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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

DamnOregonian Re:Rude Bastard! (379 comments)

You complete waste of skin. Turn off the computer and get off the internet. The moron quotient was met decades ago on the internet.

That you presume to judge my intelligence is frankly the most offensive thing you've said. You're garbage.

Log off and vanish.

The prosecution rests ;)

Maybe you're right though, the smartest people I know often resort to ad hominem attacks when they've got a good argument... cough.

about a week ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

DamnOregonian Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

Obviously is offspring is less resilient, no special mechanism is necessarily needed. Just the mother being under stress herself (nutrition) may cause the less resilient to "not pull through" in the womb.

Correct

It is my opinion that the male is the less resilient of the two sexes in any case, illustrated by their lower life expectancy

While you could possible be correct, the evidence is inconclusive as to whether it's an inherent biological aspect, or simply the effect of more dangerous socio-environmental factors upon the statistical average. It's my opinion that the genders are about evenly resilient, biologically speaking- exceptions being given to things like increased vulnerability to certain cancers due to degradation of Y chromosome among smokers, etc.

about a week ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

DamnOregonian Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

It need not even be the brain. Could simply be some highly evolved hormone feedback loop among a myriad of tissues spread throughout her body. The body is full of them.

about a week ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

DamnOregonian Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

I'm not misunderstanding the nature of evolution. We're arguing over the methodology of it, and one of its drivers - Natural Selection, and whether not competition between organisms is a de facto driving force of it, or de jure. Absent all competition of any form, evolution will still occur. Genomes will change, mutation is a constant. It's certainly true that inter/intra-species competition helps direct Natural Selection toward a defined path, but the environment alone is enough, and still evolution will continue without it.

I can't fulfill your request from earlier, because you present an impossible scenario, and ask me to provide an example of said impossible scenario in order to disprove your hypothesis. That's a ridiculous request. Instead I'll simply provide you with the understanding of what evolution *is*. Simply a change in the inherited characteristics of populations over successive generations; and what Natural Selection is: Simply a change in heritable traits driven by the function of the organism's traits and their reproductive success vs. their environment. The fact that competition exists between organisms is just an aspect of our environment.

What competition led to blue eyes? Green? Red hair? Blonde?
Why does simple genetic drift require competition?
Why is that not evolution, by your definition?

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

DamnOregonian Re:Rude Bastard! (379 comments)

Read that again and then comment please... you'll sound less stupid.

What is up with people being completely unable to read?

So you too have reading comprehension issues? Listen, idiots...

The instant you fuck with that... that is gone. You doubtless crypto communistic environmental policy will at best serve a communist agenda. But the environment will actually get trashed by your ideas. Look at the soviets. Communists don't give a shit about the environment... because it is a stupid economic model and they're always poor. And poor people don't care about the environment.

Twit.

You completely missed the point. Good work.

You fuck up the economy = no one gives a shit about the environment.

Do you logic?

Do you see, dude? You're a completely incorrigible shitbag. And just to top it off, you're not even that damn smart. You keep conflating people seeing you as stupid as an indictment against their literacy. I remember some of the less bright children in school playing that same card.

I mean, really? Communistic environmental policy? Are you truly so dense as to ascribe it to a socio-economic model? Can you truly not fire up the logic centers in that lump of decaying mass you call a brain to try to deduce a more accurate model for the effect you have noted? If you think you're the only one who can read, perhaps that says something about you.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

DamnOregonian Re:Rude Bastard! (379 comments)

Is the ability to read something you associate with having small genitals?

Not at all... Is that really what you think I was criticizing you for? I think I've found your problem, if so.
I'm beginning to wonder if you have in fact been reading your own posts or not. I'm starting to think you misjudge your own literacy.

about a week ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

DamnOregonian Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

The obvious counter-argument to the obvious argument to my claim, is that natural selection will statistically favor some random path towards increased heritability of the genome. Not the best, not the easiest, not the cheapest. It's random. Cooperative co-evolution exists all over the place. Multi-celled organisms are a perfect example of evolution choosing cooperation instead of competition between individuals. People who think otherwise may as well believe in Creationism.

