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Comment: Re:Bone a Neanderthal (Score 1) 126

by invid (#48211765) Attached to: Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

Someday they'll figure out "Neanderthal" is a completely artificial distinction, like "White Aryan", and the scientific consensus will be that Neanderthals R Us.

If by "artificial distinction" you mean the classification of lifeforms into different groups based on physical and genetic characteristics, the boundaries of those classifications made by scientists, then you have a valid point. A species is generally understood as a population that can interbreed and produce viable offspring. Homo sapiens and homo neanderthalis obviously can do so, so they should be the same species. However, there is a valid argument for them being classified a subspecies, due to measurable physical and genetic differences.

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 4, Informative) 407

by invid (#48167849) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
It's especially surprising considering that there is a population bulge of young people with the Millennials. Conventional wisdom states that since most crimes are committed by people in their teens and twenties, such a population bulge would increase crime. I guess it's time to toss out conventional wisdom.

Comment: Re:More feminist FUD (Score 1) 238

by invid (#48148627) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D
My wife and I played Everquest II when I was in my thirties, and our guild was basically run by middle-aged women. One of the best parts of the game was camping boss mobs--sure, it took a while in that game but it was fun socializing with a variety of people from around the country, and the world. There were also limited online game references back then so it was a chance to compare strategy notes. The demographic of mature folk made for a pleasant social gaming environment.

Comment: D&D in the 1980s (Score 2) 238

by invid (#48148551) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

I was in 3 different long lasting D&D groups in the 1980s. I think most of us would have loved to have girls join, but no girls played with us in that decade. Whenever we got the balls to ask a girl to play they just looked at us like we were crazy, like they would get nerd cooties. I went to a D&D convention in New Haven at that time and I remember there was only one girl out of about 500 guys. She was very popular, with a whole lot of guys wanting to be in her group.

There certainly was a social penalty for me being a nerd at that time, but I didn't feel I had a choice. I loved gaming and it was part of my identity. At that time, however, I think there was a larger penalty for female nerds coming from the non-gaming community than for male nerds. Any girl joining our very small and admittedly not very attractive group probably would have been marked as a pariah by mainstream social groups.

Comment: Re:not complicated...monopology (Score 1) 346

by invid (#48101991) Attached to: Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services
Not quite sure where you see the No True Scotsman. I believe you believe it is "Countries over 100 million". As in, "No countries over 100 million can compare their infrastructure to countries under 100 million," which I don't think quite fits the Scotsman. You retort with "Country A can be compared to city B". I say that is comparing apples to oranges.

Comment: Re:not complicated...monopology (Score 2) 346

by invid (#48094019) Attached to: Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services
I'm tired of the fact that the United States, a country that spans a continent and contains more than 300 million people, is constantly compared to countries with populations comparable to New York City. If you are going to compare anything infrastructure related in the US to another country, make sure that country has at least a hundred million people.

Comment: Re:Caryatide expert here (Score 4, Funny) 92

by invid (#47880065) Attached to: Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

DM: "You walk into an underground chamber. At the other end of the chamber is a large chest with a lock. On either side of the chest is a marble pillar carved into the shape of a woman. The woman on the left has a sword and the woman on the right has a battle ax."

Thief: "I take out my lock-pick and walk to the--"

Magic-User: "Don't move! Those statues are going to come to life!"

Thief: "What makes you think that? That sounds quite unlikely to me."

Magic-User: "You're new around here, aren't you?"

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 1) 1262

It's reasonable to expect all people to refrain from credibly threatening the lives of others.

Sorry, but it really is unreasonable to expect ALL people from credibly threatening the lives of others. After all, these are people we are talking about. Maybe you don't have a lot of experience with people, but some are really messed up. Since we are talking about credible threats, it's reasonable for us to kill anyone who makes these credible threats.

As a disclaimer I'll point out that the above threat is not credible.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.