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I feel like people making comments about the United States' Healthcare.gov and whether or not it's finally been "fixed" are missing a bigger story.

Who cares if you can load the website and sign up for plans when the information it is giving you is flat wrong?

For example, today I've been looking over the dental plans.  While verifying plan information with various insurance companies I find that the information about the plans given by healthcare.gov is just incorrect, and not in minor ways.

For example, there are two Anthem BCBS dental plans that have identical out-of-pocket maximum figures that Anthem agents tell me are wrong by 40%.
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Sounds like healthcare.gov is putting a spotlight on an industry that is built on obfuscation and customer ignorance.  Health insurance has always been a what-you-get-is-what-I-give-you business.  Trying to standardize such a system is a very difficult engineering task because inevitably, it becomes a political task of actually changing the field, not getting the 'facts' straight.
Having built a few computer systems that need to reflect the real world, I can tell you that it quickly chases to the light places where the real world has not single value of truth and the politics gets you running in circles.
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We're idiots and I despair for humanity.

Being better at math didn’t just fail to help partisans converge on the right answer. It actually drove them further apart. Partisans with weak math skills were 25 percentage points likelier to get the answer right when it fit their ideology. Partisans with strong math skills were 45 percentage points likelier to get the answer right when it fit their ideology. The smarter the person is, the dumber politics can make them.
There’s a simple theory underlying much of American politics. It sits hopefully at the base of almost every speech, every op-ed, every article, and every panel discussion. It courses through the...
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+Seiji Shinobi than this the thing! I assure the man just ignored the cat, that why the situation was so hilarious, it was the ONLY person with whom the cat acted like that. 


BTW I'm sorry for derailing the subject, i confused the post for one of my own. 
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More involvement in your kids education doesn't help them.

Similarly, students whose parents frequently meet with teachers and principals don’t seem to improve faster than academically comparable peers whose parents are less present at school. Other essentially useless parenting interventions: observing a kid’s class; helping a teenager choose high-school courses; and, especially, disciplinary measures such as punishing kids for getting bad grades or instituting strict rules about when and how homework gets done.
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This is a meta-analysis and is very generalized. I'm not sure how much this is worth for anyone in a specific situation.
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A deep belief network is an artificial intelligence technique for training computers to recognize patterns.

They're pretty astounding in how much they improve a computers ability to recognize what is in an image, and this company has a Javascript+WebGL implementation that runs in your browser.

I tried a bunch of my own photos by clicking the big buttons under the interface and was pretty impressed in how well it described the content of the photos.
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Crackpots.

There's a class of crackpots with theories that, on the surface, seem to describe reality.

These people are stunningly smart and subtly un-rigorous in their theories.  And the problem with that is that it's easy to see the smartness and difficult to suss out the un-rigorousness.

And the problem with that is that the next big idea will come from someone who is stunningly smart and stunningly rigorous (or lucky) with their idea.  Because it's difficult, relative to recognizing someones intelligence, to recognize a wrong idea from a right idea, it's difficult to sieve the good ideas from the bad.

This post inspired by a recent discussion about Terrence McKenna's novelty theory.
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Did you comment on the wrong post?  If not...what's funny?
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With the recent Heartbleed security bug, it got me in the mood to go through and audit my passwords.  So, I opened up the LastPass security audit page and saw that I have 740 passwords saved.

I'm pretty sure that I imported from KeePass when I started using LastPass years ago, and I used something else before I used KeePass, so these are login credentials for probably 15 years worth of internetting, but there's no way I'm going through 740 sites and checking to make sure they're still alive, see if I still want to keep the account, etc...
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Generally, I don't expect companies to react well when they are criticized about "controversial" topics.  (I hate that I had to use the word controversial there)

Nabisco had an ad about their graham crackers that showed gay couples and called it wholesome.  Of course, people being what they are, Nabisco received a lot of negative feedback about that.

They responded with this.
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That's an awesome video!
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As chlorophyll absorbs light to convert it to energy, it emits a bit of fluorescent light.  Using existing satellites NASA figured out how to measure this florescence.

Below, you see North America during growing season...wherein it demonstrates that during this time of year it is the most productive (in terms of amount of photosynthesis) area on the planet.  _This includes being more active than the Amazon basin_.

source: http://www.contriving.net/link/f5
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Fascinating - thanks for posting that. 
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So, we can all be happy Kevin Trudeau got prison time.

In a sentencing memo, prosecutors called Trudeau an "unrepentant, untiring, and uncontrollable huckster who has defrauded the unsuspecting for 30 years."

I gotta say, though...30 years and you're just now getting him to stop?  Pretty ineffectual job there, government.
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Kevin Trudeau's most grievous offense was defiance of authority.  That cannot be tolerated.
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A star 1300 times the size of the sun has been discovered. So, that's cool.

What I find really cool is that it's part of a binary star system where:

"the second component so close that it is in contact with the main star"

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Owner of a couple small businesses.  Husband and father. Terribly interested in cognitive science, rationality, physics, meta-questions about thinking and scientific progress...basically anything science-y.

I spend much of my time applying critical thinking towards making processes more efficient.

As far as my posts on G+ expect something like 70% science news, 10% tech news, 15% musings about something, and 5% internet memes or funny stuff of some sort.
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