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Comment: Neanderthals = modern humans (Score 1) 1

We've got to stop with the Neanderthal nonsense...

Neanderthals are *not* the magical missing link, nor does proving/disproving the existence of God or the truth of the theory of Evolution...none of this is in play

This is about legacy academia and how century-old academia wars are burdening good research today.

Another example: Clovis Culture

Clovis Culture theory has been the bane of anthropologists and archaeologists for decades...the only reason it was so entrenched is b/c of flaws in academia.

Neanderthals are the same. The whole notion of "Neanderthals" being a separate thing is just a miscategorization of traits that modern humans have. Maybe they are rare, and have become less attractive over the millenia, but not any different than any other trait.

Look at Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev

The traits we collectively call "Neanderthal" are a distinction without a difference.

It's a failure of science that some ideas are irrationally difficult to disprove. Usually it is because people are using the research wrongly to prove a non-science point.

Again...Neanderthals can be variations on modern humans and it **does not disprove evolution!!!**

Comment: hasn't stopped him yet (Score 1) 37

so where was his "strong anti-authoritarian and anti-military streak" when he was rolling over for the NSA **for years**...

Google invades privacy for profit and for decades gave the NSA (and god knows who else) an unaccountable back door to all our data

you're trying to pass the Kool-Aide and it's not going to fly...

+ - Oldest human genome reveals when our ancestors had sex with Neandertals-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neandertal DNA. But his Neandertal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neandertals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That’s a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago."
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Comment: volunteers can be douchebags (Score 1) 328

by globaljustin (#48201207) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

doesn't matter if they're volunteers...but thanks for confirming for everyone that my first point was accurate, while simultaneously *contributing nothing* to the actual conversation

1st problem is in bold...see, Burning Man is about overcomplicating and mystifying something to make it have social cachet...****ANYTIME**** you ask a question like this to a Burning Man veteran, you should expect a bullshit answer...somehow it will be bullshit

Arctica is a group of people volunteering to dispense ice at burning man.

Feel free to keep disliking something you know nothing about.

So, how does the fact that "Arctica" uses volunteers negate the point I made here:

in other words, the problem lies with the ice truck people ("Arctica")...they are just douchebags...**they could try to make it better but they don't care**....the problem with this system is that Burning Man as an event encourages this superiority complex mentality

Nothing you said addresses that at all...

They can be volunteers and still douchebags...the point is it's obvious they could do it faster but they dont care

which i feel confirms my theory about Burning Man, as does your last comment

+ - Interview at Startup From Hell->

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin (574257) writes "The author recounts an interview for a non-tech, full time job at a Silicon Valley startup that exemplifies the unprofessionalism in the industry.

"Late in the day, one of the programmers took out a toy helicopter and began flying it around the office.

[The Boss] was still at his laptop, laughing along but looking increasingly desperate at his lack of control over the employees.

"Come on, guys, what about some work?" he asked pathetically.

Everyone ignored him...""

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Comment: you deserve neither (Score 1) 318

by globaljustin (#48194153) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

We already have all the worst sides of authoritarianism, so why not get what few good things there are, too?

you're an idiot

just because some asshats are screening new hire's facebook page doesn't mean we should surrender all privacy rights

really, everything about your post is upside-down...

Comment: myopic analysis & sexism (Score 1, Interesting) 392

by globaljustin (#48189995) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

The problem w/ the "women only" conclusion is that it myopically focuses on **ONE** factor as if it is the determining factor in mission success.

Part of this is the fault of NASA admin/beauracracy: "We can't spare the weight" is an excuse for all kinds of ideas NASA wanted to kill...

"Too heavy" is almost a trope in NASA/space's the go-to way for beauracrats to make their presence known.

As others have pointed out, weight and food requirements are not a determining factor in mission success.

At best, the "weight is everything" mentality is obsolete...IMHO it was never about weight ultimately (of course it matters to mission planning) was just a handy excuse.

Also...there is some misplaced feminism here...women have been dismissed from science b/c sexism for centuries, and often the reasons given are something **other than gender**...a beaurecratic answer that belies the real motivation for the decision.

All in all, dumb analysis like in TFA are a legacy of sexism and bad beaurecratic's like the sexism equivalent of what the CIA calls "blowback"

+ - NASA's HI-SEAS Project Suggests a Women-only Mars Mission-> 1

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin (574257) writes "Alan Drysdale, a systems analyst in advanced life support and a contractor with NASA concluded, “Small women haven’t been demonstrated to be appreciably dumber than big women or big men, so there’s no reason to choose larger people for a flight crew when it’s brain power you want,” says Drysdale. “The logical thing to do is to fly small women.”"
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