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Comment Re:IQ tests are too narrow. (Score 1) 113

A very valid set of points, but I think it side steps my point. Yes, bushmen in remote jungles are probably not good at algebra; this should be no surprise. However, it really isn't a level comparison. You're changing both the "breed" and social setting; of course there will be radically different values. You can't tell if it's nature or nurture. I was thinking more along the lines of take 1000 people born and raised in the same city or that go to the same school. Of course people have different aptitudes, but is it a factor of rearing or genetics? I'm not saying "black people are bad at math so they're unilaterally inferior." I just think it's foolish to automatically assume/dictate that everyone is identical genetically/physically/mentally because of an over developed sense of political correctness. Is it coincidence that most Nobel Prize winners are white? Is it racism? Is it genetic? Why do so many Indians work in medicine or IT? Is it merely economic motivation? Are they genetically inclined to detail orient work? Why are so many players in the NFL and NBA black? Are they naturally more athletic? There are a lot of very valid questions that people are afraid to ask, let alone answer, because we can't possibly upset the notion that equality means we're all identical lest someone get butthurt.

Comment Re:It's the Right Idea (Score 1) 113

Why are people so terrified by the thought of the BREEDs (we're all that same race, just different breeds) of human being different? Do you honestly think the only difference between white, black and asian is skin color, big noses, and slanty eyes? Irish are more likely to have red hair and green eyes. Scandinavians are likely to be tall, blond, and blue eyed. Black people are prone to blood pressure issues, naturally develop muscle easier, and have a natural resistance to malaria. Asian people are good at math and are generally short. Is it really so hard to imagine that maybe there is something different about mental faculties between breeds? Why are IQ tests a bad metric? Are they a bad metric because people in general can have largely varying results or are they a bad metric because different breeds score consistently lower? If it's consistent, good or bad, it shows there is an obvious difference. You can argue that the learn different or you can just call them inferior. Different is different; just because we should all be equals doesn't mean we're all the same.

Comment Re:What's wrong with the gas tax? (Score 1) 891

Actually, that idea wouldn't be very hard at all... at least in Europe. You can run an internet connection over power lines. So, when you plug in the car, it connects to the internet, authenticates with the dmv, and then logs how much power you're using and how far you drove. A lot of cars are now coming with bluetooth connections. Why not put in some sort of 802.11 connection? Come home and plug your car in, it logs your mileage, maximum speed, average speed, mileage efficiency, and syncs your MP3 library. Granted, you can make the argument that not everyone has internet or wireless access points, but I'm willing to bet that the overwhelming majority of people with electric cars do. You could even include a modem that dials in over your phone line or bluetooth to your cell... You can still say there are the exceptionally poor that don't have a phone, cell, internet, etc... but then they're probably driving a gas car or using public transit.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 164

Cheat codes are, first and foremost, developer tools. Even if you do turn on god mode, the character just sits there; wholly different from a game that plays itself. We already have games that play themselves, they're called movies.

Comment Re:Cap & Trade = Energy Rationing (Score 1) 874

The real problem is that you're forward thinking. The people that make decisions have a financial interest in NOT changing. The future is later, but the time it comes, they'll be out of office and it will be someone else's problem; there is money to be made NOW. The people that see the need for change and those that will benefit from change are mutually exclusive from the people that are making money now. The impending shortage of petroleum is nothing but a boon to oil moguls. Diminished supplies mean they get to charge more! No serious legislation will happen in this area, or any other, as long as politicians are allowed to have private sector ties. There is no incentive to do the "right" thing because the average American is more interested in watching American Idol than stopping the games played in Washington. It's easier to bitch about gas prices on the internet than it is to write a petition, get it signed and get politicians kicked out of office for taking "donations". The human race can't govern itself because we are, by nature, selfish. We use all means at our disposal to further our own ends. It's just unfortunate greed is a much better and more common motivator/trait than altruism.

Comment Re:Justice... (Score 0) 485

Evidence is planted during legal searches. That isn't a problem with the method of investigation/acquisition, it's a matter of humans being untrustworthy by default. We're all looking to further our own agendas, be they breaking the law or breaking the law to catch people breaking the law. There can be no true justice while while trying to maintain some semblance of order and "freedom".

Comment Re:They don't care (Score 1) 364

My first car analogy on Slashdot! I think it's more like driving around in your car with people in the back seat shooting guns out the window. Sure, you're not pulling the trigger, but they're still racking up collateral damage via your car.

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