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Judge Declares Federal Healthcare Plan (Partly) Unconstitutional

HBoar Re:Surprise move? (1505 comments)

And that's why a system of government based on a written constitution is a bad idea....

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:I for one (435 comments)

Seriously, how is this flamebait? Maybe 'gayling' isn't a terribly PC term for what I am talking about, but the OP coined it, not me. I'm not sure how postulating that an experiment that would answer a much studied question (i.e. the influences of nature/nurture on homosexuality) would be interesting counts as flaimebait....

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:I for one (435 comments)

Two gay people of the same sex can not currently have children that are decended from both of them, are you suggesting that they can?

If you are meaning that gay men have children with gay women, then maybe they do, but it's possible that gay men and gay women are gay through different causes.

So no, there isn't enough data. Otherwise there wouldn't be so many studies being done on the subject.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:I for one (435 comments)

Presumably the person/animal the OP was referring to is called a gayling because it's parents were gay. If you RTFA, you'll see that it suggests that gay couples could have offspring using a technique similar to the one performed with the mice.

I'm not trying to be offensive to anyone -- I'm just saying that such a procedure has the potential to clear up the whole nature/nurture debate in the case of homosexuality.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:Monstrous fetuses will prevent it (435 comments)

Why? You may belive that there is some fundamental difference between humans and other animals, but myself and many others do not. That doesn't make us uncivilised.

On the other hand, I don't think we as a species need any additional vectors for reproducing -- we seem to do well enough as it is...

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:Some scientific pursuits we should refrain from (435 comments)

No, I don't agree. And what does it have to do with making human-animal hybrids? And what would be wrong with that, anyway? I'd do that -- well, I don't have the knowledge to be able to, but I certainly wouldn't protest if someone else did it. Surely you can see the advantage of having a human head/brain and the body of a horse?

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:Close, but no cigar (435 comments)

It does go on to propose that invitro fertilisation could be used, wiht a female only used for incubation. Presumably it's not outside the realms of possiblity for an incubator capable of this being created in the future, so the whole process may not need a female.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:Is YY possible? (435 comments)

Well, someone has to back those trailers....

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:I for one (435 comments)

Would a gayling be gay itself? Potentially quite an interesting experiment.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Create Mice From 2 Fathers

HBoar Re:Is YY possible? (435 comments)

"We can rebuild them -- We have the technology" ---????

more than 3 years ago
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Doubling of CO2 Not So Tragic After All?

HBoar Re:Asking the right question (747 comments)

I agree that is the correct question to be asking, but I don't think the answer is clear cut yet. I'm not a 'climate change denier' either. I certainly think that it is prudent to cut emmisions as much as possible in the mean time, as indications are that our emmisions are at least partly to blame for observed changes in the climate.

I think anyone who states climate predictions with certain terms like 'no' or 'yes' is jumping the gun. There are papers out there that indicate that by pumping GHGs into the atmosphere, we are holding back an impending ice-age. They are in the minority, and I certainly wouldn't like to stake my reputation on them, but they are science, and they aren't all based on doctored data like some 'climate denier' papers are. The fact is, the answer to your question really comes down to the assumptions you make in creating your model. Wwe have to validate more of these assumptions before it can be definitively answered.

more than 3 years ago
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Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park

HBoar Re:Hell, no (648 comments)

A scientific theory has nothing to do with religion. Ever seen a church of the second law of thermodynamics? Someone worshiping the god of relativity? No. Just because somehting isn't "Proven" doesn't mean that the only reason to believe in it is 'faith' -- we can use evidence to base our beliefs on. If you don't want your government spending money on education, i.e. science, you are a very backwards person.

more than 3 years ago
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For 18 Minutes, 15% of the Internet Routed Through China

HBoar Re:The Invasion of the Chineeese Terror! (247 comments)

Well said. And they harp on about how every other country should be 'free and democratic' like them, while they live in a country with some laws that seem downright oppessive compared to many other countries. And if they were really keen on democracy, they'd be using something more like the westminster system (i.e. a real democracy).

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

HBoar Re:Don't buy cheap.... (1140 comments)

That's fine if you want a large laptop. But if you want a small one (like 13", which for me is just the right size), it's getting harder and harder to find one with a screen more than 768 pixels high.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

HBoar Re:Solution (1140 comments)

More room, yes. But with a 16:9 screen, you have room in the horizontal direction to burn, but none in the vertical direction. I have my windows 7 bar on the left on my 1360x768 13" laptop, and while it does take up more pixels, it takes up far less useful area. Of course, it only works if you don't mind only having icons for your running programs (no text). Not ideal but I'm getting used to it.

more than 3 years ago
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Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

HBoar Re:Life (?) (575 comments)

Agreed. All these articles should be talking about the Goldilocks zone supporting life AS WE KNOW IT, not life in general. Seeing as we only have a sample size of one, we have absolutely no idea what conditions are needed for life.

more than 3 years ago
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Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

HBoar Re:why do stable chances increase the likelyhood? (575 comments)

I think you're partially right -- The evolution of resilient life forms is driven by change. However, if the change was not present, resiliency become redundant.

more than 3 years ago
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Jet Packs, Finally On Sale

HBoar Re:I've always wondered (132 comments)

3. have never been demonstrated to function in "jet pack-ish fashion"

Except for all those times that it HAS been demonstrated to function in a "jet pack-ish fashion"..... Videos are available on their website.

the martin approach doesn't work (yet?).

I think a few companies like Bell, Robinson, Eurocopter, Kaman, Sikorsky etc. would disagree. Rotary wing aircraft are quite common, and work well. This jetpack is just a small helicopter using ducted fans -- there is nothing particularly special about it. Again, it's just the control system that is innovative in that their aim is to allow a layman to fly it. If you want to argue that that aspect isn't possible, that's fine, maybe it wont be. But by arguing that the machine cannot fly to a reasonable height for a reasonable distance, you're essentially saying that helicopters don't work.

As for an emotional investment in the 'coolfactor' -- I don't think so. I don't actually think it has a 'coolfactor', it's a stupid machine that Martin has wasted a lot of time and money on, which he will likely never get back.... That doesn't change the fact that it works.

about 4 years ago
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Jet Packs, Finally On Sale

HBoar Re:I've always wondered (132 comments)

OK, maybe I need to reiterate my statement that I know engineers working on the project, and have seem it fly with my own eyes. It could match the specs that you're talking about YEARS ago, but it didn't even have the ballistic parachute at that stage, so no one was stupid enough to actually TRY it just to make morons like you believe them. A large part of an engineers job (a professional engineer, not a fitter/turner...) is to determine the performance of something before a such a time that it can actually be demonstrated safely.

The fact is, that the part of the machine that determines these specs you are so hung up on is fairly conventional -- there is no aspect of it that you or anyone else couldn't prove to be incapable of achieving the stated specs if that were the case. It's just a small helicopter with two ducted fans instead of blades. Really a very basic machine. What makes it different is the CONTROL system, which enables people who are not expert helicopter pilots to safely fly the thing. This HAS been demonstrated -- they had a journalist flying it around a field after a couple hours instruction.

A healthy dose of skepticism is a great thing, but you're just being a bonehead.

about 4 years ago

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