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Comment Re:Isn't this what we would expect. (Score 1) 117

The first result of that search reports a measurement of the time of divergence between two species of bacteria between 120 and 160 million years with a substitution rate in protein-coding DNA of 0.7-0.8 million years which is remarkably similar to that observed in the nuclear genes of mammals, invertebrates, and flowering plants.

Comment Re:Isn't this what we would expect. (Score 0) 117

This is no evolution. Evolution can't show its effects in such a short time span. We're just seeing existing species eating the trash that we're dumping into the ocean.

It seems that any change to the ecological status quo is regarded as a problem or disaster. We know from the historical record that nothing in nature stays in a steady state. We know that changes in ecology are often boom bust cycles that eventually find an equilibrium

The problem is that most of the “changes in ecology” that happened in the last two centuries boil down to the human species consistently and predictably expanding into new territories and displacing any other species originally living there. This phenomenon is a complete novelty in the historical record, and the only possible equilibrium it can eventually lead to is the survival of a very limited amount of species: ours, the domestic ones that we need to eat, and the ones that live on our dejections. These bacteria apparently belong to the latter group.

Comment Re:Windows users are chumps. (Score 1) 140

And what did I say? CD-ROM drives were common, burners not so. About the affordability and ubiquity of burnt CDs, I should know too, as I was in high school in those years, piracy was rampant, and burnt CDs were the only kind of CD that a lot of people had at home, for $10 was still quite less than the $100 a pressed CD used to cost here.

Of course, I do not accept, condone or encourage piracy.

Comment Re:Windows users are chumps. (Score 3, Informative) 140

I challenge what Wikipedia says; I was there in 1995, and for new computers that shipped with Windows '95 having a CD-ROM drive was the norm and not the exception. Installing Windows '95 from floppy disks required a very tall pile of them, and I know few people who can recount the experience of installing the OS out of them. CD burners were much rarer, but using burnt CDs coming from a third party was commonplace.

Comment Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (Score 1) 549

In fact, in real socialist states, the idea is that you cannot own real estate. Your house gets assigned to you, and when you leave it you give it back. So everyone would get equal treatment and opportunities. In reality, what happened is that members of the upper bureaucracy were assigned big houses while regular people got anonymous sleep points. So the class structure was there, with bureaucracy replacing aristocracy/bourgeoisie.

Comment Re:FLAC superiority to MP3 (Score 1) 197

The importance of FLAC lies in its storage capabilities, not in its playback ones. With FLAC you can store a sound, then edit, then store it again, an infinite number of times, without the stored sound representation losing one bit of its quality. With MP3s, even high quality ones, it’s not the case.

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