r/AdviceAnimals 1d ago

An acquaintance keeps telling people to "do their research" on fields they literally have 0 qualifications to argue about (epidemiology, economics, medicine, etc).

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64 Upvotes

r/AdviceAnimals 4d ago

Too many cars going at the same speed next to each other

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332 Upvotes

r/AdviceAnimals 4d ago

I don't understand why their supporters are hesitant to get vaccinated.

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21k Upvotes

r/AdviceAnimals 11d ago

Our standards are too low

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COMMENT 15d ago

Below is a link to the PDF of a 2018 article summarizing advances in mRNA technology. Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/nrd.2017.243

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COMMENT 27d ago

But this is asking people to work overtime during an emergency which is perfectly acceptable. This is different from a firm where the status quo is uncompensated work every week. I worked overtime during covid and didn't mind it because it was an emergency situation but I would never stick with a job where uncompensated overtime work is expected every week so someone else can get a bonus

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COMMENT 27d ago

To clarify: this post is about hourly workers working over time for free which is illegal in the US

It also applies to engineering firms overworking their engineers and building crappy products that can hurt people. That's not illegal but it's a horrible long term strategy in my opinion.

This isn't to say people shouldn't work hard when there's a surge or emergency. But uncompensated overtime should never be the status quo.

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COMMENT 27d ago

I wish more managers were like you. A good friend of mine kept working overtime for free because he thought he wasn't productive enough. One of his coworkers quit and was never replaced which makes sense if bonuses are based on revenue vs. expenses. It took him subbing in for someone in a different division to see how their free time is getting someone else a bonus (people at the other division explained how managers get compensated)

r/AdviceAnimals 27d ago

This is how managers with certain incentive structures can get big bonuses while your coworkers get fired because they're no longer needed.

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COMMENT Apr 05 '21

Universities have a process for your issue. You should complain. Usually you'd talk to the department chair first. Then you would contact the Ombudsman. Or if you are scared of repercussions you can contact the Ombudsman directly. They are supposed to be unbiased by design. It is not okay for faculty to do what your professor is doing with the possible exception of courses where the topic necessitates self-teaching (like in a Python programming course where part of what you should learn is how to teach yourself how to code). That's certainly not the case for microeconomics courses. I would complain, personally.

The bill has to do with discussion of certain topics in class. If the board (which is appointed by the governor) disagrees with what's being discussed in class they can censor it, in theory. This is problematic for several reasons. For example, a religious person offended by the theory of evolution could file a complaint. If a board member (appointed by the governor) agrees, the professor could be censored. It's a disservice to science students to skip important pieces of science and I personally believe this will encourage academics to leave Florida. It's literally the reason why so many scientists from Eastern Europe left under communism.

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COMMENT Apr 05 '21

Students who need it have always been allowed to record lectures. In large universities a considerable amount of classes are recorded and made available for students too.

The issue is having politically appointed boards deciding what can and can't be discussed in a college classroom and checking it on video. China does this and I never in a million years thought the US was heading in that direction.

r/AdviceAnimals Apr 04 '21

Florida is trying to pass a law allowing university lectures to be recorded and the state board (appointed by the governor) to monitor what is taught in the classroom. Reminds me of oppressive governments with cameras in all colleges.

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r/AdviceAnimals Mar 03 '21

They also fingerprinted me and let me off when my spouse insisted they checked my (unusual) middle name. A friend had the same thing happen to him in Brazil. Our last names are common names like Smith, Williams, etc. Pro tip: If you have a common last name, give your kids an unusual middle name.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

A deer ran into the road. He lost control. It's unlikely a deer running into the road will kill you if you are driving slow.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

Relative speed is zero being minimal risk assumes all else equal. In road conditions all else isn't equal. Relative size of vehicles matters a lot, for instance.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

Speed limits are determined by statisticians who look at probability of death conditional on average (for the area) driving skills.

That's why I follow them. They weren't randomly determined, a lot of work goes into the calculations and they have been shown to reduce deaths by a lot in countries that calculate limits in this way.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

I use state funded roads, send my kids to public schools, went to a public university for my undergraduate degree and use state parks a lot. I also enjoy not having to support my elderly family members who didn't plan for retirement but were forced to contribute to Social Security (granted that's Federal) So... Yes.

Note: I've lived in several countries and didn't enjoy living in a place where private schools were required due to public schools being so bad, public parks were dangerous, etc.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

True. They're totally unfair. However, since there are more non wealthy people than wealthy people, they do serve as a deterrent.

They also only affect the non powerful. Did you hear about the Dakota AG?

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

I think brake checking is stupid.

I'm just the kind of asshole that studies statistics for a living and knows speed limits are determined based on deaths averted.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

Yes but speed limits are calculated based on deaths averted (using value of statistical life) and, at least in the USA, the federal highways always have the limit that essentially kills the least amount of people that's acceptable. Conditional on people's skills, there is an optimal speed ij regards to allowable deaths.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

I stopped speeding when my friend died and when I read the analysis that goes into determining speed limits at highways. It basically calculates deaths at each speed on average. It makes a big difference.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

That is how I feel about Chapter 11 bankruptcy being used by individuals.

I know someone who filed for personal chapter 11 and a month later bought a new Ferrari and yatch. That's what he used the restructuring for.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

Even the best drivers can end up badly injured if something unexpected happens. Happens in Nascar and Formula 1 all the time.

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COMMENT Feb 26 '21

Where I live your first speeding ticket in a year can be essentially removed by taking a safe driver test. You still have to pay a penalty but it's relatively low (around 100.00 USD).

The second time the penalty is still around 100.00 USD but your insurance goes up by roughly 1,200 over the course of 3 years. We have shared finances but we have rules where if you screw up it comes from your fun money. So, I am hoping this second ticket will make a difference.