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Comment Speaking of Finntroll (Score 0) 78

Here is their most popular video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGywo81G6lk

and the Wikipedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finntroll

"Finntroll is a folk metal band from Helsinki, Finland. They combine elements of black metal and folk metal. Finntroll's lyrics are mostly in Swedish, the only exception being the song "Madon Laulu" on Visor Om Slutet. Finntroll's first singer Katla decided to use Swedish over Finnish since he was part of a Swedish-speaking minority in Finland and the sound of the language seemed to better suit the band's "trollish" outfit. Despite several vocalist changes, this tradition has continued. According to bandmembers Vreth and Skrymer, they took their name from an old Finnish legend where Swedish priests coming to Finland had an encounter with a wild-looking man who killed most of their party. The survivors came back bearing the tale of the Finn-Troll."

Comment Is it any good to know (Score 1) 97

the street names above your head, on the street level? Or the distances between them? People may well just like to doze off, ignoring seriously irrelevant pieces of information.

Did these "cognitively active travelers" also know the telephones of those lived along their sublime subway line? Is the distance in miles or kilometers even a useful metric for distance in L.A.? In my mind minutes would be more useful. If these "cognitively active travelers" had been travelling these roads by car or bicycle before, yes. Of course they know them better than those who hadn't. What a flawed analysis to begin with. Why didn't the compare with people from Tokya and Ghana to see what their impressions were...

These "cognitively active travelers" sound like nut cases ready for Rainman 2. Maybe they should also include the authors of the actual article - Andrew M., Evelyn B. and Brian T.

Comment Modern Denisovans and survivalinternational.org (Score -1, Flamebait) 93

From http://genetics.med.harvard.edu/reich/Reich_Lab/Welcome_files/2012_Science_Meyer_DenisovaSeq.pdf

"To visualize the relationship between Denisova and the eleven present-day humans, we used Tree-Mix, which simultaneously infers a tree of relationships and migration events”. This method estimates that 6.0% of the genomes of present-day Papuans derive from Denisovans. While this procedure does not provide a perfect fit to the data (for example, it does not model Neandertal admixture), it agrees with our previous finding that Denisovans have contributed to the genomes of present-day Melanesians, Australian Aborigines, and other South-East Asian islanders"

Ouch. Ok. So, here are the images of your Denisovans?

http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/papuan
http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/aboriginals

They look so kind! But, let us pray WWF and Greepeace doesn't get too involved in this. Or, in other words, How un-pc can this untangling get?

Comment Re:Wonder is well see (Score 3, Insightful) 121

"All this talk isn't about the military, but about the economy. Anything that can be used to give other countries an edge against the largest country's economy is going to be leveraged to its fullest".

There some problems with "largest country's economy" (or "largest country's economy"). From Wikipedia:

China is the world's second largest economy by nominal GDP and by purchasing power parity after the United States. It is the world's fastest-growing major economy, with growth rates averaging 10% over the past 30 years. China is also the largest exporter and second largest importer of goods in the world. China is the largest manufacturing economy in the world, outpacing its world rival in this category, the service-driven economy of the United States of America.

The relevant part here is that the US economy may be larger but much of is becoming people scratching other peoples backs; think of hair dressers, restaurants, banking etc.

CH: GDP by sector agriculture: 10.1%, industry: 45.3%, services: 44.6%% (2012 est.)
US: GDP by sector agriculture: 1.2%, industry: 19%, services: 80% (2011 est.)

Oh, there is ample of oomph left:

The US has abundant natural resources, a well-developed infrastructure, and high productivity.[24] It has the world's sixth-highest per capita GDP (PPP).[2] The U.S. is the world's third-largest producer of oil and second-largest producer of natural gas. It is the second-largest trading nation in the world behind China.[25] It has been the world's largest national economy (not including colonial empires) since at least the 1890s.[26] As of 2010, the country remains the world's largest manufacturer, representing a fifth of the global manufacturing output.[27] Of the world's 500 largest companies, 132 are headquartered in the US, twice that of any other country.[28] The country is one of the world's largest and most influential financial markets. About 60% of the global currency reserves have been invested in the US dollar, while 24% have been invested in the euro. The New York Stock Exchange is the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization.[29] Foreign investments made in the US total almost $2.4 trillion, which is more than twice that of any other country.[30] American investments in foreign countries total over $3.3 trillion, which is almost twice that of any other country.[31] Consumer spending comprises 71% of the US economy in 2013

Note that consumers spending comprises 71% of the US economy in 2013 and put that in relation to

US Exports: $1.56 trillion (2012)
US Imports: $2.3 trillion (2012)

Ouch.

This is a tempest in a teapot? Oh hardly.

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Sources
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_US

Comment Let's pray Lucas Nussbaum is as prud of you too (Score 1) 419

Shuttleworth: "'So yes, I am very proud to be, as the Register puts it, the Ubuntu Daddy. My affection for this community in its broadest sense â" from Mint to our cloud developer audience, and all the teams at Canonical and in each of our derivatives, is very tangible today.'"

Read: http://www.debian.org/intro/organization

Debian's Organizational Structure

Occasionally people need to contact someone about a particular aspect of Debian. The following is a list of different jobs and the e-mail addresses to use in order to contact the people responsible for those tasks.

Please be made aware that mails sent to some of these addresses are publicly archived, especially but not limited to those with the term "lists" in the mail domain part.

        Leader
                  current Lucas Nussbaum
        Technical Committee
                  chairman Bdale Garbee
                  member Russ Allbery
                  member Don Armstrong
                  member Andreas Barth
                  member Ian Jackson
                  member Steve Langasek
                  member Colin Watson
        Secretary
                  current Kurt Roeckx
                  assistant Neil McGovern

Can we expect Nussbaum to say he is proud of derivatives, like Ubuntu?

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