Sophelia

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  1. Thanks Werthead for reminding me to pay for a flu jab this year...
  2. I've been waiting for a thread to pop up on the board about this, but nothing, so I'm starting one. Basically it looks like a ransomware attack was set up to attack computers using windows XP which didn't have the most recent patches, due to a vulnerability. So it's affected random people and organisations across the world. I think it hasn't affected the US as much (so far) which is where a lot of boarders are from. But it's massive news in the UK because among the computer systems affected are many of those belonging to the National Health Service. So their systems are incapacitated with a message saying all their data has been encrypted and asking for a (not yet enormous) payment in bitcoins to get it back. Computer and phone systems have been turned off/incapacitated for some hours as IT services are trying to fix the problem. Affected hospitals and surgeries have had to cancel all operations, appointments etc. and have A&E only, as they don't have access to any patient records. Read about it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39899646 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39896393 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/12/global-cyber-attack-ransomware-nsa-uk-nhs?CMP=twt_gu
  3. I teach introductory statistics to psychology students and in the field at the moment they have to understand how to use p values. Understanding how to interpret p values is probably the most important thing I have to get across to my students - because the majority of psychology journal articles include them and the students need to know how to analyse data and report them for their own research. There are only a small minority of psychologists/journals who are taking on board critiques by Bayesians, and as Notone says, the main shift recently has been on making sure students also know about effect sizes and confidence intervals. It is essential that students have a basic grasp of probability, but students are required to have proficiency at this level of maths in order to get onto a psychology degree in the UK, so I do not have to do more than remind them of it. However I do not go into details of the p distributions or how calculations of p values are done (which can get excessively complicated, as I found when I was trying to discover how it was done for a chi-square test, which is a very simple test!). I have to choose what I think is most important for the students to spend their time on (and what they are motivated by), and that is not the maths behind it. So basically we focus on the p value as a part of null-hypothesis significance testing, as a method of generalising from a sample to population, and that the p value is the calculated value of obtaining the test statistic (or one more extreme) by chance for that particular sample size. That is the level of explanation that we remain at - as there are so many measurement and interpretation issues that students need to spend their time critically evaluating when doing psychology research, that there would not be time to look at how p values are calculated - one can do well in psychology even by just assuming this is some kind of 'magic'! I doubt many psychologists (including me) really understand that much of the maths. By mentioning various methods and controversies I hope I convey to students that use of p values is not a definitive method. It's quite exciting following the replication crisis which has hit social psychology particularly badly and may partly be due to use of significance testing, and I do a lecture on fraud and p-hacking... but of course that is partly about the psychology of researchers... Sophie
  4. Hartlepool voters... in 2002 voted for H'Angus the Monkey as their mayor instead of the Labour candidate. Hartlepool voted 70% for Brexit (highest in the North East). A classic one of these post-industrial deprived areas where many people are worried about effects of immigration on already low employment among locals: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/25/hartlepool-eu-referendum-leave-voters-immigration-jobs Though, at least in 2011, Hartlepool had very little immigration: http://www.ilivehere.co.uk/statistics-hartlepool-durham-16825.html More older people, more people on benefits, more traditional working class, poorer health, lower levels of education. ETA: Yes quite possible that Corbyn's defence of immigrants and saying he would not cap numbers turned the Hartlepool vote against Labour. Could also be because Corbyn was against Brexit, and Ukip is widely credited with galvanising the Brexit vote favoured by Hartlepool.
  5. My twitter feed was in total incredulity for an hour. Now reports are that Steven Wolfe is conscious and recovering, lots of comments on the totally farcical nature of this incident in Strasbourg.
  6. UKIP MEP Steven Wolfe in hospital. Rumours are that he had an argument with another UKIP MEP, they had a fight, he got punched in the face... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37572377 (Rumours of smashed window, bleeding on brain...)
