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Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 216

by maeka (#47944595) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

War is mate competition carried out by other means. There is no other rational for it (war is always economically irrational, although this is not generally understood because it "just makes sense" to so many people that war is somehow a good idea.)

You speak in bold assertive tones about studies and ideas (including kin selection) as if they were established truths.

You claim there is no other rational reason for war, while there is an entire rich field of study on the possible motivations for war amongst humans.

For example it was Ernest Becker who (if not developed at least) popularized the (widely held today) believe that humans war for reasons chimpanzees can't. That (and I'm going to grossly oversimplify here) our death-denial systems rely on an outsider, rely on an enemy, and if one looks past the economic value of many wars (and yes war is often economically rational too) what one will find is a clash of death-denial stories.

And, yea, let's get onto that untruth - that war is somehow always economically irrational. Seizing buffer lands, trade routes, ports, or natural resources is hardly irrational.

Comment: Re:OPEC to subsidize its demise? (Score 1) 385


The subsidies for fossil fuels by first-world western nations (and China) (those in a position to fund green energy technologies) are a small percentage of the total. Most fossil fuel subsidies are done by oil producing nations as a form of population pacification. The idea that these funds are available for redirection is ludicrous.

Comment: Re:It's Intended (Score 3, Insightful) 137

by maeka (#47389585) Attached to: Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

in some cases they're no better than gambling (ie: buy tokens to feed into this jackpot like system to win a random digital item!)

Not that I disagree with you, but what part of the gaming industry isn't preying off of exactly the same neurons as gambling? Nearly every game, be you buying the game itself, in-game purchases, or DLC, is getting its revenue almost entirely due to exploiting pleasure-seeking behavior.

Comment: Re:How did this get modded up (Score 1) 187

by maeka (#47388391) Attached to: Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

I love how on Slashdot how threads frequently go, Poster A:"Well, this is true (with not citations)" Poster B: "No, that is wrong (with no citations)." Poster C: "No, B is wrong because they provide no citations (still no citations for A or C)". No one is providing concrete numbers or citations. You chew someone out for not being concrete, but then turn around and still are no concrete yourself, making vague comparisons because the word "argument" gets used in a lot of places that have no relevance to the issue. I would assume that most people who actually cared about the subject would take a quick Google search because it is a heavily researched topic.

You're not a victim of anything, as much as you wish to draw it that way.

As poster B, if you feel poster A needed held to account then do so - but two wrongs don't make a right. What Poster A needed was to be ignored. The post wasn't modded up, it was drawing no attention until you used it as a springboard for your totally offtopic ranting about taxes in general. If anything you gave it the credence you were attempting to deny it.

And despite your chest-inflating portrayal of the situation as the poor misguided bearer of light into this quagmire of no proof and faulty assumptions as to which arguments I "like", you really have no idea.

I can't help that my OT rant was modded up +2, but then again somehow so was yours. /. has become the land of easy OT karma it appears.

Comment: Re:Only in America (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by maeka (#47386505) Attached to: Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

Your bullshit would be more compelling if only more concrete.

A lot of argument already suggests the taxes are disproportionate to any impact.

A lot of argument suggests the morning after pill causes abortions. A lot of argument suggests homosexuality is a choice. A lot of argument doesn't make it so.

Are the taxes disproportionate to impact or not? Say something real.

Comment: Re:aha! infinite repeating sound required for Nyqu (Score 1) 217

by maeka (#46559335) Attached to: Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

Now it suddenly makes sense to me, I "get it". Infinite samples of a repeating function will create a unique pattern.

You're getting closer.

You seem to be forgetting that the signal is bandpassed before encoding. Thus any frequency below the Nyquest limit maps to a unique pattern.

A sound recording of duration 1/R second will generate one sample. The value of that single sample tells us virtually nothing about the sound.

For that signal has a period twice the lowpass frequency.

Since real-life sounds are not infinitely long repetitions, samples of real sounds can be pretty good approximations, only.

But you know what? The ear can't distinguish those either. What does a sub-cycle-length 21 Khz tone sound like?

It doesn't sounds like a continuous 21 Khz tone.

Such signals, in the context of hearing exist only in theory.

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