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You are giving Wikileaks way too much benefit of the doubt here. Asange has publicly stated that they are getting so much stuff that they basically have shut down taking submissions. They are not just releasing everything they get, they are picking and choosing. This is obviously driven by a lack of resources but also creates a system which is very vulnerable to subjective decisions (ie. anti-American agendas).
And if you had read the article on slashdot today about the Wikileaks competitor that's in the works (and is being run by former Wikileaks members) you would have read this quote:
A group of former members of WikiLeaks is planning to launch its own whistleblowing platform in mid-December, according to a German newspaper. The activists criticize WikiLeaks for concentrating too much on the US and want to take a broader approach
This isn't a very fair analogy. You can't run a car without gasoline. You can have an iPhone/Touch without ever buying an app. You can fill it up with any and all mp3s. It's annoying but you can convert any video you want and put in on you iPhone/Touch.
The apps are more like upgrades. And if you want to upgrade a car you are many times limited by compatibility issues. The razor-blade revenue model isn't limited to Apple, it's pretty much prevalent in every industry. Clearly you have never needed to fix anything in your car. You wouldn't be so happy with the car companies then.
Also, gas stations are pretty consisten. The quality of the product is very homogeneous in gas stations across the country. Computer apps are not like that. I need to be sure my phone works as a phone at all times. I have no interest installing some wayward app that may or may not crash my phone and make me miss a call. I am happy to put this responsibility on Apple's shoulders
Now, if you were talking about the AT&T lockin you'd have a point.
So, really, the only conclusion we can draw from this is that 'the more technology one uses, the better they think their literacy is." Great.
Sometimes it's not about being perfect however, it's just about getting it done (wait, they paid what for myspace?!!?!). Just tell yourself that you need to get something up, and that you'll improve it later. Most likely, you'll never look at that code again but who cares, it's all about tricking yourself into accepting 'mediocrity' (reality?). But you will, more often than you think, surprise yourself and end up writing code you are proud of.
Either that, or you're being a bitch and think you're too good a programmer to spend time writing 'these mundane' solutions. In that case, suck it up or shut up.
My point is that the researchers claim these chicks have discrete mathematical capabilities in that they have some sense of integer arithmetic (all eggs were the same sizes). They did nothing to rule out other possible causes, namely by using different sized eggs.
It would be interesting to use different sized eggs to create scenarios where one group has more individual eggs but the other group has a higher total surface area (maybe volume) of eggs. If the chicks still chose the group with more individual eggs than one could make a strong case that they are capable of counting.