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Comment: Re:Just like bacteria or virii (Score 1) 293

by Maxo-Texas (#47940493) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

It's in a book on his experiments...

http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22514...

Page 4.
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Fig 1. John B. Calhoun in rodent Universe 133

and page 18.

Calhounâ(TM)s rodent experiments (note that "universe 133" was actually a mouse experiment, but it is as ever with reference to rats that the work is recalled)

And I hate the lack of ability to edit combined with Slashdot's poor treatment of unicode quote marks!

Comment: Re:Just like bacteria or virii (Score 4, Interesting) 293

by Maxo-Texas (#47940435) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

I must be misremembering the universe #.

Here's a link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

and a quote...

Mouse experiments
John Calhoun with mice experiment.

In the early 1960s, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) acquired property in a rural area outside Poolesville, Maryland. The facility that was built on this property housed several research projects, including those headed by Calhoun. It was here that his most famous experiment, the mouse universe, was created.[1] In July 1968 four pairs of mice were introduced into the Utopian universe. The universe was a 9-foot (2.7 m) square metal pen with 54-inch-high (1.4 m) sides. Each side had four groups of four vertical, wire mesh âoetunnelsâ. The âoetunnelsâ gave access to nesting boxes, food hoppers, and water dispensers. There was no shortage of food or water or nesting material. There were no predators. The only adversity was the limit on space.
John Calhoun meeting Pope Paul VI on 27 September 1973.

Initially the population grew rapidly, doubling every 55 days. The population reached 620 by day 315, after which the population growth dropped markedly. The last surviving birth was on day 600. This period between day 315 and day 600 saw a breakdown in social structure and in normal social behavior. Among the aberrations in behavior were the following: expulsion of young before weaning was complete, wounding of young, inability of dominant males to maintain the defense of their territory and females, aggressive behavior of females, passivity of non-dominant males with increased attacks on each other which were not defended against. After day 600, the social breakdown continued and the population declined toward extinction. During this period females ceased to reproduce. Their male counterparts withdrew completely, never engaging in courtship or fighting. They ate, drank, slept, and groomed themselves â" all solitary pursuits. Sleek, healthy coats and an absence of scars characterized these males. They were dubbed âoethe beautiful onesâ.

The conclusions drawn from this experiment were that when all available space is taken and all social roles filled, competition and the stresses experienced by the individuals will result in a total breakdown in complex social behaviors, ultimately resulting in the demise of the population.

Calhoun saw the fate of the population of mice as a metaphor for the potential fate of man. He characterized the social breakdown as a âoesecond deathâ, with reference to the âoesecond deathâ mentioned in the Biblical book of Revelation 2:11 [1] His study has been cited by writers such as Bill Perkins as a warning of the dangers of the living in an "increasingly crowded and impersonal

Comment: Just like bacteria or virii (Score 2) 293

by Maxo-Texas (#47939259) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

The portion of the population which breeds under given circumstances will come to dominate the population.

It might be expressed as a particular religion, simple horniness combined with resistance to using birth control, or myriad other ways.

But that part of the population will be a larger percentage over time and finally come to dominate the population.

There is an exception-- a universe 133 scenario. The population in those experiments collapsed and did not recover.

Comment: Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (Score 1) 417

by Maxo-Texas (#47909229) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

This was true for me when the modem they gave to me failed to bootstrap. I was charged for the guy to come out, debug the problem, and then swap the modem because it was defective from the factory.

But my only other internet option is AT&T and that's it.

So basically a duonopoly in a city with millions of people.

We need the city to lay the lines and then allow the cable companies to compete for customers on those lines like we do for our electric lines.

Comment: Re:It also buys you (Score 2) 249

by Maxo-Texas (#47895721) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

But you have to compare it to what they would otehr wise be doing.

If you pay them $50 an hour but this sucks out of their water cooler time, then no loss.
If you pay them $50 an hour but this sucks out of "figuring out where the hell the command I always use went on the new ribbon system" then no loss.

Seriously, Ribbons cost me well over 10 hours of time figuring out how to do what I'd always done.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 527

by Maxo-Texas (#47884619) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

100mb in a half hour is 100mb/1800s is 1mb per 1.8s is under 1m/s.

I've played multiple videos, played minecraft and done over 12 hours of browsing, streamed music and I've hit 471MB in 27 hours since I rebooted which is a lot lower than 100m/1800s.

Unless you are downloading distros or movies/tv shows or expect sub second response for every page you visit, you don't "need" that kind of speed.

I agree it's NICE to have.

Heck, this entire page is only 40k.

Comment: Re: I can simply ignore all health and diet advice (Score 1) 291

by Maxo-Texas (#47882673) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

But real tobacco (ala pipes and cigars and hand rolled cigarettes) is awesome and if you only smoke a couple times a year, your risk is essentially the same as non smokers.

If you ever have one, you can understand why people smoked before all the weird stuff with commercial cigarettes.

Overeating is higher in risk than light smoking (less than a cigarette per day).

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.

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