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Comment: Re:Are You Kidding? (Score 2) 541

by KeithJM (#47649907) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Scientific discussion of racial differences is not the same as racism. It's amazing how afraid some people are of frank discussion about race. They want to shut it down as soon as it begins, typically by denying the question ("there's no such thing as race!!") or personal attacks like you're doing ("you're racist for even suggesting that!!!").

And writing a book to be published to the masses on your "scientific" theory rather than submitting it for peer review and publishing it via the normal process isn't a scientific discussion. To me, that raises a red flag as big as all of the "cold fusion" and other physics discoveries that call press conferences rather than publishing papers and letting other scientists analyze their results before the press sees it.

Comment: Re:Rather broad leap.. (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by KeithJM (#47533915) Attached to: Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered
It's a broad leap, but they didn't just find some random feathered fossils. They found fossils of various species that shared an ancestor very early in the dinosaur line. So it would be like discovering that Humans, Orangutans and Gorillas all had something in common (like a particular lobe of the brain) that we had previously thought only humans had. It would imply the there is a good chance Chimpanzees have it too, because it seems likely to be inherited from that early shared ancestor. They could be wrong, and each of those lines of dinosaurs could have evolved feathers separately. But it's not just a random conclusion.

Comment: Re:Yep, they're doing seamless feedback (Score 3, Insightful) 126

by KeithJM (#47077291) Attached to: US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE
They won't want to pay for both systems forever though. The reason you'd do something like is partly to make your customers happy, but partly because you realize you're installing two sets of hardware on each tower (one for data, one for telephone calls) and if you treated everything like data, you could save money on purchasing and maintaining the hardware because you'd only need to install one.

Comment: But they need to move around in our environment (Score 4, Insightful) 122

by KeithJM (#46439769) Attached to: iRobot CEO: Humanoid Robots Too Expensive To Be the Norm
This is a very good point, and for robots designed for a single task that obviously makes sense. But if they have to be able to move around a house or office (with either stairs or an elevator with buttons to push), or open doors, or put dishes away from the dishwasher, etc -- they'll need to be shaped roughly like a human. The more human-shaped they are the more easily they can integrate into a world designed for human-shaped things to get things done. The alternative is to redesign everything in the world to make LESS convenient for people to use them.

Comment: Re:Anybody else wish Google would grow a mean side (Score 1) 476

by KeithJM (#45299941) Attached to: Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
If they did it for a day, that might annoy Apple and Microsoft. If they did it for longer, people would just move away from Google and go somewhere else. If people wanting to buy iPads or Surfaces or look up Windows APIs or whatever can't find their answers on Google, they'll stop going to google to find Thai restaurants and art supply stores too. It's kind of like shutting the government down to force negotiation over a particular law. You better be REALLY sure that the people affected by the shutdown feel as strongly as you do about the particular law before you do it.

Comment: Re:Anti-Trust (Score 1) 476

by KeithJM (#45299891) Attached to: Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
It isn't ironic. The reason they took those actions and the reasons we are discussing it is because it gives them a legal monopoly. It's not like they banded together to buy these patents and then were later surprised when it occurred them that this allowed them to sue their competitors for competing with them.

Comment: Re:Linux Desktop coming in 2015/2016 (Score 1) 737

by KeithJM (#43497949) Attached to: Windows: Not Doomed Yet

Tablets are a fad in the consumer space which will fizzle out in 2 years

iPads are officially 3 years old now. They certainly might still fizzle out -- netbooks were pretty much replaced by tablets, and tablets could be replaced by something else.You need some kind of rationalization beyond just saying they'll fizzle out, though. There is obviously a market for them (and netbooks before them) that traditional PCs don't fill. Something's going to fill that niche.

Comment: What is the bottleneck in profitability for planes (Score 1) 587

by KeithJM (#43348571) Attached to: Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares
Lots of discussion here about why a 6' tall 200 pound person (who would be technically overweight, definitely not skinny) wouldn't expect to pay as much as a 5' tall 200 pound person (who would definitely be obese).

Planes have a limited amount of lift (and can only lift so much weight), but before you hit that limit you'd hit another bottleneck -- planes have limited numbers of seats. Assuming that you can only fit x people on the plane and that planes will always be full to capacity (they all seem to be these days), and assuming their weight/fare formula guarantees that each extra pound is profitable for the airline, it's the to airline's advantage to carry non-obese people.

If you have 300 seats, you can fill them with the 6' tall 200 pound people, 1 per seat. If you try to fill it with 5' tall 200 pound people, they will take up more than one seat each. You will make less money filling a plane with the obese people than the overweight people who still fit in one seat.

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