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Comment: Re:Terrible summary (Score 1) 190

by shadowrat (#46648281) Attached to: Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes
I read other articles that said the scientists basically found a correlation between heavy populations of biting flies and intensely stripped zebras. All they have is some statistical analysis that says these populations overlap. They [the scientists] then say that this is intriguing and someone should figure out if the stripes actually protect the zebras.

that's fine. it's good science. It's the journalists that are claiming, that flies have an aversion to striped surfaces.

For all we know, the heavy fly populations could be because flies tend to really like landing on stripped hosts so the flies are heaviest where the zebras are.

Comment: Re:Redefine hunting. (Score 3, Insightful) 397

by shadowrat (#46564349) Attached to: Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

As long as there are limits on how many animals you're allowed to kill in a season, should it really matter how you went about tracking and killing said animal?

That was my first thought too. I suspect that the limits are based on a reasonable expectation of how many animals people are going to kill while walking around and just looking for them unassisted. When the DNR gives out permits to kill 500 moose, it's probably done with the assumption that only 45% of those hunters will succeed. Now, if it was suddenly way easier for the hunters to find the moose, the DNR might have severely overestimated how many permits they could safely give out. It's easier to simply ban the use of drones for scouting out game than to recalibrate your culling numbers with data based on how drones affect success.

It's also probably in the state's interest to keep hunting reasonably difficult. if they start giving out only half the number of permits because people are just going to kill 2x as many moose with their technology, suddenly, there aren't as many reasons for tourists to come in for that activity.

Comment: Re:Say goodbye (Score 1) 149

by shadowrat (#46523599) Attached to: Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

No, start protecting your privacy.

You do not have to allow then to do it.

And, self promotion (baby steps, but working):

sure. it works now because these computer vision algorithms are crude. I, and most people, would have little problem identifying those people. It's only a matter of time before a system is sophisticated enough to recognize that's a dude with some paint on his face and a silly hairstyle.

Comment: Re:Some people are pathetic. (Score 1) 710

i've got to agree. My wife and sisters-in-law are all big into hooping. Here's what happens when they go someplace and put on shows or something: The girls hoop and a bunch of people stand around and watch.

Then the girls in the audience try it, but the guys just lean on the wall and watch only. It's not really sexist. It's the same thing that happens whenever there's a dance floor. Dudes don't like to get out on the dance floor. It's not leering. It's just dudes uncomfortably wishing they could loosen up.

sometimes i will go out and hoop as well. just to prove that a guy can rock a hoop. then there's a bunch of dudes watching a guy hoop. still doesn't seem sexist.

Comment: Re:sshh! (Score 1) 250

by shadowrat (#46488087) Attached to: Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence
i'm moving to San Francisco from DC in July. Well, more likely i'll find a place around berkley. SF is pretty ridiculously expensive even by DC standards. I hope i don't start coming across as pompous as this posting though. It's always seemed like the ideal place for me to live. I don't know if it's for everyone though. I'd like to think that when i post about how awesome it is, it's with the assumption that it's awesome for me personally. It's not simply the best place in the history of the world.

Comment: Re:Yeah, but women want it all (Score 5, Insightful) 427

by shadowrat (#46396049) Attached to: All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

I may get accused of being a sexist and all for saying this, but it's been my experience that a feminist vision of "equality" is very different from my definition. "Equality" in their mind is getting all the perks of being a woman (men fawning over you and buying you free food and drinks, sexual power, the taboo on physically attacking you, etc.) while simultaneously also getting all the perks of being a man (higher breadwinner pay, political power, etc.)--and all without having to suffer ANY of the downsides of either gender.

In short, they want it ALL, they want it NOW, and they want it all for FREE.

well, speaking as a man, i also want to get paid as much money as i can, be fawned over, and get free food all while not being physically attacked.

"I have just one word for you, my boy...plastics." - from "The Graduate"