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Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 1) 189

Welllll..... My guess is that the problem is with the interpretation of the evidence. Say the Mastodons died 130,000 years ago and their bones were broken 10,000-15,000 years ago...what evidence would contradict that theory? That would probably imply that the bones weren't processed for meat (or marrow, either), but rather for useful bone fragments. Useful in what way? That's hard for me to say, possibly decoration. I'm not sure how good an arrow head or spear point a piece of bone that old would be, but it could easily be distinctive.

Comment Re:Immunity (Score 1) 183

But I'd prefer to look at it as the next step towards an artificial womb that can raise an oocyte to an infant. Your view is more accurate for the current version, but the developmental vector is towards the other view. If we're guessing future consequences, then the current version is less important than the fully developed version. Of course, if one is trying to guess the timeline, then a current accurate measurement is more important...but I suspect that even were I to read the original article they'd be lots of hype, and engineering problems that aren't mentioned.

So it depends on your purposes. For my purposes the important information is that development is being pushed along this line.

Comment Re:Troglodytes (Score 4, Insightful) 177

All of them, and make no mistake Hillary would have been just as bad.

No, I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have been. I think it's reasonable to assume she would have continued the same kind of policies as Obama. And it was Obama's FCC that started to take Network Neutrality seriously to begin with.

There is no justification for claiming a "Both sides" position here, just as there isn't with 90% of what Trump is doing.

Comment Re:Immunity (Score 1) 183

It's my understanding that the immunity transfer mainly happens in the later stages, and much of it even post-natal (via suckling). So much of it is already being frequently bypassed with sub-optimal results. But kids usually survive.

That said, this would appear to worsen the situation, so it does appear to be another problem to be solved.

Comment Re:Yay for women's rights, too (Score 1) 183

FWIW there's already work in progress towards taking a skin cell (a *live* skin cell, not one from the surface) and converting it into a root stem cell. And lots of work on taking that stem cell and causing it to develop into any particular kind of cell desired. In this case that would be an oocyte. Then there will need to be work done on maturing and supporting that oocyte, but that's probably not major considering what's already been done. And sperm is even easier.

So there won't be a need for either males or females, merely entities. This may herald an eventual population boom that is uncontrollable, as only those who specifically want children will have them, which means that will be strongly selected for. (This was one of the themes in Niven & Pournelle's "The Mote in God's Eye", but that doesn't make it wrong.)

Comment Re:What Solutions are there? (Score 1) 109

"If this goes on..." then there aren't any solutions for anyone. That's one of the arguments for why BirckerBot & kin are social services.

For *now* the correct solution is to refuse to buy IoT devices, or if you must, refuse to register them, or don't connect them to the internet and put them in a Faraday cage (if they use WiFi). (Well, you don't need a full-blown Faraday cage...just blocking a few wave-lengths sufficiently should suffice.) And if that won't work, return them as defective.

Comment Re:This needs to stay (Score 1, Informative) 256

It's one of the few things the EPA does that's useful and efficient. Setting a national standard is well within the things that government should do. Compared to all the really wasteful things they do this should certainly be kept.

Except it's the manufacturers that self-report their own idea of efficiency, essentially self-awarding themselves this meaningless label. You'll recall the famous experiment where someone sent in an Energy Star application featuring their design for a gasoline powered alarm clock. Which was of course granted Energy Star status, not only sight-unseen, but obviously without even a moment's critical thinking on the part of whatever bureaucratic clerk is holding the exact job that Trump very reasonably considers a waste of your taxes. If consumers want a real standard, they should embrace something the Underwriters Laboratories standard for safety. Privately run, and rigorous.

Comment Marginal cost of Internet distribution: $0.09/GB (Score 1) 68

Unless a work includes material licensed under terms that require payment of residuals per copy, all the work involved in production, editing, and mastering is a sunk cost that was covered by the work's crowdfunding campaign. The marginal cost of distributing a copy of a work is the cost of transmitting it over the Internet, for which AWS charges 0.09 USD per GB.

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