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Comment Nitpick (Score 1) 114

Each one customized to do a very specific task

Rather I would say each one was selected for and ended having the function they have now, rather than customized. We even have some protein which started at some function, then with each different selection ended having a different function, which was more important for the survival of the organism, in addition of the original one. IIRC flagella in bacteria was originally a transport protein between intra/extra membrane environment.

Comment Disputable (Score 5, Interesting) 366

There are plenty of evidence that some genetic marker are present in certain population, marking certain population to a greater weakness (or sometime strength) against some sickness. But it is disputable that they mark what you would call biological race, as they lack the physical isolation, do not have very specific karyotyp (even the melanine one) in human it is only a more likelyness to have such karyotyp or even a continuum of various karyotyp. The only subset you may do is possibly morphological, but even for that and for the karyotyp, you do not have specific identifier you can assign 100%, you have a continuum. That is why even if you look at various biological book or source, they usually sidestep the issue of human race, not because of the sociological indication, but simply because there is no easy way to separate and quantify those. And no, even skin color do not work that well (morphological races - would put for example part of india with africa).

Comment while true awful when you don't have money (Score 1) 307

See , cities offer the job, but if you cannot live there , then not only you are poor, but the burden of a longer more costly (in time and money) transportation will fall on you. So you worsen the the situation for the poorest of all. So while what you say is true, one has to consider what you want for a society, and if you really want to push the head of those without much money even further under the water. Because at some point those will simply decide that destroying the system may as well be a better solution than participating. Just sayin'.

Comment young guy are not 60+hours productive (Score 1, Informative) 283

Human indeed does not work that ways. See the difference in *productivity* between a software developer in Europe and one in one in the US, when you look at the quality of code developed, is almost nil over a week. That is, because in my experience, overworked 60+ hours youth/old/whomever has as much productivity when only worked 40h weeks on end. I'll compare that to bulb wattage. You can have a 40 watt lamp and leave it on for hours or have a 60 watt one and leave it on for 40.

And don't get me started about experience. I have seen a goddamn awful code by young folk which thought they were code diva, but did not understand what the point of maintainability is. I don't care if your code use a metamorphic self compiling reflective algorithm. What I do care is that it will cost 3 time more the development code to maintain compared to normal bloody non compact code. Older developer understand that.

Comment Is this is still the obnoxious 1st april prank ? (Score 4, Insightful) 87

"If there's a silver lining here" no there isn't any. Advertiser knowing more about us is not a silver lining it is an invasion of our privacy. But then again I am actively trying to block all ads and actively trying to make my browser less track-able, so my opinion on that probably does not count. But boy, if this is not a 1st april news prank, this is not a good new and this came to be faaaaar quicker than I estimated. I thought they would have waited that VR has a stronger hold before making it toxic.

Comment not comparable (Score 0) 467

You can plan to shop and go a few miles further away if the shop does have what you expect (be it quality, quantity , price or service). Healthcare is on the other hand a captive market. For most of it you cannot shop around or make concurrence work. Even if it was a free market , what would a race to the bottom price means for healthcare quality ? Think about it. Then even if quality was maintained. You got two hospitals same distance. You cut yourself bleed heavily. You really think you will have time to compare prices ? Do you even compare cancer treatmet cost ? What about abortion where in some state a lot of clinic closed? And there are many more problems. That is why healthcare cannot be privatized like it is in the us without the huge problem and disparity it generates. If you want to keep healthcare cost down, the uhc is the way to go with governement having a say in the price. That is how country like france ir germany have uhc, without bankrupting themselves, as a percentsge if gdp.

Comment I concur I saw a similar effect (Score 1) 360

Not only if you put a lot of people from Muslim country concentrated in the same place their culture will tend to dominate, but my (french catholic) family living in a dominant Muslim area of France (banlieue of Paris with HLM) was influenced back by the culture. We ate couscous with merguez , and in fact sometimes my mother was saying "Inch'Allah" in place of the equivalent french expression. We were all born in other palce... But after living there 20 years some aspect imprinted onto us. I don't find that negative either to be frank, I am happy I had aspect of the muslim culture imprinted onto me.

Comment Then why increase the military budget ? (Score 1) 649

Did you not see the news ? The military budget will be inflated , but the science one take a dive. Does this not tell you something important ? Please explain us in careful term why the budget of the first country military worldwide, need to be increased by so much, while science is asking to take a dive ? What do you think is more propitious to help us in the future : a bigger military then it already is, or advance in science ?

Comment He weas acquited of all charges (Score 2, Informative) 397

Furthermore while there was allegation ,, none were really proved. So while I find Clinton abhorrent, you can only say about what is really proved : the sexual harassment lawsuit and the admitted sex with the 2 women. As such the GP is correct.

Comment Serious answer (Score 1) 300

Because most of them labor under the impression that the free market solve everything better than government. Under that theory if you have two isp, one selling your browsing habit the other not, if the free market (consumer) decide they want to protect their privacy, then they will flock to the one not selling and the other one will have to adapt or die.

Naturally the clever reader will immediately see the flaws in that. There are captured market which are not free (like isp) therefore it is illusory to think the free market will be better at handling such situation, practically this means once they (any politician) relax the law, it will be used by ISP and you will have no recourse (either you go offline, or you accept the violation of privacy, most folk in the US don't have a choice of ISP).

Rinse and repeat with other free-market-is-better mantra. Like healthcare where it is very obvious the free market system cannot work (every actor except consumer wanting their slice of the pie, captured market as you often not have choice, additional intermediate useless actor like insurer, impossible to negotiate in bulk like a government of reasonable size can etc...).

personally I think the politician are well aware that it will only profit firms and the folk which lobbied them for it (you don't think the idea comes out of good heart or from study of the current situation, right ?). But they do NOT care. They are in for the power and money, not really out of good heart. Yes I am cynic, comes with age and length of observing such behavior (it is not a specialty of the US, it is just more obvious with the GOP).
Unfortunately there is a sizeable amount of folk in the US which still believe in such crap tale, and still vote GOP, (possibly because they can't stand the opposite side, or they can't stand those uppity colored folk or can't stand women having a right to decide to abort etc...). Then there is gerrymandering , while it is used by both side, is far more used by GOP to protect entrenched politician. Finally there is the historical stupidity of the EC and winner-take-all...

So expect more and more of such nice laws as long as senate/president/congress are mostly republican.

Comment They are not made to handle traffic (Score 1) 469

A highway and a public road have different way to be constructed, various layers, which use up at different rates, depending on the traffic. If you reroute a highway traffic, in a sizeable manner , through a smaller road, it will suffer, and generally will require maintenance far more quickly. I can't be sure for this specific local road, but usually they are in the budget of the city. Then you have additional problem like having the passerby or local resident having to endure far more traffic than the road should have, possibly lowering significantly the price of the house they bought.

So no it isn't as simple as you push it.

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