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Comment: Re:not so fast (Score 1) 128

by wvmarle (#47753805) Attached to: Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

Humans are by far the most intelligent creatures on this world, and thanks to that intelligence can learn a lot.

Learning primarily takes place in the childhood stage, when parents directly teach their children all they need to know to survive (which until not so long ago, was indeed mostly survival skills: how to grow your own food and so). A long childhood (and with that, long parental care) may for this reason be an advantage: longer time to learn typically makes for a better end result.

As another poster pointed out, childhood is not the most robust stage of the life cycle of a human, especially early childhood. And even if parental care during childhood improves survival during that stage of life, it's genetically not exactly a productive stage of life - no procreation yet, so surviving that part is great but it doesn't necessarily help to spread those presumably beneficial long childhood genes in the overall population. Procreation tends to happen when the parental care has finished.

Comment: Re:If by "decreeses" you mean "increases", then ye (Score 1) 300

by wvmarle (#47748821) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Maybe you should start following some proper news outlets, including some run by traditional news organisations, you know, the ones that search for news and publish it. Go out of your basement and buy a newspaper or so. Or if that's too much, try the online BBC news.

If you only found out about this by reading about the removal of the video, you're really looking in the wrong places for your news.

Comment: Re:Conduit lease (Score 2) 181

by wvmarle (#47711153) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Solve it the same way the roads are solved.

The government builds the infrastructure (roads), then allows everyone to use this (bus companies, truck companies, private cars), as long as they follow the rules of the road (including safety requirements on the vehicles, size limitations, etc) and they pay a road tax (depending on vehicle size/type/weight).

It's not hard to translate this into network service. Don't say it can't be done, it's exactly how it works in many European countries - with great results. With the minor difference to the road part that the government does not own the infrastructure directly, instead it's owned by a heavily regulated private company that is responsible for the maintenance of this infrastructure.

Comment: Re:Chicken (Score 2) 518

by wvmarle (#47710725) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Chickens can definitely fly. I've seen them fly on many occasions. Sure they're nowhere near as good as a seagull or an unladen swallow, they can get off the ground and fly short distances. This is why chickens are either kept indoors or have their wings clipped (and now you know where the expression comes from), as otherwise they'd fly out of their pen.

Comment: Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (Score 1) 426

If those features are truly "essential", I wonder why Mozilla, Apple and Google haven't picked them up, and added them to their respective browsers.

What you consider "essential" obviously isn't that essential for a large part of the web-surfing public.

Comment: Re:Well known brands? (Score 1) 160

by wvmarle (#47558201) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

Huawei is one of China's main phone manufacturers. The brand is quite well known around here, and apparently they try to expand globally. Their advertising is probably to create brand awareness in other parts of the world, such as where you happen to live - and considering your comment, they're succeeding.

Comment: Re:OKC's match algos suck (Score 1) 161

by wvmarle (#47555409) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

Well, of course. They're digging too deep in that. In the real world, I believe that there is no such thing as "the one" or "the perfect match". Maybe it feels like it, but that's in part thanks to the "pink glasses" effect of being in love and because both parties tend to adopt to one another, especially when a relationship lasts long (years, decades).

People probably can form lasting romantic relationships with a large number of other people, after the following basic matches are followed (assuming heterosexual relations but some will apply for homosexual relations too):

  • Geographic proximity.
  • Speaking the same language, or at least share a second language.
  • Similar age, preferably the female 1-5 years younger than the male.
  • Similar educational level, or the male having higher education than the female.
  • Similar political/religious views (left/right wing, Muslim/Christian/Buddhist/etc).

The above are true for the vast majority of heterosexual relationships. Another major factor in partner choice is also the availability of the person, as in, that s/he is not in another relationship already. The fact that someone is active on sites like OKCupid fulfils that requirement. Coincidence plays a great role as well: whether you meet a person now (when he's single and looking) or in half year (when he's just got a girlfriend). Whether you meet the person at all. He may be a perfect match for you on all fronts, yet unobtainable due to living 1,000 km away.

Comment: Re:Not everything that shines is gold... (Score 1) 158

by wvmarle (#47547855) Attached to: Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

At least in this case they made significant savings - or at least, so they claim. The question is now of course, how was this calculated, and will it pass muster if an independent accountant checks the figures.

It's harder to give economic returns of a F1 race track; even harder to make an overall profit on one.

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