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Comment Re:approves an anti (Score 4, Informative) 446 446

The big thing you have to remember about this is that traits are not one-to-one with genes. One gene can affect many different traits and one trait can be affected by many different genes. When you genetically engineer an organism, you run the risk of creating or altering traits you never intended. This can and has lead to problems like feed corn that's toxic to the cattle and pigs it was intended for.

Comment Read about Clever Hans (Score 1) 409 409

If anyone here doubts that a dog handler can intentionally or unintentionally cause a drug-sniffing dog to falsely alert, they need to look up the case of a horse named "Clever Hans". This was a horse that was able to solve simple arithmetic problems by stamping his hoof the correct number of times. The trick was that the horse never solved any problems. He was watching the questioner to see when he/she was satisfied with the number of hoof-stamps.

Comment Re:Great! Now what about bootloader locking? (Score 1) 100 100

An absolute requirement for me is a phone with an SD card slot. After I realized my phone has a bootloader lock, I tried to find one with an SD slot AND unlocked bootloader. I couldn't find one. It seems the HTC One M8 and Motorola Atrix 2 seem to fulfil my requirements. Thanks.

Comment Great! Now what about bootloader locking? (Score 2) 100 100

This is nice, but there's still a problem with carriers locking the bootloader on smartphones. This means one cannot easily or reliably change the OS to something more suitable. I'd like to install CyanogenMod on my phone, but I learned after I got it that my carrier locks the bootloader.

Comment Irritated (Score 0) 77 77

I'm starting to get irritated with press releases like this. I'm seeing all these breakthroughs in medicine, but it's only for mice. The latest of these that got my goat was an every-other-day injection that turns off type-2 diabetes. Instead of monitoring blood sugar and calculating insulin doses, a diabetic would inject this stuff every other day and insulin resistance would be gone and the body would be once again able to regulate itself.

Comment Problems with Dice and Monster (Score 1) 278 278

Dice and Monster have the user interface down pretty good. A big problem, though, is with those employers who use those sites but then redirect applicants to their own broken application system -- or even worse, some broken application system provider like The first time you use that site, it fools you into thinking that once you put in your stuff, you'll be good for any other business that collects resumes through Not so. Each and every time you have to go through an account setup, then type in all your information, answer a bunch of questions, etc.

Comment Re:Speed of Evolution (Score 1) 564 564

It sounds like you're referring to somone from a thousand years ago suddenly being dropped into modern society. Suppose someone from a thousand years ago gets to our time by being immortal. Unless our immortal were a hermit, then that person would be constantly exposed to society and adapt to changes. There wouldn't be the kind of bewilderment you're talking about. For an interesting story along these lines, watch the movie "The Man From Earth".

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder