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Comment: Re:Oh noes! (Score 1) 1183

by 808140 (#24309459) Attached to: World's Oldest Bible Going Online

Actually, in Hebrew, the commandment in question is: "lo teer tsakh", were the verb ratsakh refers to murder or manslaughter, not simple killing.

By the time the Vulgate bible came around, this was translated to "non occides", which does indeed mean "do not kill", so the KJV cannot be blamed for the mistranslation, it happened earlier.

Biotech

+ - Are Humans Evolving Faster?

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "A new study examining data from the International Haplotype Mapping Project describes the past 40,000 years as a time of supercharged evolutionary change driven by exponential population growth and cultural shifts. The findings may lead to a very broad rethinking of human evolution, especially in the view that modern culture has essentially relaxed the need for physical genetic changes in humans to improve survival. Anthropologist John Hawks estimates that positive selection in the past 5,000 years has occurred at a rate roughly 100 times higher than any other period of human evolution because large populations have more genetic variation. Many of the new genetic adjustments are occurring around changes in the human diet brought on by the advent of agriculture, and resistance to epidemic diseases that became major killers after the growth of human civilizations. Malaria is one of the clearest examples, Hawks says, given that there are now more than two dozen identified genetic adaptations that relate to malaria resistance, including an entirely new blood type known as the Duffy blood type. "We are more different genetically from people living 5,000 years ago than they were different from Neanderthals," Hawks adds."
Education

+ - Long-Eared Jerboa Caught On Film for the First Tim->

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MQDuck
MQDuck writes "Footage of the long-eared jerboa, rodents who call the deserts of China and Mongolia their homes, has been captured for the first time. TFA:
"These creatures hop just like a kangaroo; it is amazing to watch. Little hairs on their feet, almost like snow shoes, allow them to jump along the sand," [Dr Baillie] explained.
"And in terms of mammals, they have one of the biggest ear-to-body ratios out there.""

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Math

+ - How to make Mathematics interesting? 1

Submitted by dsb
dsb (52083) writes "I love the mathematics stories, askslashdot, explanations here on slashdot and elsewhere. But quite often some of the material is just way over my head. For example, the recent submission about someones quest to study waves? Personally, I found it fascinating. So my question is how do we teach maths to be interesting to those that 'have to take college algebra' so they can get their degrees?"

Comment: dirty tree and a turd (Score 4, Funny) 449

by dsb (#12896533) Attached to: What's the Best Geek Joke You Know?
A Houston construction boss was interviewing men for a job, when along came a Louisiana Cajun. "You gotta pass my test first", he told the applicant.
"Here's your first question."

"Without using numbers represent the number 9."
"Without numbers?" the Cajun says. "Dat's easy," and proceeds to draw 3 trees.
"What's this?" the foreman asks.
"Well, tree and tree and tree make nine," says the Cajun.
"Fair enough," replies the foreman. "Here is your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99."
The Cajun stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture of the three trees and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere you go."
The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?" ! ;
"Each of da trees is dirty now! So dirty tree and dirty tree and dirty tree. Dat is 99!"
"All right. Last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100."
The Cajun stares into space again, then picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree, and says, "Ere you go. One hundred!"
The foreman looks at the attempt. "How in the world does this represent a hundred?"
The Cajun leans forward and points to the marks at the tree bases, and says,
"A little dog come along and crap by each tree, so now you've got dirty tree and a turd and dirty tree and a turd and dirty tree and turd, and dat make one 'undred.

So when do I start work?"

Comment: Re:I got no insurance (Score 2, Insightful) 348

by Ars-Fartsica (#12546963) Attached to: Subjecting Yourself to Experimental Meds
ill-defined caveat regarding the nebulous property of 'percieved value to others'.

It is not nebulous or ill-defined at all, it is quite plainly spelled out in the narcotics laws of your local jurisdiction, which are by definition the local standards for materials that impose a higher perceived cost than benefit. If none of this makes sense to you, try Tierra del Fuego, I hear you can set up your anarchy there for little cost.

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Journal: modifiers

Journal by dsb

I've discovered the user modifier modification settings page. This is coolio! I've changed my 'TROLL' modifier for +6 and lo and behold there are some really funny and interesting posts that I would otherwise never had read. Oh, sure you have the standard trolls, but some otherwise funny or interesting takes are quite often modded overall as troll. I think it provides an interesting take on the slashdot moderator demographic. FWIW, I have not had moderator points in long time, I believe t

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Journal: Cats

Journal by dsb

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=98180&cid=8391785

His cat thought he was just a can opener operator!

I thought that was funny!

It's funny.  Laugh.

Journal: Panties

Journal by dsb
My first journal entry was a play on words to the movie classic Blazing Sadles. I had just discovered the journalling capability and didn't know what to say.

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