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Comment: First - Find a real test for "intelligence." (Score 1) 268

by GodInHell (#47880659) Attached to: Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little
Sounds like maybe they put the cart before the horse. "Intelligence," of the kind that can be scored on academic tests, is a combination of raw potential, opportunity and effort. You can have amazing potential for intellect, but never get off the family farm - get "home schooled" and told that the earth is flat and math is a tool of the devil - you will then fail any external metric of "intelligence" that requires you to know and apply facts. Likewise, someone who has barely average potential can, given adequate opportunity and effort, develop the skills and abilities to do well on academic tests or external measures of "intelligence."

"Intelligence" as measured by academic performance would thus not correlate well with raw genetic markers (i.e. raw potential). First they'd need to define what capacity of the person they want to deem "intelligence" e.g. - are we talking logical deductive capacity, ability with mathematical computation, the ability to communicate effectively, problem solving skills - what is "intelligence?" Second, they would need to find some way to test that capacity that isn't commonly understood and used outside the study, so, for example, not asking participants to take a math test because then the opportunity and effort elements interfere with the measure of raw capacity - you'd need a test that challenged the ability to learn and comprehend without falling back on existent structures; this would be very difficult to formulate well, and any test taker could only use that test once. Third, they'd need to look for common physical markers in the developed body / brain for those that demonstrate whatever capacity they've defined as intelligence - e.g. nerve density, size of the brain cavity, etc. Only then can you look for a genetic source for that physical marker.

"Intelligence" isn't height or weight or eye color - it is too subjective a quality to seek out before defining your term very narrowly.

Comment: Re:THESE PEOPLE? (Score 1) 1262

by GodInHell (#47825387) Attached to: Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls
This just isn't true - Thunderf00t makes a lot of hay out of doing to the Tropes videos what he accuses her of. For example, she talks about Hitman encouraging gamers to use women as objects, TF goes off about how she used video of two girls you're not supposed to kill - but the video refers not to those two strippers, but to the dead girl you're supposed to throw over a balcony to distract cops in a different part of the game. The part with the strippers was used to highlight where the game enables players to engage in voyeuristic fantasy - hiding in the box and watching the girls. She also shows the character beating the girls down and moving them around - but that isn't required to support either of her other theses.

I still haven't heard anyone that can explain the purpose of the Dastardly achievement in Red Dead Redemption - I played that game for well over a hundred hours - it never would have occurred to me to hog tie a girl and toss her on the tracks - but the developer actually encourages the act through the achievement system. Did she misrepresent that? What percentage of her examples have to be correct before she's allowed to have an opinion?

Comment: Re:They are stagnant (Score 4, Interesting) 157

by GodInHell (#47825265) Attached to: Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia
One of the other articles on the L.A. times is reporting that "U.S. auto sales surge in August to month's highest level in years" so - it's lies, damn lies and statistics time. Electric car sales fell 0.1% as a proportion of total car sales during a period that included the car sales at the "highest level in years."

Consider also that Tesla is still on back-order status and they are gearing up to release two new models of cars. Other than the Tesla, only Nissan has a pure electric generally available on the market - the Leaf - which sold over 120,000 cars last year. See, Wikipedia. Ford's focus is also out there, but only in select markets.

Shorter: there's only one mass-market electric car on the market. The Tesla Model S, while definitely a beautiful car, doesn't have the production volume to compete in a market share battle - that's not Tesla's bag - yet. The "stagnation" story is more of the knee-jerk car guy rejection of electrics that has been bouncing around in the media for 30 years now.

Comment: THESE PEOPLE? (Score 4, Insightful) 1262

Who are *these people* who cannot be provoked? People that play video games? Are we really going to say that we cannot even talk about video games now without signing our own death warrants? Is that your point?

Take her work at face value or call it part of a conspiracy - all she's doing is speaking into a camera on the internet. Ms. Sarkesian is *not* a legislator, she's not out there suing companies and telling them what to do or what not to do. She's just stating her opinion and raising what she considers issues with the messaging of video games.

WTF is wrong with you?

Comment: 400 out of how many flights? (Score 3, Insightful) 97

by GodInHell (#47289369) Attached to: When Drones Fall From the Sky
Good point. Also - without knowing how many flights? There are hundreds of thousands of car crashes every year - but there are millions upon millions of miles traveled by car every year, so crashes are relatively rare. If there were 1000 drone flights and 400 crashes the article would have a point, but there were probable hundreds of thousands of military drone flights in the last 10 years.

Also, Military aircraft do tend to crash very often around the world. see Wikipedia List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (2010–present). Note the string of fatalities caused by those crashes.

Comment: Re:Because they can. (Score 3, Informative) 252

by GodInHell (#46944225) Attached to: $200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?
The law school I am familiar with leaves the choice of text up to the prof. Some of them will avoid these textbooks because of the ethical challenges, some won't. Of course, my school also ran its own bookstore and probably made quite a lot of profit off reselling used books, so there's that too. On the other hand $200.00 is not very much for a law school text.

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