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“Proctorio detected none of the cheating students” [pdf]

Source: Hacker News

Article note: ...It caught 0/6 cheaters and made the students anxious.
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The most-regretted (and lowest-paying) college majors

Source: Hacker News

Article note: We always semi-seriously tell the students "No one regrets having an engineering degree," but apparently it really is the least-regretted major (...possibly because of the lucre).
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Approximately Half of Total Protein Intake by Adults Must Be Animal-Based

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Why Lexington universities won’t have COVID data publicly available as classes resume

Source: Latest News

Article note: "The plan is to completely ignore the situation, and pretend nothing is happening" UK spokesperson Jay Blanton said. "Any discussion of COVID risks or mitigation policies threatens our bottom line, and we'd rather let some folks get sick and/or die than deal with that." (THIS IS A SARCASTIC PARAPHRASE, NOT A REAL QUOTE)

People walk through the Gatton Student Center on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Ky., on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022.

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Oxford Physicist Unloads on Quantum Computing Industry, It’s Basically a Scam

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Mmyep. The hype cycle proceeds. "Scam" isn't quite the word, it's not known to be fundamentally untenable, it's just a longer time-scale and likely narrower application than the hypers are presenting.
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MS Teams Linux client is being retired. To be replaced by a progressive web app

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Is it going to suck less than the bundled-ancient-version-of-chrome electron monstrosity they have now? Will screen sharing work vaguely reliably? If so, fine. Teams is actually a nice enough tool in most regards.
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F.D.A. Authorizes Updated Covid Booster Shots Targeting Omicron Subvariants

Source: NYT > Health

Article note: Ooh yeah. I've been holding on my next booster waiting for this, hopefully it'll get rolled out at scale soon.

The agency cleared two options aimed at subvariants that are now dominant, hoping to curtail a fall or winter surge.

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Covid “Fudge Factor” – A map of Covid data corruption and approach that worked

Source: Hacker News

Article note: This is a nifty analysis, it's pretty credible to my eye.
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How the Consumer Computer Is Consuming Computing

Source: Hacker News

Article note: The "Consumer Computer" nomenclature for the various commercially-controlled successors to the personal computer is a good turn of phrase.
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“Is there a heuristic we might use to identify and flag questionable papers?”

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Not useful for editors, but for readers, the heuristic is "How recently was it published." The more recent, the more likely it'll be horseshit. There is, of course, some legitimate work going on in academia, but an ever increasing fraction is min/maxing the research/research artifact ratio so effectively that there isn't actually any research in it. Because that is what matches the incentive structure, and the norms have been steadily shifting to permit that kind of fraud.
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