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Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Spearman Correlation Coefficient
Replies: 1
Views: 3186

### Re: Spearman Correlation Coefficient

First, if you are going to do a regression, you also want a p-value along with the regression value. It is much easier to get a very high regression value with a few data points by accident Second, the Spearman Correlation only determines whether two values monotomically increase together. r=0.82 ju...
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 22781

### Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

I think this is an odd statement. If I understand correctly, you're saying that, if she isn't aware of the victimization that can occur in prison, she shouldn't be charged with crimes for subjecting someone to that victimization? Can't we extend this logic to, say, tax law? "I did't KNOW I had...
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Raped by cop then arrested for assaulting officer (trigger)
Replies: 29
Views: 6067

### Re: Raped by cop then arrested for assaulting officer (trigg

There is a pretty easy way around that. Make it so cops can only arrest people for committing crimes for example. Yeah, that's exactly the way it works now. The cops claimed she had committed a crime and they arrested her. They then submitted charges immediately after the arrest to the DA. From the...
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Raped by cop then arrested for assaulting officer (trigger)
Replies: 29
Views: 6067

### Re: Raped by cop then arrested for assaulting officer (trigg

They did drop the charges pretty quickly afterwards, but it's still no excuse. If she's not getting indicted, and the cop who attacked her is... the system is working? When the initial reaction of the system to you making an accusation of rape is to arrest you, the its next reaction is to ignore yo...
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 92833

### Re: SOPA talk, yo.

There would be no problem equally if other nations would respect US copyright laws. You can argue they aren't good/fair, but it doesn't give people the legal right to ignore them. Let's pretend that the it's the US, instead of the UK, that has the KJB under perpetual copyright. This law would mean ...
Fri Jan 06, 2012 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 92833

### Re: SOPA talk, yo.

For those screaming "they will shut down facebook over a single post".. I call bullshit Chicken Little. So, the law allows for shutting down websites over false accusations, the current laws are already misused to do so, and yet it won't happen because you called bullshit and threw an ins...
Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Airlines Blackmail Passengers En Route for Extra Cash
Replies: 42
Views: 8123

### Re: Airlines Blackmail Passengers En Route for Extra Cash

I dunno about you, but I'd be willing to pay extra to fly with an airline that can cover its expenses for the duration of the flight. If an airline can't pay for fuel, it's possible they've skimped on other things to save money. Like maintenance or not buying counterfeit replacement parts. I think ...
Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama sending troops to Africa
Replies: 28
Views: 3264

### Re: Obama sending troops to Africa

Only in the case of self-defense always seems like the weakest reassurance ever. Oh, but, we were just on a peaceful stroll through their main basecamp and had to defend ourselves. It would also presumably mean that, if the rebels didn't do anything while this stroll was going on, the U.S. troops c...
Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238735

### Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

This works, in a theoretical model whose premises do not hold in the real world. We do not live in a world with perfect information and perfect markets and perfect competition and perfectly rational non-colluding agents, all of whom are needed for your theory to hold (note that there is some overla...
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238735

### Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

We don't need to know jack squat about theory models to look at the suffering multitudes in the country and world and finally decide to stand up and say ENOUGH. Yes, in fact you do have to know about theory and models, alternatives may very well lead to more multitudes suffering. Just being pissed ...
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32059

### Re: 0958: "Hotels"

only problem is that given how many people read xkcd, now I have a feeling a lot of people are going to start doing this.
Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: DADT to end one minute after midnight (Tuesday)
Replies: 40
Views: 5674

### Re: DADT to end one minute after midnight (Tuesday)

This is a far cry from full federal equality. We have to keep pushing, even in the field of military equality. Just because it isn't full equality doesn't mean it isn't a step in the right direction, worth celebrating and congratulating the politicians who pushed it through... for a short bit, and ...
Tue May 10, 2011 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK
Replies: 97
Views: 9905

### Re: Wealthy people to be allowed extra uni places in UK

more education for more people. I can't see how you can argue against that. It is prioritising a certain privileged social class. Imagine if the set number of places in a course were allocated, and then subsequently further places were created and given to any other socially distinct group. You're ...
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About The Children Watch: Teacher Writes Erotic Novels
Replies: 136
Views: 17062

### Re: Think About The Children Watch: Teacher Writes Erotic No

Yes, parents are up in arms because a middle school English teacher also writes erotic romance novels. Think about the children! They might think about her writing sexy books! This is getting to the point where teachers even thinking about sex will be verboten. Actually, it is a highschool... 10th ...
Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why do people blame 12+ UN killings on Pastor Terry Jones?
Replies: 124
Views: 15419

