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  1. Comment on California will discourage students who are gifted at math in ~humanities

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    vs. media criticism corner: I think we should be really skeptical of any article that takes a several-hundred page document, written by experts, and tries to condense it down into a clickbaity...

    The draft of the framework is hundreds of pages long and covers a wide range of topics.

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    California will discourage students who are gifted at math

    media criticism corner: I think we should be really skeptical of any article that takes a several-hundred page document, written by experts, and tries to condense it down into a clickbaity headline like "discourage gifted students"

    In fact, the framework concludes that calculus is overvalued, even for gifted students.

    "The push to calculus in grade twelve is itself misguided," says the framework.

    As evidence for this claim, the framework cites the fact that many students who take calculus end up having to retake it in college anyway. Of course, de-prioritizing instruction in high school calculus would not really solve this problem—and in fact would likely make it worse—but the department does not seem overly worried.

    they say "of course" here, but it's not clear to me why this is true at all.

    (for background, I took a year of calculus, up through multivariate, at a public university in the US in the mid-2000s. I didn't take anything higher than pre-calc in high school, because that's what my school offered)

    if many high school students take calculus, then end up needing to retake it in college, that is absolutely a waste of time. the article seems to be treating calculus as some mythical subject that's impossible to learn unless you take a class on it twice - once in high school and then again in college. bullshit.

    the calculus class I took in college needed to be slow enough to accommodate people like me who hadn't taken a calculus class before. that means there must have been people in my class who also took it in high school who were probably bored out of their minds.

    The framework's overriding perspective is that teaching the tough stuff is college's problem: The K-12 system should concern itself with making every kid fall in love with math.

    this...seems fine to me?

    I think the goal of math classes at the K-12 level should be to produce as few people as possible who think "I'm bad at math" and as many people as possible who think "math is just a certain kind of problem-solving, and I know how to solve problems"

    21 votes
  2. Comment on Tildes Screenless Day Discussion Thread - May 2021 in ~life

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    my last screenless day kind of sucked (but for screen-unrelated reasons). hoping this one is better. it's interesting to look back a month and see what was going on in my life that would interact...

    my last screenless day kind of sucked (but for screen-unrelated reasons). hoping this one is better.

    it's interesting to look back a month and see what was going on in my life that would interact with my attempt at a screenless day, and compare it to now.

    April - I had just signed a lease on a new apartment, and was starting to plan my move.

    May - I'm fully moved in (but far from being fully unpacked) and turned in my keys to my old place yesterday.

    I think I'm going to pick Sunday again. as with last month, I'm probably going to have a fairly busy day, but focused on unpacking instead of packing.

    I'm on-call for my work this weekend, so even though it's unlikely I'll get paged, I'm going to leave my phone and work computer running just in case. I'll also need my phone to call my mom on Sunday, since it's Mother's Day, and I think that's certainly exempt from "screen time".

    and as with last month, I'm going to exempt reading on my Kindle. Andy Weir (author of The Martian) released a new book this week and it's sitting on my Kindle waiting for me.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on Insurers in Washington state must cover transgender health care under new bill in ~lgbt

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    Fuck yeah. Extremely proud to see my home state recognizing this right.

    Fuck yeah. Extremely proud to see my home state recognizing this right.

    9 votes
  4. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 3 in ~news

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    Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against

    Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against

    Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Joe Biden signed into law three months ago. But since the early spring votes, Republicans from New York and Indiana to Texas and Washington state have promoted elements of the legislation they fought to defeat.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on If I fits I sits: A citizen science investigation into illusory contour susceptibility in domestic cats in ~science

  6. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    Nerd sniping like this ought to be illegal :P I think #6 is a S&W SD9. #7 has me stumped as well.

    Nerd sniping like this ought to be illegal :P

    I think #6 is a S&W SD9.

    #7 has me stumped as well.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Armed doesn't mean dangerous: Black gun owners are often portrayed negatively. One photographer set out to change that. in ~misc

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    Pictures also on the photographer's website if WaPo is paywalled for you: http://www.christianklee.com/

    Pictures also on the photographer's website if WaPo is paywalled for you: http://www.christianklee.com/

    7 votes
  8. Comment on Caitlyn Jenner opposes trans girls competing in girls' sports: 'It just isn't fair' in ~lgbt

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    There's a system developed by Microsoft Research called TrueSkill that's used in an Elo-like way to rank individual Xbox Live players based on the performance of the teams they've played on. I...

