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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

AlreadyStarted Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

But there is a strong dogma that genetics is not a factor in the observed disparity in measurable intelligence between sub-Saharan Black Africans and Ashkenazi Jews. This dogma doesn't have any scientific basis that I'm aware of; the best that can be said is that we don't (yet?) understand all the many factors that affect intelligence.

I believe the "dogma" you refer to is the scientific method. The position you are describing (I'm not implying you're taking it) posits a causal relationship exists between the totality of sub-Saharan Black African genetic heritage and lower comparative intelligence with respect to another group.

This is extremely difficult to show, and in my opinion rightfully receives criticism unrelated to it's social implications.

about a month and a half ago

Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

AlreadyStarted Re:Various hacking tools? (224 comments)

It really does not require any more skill. If hacking were allowed, it would come down to who has the fastest computer and lowest ping to the server.

You've just described high frequency trading.

about 2 months ago

Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

AlreadyStarted Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

I had a rental in France a few years back, the in-dash computer reported fuel efficiency in L/100km. I guess someone already solved the units problem. I think it was a Renault.

about 4 months ago

Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

AlreadyStarted Swift RT does not have GC (315 comments)

Swift is a strongly-typed language, that operates inside a runtime with garbage collection.

There is no GC in iOS. Also the GC in OS X is deprecated. Swift uses Automatic Reference Counting which is something... completely different.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

AlreadyStarted Re:"in modern web development" (246 comments)

You don't need higher math, algorithms, and data structures in web development.

Much of the javascript I see is far heavier on these items than the avionics code I encounter at work. Also I don't know how a person could do anything technical at all without an understanding of these three items, in any field. They are synonymous with tools, methods, and materials.

about a year ago

Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

AlreadyStarted one obvious update is available.. (241 comments)

Mavericks is a free update from SL. My mac came with Leopard originally, and runs Mavericks fine.

about 10 months ago

Intel Launches 'Galileo,' an Arduino-Compatible Mini Computer

AlreadyStarted more the better (130 comments)

I know there will be haters, but the more corporate interest and entries in this category the better in my opinion. And if it happens to forward the interests of Intel, more power to them.

about a year ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

AlreadyStarted Content Width (1191 comments)

Please let the content scale horizontally with the window size. It's so skinny as-is it's painful. And the always there top bar is incredibly annoying imo, just more javascript to lag.

about a year ago

Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices

AlreadyStarted Re: Topology (378 comments)

I don't think this is true anymore since T-moble refarmed it's spectrum to support the iPhone. Now T-moble and ATT are largely 3G compatible in many areas.

about a year ago

Ballmer To Retire

AlreadyStarted Re:Disagree (633 comments)

Most markets don't turn into monopolies. There's nothing natural about them, and they're highly inefficient.

Nature is entirely monopolistic. If one organism is superior in an ecosystem, it will completely crowd out all competition until all resources are consumed and it dies due to starvation. A lesson that can be learned form this is that the more diverse ecosystems are more robust. I imagine some parallels can be drawn in business.

about a year and a half ago

Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

AlreadyStarted Re:not surprising (280 comments)

THe other one is my wife's so it isn't running Linux.

My wife's laptop is running Debian 7. What's up with your wife? :)

My guess is his is not imaginary.

about a year and a half ago

Urban Terror Code Stolen

AlreadyStarted Re:Well what do you know.... (264 comments)

Trying to sell something that can be got for free is unlikely to be highly profitable.

Bottled Water.

about a year and a half ago

Elementary OS 0.2 "Luna" Released

AlreadyStarted Re:What's new? (117 comments)

More like someone wanted something different from what was already available, and put their desire into a project that created something new. Good for them. Hacker spirit and all.

about a year and a half ago

iPhone Hacked In Under 60 Seconds Using Malicious Charger

AlreadyStarted Re:Jailbreak exploit opportunity (170 comments)

The "modified charger" they describe is in fact a computer.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Profit Falls 22% But iPhone Sales Are Up

AlreadyStarted Re:Margin compression (251 comments)

Aaaaand not even that. After adjusting for channel inventory reduction (in order to increase retail efficiency or prep for new product cycle) the actual sales are pretty flat (down 3%). Here's the statement from Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um, as quoted by AppleInsider.

"As for the iPad, shipments were down 14 percent year over year, but when adjusting for reductions in channel inventory, the true drop-off was just 3 percent. Um believes iPad sales were likely soft in the U.S. and Europe, as Apple highlighted double-digit growth in China, Japan, Canada, Russia, Latin America, the Middle East, and India."

about a year and a half ago

OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

AlreadyStarted Re:Malware (173 comments)

Looks like holding shift while starting safari solves the problem. No browser reset required. Holding shift tells safari not to open previously open tabs/windows.

about a year and a half ago

OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

AlreadyStarted Malware (173 comments)

Is this really malware? It's just a webpage with annoying javascript...

about a year and a half ago

Apple Renews Contract With Samsung Over A-Series Processors

AlreadyStarted Re:Pick a rumor, any rumor: (101 comments)

Yup, my opinion is that these analysts are fishing for clicks and have no idea what is going on. At least that's what sources familiar with the matter tell me.

about a year and a half ago


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