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Comment: Re:The real extinction (Score 1) 93

by jae471 (#49493701) Attached to: Newly Discovered Sixth Extinction Rivals That of the Dinosaurs

I think a better measure here is extinction at the genus level. Genuses are more likely to have fossil records and we can speak of the relative decline of the number of genuses in a proposed extinction event.

Exactly. Mass extinctions are measured by the % loss of genera, not a species count.

(Along those same lines, very few people can name more than one dinosaur species, but they can name several genera.)

Comment: Re:misquote (Score 1) 117

by jae471 (#49478109) Attached to: SpaceX Dragon Launches Successfully, But No Rocket Recovery

Minor point, but it's worth noting both the Florida launch pad (LC-40) and landing site (LC-13) are at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (USAF), which is adjacent to but distinct from KSC (NASA).

They are planning on launching the Falcon Heavy from KSC, but they have a lot of work to do before that happens.

Comment: Re:Update to Godwin's law? (Score 4, Informative) 575

by jae471 (#48041639) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics
"Think of the children" Godwin's itself. It's not Reductio ad Hitlerum if Hitler *actually* said it: The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.

Comment: Re:California Uber Alles (Score 1) 115

by jae471 (#48027001) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance
Huh? The original is much more appropriate....

I am Governor Jerry Brown
My aura smiles
And never frowns
Soon I will be president...

Carter Power will soon go away
I will be Fuhrer one day
I will command all of you
Your kids will meditate in school
Your kids will meditate in school!

[Chorus:]
California Uber Alles
California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California
Uber Alles California

Zen fascists will control you
100% natural
You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face

Close your eyes, can't happen here
Big Bro' on white horse is near
The hippies won't come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay
Mellow out or you will pay!

[Chorus]

Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It's the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece

Come quietly to the camp
You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don't you worry, it's only a shower
For your clothes here's a pretty flower.

DIE on organic poison gas
Serpent's egg's already hatched
You will croak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown
When you mess with President Brown

Comment: Re:peer review is a low bar (Score 1) 35

there should be journals devoted to publishing data from reproducing results. Students get experience writing papers and conducting research and everyone gets stronger peer review in their fields.

Which is all fine and good until the results aren't reproducible, then the 2nd year grad student is left challenging The Distinguished Expert Doctor Professor Smith's results, which tends not to go over so well. (Good luck getting funding/grants in the future, when Dr. Smith just happens to sit on a few NSF committees. And don't expect the advisor to risk their funding/grants.)

All syllogisms have three parts, therefore this is not a syllogism.

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