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|1 week 18 hours ago||This has been a thing forever||
This has been a thing forever in AA. Back when I was there, I would always let my roommate order chinese for us because he'd just call them up and order completely off the menu. Even basic things like Shanghi noodles would come out completely different (and better) when he ordered it. So at least 2 decades ago, you could get very authentic, very good chinese food in AA, but it couldn't use english to order it.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Um, the whole of the midwest||
Um, the whole of the midwest could do with a decent mexican place. I'm pretty sure there isn't a decent mexican place in the entire midwest. Same goes for the northeast. Its hard to have good mexican in places that don't grow the correct ingredients and lack a decent sized population of the culture. And contrast that with Cali where we don't have mexican places, we have regional mexican cuisine.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||The statistics themselves are||
The statistics themselves are no worse and actually much better than most other forms of violent crime. The statistics themselves by the own admission of the researchers gathering many of the statistics are actually highly flawed and lack specifity. But what statistics we do have, however flawed they might be, actually show that sexual assault on college campuses is actually better than sexual assault off campuses. The largest statistical sampling we have available shows that reported percentages of sexual assualt and rape are basically inline with other violent crime. So in short, the statistics around sexual assault and rape are generally no worse than any other violent crime.
And anyone out there throwing around things like 1 in 5 or 1 in 3 without having actually read and understood the data and the methodology and questions behind the data is certainly sensationalizing it.
Its very similar to throwing out the oft quoted omnibus wage gap data without any understanding of the actual data behind it or what that data actually says (hint actual wage gap, like experience, like job, like time in field, etc, is close to non-existent at this actual time, it still exists, and the last couple percent still need to be looked at and understood and/or closed, but using things like <80% is so distorted that it signals that a party isn't advocating in good faith).
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||I'm pretty sure that everyone||
I'm pretty sure that everyone here is against rape and that the vast majority of at least the US population is against rape. We aren't debating nor talking about people being pro or against rape. We are talking about and debating issues of fairness, due process, and legalities. There is a vast gulf between anyone accused of rape is guilty and rape is a good thing (no not really).
I personally think real actual rapist should be locked up forever, but that's not the topic at hand, we are talking about how do you determine if someone is a real actual rapist. Should that be left up to the criminal justice system with history behind things like due process, rules of evidence, informed council on both sides, or should it be left up to a hodge podge tribunal with basically no due process, no rules of evidence, not really informed council on both sides if there is even council, and no actual real legal authority beyond at best contract law?
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||subpoenas and evidence||
Quite frankly, its because Universities have no legal authority. The criminal justice system (CJS) has the power of supoenas, rules and procedures of evidence(that have been thoroughly specified by centuries of court cases), the power to compel testimony, and the authority to punish falsehood. In stark contrast, the Universities are limited to, at best, contract law. Its fairly material that the suit in the Duke case is grounded upon violations of contract law, both explicit and implicit.
As a mental excercise, imagine that someone is accused of rape at a university. A group of people really don't like someone else and want him to be expelled. They setup a condition that on the surface looks perfectly viable. Person A and the accused left a bar together, went somewhere, and the next day the accused is accused of rape. Meanwhile, they are communicating progress via text message. There is no way for the accused nor for the university to ever legally get ahold of those text messages. The university can only rely on what is volunteered by people involved in the case. In an actual CJS case, the text messages would be simply subpoenaed by the lawyers on both sides of the case as simply a matter of procedure. An advocate in a university case isn't even legally required to turn over any evidence that is revealed to them that would be exculpatory.
And I agree that the preponderance of evidence standard isn't the real issue, it is merely compounded by the real issue which is one of valid rights of defense and basic issues of legal authority and procedure. The only way that a university would get any of that is if the state legislatures created a legal court entity at each university. In the meantime, all the current system is going to due is make many lawyers exceedingly rich as the number of cases that build up against the universities becomes iron clad. From a simple basis of contract law, the Universities are on very very shaky ground.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Actually if you look at the||
Actually if you look at the questionnaire used for the BJS survey, it also includes pretty much any unwanted sexual contact.