### Re: Why do people blame 12+ UN killings on Pastor Terry Jone

When a bunch of children in adult bodies throw a tantrum over something they saw, the solution isn't to remove whatever they saw from existence. The solution is to remove said children from a situation where they can see what upsets them until they grow up. Or spank them until they learn to behave. ...
Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Soldier pleads guilty to three counts of murder.
Replies: 23
Views: 2310

### Re: Soldier pleads guilty to three counts of murder.

I didn't say it wasn't news, I'm just saying that murder happens. It's news that he killed three people, but you guys are acting like we could have stopped murder in general. Maybe his specifically, maybe, but we can't just magic the human race and our military into all behaving according to what i...
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied kid fights back and wins
Replies: 176
Views: 16340

### Re: Bullied kid fights back and wins

Back on topic: http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2011/03/16/australian-bullys-mom-wants-casey-the-punisher-to-apologize/ In summary: Both kids actually got 4 days of suspension, and the bully's mother, speaking to Australian TV, demanded an apology from her son's victim. Pretty crazy if you ask me! ...
Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 0÷0
Replies: 22
Views: 3753

### Re: 0÷0

The square root thing you demonstrate doesn't require us to modify any fundamental axioms, nor does it break most of higher mathematics. It doesn't require us to drop any of the field axioms, but a priori, there's no reason they should be our only axioms. One could imagine a different set of axioms...
Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 0÷0
Replies: 22
Views: 3753

### Re: 0÷0

I disagree with your first idea, that what I did wasn't really division. The thing is that it's really similar to calling i the square root of -1, No. It is not similar at all. The existence of a square root of -1 does not violate any of the laws of algebra. The existence of 1/0 would do so. Yes it...
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied kid fights back and wins
Replies: 176
Views: 16340

### Re: Bullied kid fights back and wins

Because chucking the kid out of school entirely just kicks the problem up the ladder to the next rung. Where society now has to deal with an uneducated "Chavo" who lacks marketable skills. I didn't say chuck him out of school entirely. Just chuck him out of school for a few days every tim...
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied kid fights back and wins
Replies: 176
Views: 16340

### Re: Bullied kid fights back and wins

There is something I don't understand about the school's reaction. They claim that they suspended Casey because they have a zero- thinking tolerance policy. In that case: a) why weren't the bully's friends who were encouraging the behavior, taping the event, and then trying to revenge for him suspen...
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada censors Dire Straits
Replies: 121
Views: 10600

### Re: Canada censors Dire Straits

I find the fact that these kinds of laws exist to be disgusted.

But than, I find the existence of laws/rulings that mandate Basic Human Decency to be a disgusting violation of free speech in general.
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UCSB fizzix prof: "pseudoscientific fraud" of global warming
Replies: 95
Views: 7170

### Re: UCSB fizzix prof: "pseudoscientific fraud" of global war

Before attacking a guy for claiming global warming is fake and not providing data to back up the claim, it might be nice to make sure that that is actually what he is saying. He is calling it a "pseudoscientific fraud", not "false". Pseudoscientific does not mean false. Fraud do...
Fri Oct 15, 2010 1:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UCSB fizzix prof: "pseudoscientific fraud" of global warming
Replies: 95
Views: 7170

### Re: UCSB fizzix prof: "pseudoscientific fraud" of global war

Before attacking a guy for claiming global warming is fake and not providing data to back up the claim, it might be nice to make sure that that is actually what he is saying. He is calling it a "pseudoscientific fraud", not "false". Pseudoscientific does not mean false. Fraud doe...
Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Contractors in Armed Forces Are Bad
Replies: 13
Views: 1703

### Re: Why Contractors in Armed Forces Are Bad

Okay, I realize I have no idea how the military is actually run, but why is the military paying for private contractors to defend it? Are fully trained soldiers in a military base armed with guns unable to defend themselves?
Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Pay, No Spray
Replies: 190
Views: 14993

### Re: No Pay, No Spray

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the fire department and its equipment the property of the town, and not the property of the county? Meaning, the county can't just take it away (aka, make it a county FD) without paying the city in compensation for it?
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UN extraterrestrial ambassador
Replies: 48
Views: 5419

