Category Archives : Human-Machine Interface

Lying, Cheating and Stealing (Part Five)

Tweet In Part One of this series I referenced the Cadet Honor Code of the United States Military Academy.  While I graduated in 1964, I returned 12 years later (1976) to become a member of the faculty.  Shortly before I arrived, a major cheating scandal occurred in the spring of 1976 resulting in 151 cadets […]

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Lying, Cheating and Stealing (Part Four – Stealing)

Tweet Stealing is a word with many meanings yet we will all attest that we know what it means. Or do we?  In the opening article of this series I made reference to receiving a dozen ball point pens from the bank and asked if taking one from the bank’s customer work station was stealing.  […]

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Lying, Cheating and Stealing (Part Three – Cheating)

Tweet Cheating refers to gaining an unfair advantage in a competitive situation.  Generally it refers to an individual, keeping in mind that a company is usually viewed as an individual entity.  Cheating is an act consciously taken to gain the unfair advantage.  Wikipedia, defines three classes of cheating: (1) academic; (2) sports, video, and gambling; […]

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Lying, Cheating and Stealing (Part Two – Lying)

Tweet Quoting from Wikipedia, “a lie is a statement used intentionally for the purpose of deception.”  This definition is based on definitions from the Oxford Dictionaries and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.   The key words are intent and deception.  Further, in Wikipedia, 36 types of lies are described, some acceptable and some not.  Or is lying never […]

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Unauthorized Access to Information

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 As stated in the last article, with the increased use of technology comes an increased vulnerability of having one’s privacy breached. Computers (including smart phones) have become an integral part of our everyday existence. Computer networking technologies – intranet, extranet, and […]

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The Possibility of Miscommunication

Tweet This post was written by Sonyia Williams, Los Alamos World Institute Intern                 One of the most prevalent obstacles standing in the way of universal communication among mankind is the language barrier. This language barrier, defined by the Oxford Dictionary as being “a barrier to communication between people who are unable to speak a […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part Four)

Tweet In this series we have looked at accuracy and precision with a continuing question of how much do we need.  We started with some definitions and explored randomness and the value of Pi, the ratio of a circle to its diameter. Then we looked at standardiztion of how we measure physical things, primarily in […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part Three)

Tweet In the last post, we looked at national and international measurement systems and another brief observation of randomness, ending again with the question how accurate and precise things need to be?  If you examine a 12 ounce can of soda, it probably says 12 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) and 355 milliliters (ml).  If you […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part Two)

Tweet In the last blog post we looked at some definitions of accuracy, precision, and randomness, ending by considering how accurately we need to know the value of Pi.  Now, let’s consider how we measure things in the world, both scientifically and in human activity.  Human activity includes the things we do in everyday life (like buying […]

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Accuracy and Precision (Part One)

Tweet This series of posts will have four parts. Part one will deal with definitions (needed for accuracy and precision) and an examination of Pi. Part two will look at our spherical universe and the fundamental units we have for measurements. Part three will consider how much is enough. And part four will look at how […]

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