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Apr 27 2016 at 1:34 PM Rating: Good
Ghost in the Machine
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Are any of you strong in math? More precisely, probability?

What's the probability of drawing a prime number out of the numbers 1 to 50? There are 15 prime numbers between 1 and 50, but the textbook I've got here says the correct answer is 19/50, not 15/50. I can't wrap my head around it - is the book wrong, or am I missing something?
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Apr 27 2016 at 1:47 PM Rating: Good
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Sounds like the book is wrong. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47. 15/50, 3/10, or 30%.

I guess you could say 1 as well and put it at 16/50, my math skills stop there, or something percent, but it's debatable and not worth arguing. Still not 19.

Edited, Apr 27th 2016 3:56pm by lolgaxe
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Apr 27 2016 at 2:18 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I've been breaking my face trying to figure it out. I'm guessing they got the answer wrong, because I just noticed a couple of other errors, too:

According to the book, if it usually rains 12 days in May, the chance of any given day being a rainy day is 1/2. Now, I could go with that if we're doing a "can't predict the weather, so it's always a coin-flip" kind of thing, but then the book says there's a 19/31 probability of the day not being rainy, which is 31 days minus 12 rainy ones, and the inconsistency is making me throw up a little.

Also, apparently, there's a 12/31 chance of drawing an even number between 1 and 50. Jesus Christ, didn't anyone proof-read this?
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Apr 27 2016 at 2:29 PM Rating: Good
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Are they from Texas? Because I could totally believe it if the book was from Texas.
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Apr 27 2016 at 2:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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Mazra wrote:
According to the book, if it usually rains 12 days in May, the chance of any given day being a rainy day is 1/2.
Yeah this is confusing. I mean, unless it's saying something like: "the long term probability of rain in on any day in May is 50% and we got 12/31 days with rain this year. What are the chances of this happening?" In which case you can figure it out. Maybe it's just poorly worded?

Or maybe just send the publisher a picture with a bunch of sad looking kids who just failed a math test and say how the book is ruining society's future.
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Apr 27 2016 at 3:34 PM Rating: Decent
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I've just learned of the false hope for a ship named "Boaty McBoatface". (Thank you ScrewAttack Podcast)

Article about the name if you're curious:
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/04/boaty-mcboatface-britain-democracy/479088/

I've just been uncontrollably chuckling every few minutes when I quietly mumble the name under my breath.
Apr 28 2016 at 1:20 PM Rating: Good
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I voted for Boaty.

Then again I also voted for the new Green Apple Mountain Dew flavor to be called "Gushing Granny" so I probably am not the best at naming things.

Edited, Apr 28th 2016 3:26pm by lolgaxe
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Apr 28 2016 at 1:26 PM Rating: Excellent
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Rule #1 of democracy if you don't want to go with what people want then don't let them make the decision. At the very least make them choose between several pre-selected ideas to keep them from doing something truely idiotic.

Also:

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(As my colleague David Graham has noted, itâ€™s a bit rich to hear such sober talk from a government that has in the past named ships Buttercup and Cockchafer.)

All kind of sad, I was hoping for Boaty too.
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Apr 29 2016 at 8:27 AM Rating: Good
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Jesus Christ, man. Every time I think I know what's up with my line of work, something comes along that I am not prepared for.

It was time for the yearly physical evaluation of the students. I was chatting with the healthcare woman at work, going through her evaluation of each student. It's the usual "has good health, doesn't exercise enough, has a good understanding of safe sex" etc. Then we get to the first girl, and the healthcare woman goes "has had unprotected sexual intercourse", and I choked on my coffee. Was not prepared for the "dad reflex" to kick in there. Not sure what else she told me in the following minutes, because all I could think off was ways to hunt down that son of a *****.

I didn't think my job would involve feeling like a dad all of a sudden. Next year should prove... exhausting.

Edited, Apr 29th 2016 4:34pm by Mazra
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Apr 29 2016 at 10:24 AM Rating: Good
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My first reaction was to ask how she found out, and then it dawned me that she probably just asked.

Edited, Apr 29th 2016 12:25pm by lolgaxe
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Apr 29 2016 at 12:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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Um, how old are the kids you teach?

Personally I could live without knowing the sexual history of my pupils. I mean knowing they know about safe sex, sure, good to know they've learned that. Has had unprotected sex? Um... yeah, let's skip to the next one already, and leave out the parts about her purple ***** and nipple clamps...
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Apr 29 2016 at 3:33 PM Rating: Good
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It's a standard part of the evaluation to ask them if they're sexually active. I teach 8th grade (age 13-14), so it's right around the time where they get their first girl-/boyfriends and all that stuff that makes my job much more difficult. The healthcare lady has to ask, because it's her job to make sure that the kids are physically healthy. She has to tell me, because it's my job to make sure each individual pupil is thriving. I was also told about weight issues, hygiene issues, etc., because we have to know everything about everyone.

Not sure how it's done in other countries, but teaching/education in Danish public schools is centered around creating rapport between the students and teachers. Breaking down the formal barrier is seen as an achievement, because it leads to a deeper understanding of each child's educational need. While I wasn't expecting to be told about first... encounters... in this particular case, it did provide an insight into her mood swings and lack of attention in class.