### Re: UN extraterrestrial ambassador

I suspect they are the best at initial contact, because science and math are going to be things any technological society has in common. Examples of early contact methods might include a series of prime numbers, a star chart pinpointing whichever species' homeworld, etc. So, aliens would goto a mat...
Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Pay, No Spray
Replies: 190
Views: 14993

### Re: No Pay, No Spray

My god this is absolutely terrible. I kind of understand having a pay a fee for fightfighting purposes. It makes sense. Just as you have to pay for health insurance. But they should always, always, always, put out the fire. It's completely unacceptable to refuse to put out a fire just because you h...
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Pay, No Spray
Replies: 190
Views: 14993

### Re: No Pay, No Spray

If the police are outside their jurisdiction but still on duty (as these firefighters were), then yes, they had damn well better intervene to stop a mugging. I didn't say that firefighters should fight fires when they're off duty, taking a joyride through the countryside in their private car. Um, t...
Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Pay, No Spray
Replies: 190
Views: 14993

### Re: No Pay, No Spray

But that's not enough to justify the town's fire department having an unlimited responsibility to fight fires. If I called them up and asked them to drive 12 hours to fight a fire on my property, any of the following reasons would be enough justification: they're too far away, I haven't paid for th...
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pastor to burn the Quran, film at 11.
Replies: 361
Views: 31526

### Re: Pastor to burn the Quran, film at 11.

But burning a symbol, with the knowledge that it would incite violence, in my opinion, is just as violent. I disagree, and I also think that any violence that ensues is not the fault of the burner. That there was international outcry, and indeed, riots that resulted in someone being shot because of...
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Locker room Language
Replies: 187
Views: 15749

### Re: Locker room Language

I'm still kind of curious why this isn't sexist, insulting, and degrading when Sports Stars do it - but it is when miners, construction workers, soldiers, or any other profession does it. Because let me tell you? Construction workers can be sexist, racist, degrading assholes to each other for bondi...
Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Locker room Language
Replies: 187
Views: 15749

### Re: Locker room Language

But I don't agree that anybody gets a free pass to belittle or humiliate anybody else, especially in a professional capacity. It's entirely possible that being humiliating or belittling doesn't serve the purpose of causing upset or establishing dominance as so many of you seem to assume... but of c...
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pastor to burn the Quran, film at 11.
Replies: 361
Views: 31526

### Re: Pastor to burn the Quran, film at 11.

Gladly, this kind of idiocy is banned over here. This might sound a bit rude/assholish, but damn, your country sucks... hard. Because an inflamatory action which serves no purpose to society is worthwhile? Every right comes with a responsiblity; If the right is freedom of expression, then the respo...
Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0790: "Control"
Replies: 57
Views: 16472

### Re: "Control" discussion (#790)

If the participants in the experiment already know who is in the control group, the experiment is useless anyways...
Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan Floods Affect 2.5 Million People
Replies: 19
Views: 2752

### Re: Pakistan Floods Affect 2.5 Million People

Not really. In fact quite the contrary . And that table doesn't even take into account the fact that the USA has a higher per capita income than most countries. Here is a detailed report if you're interested. The USA turns out to be at the bottom when it comes to giving aid. Wow, why would you do t...
Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 43118

### Re: Ground zero "mosque"

Anyone link the Cracked.com article yet? 3 Reasons the Ground Zero Mosque Debate Makes No Sense By: Gladstone I don’t usually write about politics. It’s important, but something I want no part of – kind of like a raw sewage treatment facility. But frankly, I haven’t been this upset in a long time. ...
Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Justin Bieber gets revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 6306

### Re: Justin Bieber gets revenge

Can we please replace "hacked into" with "took a guess at the idiot's password and yep, they were dumb enough to pick their dog's name" pretty please? Legitimate method of hacking. Social Engineering; because there's no patch for human stupidity. And I believe the legal consensu...
Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030
Replies: 121
Views: 9735

### Re: Human brain to be reverse engineered by 2030

Why would we want to reverse engineer the brain? Is it impossible to create the same level of computational power, with the same hardware, unless we emulate the brain? Or are we simply after artificial intelligence?
Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules
Replies: 40
Views: 4344

### Re: Khadr will not be extradited to US Canadian judge rules

If there's reasonable expectaion of torture or threat of torture, the prosecution gets tossed. So they don't think hes innocent they just let him walk because they deem the possible treatment of him? They don't need to think he is innocent to let him walk. They just need to not be certain that he i...

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