And I do agree that it is a difficult area to poll with depending on the exact wording used the definition of what qualifies can be quite diverse. It gets into lots of issues of subverbal signaling and interpretation. As a for instance, by some definitions, any kiss given without affirmative prior consent can count as sexual assault which generally isn't copecetic with common societal norms (or really even common militant/extreme feminist norms). I'm pretty sure that no one gets affirmative verbal affirmation for every kiss they ever give to someone.
I actually think these surveys need to go both more in depth and in breadth in the questions they ask wrt both sexual assault and rape (I tend to personally categorize the two seperately due to a bright line distinction between the two in serverity and impact).
Nor does it help that some of the data surrounding the issue get into issues of fully consensual sex and aware sex being categorized as rape (see various examples of statutory rape cases involving two teenagers, some procecuted even over the objection of both sets of parents).
And then you get into the cases where neither party is mentally capable of given consent(dual intoxication et al).
None of the polls/surveys I know of go into enough depth breadth to make fully informed conclusions from the data nor in many cases enough information to make real progress on root causes and ways to mitigate them.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||But that 50% is actually||
But that 50% is actually pretty much inline with the average for Violent Crime given within the report and not far off from the % for serious violent crime.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||DPS (or more appropriately||
DPS (or more appropriately UMPD), would have primary jurisdiction for any crime that occurs on UM property. They are a fully licensed police department by the State of Michigan. Whether they would abdicate the case to another law enforcement entity would be up to them and any agency they were abdicating to. Likely, given that they rarely investigate murder, they would defer to either AAPD, Washtenaw County Sherrif, Michigan State Police, Michigan Criminal Justice Bureau, or FBI. Certainly the MSP would likely be involved in dealing with the forensic evidence. At the very least its fairly common for AAPD/WCS to work with UMPD as its rare that a UMPD case is solely confined to the UM campus.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||The problem is that very much||
The problem is that very much like the NCAA, the universities don't have the legal grounding or basis to handle these cases. They first of all have no way to compel evidence. Nor compel testimony. They have no rules of evidence either. Nor does it appear they even have valid written procedure. And what little prodecure they have appears to often not actually be followed. And nor does it appear that the people running these tribunals are capable nor independant (Seriously, a rape councilar/advocate as you judge in a case about rape?)
Even if it is determined that civil levels of determination are valid, the tribunals aren't applying civil levels of evidence nor discovery. The results so far don't seem viable and seem to merely setup the universities for multimillion dollar payouts.
That's not even getting into the issue that determining who is at fault when two people both heavily intoxicated and therefore incapable of giving or having concent have sex, the guilty party is determined by solely by the sex of the actual parties.
A much better solution IS to have the criminal justice system handle it, and if there are actual structural or legal barriers/issues within the CJS, then fix those. Cause that solution actually is a general solution that applies to everyone whether in college or not.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||I would logically argue that||
I would logically argue that the real standard being employed in this cases isn't even "preponderance of evidence". It is in fact a lesser standard than "preponderance of evidence", primarily because the rules concerning the evidence and voracity of evidence is such that the evidence presented wouldn't even hold up in common law. In fact, the level of evidence in these cases sometimes doesn't even rise to the level of heresay. Certainly from the reports of the Duke case, the evidence used to convicts in most cases wouldn't even be admissable in the first place.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Unfortunately, your data||
Unfortunately, your data point isn't statistically viable and isn't supported by historical trend. In fact, the number you are citing for 2010 is statistically abberant. In addition, the number provided is for a combination of rape and sexual assault, not merely rape.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||The 1 in 3 number is actually||
The 1 in 3 number is actually from a WHO report from 2013 and that number is a combination of sexual and physical assault. And by its own admision, the report isn't accurate but a best guess result with significant population and statistical issues and based on surveys of existing publications. It is also a worldwide estimate with the estimate for affluent places like the US at 23.2%.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Do you have a raw reference||
Do you have a raw reference for these statistics you are quoting with actual reference to what is categorized as sexual assault wrt to these numbers?
