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Comment: Re:Watson is a scientist (Score 2) 235

by bigtrike (#48568777) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

The evidence is still "on the fence," so it's hard to draw any conclusions from. Even some studies among identical twins have shown a correlation below 0.5.

I will agree that western designed tests show that westerners do well at western institutions. Nearly any time someone creates a metric of something as difficult to define as intelligence, they create it in such a way that they're the top scorers. I'm sure if those living in sub-saharan africa were to design their own intelligence tests, it would favor them instead.

Comment: Re:Watson is a scientist (Score 2) 235

by bigtrike (#48567061) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Did you even see what he said? Watson's statements also went outside the bounds of science by making broad conclusions from his own anecdotal evidence. They were absolutely not scientific.

Regarding intelligence, if you're talking about IQ tests, they're poor measurements of intelligence because they tend to be culturally biased. A lot of studies have shown that race as we know it is more of a social construct than a genetic one and what we define as races is only loosely correlated to genetic variance. Until there are better ways of testing intelligence, all we can know for sure is that genetics may be a factor or they may not.

Comment: Re:Let's get our priorities straight here! (Score 1) 367

...assuming it's grass fed and not factory produced, which is also far less cruel to the animals and doesn't require high doses of antibiotics. Factory farming requires more plant input per calorie of output than if people simply ate the plants, resulting in more deaths from farming alone. Grazing requires quite a bit of land per calorie of output, and IIRC we'd have to cut down lots of rain forests to feed all 7 billion people that way.

Comment: Re:Jamming unlinced spectrum is illegal? (Score 1) 278

by bigtrike (#48060593) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

It's not "UNREGULATED", it's unlicensed. Similar to CB radio, you don't need a license to operate a device transmitting on this band. There are explicit regulations Title 47 CFR Part 15. 15.5 part C specifically says that you're not allowed to cause harmful interference. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/C...

If it were unregulated, it would be perfectly legal for me to set up a 100MW transmitter adjacent to your university broadcasting noise on the wifi band.

Comment: Re:Application and driver compatibility (Score 1) 245

by bigtrike (#46680899) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

What was the plan for fixing the Mac from the 80s if it broke? I wouldn't want to risk a multi-million dollar operation on being able to find an old mac for sale on ebay. You'd have to really hope that the installer floppies were sufficiently backed up and that you could find a floppy drive from that era that didn't have too much dust in it to function.

If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.