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Our results indicate that more frequent and intense social interactions generally imply better score for students engaging in them. We find that these interactions are hosted within a “rich-club”, mediated by persistent interactions among high performing students, which is created during the first weeks of the course.

Hmm, that's a possible explanation.

But it feels pretty insufficient, given the evidence shows children from more affluent backgrounds perform better regardless of other factors when it comes to education.  Is it possible they have the causation here backwards?  I think sociology has a lot to say on why people tend to network with their own socio-economic class background, and the education factor could be separate from that.

I'm just speculating though, I've not read the paper to form any specific conclusions about whether they've sufficiently controlled for this factor already or not (work night, aint nobody got time fo that).

Between them, Bethesda and Valve have successfully managed to make the Skyrim modding scene implode with Valve's "paid mods" scheme.

Basically, Valve and Bethesda said it would now be cool for modders to charge for their mods in the Steam Workshop.  The modder takes 25%, with Steam and Valve splitting the rest.  In theory it sounds good, in a way, because modders often put 100s, if not 1000s of hours into their mods with little in the way of recognition.

But oh man the implementation has been awful.  Firstly, modders only get to see the profits if they achieve over a certain threshold of overall earnings.  Secondly, their cut is so small, considering this is a game that has been out for almost 5 years at this point, it's practically insulting.  Then there are the legal issues...most mods rely on assets and scripts that were developed by other modders.  Most modders are fine with simple acknowledgement...back when modding was a free system.  Now people who are determined to keep their mods free are having their intellectual property used as part of paying mods, without their permission.  And that's the other thing - the Steam Workshop is notoriously badly policed.  Mods from there steal from the Nexus mod site quite freely, and Valve are very slow to react to claims of theft.  Now people will have to pay to see if their work is being stolen.  And there is a question of support and updates...with free mods, if things didn't work, eh, whatever.  You didn't pay for it.  Now Bethesda and Valve want money, I in turn will want to see things fixed...and modders simply are not being paid enough to mod full time.  The Steam Workshop will also never remove mods people have downloaded...once people have bought them, they will continue to provide access, regardless of the modder's desires.

Add into this that, from a modding POV, the Steam Workshop is the worst option for modding (you have virtually no control over the mods when compared to a program like Mod Organizer) AND that this is likely a trial run for some terrible modding scheme in the run up to Fallout IV or TES VI....and well, you can see why people might be losing their shit.  Oh. and even better - some modders are now putting in-game pop-ups into unpaid versions of their mods, to try and force people to buy the paid versions (I think this was Midas or Phendrix spells).

Notably, SkyUI, one of the most critical mods for Skyrim, has said they will only release future updates on a paid basis (and they've been sitting on an update for over a year at this point).  Chesko, the noted creator of Frostfall (among others) has run into legal and ethical issues and basically deleted his entire social networking presence and Steam workshop portfolio.  Apollodown, the creator of several hugely popular overhaul mods, has temporarily taken his mods down from Nexus in protest at SkyUI and Valve's connivance.  Isoku, the creator of several popular immersion mods, who had been recently hyping updates to some of his more script heavy mods, was found to have been holding his mods back in preparation for the paid scheme and only releasing the updates on the Steam Workshop.  He's since been forced to recant by public pressure, and state he will offer his mods on Steam first, then for free after 1-2 months on Nexus.

It's been a complete clusterfuck.  The modding community used to be an actual community.  People shared knowledge in the spirit of learning and knowledge is going to be more jealously guarded, as today's novice may be tomorrow's competitor.  And there is going to be a very real divide between the modders who keep their stuff free, and who choose to chatge from it.

I guarantee Valve has not run this past any lawyer who knows anything about copyright and video games.  Their legal disclaimer is so poorly written I am sure I could argue against it, in a legal setting.

Private security eh?

Literate Chaotic / Re: Screenwriting Course
« on: Yesterday at 01:25:48 am »

Now banned in Russia!

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Fuck This Court
« on: April 23, 2015, 09:54:16 pm »
"It took me about 1 month to study the history of the world and to learn the history and inner workings of American jurisprudence, literally.  I was born to do this here. Don't you know that your FBI and CIA have been trying to recruit me since grade school? Lol."


Also, I really want to know what this suit was about, but I need some sort of registration to look at the court records.

She was originally convicted on charges of trying to break her husband out of prison.  Driving around with a loaded AK-47 in her trunk probably didn't help her case any.

If you google her name, you can get all the gory details.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Fuck This Court
« on: April 23, 2015, 04:14:00 pm »
Sovereign citizens lolz.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: es funny joke ja?
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:42:16 pm »
Max Stirner.  Egoist and nihilistic/anarchistic philospher.

And yes, that was pretty bad.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Cain
« on: April 21, 2015, 10:30:28 pm »
His civil war series was the one I originally considered reading.  At that time, I'd just finished The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and so was, understandably, a bit burned out on WWII.  But that was a few years ago now.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Cain
« on: April 21, 2015, 09:45:51 pm »
Strangely enough, I've been considering reading some of Turtledove.  From what I hear, he is pretty much the standard by which alternate history authors are rated.

I probably wont have time until the summer, but I'll definitely see if I can get it on the Kindle before I go on holiday.

You suck because you have meetings all day instead of getting shit done.

You have meetings all day long because you suck.

Besides, most of the cleaners are Portuguese, which makes them white imperialists.

As someone of Scottish ancestery, I am far more oppressed than them, and thus they are the real racists.

Nah, it's just that professionalism here is completely nonexistent.

I mean, if you were having a problem with someone at work, for whatever reason, you would go to their line manager, right?  It's a no brainer.  You're not in a position to tell off your colleagues, and doing so is likely only to cause resentment.  You go to the person responsible for them and let them make the decision.  It' such a basic concept of how to act and run a company I can't think of any more simple a way to put it.

Yet the concept seems to be completely alien to most people here.  Now, it is a new company (4 years old).  But the thing is, the actual company side of things, the management and corporate structure, is really well set up.  I mean, there's a proper HR department here, a whole department that deals with communications between parents, student and teachers...things I've never had at any other school I've worked for.  So it's just bizarre that they have this excellent set up, populated and run by idiots.

Yeah, there is that.  Fortunately, my degree is what I consider my "real" work...this just pays the bills while I do that.

It helps.  Somewhat.

Well, at least most of the consequences of this place not working properly are less severe.

I mean, no-one's gonna go home missing an arm because something blew up because the head of cleaning is a self-important jackass.  Heavy machinery...slightly higher range of worry there, IMO.

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