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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

BenBoy Over-simplification ftw! (558 comments)

LMAO, you don't know how evolution works, do you? What possible advantage could autism provide, when it renders most afflicted persons unsociable and awkward and therefore highly unlikely to pass on their genes?

LMAO, you don't know how evolution works, do you? What possible advantage could sickle-cell anemia provide, when it renders most afflicted persons breathless and weak and prematurely dead and therefore highly unlikely to pass on their genes? The real story here is probably more complicated than this, but it's a *hell* of a lot more complicated than that.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Long Will the Internet Remember Us?

BenBoy Ebert Essay (126 comments)

Roger Ebert wrote a poignant essay on this topic about a year before his own death. In the essay, he explores just what information about someone means, divorced from actually knowing that person. Check it out; it's a keeper. Merry Christmas.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

BenBoy Don't forget the router ... (408 comments)

You may want to consider alternative DNS servers like OpenDNS on the router.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

BenBoy Re:If it is simple use (408 comments)

Disclaimer, I wrote this on the commode with a nexus 7.

Had to read that three times before it stopped coming out "I wrote this on a Commodore with a Nexus 7 "

about 9 months ago

Real-Time Radio Search Engine From Music Industry's Nemesis

BenBoy Why google doesn't do this? (59 comments)

Kinda wonder why Google hasn't done this

Their business model? Google sells on-demand access to a large-ish music catalog; I assume they don't want to compete with themselves ...

about 10 months ago

Another Climate-Change Retraction

BenBoy blunder? (479 comments)

... makes a nearly identical blunder ...

It's not a blunder. That's the big lie: that it's an honest difference of opinion. The rest is minor detail.

1 year,6 days

What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

BenBoy Darn it ... (322 comments)

Games. Right there on the list . Nevermind.

1 year,17 days

What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

BenBoy missing option (322 comments)

Video games. Yeah, I know, it says holodeck ... call me when they port Portal to it.

1 year,17 days

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

BenBoy Starve the children (1255 comments)

I, myself, only feed my child what the poorest kids in the world eat. How else will I stay motivated? My child may not have chosen to do this, but wtf, he's only an object in my self-motivational strategy, right? Tomorrow, I plan to shoot at him until all the worlds violence stops as well. I'm only thinking of the children. Well, all except the one I'm in charge of.

1 year,21 days

Dishwasher-Size, 25kW Fuel Cell In Development

BenBoy 80% *including* waste heat (379 comments)

Great, so if you use the waste heat it throws off, you can get 80% efficiency. How is this different from the efficiency of using a Bunsen burner-heated teakettle to turn a little turbine for power, and claiming the waste heat as usable energy? Plus there's the entertainment value of the whistling sound of the kettle itself ... What are the figures without the waste heat thrown in? RTFA was no help ...

about a year ago

Australian Air Force's Recruiting Puzzle Shown To Be Unsolvable

BenBoy A strange game ... (113 comments)

... the only winning move is not to play.

about a year ago

DNA Fog Helps Identify Trespassers, Thieves, and Brigands

BenBoy Splendid (129 comments)

Just splendid -- giant mutant criminals. What say we just pelt them with radioactive spiders and have done with it?

about a year ago

India To Send World's Last Telegram

BenBoy Re:MIGRATING (205 comments)

dies irae dies illa solvet seclum in favilla.

... Requiem for Telegraph ...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

BenBoy Re:naive (614 comments)

Good question, but I prefer questions I know the answers to. Corporate short-term thinking is ruining, well, everything, and I have no idea what to do with that (not being the king).

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

BenBoy naive (614 comments)

Now, my question is: what happened to that money they saved? Even a small portion of the money saved over the years could be used to upgrade ancient systems to modern standards.

Yeah, or you could use it to hire a second pool-boy, no?

Now my question: What does upgrading IE have to do with enhancing shareholder value this quarter?

about a year ago

New OpenWRT Drops Support For Linux 2.4, Low-Mem Devices

BenBoy Re:Brilliant (194 comments)

Raspberry Pi? Sounds like a plan for a rather cheap, capable repeater bridge to me, even if I don't feel like replacing my dinosaur 54GL. And if temperature is any indication (hint: it is), it's a heck of a lot more power efficient too.

about a year ago

Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies

BenBoy Re:Immigration (484 comments)

I think your outrage is appropriate, but your conclusion is I think a little off (if I'm understanding it). The problem, as I see it, is that we take people in for jobs who cannot reasonably quit -- cheap STEM labor. This drives down the price for labor in these fields both for the H1B holders and for US citizens in these fields as well. It is a system that is manifestly advantageous for the companies involved; but disadvantageous for their workers. I do think the missing piece here is a path to citizenship (yes, there already exists a narrow, winding, trap-laden path). I don't think the problem would be so vexing if the workers involved could leave their posts at the end of three to six years without leaving (and draining that talent from) this country. So, not "H1B's for all", so much as "green cards for all (or at least most) successful H1B holders as a brass ring.

about a year and a half ago



New Fossils from Human Forebearers

BenBoy BenBoy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BenBoy writes "

After 15 years of rumors, researchers in the U.S. and Ethiopia made public fossils from a 4.4-million-year-old human forebearer they say reveal that our earliest ancestors were more modern than scholars assumed and deepens the evolutionary gulf separating humankind from today's apes and chimpanzees.

The real stunner, here, is that the fossils look a lot more 'human' than they do 'chimp'. It seems that the apes may have been the ones who underwent the greatest changes in phenotype after the two lines diverged."
Link to Original Source


voting machines: NYT Sunday Magazine article

BenBoy BenBoy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BenBoy (615230) writes "Voting machines surface again in the Times. The article ranges from sage to pretty silly, depending on paragraph, but in the end, the author (and the voting districts on which he reports) arrive at a solution that's in accord with my own "best answer": optical scan (oops, retroactive spoiler alert :-)."


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