2 months, then some other factor(s) affects average salary (for better or worse) even more significantly than an "extra" paycheque. that's two of the points they're trying to make: people have hard time budgeting for these variances and those most affected tend to be double-whammied by having fewest options/resources to compensate

Comment Re:bi weekly salary? (Score 1) 399

fair point if that's not accounted for in their calculations, but if those 2 months are high enough to be 25+% above their average income, what about the 3 months (on average) where they are 25+% below their average income? There's more to it than just 2 months of extra paycheck, assuming the extra paycheck is even driving the study's results in the first place.

Comment Re:No fall, no change (Score 1) 895

look again: his approval rating is roughly the same. his disapproval rating is up (worse) 10% in that time. approx half of the undecideds have come off the fence and none in his favour. none of the many real or perceived gaffes caused a spike that could maybe be smoothed over, rather the ongoing cumulative effect of the succession of gaffes is gaining momentum against him. less than a month is a small sample size, but it would appear that he isn't going to get much of a "100 days" post-election honeymoon period with the voters

Submission + - SPAM: XKCD's Take on Global Warming

cakiwi writes: XKCD has created a handy chart to show people who say "Climate has changed before".

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment How about this? (Score 1) 255

1) Pollution is bad mmmkay, kids?

2) Burning fossil fuels creates pollution

3) Don't believe 1) & 2)? breathe deeply off the exhaust pipe of your car long term and see what happens to your health

4) Therefore burning fossil fuels is bad and we don't have to bring climate into the equation

5) Profit?!
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Galactic Survey: The Universe Dying as Old Stars Fade Faster Than New Ones Are Born 199

astroengine writes: A study of more than 200,000 galaxies, encompassing wavelengths of light from the far ultraviolet to infrared, shows that the universe is producing half as much energy as it did 2 billion years ago and continues to fade. "Newer galaxies are simply putting out less energy than galaxies did in the past," astronomer Mehmet Alpaslan, with NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., told Discovery News. In other words, astronomers, for the first time, have gathered observational evidence that our universe is slowly marching toward its eventual heat death (in a few trillion years time).

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