Seems like a pretty harsh solution for a broken mouse, though. Dispatching a suffering moose is probably a more appropriate use for it.
I wasn't trying to claim that they're wrong. I was simply pointing out some of the problems they face in trying to show something significant.
"You think it's likely that people refer to you as a gal?"
You think it's likely that people refer to you as anything but Anonymous and Coward?
But yes... since you mention it, most people who bothered to look actually have referred to me as a gal. Only one person, who has committed many documented cases of sockpuppetry, has seemed to have had any issue with this. And although HE claims to be a man, there is a HUGE amount of evidence that he is in fact the original model for the idea of "anonymous coward".
"They probably like money. It's a very common condition."
Nah. I think that's a myth. If Microsoft liked money they never would have released Windows RT or Windows 8.
"A first year grad student would have a bachelor's degree."
Haha. Well, YOU might think I'm serving fries (you'd be wrong), but aside from all the movie referneces, I've studied more U.S. history than most people with a bachelor's degree in that subject. I won't tell you what my degree is in... it's irrelevant to this discussion.
Your statements appear to be valid, but I was making more specific points.
"Adam Smith? Oh boy..... You're a first year grad student."
100% wrong. I am a very long-time student of economics and history. YOU'RE the tyro.
(I give you the benefit of the doubt: this could be just satire. It's hard to tell. You could have been serious, but trying to put a funny spin on it. Either way, you got it backward.)
This might be funny, and I'd be mortified, if it had any basis in truth.
Do you like apples? Because I'm the one walking away with it.
"That's true, but this topic has nothing to do with antitrust rules."
What is with people on Slashdot today? Do they even read the things they're replying to anymore?
It's the part about carriers being content providers that invokes the antitrust concept. It was against FCC rules for many decades, and the rule was there for antitrust reasons.
Only recently have carriers (cable companies) been able to lobby Congress sufficiently to get exemptions from these rules. And one of the results you see -- right now -- is the United States having slower Internet service, for more money, than other countries that regulate it better.
That is not the only issue involved, but it sure as hell is one of them.
THE WHOLE POINT HERE was that monopoly, fascism, socialism, and "crony capitalism" are NOT capitalism. Government control of markets is NOT capitalism. This is NOT the stuff Adam Smith was talking about.
If you want to talk about "capitalism", then all of this stuff is breaking the rules. It is contrary to the system that made this country great. And -- just in case you hadn't noticed -- the more they have done it, the less "great" this country has become.
"1. They had problems with modern human DNA contamination (not sure why they couldn't get everything clean but since they're the leading edge lab in this sort of thing, it must be a real issue)."
Unlikely that there were not later visitors to the cave. Pissing in the corner is eventually going to contaminate the DNA. This is one of the things the "DNA Forensics" folks like to play down: it is ridiculously easy to contaminate DNA evidence.
"2. They had to limit analysis to fragment lengths around 45 base pairs to avoid this contamination. That's tiny compared to what one normally uses."
See my point above. But also: time damages DNA as well. You get more accurate fragments if you limit the size of the fragments. (I.e., statistically, you're less likely to see a fractured or contaminated chemical bond, the smaller the sample you take.)
"3. They only had enough to sequence the mitochondrial DNA."
The mitochondrial DNA may have been the best preserved, because it's inside walled micro-structures in the cell.
"4. It's only one person."
"I'm trying to decide if I should give El Gran Hombre a luchador mask"
If you do, you MUST call him Strong Bad, or your audience will never forgive you.