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Comment: Re:membrane (Score 1) 69

by JumperCable (#49154887) Attached to: Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan

And it seems to me that the earliest replicators would benefit more from free interaction with the medium they're in, rather than being locked up in a sealed bubble.

What if the early replicators or proto-replicators benefited from the differences between the outside of the bubble, and the inside of the bubble?

Comment: Get an ADA Siezure Detection Dog (Score 1) 327

by JumperCable (#49035431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use

The dog will warn your wife when the symptoms of a seizure are about to come on. This will give her enough time to act to ensure her safety & even call for help. Yes, ADA dogs are pricey, but since you post here, I am going to guess you can afford one to keep your wife safe. Plus it will make a good playmate for your 2 year old.

Sometimes the old solution that just works, is the best solution.

Comment: Re:uhhh (Score 2, Informative) 138

by JumperCable (#48974743) Attached to: Deep-Sea Microorganism Hasn't Evolved For Over 2 Billion Years

I agree with your primary point. However the article does state he analyzed the chemistry too. I wonder how much the chemistry is really going to change if the microbes are pulled from the same environment. I would expect proteins to break down after a couple of billion years.

Schopf used several techniques to analyze the fossils, including Raman spectroscopy — which enables scientists to look inside rocks to determine their composition and chemistry

Comment: Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (Score 1) 135

Then why do they call Bitcoin an electronic currency? Heck, even the name contains the word "coin." You can't have it one way when facing a judge for a certain lawsuit, and then switch it to something else when a different lawsuit or legislation rears it's head.

Do you know what else is a "financial tool?" The dollar. It can be used to traffic/launder money & goods too.

Comment: Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (Score 1) 250

by JumperCable (#47078731) Attached to: Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

If google and facebook could find qualified black (or American employees in general) employees, wouldn't they do that rather than importing people from India/Pakistan/$wherever?

That depends. Are those Amercian employees willing to work for the same salary offer as those India/Pakitan/$whatever and be content? They are shooting for a cheap labor market.

Comment: Paper not finished nor peer reviewed (Score 1) 490

Link to study:

This paper is in active rewrite; Please contact the author for the latest version before review if at all possible

So the paper is not even finished and has not been peer reviewed...

You know what also might work? Actually ticketing cyclists breaking traffic laws. As a pedestrian, I nearly got run over by three cyclists pulling an "Idaho Stop" at a cross walk because they were not paying attention.

Also according to the Idaho law, this only applies when the cyclist is turning right, not blowing through an intersection.

Microfilm archives of police incident reports from 1966 to 1992 were consulted over a
period of days, and deemed too difficult to analyze;

Comment: Homeless for 6 year or 30 years (Score 1) 320

The article says he has been homeless for 6 years and recently feel on hard times due to a loss of his wife and mother turning to alcohalism.

However this video from the same project says that he has been on the streets for 30 years. (21 seconds in)

The story doesn't jive.

Comment: Re:FYI: that wooshing sound you hear... (Score 1) 151

by JumperCable (#42665587) Attached to: Microsoft May Invest $1B-$3B In Dell Buyout

Not necessarily a fair assessment. The linux boxes & no-OS boxes were priced higher than the same builds WITH Windows pre-installed. Why on earth would I pay more money when I can wipe Windows off of a machine in the blink of an eye.

The problem wasn't Linux. It was the pricing scheme.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 432

by JumperCable (#40992475) Attached to: Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

I would have rated you funny. Honestly, you don't have to reach out from some grand governmental conspiracy to explain what is going on.

Assange was staying at one woman's house, banged her, then while still using her place as home base, goes out and bangs some other fan-girl. Fan-girl unwittingly contacts the woman who Assange was staying with trying to get in touch with him. The feminist hostess puts two and two together, gets pissed and decides to extract her pound of flesh for revenge. Takes it to the police to see if they can force him to take an STD test. Then it hits the media and all hell breaks loose. Now everyone is scrambling to try to save face. It gets picked up by a prosecutor attempting to make a name for himself in feminist circles and to continues to snowball. Now the only way to save face is if someone at minimum gets legally slapped on the wrist for bad behavior. For Assange & his supporters it is far easier to blame some grand governmental conspiracy than to deal with the accusations being leveled at him.

You don't need some grand governmental conspiracy to explain what is going on. A better explanation is that everyone here is acting in their own self interest, except for the poor fan-girl who got unwittingly drug into this mess.

All of this and the US government didn't have to lift a finger. They have done the best thing possible, which is to sit back, do nothing, break out the popcorn, let people hang themselves and enjoy.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long