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High Speed Evolution

AK Marc Re:Falsifiability (222 comments)

Evolution is the theory that such selection mechanisms explain -all- variation, over -all- biological history.

I've never seen that as the definition. I think you are picking a fight. My only question is, Why?

2 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

AK Marc Re:Falsifiability (222 comments)

Because I'm in favor of actual science, rather than "no clear counterexamples found yet, therefore forever proven".

So gravity isn't science either.

When your argument works just as well against gravity, then you look silly. Why are you so pedantic on this point?

2 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

AK Marc Re:Falsifiability (222 comments)

Nothing could falsify evolution that doesn't equivalently falsify simple reproduction. Not quite what I'm looking for.

So you are rejecting the easy answer as "too easy" and not accepting the hard answers because they are not fully proven (because nobody else has your standards).

That leaves us wondering why you are being so pedantic about this.

Reproduction *is* evolution. Parents pass on genes to their children, who are different than their parents. Q.E.D. Whether separate populations under different evolutionary pressures will result in non-interbreeding species is not required to prove "evolution" (in the most basic sense).

Let me be clear, I am not against evolutionary processes being a very significant factor in genetic change, I am after a falsifiable definition of it. And the typical usage of "evolution can be anything, just make sure to insist there's no God" just isn't one.

You've been given some, and you reject them, like you reject reproduction being tied to evolution. There is no falsifiable definition of gravity. Any definition that's falsifiable isn't falsifiable with our technology, hence why we are looking for dark matter and dark energy. Their absence would prove gravity wrong, from what we can observe.

And many "great laws" aren't falsifiable to the standards you require. "A body in motion tends to stay in motion, a body at rest tends to stay at rest" is no more "falsfiable" than "a genetic line will tend to 'evolve' to pass on the most desired traits" But there doesn't seem to be a large anti-inertia contingent in the US.

2 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

AK Marc Re:Falsifiability (222 comments)

It has become the default assertion, mainly because it is required for the worldview stance of atheism, particularly as popularized by Dawkins et al.

What, are you an anti-atheist atheist?

4 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

AK Marc Re:Falsifiability (222 comments)

Then what has proven it false? Or are you doing proof by declaration?

4 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

AK Marc Re:Is that unreasonable? (222 comments)

Allowing inbreeding will repopulate the planet quickly. But that example of breeding speed is unrelated to the issue at hand.

4 hours ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

AK Marc Re:Do not browse on a Liinux desktop! (151 comments)

Examples?

Every Intranet I've ever used. Any company large enough to have a formal intranet on separate systems, also moved slow enough that they were all made in the stone age. Seriously, I've worked for a large telco that had the intranet integrated with everything MS and only on older IE (IE 6), so that they are still using XP now, because they are so slow to react. No, I don't work there anymore.

Everyone was also denied local admin to their own machine. So if you ran across a site that didn't work in IE, you'd have to submit a ticket for Firefox, and wait two weeks for them to approve your business case for an alternate browser, and install it remotely (which didn't work, because they had the policy to turn off computers every night for power savings, and the policy to only install software after hours, so as to not disrupt work).

I don't have their list, but they had a "defensive list" of sites that required IE6 (no newer, and no other browser) to justify staying on the old one. Hey, if everyone else coded to standards, IE6 should work, right?

6 hours ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

AK Marc Re:In B4 self-righteous twats (472 comments)

Ah, so not only did they try it, but couldn't figure out how to make it work. At least we never had workhouses and debtor prisons.

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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

AK Marc Re:Do not browse on a Liinux desktop! (151 comments)

Half of them run Windows in a VM (or otherwise emulate windows) so they can run IE, for the piles of sites written as IE-only.

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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

AK Marc Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (350 comments)

Are you really that dumb, or are you trolling?

Cuba was essentially banned from travel destinations for Americans. If you had a passport stamp from Cuba, then you were presumed a criminal, during the embargo. So, Cuba "retaliated" by stopping stamping US passports.

So how'd that work out for filtering based on passport stamps?

Also, it's estimated that 1% to 5% of Americans have multiple citizenships. So go to Libera on your "foreign" passport, and back in the US on the "clean" passport.

There are always health provisions in visa arrangements.

Baloney. Visas are agreements to go to a non-citizen country, you don't need a visa to go to the US on a US passport. So "arrangements" for health couldn't be made in a visa. Period. The US can prevent citizens from leaving, but not from re-entering.

The closest legal thing the US can do is to quarantine those who are suspicious. Quarantine all doctors for 30 days upon arrival, as well as any black-looking people. Right?

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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

AK Marc Re:Last Starfighter all over again (155 comments)

So you are asserting that on soft mud, the recoil effect won't cause a 1% error for subsequent shots?

2 days ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

AK Marc Re:Why dont they screen doctors before they come b (350 comments)

Chances are, the conversation wouldn't happen like that

Mainly because the USA has signed treaties that make it illegal to refuse entry to a citizen.

That, and when you make a self-report of risk be a metric for spreading the risk, you increase the risk and the amount of lying. But you don't help anyone. So your plan fails for many reasons.

2 days ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

AK Marc Re:$3500 fine? (280 comments)

They should have been fined 10x the "market wage" for the job, with half going to the workers, and half going to the local unemployment office.

2 days ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

AK Marc Re:IBM tries to do this too (280 comments)

You should have just said yes, and see if you could get something in writing from them. Having that would have earned you more than the job would have paid, and made interesting reading for us.

2 days ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

AK Marc Re:nationality/race of wife (213 comments)

I think one of her Vietnamese parents were of Chinese ethnicity, but anyone can play up (or down) those types of things.

2 days ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

AK Marc Re:the totalitarian synergy (213 comments)

also: his wife is Chinese

I couldn't find what citizenships she holds, if any. But she is the US born child of an immigrant from Vietnam.

2 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

AK Marc Re: Moral Imperialism (472 comments)

And words with the force of law are written faster than a fast reader can read. How can you be expected to know the law, if the law changes faster than you could read it if you never slept again? For this, I include "regulations" with force of law. Actual laws passed by Congress are readable. But they pass laws that state "anything the IRS says is law" and such, empowering regulatory agencies and others. And those rules with force of law are written much faster than humanly readable.

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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

AK Marc Re: Politics (383 comments)

in fact, nonprofits actually have a problem with maintaining nonprofit status, cause they have to find something to do with the money to keep form calling it profits.

That's a fake problem. There's no shortage of things to do with the money. One hospital I know opened a clinic in the bad part of town, with free services. There aren't many limits on the profit they make. They just can't pay it to the owners as dividends. That's about the only real no-no.

2 days ago

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House approved proposal to help block municipal broadband

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 3 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having to compete against municipal broadband networks."
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Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 6 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations."
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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 2 years ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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