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Comment Junk DNA is not Junk (Score 1) 110

It seems pretty simple, if a gene was useful in the past at some time, it is possible it might be useful in the future. Therefore it is handy to write down old unneeded sequences just in case. How many you write down would be related to the desire to facilitate mutations or prevent them as the case may be. FYI this was actually hinted at by creationist who pointed out the probability of gene sequences spontaneously forming being astronomically low. Clearly biology was cribbing from previously useful sequences.

Comment Re:The drone may not have been tresspassing (Score 1) 1197

Right now, I don't think the law addresses that issue. In this specific case, according to the guy who shot the drone, he was waiting with shotgun ready in case the drone did pass over his property. I doubt he waited long before firing. It isn't clear if the "peeping tom" angle is legit or a smokescreen, drones aren't exactly stealthy and due to battery limitations can't really loiter that long.

Comment Re:Drone fear - Baker Beach (Score 1) 1197

Factually I think the height the drone is flying at makes a big difference also. If you take a picture of someone from a few feet away clearly pointing at them, kind of like google glasses do, yeah, that is annoying. If however they take a photo of the beach, and you happen to be in the photo over a hundred feet from the camera and you object, well, you should probably avoid ever going out in public if that is too much intrusion for you. So yeah, closely hovering over a specific group of people is one thing, but taking broad pictures of the beach and the people on it is clearly legal and ethical. If the drone is so far away you can't tell for sure if it has a camera, on public property no less, you should learn to deal with it.

Comment The drone may not have been tresspassing (Score 1) 1197

It is a currently unresolved legal issue I understand, but if the drone was over 80 feet up, it *may* not have been trespassing. Owning a drone myself, I am well aware of the temptation for misuse (you need to get on good terms with your neighbors, pro tip: boys love drone and often act as great ambassadors to the parents), still they are expensive and frankly likely the drone couldn't have been hovering for a really long time due to battery life. That said, I do look forward to better defined rules and regulations so everyone knows what to do and expect.

Comment Re:Prime Flaw in Fermi Paradox (Score 1) 208

Which exact frequency would they use? AM, FM or PM (polarization modulation)? Would they simply polarize star light in a certain direction with a giant field or something so they didn't have to generate to much energy? Are our detectors sensitive enough? Are any detectors or transmitters sensitive enough, the universe doesn't owe us interstellar communication. Why radio waves and not cosmic rays or neutrinos? We don't really know the answer to these questions I think, we just know we don't have the needed technology. We might find something, but it is so hard to be sure when you don't really know what you are looking for.

Comment Prime Flaw in Fermi Paradox (Score 2) 208

The prime flaw in the Fermi Paradox is, we don't posses technology to communicate between stars (all but the nearest) or travel between them. Therefore, we have no reason to suspect we know what to look for. For all we know, alien communication is everywhere, all we know for sure is flying saucer haven't landed, followed by demands to see our leaders, which is dumb because they would really ask to see Elvis!

Comment Title wrong and misleading again (Score 1) 233

Read the actual article and paper, men weren't shown more ads for positions paying $200k+, they were shown more ads for coaching services to help them get jobs paying $200k+. It is more accurate to say that men are more willing to pay money to get help getting jobs paying $200K+, read men are relatively more desperate to get high paying jobs. This matches pretty well with what (if we are even remotely honest) we already know, men are more likely to be judged based on their job. Even Mythbusters was able to easily conclude that, for example, men who make more money are considered cuter by women on average. (same men, but with different job profiles). This increased desire for high paying jobs and willingness to sacrifice for them (in this case, literally paying money for coaching), may well result in men getting more high paying jobs, BUT again these are ads for services, not job offers.

Comment Re:Going metric will shortly be pointless (Score 1) 830

Right, it isn't monolithic, so you do you know for a fact that it is an example of market failure? I assert companies have used metric or imperial as their needs dictated and that there is no reason, per se, to believe that they made the wrong choice. It is not like no metric parts are used or make in the U.S. What I am also pointing out is that the whole question is becoming irrelevant, computers don't care and can easily deal with many measurement systems. When you 3D scan the item you will 3D print and make a computer file, the computer will be able to display the data you wish in any format you like.

Comment Re:Going metric will shortly be pointless (Score 1) 830

Ah, but who bests knows the cost specifics, the people actually working in the industry or you, because they don't see the "big picture"? But your still missing it, my 3D printer can use inches, meters, cubits and furlongs and the best size for a screw may not come out evenly in any unit of measure. I have nothing against the metric system, but the future will likely make sunk transition costs today a pure loss.

Comment Going metric will shortly be pointless (Score 1) 830

"Going Metric" really has nothing to do with measuring in Centimeters and Celsius and never did. It really has to do with retooling industry and parts to new standard sizes. The problem is it is very costly to do so. Think about the metric and common wrenches you have, is used to be you had one set of tools and best of all because there were not really that many commonly used sizes, and the differences were visually apparent, you could just reach for the right wrench by looking at it. Right now you might be thinking "ah but of only the U.S. would just use the parts the rest of the world uses, things would be fine.". First, remember that goes both ways as metric nuts are in no way better than common ones. Second, well, frankly most industries have fairly specialized tools, in other words you care more about those immediately around you, the sizes of available nuts have nothing to with board lengths. But, we are entering a new custom manufacturing world. We may soon be manufacturing boards AND nuts to the specific needs of the product rather than standard sizes. When that happens, well, you can measure in inches, meters or cubits and the computer will be able to convert and manufacture just fine.

Comment Re:What is responsible for aging? (Score 2) 140

Still don't forget most cell lines factually don't last that long, the successful ones made it at the cost of overwhelming numbers not making it. So for example when a batch of cells go bad (say cancer), it helps to have a whole other batch of cells, say in another person, to fall back on. This is great research none the less.

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