Meh, I could live without the information, but it's part of the job. Or so I found out.
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Apr 29 2016 at 3:57 PM Rating: Excellent
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Well kudos to you, because 13-14 year olds are one heck of an age to have to deal with.

Yeah, can't say the same degree of familiarity happens on this side of the pond, but that's probably more to our detriment than anything else. We're more concerned with meeting criteria and having kids pass tests for the most part. Not to sell the teachers short or anything, they're are some making a strong effort, but it's not the same really. We're kinda lacking in the whole education thing.
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May 02 2016 at 11:11 AM Rating: Good
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When I was going to school we didn't have that so much as a penguin with a ruler. Yours sounds better ... the sex thing, not so much. To be honest I'd probably add you to the list of people to shotgun, after the boy that did it, of the people to eliminate for touching my daughter.

Edited, May 2nd 2016 1:24pm by lolgaxe
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May 02 2016 at 3:59 PM Rating: Good
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Wait, what?
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May 03 2016 at 7:51 AM Rating: Good
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I'm not a rational papa bear.
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May 03 2016 at 10:53 AM Rating: Excellent
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I think that's a given at this point, more pressing is probably your easy access to the weapons.
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May 03 2016 at 11:31 AM Rating: Good
Ghost in the Machine
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lolgaxe wrote:
I'm not a rational papa bear.

Yeah, no, but the way you phrased it...

lolgaxe wrote:
To be honest I'd probably add you to the list of people to shotgun, after the boy that did it, of the people to eliminate for touching my daughter.

If you remove the parenthetical phrase and the redundant rephrasing of the first part of the sentence, you get this:

lolgaxe wrote:
To be honest I'd probably add you to the list of people to shotgun for touching my daughter.

And that's... disturbing. I'm aware that you probably meant 'touch' as in 'come into contact with', but that word sets off a serious amount of red flags and sirens in my line of work. It's the worst nightmare of any male employee in the educational system. Hell, I have to watch my every step while in the classroom, because I must never come into actual physical contact with any of the kids.

Basically, we're branded potential perverts from the first day at work until the day we retire. Thank you, over-caring parents of the world. And I don't mean the shotgun toting fathers.

Edited, May 3rd 2016 7:38pm by Mazra
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May 03 2016 at 11:41 AM Rating: Good
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"I would cause bodily harm to anyone that physically or mentally has any even vaguely intimate interaction of any kind with my daughter."

I mean, ultimately probably not with someone who is concerned and such, but at the same time I'd rather people be too scared to even consider it. Pretty much a "Wow, if he'd do that to someone who only had the kid's best interest in mind, imagine what he'd do to someone that didn't?"

Edited, May 3rd 2016 1:44pm by lolgaxe
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May 03 2016 at 12:13 PM Rating: Excellent
Meat Popsicle
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lolgaxe wrote:
but at the same time I'd rather people be too scared to even consider it.
I think this sums up fatherhood in a nutshell. There's very little to be gained by us dads being "nice" in this regard. The Mrs. can always smooth things over if we go too far.

Of course this is America here, it's a culture full of people who do stupid things and carry weapons. It takes a bit more oomph to be sufficiently intimidating.

Edited, May 3rd 2016 11:13am by someproteinguy
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May 03 2016 at 12:53 PM Rating: Good
Ghost in the Machine
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lolgaxe wrote:
"I would cause bodily harm to anyone that physically or mentally has any even vaguely intimate interaction of any kind with my daughter."

What about verbally? And what is intimate? Sex ed is a thing... stuff gets pretty tense during those weeks. Verbally, I mean. I assume we're talking "with the hopes of getting in her pants" intimate?

If not, remind me to wear Kevlar to the next parent-teacher conference.

Edit: This filter... le sigh.

Edited, May 3rd 2016 8:55pm by Mazra
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May 03 2016 at 1:15 PM Rating: Good
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I don't mind the idea of a teacher teaching sex ed, I just feel that anything personal should be up to the parents themselves.
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May 03 2016 at 1:51 PM Rating: Good
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You and me both, and I wish more parents were like that.

I'm not fond of having to handle the personal/emotional stuff. Never was good at that, which is why I'm teaching the older kids instead of the crybabies in primary school. Can't avoid it, though, because hormones. Also, because some parents are self-centered a**holes who care more about themselves than their kids. We're a neutral third party in all of this, so they come to us with a lot of the stuff that they're too afraid to go to their parents with. Obviously, the parents eventually find out, because, you know, we have to tell them... but the illusion of trust persists and so they keep coming. Unfortunately, a lot of parents also come to us with their emotional stuff... kind of annoying. It's like being a shrink, but for way less money.

That said, I'd rather not want to know about my students' sexual activities. It's pretty difficult to look someone in the eye and explain trigonometry to them when you know those kinds of details about them. It's bad enough when you overhear them talking about stuff because they don't know you're there. Some things cannot be unheard.

Edited, May 3rd 2016 9:54pm by Mazra
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May 03 2016 at 4:44 PM Rating: Good
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so the new season of thrones has been insane

was on the mainland for a week or so, was cold. that is all
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