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Comment Re:When brains work for the wrong boss ... (Score 1) 96

No, Ms. Caracristi worked at the right place at the right time (I had met her too). During the Cold War the rules were very different from what they are today and little consideration was given by anyone in the intelligence community of collecting against domestic targets unless they had a specific target in mind and unless they were prepared to get a court warrant first. And there were very strict rules in the CANUKUS community for handling what was called "incidental intercept" of domestic comms. But it all seemed to change when the Cold War ended and the ECHELON satellite collection system made it so very easy to collect against non-military targets.

Comment Re:Giving your life away (Score 1) 23

You're flat-out an idiot if you give your DNA to any database of any kind anywhere.

I disagree. The "standard" 67 Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Y-chromosome markers used for paternal-line genealogy are perfectly safe, with one exception. The exception is an extremely rare mutation of one of the markers (DYS410) which carries significant medical information, but it is so rare I have never heard of anyone having this mutation (although someone must have or we wouldn't know about it). So Y-chromosome testing for genealogical purposes is pretty safe. Dozens, hundreds, even thousands of men all share the same values for these 67 markers.

Comment Re:Like the Bible (Score 1) 622

So it's more like the Bible, then?

Amen to that! But I assume you are talking only about the New Testament of the Christian Bible, officially compiled and rewritten by some committee in the 4th century A.D. from prior works, some of which were composed before the birth of Jesus but which were not included in the Old Testament.

Comment Re:Which string theory? (Score 2) 148

Anyone interested in other aspects of this question should read (if they haven't already) "The Trouble with Physics" by Lee Smolin (New York, 2007). He used to be at the Perimeter Institute (maybe still is). Smolin's book isn't just about the physics but also about the sociology of some of the physicists. A good read.

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