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First Lab Demonstration That the Ability To Evolve Can Itself Evolve

Kahlandad Re:Well yeah. Why wouldn't it? (72 comments)

That's like saying change can change. It's meaningless.

That's exactly what I told my calculus prof.

about a year ago
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First Lab Demonstration That the Ability To Evolve Can Itself Evolve

Kahlandad Re:For A Better World (72 comments)

Paradoxically, that would require a miracle.

about a year ago
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First Lab Demonstration That the Ability To Evolve Can Itself Evolve

Kahlandad Re:Simon G. Powell (72 comments)

"He goes into depth on evolution, and how it's inherently intelligent"

I can't fathom why so many people buy into this junk.

Because it's an easy intellectual compromise to make.

about a year ago
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How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

Kahlandad You know what they say... (263 comments)

It's not the fall that kills you, it's the sudden ...oh wait, it IS the fall that kills you.

about a year ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air

Kahlandad Re:I gotta admit (471 comments)

You paid for it knowing the OS limitations imposed on it by the manufacturer. They never tried to fool you into thinking it was an open platform. I don't see how this could be, in any way, considered to be "abusive" behavior.

about a year ago
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Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Kahlandad Re:Oh, I totally agree... (791 comments)

So it didn't do video over Micro USB then.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Kahlandad Re:I can only say one thing... (317 comments)

GP was the one who called it a "diamond" rather than a D-pad or cross. As another poster pointed out, he may have been commenting on the layout of the A, B, X, Y buttons. If that's the case, then I misunderstood him, but nobody calls the buttons a "diamond", either.

The Colecovision did NOT have a flat D-pad style controller... it had a joystick. Get educated before trying to get smart.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Kahlandad Re:I can only say one thing... (317 comments)

Yeah, because communication wasn't invented until the internet. We just sat around with tape on our mouths with no means to express our opinions.

There was a console before the SNES called the NES. People didn't immediately jump on it because 1) it was released just after the massive video game crash of '83 and 2) nobody had heard of Mario before ("You mean that dude from Donkey Kong had a name?") 3) it was expensive and came with a stupid robot and 4) it had a weird control pad instead of a joystick.

Look it up sometime when you aren't too busy spouting off your ignorance to everyone.

about a year ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Kahlandad Re:I can only say one thing... (317 comments)

When people first saw the diamond on the NES control pad, they said "The controller design is awful. Why the fuck would you get rid of the traditional joystick?"

I personally have mixed feelings about the controller, but I'm at least willing to wait to give it a try before passing judgement on it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

Kahlandad Re:Liar (488 comments)

The max iOS that the original iPad can run is iOS 5.1.1, so he must be talking about a later model. That being said, I downgraded my iPhone 5 to 6.1.4 after playing around with iOS 7, so you're comment is wrong regardless.

about a year ago
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First Gear Mechanism Discovered In Nature

Kahlandad Re:B effing S (136 comments)

You are making the assertion that these gear-like structures are proof of a creator, so how do you differentiate between living structures that are created and living structures that evolved? These particular structures are proof? How so? How do you define complexity and what order of complexity is the threshold for what could have evolved and what you assert must have been created?

In order for this to be accepted as proof by anyone other than yourself and your cult, you need to provide detail and methodology that can be used to complete testable research. Until then, it's nothing more than your assertion that somehow you are capable of looking at morphological structures and making the determination as to what had to be created by the finger of god and what is "too simple" to have required divine intervention.

Again, how do you tell the difference between a living structure that was designed and one that evolved?

about a year ago
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'Half' of 2012's Extreme Weather Impacted By Climate Change

Kahlandad Re:Same happens with politics (417 comments)

My Xtremes begin with an X, you lightweight...

about a year ago
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Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"

Kahlandad Re: Trayvon Martin can Life Forever (588 comments)

"Why do people keep spouting this nonsense?"

Because it's easier to repeat a lie than to accept the truth...

about a year ago
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Great White Shark RFID/Satellite Tracking Shows Long Journeys, Many Beach Visits

Kahlandad Re:Thank god!! (86 comments)

Wait... you mean this isn't the only shark in the ocean? Someone should tell the researchers!

about a year ago
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Great White Shark RFID/Satellite Tracking Shows Long Journeys, Many Beach Visits

Kahlandad Thank god!! (86 comments)

Think of all the disasters that the research team averted by alerting authorities that a shark was close to the shore! It would have been a blood bath for sure!

about a year ago
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Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

Kahlandad Re:Hmmm... wavelength correction (92 comments)

First of all, "The GFP from A. victoria has a major excitation peak at a wavelength of 395 nm and a minor one at 475 nm." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_fluorescent_protein.
395 nm is near UV. Whenever we used unaltered GFP in the lab, we used UV lamps to excite it. You can use a blue light to excite the minor excitation peak, but then you really have to screw around with filters, especially if you want to photograph it. The blue light needs to be so bright that it overpowers the green fluorescence and makes it very difficult to see without filters. Unless there are specific reasons to avoid exposing your subject to UV, it's much easier to just use a black light.

Second of all, there are many, many forms of GFP available (so much so that GFP, which stands for Green Fluorescent Protein, isn't a very accurate name anymore). Some of them have excitation peaks in the UV range, others within visible light. You can custom order GFP based on the excitation and emission spectra that you would like to use for your experiment. Saying that it only fluoresces under *blue* light is a blanket statement that is entirely inaccurate.

about a year ago
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Has Anyone Seen My Rabbit?

Kahlandad Re:Hmmm... could this be a solution...? (92 comments)

They aren't phosphorescent (what most people consider to be 'glow in the dark'), they are fluorescent. They only glow under UV (black light) exposure.

about a year ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

Kahlandad Re:not surprised at racism and naive WASPs (1737 comments)

From the Wikipedia link you just submitted:

"Stalking can be defined as the willful and repeated following, watching and/or harassing of another person. Unlike other crimes, which usually involve one act, stalking is a series of actions that occur over a period of time."

about a year and a half ago
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Confirmed: Water Once Flowed On Mars

Kahlandad Re:Just to play devil's advocate (113 comments)

There is no "final confirmation" in science... assumptions can not made as long as evidence for or against a hypothesis can be gathered. While there certainly is a large 'pool' of data (sorry, couldn't resist) that water once flowed on Mars, we're still a ways off from knowing that with absolute certainty. That's the main difference between science and religion.

about a year and a half ago

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