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We've decided to give you free smartphones from time to time, especially when a new model gets released. Now we're going to offer you a free New HTC One 2014 (M8), which is due to be released on Ma...
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Hello there data people.

I will graduate from a PhD in Physics in a few months. My work for my PhD involved using software to run atomistic simulations. This involved some coding and some exposure to parallel programming.

My question for you guys is:
Can I become a data scientist and, if so, how would I go about doing it?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Thanks for the advice guys
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Hey Con Healy, is it possible to talk with you in private?

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I'd like to point out that the vast majority of people in the Republic of Ireland don't say "aye".

http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2012/06/irelands-referendum-fiscal-compact
IRELAND’S voters endorsed the European fiscal compact on May 31st, but they did so without great enthusiasm in a referendum in which half the electorate failed to vote.
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Team Austerity is looking weak.

This could be an interesting month for the Eurozone as I think it is likely that the fiscal compact treaty will be rejected in Ireland later in the month.

What will happen.....

How will Merkel respond?
 
So what could Europe do instead of austerity? Here are five alternative policies that various experts have suggested that the euro zone could pursue instead, and a sixth that no one wants:
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To be fair though, if a bill like this were created in the US, there would be no public vote on it. Unfortunately though EU politicians are not properly held accountable by the EU population because of a very messy system of representation. I think thats a bigger problem.
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Philippines establishing multinational brands with the use of its diaspora?
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The Filipino restaurant chain Jollibee now has a location in Queens, New York. By targeting groups of emigrants abroad, emerging market companies like this one are building international brands. 
http://bit.ly/16xFwCw
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Yum. I sure could go for some Jollibee right now. Let's go to Queens.
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From Michael Gove, the UK Secretary of Education:

"Q98 Chair: One is: if "good" requires pupil performance to exceed the national average, and if all schools must be good, how is this mathematically possible?
Michael Gove: By getting better all the time.
Q99 Chair: So it is possible, is it?
Michael Gove: It is possible to get better all the time.
Q100 Chair: Were you better at literacy than numeracy, Secretary of State?
Michael Gove: I cannot remember."
This is an uncorrected transcript of evidence taken in public and reported to the House. The transcript has been placed on the internet on the authority of the Committee, and copies have been made ava...
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Happy Canada Day everyone.

Below is a picture of me with my favourite Canadian, +Rachel Sachs.

#canadaday  
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Great picture! Thanks for sharing +Con Healy. Hope you have a wonderful day.
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The petition to support free access to publicly funded research has crossed 20K! We're 4/5 of the way there, in less than half the time. All we really need is just one more push and we've made it! Could you take a moment and send the petition to someone you know? This affects everyone - patients, small business owners, doctors, and the general public, all over the world.
Please share: http://wh.gov/6TH
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/may/22/prisoners-right-to-vote-echr

I'm surprised how much support there is in Britain for denying prisoners the right to vote. All three major parties seem to support it (although i guess the Lib Dems don't really have a choice).

When thinking about this issue it helps to refer to the main accepted reasons for punishment (more info here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punishment#Possible_reasons_for_punishment )

The four main reasons are:

1. Deterrence
2. Rehabilitation
3. Retribution
4. Societal Protection

The two most obvious reasons for denying the vote are point 3 and point 4.

In relation to reason 3: Denying the vote seems like a very poor form of punishment. It also seems like a regressive reason to punish people in general as it does society really no good. It seems to me like a very populist and vengeful reason for punishment. I'm not sure that's a good thing.

In relation to reason 4: Prisoners make up a small fraction of the electorate. If they made up a significant portion of the electorate to have any significant impact in the house of commons then something would be very wrong (too many people would be incarcerated).

In general, I don't think it helps to deny prisoners the right to participate in society so much. The very act of voting may even help in rehabilitation by showing prisoners that they still have a voice and encouraging them to thing about society as a whole (I acknowledge that this point is fairly speculative).

The current attitude seems self righteous, vengeful and populist. We should try understand how criminals come to be rather than denigrate them. In many cases they are victims of society, the result of bad parenting, poverty, addiction etc. Prisoners have important things to say in this regard. We should listen to them.

It is also possible that incarcerating certain portions of society may be beneficial to certain political parties. I don't think its that unlikely that political powers could try to incarcerate with this thought somewhere in their heads.

#incarceration #uk #democracy
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Two weeks ago Steve Keen (author of "Debunking Economics" ) appeared on a current affairs show in Ireland called Tonight with Vincent Browne. He was accompanied by two Ireland based economists and a banking correspondent for the Irish Independent.

The discussion was very interesting. It centred around Ireland but some very interesting thoughts and opinions on the euro crisis in general emerged.

I think the programme can be viewed globally (you can certainly watch here in the UK) for the next few days:

http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/41/47620/1/Tonight-with-Vincent-Browne

Otherwise, you can view the first ten minutes on youtube. The rest doesn't seem to have been posted yet:

Tonight With Vincent Browne 18.04.2012


If you are following the euro crisis this is definitely worth a look

#europe #eurocrisis #euro #ireland
It seems the Eurozone crisis has returned and the Irish crisis has deepened.It seems the Eurozone crisis has returned and the Irish crisis has deepened.
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The two Irish economists are +Constantin Gurdgiev and Dan O'Brien, the economics correspondent for the Irish Times
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  • University of Edinburgh
    PhD Physics, 2009 - 2014
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
    BSc Physics, 2005 - 2009
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    Secondary School, 2000 - 2005
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