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Comment Re:Was there any doubt? (Score 1) 96

I'd say the multiple mass extinctions argue against that.

Animals overbreed. New invasive species drive out existing species and take over ecological slots quickly on a geological time scale.

There is a balance- but it's not stable long term. In the short and mid term, it's often driving by one species eating too many resources and so it starves off in large numbers.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 2) 96

You are absolutely correct.


"Sheppard Krech III's book The Ecological Indian sets out to probe the basis and historical validity of the idea that people of native descent are, and always have been, caring towards the environment, a characteristic commonly claimed by or attributed to them. With a series of empirical case studies he investigates whether their ideas and actions were always those of ecologists and conservationists. He finds that the Ecological Indian proposition is of doubtful validity, concluding that, for example, Indians needlessly killed many buffalo, set fires that got out of control, and over-exploited deer and beaver for their skins.

For me, this chapter provides the book's most serious challenge to The Ecological Indian. While Indians had uses for every part of the buffalo, their practice of slaughtering whole herds, at a buffalo jump or in an enclosure, sometimes produced more carcasses than a group could possibly use. As a result, waste occurred. He documents instances of Indians leaving animals to rot, utilising only the cows, or taking only the tongues and the humps. However, the overkilling did not cause the extermination of the species, which only came after non-Indians and Metis hunted them commercially for fresh meat, pemmican and hides. "

Indians were not really ecologically aware until the 19th century.

They were not into any naturally sustainable processes. As their population grew, they would have had the same problem.

Too many humans (even indians) is the problem.

Comment Re:The Message (Score 1) 96

I think you are right.

Plus it's perfect setup for adaptation.

Fresh stock from surrounding areas.
Mild selective pressures in low radiation zones.
High selective pressures in high radiation zones.

30 to 40 generations to adapt.
High litter sizes for the ones who do well (6 to 9 per birth vs 1:1 for humans)

Comment not sure this is the real interpretation (Score 1) 96

Could it also be that animals just have shorter generations and the first few generations did poorly ( I remember reading stories about badly mutated animals) but ultimately radiation is just a selective pressure so after 30 generations, those that do well in radiation have come to dominate the population. Because their generations are one year long, they don't die from the effects of radiation before the ones who are doing better can reproduce. It would be hard for humans to survive 18 years to reproduce (as well as other species that must mature for multiple years before reproducing).

just speculating...

Comment Re:People are missing the point. (Score 1) 73

I think your second sentence is wrong.

Shouldn't it read, "Stop using.. it."

I did years ago.

I have set up a fake name account to communicate with one person who is facebook only. When it's burned, I'll set up another fake name account.

Most people I know who still use facebook only use stub accounts.

Comment Re:Soda is TOO expensive (Score 1) 563

I've never had a "knockoff" coke that didn't taste like swill. Even the best is equivalent to "new coke" or "diet coke".

Actually, I was looking pretty hard-- checking kroger, heb, and randalls each week. While competitors regularly charged 25 cents per 12 oz can, coke went thru a nearly 9 month period where they were $4.50 per 12 (about $37 cents per can). Pent up demand was so high that when it started going on sale again, people stripped the shelves within hours each day.

Perhaps it was a regional test to see if people would adjust to the new price and start buying it again. From the reaction, I think it failed.

Comment Re:If the black cabs have a legal monopoly... (Score 2) 111

Let's get one thing straight, in almost all jurisdictions where taxi's are regulated, Uber is not a "revolutionary" taxi company, it's not even a taxi company, it is a plain old 'limousine' company.

You book the limo over the internet and a sub-contracted driver+car turns up at an agreed time and place. Uber's "freedom loving" marketing strategy is to use the "on a computer" fallacy to undermine the existing market such that they can rebuild it in their own image. The people who will be hurt most by their racketeering are the workers, ie: the drivers in both camps.

This is just clever marketing in that the way to win an unwinnable argument is to convince the audience it is all about a higher morality, in this case Uber paints itself as a "Heavyweight freedom fighter for the little guy", IMO nothing could be further from the truth.

Comment Re:SG-1 Episode Foreshadowing... (Score 1) 112

This is the flip side of the vaccine debate. I absolutely believe vaccines are effective and on the balance beneficial to society, and everyone should be vaccinated. But stuff like this is why I reluctantly agree the government should never have the power to force people to get vaccinated. You can't just give government powers based on what good things they could do with it. You have to limit government's powers based on the worst thing they could do with it.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 5, Informative) 96

The american indians managed the land and it's resources just fine, It's the assholes from europe that wiped out most everything because of stupidity.

They didn't manage the land and its resources. They lived a nomadic lifestyle. Once they'd depleted an area of its resources, they simply picked up everything and moved somewhere else. This had the effect of distributing their environmental impact.

That only works so long as population density is very low. Europeans arrived with a much higher population density. They would've had the same detrimental effect on the North American environment even if they'd lived as the native Americans did.

Comment ubiquity and Git (Score 5, Insightful) 642

Is Linux successful? Debatable. It has success in limited uses,

These limited uses being "pretty much everything outside the desktop".

Servers, embed, high performance computing clusters, smartphones, robots, home appliances, etc.
And new uses still pop up on a regular basis.

Hardly a niche.

Though you probably are proud of explicitely using a non-Linux OS on your computer (Mac OS X ? Windows ?), fact is that you probably interact with a dozen of Linux powered device each day without noticing.

Linus accomplished a lot, but what groundbreaking thing has he done in the last 20 years?

Yeah, the guy has done nothing more that the Linux kernel in he's life. He's a one trick poney.
It's not like he would be ablto to do anything else like starting a distributed source control management (DSCM) that in practice almost replace any other SCM.
Oh, wait...

Without Linus to create Git, you probably wouldn't have had communities like GitHub emerge nowadays (or they would have tried to built on much less optimal technology. Github is born out of the specific feature that with git, forks/merges/rebases are cheap - a specific feature that Linus needed to build in order to be able to use git for the kernel work).

Comment Re:Good lord (Score 1) 642

But who decides what is toxic and what is merely communication pointing out people's mistakes?

It's a judgment call, but you have to decide what a reasonable person could honestly think is inappropriate and go from there.

I doubt there's a single competent corporate manager who would not discipline someone who said things like this at work. And if there were, I'd hate to work at that person's company.

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 2) 642

The world doesn't work in any one way. There are all sorts of different companies, communities, and development teams. Women should do the same thing men do: if your workplace or project culture isn't a good match, you leave without making a big fuss. Simple as that.

Yes, that's fine, and then all but the assholes will leave and you'll end up with a really toxic environment. That's not something to be proud of and more importantly, I think it's a long-term recipe for failure.

Comment Re:Back in July - of 2013! (Score 1) 642

Guys insult each other. It's how we communicate, it's how we bond. It's also brutally honest and helps to enforce the environment that makes for good IT

Yeah? Nonsense. Some of the stuff on LKML and especially some of Torvalds' rants are way over the top. I run a software company and I would fire anyone, no matter how talented, who said or posted stuff like this in public or to another employee.

Guys have different modes of interacting than women. I get that. But that doesn't give anyone the right to be an asshole. Time for people who think that it's OK to grow up.

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai