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Comment: Re:Were Denisovans really a DIFFERENT SPECIES? (Score 2) 133

by Rinikusu (#47377825) Attached to: Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

That's an outdated definition. Species is flexible in that regards.

Species A can breed with Species B and Species B can breed with Species C but species A can't breed with Species C. (and by breed, I mean produce fertile offspring). Rut Roh.

Remember that species is also a convenient moniker for what something is/was at a particular moment in time. Given enough time and isolation, perhaps our different human races could diverge enough to have similar issues with breeding. For Denisovans, they remained isolated enough to condense their gene pool (and add their own mutations) to be considered a distinct species, but still capable of interbreeding back into the main branch, so to speak. Hrm, there's gotta be a git analogy here that is too early for me to formulate.

Comment: There've been quite a few procedural games (Score 3, Informative) 100

by Rinikusu (#47319301) Attached to: Building the Infinite Digital Universe of <em>No Man's Sky</em>

Frontier Elite 2, for instance. Ken Musgrave literally wrote the book on procedural generation and is the brains behind MojoWorld, a procedural world generator that's great fun. If you liked Bryce back in the day, MojoWorld is Bryce on steroids.

Not knocking these guys at all, btw, it looks great. Just giving some background.

Comment: Re:Everybody is wrong... (Score 4, Insightful) 270

Not really. Even in the drug trade you find preferential treatment and local monopolies. I mean, what do you think crips vs bloods was all about? It was about distribution monopolies, forged not by agreement or fair competition, but by force. I know a girl who sold a lot of X back in the 90s. She was really good friends with several promoters and when they threw events, she would be the "official" dealer at the party. If you got caught dealing, they'd kick you out. In return, the promoters got a piece of the action and everyone made a lot of money. It did help that she had a good line to quality product.

Comment: Re:Next! (Score 1) 164

by Rinikusu (#47283781) Attached to: US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

The next super secret spy agency will be a private contractor group that has ginormous interests in building profiles of internet users, their interests, their browsing habits, and will be able to convince everyone to use them without blinking an eye. They will then monitor, filter, and sell that data back to the US Government because some clause in the EULA will allow them to do so.

Comment: This feels like high school again (Score 3, Insightful) 435

by Rinikusu (#47262425) Attached to: Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

Back when the hot girl only sits behind the nerd when she needs to cheat off my exam, and me, being all too eager to comply because girls just never gave me the time of day.

Seriously, the IT field is getting flooded with the "bullying" types, from both the bros and the hos that claim to hate them. Traditionally, engineering and the bookish, eager to work with one another and do cool shit, we're now infiltrated by assholes and douchebags of both sexes taking advantage of those who are less socially integrated. You can't go a day without reading about some Silicon Valley "magnate" who wouldn't rate a 3 on a 10 point geekscale making some bone-headed, wrong-sided statement, and then the 15 articles about how Silicon Valley is some sort of boys club written by people who couldn't spell Javascript, much less write any.

And we've let them. Geeks, long the whipping boy of the popular, buying into this whole alpha male bullshit. Jesus fucking christ, guys, your Silicon Valley heroes? They're *salesmen*, not geeks. Wolves in sheep's clothing. They talk the talk, because that's what they're good at. Give them an editor and what do they produce?

They're preying upon you (us). They want you to doubt yourself because that's what you do best. Your insecurity is their lock on you, whether that be "come on bro, are you cool enough to hang with the jocks?" or the "come on, geek, I'm pretty, I bat my eyelids and you go fetch." Think for yourselves.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 309

by Rinikusu (#47222531) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

As noted elsewhere, Gilad Bracha is also behind Newspeak.

From the newspeak page:

There are two such changes ongoing at the moment. One is the continuing evolution of the internet. There is growing demand for applications that work well on and off line, combining the ease of maintenance of web applications with the high quality user experience of local clients

And frankly, I'm down with more smalltalk/squeak languages, simply from a personal interest standpoint. I've been playing with Pharo and I'm actually happy to see this.

Comment: Re:Too Big to Be Indicted... (Score 1) 245

by Rinikusu (#47205679) Attached to: NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Sorta, not really. After changing banks/credit cards because I felt the bank I was banking with was a bit too.. unethical? for my liking, a year later, my new bank was bought out by the old bank. Or a credit card I have with one bank? Gets sold to another bank that I want to avoid with a 10 foot pole.

Now, try getting a new credit card (again) and not have it hit your credit score while you try to transfer balances, etc. It's a gigantic PITA.

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