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(SFGate)   Obama officially names physicist Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. That's Δx/Δy you can believe in   (sfgate.com) divider line 331
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2008-12-16 08:15:17 AM  
Yay my first greenlight that I actually noticed happening.
 
2008-12-16 08:21:52 AM  
Appointing someone like him to a position like this really starts us down a slippery...um...path.
 
2008-12-16 08:23:43 AM  
benlonghair: Yay my first greenlight that I actually noticed happening.

Nice headline too :D
 
2008-12-16 08:36:16 AM  
kronicfeld: Appointing someone like him to a position like this really starts us down a slippery...um...path.

And it's a good thing.
 
2008-12-16 08:45:49 AM  
xanadian: kronicfeld: Appointing someone like him to a position like this really starts us down a slippery...um...path.

And it's a good thing.


Yup. Chu is kind of a dick, but he's a world-class scientist with relevant management experience. A nice change of pace.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2008-12-16 09:05:05 AM  
Obama's getting into the derivatives market?
 
2008-12-16 09:30:09 AM  
I have an English degree, so it's very possible I'm just ignorant, but...

Doesn't that read "slope you can believe in"? In which case, is this a racist headline? Also, shouldn't the y be on top?

/ok, back to my job at the English factory
 
2008-12-16 09:40:46 AM  
I only believe in Δy/Δx. The reciprocal is not change I can believe in.
 
2008-12-16 09:55:42 AM  
As a lower-echelon math geek, the headline warmed my heart. Nice job, submitter.
 
2008-12-16 09:56:51 AM  
The headline is unoriginal, derivative even.

Great jorb subby!
 
2008-12-16 09:57:18 AM  
I think that for balance, they should get LA Sheriff Lee Baca in as co-secretary.

/I shouldn't have to spell out why.
//If you make me, I will be sorely disappointed in you.
 
2008-12-16 09:57:55 AM  
Fark is over the limit with headlines like this.
 
2008-12-16 09:58:00 AM  
kronicfeld: Appointing someone like him to a position like this really starts us down a slippery...um...path.

AWESOME!!!!!!
 
2008-12-16 09:58:06 AM  
ZAZ: Obama's getting into the derivatives market?

It's an integral part of his strategy.
 
2008-12-16 09:58:24 AM  
MCStymie: As a lower-echelon math geek, the headline warmed my heart. Nice job, submitter.

You mean a Lower Echelon Math Major/Apprentice, or LEMMA?
 
2008-12-16 09:58:38 AM  
FTFA: "My administration will value science," Obama said Monday.

Here comes the science.
 
2008-12-16 09:58:41 AM  
The nominee, co-winner of the Nobel for physics in 1997, runs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an idea factory on alternative energy options. Chu, with ties to both Stanford and UC Berkeley, has a zeal for a range of scientific projects and the everyday skills in running a facility with 4,000 employees.

Yeah yeah blah blah, can we please talk about some relevant qualifications?

Where does this man go to church?
 
2008-12-16 09:59:05 AM  
I'm glad we could integrate these puns into a green thread.
 
2008-12-16 09:59:06 AM  
Picking a scientist? How dx/dy.
 
2008-12-16 09:59:07 AM  
Bravo Subby - great headline.

And yes, this is a slippery slope, and it's a damn good one. Someone who is not only highly educated in the field, but also has relevant experience? UNHEARD OF (or at least, almost unheard of in the past 8 years)
 
2008-12-16 09:59:12 AM  
Subby:: That's Δx/Δy you can believe in

[slope]-1 ?
 
2008-12-16 09:59:18 AM  
I just don't see how this is going to make any differential.
 
2008-12-16 09:59:32 AM  
Ah, Chu.
 
2008-12-16 09:59:39 AM  
skinnycatullus: I have an English degree, so it's very possible I'm just ignorant, but...

Doesn't that read "slope you can believe in"? In which case, is this a racist headline? Also, shouldn't the y be on top?

/ok, back to my job at the English factory


It reads "rate of change with respect to y you can believe in". The y is fine where it is.

And it's just a joke. A pretty clever one, too. I lol'd.

/Waiting for it to be recycled in a finance headline
 
2008-12-16 09:59:58 AM  
As a math teacher, I am appalled by the headline. Average rate of change is Δy/Δx. Fail. At least, fail my class. :-P

/instantaneous change would be dy/dx
//I prefer instantaneous change we can believe in
 
2008-12-16 10:00:04 AM  
Marla Singer's Laundry: I just don't see how this is going to make any differential.

I secant what you did there.
 
2008-12-16 10:00:20 AM  
Don't scientists hate God, and isn't the US gov. holy work? I foresee a conflict of interest.
 
