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Comment: cis and mi regulation is not "bad" code (Score 3, Interesting) 13

by WillAffleckUW (#48636729) Attached to: Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

See, the problem is many of you don't get that what you think of as "noise" in the DNA is actually code. Shifted code. The internal mechanisms use cis regulation and miRNA, mRNA, cRNA to adapt to things going on in the environment.

It's not noise code, or broken code.

It's designed to do that.

If anyone had taken assembler and machine coding back in the old days of computing, they'd get it. You only have so much to code with, so you make it do multiple things.

Comment: I should point out that WA has stronger privacy (Score 2) 440

by WillAffleckUW (#48610255) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

I should point out that citizens of Washington State have a State Constitution which specifically gives us stronger privacy rights than most Americans.

You can't even use GPS trackers on our cars without a specific court order, even though you can do this in most states.

Same goes for our cell phone data.

Same goes for our front yards.

Now turn off your cop cam you're recording my lawn illegally, copper!

Comment: Maps are limited by the cartographic method (Score 1) 150

A map by territory shows places that are pretty empty but have a common language.

A map by population has problems handling multiple languages in use in one location.

A map by language density using vertical bars or color shading to imply pop density might work, if dithered properly.

+ - Linking drought and climate change: difficult to do->

Submitted by Geoffrey.landis
Geoffrey.landis (926948) writes "An article about the current California drought on 538 points out that even though global climate warming may exacerbate droughts, it's nearly impossible to attribute any particular drought to climate warming: The complex, dynamic nature of our atmosphere and oceans makes it extremely difficult to link any particular weather event to climate change. That’s because of the intermingling of natural variations with human-caused ones. http://fivethirtyeight.com/fea... They also cite a Nature editorial pointing out the same thing about extreme weather: http://www.nature.com/news/ext..."
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