"Knowledge overconfidence is associated with anti-consensus views on controversial scientific issues"

It's not just snark, near the end it discusses ways of using the results to get people to change their minds. science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv

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'A 14 August 1912 article from a New Zealand newspaper contained a brief story about how burning coal might produce future warming by adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. ' snopes.com/fact-check/1912-art

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OK, this is hilarious (in German). Threema set up an ice cream stand with free ice cream, but the salesperson asks people intimate questions before they get the ice cream: your phone number, your best friend's name, your best friend's birth year, whether you're undergoing any medical treatments, who you chatted with last… I'm cringe-laughing-crying. Is there a word for this?
via @Seraina

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Gave me a brief giggle. Mercifully haven't touched C since trying to work out how to get anything done in a Uni Solaris lab in the late 80's - Aussie vernacular C++ aussieplusplus.vercel.app/

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Post-quantum encryption contender is taken out by single-core PC and 1 hour


In general there is a lot of deep mathematics which has been published in the mathematical literature but which is not well understood by cryptographers. I lump myself into the category of those many researchers who work in cryptography but do not understand as much mathematics as we really should. So sometimes all it takes is someone who recognizes the applicability of existing theoretical math to these new cryptosystems. That is what happened here.

"Seven studies [...] reveal that upper-class individuals behave more unethically than lower-class individuals. [...] more likely to break the law while driving, [...] more likely to exhibit unethical decision-making tendencies [...], take valued goods from others [...], lie in a negotiation [...], cheat to increase their chances of winning a prize [...], and endorse unethical behavior at work" pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1118

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Grizzles about cloud and about offshoring data seem to be a bit mixed together, e.g. in this article. Once Amazon and Microsoft get their data centres going in NZ, do you still have concerns? If you had some open source and very secure cloud provider overseas, do you still have concerns? etc.

Glad there's any convo happening though.


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Can't believe it's taken so long for people in NZ to question the gov't's (anything-but-NZ-owned-and-run) 'Cloud First' policy for offshoring NZer data with US-owned megacorporates like AWS, Microsoft, and Google. rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ I'm appalled that our gov't ever thought this was ok given that those corporations are beholden to the US Cloud and Patriot Acts.

sans-serif is the neo-brutalism of typography

I have apparently reached the stage of my life involving biannual doctor's visits to keep an eye on a unexplained chronic niggle...

Super weak!

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Two decades of Alzheimer's research may be based on deliberate fraud that has cost millions of lives: dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/22

I remember seeing an item on the TV not long ago where the presenter was puzzling over why drugs that successfully targeted amyloid plaques did not seem to have any effect slowing or stopping the development of Alzheimer's. I guess now we know 😕

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RT @MrMatthewTodd@twitter.com

And the media said Don’t Look Up wasn’t realistic… 🤡😳🤪#heatwave

🐦🔗: twitter.com/MrMatthewTodd/stat

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. @__fincham@twitter.com asks: "Please can everyone go and subscribe to the Hikitia YouTube channel: youtube.com/watch?v=3W9dCnDPF8

"I'd like it to go viral if possible and get us a bunch of funding and general interest."

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This is grim reading.


How stupid are many of our opinion writers? When everyone has access to stand on a soapbox on twitter, facebook, mastodon, reddit, instagram - why do media sources of supposed news pay people to spout their utter drivel.

Some of these opinionated folks are an active danger to public health & safety.

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