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Comment: A superior simpler hypothesis of why this happens (Score 1) 113

by goombah99 (#48581335) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

your post and all the other posts here assume that there is some means for the mother deer to tell if she has a weakling in the oven or not, and then also has means to choose to miscarry weaklings.

Here's a less complicated hypothesis that has the same effect: Human's and chimps share >99% of their DNA. But an X and a Y chromosome are largely different. A human male baby is more similar to a male chimp than to his own mother. Whereas a human female baby is more simillar to her mother than a female chimp.

there is thus a much stronger possibility of a male fetus having a negative immune reaction to antigens from the mother. Normally a healthy mother and a healthy fetus can tolerate some mismatch. If the male is more robust or perhaps simply more developed early in the development process then the probability of tolerating the mismatch is higher than for a less developed/less robust fetus.

This is a simpler and more intrnsic mechanism that should be common across mammals.

Comment: Hold on (Score 3, Informative) 78

by barakn (#48449439) Attached to: Study: Space Rock Impacts Not Random

To all the commenters claiming we've already known this for centuries... no, we haven't. There's no reason to presume a priori that large objects occur in "showers" like the smaller (ash particle to pea sized) objects that make up familiar meteor showers. And astrostatisticians are very unhappy with the quality of the statistics in this paper, and they are suggesting the null hypothesis can't be rejecting using better statistical tools: https://astrostatistics.wordpr...

Comment: should be banned or regulated (Score 4, Interesting) 237

by goombah99 (#48383119) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Lyft and Uber drivers should have to follow the same not-free regs as taxi drivers. things like displaying a hack lic, certification of insurance or bonding, and penalties for systematic race discrimination are things that taxi drivers and their companies are required to follow. Undercutting these is not a good idea.

Comment: Man in the middle versus E2E (Score 2) 148

by goombah99 (#48381563) Attached to: Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

E2E encryption likely won't work. The router would set it self up as a proxy to allow a man in the middle attack. But you might be able to use encryption of the ballot itself, not it's transmission layer to avoid a problem. However this would be a pain in the ass since now the user has to somehow assign passwords and stuff.

Comment: Senator James Inhofe (Score 5, Informative) 282

by goombah99 (#48340459) Attached to: When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Inhofe is now the head of the senate environmental commitee that oversee 100% of all climate change legislation and policies in the US.

He wrote a book 305 page book entirely on the subject of global warming. The name of this book is "the greatest Hoax".

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.