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Comment Re:I disagree. (Score 1) 1293

The recorded history of the domestic dog demonstrates an explosion of variations in a relatively short time frame, driven by both natural and artificial selection criteria. Selective breeding can result in quite rapid and drastic changes to the form of an organism. Almost as if this rapid adaptation was a deliberately designed feature of life. There's no need for a hypothetical Noah to have carried more than one pair of dogs / wolves and still account for all of the variations we see today. Similarly, other kinds of animals, living in different ecosystems, with different selection pressure could exhibit the same rapid variations without requiring aeons of time elapsing.

On the other hand, in a stable environment, natural selection pressure can also serve to keep the form of organisms constant. eg Predators eating the weak, females choosing the mates that match their ideal image of the species. If you assume there was a period of massive disruption, where each organism must adapt to the new ecosystem they find themselves in, change can be very rapid.

Comment Re:I disagree. (Score 5, Insightful) 1293

Another point from the creationist / young earth / Intelligent Design side, ignoring any argument based on the story of creation or Adam. The young earth creationist who takes the story of Noah literally, doesn't agree with your interpretation of the fossil record and evolutionary history at all. Picture Japan's violent tsunami multiplied to a global scale, eroding away practically everything. The majority of the fossils and layered geological records then deposited as the turbulent ocean calmed down and the water receded from the land. The large flow of receding waters carved out river basins and canyons quite quickly from the soft sediments.

For someone with this world view, the "Facts" of evolution are not incontrovertible. The story of evolution, as derived from the fossil record, is based on assumptions that the creationist doesn't agree with.

That's not to say that the creationist disagrees with the facts of biology, as derived from examining living animals and how they change over time. It's the extrapolation of currently observed processes into the unknowable past that they disagree with.

Comment Re:adjustment (Score 1) 68

They should just stick to one standard frame of reference, similar to GPS time. The translation to local timezones could include leap seconds if you want it to. Conversions to local timezones already has some ambiguity as you mentioned due to daylight saving time. Software developers need to abandon the idea that datetime values in your local timezone can be stored, compared and used in calculations as only a single number.

Comment Re:Multi-Monitor Gaming Just Sucks (Score 1) 148

Multi-Monitor setups typically assume that all of your monitors are arranged in a single plane, with the scene rendered based on your nose being some distance away from the exact center of your primary display. Instead each screen should be rendered based on a separate camera, from a POV that is off center.

Comment Re:Why is EC more secure than RSA? (Score 2) 366

An RSA private key is two prime numbers, the public key is the product of those primes. You only have to find the smaller of the two secret primes, so a full brute force search only has to consider numbers that are prime and less than the square root of the public key size. And I believe there are a number of other shortcuts that can be used to reduce the search. Whereas for EC keys (AFAIK) practically all of the key space of 128-bit integers are valid private keys.

Comment Re:Problem spotted. (Score 3, Interesting) 190

If you have sufficient programming experience, I'd recommend basing this solution on redgrep. It's an llvm based expression compiler that should be able to combine multiple expressions into a single machine code state machine, assuming it doesn't run out of memory in the process. With a bit of effort you could output all of your compiled expressions into a single executable so you'll only need to wait for the compilation time when you add more filters.

Comment Re:Short term: yes, long term: even more (Score 1) 736

History doesn't repeat, but it sure does rhyme.

There is a huge correlation between borrowing more money and the level of employment. Borrowing money and spending it (and why would you borrow if not to spend?) creates income for other people and thus jobs. The reverse is also true, paying back or defaulting on debts destroys income and jobs.

Sure, there's currently a huge imbalance in who gets that income. But looking at the raw data, this relationship holds quite well.

Great, so lets just borrow more money, that will fix everything right? Well, no. Paying interest reduces the amount you can spend, so the higher the level of debt, the more we have to borrow just to cover the interest and keep the economy stable. And we've collectively borrowed a ridiculous amount of money over the last 60 years.

So first we have to reduce the level of debt, then monitor and stabilise the rate of borrowing so it has a much smaller effect on the economy.

This cycle has happened a number of times in recorded history. The distribution of debt is different this time when compared to the 1930's, the immediate impacts of reducing our debts have been different. And through the continual invention of various financial instruments, we dug ourselves into a *much* bigger debt hole.

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