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  1. If you turn to page 76 of the warrant for our...

    If you turn to page 76 of the warrant for our recently-completed 2010 Town Meeting, section D "the Vote", items 6 and 7, you will see that voting by secret ballot lies within the scope of Town...
  2. Some people concerned about offending an...

    Some people concerned about offending an employer, client, or customer by their public vote simply skip Town Meeting, contributing to low Town Meeting attendance. Do I know for certain that this...
  3. The scenarios posted are not speculative. It's an...

    The scenarios posted are not speculative. It's an objective fact that there are citizens of Wayland who are employed by other citizens of Wayland. Any of these employees might feel constrained by...
  4. Concoct? Ploy? I said that an employee could...

    Concoct? Ploy?

    I said that an employee could consider it risky to publicly vote in opposition to his or her boss, and provided an example to illustrate how this might happen. To address your...
  5. On what basis do you characterize these scenarios...

    On what basis do you characterize these scenarios unlikely? Do you have evidence that employees and their supervisors/employers are unlikely to both reside in Wayland? If so, please share it.
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  6. I disagree. The same situation can occur between...

    I disagree. The same situation can occur between any employee and supervisor/employer who are both residents of Wayland: A dental hygienist and her dentist, a cook and his manager, a mechanic and her...
  7. Intimidation need not be overt. If I work in the...

    Intimidation need not be overt. If I work in the Department of Public Works, and the head of my department sees me rise in opposition for the standing count on the "delete the wireless water meters"...
  8. I strongly disagree. Our Town Meeting is...

    I strongly disagree. Our Town Meeting is cumbersome because we've made no serious effort to improve it. Though committees chartered over the years have identified promising improvements, few of these...
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    Response to SOS Wayland

    Friday, our household received an email message from SOS Wayland. Since this message did not include a list of all recipients, I am responding here. The quotes below were taken verbatim from this...
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    I would hope so, you posted it here...

    I would hope so, you posted it here barely an hour ago.



    It's an exact copy of the point you made.
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    That would depend on the quality and provenance...

    That would depend on the quality and provenance of the information you mention in 6.
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    The "I'm not suggesting that the reconfiguration...

    The "I'm not suggesting that the reconfiguration was the cause of improved MCAS performance." quote was indeed present in Jeff's original post, but does not at all convey "yes there is MCAS data, but...
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    Yes, getting solid evidence can be difficult....

    Yes, getting solid evidence can be difficult. that's not a valid excuse for suggesting conclusions based on shoddy evidence.

    Had you included the above sentence "In sum, the data is more...
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    Jeff attempted to refute the Town Crier Poster's...

    Jeff attempted to refute the Town Crier Poster's assertion by presenting data that at the time he claimed "suggests otherwise". In point of fact, the data he posted neither supports nor contradicts...
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    Yes, as a tag team, you two should improve your...

    Yes, as a tag team, you two should improve your footwork.



    I thought that we had reached agreement when Jeff finally acknowledged (after 92 posts) that the data he posted did not refute the...
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    Jeff, your original assertion was Given...

    Jeff, your original assertion was



    Given your acknowledgement in B above, your original assertion can only remain true if the phrase suggests otherwise is redefined to mean can induce an...
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    1. Jeff ended the Elementary School MCAS Scores...

    1. Jeff ended the Elementary School MCAS Scores thread by acknowledging that the data he posted did not rule out a drop in scores among those students enduring reconfiguration, which means that the...
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    I say that Jeff can't disprove the Crier poster's...

    I say that Jeff can't disprove the Crier poster's assertion with the data he presented. Please review this data in
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    1. If there is no factual basis on which to...

    1. If there is no factual basis on which to ascertain how much head count is needed, then someone needs to get busy and construct one. This is a straightforward task that can be completed...
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    The point, Kim, is that any conclusion about...

    The point, Kim, is that any conclusion about relative MCAS performance drawn from the data Jeff posted is invalid. The data cannot be used to either prove or disprove the Town Crier poster's...
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    I did not criticize your character in that post,...

    I did not criticize your character in that post, Jeff, nor will I here. If you wish, I'll deliver that feedback face-to-face.



    For the third time, your original assertion was



    Your...
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    Whether you and I agree is irrelevant, Jeff. What...

    Whether you and I agree is irrelevant, Jeff. What matters is the extent to which your character is revealed to readers of this thread.
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    The amount of administrative support required for...

    The amount of administrative support required for these positions should not be a matter of opinion, but rather the objective result of straightforward analysis. Your reference to opinion implies...
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    No, Jeff. You claimed in your opening post that ...

    No, Jeff. You claimed in your opening post that



    As was demonstrated in the thread, the data suggests nothing with respect to the validity or invalidity of the Town Crier poster's allegation;...
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    In the Elementary School MCAS scores...

