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Comment: Re:So What (Score 1) 225

by TWX (#49376939) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains
Darwinian selection has been observed in one generation in high-order animals like birds where there are limited resources. Selection has also been observed in plants where humans have done nothing more than adjust the available nutrients and other external conditions to dramatically change crop yields without doing anything to the plant itself or its reproductive cycle.

I don't doubt that feeding a human a better diet and removing things from the diet that are outright harmful will contribute to an infant growing up into a more physically powerful, smarter person compared to one fed a malnourishing diet or being fed foodstuffs that are toxic or otherwise tainted, and that this could also apply to brain development.

Comment: No one ever got fired for buying IBM (Score 5, Insightful) 100

by TWX (#49376583) Attached to: Why You Should Choose Boring Technology
Mature technologies are proven. They've gone through their growing-pains. They may have limitations, but those limitations and workarounds are usually well known by seasoned professionals. There's a reason why COBOL, Fortran, and RPG are still in use in business applications almost sixty years after their initial development, because they reliably work.

I've tried to work with NodeJS projects for production. It's a nightmare. NodeJS itself is revised too often, the actual project is revised too often, and the dependencies became a nightmare. It's not mature enough and not worth it.

Comment: Re:Why pay for family planning? (Score 1) 913

by TWX (#49376561) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory
I cannot remember which author said it, but the quote is, "no one born with a hungry mouth is truly innocent." It applies well when people want to go on about the innocent-children in the abortion discussion. After birth these people will need resources. If their parents can't or don't want to provide those resources then that burden falls on society, a society that doesn't want to expend significant resources, unless neglect occurs.

This is a raw deal, and is the primary reason why I support reproductive rights that include the right to not reproduce despite going through the motions. It's a travesty that people both want to take away the tools to prevent pregnancy in the first place and then want to take away the means to end unwanted pregnancy.

Comment: Re:So What (Score 1) 225

by TWX (#49376499) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains
There actually is an anthropological theory that posits that ego in the self-awareness meaning is a relatively new phenomenon, and that most of the spiritual leaders of old were more self-aware than their peers.

Given that in the Abrahamic religions, it's established that there other humans besides the progeny of Adam and Eve (there are references to cities) it might follow that compared to the rest of the population, Adam, Eve, and their progeny were significantly more self-aware than the rest of the population. That could help reinforce that Genesis is more of an allegory in the sense that it in-part describes the rise of Man from being simply a primate struggling through existence like all of the other primates to having that sense of ego and awareness. That could even indicate that the act of becoming Man and having ego is the 'fall from grace' in being expelled from the Garden of Eden. That would mean that Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, and everyone else mentioned by name in Genesis is there to be in parable, not literally those individuals, but the rough story of those that came to greater self-awareness in that part of the world first.

Obviously this could be completely wrong too, I'm certainly not an expert on this theory nor do I have the resources to cite sources, but it's interesting to to muse on it. The contents of the Torah/Bible obviously had to come from somewhere.

Comment: Re:So What (Score 4, Insightful) 225

by TWX (#49375455) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains
Being somewhat above or below median brain size does not equate to better or worse mental faculties. One has to be far, far worse off in the smaller department before it actually starts to be relevant, and that's usually because whole structures are malformed or missing.

If anything in poverty affects brain development I expect that it's chemical or in the way that structures are formed. It's been demonstrated that some structures are larger in both musicians and mathematicians and that there's a direct correlation, the brain improves that structure as the person develops the skill.

I'm going to venture a guess that some people that are poor, particularly those that do not find themselves in a position to really be able to make important choices due to financial constraints or to exercise their brains in higher thinking, will have brains less suited to that kind of decision making until they're forced to start making those kinds of decisions regularly. I expect conversely that many wealthy people that have never been poor can't empathize with the poor because they simply have no idea how to do so, that their brains do not understand the concepts of making very seemingly small decisions that actually are very important when one has almost no resources.

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 1) 913

by TWX (#49374643) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory
Neither of those examples is an analog to human behavior though, as both of those examples feature 'birth control' as a function of the male, not of the pregnant female.

At the moment, in the United States, matters related to the female body are hers first and foremost legally. There are attempts at prohibitions on some of her choices, but there really aren't any situations when the male in a conception has any rights over the woman's choices with regard to her body. A human male cannot cause spontaneous abortion/miscarriage through coitus with a pregnant female. He cannot order an abortion against her will and if he engages in an action that causes one the law calls for his prosecution. He cannot kill a newborn baby even if he doesn't want to raise it.

Comment: Re:Brilliant idea (Score 1) 183

by TWX (#49371835) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation
We were several-generations in before Google released the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 as their launch phone for Android. That still doesn't mean that a new-old-stock G1 will power-up and be able to use all of its built-in cloud functions, or that one could even update it to a new enough version of Android to do anything useful with it. I expect the same is true for first couple of generations of iPhone.

This is part why it makes sense once you buy it, to use a device until it cannot be used anymore. If everyone does this then service providers, like Apple and Google, will be forced to maintain compatibility with older devices. They won't be able to orphan devices because they'll piss-off their customers. Early-adopters get burned because they pay a lot for a device and have to deal with support being dropped due to such a small customer base relative to the new device that comes out later.

Comment: Re:Brilliant idea (Score 1) 183

by TWX (#49371351) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation
And that's where we start to diverge. I don't think that the iWatch will continue to do the things it was sold to do. I think that Apple will modify the services or protocols down the road and this first-generation iWatch will start losing features as it's now not compatible with the new way the services will be provided.

My Accutron won't need an 'upgrade' unless we switch to metric time.

Comment: Re:Does this law protect puppies? (Score 1) 913

by TWX (#49371255) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory
No, abuse is usually defined by the actual vitcimization of someone. "The Very Idea" of something is not a form of victimization. I'm not victimizing Jews and Muslims by eating bacon. I'm not victimizing Christians during this season of Lent by eating bacon on Fridays. I'm not victimizing Hindus by having a bacon cheeseburger. I'm not victimizing Hindus by eating beef.

Comment: Re:Christian Theocracy (Score 2) 913

by TWX (#49371121) Attached to: Apple's Tim Cook Calls Out "Religious Freedom" Laws As Discriminatory

This is another power grab by the religious right. It is connected to their efforts to restrict sex (through access to contraception, sex education, abortion, etc)...

But one doesn't need contraception. sex education, or abortion in order to have sex. After all, no other animals on our planet have contraception, sex education, or abortion and they have plenty of sex.

Comment: Re:Brilliant idea (Score 1) 183

by TWX (#49370969) Attached to: If You Want To Buy an Apple Watch In-Store, You'll Need a Reservation
Key words, "in a few years." Right now my old Accutron still performs the function that it was designed for just as well as it did when it was manufactured.

I don't doubt that someday the paradigm shift will happen as it did for cellular phones, but the evolution of the smartwatch is happening even faster than the smartphone, and even that still isn't settled. I expect these first-generation models to quickly not function right as the software on the watch, like on many smartphones, won't be able to be updated to what the back-end servers need before too long, so all of the gadgets and features will stop working as better designs for the watches themselves come up.

This is a market where being an early adopter will mean lots of challenges just to use the devices. I'm happy to let the technology mature a bit before considering it. After all, life was good before smart phones, it'll remain good before smart watches.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.