It's important not to conflate a specific evolutionary direction suited for increased fitness in the face of insufficient resources with Natural Selection itself. While selfishness and aggression may be an example of Natural Selection, they are not defining factors of it. I believe that will become apparent as our species continues to progress and resource shortages (hopefully) continue to become less.

about a week ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

DamnOregonian Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

You are ridiculously off-base.
Natural Selection is an inherently random process that statistically moves forward against environmental barriers. Any competition that exists is against the environment, which can, but does not need to consist of individuals in your species, or any other. Any first-year college evolutionary biology class will try very hard to drive this point home into your head.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

DamnOregonian Re:Rude Bastard! (379 comments)

He was right, though. You really are a pompous pile of shit when it comes to social interactions. Just enough intelligence to turn a serious case of tiny-cock syndrome terminal.

about two weeks ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

DamnOregonian Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

This is an unfortunate and common misunderstanding of evolution. It isn't remotely competitive. The environment is competitive. The method of evolution can indeed exist and flourish without any competition between fellows. Natural selection can find many ways to improve the reproductive fitness of organisms, and in many cases, too much intraspecies competition can indeed be a negative pressure.

about two weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

DamnOregonian Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

The iPod did in fact require the iTunes software to be used, which can be argued to be nearly analogous to the iTunes store. Tying products to your monopolized market is an anti-competitive practice, by case law (ask Microsoft). The allure of the iPod provides allure to the iTunes store, simply by it having to be installed to use the iPod, allowing it to compete where it may not actually be competitive in its market.
Tying razor blades to your razor is legal, but only as long as you don't have a dominant market position.

about two weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

DamnOregonian Re:Oh, the entitlement... (246 comments)

While you're correct that the highest market share isn't automatically a monopoly, you are falling prey to the blunder of being too literal. For US law, (Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts) a literal monopoly need not be present. 74% of the market place with the largest competitor having less than 5% is a "Dominant Market Position", and monopolization via "Tying Products". Microsoft can tell you all about it.

about two weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

DamnOregonian Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

Sure do. A 74% market share is a monopoly.
If 74 out of 100 personal audio players are single-vendor, it doesn't matter how many different vendors account for those other 26.

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

DamnOregonian Re: Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

http://presentationzen.blogs.c...
Yawn.
Are you now going to say, "but that is 2005!"
Apple didn't have to force anything on anyone. That's not what antitrust laws are about. The fact is, they used their leverage of a monopoly in one market to harm players in another market.

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

DamnOregonian Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

Should have been written as *personal* media players, and yes, they did.
It is absolutely true that their product was good, but that is in no way relevant to antitrust discussions. Monopoly, whether by-merit, or not, is still subject to special rules with regard to penetration in other market places.

Not a single other point you made is even relevant.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

DamnOregonian Re:...an hour?.. (525 comments)

To not travel in time, you would have to raise the speed limit^H^H^H^H^H to c

Physicist'd that for you.

Restored sanity to the universe for you.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

DamnOregonian Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

Their vehicles are also more highly maintained.

I don't live in Germany, but my closest friend since about the age of 18 does, and I can say with absolute certainty, based upon the pictures she sends me of there, and her own personal vehicle, that my anecdote would not match yours.
My guess is that's more a function of affluence, which is in fact one of the few metrics we do win in.

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

DamnOregonian Re:Less likely, less dangerous. (525 comments)

Unless of course the function determining probability of Elk-Road encounter were a function of distance rather than time... My head hurts too much to try to figure it out, but it seems likely to me that it is.

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

DamnOregonian Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

You've illustrated the exact problem. The fact that their players worked with MP3s is not the problem. The fact that they were leveraging their monopoly in digital players to advance a format that stifled competition is. Anyone who purchased that material was harmed by those practices, illegal if you're a monopoly, at least allegedly so. The courts will decide, ultimately.

about three weeks ago

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