    In the Elementary School MCAS scores thread, you posted facts -- MCAS data from four groups of Elementary School students -- in an attempt to disprove an anonymous poster's assertion that students...
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    It's certainly possible that in assembling a...

    It's certainly possible that in assembling a proposed budget, the Finance Committee objectively considered all requests and recommended only those they deemed absolutely essential -- and that the...
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    We've been around this mulberry bush before --...

    We've been around this mulberry bush before -- recall the apples vs. oranges comparison of student performance -- and you eventually conceded. Need we repeat the process?
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    As anyone who's ever managed a budget of any...

    As anyone who's ever managed a budget of any significance knows, the term budget neutral is a red flag that means inspect this proposal carefully, as there are may be opportunities to reduce costs....
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    The first two posts in this thread expressed...

    The first two posts in this thread expressed concerns about making a large expenditure to improve the beach house. You then posted your fact, preceded by the word remember.

    Clearly you weren't...
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    The fact that the total of proposed expenditures...

    The fact that the total of proposed expenditures is "tax neutral" does not justify any particular expenditure. Our objective should be to fund what we absolutely need, not fund whatever we can...
  31. Thanks. I understand the direct educational value...

    Thanks. I understand the direct educational value of Scratch and Discovery Education. Edmodo is characterized as "Twitter for the classroom." Moodle is a web app used to create online learning sites;...
  32. I hope the absence of a response doesn't mean...

    I hope the absence of a response doesn't mean that this is one of those "let's buy a bunch of cool new hardware" acquisitions. The value is provided by the applications; if there's no plan that...
  33. What applications will students be running on the...

    What applications will students be running on the hardware and infrastructure being acquired? I reviewed all three presentations without encountering an answer to this question; did I miss something?
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    There are Wayland citizens who want to...

    There are Wayland citizens who want to participate in TM, but are impeded by factors mentioned in my previous post. In no way have I characterized this situation as inconsequential; on the contrary,...
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    I obviously don't have a problem with this style...

    I obviously don't have a problem with this style of interaction, John, and don't recall ever asking Jeff to not use it; a review of my first year of posts here revealed nothing along these lines. I...
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    Are you saying that I attacked you, Don? I...

    Are you saying that I attacked you, Don? I certainly questioned or disagreed with several of your points; do you consider that an attack?



    No, the goal is clarity. When I ask a question or make...
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    Do you believe that switching from TM to RTM...

    Do you believe that switching from TM to RTM would change the answers to these questions? My understanding is that it would not.




    You seem to think that RTM would replace both TM and the...
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    How would replacing the direct participation of...

    How would replacing the direct participation of citizens in Town Meeting with representatives bring government closer to those it serves?

    If I'm no longer able to speak at Town Meeting, but...
  39. A Hollywood version of this story that's a pretty...

    A Hollywood version of this story that's a pretty good film: The Swimmer
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    Are we reading the same document? Every third...

    Are we reading the same document? Every third phrase is " I don't know", "I had no knowledge", "I'm not sure", "I don't feel I have sufficient information", "some people would say", "from what I...
  41. As I said in my previous post, I suspect the HDC...

    As I said in my previous post, I suspect the HDC seeks to protect against the scenario where all of the traffic mitigation is implemented but only a fraction of the Town Center is built. They would...
  42. The proposal to place a traffic signal at the...

    The proposal to place a traffic signal at the intersection of routes 27 and 126 has been a component of every traffic mitigation plan proposed by Twenty Wayland going back to the Traffic Impact and...
  43. Educational Outcomes and Research from 1:1 Computing Settings

    This special issue of the Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment focuses on the educational impacts and outcomes of 1:1 computing initiatives and technology-rich KĖ12 environments. Despite...
  44. The 2000 or so residents of Wayland attending...

    The 2000 or so residents of Wayland attending Town Meeting in 2006 did vote overwhelmingly in support of the Town Center. At that time, Twenty Wayland assured us that as long as the Town Center were...
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    Have you seen Galaxy Quest, Alan?

    Have you seen Galaxy Quest, Alan?
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    Yes; I've read most of Card's books.

    Yes; I've read most of Card's books.
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    My sentiments exactly. I had a similar reaction...

    My sentiments exactly. I had a similar reaction in 1977 when I first saw Star Wars.

    "Ender's Game" in 3D would be fun...

    Dave
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    Since other Towns use this form, it is unlikely...

    Since other Towns use this form, it is unlikely that Wayland cannot also choose to adopt it. What process would be required to make this change?

    I would strongly oppose such a change; we need more...
  49. 1. I was conscripted as a teller during the last...

