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Con Healy
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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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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."
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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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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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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
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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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  • University of Edinburgh
    PhD Physics, 2009 - present
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
    BSc Physics, 2005 - 2009
  • Castletroy College
    Secondary School, 2000 - 2005
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