Sunday, May 29
Peak Bullshit Edition
- If you thought NFTs were bad: This $70 water bottle has LED indicators, Bluetooth pairing, and an iOS app with microtransactions. (9to5Mac)
And it can't be used with hot liquids or submerged in water for washing.
On the plus side, it doesn't need to be recharged all that often.
- Have you tried turning your crabs off and on again? (Northwestern Now)
Speaking of headlines from the 21st century.
- 90% of remote learning apps used during school lockdowns - in the US and elsewhere - collected data on children and transferred it to ad companies. (Washington Post / MSN)
Almost 200 ad companies.
- Diesel prices are up sharply. The way to solve the inflationary effects of this is clearly to spend untold trillions over an unknown period replacing all diesel fuel use with electricity. (Tech Crunch)
Not just any electricity, but electricity from renewable sources.
And presumably not nuclear either, but I can't confirm that because the rest of the article is behind a paywall and no way in hell am I contributing to the maintenance of their insanity.
- If your entire class is cheating on the exam don't use a public forum that the lecturer knows about. (CrumpLab)
I didnâ€™t tell them I was in the chat. If you are a student reading this who happened to be on that chat, I was the account with the cactus emoji, named after our cat Detective Inspector Mr. Ernie Cactus Pants.And try to be a little bit subtle about it. These college students cheat like third-graders.
What did the student have to say? There were many full sentences and as I read them I got that feeling again. So, I copied and pasted some sentences into Google, and yup, the student was plagiarizing the academic integrity assignment. Whole swaths of text verbatim copied.The story does, eventually, have a happy ending.
- More notes about AMD's new Ryzen 7000 / Socket AM5 platform. (Tech Powerup)
Main point is that Ryzen 7000 has 28 PCIe 5 lanes from the CPU, compared to 24 PCIe 4 lanes on Ryzen 5000 - more than double the bandwidth. That's nearly as much bandwidth as the early Epyc server CPUs, with their 128 lanes of PCIe 3. These will make good desktop chips, but they'll also be great small server CPUs.
And not that small either - the current Ryzen 5950X is already faster than any first-generation Epyc server CPU.
Pikamee vs. GlaDOS Music Video of the Day
Of course Pikamee is still Pikamee, beloved bilingual kettle dolphin.
Too bad the two groups aren't interacting. But I did appreciate the "I try to drink 130+ ounces a day" guy, who made no mention of whether or not he's doing anything that would make that amount of water make sense.
Posted by: Rick C at Monday, May 30 2022 01:18 AM (BMUHC)
Posted by: Rick C at Monday, May 30 2022 01:32 AM (BMUHC)
Could not fetishising that psychosis be a tactical answer to all the weaponized fetishising of psychosis that the communists have been doing?
I mean, our goals are not reciprocal, so we would expect that our best tactical options would not be reciprocal. And, in all serious sincerity, I expect that our best tactical options are not in mirroring the communist tactics.
I just feel that asking questions sometimes makes points that I cannot make in other ways.
And, when we go to standards of evidence that don't depend on people reporting their mental qualities, I will have to retire some of those questions. Figuring them out was fun, and sharing them is often fun, so retiring them will probably be bittersweet.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, May 30 2022 01:46 AM (r9O5h)
a) good teachers are performers, and it is sane for a performer to try to look objectively at how effective they are
b) quite a lot of academic coursework is bullshit.
Most of it is not applied mathematics, where "don't like it, leave" is a fairly legitimate take on people who have no interest in learning. For some other fields, theory has some obvious tests that if applied would be evidence that it is false.
Those fields would disappear or have to throw out the theory, and the old experts, if they were not bringing in new suckers, and bamboozling them until sunk costs keep them from being willing to see that the theory is wrong. The current 'scholars' in those fields may be heavily, rote, stupid, or evil/dishonest. The dishonest ones are less concerned about academic integrity, so long as the fraud is well hidden. Honest ones may still be bright and creative enough to have suspicions from time to time about the utility of the work.
So, it is actually pretty plausible that a relatively decent instructor might deep down suspect that he is in the wrong, and that be a lot more charitable towards cheating.
c) applied mathematics is one of the few areas where applied passion in scholarship can have seriously bad results if used towards the wrong ends, and where every instructor realizes this, and somewhat tries to direct students towards 'correct' ends. Focusing on inspiring emotional engagement from students is perhaps not always obviously wrong.
Ooh, and re: water. I probably drink a fairly substantial amount of water every day. Far from sure how much. Mainly, weird medical situation, including guts that do not work 'right', and drinking a lot of water seems to be important. Ideally, I could fix some fundamentals, and adjust some fo the other stuff to a more normal range, etc. Right now, I do not entirely know what is going on, or what to do.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, May 30 2022 02:06 AM (r9O5h)
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