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Comment: Re:Great (Score 2) 133

by mcvos (#47374865) Attached to: Tibetans Inherited High-Altitude Gene From Ancient Human

Ku-Klux-Klan were Democrats, not Republicans.

They certainly were, until FDR and later LBJ wanted to turn the Democrats into the civil rights party, and distanced the party from the racist southern democrats, after which Nixon decided that the Republicans should appeal to those southern former-democrats in order to gain more votes, and the parties basically switched position on this issue.

Comment: Re:IF.. (Score 1) 561

by mcvos (#47322887) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Actually, if they were that smart, they should be able to find each other without a dating service. Or if they don't have time for that, at least build robots that go out there looking for smart people to date...

You mean, like a dating service? Seems to me the smartest thing to do is to use the best tool for the job.

Comment: Re:IF.. (Score 1) 561

by mcvos (#47322801) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

I still have trouble believing that so many people think IQ equates to intelligence, when we don't even understand intelligence all that well.

Exactly. An IQ test tries to measure something we're not sure of what it is or even what we mean by it. As a result, different IQ tests measure slightly different things with different weights. Mostly, IQ tests measure your ability to do IQ tests. That IQ value does correlate strongly with all sorts of stuff, like doing well in school, university and work, but it's no guarantee.

Comment: Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (Score 4, Interesting) 561

by mcvos (#47322775) Attached to:, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

There is no need to try to suggest that is "snobbery" of any kind. Would you call a motorcycle gang "snobs"? Or stamp collectors? MENSA is a social club, nothing more.

Exactly. I don't know much about Mensa, because I've never felt the need to join. I'm pretty sure most of the people around me would qualify, but that also means that we already have plenty of smart people to have intellectual discussions with. My sister, however, studied sports, got surrounded by other sporty people, and eventually started to miss contact with other smart people, so she joined Mensa, and now she talks about all the game events and motorcycle trips they have and all the interesting people she meets there. It fills a need for her that for me is already filled in other ways.

Comment: Re:Why can't you plug into you TV anymore. (Score 1) 394

by mcvos (#47261437) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

I'm definitely surprised at how stupid many modern TVs are. It's trivial to include a computer in the TV. In fact, they do exactly that to create that awful menu system. Why not make it nicer and include a recorder and a standardized plugin system that your cable provider can put his cable decoding software in?

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.