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Comment Re:I'm trying to look at this objectively (Score 1) 184

Okay, well that does make him smart for taking advantage of the system. I would do the same if I were in that position. Why should I pay taxes if I can find a way to get out of them?

It's a fine attitude for a private citizen interested only in his own well-being. I imagine the man sitting back in his private jet, quite satisfied with the knowledge that his pilot and housekeeper are the ones paying for the military that secures his borders and the judges that decide his lawsuits.

A public servant, like the President, needs to have an "other people first" attitude, not a "me first" attitude. Trump has spent the last 70 years trying, with debatable success to make sure he gets his, and fuck everyone else. But we're supposed to believe this snake oil salesman has had a dramatic change of heart, and now he just wants what's best for the little guy.


Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 184

Mr Trump, in 2011, you went on television and said "My investigators in Hawaii can't believe what they are finding ". Who were those investigators, and what were they finding?

"It was a joke! I was joking. How dumb are you not to be able to tell a light-hearted gag from from serious, adult conversation? These media people, they're all morons."

Comment Re:How do you know? (Score 2) 277

Given the difficulty of installing something to the image when you want to, the potential for it to be easily and automatically owned by is very low.

Viruses and worms can run just fine from RAM. Discovery may be slow, but once you find a vulnerable system with a read only filesystem, you have it report its IP to a C&C node, then re-infect it whenever you need it.

Comment Re:For Profit Education is a Scam (Score 1) 327

States spend more on education in real dollars than they did 50 years ago, students pay much more tuition, and the colleges and university spend a lot more of it.

You have to take into account enrollment, or count per capita cost. In 1965, there were 6 million college students; in 2015, 20 million. If you look closely at your NYT article, you'll see that total spending increased by 5x between 1965 and 1975, then by not-quite-2x from 1975 to 2015. Nor is the NYT article distinguishing among dollars spent on classroom instruction, sports programs, or housing and campus security.

The sixties were a good time for education: people still believed in the future. It's since then than things have stagnated

Comment Re:For Profit Education is a Scam (Score 0) 327

I wish. It's much more likely we'll get "free" education, that is, we'll just have our tax dollars subsidizing the bloat instead of lifetimes of debt-servitude from the students.

Believe it or not, that used to be the way the system worked. "State" schools were called that because they were funded largely by state tax dollars on the ideas that an educated population was good for the state and that education should not be restricted to the few people able to afford it. Over the last 50 years, in almost every state, state spending on colleges has not kept up with population and enrollment growth (and in some cases have even been cut in real dollars). It still costs about the same (inflation adjusted) to educate a student, just today the student has to pay most of that cost, where in 1970 state governments paid most of it.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 327

Take a look at any Charity, foundation, donation organization, etc. and take a look at the person running it. In most cases that person is making millions.

In "most cases," charities, foundations, etc, are small, local organizations with budgets in the tens or hundreds of thousands whose principals are frequently unpaid. Even in large, international organizations with budgets of billions, like the Red Cross or United Way (both often cited as "bad" or "misleading" charities), Gail McGovern of Red Cross made $600k in 2014 and Brian Gallagher of United Way made $1.5M. Big numbers, certainly, but they're each running $4B organizations. Same basic size as Bose or Petco; Fortune 150. If the directors are making "millions" with an s, your nonprofit is probably not a charity.

Comment Re: management (Score 1) 81

Top tier publications like Science and Nature have some good papers.

Science and Nature publish exciting papers with comparatively little data. They're the place you publish things that might be groundbreaking, so they get wide exposure. After a couple of years, most of the revolutionary stuff fails to pan out, but whatever does will always cite Science as the first report.

Serious science is mostly not revolutionary

Comment Re: Echo chamber (Score 2) 852

That might be because Trump is unapologetic in his avocation for prioritizing American interests over those of the world at large - in foreign trade, in overseas military action and in diplomacy.

I, for one, am happy that we are reaching the end of candidates' formative years being the glorious 1950s. When we had the only major economic infrastructure not destroyed by WWII and post-war reconstruction let 80% of men and 30% of women get jobs. Before all that silly civil rights stuff, when the country was less than 8% foreign-born and the census bureau didn't even bother reporting stats on Asian and African descent. McCarthyism, Elvis, and Marylin Monroe.

It's time we let this anachronistic fantasy world die.

Comment Re:North Caroliners (Score 1) 222

North Caroliners voted their own representatives in the office. They can vote them out if these are so corrupt as to hinder them in access to basic service.

What's happening in North Carolina is that the local efforts of pockets of liberalism are being over-ruled by the state-wide, gerrymandered conservative majority. That same state-wide majority is strongly opposed to imposition of regulation or intervention from other-party-dominated federal agencies. The two party system results in politicians supporting the scale of government where their party dominates. Local, but not too local.

Comment Re:Paid for by Weight Watchers (Score 1) 210

Already done. Previous versions of this study, involving different time points, different reference interventions, and different sample sizes have shown trackers are beneficial or not helpful. Big surprise, the whole story is more complicated than a headline.

There's a huge psychological component to all of this - that's why there is such a wide array of diets that work, exercises that work, good trainers and bad trainers. You can imagine ways where the tracker could be used as a crutch or an excuse.

In this study, they had counselors talk to their subjects and recommend an exercise regimen. I can imagine people with the trackers, very able to quantify total daily activity, might count some of their routine activity against the recommended exercise, thus do less exercise. In a previous group-based intervention, I can imagine people competing to get the best numbers, thus doing more activity (and, it turns out, trackers are beneficial over group activity alone).

Also worth pointing out that they don't have huge changes - these are people who lost 10 pounds in 2 years, where the tracker-delta is 5 pounds. "Helps" or "Hurts" is a pretty small effect, regardless.

Comment Re:And of course the JAMA doesn't have an interest (Score 1) 210

The study didn't isolate one, but mixed it in with other things. Yes, that was the only variable, but a variable in a field of confounds that weren't corrected for.

This study directly tested whether an activity tracker is a beneficial addition to weight loss counseling. It didn't ask whether that counseling itself is effective, and it didn't ask whether a counselor is more effective than a brochure. It didn't ask whether a counselor is more effective than a personal trainer. It didn't ask whether a monitor is always beneficial/harmful under all conditions. It didn't ask whether activity monitors interact with various forms of intervention.

Just because they didn't do the comprehensive study you would like to see done, or the study you inferred from the popular-press summary of their study, does not mean their study is flawed. It means you have a different question.

Comment Re:The Self Reward Syndrome (Score 1) 210

Circadian rhythms, entrained both to light and activity, are starting to look pretty important to metabolism of consumed food. They're definitely important to the consumption of food, in that mucking up the internal clock results in overeating (in animal models). Body weight is not a simple arithmetic of calories eaten - calories exercised.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 1) 274

I can't name a single thing in my home that is china-made and has lasted very long.

Logitech mouse, 17 years. Likewise, this generic, $10 keyboard. Audio receiver 25 years. I bought my refrigerator used, 19 years ago, but it's still going strong. Microwave oven...came with the house, probably 30 years old now. Pretty much nothing that 'came with the house' has been replaced in 20 years. Everything that has been replaced, except for a couple of DVD players, has been replaced to get new features or better performance.

I don't know what you're doing with your stuff that it won't last 10 years, but maybe the problem is not the manufacturing.

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