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Comment Wouldn't you need (Score 1) 242

the histones within the reproductive cells to be modified though?

I can totally picture how this could happen for conventional non-reproductive cell division, but that generally doesn't affect at all offsprings.

I'm not saying that you're wrong, I'm just really wondering how that's happening.

Comment Re:Actual processor speed (Score 1) 215

Benchmarks are pretty much the only reliable performance measure these days (e.g., SPEC CPU). Frequency is only part of the equation - best example these days is an Atom processor running at the same frequency as a Celeron and being 2-3x slower.

Also, while the vast majority of server apps work well on multi-core, desktop apps aren't quite there yet.

Comment Actual processor speed (Score 1) 215

Except that actual processor speed went off Moore's curve a while back ... While transistor densities have gone up (mostly) according to schedule, actual processor speed has not.

Your argument is good, and AFAIK processor makers use it to a certain extent, it's just that the percentages are a bit smaller.

Comment Allow me to quote from the communist manifesto (Score 3, Informative) 504

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all right of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralisation of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production

The communist manifesto clearly advocates for a very strong, dictatorial state, which has total control over the infrastructure, capital and economy. It also includes socially-progressive measures, such as abolition of child labor and free education.

To my knowledge, the USSR did do pretty much all this stuff. So where exactly is your statement that The USSR never had anything approaching what Marx or Engels agitated for coming from?

Comment P2P (Score 1) 141

IMHO, what they really need is a good P2P protocol to handle streaming media. Storage is not nearly as much of a problem as the bandwidth required. A 1 TB hdd can be had for 100$. 5-way replication - 500$. Still peanuts compared to the cost of actually serving it.

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