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Comment Re:Scoff at me all you want (Score 1) 80

The problem here is that you can't expect much rational and intelligent discourse on Slashdot these days, so that comment calling you paranoid is no surprise at all. Remember, this site is chock-full of far right-wing nationalists and objectivist libertarians, like much of the tech industry only much more concentrated here.

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 1) 211

Part of the criticism of the paper is that the excavation was time-pressured,

Which part of "salvage archaeology" do you misunderstand? Literally, the bulldozers are hovering over the site, wanting to get on with paying work.

impossible to reconstruct

Which part of "salvage archaeology" do you misunderstand? Literally, the bulldozers are hovering over the site, wanting to get on with paying work.

and also had to leave out a few things that would have helped answer some questions.

Which part of "salvage archaeology" do you misunderstand? Literally, the bulldozers are hovering over the site, wanting to get on with paying work.

You have a choice in salvage work. Either get the best results you can now, with the personnel and techniques you have, now, and keep the best records you can, now. Or you get nothing. Big. Fat.Zero.

(You might be able to extend "now" by court action, but while the landsharks are in the shark pool, you need to be nose-down bum-up in the trench because the suit could go either way.

Your other questions are covered in the paper. I don't need to answer them a second time. Get a copy and read it - neither is difficult, and Slashdot does like to claim an intellectually capable readership.

Comment Re:One very quick thought ... (Score 1) 211

No, I think it's more likely that the single man scenario could have happened a thousand times - once every century - and left less evidence than the first breeding pair did in the two centuries after their arrival.

More practically, since it is certain that humans had made it from Africa to at least Indonesia by the time under discussion (a journey necessitating the use of some sort of watercraft for several steps of the journey), then it is not a huge leap to put a population of humans on the Korean/ Kamchatkan coast, living a hunting/ gathering/ fishing lifestyle, and to have them lose boats to a storm from the west on a regular basis (not enough to threaten the populations survival, just part of the regular attrition of death in fishing communities ; my Best Man's home town lost three generations of one family in one boat only about 30 years ago). The few boatmen who survived the ride along the pre-Aleutian chain, past the coastal glaciers of pre-Canada and pre-Cascadia ... eventually might arrive at pre-California and choose to stop. "Here, we can repair, re-equip, collect stores, and figure out how the fuck to get back home." And leave no population behind, because they don't put their valuable women onto the dangerous boats until they're damned sure they know where they're going.

Up-thread some people mention the Vikings going across the North Atlantic, island hopping. They don't mention the well-attested history of pre-Viking voyages (e.g. the "St Brendan" legend) that probably indicate the distorted tails of the few storm-tossed fishermen who did finally make thir way back home ... to start a legend, and to give their descendants the idea that there might be something worth going over the horizon for. Generations later, Erik Thorvaldsson and Ingolfr Arnarson knew damned well there was land "out there" when they set off to settle Greenland and Iceland respectively.

I've never believed that the only population who settled in the Americas were the ones who followed the mid-Canadian ice-free corridor. Not when the coastal route was also available. Unfortunately, archaeological evidence for the coastal route is typically at an elevation of -50 to -100m, making it challenging to identify and dig sites. In that context, this is a very interesting report. Even if I do have doubts about the final numbers for the dating.

Comment Re:It's cost benefit (Score 2) 173

Yes, it has certainly become a tick box exercise. When I tender for contracts, there is normally a requirement for which degree is held. I can tell you, having a BSc in Math fills the box ticking, but doesn't make me more competent in my field.

I know the theory behind PKI, and could create my own poor implementation, but why would I, when there are teams of professionals that can do a far better job than me.

The only thing the Math degree has been good for is getting me upset at the reporting of statistics in the mainstream media.

Comment Re:This is retarded conservatism to help 'coal' (Score 1) 438

The advantage for Americans is we expend our labor making other things,

Except we don't. That's partially automated, so we don't need as many people as before anyway. It doesn't help preserve jobs, so/because it doesn't require more labor.

That is to say: the import of cheap goods from China has made every single American--from the poorest class to the richest class--more-wealthy, improving our standards-of-living immensely.

CO2: 410 PPM

Comment Re:The obsession with degrees hold good people bac (Score 1) 173

The same reason why I also got an associate's level degree in accounting, and why I want to do a degree in Astronomy (now that I have the math background)..... I don't know what the reason is.... but it's the same reason.....

My wife says I'm addicted to learning, as I've been formally studying something ever since she's known me.

Comment Re:The obsession with degrees hold good people bac (Score 1) 173

For sure, on the course, I think only 3 of us out of 12 got jobs from their placement program. A couple of the people had no hope of getting a programming job. I know that I was chosen to be on the scheme as I had already completed one programming course at Uni before I dropped out - I had already programmed in Pascal on a VAX, before being taught how to program COBOL on VAX. I had previously taught myself DCL (VMS scripting). By picking people who already would have had a chance on getting a job helped their figures to show how good the government scheme was.

But... none of that invalidates the fact that at that time, I, and the others that got jobs, didn't have Comp Sci degrees, but were able to make a starting in the industry.

Comment What *could* happen? (Score 2) 179

Yep. Hey, you know what's great? Talking to people. Sex. Building models. Organizing one's rock/stamp/severedhead collections. Writing code. Playing with the cat/dog/cockatrice. Martial arts. Photography. Reading. Taking courses. Exercising. Working out a sane budget. Listening to music. Playing music. Sewing. Legos. Fooling with hardware. Home improvements. Giving the domicile a good once-over at the ultra-picky level, just for the fun of it. Putting the yard in tip-top order. Walking the canine or the cat. Visiting Rome, Paris or Venice (while pretending to be Canadian, of course.) Or just going to see a friend. You know, in person, not with that phone-tumor. Taking a walk, preferably somewhere you haven't been or really love. Etc. Lots and lots of etc.

Television... I just can't bring myself to call that "great." The couch, it really does make for potato generation.

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