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Comment Could this also relate to human intelligence? (Score 1) 105

Think about it. We are genetically extremely close to other primates, yet we have evolved a much higher level of intelligence. This type of mutation, which could easily occur during the natural evolutionary process, could be the cause of our differentiation.

Comment Just wait until the MIB gets hacked (Score 1) 60

For those of you outside the field, be very, very worried that these (,_Inc.) guys get hacked. If you have ever had a medical condition covered by any of our world-renowned Private Health Insurance Industry providers, it's on file here. Enjoy. :-)

Comment How could this even get this far? (Score 2) 172

Listen, I'm what I consider to be a pretty good, card-carrying tree-hugger who is also an omnivore, and I have supported racial, sexual and marriage equality for as long as I can remember. However, when we talk about human rights, they are *Human(TM)* Rights. This is not to say, of course, that we should not treat all sentient beings with as much Humanity(TM) as we can - and that's always a shifting goalpost - but no animal is a human except us human animals. Crikey, PETA-types!

Comment Yes, but.... (Score 2) 351

Similarly to Germany's ban on billboards on the autobahn - which are proven to distract a driver's attention - there should be some reasonable limits on ads. I originally signed up for cable, then satellite, because so many of the channels were then ad-free. Today, there is virtually nothing that's ad-free, including my Camry's radio start-up message that reminds me that - yes! - I'm driving a Camry! Basically, I am sick and freaking tired of ads everywhere and have fine-tuned my life to avoid them as much as possible. But, man is it tough!!

Comment Re:Saying you test is easy. (Score 3, Informative) 86

And there is the rub. NEBS testing (telco-level) is horrifically expensive and - for DC applications - totally unnecessary. NEBS servers have to withstand that because they are often the *only* server performing a certain function in the CO. Not anywhere near the same use-case.

Comment Re:lettice under LED grow lights? (Score 2) 279

As someone who as - in the past - grown pot indoors under lights and outdoors, there's no comparison. Growing outdoors, for every 10 seedlings, you're lucky to get one healthy plant - and it has a 50/50 chance of being a male, hence worthless. Indoors, you start with 10 seedlings and get 10 plants. The same 50/50 ratio of male and female, but you've got 5 instead of .5. Next, factor in the insect and animal damage outdoors and then the bud rot at harvest time, and indoor farming is far, far superior. Not sure about corn, but - fuck that! I can buy any type in the store I want. :-)

Comment Lemme guess (Score -1, Troll) 413

More "Gummint givin way free money to deadbeats" rhetoric sure to come despite the facts that the size/cost of the program (tiny) compared to the benefits derived to society are, by any empirical measure, shown to be tremendously beneficial. But, as usual, the loutish barroom stool rantings will usually win the discussion. Sigh.....

Comment Re:I can see this running afoul of.... (Score 1) 545

OK, fit this scenario into your argument. I was raised by Jehovah's Witnesses (true!). JWs do not believe in accepting any blood transfution as it's against their religious beliefs. Now, say, I - as a a 10-year-old child of said JWs - was shot through the finger by his brother (also true, sadly) - and needed a blood transfusion to survive (NOT true). Should the parent's religious belief trump the medical necessity to save said child (me)? Being a little bit closer to this stuff can give you a whole different perspective.

Comment Re:Hostility to debate (Score 1) 179

You're right - most spewage that we hear from most media (I use PBS NewsHour and The Economist magazine myself) is "eristic" dialogue such as one would hear on talk radio, a lawyer trying to win a case, etc where the goal is to "win" the argument by convincing the other that they are wrong and you are right. True dialogue is "dialectic" where the goal is to - as you said - truly try to reach a deeper understanding of the underlying issue and most crucually, be willing to alter your belief if that deeper discovery brings new information to light. It's a truly wonderful thing to not be mentally bound by belief based on nothing but feelings/opinions.

Comment I once asked Linus about this (Score 5, Interesting) 469

While working at Intel, we had a large Linux conference with Linus and a few other noteworthy OSS dudes. Afterwards, while we were all millng around, I found myself next to Linus Himself and asked this very question. My belief was that it was the GPL vs BSD license which forced all changes to at least be available for inclusion in the next version. Linux felt that it was more of a timing thing where Linux just kind of hit at the right time. Who really knows?

Comment Re:Would anyone deny? (Score 1) 347

Yes - me. While I acknowledge that there are some minor discrepancies in *some* of the data, it does not negate the overwhelming consensus of current knowledge and - quite frankly - the costs of the deniers being wrong are dramatically more than the costs of (gasp!) getting cleaner air if they should happen, against all odds, to be correct. PS - you betray your political orientation by throwing out an alphabet soup of gummint agencies and then use "tyrannical" to describe the scientists working there. Rrrrriiigghhtt, big fella.....

Comment Re:Just Like the "Liberal Media" (Score 4, Interesting) 347

It's even worse than that. It's one thing to demonize political groups for political gains - that's how the game is played, sadly. However, when you then take the same level of hypocrisy, bumper-sticker-thinking, and plain old crazy, paranoid delusion and apply it to science, then that's taking things jusy way too far. Of course, these boneheads have been repeating this stuff to each other for so long, they really do believe it! Now *that* is some scary shit!

Comment Re:Title II (Score 1) 438

Let me try....Basically, unless you live in an already heavily-wired are with several combinations of fiber, cable, and DSL it is economically unviable for anyone to expand the physical infrastructure of the internet. This leads to monopolies of the existing, legacy telecom companies. Here in North Georgia where I live, I have exactly one choice (omitting satellite because the cost and latency is horrible) which is Windstream DSL. Over the last several years, Windstream has had several lengthy outages caused by edge route rupgrades blowing up and so forth. Absent net neutrality, no other ISP can connect to Windstream's existing wires (paying for that access, of course) and offer me an alternative. Real free-market access to the physical infrastructure much like, say, a shopping center can open along a publicly built and maintained highway. Good for everyone except the companies who want to maintain their monopoly. PS - I used to gate-bang DG Nova III CPU, memory and controller cards. Fun days!

Comment Re:Damn... (Score 3, Insightful) 494

Actually, we did. Like most Americans, sadly, you know nothing of history beyond, say, 1980 or some such. If you did know some history, you would know that - before the enactment of the Constitution - most states had their dominant sect, and those not in that sect were *legally* persecuted and often killed. Check out the history of the Baptists and Quakers in early New England for one example. Or, how about the Christian justifications for the genocide against American Indians. If you want to get even more recent, check out the legal filings in Loving vs Virginia where lines of Christian preachers submitted tons of briefs, all saying that their Christian God had deemed that black people were inherently inferior and not worthy of any basic human rights. Yeah, you Christians are really, really superior to other religions....

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