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Comment Re:More likely medical practice, not evolution (Score 1) 233

What I considered really interesting was the question: if cesarean became the normal method of delivery for an extended period of time (many generations) could humans end up at a point where natural birth was not possible?

I think it's likely that before too many more generations the normal process will be to grow babies in artificial wombs, and that could eventually make it so that a significant percentage of women become unable to bear children the old-fashioned way. Although we'd lose the evolutionary pressure for wide hips for birthing, it doesn't seem like there are any evolutionary pressures against wide hips, so I don't see why they'd disappear.

Comment Re:People use this? (Score 1) 56

Anyone who defends this convenience-over-privacy should download and print Jihadi-type information, nuke plans, bio-weapons info, etc. through this service and see how long it is before there is a knock on their door.

Sure. Got a link? I have absolutely zero concern about any sort of problem like that.

Comment Re:People use this? (Score 1) 56

I can't believe people willingly send their documents to Google where they will be processed by their systems and stored for however long.

I love it. It's super convenient to be able to print to my printer from any device, anywhere. Even when I'm printing from a computer rather than my phone or tablet, I frequently find that the native print drivers are unreliable and buggy over the network, and especially over Wifi. Not so much that I can't get it to connect and print with a little fiddling but Google Cloud Print just works, every time. As for Google "processing" the documents, (a) I'm fairly certain they don't data mine Cloud Print data and (b) I don't care. Most of what I print I either created in Google Docs or received in Gmail anyway. And even where that's not the case, the only thing Google would do with anything learned from my print jobs is to make better choices about what ads I might find interesting.

However... my printer is an Epson, and it was bootlooping a couple of days ago (I turned it off). I assumed the printer itself was having some problem and was planning to investigate when I have time this weekend. Sounds like I just need to wait for Google to sort this problem out and I'll be good.

Note that I work for Google, though not on Cloud Print. I'm just a (usually) happy user of Cloud Print.

Comment Re:Almost never go... (Score 1) 202

I almost never go to the cinema. It's useful when you're a kid wanting to date as neutral ground (although from what I understand kids don't date anymore- just hook up).

I'd much rather watch in the Living room than the cinema. No overly loud sound. No uncomfortable squished together seats. No popcorn stuck to the floor. The cinema isn't exactly a positive experience.

We must have much better theaters where I live than you do. Here it's all big, comfy stadium seating and they do a great job of keeping the floors clean. We tend to go to early shows (4-5PM usually), so we often have the theater to ourselves. At most there are few dozen others. And even when we do go to a later show where the house is closer to full, I can't remember the last time noise was a problem.

Anyway, my answer to the question is: Absolutely not. My wife and go see a movie pretty much every week. We have a weekly date night and we like movies. There's absolutely no way we'd want to watch those movies at home, because the primary motivation for the date is to go out, to get away from the house, the kids, etc. If the theater were an unpleasant place, we just wouldn't watch movies at all because we'd find something else to do on date night and we don't have a lot of spare time for movie-watching the rest of the week.

That's just me, of course, but judging by the people I see at the theater, I'm far from alone in that. Lots of people like going to the theater. There's a lot more to it than just watching the movie.

Comment Re:Pratchett and Baxter already predicted this (Score 1) 233

My wife says that childbirth (4 kids, so it`s a relatively good sample)

A sample of one person is not very good. Some women have it easy, others have it hard. Those who have it easy tend to have it easy for all their kids, and their bragging about it annoys other people who didn't have it so easy.

Comment Re:Yey (Score 1) 89

Had it been Apple with the exploding phone, I could easily imagine Jony Ive's British accent narrating over a few minutes of 360 degree hero shots capturing slow motion explosions inside of shattering glass...

Our new phone improves on the energetic properties we previously introduced. Its all-glass body provides an unobstructed view of the internal components as they fuse and divide, fundamentally transforming into something other than what they were, while releasing the primal energies contained within the device creates a pristine seamlessness between the case and the user's hand, allowing for a first-of-its-kind experience that is truly magical.

Comment but the all important question on everyones mind (Score 0) 89

Will this version continue to support the popular "burn as brilliant and ferociously as the star at the very center of our galaxy" or will i be left to get by as I have been with random acts of arson and dumpster fires. Im tired of vendors lackluster of support for acrid fumes and metal fires.

Comment plenty of ways to waste your money. (Score 4, Interesting) 51

LinkedIn today has over 400 million registered users

how many people have been active in the past 30-60 days and the level of activity of these accounts is always more useful than raw statistics. many of these are likely bots and callcenter employees.

largest social networking site focused on the working world.

maybe, but i cant think of a single peer or coworker that actively relies on linkedin for more than the occasional flood of cold-calls from indian call centers offering 3 month contracts for work in desolate areas of the midwest. size isnt everything.

People use the service both to make work connections with other people in their fields, but also to look for jobs and hire people.

retirees are often goaded into joining the site under the auspices that their former colleagues want to keep in touch. What employers really want in most cases is a readily available contract worker they can now re-hire at a fraction of their original salary and without benefits if and we needed to patch and maintain systems the former employee ostensible hoped to rid himself of. my work connections come from IRC and conferences, whereas I surmise large swaths of the indian subcontinent are merely warehouses filled with anyone fortunate enough to pass an english fifth grade comprehension test.

I feel microsoft has made another blunder. First it was Minecraft for billions, and its a great deal until you realize most people playing minecraft already gave their money to notch, and that theres no real way to monetize it without pissing off the players who have a very limited tolerance for things like in-game purchases or exorbitant hosting fees. sure, you can weave it into the learn to code initiatives but people who want to learn to code are already releasing their own indie games on steam...not laboriously building minecraft logic engines. LinkedIn seems like a great deal if you're stuck 8 years in the past. The truth is that its turned from social network into cesspool of random phishing attacks and cold calls. People avoid linkedin, mark the correspondence as spam, and move on to actually engaging past coworkers managers and friends for career direction. And when they want a job? they go to monster and careerbuilder where they can select a full time job offer with benefits and talk to a person with more than an elementary grasp of the language. Linkedin exists almost as a firewall for hiring practices that were outlawed 70 years ago but that unaccountably seem fair because 'gig economy.'

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