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Comment: Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (Score 1) 104

by phantomfive (#47440777) 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.

A palaeontologist interviewed here on Slashdot pointed out that this sort of logic only works for the apex predator, and the apex herbivore. They are constantly in a struggle to be the 'best.' For other species, you can find all kinds of weird evolutions as they find their niche in the world.

Comment: why he thinks that (Score 1) 220

by phantomfive (#47438707) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
It's important to understand why people claim things, instead of just taking them at face-value.

After reading the article, his reasoning is that the Iron Dome is mostly chasing the rockets from behind, and therefore cannot be effective, because a rocket cannot effectively be caught from behind, or from the side. Furthermore, previous anti-missile systems (the patriot) have had their success rate exaggerated.

I have no idea if that is reasonable, but it's why he thinks it.

Comment: Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (Score 2) 86

by phantomfive (#47438399) Attached to: Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

I'm pretty sure the "regulation is good" crowd are only talking about good regulations.

Maybe you are that way, in which case I applaud you. I've spent too much time trying to get people to admit that there are some regulations that we should get rid of. It's rather annoying.

The worst is when two of those people get in an argument and say, "we need more regulation!" "no, we need less regulation!" and you're sitting there watching, thinking, "hey, how about considering each piece of regulation individually? Because chances are we need more good regulation, and to get rid of bad regulations."

Or another one that is kind of funny, when someone says, "we need to regulate that industry." ok, but what specific regulations are going to make a difference? It's especially funny when they say it about an industry like banking or telecom, that is already highly regulated. Changing the raw number of regulations isn't going to do much there, because there are tons of them. Specifics matter.

Comment: Re:Refresh my memory... (Score 1) 151

Correct. And that's why the voting system has been thoroughly compromised. [] So the only avenue left is protest. Ah, but we've got "protections" in place to keep you from doing that as well. []

Protesting is for tools, and people who don't understand the system.

Comment: Re:Refresh my memory... (Score 1) 151

Why again are we still supposed to use the ballot box instead of the bullet box?

Because if you can rally enough people to your cause to actually win a war, then you can rally enough people to win an election. The system is designed to have an easier method for regime change than bloodshed, and for good reason: after a typical revolution, the chances of ending up with something better are not high.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.