Sometimes the Internet is an amazing place

 

Sammy Griner is better known to most of us as the wildly popular success kid meme. His dad has been fighting kidney disease since 2006; experiencing full kidney failure in 2009. His mom put up a +Gofundme campaign to raise the $75,000 that Medicare wouldn't cover. She made no mention of her son or the meme, she just posted a family picture. In seven days donations eclipsing $85,000 came rolling in (it's now over $90k!).

Check out the GoFundMe campaign here: http://www.gofundme.com/opp5cs

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Prototype Navy drones swarm like locusts

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has created its new LOCUST (Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology) program. It utilizes a rocket tube launcher filled with lightweight, self-guided Coyote UAVs that team up and overwhelm enemy aircraft like honey bees defending their hive.

The LOCUST program successfully completed a series of initial test launches last month. Up next: a "2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs," ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni said in a statement. And over the next decade or so, the ONR hopes to deeply integrate these highly-autonomous UAV systems like this into numerous naval platforms — from small ships and tactical vehicles to aircraft and even other, bigger drones.

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=86558

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The Myers-Briggs rests on wholly unproven theories



Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless
It’s no more scientifically valid than a BuzzFeed quiz.

The wildly popular test is based on Carl Jung's principles and were later adapted into a test by Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, a pair of Americans who had no formal training in psychology.

Vox explains, the Myers-Briggs test is based on personality types developed in the 1940s that have little connection to any real data. More problematic, though, is that it classifies personalities by a binary preference for a particular trait. In reality, however, most people exist on a spectrum between the two and can vary between them from week to week:
"With most traits, humans fall on different points along a spectrum. If you ask people whether they prefer to think or feel, or whether they prefer to judge or perceive, the majority will tell you a little of both. Jung himself admitted as much, noting that the binaries were useful ways of thinking about people, but writing that “there is no such thing as a pure extravert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.”"

There there's this from Wikipedia: "The interesting — and somewhat alarming — fact about the MBTI is that, despite its popularity, it has been subject to sustained criticism by professional psychologists for over three decades. One problem is that it displays what statisticians call low "test-retest reliability." So if you retake the test after only a five-week gap, there's around a 50% chance that you will fall into a different personality category compared to the first time you took the test." – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers%E2%80%93Briggs_Type_Indicator#Reliability

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Republicans seek fast-track repeal of net neutrality

 

Republicans in Congress yesterday unveiled a new plan to fast track repeal of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.

Introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and 14 Republican co-sponsors, the "Resolution of Disapproval" would use Congress' fast track powers under the Congressional Review Act to cancel the FCC's new rules.

Moar: http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/04/republicans-seek-fast-track-repeal-of-net-neutrality/

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