  7. Today I was chatting to a Turkish man who lives in the UK (he had just come back from holiday in Turkey) and I asked him how things were there, with teachers being sacked and so on. What he told me was rather chilling, but not in the way I expected. He said that everything is fine. The teachers who were arrested were fake teachers, and the police etc. were fake police - the fake teachers had not passed their exams and were fraudulent. The genuine teachers are not in danger. Turkey is going to be great friends with Russia now, and in 2023 Turkey will finally become as great as America. Turkey has been kept down by America, because of a treaty signed in 1923 which means that Turkey can't use its own oil etc. This Gulen fellow, he told me, was taken from Turkey at a young age and indoctrinated by the US so that he would in turn set up schools in Turkey to indoctrinate young people and to infiltrate the army etc. There will be another coup on August 14th, because that was the Gulenists' plan - but the people will rise up and stop that one too. I wonder if these are standard beliefs in Turkey? It makes me want to read some Turkish history (probably from several different sources...) because I have no idea where any of this comes from. I really know so little.
  8. I'm not an expert at all but I think it's a really interesting question, as I learnt programming at the age of 13 (I think) - but things were pretty different then, in the 80s! (Yes it was BASIC) I just googled a couple of pages which do have suggestions, though hopefully you'll get some actual techies replying in this thread. https://www.kidscodecs.com/how-to-pick-a-programming-language/ http://readwrite.com/2013/04/19/how-to-raise-the-next-zuck-6-coding-apps-for-kids/
  9. When I heard about the coup I was shocked and worried about how it might effect the people and the country, and relieved it was over quickly. Relief has now turned to a deeper worry about the effects on the people and the country. Erdogan's extreme reactions continue, now hearing that all university deans (executives?) have been sacked along with thousands of schoolteachers and education workers. The number of ordinary people who have suddenly lost their jobs without trials or tribunals, presumably with no recourse to appeal, is horrific.
  10. So, horrible and bizarre things are emerging 265 people killed (or more) including 104 coup-plotters (the precise number mentioned in that 'list' earlier - really strange), the rest a mixture of police and ordinary people who had gone into the public places at Erdogan's urging. people are angry and calling for the death penalty - if the Turkish parliament agreed then this would put an end to any future hopes of joining the EU (not that this was likely to happen soon in any case) rumours that the Incirlik Air Base (the Nato one) was closed for so long (open again now) because the person in charge was associated with the coup - they helped refuel the coup aircraft - and some of the coup soldiers were Turkey's Nato soldiers. wikileaks planning to release a lot of documents about Turkey's political situation which they say are both good and bad for Erdogan's party general reports of incompetence of plotters e.g. that they had to ask for directions to Erdogan's hotel in Marmaris which is partly why they arrived too late. Rumour that they had aircraft guns pointed at his plane as it was flying to Istanbul but the pilot told them it was an Air Turkey flight and so they didn't shoot. Apart from thousands of arrests e.g. of judges and police as well as army, Erdogan has apparently cancelled holidays for millions of civil servants and banned them from leaving Turkey
  11. This is not looking good for Turkey-US relations: at first Erdogan was making statements that any countries protecting Gulen would be considered at war with Turkey. Now the rhetoric seems to be getting more explicit, as I hear Erdogan and other MPs are demanding that the US must return Gulen to Turkey, and blaming the US, by sheltering him, for the coup. (This is second-hand translation of things being said on Turkish TV). I'm not sure if it is related to this, but according to what I'm reading, all air traffic into and out of the Incirlik Airbase has been stopped for quite a few hours (this Nato base is mainly used by the US, which has 1500 personnel and planes for attacking ISIS. There are also nuclear weapons stored there). Anyone know more about this situation or the diplomatic implications? P.S. I also heard that the USA had said they would extradite Gulen if they got a request to do so, and some evidence of his involvement in the coup, with the implication that they had received neither. P.P.S. The Guardian livefeed is reporting the same things, so I guess that's confirmed then.
  12. Erdogan seems to be saying (according to a couple of people in twitter translating his speech) that the hotel he was staying in Marmaris was bombed - but after he had left. P.S. Others are reporting that he lied. P.P.S. I didn't hear anything about this before on twitter but surely can be factually checked (if he did indeed make this claim) P.P.P.S. Heading off to try and sleep now. Hope things don't escalate.
  13. BBC is reporting a tweet saying " Istanbul Police Chief says only 104 soldiers involved in #TurkeyCoup. Leader named as Col Muharrem Kose, recently dismissed as Gulen member. " and also a list of alleged organisers which is being put forward by the state-run news agency. 104 soldiers?! In other news, Erdogan is pictured at Ataturk airport surrounded by some of the jubilant supporters he asked to come out on the streets.