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Comment: Re: Breakthrough? (Score 1) 332

Gotta be a troll. But if not, go through the mechanics of the Monty Hall problem. Take, for example, three playing cards - a king and two deuces. You be Monty and have your friend try to get the king, and have him always switch. It should soon be apparent to you that he is effectively getting *both* of the the ones he didn't choose originally.

Comment: Re:Breakthrough? (Score 1) 332

Of course if you become suddenly rich in your 20's there's a pretty good chance you won't handle it well. I know personally I wouldn't have. I'd have done all kinds of stupid, blown through most of it, lost all my real friends, etc.

On the other hand, I'd have liked to have found that out the hard way...

Comment: Re:Just Too Many Variables (Score 2) 57

by Paradise Pete (#49157905) Attached to: Genetic Data Analysis Tools Reveal How US Pop Music Evolved
All of those would matter if you were trying to figure out *why* it evolved the way it did. That's not what they're doing, so none of that matters. It's the difference between the fact of evolution and the theory that explains it.

If I don't respond to replies it's not that I'm ignoring them, it's because for some reason Slashdot doesn't permit it. I also can't change my sig, thus this tacked-on text.

Comment: Re:Just y'know... reconnect them spinal nerves (Score 1) 210

by Paradise Pete (#49146409) Attached to: Surgeon: First Human Head Transplant May Be Just Two Years Away

The problem, even with a spinal cord cut intentionally and carefully, is that the surgeon has no way to know what connections in the head go to what connections in the body.

It sounds like he's simply hoping it all sorts itself out somehow. Or maybe that the brain could eventually remap everything. Seems unlikely. Especially within two years.

Comment: Re:New design (Score 1) 90

by Paradise Pete (#49145063) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens
Soulskill, thank you for letting us know, and for the effort.

Some problems I am having:

  • I can't get to my account settings. Right now I get a pop-up of article category choices.
  • I can post to a story that I posted to yesterday. This has actually been true for some time. I get a "you can't post to this page" message. Perhaps it is due to some issue with the ISP's invisible proxy? This means I can't ever follow-up when I get a reply.

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.