This is just a bit of a pet peeve of mine. There are a lot of "statistics" reported and repeated wrt to sexual assault and rape both in the media, via advocacy organizations, and online that have little to no basis in actual fact. As an example, I present this Washington Post article about the various issues in using the oft used "1 in 5" reference: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/12/17/one-in-fi...
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Zero? Infinite? Negative?||
Zero? Infinite? Negative? Large numbers? Small numbers?
While I do agree that some rapes go unreported, we cannot know how many actually do. Nor should we do anything but actually encourage people to actually report.
We can't base policy and certainly not law on ephemerals. Policy and Law need to be based on actual facts.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Actually if you did it right,||
Actually if you did it right, the bandwidth required is rather minimal. Instead of doing individual streams per person, you do a multicast stream. You can basically do high quality HD in about 2-3 Mbit/s and 4k in ~13ish Mbit/s.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||only if you have made the||
only if you have made the unsubstantiated and unsupported a priori determination that fubles follow a random statistical distribution.
Unfortunately for that line of argument, no one has actually proven that, substantiated it, or has supporting data for it. Yes, people will sometimes model it as a random statistical distribution but that is as a shorthand because we don't have a better way of modelling it. Its very similar to using random statistical distribution to model yield in semiconductor manufacturing. For a given process its generally reasonable, but its not actually correct. We know that there are numerous things which will change yield and we know some fabs/companies are better than others.
Likewise it is important not to confuse modelling and especially future predictive modelling with reality. In the case on fumble data, there are numerous factors that contribute to an actual fumble, a great many of which (really the vast majority) that have nothing to do with randomness. So the basic problem of the statement "Nearly statistically impossible" is that it is fundamentally incorrect. The statement is assuming that a weakly correlating model is the underlying model for the process.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||BS, Nirvana was heads and||
BS, Nirvana was heads and shoulders above PJ, WHEN Kurt was alive. Nirvana gets the nod by everyone because they were the ERA.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||That's because most of the||
That's because most of the mainstream music made in the 2000's wasn't actually made by any of the faces. Most of the mainstream artists in the 2000's was less real than Milli Vanilli. Between crews of upwards of 20 people actually creating the lyrics/music, auto-tune, almost everything being lip sync'd, etc, its not surprising that faces were discarded left and right. A face had to be massively popular in order to justify being paid. Unless the face alone could guarentee a platnum alblum, they were generally discarded for a new fresh face that could be paid almost nothing. Why pay money for an expensive face who isn't going to bring anything to the table when there are thousand's of equally attractive faces out there will to work for peanuts? The 2000's were a lot like the 50s in that regard.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||JayZ was decent. Eminem||
JayZ was decent. Eminem peaked very early in the 2002 range. RHCP was a 90s band. Boy Bands/Beyonce/TLC/Britney/Christina/et al are all manufactured crap with upwards of 20 people developing each song.
The manufactured pop push was driven not by old people, but by young people that didn't know better. The target market for all of it (including boy bands/TLC/Brit/Christina et al) is 10-18 year olds.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||That's mostly the result of||
That's mostly the result of the "Loudness Wars". Only stupid producers could screw up something like a CD and make it sound worse than Vinyl. Unfortunately, stupid producers/engineers make up like 99.99999% of producers/engineers. Give them a recording medium with twice the dynamic range and significantly more fidelity and what do they do? Produce recordings with half the dynamic range and a 1/4 of the fidelity of Vinyl. Luckily the "Loudness Wars" are finally starting to subside somewhat with an actual ground swell pushing back against it among recording artists and engineers.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, I think the 00s are||
Actually, I think the 00s are pretty easy. The 00s were the decade of nobody. Cause the 00s were the decade that saw the near complete domination by completely manufactured music. The 00s saw hit after hit that was manufactured by upwards of 20 people doing the lyrics and music and then some figurehead getting on stage "performing" it.
