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Re 8:
Like most science fiction, a little silly, but apparently on point.

LOL, the author of the story doesn't seem to understand what the managers at a fast food restaurant actually do.

"And so on. The employees were told exactly what to do, and they did it quite happily. It was a major relief actually, because the software told them precisely what to do step by step."

Um, no, that's not how it works. Managers ask then threaten then beg for teenage minimum wage workers to actually show up on time, not leave early and not hang out in the back smoking and talking. And you can't really threaten many of the employees with the loss of their job, because most of them don't really care very much about it and can find another job just like it in a day or two.

A computer voice telling a teenage girl that it's time to clean the bathroom will probably have about as much luck as her mom does telling her it's time to clean the bathroom via a text message.

So, did it take as long to replace the current provost as it took the current provost to investigate this? -

'Wegman has blamed a graduate student for the plagiarism. Daniel Walsch, spokesperson for George Mason University, says that an internal review of the matter began in the autumn. He cannot estimate when that review will be complete, and, until it is, he says, the university regards it as a “personnel matter” and will not comment further. He adds that the review is still in the “inquiry” phase to ascertain whether a full investigation should be held. “Whether it is fast or slow is not as important as it being thorough and fair,” says Walsch.

The fact that 14 months have passed since Bradley's complaint without it being resolved is disheartening but not unusual. An examination of George Mason University's misconduct policies suggests that investigations should be resolved within a year of the initial complaint, including time for an appeal by the faculty member in question. According to the university's own timeline, the initial inquiry should have been complete within 12 weeks of the initial complaint — in May 2010. But there are loopholes galore for extensions, and, like many universities, George Mason seems content to drag its feet.

Long misconduct investigations do not serve anyone, except perhaps university public-relations departments that might hope everyone will have forgotten about a case by the time it wraps up. But in cases such as Wegman's, in which the work in question has been cited in policy debates, there is good reason for haste. Policy informed by rotten research is likely to have its own soft spots. Those who have been wronged deserve resolution of the matter. And one can hardly suppose that those who have been wrongfully accused enjoy living under a cloud for months.'

This could become the new GMU motto - 'Informing policy through discredited research for as long as we can get away with.'

Though 'GMU - you can never be too cynical' is undoubtedly also in the running.

This might help:

Because no university other than GMU has ever had a researcher involved in plagiarism. Ever.

We need a *thorough* investigation into how much status the professor brings to the university before holding him to the same academic standards as incoming freshmen!

I believe the technical description for Sachs' reaction is that his jimmies were rustled.

#7 The nerd part of me (roughly 80%) immediately thought of the vignette from the Japanese animated "Neo Tokyo" movie:

I've zeroed in on what really bothers me about 538, etc. ( Although I will peruse them. ), and, I could be unfair in thinking this, but it sounds like they're each saying "Come Here for the Bottom Line on Any Issue or Any Subject." But, in the end, it's still just someone's take on an issue, however smart and objective they are. Now, if I set up a Website called "Don Settles the Question", on which I post each week my assessment of an issue that I've studied for a week, say, Godel's Proof one week, the Beatles' Best Record the next week, the Greatest Basketball Player of all time the following week, etc., and then claim that my post is the best assessment on earth of the topic, well, I'd sound Delusional, and with good reason. However, in this country, it often seems that Pundits are allowed to belch forth on any topic they choose, by virtue of the fact that some magazine, etc., has dubbed them Pundit. What Pundit has come to mean, instead of Employed Entertainer, is someone who has Profound Powers of Insight into Any Topic, or even something more Oracular in Nature. In the end, on these Sites, some things will be good, some bad, but they haven't invented anything new. It will simply be someone's take on an issue.

#3 Why does Prof Cowen no longer take questions? I used to enjoy that feature.

Re #7 if you tell people the robot is their assistant I'm sure they'll take orders from it.

Since people are used to taking orders from a Horse's Ass, I doubt they'll balk at a Robot. They might even consider it an improvement.

Silver & Klein might work, individually I don't see it. Silver has the worse odds, he is not even a rounding error to Disney.

Are people willing to take orders from a robot boss?

So, instead of sleeping with the boss, you get some fresh new cylindrical batteries, and slide them gently but firmly into her slots?

#5 - Because somebody has to do it:

I tried billsnooper. Useless.

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