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Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 2) 262

by Muros (#49753789) Attached to: ESA Satellite Shows Sudden Ice Loss In Southern Antarctic Peninsula

The financing of campaigns is quite controversial, are you suggesting our legal graft set up is the best way to go?

Not at all, political financing in America is certainly out of hand. However, that is a matter of legislation rather than constitution, and also only matters to the degree that people believe what they see on their television sets. I think the big problem in the US is mental laziness; people are willing to be told what to think, as long as they feel they are doing better than somebody else.

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 262

by Muros (#49753679) Attached to: ESA Satellite Shows Sudden Ice Loss In Southern Antarctic Peninsula

Was parent modded down due to lack of citation? Maybe they were referring to this?

Your parent post's point was almost meaningless. The US's per capita co2 production may be falling, but not fast enough. I live in a country where we would be near the top of the scale, if you look at co2 production per capita on a global scale. It it about half that of the US co2 per capita.

Comment: Re:Sudden? (Score 1) 262

by Muros (#49752023) Attached to: ESA Satellite Shows Sudden Ice Loss In Southern Antarctic Peninsula

Or they spend many hours researching them and have come to the logical conclusion that it doesn't matter who you vote for, they're all just slightly different flavors of the same poison.

We need to burn the existing system to the ground and rebuild it. It's the only way to put us back on the right path.

The system you have is perfectly adequate, it is just that people don't have the required patience to use it. The obvious current flaw is a lack of additional political parties at the federal level. This can be rectified, but would have to take place gradually over the span of many electoral cycles, as most people will subscibe to the "better the devil you know" notion.

Comment: Re:That's not a security move (Score 3, Insightful) 135

by Muros (#49650777) Attached to: Dropbox Moves Accounts Outside North America To Ireland

They're after the double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich.

It's about money. Not "our valued customer's security" or other bullshit.

They don't need servers here to funnel profits through the country, they can do that easily enough with dodgy licensing subsidiaries and some accounting sleight of hand in an office of 2 people.

Comment: Re:Fast track (Score 4, Informative) 355

by Muros (#49571453) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

The "coming entitlement generation" has been on its way since at least the late 1980s when it was supposedly my cohort...and probably much, much longer.

Those articles started to appear in the 1880's. Every upcoming generation has been described as some sort of variant of entitled, lazy or "me first". It's the "get off my lawn" version of a newspaper editorial.

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” - Socrates

Comment: Re:I thought evolutionists had it all figured out? (Score 1) 110

by Muros (#48801889) Attached to: Ancient Viruses Altered Human Brains

The evolutionists used to say that human intelligence could be explained by evolutionary process of natural selection, and they made no reference to viruses

The article has nothing to do with natural selection. There are two main components to evolution, mutation and natural selection. Natural selection is the description given to processes that determine what mutations remain in the gene pool, and what ones die out due to giving a poorer chance of survival and/or reproduction. The article here is about the mutation side of evolution.

Comment: Re:Do it in your free time (Score 0) 300

by Muros (#48753851) Attached to: The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

but really, such a creature would more likely be what's commonly called a "civilization".


"Which is to say, what astronomers may have taken to be two massive balls of plasma locked in a gravitational embrace could actually be a very large, very hungry civilization devouring a hapless star."

+ - Learning breakthrough - Returning the human brain to a child-like state->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: It sounds like something out of a film, but scientists may have discovered a way to make you smarter – by reverting the brain to a “plastic” child-like state.

Researchers at Stanford University experimented by interfering with PirB, a protein expressed in animal brain cells that allows skills to be recalled but which also hampers the ability to learn new skills, and realised they could disrupt the receptor’s regular function, allowing the brain to make faster connections.

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+ - Interviews: Ask Rachel Sussman About Photography and The oldest living things

Submitted by samzenpus
samzenpus writes: Rachel Sussman is a photographer whose work covers the junction of art, science, and philosophy. Perhaps her most famous work is the "Oldest Living Things in the World" project. Working with biologists, she traveled all over the world to find and photograph organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. Sussman gave a TED talk highlighting parts of the project including a clonal colony of quaking aspen 80,000-years-old and 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast. Rachel has agreed to put down her camera and answer any questions you may have about photography or any of her projects. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

Comment: Re:One sample (Score 1) 128

by Muros (#48211063) Attached to: Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals
Now who's trying to sound smart. The fragmentation of neanderthal DNA strings in modern genomes is chaotic, because of repeated mixture of genomes with differing amounts of aforementioned genes, and with varying numbers of generations since it's introduction. The article even states that the timeframe for the introduction of neanderthal genes into this individuals genetic makeup is more accurately defineable than is possible for modern humans.

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