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Experimental design which might prove it. Random number generator based on a quantum design.

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  • // 30 million men without hope for building a family or reproducing, this means trouble. Either for China, or whomever China goes to war with.
    (tags: china)
  • Quote:"You'd think that in a period of great economic strife, companies would double-down on improving customer service efforts. But that doesn't seem to be the case.

    // Why? Customer service is expensive with an ROI difficult to measure. Would you rather have these companies start gutting their core services? That banks should cut down on vaults and security, or that cable companies would fire maintanence people before their cust.serv.reps?

    (tags: business)
  • // We may be in a recession, but our business card technology has never been better.
  • Quote:"But before we turn our collective backs on technology and return to the hinterlands, one must ask, is this true? A closer look at archeology and anthropology brings the myth of early humans living in a state of perfect nature into serious doubt. Evidence suggests that the wars fought by early humans were at least as brutal as the wars we fight today, furthermore, many early tribal societies endured a perpetual state of battle with neighboring tribes. Tribal societies, often romanticized as ancient communes, were closed societies that left no room for descent or diversity of opinion. Primitive man, far from being ecologically wise, changed and ravaged his environment in similar ways as we do today."

    // This might call into question the idea of a noble savage, but it also calls into question the idea of the civilised man. So you have the savage and the civilised; both ignoble.

  • Quote:"In all, the NKVD executed almost half the Polish officer corps"

    // Brutal.

  • Quote:"But the audience especially appeared to appreciate a California doctor's call for a drive to integrate short bursts of physical activity into the regular workplace and school routine.

    "We have great meetings with lots of healthy refreshments now, compared to 20 years ago when we would only have unhealthy refreshments, or 30 years ago when people would have been smoking in this room," said Dr. Toni Yancey of University of California Los Angeles.

    "Now we need to not coop people up for hours on end without physical activity," Yancey continued as laughter erupted from colleagues in the windowless auditorium.

    // Great idea. It will also help with productivity imho.

  • // I like how recruiters believe that somehow the hyperbole, humor and humanity visible on our facebook pages somehow correlates to how well we do our jobs. There's good reason to be skeptical, we all know high-functioning professionals who have personal lives that are wild or troubled. Right now, yes, HR people can be as judgmental as they want when hiring, the job market as it is. However, this won't conitnue forever. And it's a red herring. People shuold be judged by the work they do, or have done. Or their potential.

    But there is a way to avoid problems with Facebook. Adjust your facebook privacy settings. You can separate friends from family from professional acquaintances.

  • Quote:"In the city where Fryer expected the most success, the experiment had no effect at all – "as zero as zero gets," as he puts it. In two other cities, the results were promising but in totally different ways. In the last city, something remarkable happened. Kids who got paid all year under a very elegant scheme performed significantly better on their standardized reading tests at the end of the year. Statistically speaking, it was as if those kids had spent three extra months in school, compared with their peers who did not get paid.

    "These are substantial effects, as large as many other interventions that people have thought to be successful," says Brian Jacob, a University of Michigan public-policy and economics professor who has studied incentives and who reviewed Fryer's study at TIME's request. If incentives are designed wisely, it appears, payments can indeed boost kids' performance as much as or more than many other reforms.

    // And it's cheaper. (Younger is better)