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Bless her.
 
"My last day of chemo it was tough, but I was tougher."

- Sophia Sandoval

Lynda Carter, the Wonder Woman approves:
 http://www.dailydot.com/geek/cancer-patient-wonder-woman-lynda-carter/

#quote   #quoteoftheday   #wonderwoman  
Way to go Sophia… so proud of you brave girl!! NEGU, Erik (daddy)
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Bad research : No sense in putting this any other way. I have often come upon some paper which talks about a small sample size, where sample size is important to understanding statistically significant effects. Sometimes the bias in an experiment has not been addressed. In other cases, repeatability is a problem.

Why does this matter? : Imagine a simple thought experiment. First we make an assumption - e.g. eggs come from birds. We need to first define 'eggs' and 'birds'. Is this rigorous? When an experimenter finds that a fish lays an egg, the assumption is clearly not specific enough. What does 'comes from' mean?

Assuming for this example, that only birds lay eggs, and we have defined the terms adequately, we then need to go on and test this idea.... if an idea is testable, repeatable, has some logic and has a clear explanation, we can call this a 'hypothesis'. But we need to check; do all birds lays eggs everywhere we test? Does a bird give birth any other way? Has there been a single case of a bird not laying an egg? Has it been done in all kinds of conditions, multiple times, by different researchers? Is there some bias that can creep into the way we observe this egg-laying phenomena? Hypothesis are based on the scientific method, and means something in science.

Hypothesis --> Theory ---> Law : This is a long journey from our initial assumption. The UC Berkeley website says " Occasionally, scientific ideas (such as biological evolution) are written off with the putdown "it's just a theory." This slur is misleading and conflates two separate meanings of the word theory: in common usage, the word theory means just a hunch, but in science, a theory is a powerful explanation for a broad set of observations. To be accepted by the scientific community, a theory (in the scientific sense of the word) must be strongly supported by many different lines of evidence. So biological evolution is a theory (it is a well-supported, widely accepted, and powerful explanation for the diversity of life on Earth), but it is not "just" a theory. "

Feynman explains : Richard Feynman describes the way the scientific method works (Feynman on Scientific Method. ) and here he is again on the social sciences : R. P. Feynman on social sciences

Researchers published results damaging their own work : This is how science works. Things change and researchers like Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton actually published a paper saying their own work was not repeatable. This is all kinds of awesome . Read more about it here http://goo.gl/wVXYdK

What to look for : Matter of belief and opinion cannot be researched. If that is the basis of the study, its bad science. Sample population is important and how it was selected. Did the researchers study one variable at a time? Did they have a control group to test against? Were all the variables controlled? Was it a double blind test? (not always possible). Was the conclusion statistically significant?  ------- There are many other basic ideas you can check for. I saw a research on an effect, where the experiment was done only once. The experimenter was himself a part of the experiment and the conclusions seemed to be a matter of opinion. That is just bad research. No other way to call it.

References:

From SciAm: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/absolutely-maybe/2013/09/08/bad-research-rising-the-7th-olympiad-of-research-on-biomedical-publication/

The Scientific method (Univ. Of Rochester) : http://teacher.nsrl.rochester.edu/phy_labs/appendixe/appendixe.html

Empire state college ref: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/badstats

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#science #scienceeveryday  
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The things we do for our kids.
  Summer just ended, but there’s still 1 more event to celebrate. We're extremely thankful for all the support from our fans and customers, and we want to give
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It's been a long time since I stayed up on voice telecom tech, but I have a horrific feeling that voLTE is really just another way for the major carriers to charge us separately for voice traffic and data traffic. Does anyone have have a compelling case that says otherwise? TIA
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Please unscrew your Bluetooth stack, or reply with a link to the repo and I'll fix the damn thing myself. Really disappointed guys.
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OK, playing coy, I'll find and fix it anyway right after FanX
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I wish I could + 10000 this. Seriously, all respect to Don Norman, but pretty things don't work better, things that are correct and fast work better, if it's pretty that's great, but without those two you're just putting lipstick on a pig.
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Here's an article I wrote for today's PerfPlanet (industry experts focused on internet speed). HALT is the one number for judging performance of your entire website because it weights each page's importance.

The adorable tortoises? My older daughter provided the artwork.
Speed engineers rely on business buy-in to get the job done. Telling a clear story will gain you resources and help when it's time to balance speed against other marketing considerations. The cost of a garbled message? Wasted time, frustrated users, and lost sales. Last year, the big sites got ...
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I feel the same way about my Nexus 5!!
 
  #pixelpushing   #lollipushing #firstworldproblems  

Seeing "Your device's software is up to date" on my KitKat Moto X no matter how much I mash the "Software updates" row, I'm all like...
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Google has been, and always will be, my friend.
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I think I need to start doing this!
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