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Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 2, Interesting) 232

This is near San Diego, California, and well south of the glaciers' maximum extent.
Furthermore, 130,000 years ago was around the beginning of the Eemian interglacial period, so they would not have been frozen around San Diego, and if it had been frozen sometime earlier, then it would have unfrozen 130,000 years ago.
Note: the starting dates of the Eemian vary depending upon who the author is, but in any case it happened around or after when these bones were broken.

Comment Re:This is horrible (Score 1) 90

Yeah, something sad happened in it, but I cannot remember what it was.

I read that back in 1969. My mom was a sci-fi fan and kept the family well supplied.
I think of it whenever someone goes on with the "only benefits the rich" complaint, or there is some really looney interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities act.

Comment Re:This is horrible (Score 3, Informative) 90

It's not about the rich havening an advantage over the poor; it's wrong to let anyone have speed advantage in daily commuting.

There's no way to integrate this with Complete Streets initiatives.
https://smartgrowthamerica.org...

We'll have flying taxis zipping about at high rates of speed above everyone, and I can't see any way to slow them down to make everything fair by putting bicyclists and pedestrians in the sky; They'll just fall to back to ground.
I'm totally against flying taxis unless we make the airways safe and fair for bicyclists and pedestrians.

On second thought, we can put bicycles and pedestrians in balloons tethered to the ground like barrage balloons. That would slow down the flying taxis and make it fair to everyone.

Comment Re:Lots of children have the wrong DNA. (Score 4, Funny) 267

Sometimes a woman will trick a man into raising another man's child. It is more common than you think.

I used to do something similar when I was delivering Pizzas for a living. Whenever one of my girlfriends had a baby, I would drop off the baby instead of the pizza and told them it was theirs. Later the court ordered me to pay 30% of the child's upkeep. Not a total win for me, but I feel like I saved 70% on the cost of raising the kid.

Comment Re: cut the risk of death from any cause by 41% (Score 2) 232

I had the same reaction ... ANY?
Here's the actual study: http://www.bmj.com/content/357...

I'm having some difficulty pulling out the raw numbers from the actual study, so I'll make up some nearly correct number to show the example.
What they mean is that during the study period of the 250,000 participants, 2,500 died which is 1% risk of death during the study period.
Of that 250,000 people, 10,000 commuted to work on bicycles. Of the 10,000 cyclists, 59 died for a 41% reduction in risk of death during the study period.

If we had used two groups, 100,000 people of the general population, about 1,000 would have died during the study period.
Of a group of 100,000 cyclists, about 590 would have died during the period.

Submission + - Phishing Attack Uses Domains Identical to Known Safe Sites

JThaddeus writes: Current versions of Chrome and Firefox are vulnerable to a phishing attack that uses unicode to fake the appearance of a legitimate website. Additionally fraudsters can use their unicode domain names to get certificates from LetsEncrypt so that the the browser URL is visually indistinguishable from the site it is copying.

Comment The computer with no name (Score 2) 857

My first computer didn't use electronic components, but it was battery powered and had lights to display the next move. I used a cigar box from my grandpa as the case. I made it myself back in the 1950's, and all it could do was play the game of Nim.
It always won if it got to move second as is the case with a judicious choice of an initial number. Against those who didn't know the game of Nim, it usually won if it took the first move.
I "won" some coins, less than 50 cents, from the other kids. I think they knew better than to trust me; they just wanted to see it work.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 606

how is this comment not rated +Funny!!? Whether unintentionally or not, it's hilarious.

You are correct.
I was trying to be funny/troll. and making a point was secondary. But then I got derailed by someone who didn't understand what they had read and called me an idiot. I fail at trolling, again.
The only thing I regret is that I used a Nazi comparison with Burger King rather than as I would have preferred,
  which would have been to do it using Google/Alexa :: Orwell's 1984 telescreen.
I don't have anything against either company other than that they are "asking for it".

True off-topic Burger King WTF story.
I seldom eat at such places anymore, but I had the urge and went to a Burger King near my house.
I ordered the basic meal: Double-cheese Whopper, fries, and chocolate milkshake. The Whopper lacked ketchup, and I also wanted some for my fries. I went back to the counter and asked for some ketchup, and the person at the cash register told me they were out of ketchup. I thought "what kind of monumental fuckup let's that happen in a burger joint?"
I pointed out that they were in the same parking lot as a Kroger, and the manager who was standing nearby said, "Yes, you can go over there and buy some ketchup if you want". Now there's some top-notch customer service.
Still, I'm not hating Burger King because of that, but I do wonder how long that store's manager lasted.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 606

Eventually I considered that every attempt to practice it in name or in form throughout history has turned into a fiasco or failure. When it comes to human behavior, actual practice and experience overrides theory.

The educated and the aristocracy said the same thing about democracy for over 1500 years.

Good example, thanks. But I would go back ~ 2500 years to Plato. https://classicalwisdom.com/pl...
And continuing ... all attempts at democracy have failed. It's possibly because previous attempts at so-called democracy had only a narrow few allowed to vote (which means it is really an aristocracy), or even worse, tried to combine democracy with communistic type society, and/or were also a theocracy.
It's even hard to pull off in a marriage, and that's usually only two people.

But I'm just repeating the point that democracy is something that humans can't do. It's a good thing that we keep trying, and perhaps we'll approach that ideal asymptotically.
We presently have a number of constitutional republics that claim they are democracies, but are obviously not.
Consider that until recently almost no country allowed members of different races to participate in elections, and until the 20th century females were excluded. You can't call it a democracy if more than half the population isn't allowed to vote or take office.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 606

It's kind of like how the Nazis took what sounded like a good idea (eugenics) and fucked it up so bad that people can't even say the word without causing seizures.

Often the conclusion that something is "not a good idea" is a lack of the ability to
thoroughly examine all aspects of a problem. It seems you are stricken by
the absence of such an ability, or perhaps you are too lazy to think for yourself.

We are now seeing, worldwide, the results of idiots being allowed to reproduce at will.

If you don't think eugenics is a good idea, you ARE one of the aforementioned idiots.

I used to think eugenics was a good idea> I've thought about it a great deal. Eventually I considered that every attempt to practice it in name or in form throughout history has turned into a fiasco or failure. When it comes to human behavior, actual practice and experience overrides theory.

Eugenics sounds good. Experience shows it can't be done with humans.
To believe otherwise in the face of actual experience says a great deal about a person's ability to think, and to try to think and then fail is worse than being a lazy thinker.

Here's an analogy:
Communism sounds like a great idea, and if placed into practice it would be a wonderful thing.
However communism has been tried and failed in every attempt. Experience shows it can't be done with humans.
Eugenics sounds like a great idea, and if placed into practice it would be a wonderful thing.
However eugenics has been tried and failed in every attempt. Experience shows it can't be done with humans.

Comment Excellent (Score 4, Insightful) 606

I could not be happier.
What Burger King is doing is taking what seemed like a good idea, but isn't, and fucking it up so the grown ups will have to step in and straighten it out. It's kind of like how the Nazis took what sounded like a good idea (eugenics) and fucked it up so bad that people can't even say the word without causing seizures.

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