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Comment: Re:Hoo boy, scientific racism again. (Score 1) 202

by at_slashdot (#46109453) Attached to: 20% of Neanderthal Genome Survives In Humans

Math is universal 1 + 1 = 2 in any culture no matter how the numbers look, but indeed math ability is influenced by schooling. However good IQ tests can use numbers in a smarter way, it's not actually a math test, like: what number is out of the place: 1, 2, 4, 7 (that's 2 because it's the only one that has round edges -- so you don't need much math knowledge to get this, you just need to be familiar with the concept of numbers and have flexibility in thinking to switch from one context to another -- which is what IQ test should measure anyway). And all the people have languages with words that fit in a way with other words, and yes, while we might fit birds and mammals in different categories, some other cultures might categorize animals in big and small, but that is taken into account. I don't know what's your impression about Africans, but many live in cities (40% last time I checked, not much lower than some European or Asian countries) and go to school, the bushmen who might have problems understanding the simple math concepts required by a test are actually very few.

But granted, some of the concepts are school influenced, that's why I asked about tests that are neutral. Any way, I'm not that interested in the subject, I don't know how I got into a "debate" about it, I just posed a question and the response I got was giving me a clear example of a knowledge test, not intelligence, which was not what I asked for.

Comment: Re:Hoo boy, scientific racism again. (Score 1) 202

by at_slashdot (#46107063) Attached to: 20% of Neanderthal Genome Survives In Humans

See, that's not really a test of intelligence, it's a test of knowledge, it's like asking somebody from NY which metro and buses to take to reach Time Square, or even a random point in NY. How you know it doesn't measure intelligence and measures knowledge, if you give the info about hyenas to somebody they will know how the correct answer regardless of their mental capacity (to some extent). So if you tell a guy from NY that

1. hyenas chase animals that run away
2. hyenas are afraid of taller animals
3. hyenas are aggressive and respond to challenges and is not a good idea to throw food at them.

The guy who knows those facts will do just as well as a bushman. It would also be so indiscriminate that the test would not measure anything.

Comment: Re:Hoo boy, scientific racism again. (Score 1) 202

by at_slashdot (#46106493) Attached to: 20% of Neanderthal Genome Survives In Humans

Has anybody designed a test that measures intelligence (not necessarily standard IQ tests) in which Africans can beat or at least equal Europeans or Asians in a systematic manner? Navigation, pattern recognition, memory, that you mentioned but not something that measures memorized knowledge, something that uses abstract ideas.

Comment: Re:Linux needs more desktop forks (Score 1) 185

by at_slashdot (#43857197) Attached to: Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

I'm sorry, I'm not a developer, but I don't think programs target desktop environment, there's almost no reason to target Unity, KDE or Gnome. What kind of application do you have in mind? I think links on desktops work pretty much the same, what exactly do you need to know about the desktop environment when you build your application?

Comment: Re:English system is fine (Score 1) 1145

by at_slashdot (#43825209) Attached to: White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

In case if Fahrenheit it's true.

10s and 20s - damn cold
30s - freezing
40s - cold
50s - chilly
60s - cool
70s - room temp, t-shirt time
80s - warm
90s - hot
100s - very hot

Take Celsius is 26C warm or hot about about 31C? How about 17C is it too cold or only chilly?

And I'm saying as somebody who lived most of my life in a country with a metric system. Somehow I got used to Fahrenheit and I find it easier to follow for day to day things. I prefer metric for all the other stuff though.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 466

by at_slashdot (#43679801) Attached to: Ubuntu Developing Its Own Package Format, Installer

Only that from what I understand programs share libraries in memory, if each program uses their own libraries then the bloat will be in the memory where it counts not only on the disk... Also, if you fix a bug in a library you have to update all the programs that use that library instead of updating only that library. Doesn't sound efficient to me and if it's a security related bug then you can expect the system to be vulnerable because somebody will be lazy patching their program.

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