    There's a system developed by Microsoft Research called TrueSkill that's used in an Elo-like way to rank individual Xbox Live players based on the performance of the teams they've played on.

    I think it would be very difficult to adapt it to most team sports, though, especially at the professional level. In online gaming you end up with a very large sample of matches played, as well as the ability to randomly assign players to teams over time.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on Joe Rogan spread anti-vaccine misinformation. Spotify's CEO redirects and refuses to address problematic behavior. in ~tech

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    I would be much more willing to give Rogan the benefit of the doubt here if he had not used literally this exact same excuse before. Joe Rogan used to actually believe the moon landings were...

    I would be much more willing to give Rogan the benefit of the doubt here if he had not used literally this exact same excuse before.

    Joe Rogan used to actually believe the moon landings were faked. He went so far as debating Phil Plait about it on Penn Jillette's short-lived radio show / proto-podcast.

    Slate articles by Plait from 2007 about it: 1 2 3

    The links to the podcast itself are now dead, but looks like someone mirrored them on Youtube. All 10 segments are there, but only 5 in the playlist, which is in the wrong order. I might try to clean this up and edit it down into a single coherent file, because I'd like to re-listen to it.

    All of this is just backstory. From 2017: Joe Rogan on why he changed his stance on the Moon landing conspiracy. This is on the official "JRE Clips" Youtube channel, so this is the message Rogan wants to spread about the reason he changed his mind. For comparison, here's the "Joe Rogan Clarifies His Vaccine Comments" from the same channel.

    And...it's pretty much the exact same shit.

    Clear sign that you're not really walking back a statement is that you're repeating your misinformation as "all I said was..."

    "I'm not an anti-vaxx person," he clarified. "I said I believe they're safe and I encourage many people to take them. My parents were vaccinated. I just said that if you're a young, healthy person that you don't need it."

    Meanwhile, at 1:50 in his moon landing "clarification" video, he starts talking about how some of the pictures released by the space program were faked or doctored. As he goes on...he starts talking about how it's plausible that more things were doctored, like maybe the real photos got ruined by radiation and so they released fake ones.

    5:50: "I know that some film has been damaged...or maybe it's an urban myth?"

    He's a bullshit artist, plain and simple. Capable of saying something is true, with 100% confidence is his voice, and then being like "oh, maybe that's not" a second later.

    If you want the tl;dw of the video, at 8:30, "I don't think that I know whether or not we went to the moon"...he changed his mind from "it was definitely faked" to "maybe it happened, maybe it didn't, maybe we'll never know".

    Someone with as large a platform as his has an obligation to not spread misinformation like this.

    13 votes
  10. Comment on Florida bill would fine social media platforms for banning politicians— with exemption for Disney in ~tech

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    Picture someone with a holstered handgun on the strong side of their body (ie, right side of the body for a right handed person). They draw the gun, and if they do it sloppily and unsafely, may...

    Picture someone with a holstered handgun on the strong side of their body (ie, right side of the body for a right handed person). They draw the gun, and if they do it sloppily and unsafely, may have their finger already on the trigger as they're pulling upwards. Boom, negligent discharge, and the foot is a pretty likely target in that case.

    So "shot themselves in the foot" started out as a very literal expression for someone who fucked up in a loud, painful, and completely avoidable way.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on SSD manufacturers start warning that mining proof-of-space blockchains like Chia Coin will void warranty in ~tech

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    I only learned about Chia Coin recently and goddamnit. It's already impossible to find GPUs because of Bitcoin and other proof-of-work coins. Now, it's going to be impossible to find SSDs and hard...

    I only learned about Chia Coin recently and goddamnit.

    It's already impossible to find GPUs because of Bitcoin and other proof-of-work coins.

    Now, it's going to be impossible to find SSDs and hard drives, because those will get snatched up too.

    And buying used enterprise-class drives on eBay (which at the moment is a pretty reliable source for /r/DataHoarder type people like myself) is going to become a nightmare over the next year or so as drives that are worn-out from crypto mining get sold as "refurbished" (possibly with their SMART data overwritten so the power on hours / terabytes written stats look normal).

    19 votes
  12. Comment on Joe Biden told trans youth "Your president has your back." Trans people need more than just words right now. in ~lgbt