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Comment Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 146

First, I made an error in my math (I amortized over 9 months, not 12). $19,500 / 12 is actually $1,625 gross.

Second, the cost of college. $10,000 for tuition and fees, plus another $10,000 room and board are the US average for in-state public schools. Voila, the $19,500 is gone, and without considering incidental expenses (or taxes... they'll net more like $18,500). It's gone even faster if you're out-of-state or attending a private school. Maybe they have scholarships, or maybe their parents are paying, but most are not in that situation.

What's the Price Tag for a College Education?

Comment I'm confused (Score 1) 146

So... if you look at an internship that lasts 3 months and pays ~20,000 dollars, and multiply that by 4 regardless of the fact that the internship cannot actually be extended to be a year long, then in that hypothetical world (where nobody else's salary was also multiplied by 4, only the interns), interns would make $78,000 per year, and would therefore be making more than a lot of other people. But in the real world, where we all actually live, that person made a little less than $20,000 and is at the same time paying to attend college, so they're not actually all that wealthy.

Could I somehow counteract the article by pointing out that if you amortize the interns' salary over 12 months, they would be grossing about $2,150 per month, and that's a pretty low wage?

Comment Re:How funny. (Score 1) 1321

If you're going to rig a machine to change a vote, you'd be pretty dumb to make it show it changing.

Seems to me, that would actually be a pretty good way to do it. That way, everyone who doesn't notice what happened votes incorrectly, and for those who see that it screwed up, there's a perfectly innocent explanation, since you didn't try to hide it at all.

Comment Re:You realize that homeopathic treatments are wat (Score 2) 297

The problem is ... things advertised as homeopathic are not always "just water."

Furthermore, sometimes the other stuff in the potion can actually be bad for you. Studies have found homeopathic potions contaminated with heavy metals and microorganisms that could cause sickness or make it worse. Usually, the dose of this stuff is small enough that it probably won't hurt you, but the point is, the best that can be said about homeopathics isn't "at least it's just water."

Comment Re: it estimates will be worth 250 billion euros (Score 4, Insightful) 68

The European Galileo constellation can be used in conjunction with American GPS and Russian GLONASS to provide more accurate positioning fixes to receivers that are capable of using the multiple systems. Furthermore, different regional powers may benefit more by having satellites in somewhat different orbits than others, owing to the geographic distributions of their areas of influence. In addition, the various nations fielding these systems recognize strategic value in them, in that they can continue to use their system if a hostile government reduces or eliminates availability of their own. Redundancy is not a bad thing, and the nations involved in launching these systems are continuing to improve their functionality.

Comment Re:Marrakech, Morocco (Score 3, Insightful) 328

They thought about what they would find to be most insulting to themselves. They find 'cuck' to be so demeaning because it plays upon their own deep insecurities, and they project those insecurities onto those around them and therefore assume that trying to undermine their opponents' masculinity will be maximally hurtful. It would be emasculating to them to have a woman president who would 'dominate' them in the sense that she holds the highest office in the country. In their minds, then, men who voted for Hillary would be 'cuckolded' because we chose submission to a woman. Fortunately, most of us are secure enough in our masculinity that the attempted insult completely fails to connect.

Comment Finally... I hope (Score 3, Interesting) 294

Does this mean I can stop getting stories on my Google News page from 'Ecumenical News' and 'Christian Daily', two religious news web sites that apparently went belly-up some years ago, had their domains purchased by scammers, and now serve clickbait bullshit constantly? All they ever do is somehow zero in on some search term I used recently and then feed me fake headlines about that thing.

Like, for months now, I've constantly had a story on my news page about Rick and Morty (which I searched for one day in July, and these stories started the next day) from one or the other of those sites. Today, it's "'Rick and Morty' season 3 update: Release date revealed and other spoilers" from Ecumenical News. I don't click them; they're just a gibberish mishmash of rumors from elsewhere on the web. I 'Personalized' my Google News feed and set both of these news sources to the lowest they'll go, but unfortunately, it seems impossible to exclude them completely.

Before that, it was a constant stream of rumor-mill bullshit about The Arrow and the drama between cast members. These sites are NOT NEWS, they're just algorithmicly generated clickbait. Preferably, they would both die a fiery death, but in the meantime, if I could just get them off of my news feed, I'd be mollified.

Comment Re:Actually no. (Score 1) 83

For example, let is suppose that the plaintiff wins in 79% of cases. Then an "AI" that merely always guess the plaintiff won would be correct in 79% of cases.

What in the world...?

It's trivially obvious that the way you would build such a model is to take a set of cases, subset them, identify the predictors of outcome (none of which is who won) in the subset, regress (in some way) the predictors with the outcomes in the subset, and then attempt to predict the outcome of the cases outside the subset using the function derived using the subset.

Of course you don't just count up the number of times the plaintiff wins, divide it by the total number of cases, and then call the probability of any given plaintiff winning 79%. That's just stupid. The point is that after training on a subset of cases, the algorithm predicts the outcome of other cases correctly 79% of the time.

The right question to ask is how representative the sample is and how widely the result applies.

Comment Nothing to do with DNC (Score 4, Informative) 55

Because all of the posts so far are about the Clinton email/DNC hacks, and because the summary is obviously trying to cash in on current political events to make this a big story by excluding this, here is a quote FTFA:

Law enforcement officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment while the investigation was underway, said Wednesday that the suspect did not appear to be related to the hacking of the Democrats’ emails or to organizations like DCLeaks or WikiLeaks.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 357

I agree. Sadly, this is the atmosphere in many Western states. When citizen investigators infiltrated an animal processing plant in Idaho and came out with horrific footage of animal abuse (, the state's response was to pass a law not against animal abuse, but against exposing animal abuse. The law was drafted by the Idaho Dairymen's Association.

Happily, the law was later determined to be unconstitutional, but the point is, in the Western US, we're much more likely to attempt to abridge first amendment rights than to try to deal with the ugly problems that are revealed by reporting, whether it's a dairy worker sexually molesting a cow, or private security contractors settings dogs on protesters.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 4, Interesting) 357

It appears that the protesters were attempting to shut down pipeline pumping stations

Huh? Did you watch the video that they're claiming is evidence of Goodman participating in a riot? Protesters were trying to stop bulldozers. They went over a fence and then a bunch of security goons pulled up and sicced dogs on them while spraying them with mace.

They originally tried to charge the protesters with trespassing, but apparently the fence was not properly marked to make that charge stick, so now they've changed it to 'rioting'. Anyhow, it wasn't that Goodman interviewed some people who seemed likely to commit a crime. She was there with a camera crew when they went over the fence, and she covered the story. I don't know what it takes to convict a person of rioting in North Dakota, but I'd be pretty surprised if the charges are not dismissed.

Comment Re:Right (Score 1) 326

Sorry, it's just that some of your other posts seems significantly more thoughtful. I made a bad assumption. Your poor spelling is a distraction, but it doesn't anger me, and I'm sorry that you felt that the effort would somehow improve your point. Anyhow, the purpose of my original comment was not to refute whatever studies you've read. It was merely to state that there are many problems in higher education, and while inflated self-esteem may be one of them, it is not, in my experience, the most significant.

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