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Comment: Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (Score 1) 136

by Lotana (#47441109) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

The corollary here is that intelligence isn't always an advantage. Or else all chimps would have evolved human class intelligence.

In my opinion, intelligence is always an advantage and the more the better. It is just that the random changes of natural selection did not favour the chimps. They were lucky enough to get enough intelligence to be fairly high up on the food chain. Evolution is not guided and does not get the best result.

Comment: Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (Score 1) 136

by Lotana (#47441083) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Intelligence does not increase your reproductive fitness past some baseline number, as a result we see regression to the mean.

I disagree.

Intelligence has improved out survival to such a degree, that you don't need to reproduce as much as an average bear to successfully pass on your genes.

Survival is not just about fucking more. As a matter of fact, having 5 children is counter-productive because they consume so much resources and require so much care. If your one child survives into adulthood, finds a mate and successfully breeds, then your evolutionary duty is done. Any more and you are introducing stress on to the environment to the detriment of your offspring. If you notice driven, successful people tend to not have any issues with passing on their genes.

Contrast it to your example of a bear: They need to breed more often, because that intelligent, top-of-the-foodchain predator might shoot and skin your offspring before he/she gets a chance to pass the genes further. No matter how successful the bear is, it is just a matter of pure luck whether it will come across a bloodthirsty hairless ape or not.

Compare the numbers: There are much more humans in the world than bears.

Comment: Re:How fitting (Score 1) 333

If one of the results of autism is the ability to focus and think and solve problems and acquire a deeper understanding of things, then at least that aspect of autism would definitely be something to brag about.

That part is certainly good and you can brag about it. Problem is that it does not help much in the real world.

In the real corporate world you can get by with average solving capability, but good social competence will take you very far. Getting a job is all about being able to sell yourself. Finding a job is all about who you know. Keeping a job is all about image and keeping right people happy and informed. This is the office politics part in a nutshell. If you don't play, you lose.

Even without other debilitating symptoms of autism, this keeps the sufferer from having a successful career. It also has impact on finding a relationship. Overall the negatives outweigh the positives of extraordinary analytical and focus abilities.

Comment: Re:Disappointing - Potential payoff is enormous... (Score 1) 225

by Lotana (#47382113) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

Why not?

Because it will not help! Duh!

However, I am sacrificing a goat every solstice to stop it from happening. Would be nice if you ungrateful louts would thank me now and again for preventing your fiery demise!

Had to switch to sheep recently since logistical problems were encountered. Guess Ra doesn't like sheep as much since global warming is happening. But what can you do? There is only so much costs I can cover...

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 225

by Lotana (#47382097) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

it's because the US government is currently about $17,000,000,000,000 in debt

That is a very large number, yet the country seems to be doing fine. What is the downside of having debt when you got the power and influence of a superpower?

As far as I know there are no western-style country that is not in debt. Looks like it is the norm rather than an exception.

Comment: Re:Scientific research never got anyone anything (Score 1) 225

by Lotana (#47382051) Attached to: Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

You missed the parent's point. He said gasoline. We don't run power plants on gasoline: We run cars on that.

Hydrocarbons is still the most efficient energy storage medium that we have for this purpose. You will need to have a process of converting Fusion-generated energy into fuel. I will hazard a guess that such a conversion process would be so inefficient that it would still be cheaper to wage war to get cheaper oil.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 1) 441

by Lotana (#47347747) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Off topic please.

If the Ukraine succeeds in remaining independent (I've got $250K against it)

What if Ukraine splits into West and East? East joins Russia and West remains independent. Will you get $125K?

Because by the look of things either it will be this or it will remain just as it is now. But then hard to define what "independent" is. Ukraine was always under influence of its much more powerful neighbors.

Comment: Re: Warriors, unite! (Score 1) 208

by Lotana (#47319683) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>

Based on all the survey results I have seen, many people who use software that isn't properly licensed do so because the license terms are too painful, not because the actual cash outlay is too much. The biggest issues are DRM and buggy software (often caused by the DRM) that doesn't get patched. When you can download software via torrent and use it 100% of the time without worrying if the license server is available to authorize you, that software is worth a lot more than the version that requires you to jump through hoops just to use it. Add in the price difference (free vs. whatever the retail version costs), and it's really a no-brainer...people will always take a free Porsche over an expensive Yugo.

I really used to think that as well. What absolutely disgusted me and turned me bitter is when I read about the piracy rate of Humble Indie Bundle:

The bundle came DRM free. You get to decide how much you wanted to pay: Smallest amount you could put in those days was 1 cent (And many did). The proceeds went to charity, developers and further bundles with you able to change how much goes where. Linux, Mac and Windows versions were provided.

There really was no excuse for piracy! And yet piracy was rampant! It was all over the torrents. Just to save a penny?!

So that just proved to me that pirates are just plain dicks. Piracy for piracy's sake.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981