    1. I was conscripted as a teller during the last Town Meeting, and posted a description in Jeff's "when is two-thirds not two-thirds?" thread of the several sources of error I noticed while serving...
  50. I doubt that these devices are secure enough for...

    I doubt that these devices are secure enough for voting.

    Google wireless electronic voting for an overview of what's available.
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    Most Tellers did not have calculators; if both of...

    Most Tellers did not have calculators; if both of a team's Tellers made the same adding mistake, who would detect their error?

    Tellers must sign a statement that among other things asserts that...
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    Having been roped into serving as a teller, I...

    Having been roped into serving as a teller, I noticed several potential sources of counting error:

    1. people standing in the aisles talking with friends are easily confused with people standing at...
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    I was sitting near the front, focused on the...

    I was sitting near the front, focused on the results of the vote. I was not aware that people were leaving in large numbers. Had I noticed, I would not have been able to determine whether those...
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    How is this relevant to my speculation that Town...

    How is this relevant to my speculation that Town Center advocates would have requested a re-count had they lost by 3 votes?



    Yes, after the re-count, it was clear that more advocates than...
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    As pointed out in a previous post, the vote was...

    As pointed out in a previous post, the vote was extremely close; the article initially passed by a margin of 3 votes out of 824. Requesting a re-count involved no trickery or deceit. If people left...
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    Accepting your numbers, Jeff, there were a total...

    Accepting your numbers, Jeff, there were a total of 824 voters. A 2/3 margin would require 550 votes. Thus the article was initially approved by a margin of 3 votes.



    A margin of 3 out of 824...
  57. The reference to damaged credibility led me to...

    The reference to damaged credibility led me to speculate that the anti-eponymous "Truth For Wayland" was the source of the anonymous flier; I did not speculate as to his or her identity.
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  58. More "Truth for Wayland", perhaps?

    More "Truth for Wayland", perhaps?
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    If you acknowledge that the MCAS data does not...

    If you acknowledge that the MCAS data does not preclude a "reconfiguration drop", then we're done.
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    Using "data-driven instruction" instead of...

    Using "data-driven instruction" instead of "understanding-driven instruction" saves 2 syllables (or 9 letters), a poor tradeoff given the large loss of clarity. The charge stands.



    You...
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    Had you clearly referred to a term of art, I...

    Had you clearly referred to a term of art, I would have investigated to determine its actual meaning.



    Agreed.



    Some fields use obfuscation to help practitioners differentiate themselves...
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    I strongly disagree with this characterization. ...

    I strongly disagree with this characterization.



    No, you have not (before now) introduced that term-of-art anywhere in this thread. What you said was



    Returning to the present...
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    Perhaps an example will convince you that the...

    Perhaps an example will convince you that the Adams quote is more than common blog fodder:

    Data: 36,930,000 numbers produced by an image sensor, each in the range of 0 to 255; while each of these...
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    Then why did you post the Adams quote and...

    Then why did you post the Adams quote and characterize it as a gem?
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    I agree with all four of these distinctions. When...

    I agree with all four of these distinctions. When I drew the distinction between data and information earlier in this thread, you disagreed:



    Have you changed your position?
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    Yes to both questions. Insurance companies...

    Yes to both questions.



    Insurance companies can exploit the infrastructure they establish to deliver insurance to also deliver what you refer to as coverage. This allows employers to more...
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    "TheRealTruth" has posted nothing in this thread...

    "TheRealTruth" has posted nothing in this thread to critique, Kim. Has "TheRealTruth" has made any attempt to induce false conclusions from the data Jeff posted?



    "TheRealTruth" has posted...
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    The data you posted fails to characterize other...

    The data you posted fails to characterize other aspects of the two groups of students that could affect their academic performance, like their health. The example -- not supposition -- I provided...
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    Earlier in this thread, I described a scenario...

    Earlier in this thread, I described a scenario consistent with the data you posted in which the anonymous poster's assertion could be correct.

    Your claim that "the data suggests otherwise" is only...
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    No. The data that Jeff posted in this thread's...

    No. The data that Jeff posted in this thread's first message neither supports nor refutes the assertion that Happy Hollow's scores are slipping worse than Claypit Hill's as the result of the...
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    The data you posted neither supports the...

    The data you posted neither supports the anonymous poser's assertion nor refutes it. You've previously acknowledged that conclusions cannot be reliably drawn from this data, thus the basis of this...
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    The problem with incomplete, inaccurate, and/or...

    The problem with incomplete, inaccurate, and/or irrelevant data is that it can be made to suggest nearly anything, to the joy of politicians and demagogues everywhere. Your suggestion can only be...
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    In what context would your statement above be...

    In what context would your statement above be valid?