2008-12-16 10:00:31 AM  
"In a recent speech, he noted that American households could spend more to to conserve energy in their homes, but they'd rather spend the money "on granite countertops."

Sorry that bothers you Mr. Chu, but that is the American way of life. Well, it was until the socialists took power. If home owners find the margin of utility on energy conservation to be greater than changing their countertops, then they will do it. If not, then it is their right not to.
 
2008-12-16 10:01:16 AM  
dittybopper: MCStymie: As a lower-echelon math geek, the headline warmed my heart. Nice job, submitter.

You mean a Lower Echelon Math Major/Apprentice, or LEMMA?


*bows, golf clap*

/Yeah, more or less.
 
2008-12-16 10:01:21 AM  
Future Emperor of Pennsylvania: As a math teacher, I am appalled by the headline. Average rate of change is Δy/Δx. Fail. At least, fail my class. :-P

/instantaneous change would be dy/dx
//I prefer instantaneous change we can believe in


I checked your profile, I see where you live. It will be okay.
 
2008-12-16 10:01:24 AM  
Sometimes you need to force change:
img72.imageshack.us
 
2008-12-16 10:01:39 AM  
If you support Physics you support terrorist and a pu55y
 
2008-12-16 10:01:55 AM  
In a recent speech, he noted that American households could spend more to to conserve energy in their homes, but they'd rather spend the money "on granite countertops."


Well duh how else am I supposed to show the Johnsons I'm better then them? It is not like there is a department of energy rateing that I could hire to rate my house on its energy efficency and then display it to the world. It is not like there is any way to parly energy efficiency into smug self satisfied elitism. I mean just look at hybrid cars, if there were some way to brand a house energy efficient or green that would show my neighbors that I am wealthier, better, and far supieror to them then I would buy that.

Seriously it is like these scientist don't understand what is important to Americans. We don't care about saveing the planet, unless saveing the planet allows us to spend our money to show that we are better then our neighbors.
 
2008-12-16 10:02:22 AM  
drjekel_mrhyde: If you support Physics you support terrorist and a pu55y

It's not normal to force something like that on us at this moment.
 
2008-12-16 10:02:30 AM  
Subby, only one Δ would've sufficed.
 
2008-12-16 10:02:45 AM  
Chu's Wisely.
 
2008-12-16 10:02:55 AM  
Well done math nerds.
 
2008-12-16 10:02:58 AM  
Future Emperor of Pennsylvania: As a math teacher, I am appalled by the headline. Average rate of change is Δy/Δx. Fail. At least, fail my class. :-P

That's how the Democrats do it.
 
2008-12-16 10:03:04 AM  
therealpope: "In a recent speech, he noted that American households could spend more to to conserve energy in their homes, but they'd rather spend the money "on granite countertops."

Sorry that bothers you Mr. Chu, but that is the American way of life. Well, it was until the socialists took power. If home owners find the margin of utility on energy conservation to be greater than changing their countertops, then they will do it. If not, then it is their right not to.


Nothing wrong with pointing out that they're idiots.
 
2008-12-16 10:03:12 AM  
RDRR!

homepage.smc.edu
 
2008-12-16 10:04:11 AM  
What? There wasn't any dog show groomers available for the post?
 
2008-12-16 10:04:13 AM  

I'm just looking for ward to my free stuff.

i431.photobucket.com
 
2008-12-16 10:04:33 AM  
skinnycatullus: I have an English degree, so it's very possible I'm just ignorant, but...

Doesn't that read "slope you can believe in"? In which case, is this a racist headline? Also, shouldn't the y be on top?

/ok, back to my job at the English factory


If it helps, I took some pretty serious math courses in college, and this headline still isn't amusing.
 
2008-12-16 10:05:10 AM  
img.coxnewsweb.com
 
2008-12-16 10:05:14 AM  
That's slope we can believe in?
 
2008-12-16 10:05:17 AM  
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2008-12-16 10:05:38 AM  
Depends how you define x and y.

Dbuttsecks/Dalcohol is still a rate of change.
 
2008-12-16 10:05:43 AM  
BarrRepublican: Chu's Wisely.

But I thought Chu did eyes?

/Chu ONLY does eyes.
//"oh what I have seen with your eyes."
 
2008-12-16 10:05:47 AM  
Chucklz: Marla Singer's Laundry: I just don't see how this is going to make any differential.

I secant what you did there.


This is clearly a sine of things to come
 
2008-12-16 10:06:39 AM  
Dan09: That's slope we can believe in?

A slippery slope, nontheless.
 
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