So if we have to pick 1 artist/group that perfectly symbolized the 00s, I think we can do no better than Milli Vanilli. Sure they really weren't active in the 00s but they are the pure inpiration behind like 95% of the charting music out there: nothing real, all lipsink, figureheads on stage.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||If pointless destruction is||
If pointless destruction is now a relatively common element among all Michigan fraternities then they either need to fix it or have it fixed for them.
When I was at UofM, pretty much any frat party had a couple frat members who were sober and responsible for kicking out anyone (including members) who were causing problems.
And this story isn't being overblown. You had multiple Greek organizations that implicitly represent Michigan completely and publicly tarnishing that reputation. There seems to be a rather large number of both Alumni and none Alumni who are justifiably outraged by the actions that took place. Each post here has had several hundred posters, the Reddit thread has had over 6k comments. This is getting national media exposure.
If a fraternity wants to trash their own house, I don't think anyone would care. But that's not what they did. Nor do I think Sammy would take kindly if people showed up at their house and totally trashed everything.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Actually there has been a lot||
Actually there has been a lot of editing of the page recently. At one point they DID have a picture from his introduction at UofM but then someone changed it back to stanford. No reasons given.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||From the clip on the Barwis||
From the clip on the Barwis website from the show, it appears that she came up to michigan to do the rehab training:
Those clips appear to show the inside of one of the Michigan facilities. Also the Chive article linked below has her wearing a Michigan shirt in one of the pictures.
Also Katie gets a shout out in Barwis's TEDxUofM talk: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Untapped-potential-Mike-Barwis
|18 weeks 3 days ago||That's because everyone with||
That's because everyone with a clue knows that nothing new is coming on Harbaugh until after Xmas.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||This is true. The CS side||
This is true. The CS side tends to be a lot easier until you get into the 400/500 level classes where it mostly evens out.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Obviously not someone who has||
Obviously not someone who has taken EMag 1/2.
I remember taking the mid term for EMag 1. Like halfway through the exam, everyone looked up and just shrugged. IIRC, the class average was a 9 out of 60 with the high score being a 13. And that class has 3 of the people with the highest GPAs in my year.
Programming exams just aren't that hard. Then again, half the people I've ever interviewed can't diagram a simple efficient queue either and that includes masters and phds. Hint, if you are moving data you are doing it wrong.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Well, I took it almost 20||
Well, I took it almost 20 years ago. Like all programming classes, a lot of it will depend on your experience and comfort with programming going in. For some it was an absolute beast that took them forever to do the projects and for others they would literally bang out the projects during free time the day of turn in.
I found the class pretty easy personally, but then again I was working for CAEN and helping to rewrite the whole backup system at that time so obviously I had more than enough knowledge and experience going in.
If you are a math major the logic part of the class shouldn't be much of an issue. It will primarily be getting up to speed on whatever language they are using these days and the syntax involved. After you are up to speed on language and syntax, its mostly a matter of how fast you can organize everything and get it into the editor and compiling.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||So I guess that's why there||
So I guess that's why there are multiple TV shows not being produced purely for Internet distribution over multiple companies. Or that so far those TV shows products for distribution outside of the cable monopoly bundle infrastructure are some of the best out there. Or that the best producer of TV shows (HBO), isn't part of any bundled cable plan(its an a la carte addon!).
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Don't know what studies||
Don't know what studies you've read, but all the ones I've read show it to be a major win for consumers. The majority of consumers will pay significantly less in an a la carte model. In addition, the only reason the sports fan would suffer at all is because the current models encourages bigger and bigger TV contracts. In an a la carte world, the TV sports contracts would drastically shrink because the money simply wouldn't be there to pay for them. AKA, the only reason that the sports contracts have gotten so big is because of the perversion of the bundling model and without that model, there is actually significant downward pricing pressure.