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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment Re:I'll take a crack at it (Score 1) 411

Just on the off chance you read this again, AC...

Regarding social heredity, you strangely state you disagree then promptly state the same as I did: daughters tend to follow their mother's social footprints. With what are you in disagreement? There's exceptions, there's the opposite tack, but the trend is there.

Regarding physical beauty, you are in an age where you must see past the makeover. Women have become quite excellent at painting their faces, pumping their bra bladders, and otherwise fitting the current norms of beauty (your "ideas"). I'll leave it to you to discover the beauty that wakes up beautiful. Then look at *their* mothers / fathers. The foundation is often palpable.

And that rare level of beauty used to sleep next to us in a cave.

Regardless, my original post stands. Sweeping generalization, yes, but it stands.

Comment I'll take a crack at it (Score 1, Interesting) 411

The problem with most biologists and geneticists (I'm one) is a lack of objectivity. They should talk to more engineers when solving problems (I'm one of those too).

Process A
Most planned pregnancies happen in later life.
Most unplanned pregnancies happen while drunk.
Most drunk intercourse is with the first willing partner.
Most willing partners are more homely than gorgeous.
Most homely women are shorter and fatter.

Process B
Most unplanned pregnancies are followed by unplanned marriages.
Most marriages starting with an unplanned child are followed by subsequent progeny (it started with sex, so sex is what you do together for the first while)
Most social traits carry on through generations - daughters of young mothers often have early pregnancies (these may involve factors expressed in Process A)

Thus, homely Mom, homely daughters, Mom got drunk and had sex early so why can't I, followed by more homely daughters...

Where's the mystery?
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Some Users Say Win7 Wants To Remove iTunes, Google Toolbar 570

Foofoobar writes "Due to a strike with the UK's postal system, people in Great Britain are getting copies of Windows 7 early and have already posted their experiences about the install process. Some have an easy time but others post installs taking 3 hours including Windows asking them to remove iTunes and Google toolbar prior to installation." The article indicates that many of these early users, though, are having better luck.

Comment Re:Funny thing:doesn't happen in gun-control count (Score 1) 746

This guy's experience:
Rifles? Agreed. Same here.
Automatic (or semi) Rifles? Different story. BIG "fun" bringing those out.
Handguns? Ugly. Very very ugly. Too empowering. Too tempting.

I too enjoy shooting other people's guns. But they really shouldn't own non-hunting rifles or handguns. That's stupid. Sorry, rationalize away, but it really is.

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