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Comment: Re:Is that unreasonable? (Score 1) 282

by Panoptes (#48233399) Attached to: High Speed Evolution

"Is that unreasonable? If there were evolutionary pressure (ie, short people kept being killed before reproducing), and tall people got multiple mates, I could see this change happening within twenty generations."

Twenty generations sounds like guesswork, as it doesn't take into account regression - tall parents tend to have taller-than-average offspring, but not as tall as their parents. Likewise, short parents tend to have children who are taller than they are. The same, some experts argue, applies to measured IQ.

Comment: Re:As long as they don't... (Score 1) 65

Indonesia is preparing to build a nuclear power plant. Those of us who live with its antiquated electricity supply network, third-world standard railway infrastructure, a national airline that was banned from landing at European airports until quite recently, more shipping disasters than possibly any other country, plus world-ranking corruption, look on in bemused wonderment.

Comment: Re:something tells me... (Score 1) 173

by Panoptes (#47735275) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

I presume that the simulation programmers are US-based and will create scenarios of American traffic conditions. For real-world testing, just put a few of these vehicles in a downtown Jakarta rush-hour and see how many survive. Here we've got every motoring madness know to man - and then some. I'll be first in the queue to buy any driverless car that can get from north to south Jakarta unscathed.

Comment: Re:The slippery slope (Score 1) 391

by Panoptes (#47727327) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

The British police have long since crossed the Rubicon of public trust and support. It is tragic to see a once respected and admired group of public servants become a venal, corrupt and despised bunch of bully-boys, despotic and arrogant beyond belief. In my more cynical moments I reflect that post-Thatcher Britain has at last got the guardians it deserves.

Comment: Re:Self Serving Story? (Score 1) 267

by Panoptes (#47692803) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

"It's not really that alt coins destroy bitcoin's credibility, it's that bitcoin itself has no credibility in the first place"

So 'real' currencies have intrinsic value and credibility? In the modern topsy-turvy world of economics, all debt is magically transmuted into credit, and duff debt is magically turned into 'sub primes'. It's all a financial sausage factory.

Comment: Re:Expert:Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People A (Score 1) 390

by Panoptes (#47604833) Attached to: "Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

"And while many of its people and countries are not well off at all, there are some nations that are doing quite well financially, and should be able to create the infrastructure (including organizations and facilities) necessary for such research."

Have you ever lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa? If you had, I don't think you'd be asking this question.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie