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Comment Re:Correction (Score 1) 323 323

... i think when they crafted the phrase they were going for statesmanship.

also, everyone probably just thought, "no freedom, oh yeah, N. Korea, yeah that'll do" and they got it right in one go.

the freedoms afforded in the least free place can also be the exact intersection of the freedoms in all places.

again, north korea is probably close enough.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 323 323

if french google is a french subsidiary is american.

on what basis would france kick them out?
google france presumably is in full compliance with the courts, and effectively has no presence in france. can they refuse a company for non-compliance of a partner that the court has no jurisdiction over?

I mean, shouldn't french laws protect french companies from the tyranny of the french government too?

Comment Re: So much stupid (Score 1) 105 105

escalation is not a fact. it's your interpretation of the facts.

don't your beat cops have partners? you've gotta get some laws on the book that bring down the full weight of the criminal justice system on a cop killer.

they estimate they spent 10 million over the course of a 48 day manhunt.

you have facts, many facts, but your interpretations of them are, in my opinion, wrong.

Comment Re:Why animals can't be given human rights. (Score 1) 169 169

from looking at some of the citations, number 6 and 7 in particular, it appears as if you really need to take into consideration how they're counting.

the 1.5 percent figure comes from lining up similar sequences and counting the number of base substitutions but not the segments in between.

as the chimpanzee consortium noted,
the figure reflects only base substitutions,
not the many stretches of DNA that have
been inserted or deleted in the genomes.
The chimp consortium calculated that these
“indels,” which can disrupt genes and
cause serious diseases such as cystic fibrosis,
alone accounted for about a 3% additional
difference (Science, 2 September
2005, p. 1468)." - the 6th citation in the wikipedia article.

subsequent research has apparently shown that there's also significant differences in the number of copies.

on top of all this, you've got to take into consideration that there's really only one system we're interested in, the brain... where that same link says that computational studies... bleh for lack of a better way, they inferred that genetic coexpression was correlated to functional relevance, in other words that the more tightly 2 genes were found to be on or off together, the more likely that they both would have some important role in the tissue, otherwise there'd be no real point to linking them. Apparently when they compared cortex tissue between the species, 17 percent of the this genetic linkage was exclusive to the human cortex.

Regardless of the numbers/conclusions, it does bring up a number of concerns when saying we're 98 percent similar genetically to chimps.

are you counting by:

differences found in similar sequences?
are you taking into account gene positions?
number of copies of the genes?
distribution of the differences?

what happens if 95% of our genes are keeping us alive/keeping the species going, and the rest goes into that lb of gray matter between our ears? how much of that 1 % is in that 5%?

Comment Re: So much stupid (Score 1) 105 105

your conclusion is wrong because your premise is wrong. they have lower gun violence because they have less guns... disarm everyone and youll have a lot less shootings across the board. cops will be a lot less twitchy, and they'll have the luxury of deciding whether toting around fire arms is worth it.

disarming street cops... sounds like a great way to get a lot of cops killed.

your first step would be to confiscate all firearms from the populous. short of that i don't see there being a solution.

Comment Re:So much stupid (Score 1) 105 105

i see that as a standard of objectivity.

maintain the passive voice as to not assign or imply guilt. Until the officer is convicted of murder there could be every possibility that there was a misfire.

the fire arm discharged. it is not for the reporter to say whether the officer decided to shoot someone before the courts decide. to do otherwise would be incredibly irresponsible.

Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 1) 91 91

my first contribution was to the hexbright.

it kinda fell into bucket 2, and i haven't contributed to a project in a while now. bulk discount definitely there, timeline blown the hell away, but the product was solid, and i mean that literally, i think i could brain someone with that flashlight and it would still work. software was kinda meh, but still a solid product.

Comment Re:Kickstarter forever (Score 1) 91 91

i've kicked into 7-8 kickstarters now, probably nowhere near what many have, but all have been moderately successful.

i've also kicked in with the understanding that it'd be nice if they succeed, but there's no guarantee.

and if people like me don't kick in, this product that i think is neato may never get made.

Timelines have been blown, but all my "purchases" have been good. Even if i used them less than i thought i would, it's no fault of the campaign.

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674 674

i'd probably make due by asking the hotel receptionist for an adaptor. wall plugs there don't fit my devices. shape or voltage.

i don't remember running out of power over the course of 20 some odd days and 4 cities, or being terribly lost when i was in china. And no, i don't even charge my phone at in the states unless i'm 80 percent confident nobody would object... which typically means if i see signage around an outlet, i'd most likely look for another.

you're a bit of a dick aren't you? and i'm done with this thread.

Comment Re:One thing I have noticed (Score 1) 280 280

... if i'm not mistaken, part of the problem that feminism is trying to rectify is that historically women have been largely relegated to the role of "prize" for male contestants... so to speak. Is this not true?

does it not track that we are mammalian? does it not track that we are cordates, does it not track that evolutionary competition for the majority of species with two sexes has two males compete in some way for breeding rights with a single female, or for a group of females?

i am all for feminism, but really, it's all getting a bit shrill. Blue is still blue, green is still green. It does very little service to anybody to try to say they aren't.

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White