The source for this figure is Richard Garriott, not IEEE. Plenty of people are IEEE members! (My cat's an IEEE member!)
I guess this goes to prove that great old chestnut—linear regression is never wrong, for very small amounts of never and asymptotic amounts of wrong.
You're only just now noticing this? I've been feeling like I've been living in a Bruce Sterling novel for the past seven years or so.
In meteorology, a butt is a visible mass of liquid droplets or frozen crystals made of water or various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body. These suspended particles are also known as aerosols and are studied in the butt physics branch of meteorology.
I can see forever...
That's very true. Newsletters that I've read regularly for years, as soon as I delete two or three of them without opening the message first start getting sent to the spam folder.
Somehow despite being fairly promiscuous with my gmail address I only get six or seven spams a day (often from/for Christian Mingle, which is hilarious for multiple reasons). Maybe I've just been extraordinarily but I have not personally experienced this 'unsubscribe from one list and get added to seventeen more' phenomenon.
You may have me on the RNA gene count. ENCODE ruins all the best glib flippancies!
By cumulative time I meant the following: while each strain of bacteria has had the standard 3.5 Gya to evolve, there are many strains. Since every genome experiences this passage of time separately, this gives them a significant advantage in developing symbiotic and commensal relationships. (And, of course, they can test new mutations much more quickly.)
The rest, is, of course, reality; obviously the host can survive without its bacteria, and provides almost all of the colony's total functions. (And as a matter of fact, I'm studying such a minimal mouse gut flora at the moment.) I really just wanted to emphasize how significant microbes are from an ecological diversity standpoint, which was the context.