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Comment: Re:I doubt it. (Score 1) 89

by sgage (#48502115) Attached to: Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

'If anything an ability to efficiently metabolize alcohol efficiently drastically reduces the effects, probably indicating that at some point in the past overripe fruit became a large portion of our ancestors diet, and the ability to "hold our liquor" gave a survival advantage whenever predators discovered the drunken tribe. '

Dude, that was sort of the point of the article.

Comment: Re:Birds Get Drunk Too, and maybe the squirrels (Score 2) 89

by sgage (#48501975) Attached to: Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

On the street where I grew up there was a big mulberry tree that put out huge amounts of fruit. Which inevitably dropped on the ground and fermented - just walking past it you could smell alcohol. The birds used to get snot-hanging drunk off of this stuff, especially the bluejays. You'd see them walking down the street because they just couldn't get it together enough to fly. Nothing new under the sun.

Comment: Re:Of course it did (Score 4, Insightful) 89

by sgage (#48501931) Attached to: Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

You speak as though 'selective breeding' is some sort of conscious thing where you do the selecting. Evolution has its own ideas (metaphorically - I'm not getting all teleological on you). But seriously, selectively breeding for what? Things change, selective pressures change, what's adaptive in your eyes might not be in the long run. Keep throwing the dice! ;-)

Comment: A quick-thinking, comic genius (Score 1) 82

by sgage (#48305357) Attached to: "Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

I loved Car Talk, still do, and it's still an integral part of my Saturday morning errands as I drive my truck around to the dump and so forth (I live in the sticks, so I do a lot of driving). After years (decades) of listening to those guys, I felt like I knew them. They made me laugh through some pretty grim times of my life.

So I am quite saddened to hear of Tommy's passing, and I feel for the families. He brought me a lot of good cheer. I had really hoped to meet him one day and have a beer or three. Oh well.

Comment: Slashdot jumps the shark (Score 3, Insightful) 789

by sgage (#47812175) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

This whole Ukraine 'crisis' is made in the USA. Most of the 'news' you hear about it is disinformation, and patent bullshit. Putin was saying, look, we don't want Kiev - if we did, we could take it, but we don't. Meanwhile the US (NATO) is making all kinds of threatening and provocative noises. So Putin was just reminding folks that look, we are not just some other shit country you can make roll over for the Empire.

Of course. this can not stand, according to the idiots that spout foreign policy in Washington. But it will.

Comment: Re:You don't know the Linux desktop market. (Score 4, Informative) 87

by sgage (#47403889) Attached to: KDE Releases Frameworks 5

Your citation is crap.

From the Wikipedia entry:

"This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay that states the Wikipedia editor's particular feelings about a topic, rather than the opinions of experts."

The Wikipedia editor is a KDE fanboi. That's fine - I'm liking KDE myself, but I have a really hard time believing that Gnome 3 is splitting 4% "market shaqre" with WindowMaker and Enlightenment. We need some real statistics.

Comment: I can't wait... (Score 1) 731

by sgage (#45994123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

... until my Adblock Plus no longer works. Because I can not stand intrusive advertising when I'm trying to read something. So I will have to quit wasting enormous gobs of time on the Web. I quit TV 15 years ago because of abusive advertising (mostly). If adblockers get nullified, I will seriously curtail my web browsing.

Comment: It is times (and posts) like these... (Score 2, Interesting) 208

by sgage (#45664799) Attached to: Canonical Moving Away From GNOME Control Center

... that make we want to throw up my hands and just say frack it all to Linux, period. I've been working with Linux since 1998, and from the beginning, it's been whining, backbiting, complaining, dissing, bickering, moral posturing, and in general one big ball of negativity. The vast (vast) majority of it is ill-informed fanboi nonsense.

Use what you want, work on what you want to contribute to, but holy moly can we please stop tearing down everything and anything that doesn't meet our personal code of free-open-source-grooviness?

I sometimes think that demands for ideological purity is going to be the death of Free Software...

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