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Comment Genetic testing is NOT done currently in sports (Score 3, Interesting) 228

I'm not sure what this is supposed to mean:

Job selection on the basis of certain desirable genetic characteristics is already common in the military and sports.

The only genetic testing I'm aware of in sports were those for proving an athlete is a woman. And I think that one was replaced with a test for testosterone. I'm unaware of anywhere in the military where that happens either (maybe astronauts?). There is certainly selectivity based on abilities and attributes, but those aren't purely genetic tests. About the closest you get to a genetic test is height, but that's also based on nutrition and other environmental factors. If you classify these as genetic tests, then I don't see how this is different from also calling the current job requirements for intelligence genetic tests. Things like GPA or just talking to someone in an interview are as much genetic tests as measuring someone's height or their running speed are.

Comment How does suing the company make sense? (Score 1) 17

Aren't all of the shareholders harmed by the misrepresentation (barring insider trading)? So shouldn't all of the shareholders by entitled to any settlement/compensation. And since the money is coming from the company, they're all just paying themselves, right? If they already sold their investment, why should the people who didn't sell have to pay twice (they already lost the same value as those who sold). It seems like the only logical target of a suit would be the actual people who are responsible for the accounting scandal, not the overall company itself. (Or possibly anyone who sold before the accounting scandal came to light, but, again, those people are not Toshiba.)

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 4, Interesting) 97

From the article, it sounds like he developed the anitgen from having received more than 3 liters of blood during surgery as a youth. If I'm understanding correctly, his body was given blood incompatible with his own and so it created the antigen to deal with it. Does that mean that the hundred people in a typical city acquired it the same way, and that the number of people developing it will decrease as fewer people are given incompatible blood and those who have in the past die off?

Comment Re:Legal, just morally dubious (Score 1) 312

It seems to me the correct way to handle this is to force the company to accept competing offers at the intermediate steps. If I understand how most of these work, it's something like: Actual Cost:Price0, Producer:Price1, Middleman:Price2, and Retailer:Price3 - profit for each is price - cost. One company owns all three companies. So Price0 and Price3 are determined by the market, and locations can't be moved. Price1 and Price2 are whatever the company says they are, and can be moved to anywhere in the globe to reduce taxes. Companies that own all three of these stages make Price1=Price0 and Price3=Price2 and Price2-Price1 = maximum profit and wherever in the globe taxes are lowest, even though the Middleman doesn't do anything. It seems to me the way to fix this, is to force the company to sell at Price1 to anyone who wants to buy, not just the companies owned by the same parent company. Watch Price1 suddenly be what it should be (i.e. very close to Price3).

Comment Am I Missing Something? (Score 1) 107

Why is this is even needed. Has K-12 education changed that much in the last twenty years? Thinking back on my education, I can't think of anything that would have been improved with high speed internet. The only uses that I'm coming up for at this age group are entertainment uses (i.e. things students shouldn't be doing during school hours) or things like Khan Academy. Are any schools wanting this for online learning? Wouldn't the savings in personnel offset the costs needed for installation? Of course, even if we assume it is needed, isn't this just the FCC admitting that high speed internet is a basic service, which means that it should be regulated as such (i.e. Title II)?

Submission + - Google Fiber Looking to Expand to a City Near You (

GreyWanderingRogue writes: It looks like Google is looking to expand beyond the three current cities with Google Fiber. Their currently still in the discussion stage, so it will be interesting to see how many of these make it to completion. Check the map to see if you're one of the lucky few. It shows the Atlanta, Portland and Raleigh-Durham areas are especially well represented. Not in one of these cities? It might be a while yet...
"Will you be expanding to other cities? When?
Not for now. We have a lot of work to do with these 34 cities, in addition to bringing Fiber to customers in Kansas City, Austin and Provo."

Comment Re:The numbers (Score 3, Insightful) 139

And Google could have spent far less than $1.56B to lobby for the destruction of software patents that are costing manufacturers of Android devices billions of dollars in court, settlement, and licensing fees. But Google would rather talk out of both sides of their ass and say that they oppose software patents while taking no serious actions to work toward ending them.

This was Motorola (inventor of the cellphone). Not all patents are software patents.

Comment Re:Still sucks (Score 1) 127

Allowing one to reduce the range of the volume control (or peg it at 100% so you don't accidentally set it to 117% or having to live with it at 98 or 105% because you can't get it back to 100%)

This was driving me nuts. I finally figured a way around it though. For me, each click of the scroll wheel moves it by 1/8, so 8 clicks from the highest or lowest value puts it back at 100%. Scroll wheel all the way to 0 (min) or 200% (max), then scroll wheel back to 100%. It will hit it on the nose.

Comment Re:Lip position (Score 3, Informative) 51

How can he physically produce the "Baa" sound when his bottom lip is tucked behind his teeth? His lips don't press together when the illusion is supposed to make it sound like he's saying "Faa" instead. I think he's actually making two different sounds.

Isn't the "Baa" sound impossible to make without the lips pressing together? Isn't the "Faa" sound impossible to make without blowing on the lip-teeth connection with the top and bottom lips separate?

This is the perfect description of what your brain is doing. Unfortunately, it appears you're misunderstanding what is actually going on. There is only one audio recording. It is dubbed over both clips. Check the section where there is a side by side with both videos. What you hear depends on what side of the screen you look at, even though there is only one audio track.

Comment Re:his crime? (Score 2) 743

Yes, it has been an occurrence over the past couple of decades. However, I think it's more likely to be a reference to Sandy Hook than Columbine. Just like a domestic terrorist bombing would be more likely to be a reference to the Boston Marathon than the Oklahoma City Federal building. Or, if you prefer, a reference to the government spying on its citizens, is more likely to be a reference to Snowden than to J Edgar Hoover. Current events.

Comment Re:his crime? (Score 1) 743

I also found this bit from the article hilarious: “Justin was the kind of kid who didn’t read the newspaper,” said [father] Jack Carter. “He didn’t watch television. He wasn’t aware of current events.

He rather clearly was aware of current events. Shooting up a school as a symptom of insanity seems like a clear reference to recent events. Further, this shows he clearly recognized that such actions are insane.

Comment Re:Can help you out here (Score 1) 142

So for The Little Mermaid, published in 1837, Disney made their movie of this original work in 1989, making it 152 years after publication. What's the shortest time from an original work (you might argue some of those Brothers Grimm tales were based on existing local legends, which is what Disney was basing their movies on; does that matter?) to publication that Disney used without licensing? What are the chances Disney wouldn't lobby for an extension beyond that time limit?

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