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Comment Re:Gender (Score 1) 104

Actually science has isolated the individual gene that's responsible for sex differentiation in humans. Technically it's possible for it to end up on an X chromosome or be absent from a Y chromosome, but it's very unlikely which is why such things aren't seen often. Also, many of the aberrations from the XX / XY dichotomy result in sterility, which does go a rather long way towards suggesting humans and mammals in general are sexually dimorphic and that while it's possible to exist outside of that binary, it's not viable from a reproduction point of view so those traits aren't passed on. A lot of those are either responsible for or comorbid with other undesirable medical conditions which would probably make them less viable even if they didn't result in sterility.

If you have a the SRY gene you're male, if you don't, you're female. It's that simple. It says nothing else about you. Even though sex and gender are strongly correlated, there's plenty of scientific evidence that suggests that being transgender is a legitimate condition and not something that people are making up. Interestingly enough, the studies determined this by looking at the brains of transgender individuals and comparing them against the areas that differ based on sex and found that in many ways a transgender person has a brain that looks more like the brain of the sex they feel like they should be than the brain of the sex that they are.

Comment Re:China will be the first to create Designer Babi (Score 1) 105

Seems doubtful. The only reason to use the Brave New World approach and create a drone caste is because Huxley couldn't imagine a world where sophisticated robots could do most of the mundane jobs. In such a world, there's no sense to creating an unintelligent human to do some tedious task because a robot will be able to do it better and won't have to stop. You're better off creating some highly intelligent people that can design better robots.

The only way I can see it being used in a cruel manner would be if someone could figure out how to engineer people that would be perfect slaves (i.e., they just want to work and don't care if they're mistreated, etc.) but I don't know if you could make a person who's highly intelligent and capable of solving complex problems requiring some level of creativity while destroying free will.

Comment Re:No... Khan (Score 1) 105

IQ is defined such that 100 is the median for a population no matter how smart they are. If we created tube babies genetically designed to have a higher IQ and be rocket scientists, then the scale would shift such that 100 is the new midpoint for the distribution.

Comparatively, such babies if measured on the current scale for the U.S. population might rate, 140 or higher and if you tried to incorporate them into the same population, you'd get a lumpy distribution (it would look like another hump on the far side of the curve) which would suggest the two populations aren't the same and should be treated as distinct.

Comment Re:Achievement: 7th CPU core unlocked! (Score 2) 135

I don't own either system, but from what I understand they both run some kind of operating system that's always running in the background and gets summoned if a user pauses the game to bring it up. I don't know if it's massively useful, but I understand that both consoles are supposed to be able to stream a player's game play out to the internet, so I assume that's one of the reasons they have reserved CPU cores and memory.

Also, I'm not sure that the extra core will be terribly useful. I'm still seeing a lot of modern games that mostly just peg 1/2 cores on my CPU while the others are mostly idle. I did hope that the move for consoles to have that many cores would push the developers to start making games that aren't confined to a single, powerful core, but I think that most of the older, seasoned veterans that excel at game programming cut their teeth in an environment where multi-threading or multiple cores weren't useful or available and have shied away from fully utilizing the modern high-end CPUs that we have.

Comment Re:Oh, really? (Score 5, Insightful) 225

And people flipped shit when they thought there was a big difference in CPU quality. It turned out that this was completely overblown after people did more testing, but it didn't stop it from devolving into a complete shit show for a few days. Imagine if they used different manufacturers for their OLEDs and one had slightly better color accuracy. The baboon screeching and shit flinging would never cease.

Comment Re:Live by the sword, die by the sword. (Score 1) 256

Shouldn't rational people be examining each argument based on its own merit rather than grouping an argument with others that it may not correspond to simply because someone chose to use a particular analogy which is perceived as overused or often inappropriately used?

A rational person should be more aware and mindful of their own cognitive biases more than another person's. The biblical quote about failing to notice the log in our own eye as we rush to point out the splinter in another's comes to mind.

On a side note, when did ACs get mod points?

Comment Re:What 'meaning'? (Score 1) 139

How did these clowns get everyone acting like trained fucking monkeys?

