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Comment: Not "civilization", Natural Selection (Score 0) 387

by devloop (#47594663) Attached to: Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

Could it be instead that civilization caused a general lowering of testosterone..?

It *doesn't* work that way. Natural selection causes traits beneficial to survival/reproduction to become dominant. "Civilzation" cannot "cause" anything.

The conclusion reached by the researches is also nothing but a romanticized opinion, as we don't see lower levels of aggression in current humans.

The most likely (and brutal) cause-effect relationship is that tool makers, who were smarter and at least as aggressive despite their testosterone leves, dispatched the less intelligent high testosterone rivals and/or outbred them.

+ - White House responds to petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consu->

Submitted by devloop
devloop (983641) writes "White House posts an official response to this petition, already with nearly 140,000 votes in favor, to allow direct sales to consumers in all 50 states. "We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that provide savings at the pump for consumers. However, we understand that pre-empting current state laws on direct-to-consumer auto sales would require an act of Congress.""
Link to Original Source

Comment: College enrollment ratios already favor females (Score 1) 548

by devloop (#47285101) Attached to: Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative
"No, it's more like "why is ~50% of the country not pursuing IT?"... it seems like an issue that should be researched."

I think the appropriate answer to your "concerned" question should be along the lines of "screw you, misandrist pig".

Why is there absolutely no concern to research why 50% of the population (males) accounts for less than 40% of all college students (and continue to trend downwards)?

Given that education is ever more important in the information economy, shouldn't THAT be also an issue that should be researched?

Are boys not worth the same level of concern? Should companies like Google be skewing these ratios even more against male students?

Comment: Confirmation bias???, nah... (Score 5, Interesting) 187

by devloop (#45535753) Attached to: Art Makes Students Smart
"Researchers" were contacted by.. uh.. well.. the Museum... developed a "methodology" for the "experiment" after the fact, then based their definitions and metrics on an assessment program developed in conjunction with ... another museum.

Solid!. No way this is just another case of confirmation bias.

Comment: Maximum Penalty???? (Score 1) 242

by devloop (#45511655) Attached to: Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog
How is $1.2m the maximum penalty available under the law for this case, when back in 2009, Capitol vs Thomas, a jury awarded $1.92m to Capitol?

Even at $1.92m, that was NOT the highest they could have gone either, the judge established that each infringement would be penalized at $80k, down from a maximum of $150k per instance!

That would have worked out to $3.6m.

Why weren't AFP et al penalized per infraction, vs having a cap for the whole incident?

Comment: Apple apologists in 3, 2, 1 (Score -1, Flamebait) 481

by devloop (#44919863) Attached to: CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken
Their "new", great iPhone has been out for less than a month, with their latest super high tech, hyper hyped "secure" technology and a relatively trivial hack has already been published. We'll have teens with chewing gum hacking TouchID next, and yet, Apple fan bois will still continue to hype and buy Apple substandard, over priced technology.

Comment: Dark strings (Score 3, Funny) 86

by devloop (#44762255) Attached to: Mystery Alignment of Planetary Nebulae Discovered
I have worked out an elegant solution that can be collapsed to only 88 dimensions, where infinitesimally small unbound super strings made of pure dark energy are curled up in tiny unobservable sub-plank scale vibrating loops that create immeasurable gravity-like dark froth along the alignment axis.

+ - The STEM Crisis Is a Myth 2

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Forget the dire predictions of a looming shortfall of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, advises IEEE Spectrum contributing editor Robert Charette — the STEM crisis is a myth. In investigating the simultaneous claims of both a shortage and a surplus of STEM workers, Charette was surprised by "the apparent mismatch between earning a STEM degree and having a STEM job. Of the 7.6 million STEM workers counted by the Commerce Department, only 3.3 million possess STEM degrees. Viewed another way, about 15 million U.S. residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline, but three-fourths of them—11.4 million—work outside of STEM." So, why would universities, government, and tech companies like Facebook, IBM, and Microsoft cry STEM-worker-shortage-wolf? "Clearly, powerful forces must be at work to perpetuate the cycle," Charette writes. "One is obvious: the bottom line. Companies would rather not pay STEM professionals high salaries with lavish benefits, offer them training on the job, or guarantee them decades of stable employment. So having an oversupply of workers, whether domestically educated or imported, is to their benefit...Governments also push the STEM myth because an abundance of scientists and engineers is widely viewed as an important engine for innovation and also for national defense. And the perception of a STEM crisis benefits higher education, says Ron Hira, because as 'taxpayers subsidize more STEM education, that works in the interest of the universities' by allowing them to expand their enrollments. An oversupply of STEM workers may also have a beneficial effect on the economy, says Georgetown's Nicole Smith, one of the coauthors of the 2011 STEM study. If STEM graduates can’t find traditional STEM jobs, she says, 'they will end up in other sectors of the economy and be productive.'""

Comment: When exactly was this, exactly? (Score 5, Interesting) 330

by devloop (#44185935) Attached to: U.S. Independence Day is a ...
- we did assassinate people, directly or through proxies, just a few high profile targets there for you:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/mar/21/usa.davidpallister

- we did torture people, it was done so routinely that we even had a handbook:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Army_and_CIA_interrogation_manuals

- our normal state *is* war. i could not find a 40 year gap when we were at peace since the 1800s:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_the_United_States

i laugh when any of my fellow 'murikans asks tear eyed "why do they hate us?".

we have been busy exerting violence, exporting torture, destabilizing democracies, sponsoring terror and exploitation
through brutal dictatorships, forcing our corporate interests by military means on everyone, on every continent.

we, as a people, are compassionate, inventive, giving and law abiding, our governing class is amoral, tyrannical and malevolent.

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