Posts by linger

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    One point that leapt out in that NZH article, which really should give prospective Uber drivers pause for thought:

    because the drivers work as self-employed contractors, they would individually be responsible for paying fines, not the company.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Confessions of an Uber Driver…,

    It’s possible Uber don’t actually have a fixed criterion score as such for each area, but rather a fixed number of drivers to be kept in active service, with drivers ranked below that number dumped each month, regardless of absolute average rating – so it’s a churn mechanism for their pyramid scheme of sign-ups.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Dr G giveaway, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Even cheaper would be to read Ben’s column archive at badscience.net
    (which contains drafts and extracts from the first book, and also forms the bulk of the third book, which is basically a retrospective).
    Similarly, there’s enough of Ben’s talks online now that a speech would have to contain something spectacularly new to justify that ticket price.

    One thing to spend money on, when it eventuates, is his long-planned fourth book, on trialling social policy.

    (N.B. I have bought the first three books.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing NZ keeps digging the…, in reply to nzlemming,

    The word "tossers" seems to sum them up pretty well.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Not doing enough, in reply to Hadyn Green,

    Deciding not to act is an action.

    Which was my point, too. There wouldn't be a need for after-the-fact "collective responsibility" PR (extending well beyond those present, which I think was your criticism of it?), or "not like us" messaging, if anyone had just sent a more timely "Don't be a dick" message in the moment.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Not doing enough, in reply to Hadyn Green,

    “Collective responsibility” doesn’t mean they all actively participated – more that nobody in the room spoke out and stopped this.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing NZ keeps digging the…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It also has to be asked how much of that "better maintenance" is actually directed at making state houses more habitable (having already been deferred to a point where houses were unfit for purpose), rather than at preparing "assets" for sale.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    Yep; basically, all the article demonstrates is that "most people" don’t read carefully enough. Possibly because they’re trying to skimread too much crap in a day (e.g. that article).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: After the Apocalypse,

    It’s also an evidential limitation: we don’t have good evidence (in human models) to estimate the numbers of mutations that don’t give rise to cancer, or that cause cancers that are detected and destroyed by the body’s own defences, or cancers that grow too slowly to become a cause of death or illness. In attributing causes for cancer, we’re mostly limited to evidence about cancers that cause obvious symptoms (and therefore come to medical attention) within about 10 years of exposure to some known risk.
    The thing about radiation industry workers is they are subject to more thorough medical checks than the general population, and so we have a better evidence base both for their total radiation exposure and for the possible effects. “Well protected from radiation” is true within limits. Radiation industry workers’ safe exposure limit is set at 50 mSv/year (more than 10x higher than normal exposure), and is sometimes reached (leading to mandatory stand-down), even under normal working conditions.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: LATE: From #Slacktivism to Activism,

    get used to being wrong a LOT

    Yes; and that’s one of the hardest things to learn. As I keep reminding my grad students: getting results you didn’t expect is a good thing. You’ve either just found a problem with your method, or else a limitation to the theory driving your prediction. Either way, it gives you a lot more to write about.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1436 posts Report Reply

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