You have it backwards. Someone in marketing realized that people behave in predictable ways in response to certain stimuli and have taken advantage of it.

A market economy is simply one where natural selection is applied to favor whatever generates the most profit. It turns out that using simple psychological tricks (e.g. big savings, "can't miss" opportunity, implied scarcity, etc.) are a great way to get people to spend money. Businesses that engage in this behavior have better long term success than those that don't, so we tend to see more of it. We're just reaching the point where because almost everyone is doing it, it becomes a less effective strategy and so it becomes necessary for the companies to start trying new strategies which may yield more effective long-term success.

If you have enough people complaining about a lack of meaning or pointless consumerism, companies will attempt to take advantage of that in order to sell their wares. Some would say that this has already happened.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 815

Although he didn't name it the big bang theory, Lemaitre was the first to propose the idea that would bear its name. Lemaitre was an ordained priest, though he worked as a professor. Gregor Mendel who conducted the first empirical experiments on genetics at a monastery was also a member of the clergy.

Not every religious person is some creationist nut that believes the earth is only 6000 years old. For a portion of Europe's history, one of the best ways to get an education if you weren't rich was to become a member of the clergy.

Comment Re:Though spoiled is a likely side effect... (Score 3, Interesting) 164

Which does raise an interesting point as to whether or not the effect is due to spending additional time with children or is merely a byproduct of the fact that those who can take time off to spend with their children are far more likely to be wealthy, which is more responsible for the outcome.

In looking for a study to back those assertions up, I immediately found an article from earlier this year reporting on a recent study which reported the opposite results, i.e., that time spent with children didn't matter. I haven't read through it yet, but here's a link to the study in question. (PDF Warning)

I'm all for workers getting maternity or paternity leave if they want to spend time with their newborns, but we shouldn't delude ourselves into why we're doing it.

Comment Re:Children or not (Score 2, Insightful) 200

While accidents at higher speeds are likely to be worse simply because more kinetic energy is involved, there's a difference between speed limits being low and speeding causing accidents. It doesn't matter what the speed limit is if they are vehicles that aren't adhering to it (either going too fast or too slow) as that's what tends to disrupt traffic and cause accidents more than the speed itself.

It could also be that if you set the speed limit artificially low, that it makes the problem worse as there are more people willing to exceed it than there would be if it were raised slightly.

Comment Re:Is AMD Better Now? (Score 2) 110

Fallout 4 runs terribly on AMD cards right now (although there was a recent update that bumps performance quite a bit) but it doesn't do that much better on NVidia hardware either. The biggest culprit seems to be the Godrays that are part of GameWorks (A proprietary NVidia set of effects that developers can use in their games) where the visual difference between the ultra and low setting is practically non-existent to most people, but the performance penalty (even on NVidia cards) is huge.

The new Star Wars Battlefront benchmarks show what an absolute mess the game engine being used for Fallout 4 is. Not only does it look a lot better, but the frame rate is significantly better no matter which company's GPU is being used. Fallout 4 is still a great game, but the performance is crap for what the game looks like graphically.

Comment Re:Another day, another language. (Score 1) 106

Considering that you have now heard of it, apparently that $600k "advertisement" did indeed change that.

It doesn't sound like something that most of us will use based on the problem domain and the other languages mentioned, I'm sure that there are some people who will find it highly useful and create some products that enhance all our lives.

Comment Re: Wrong specs on Skylake (Score 1) 167

The current AMD architecture has crummy IPC (instructions per clock) compared to Intel so you'd likely have to get it running close to 5.5 GHz for it to have competitive performance and the FP units are shared between each module's cores, which means for non-integer workloads you really have 6 cores.

However, for what AMD is selling it for, it's a better deal than the comparatively priced Intel chip, especially if you're doing anything that can make use of all of those cores.

Comment Link to source (Score 1) 97

I know that no one reads TFA, but at least link to the source. I'm assuming it's the following article:

However, that data points to Democratic candidate Jim Webb as having the highest rating with an A- and doesn't include Ben Carson at all.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long