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Comment: Re:So, is there any shred of EVIDENCE? (Score 3, Interesting) 202

by Oligonicella (#47761675) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

Earliest Egyptian pyramid 2630 BCE. Earliest verified vehicular use of wheel is Mesopotamia around 3200 BCE and Egypt developed the spoked wheel around 2000 BCE. These are just records, it's rather obvious the wheel goes back much further. So yes, the Egyptians had the wheel when the pyramids were built. Did they use them for that? Probably not, due to weight. We *know* they used sledges, so why come up with more complicated methods based solely on supposition?

Comment: Re:Got one of these once (Score 5, Funny) 247

by Oligonicella (#47759075) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Sir or madam, I truly admire your tenacity - and your sense of the sublime. I'm a little more direct and short. As I've said here before, when I get such a call I immediately start talking in a soft and quaky voice. Like that of an eighty year old. This makes them listen closer and hopefully turn up their volume. I lead them on for a couple of minutes so they're focused and calm and then scream at the top of my lungs like I'm being murdered with an axe. Reactions range from screaming themselves, cursing me out and once trying to find out if I was OK at which point I laughed and *then* they cussed me. All quite cathartic.

Moral: If you work for sleazoids you're a sleazoid, don't expect civility.

Comment: Re:not so fast (Score 1) 128

by Oligonicella (#47753793) Attached to: Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Larger and stronger at a younger age would seem to be a good survival trait, not a bad one. It doesn't seem like the benefits of parental protection instincts for young children would outweigh the negatives of being weaker and smaller, purely on the basis of survival traits.

It is axiomatic that, as far as Homo sapiens is concerned, evolution disagrees with you. I believe the reason is you limit what survival traits are to less than what they truly are.

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