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Comment: Re:Prey (Score 1) 384

by PPH (#47947991) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

The weak prey on the weakest.

so do the strong.

Not so much in the dating/reproductive game. This isn't like a lion looking for an easy meal. The strongest males seek the best females. It's an optimal reproductive strategy for producing the fittest offspring. And society has encoded it in its social structure. Be seen dating a lower ranked woman by the alpha females and you get points taken off your rank.

And then there's the whole etiquette thing: Proper social behaviour is learned, much like sports, if you practice correct technique, you improve your game. If you goof around, or play with low ranked players, your game will suck. Sure, you can get laid more frequently hanging around the strip club. But you'll have a hell of a time building long term relationships with quality women if you treat them like hookers out of habit.

Comment: Re:Why so much fuss? (Score 2) 149

by PPH (#47946567) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

That just smacks of dumb contracting.

Contracts are written by both parties. Don't like the terms? Try asking for something different and see who will sign.

option for renewal

Yes, but who has the option? Most often the dealership, to protect what is to them a large investment. Manufacturers won't be affected by a few dealers coming and going to the same extent.

So, if you want to invest a few million into a dealership, will you sign an agreement that might get you cut off at the end of a term? Interesting note: In the past, dealership franchise contracts prohibited corporate ownership of multiple dealerships. manufacturers didn't want large ownership structures to build up which could challenge them in contract negotiations (divide and conquer). But this was challenged and thrown out by the courts (in the '60s or '70s, I believe).

Comment: Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (Score 1, Troll) 119

by PPH (#47945961) Attached to: 'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

And normal people enforce a bed time, drag their asses out of bed groggily, then come in and futz around for a few hours until about lunch,

I go to bed when I'm tired. And I generally wake up before the alarm clock. I used to start work at 6:00AM and get most of my work done before the lazy shits and psychopathic boss rolled in and wasted the rest of the day bullshitting about sports team scores and betting pools.

If you push yourself, both physically and mentally, you won't stay up late easily. Its the lazy bastards that are up until all hours. And your need for sleep isn't proportional to your previous day's activities. So you'll still need only your 'standard' length o sleep.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 2) 205

by PPH (#47945797) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Alpha dominance and hierarchy

Which turns out not to be a great mating strategy. Genetic testing of animal species that live in alpha male/harem social structures has shown that quite a few offspring are fathered by males hanging around the periphery of the group.

Chimpanzees, bonobos and humans have reproductive strategies and social groupings that make the identification of female estrus and control over their mating at the critical time extremely difficult. So they develop kinship bonds. The children are most probably the offspring of the immediate social group, so all the males have a vested interest in raising them.

For women, the queen bee syndrome is a bit stronger as a means of controlling food resources. Everyone knows who mothered a child is, so there is more motivation to monopolize a group of males as resource providers. But females can't use sex to hang on to a man while raising a child, so they share the entertainment duties, so to speak, to keep the tribe or pack together.

Comment: Re: Yin and Yang? (Score 1) 205

by PPH (#47945477) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

That depends on how you 'put them together'.

Chimps and bonobos became differentiated by the environment that they came to occupy. Chimps live in territory where their food resources are subject to competition from gorillas. Bonobos live in territory where there is no such stress. And no need to fight over scarce resources.

In the short term, chimps would beat bonobos. But given time to evolve, either the chimps or bonobos would evolve to accomodate the environment into which they were placed.

Comment: Re:Why so much fuss? (Score 4, Interesting) 149

by PPH (#47941989) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

No company should be prevented from selling their products directly to the public. Land of the free indeed.

So, you are starting out as a small manufacturer. You've got a product you think people would like, but you don't have the money to build a network of your own retail outlets. So you shop around for a general retailer willing to put your stuff up on a shelf.

The minute your product gains any market share, part of that agreement will be that you don't compete with the retailer within a certain geographical area. And when you start moving large volumes of product through a retailer, your cost to get to the equivalent market goes up. So its a barrier to entry.

That's why many manufacturers' outlet stores are way out in the sticks. No existing retailers cover that area, so outlet malls spring up.

Comment: Re:Why so much fuss? (Score 2) 149

by PPH (#47941939) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

If Tesla can do it why can't other car companies?

Because dealer franchise agreements give individual dealers a defined geographical area in which they are the only sales outlet for that particular model. And that contract language is difficult for manufacturers to break*. Tesla had no such agreements in place.

*Not just manufacturers. We had a road realignment project here in Seattle that was stalled for years by the existence of a Buick (I think) dealership smack in the middle of where they needed to build the new road. Moving it even a few miles would have overlapped another dealership's territory and the value of the franchise was such that it was a show-stopper for the city for quite a while.

Comment: Re:Price of safety (Score 1) 61

by PPH (#47936275) Attached to: London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Let's hope it is truly anonymous

Some interesting data could still be collected. If the same phone repeatedly appears near the scene of a crime, one could deduce that crimes will occur in the future in its proximity.

From TFA:

Their analysis shows that some mobile phone data is more important than others. For example, the data relating to whether or not the phone owner was at home, was particularly strongly correlated with crime patterns.

Not so anonymous, IMO.

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