    The data you presented neither disproves nor proves the original assertion; it is meaningless in this context. As I've already pointed...
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    The point of my original post was that the data...

    The point of my original post was that the data presented here is not sufficient to draw conclusions. Evidently, you don't disagree.



    Only if the data is sufficiently relevant, accurate, and...
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    I disagree. The data presented here comes nowhere...

    I disagree. The data presented here comes nowhere close to providing the information required to draw conclusions. The question is, "how would this group of students have performed had they not...
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    Correct, Jeff; we should use information. One...

    Correct, Jeff; we should use information. One hopes you understand the difference.

    The same distinction applies to discourse here.
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    There are three kinds of lies

    Lies, damn lies, and statistics. (Disraeli)
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    You should make these points at next Wednesday...

    You should make these points at next Wednesday evening's "State of the Town" meeting.
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    An article entitled "Benefit and Doubt in Vaccine...

    An article entitled "Benefit and Doubt in Vaccine Additive" appearing today in the New York Times addresses this point.

    "Are Americans obligated to use an unproven vaccine to help protect people...
  80. The next Board of Selectmen's meeting will be...

    The next Board of Selectmen's meeting will be held this Monday, September 21 2009 at 7:00 pm. Public comment is scheduled to start at 7:05 pm.
  81. Town Center Request for New Financial Concessions

    During the Board of Selectmen's meeting on September 8th, a letter from Twenty Wayland (the Town Center's Developer) requesting new concessions was read aloud. You can see this letter here.

    The...
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    This is equivalent to saying "private automobile...

    This is equivalent to saying "private automobile manufacturers have an economic incentive to build the lowest-cost automobiles".

    While some automobile manufacturers go this route, others...
  83. "Inevitably, putting a priority on skills pushes...

    "Inevitably, putting a priority on skills pushes other subjects, including history, literature, and the arts, to the margins."

    Another false tradeoff, draped with inevitability and demonstrating a...
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    Anarchy works so much better.

    Anarchy works so much better.
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    I agree with your point in Salon.com: multiple...

    I agree with your point in Salon.com: multiple dimensions are required to avoid useless oversimplifications.
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    The Neocons aren't dead yet.

    The Neocons aren't dead yet.
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    "Most posts" would be won be a post-generating...

    "Most posts" would be won be a post-generating program. Hmmm; you're not somebody's science fair project, Jeff, are you?

    Consider a monthly "best post" contest with either a substantial cash prize...
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    I can't think of anything (practical) that would...

    I can't think of anything (practical) that would increase participation in this forum more than having one or more members of the Board of Selectmen contribute and interact on a regular basis.
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    I don't, Jeff. Were I aware of someone who'd...

    I don't, Jeff. Were I aware of someone who'd requested the report and been refused, or who'd received the report and found it to not support the Selectmens' decision, then I would have characterized...
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    A fourth possible reason: the engineering report...

    A fourth possible reason: the engineering report doesn't sufficiently support the rationale given for closing the facility.
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    No, I wasn't trolling. I believe that being...

    No, I wasn't trolling. I believe that being provocative for the sake of getting attention is unquestionably a form of trolling, and think you'll find that its counterproductive with respect to...
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    Provocation for the sake of attention or...

    Provocation for the sake of attention or audience-building is called trolling, and is a turn-off for most users. Sincerity is essential.
  93. re: Philadelphia Story

    Poor leadership and miserable execution will kill any endeavor, regardless of its qualities.

    This quote from the article supports a point I've made here before:

    "We naively thought, I guess,...
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    Sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy. ...

    Sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy.



    Two questions constitute insatiability? Asking you to clarify your conflation of privacy and anonymity, or to cite well-functioning anonymous fora are...
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    T'was you who copped out, Vernon -- you ignored...

    T'was you who copped out, Vernon -- you ignored each of my questions and points, choosing instead to attack the format of my response. There was clearly no prospect for constructive interaction,...
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    I see why you'd rather post anonymously.

    I see why you'd rather post anonymously.
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    The this forum is running on vBulletin version...

    The this forum is running on vBulletin version 3.7.0. The current release of vBulletin is 3.8.2. Some of the enhancements added in 3.8.0 are listed in
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    The Long Tail reflects the diversity of human...

    The Long Tail reflects the diversity of human interests and behavior; this should not sadden you. As I said, we can aspire to increase participation. The most effective techniques for doing this are...
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    Does your right to privacy mean that every...

    Does your right to privacy mean that every discussion forum must permit anonymous posts?



    The last four weeks' postings here alone provide many counter-examples to your above claims of...
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    Power line insulators can degrade over time and...

    Power line insulators can degrade over time and generate broadband radio frequency (RF) noise that can be troublesome to radio listeners and off-air TV viewers. Most power companies will correct this...
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