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Comment: Re: nature and consumers (Score 1) 358

by Blackeneth (#44409465) Attached to: GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

We don't know the long term effects of say, introducing Buffalo Wings to the American diet either.

Or the long term effects of creating jobs where you sit in a chair all day.

Plus, how do we know that some change won't be beneficial over 10, 100, and 1000 year time periods, but totally screw you after 10,000 years? We had better prohibit all change until we know for sure.

Wait, prohibiting change is itself a change. Maybe the government should regulate it. Wait, do we know the long term effects of government?

Damn, you'd better sleep outside tonight. Tomorrow you can root for grubs and forage for berries. It's the only way to be sure you're safe. If you get eaten instead by a wild animal, be assured that this is completely natural.

Comment: Yawn (Score 1) 530

by Blackeneth (#42345695) Attached to: IQ 'a Myth,' Study Says

IQ is an old measure. It's not surprising that you could develop a better measure.

But is IQ useful? Last I checked, it correlated well to things like years of completed education, unemployment rate, lifetime earnings, etc.

Part of the problem with our government policies is that they don't account for the fact that 1/2 the people are dumbasses, by definition. Or, as George Carlin said, "Imagine how smart the average person is. Now realize that half the people are stupider than him."

Comment: Re:Bernard's Law ... (Score 1) 292

by Blackeneth (#42334463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Scientists Build a New Particle Collider In Japan?

So we spend billions of dollars to . . . more precisely measure the mass of the Higgs boson? Oh, that's worth it.

But wait! There's important spin-off technologies, like . . . high speed trains.

Only one problem - we don't need any freaking high speed trains!

Now, if you could promise to figure out how to power cars with the Higgs boson, or create a Higgs boson bomb, that might draw some interest. But to spend billions of dollars to add a few decimal places to the mass of the Higgs? Physicists will soon have to accept that some of the knowledge they seek is too expensive to acquire.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.

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