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Comment Re:Breaking News! (Score 1) 209

The position of a single Nitrogen atom in a jar is RANDOM.

However, the properties of a mole of Nitrogen atoms in a jar has extremely PREDICTABLE properties.

So it is not inconceivable that a LARGE number of organisms undergoing RANDOM changes may have PREDICTABLE traits at the end of a long period. Mutations that cause DEATH will be quickly weeded out of the population, for one thing. Mutations that do not support survival would go away after a short time as well.

Diversity would occur from DIFFERENT mutations that INCREASE survival chances, maybe there would be a lot of these, maybe there are only a few. This is where the real question lies.

Comment Replace Congress with H-1Bs (Score 4, Insightful) 325

Lets issue another 535 H-1B visas, take the first 535 people off of the streets in New Delhi and replace congress with them.

I bet they would come to every session, special investigation, ad-hoc committee and all have perfect attendance. They would probably do a MUCH BETTER job, since there would be little in-fighting, and they would not be indebted to some controlling political group.

Just a thought...

Comment KCDoodle (Score 1) 107

Math is my favorite subject.

The nerve cells immediately after the rods and cones in your eyes (and most other animal kingdom eyes) also perform calculus. Edge detection is done BEFORE visual stimuli makes it to your brain. The image and the edges reach your CPU at the same time. This lets you know where things start and where they end. It is a great asset when hunting chasing and running away.

However, it can get confused. This is the reason zebras have stripes and run in herds. With a large number of edges, the predator can become confused of where one zebra ends and the next zebra begins.

I did not learn this stuff in Biology class, I learned it in Robot Vision class.

Comment What about whales? (Score 1) 366

This limitation of definitely getting cancer due to not being able to beat the odds is a bad assumption at best.

At worst, it is just a way to grab headlines and get my eyes looking at advertisements on the reporter's page.

See, this same "unable to beat the odds" applies to large animals as well. The bigger an animal, the more cells, the more cells, the more chance that one of them dividing causes an irreversible cancer. Extrapolating to bigger and bigger animals, large whales should all die of cancer before they get large.

But they don't die before they get large. Some other mechanism cleans up cells that become cancerous and the same would/could apply to long lifespans.

Don't worry, if you are going to live forever, you will probably die in a car wreck sometime in your sixth century.

Comment Yum Yum. Magnetic Hallucinations... (Score 1) 269

I was fifteen when lightning stuck about 15 feet away from me.

I saw the air get bright blue, and then I was getting up off of the ground. I never heard the thunder, I felt it. The shock wave literally knocked me on my ass.

Afterward, I had three separate "epileptic episodes" where I was convinced I "SAW GOD". However, now I know that all the synapses in body brain were firing all at the same time, making me feel and think EVERYTHING at once. (((If this is death, then bring it on!)))

But alas, I know that it was just an electro-chemical response to the shock to my system. Reality can be quite a let-down when you analyze things from a scientific standpoint.

Comment Re:Many asians can't digest milk (Score 1) 309

Most mammals have a weaning process where the children normally lose the ability to digest milk. It is part of the transition away from being dependent on parents.

However, humans have affected their own evolution by habit and by necessity.

When the vast expanse of North America was being settled by Europeans (sorry Native Americans), many brought cattle and dairy animals to help settle this continent. During hard times, being able to digest milk as an adult was a significant advantage.

It has been estimated that 60% of "Old World" populations cannot properly digest milk,cheese,cream,etc.. Meanwhile, about 80% of "New World" population can effectively digest lactose products.

Remember, 94.3% of all statistics are "made up" on the spot.

Comment My Schedule (Score 1) 287

In at 8 AM, lunch usually at my desk.

Gone at 3 PM, like clockwork, maybe stay later once or twice a month.

Occasionally work an hour or two from home, usually once or twice a week.

NOTE: Hours working != Actual work accomplished.

My company knows the above inequality and leaves me alone, since I am the most productive worker here. More productive than those who put in 50 hours a week, and we are all salaried employees.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 128

This might work for nerve deafness.

However, if it is tinnitus (ringing of the ears) you are concerned with, you should check out the work of Dr. Raphael Yoesh at the University of Michigan.

Also read some of the papers written by Geoffery A Manley on the subject.

It seems that birds can regrow the hairs (cilia) in the inner ear, but mammals cannot.

Now if only I could get the hair growing out of my ears to grow in my inner ear, I would be okay. (What?) (What?)

Comment Re:Bing is an ad server. (Score 1) 514

I thought heterodyning was the process of adding the sound wave to the radio wave. I guess it also means adding one radio wave to another. (Thanks.)

When searching "simultaneous radio transmission" in SCIRUS, I do get answers about destructive wave interference. Some suggested solutions have the receiver controlling the senders, effectively multiplexing their transmissions.

There are some other interesting articles about unintentional hetrodyning of two bluetooth signals causing RF outside of the FCC allowed bandwidths. Interesting stuff.

Comment Bing is an ad server. (Score 1) 514

Well, then again so is Google.

When I want a scientific answer, not a bunch of ads. I go to SCIRUS.

Try any search engine to find out why a third walkie talkie gets feedback when two walkie talkie's "talk" keys are pressed. EVERY site will try to sell you walkie talkies. SCIRUS has the answer. (But it is so scientific I cannot figure out what the answer means.)

I bet it has something to do with destructive interference in the electromagnetic waves, and synchronizing the two walkie talkies would allow the third to hear both voices.(?) Maybe?

Comment in the database with all the "bad people" (Score 1) 103

OK, if you have EVER been printed, then you are in the database.

But that data is subdivided into many categories. There are arsonists, murders, kidnappers, organized crime members and many other sections of the database.

This is simply for faster searching. If you have a latent print at an arson scene, it would be faster to search the arsonists section FIRST, then if you do not get a match, only then do you bother searching the rest of the database.

If every search searched the entire database, all seaches would slow to a crawl and the queue to do a search would be unbearable.

Comment Re:fingerprinting (Score 1) 103

The system you used had no human being screening the results, and what you experienced was "similar fingerprints" and probably not exact matches.

For crimes at least, no person has ever been convicted on the testimony of an AFIS computer.

AFIS returns "possible matches" with in a list of most similar matches to least similar. Then a latent fingerprint examiner (a real live person) determine which print (if any) is the real match.

Also, when you watch CSI and the prints are flashing on one side of the screen while the other side of the screen displays the unknown print, is total bollocks. Fingerprints are reduced to numerical representations and THAT DATA is compared to obtain the list.

BTW, I helped create AFIS.

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