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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

Kythe Re:No surprise (218 comments)

I believe you are right when it comes to having an ability to override baser instincts with long-term concerns. However, I do believe humans consistently underestimate how much evolved behaviors play a part in our lives. The most salient example, of course, is the "tabula rasa" belief system that one encounters from time to time (in my experience, particularly among activists who see hypotheses of behaviors having a genetic origin as threatening to attempts to modify those behaviors).

Some researchers have, in fact, argued that altruism, empathy, etc. - behaviors that inherently involve longer-term goals from a selfish point-of-view - are also evolved traits. Which traits are expressed most strongly in a given person is probably itself a combination of nature and nurture...

2 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Kythe Re:Beyond what humans can do (708 comments)

The great thing about science and scientific predictions: in the end, whether it's right or wrong doesn't depend upon your political biases.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Kythe Re:Beyond what humans can do (708 comments)

You will be remembered for your contributions on this issue, I'm sure. What I'm not sure about is whether you'll like how you're remembered.

about three weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Kythe Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Yep. it's exhausting keeping up with these young whippersnappers.

about a month ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Kythe Re:As long as... (376 comments)

I think you need to re-read the post above yours.

about a month ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

Kythe Re:BLINDED BY SCIENCE !! (315 comments)

And you're probably right. On the other hand, history is littered with the dust of skeptics whose names have been forgotten, while the names of many of those they attacked are remembered. Which is as it should be: while skeptics are often right, knee-jerk skepticism is also a particularly risk-free approach to things, isn't it? These researchers will have a chance to prove their results further, and others will attempt to replicate. We'll see what happens.

about a month and a half ago
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Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

Kythe Re:stealing power ? (138 comments)

Exactly. It's like saying a telescope sucks power out of whatever it looks at. Electromagnetic radiation doesn't work that way.

about a month and a half ago
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Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

Kythe Re: What a world we live in (138 comments)

I don't think so. This isn't like siphoning energy from the E-field around a power line (which actually does result in loss of power): electromagnetic signals are radiated away and go to heating the environment if they're not received.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Kythe Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

While true, many satellite earth stations require dishes that track satellites in order to provide an uplink (depends upon the band and the satellite system used). Within reason, a system can maintain a lock under a variety of circumstances. A hit from a missile and the resultant, immediate aircraft disintegration probably presents a situation that would make such a lock exceedingly difficult to maintain.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Kythe Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

I work in this field (aeronautical communications, including satellite systems), and specifically with FAA personnel who are tasked with knowing and regulating such systems (spectrum managers). What I'm saying comes directly as an answer from them in response to a query about why we don't do exactly as you suggest. It's not merely a question of the total satellite bandwidth available. Satellite bandwidth is used for a lot of things, remember -- and only a small subset is used for protected aeronautical satellite (AMS(R)S) assignments. It's not as simple as you suggest.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Kythe Re:Who benefits (503 comments)

I won't even rate this one as "nice try".

about 2 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Kythe Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

I'd think there would be an additional consideration, though: BUK and similar systems are "transponder aware", and thus will avoid hitting civilian aircraft by default. Whoever fired this would have had to know the system well enough to disable transponder sensing.

about 2 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Kythe Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

It's not a matter of technology. It's a matter of satellite bandwidth, given the number of flights in the air. One possible solution has been developed that predicts imminent disaster and rapidly commences data upload. I'm not sure whether that would work in the case of a missile attack, though.

about 2 months ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

Kythe Re:Derp (168 comments)

Stupidity, bigotry, and grammar violations all in a two-line post. I suppose that's par for the course. Kids these days.

about 2 months ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

Kythe Re:Meanwhile In Humans... (157 comments)

You might also need to eliminate caste effects--as far as we know, a uniquely human thing that may affect the expression of base intelligence.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

Kythe Re:WUWT (441 comments)

I'm sorry...did you think you were responding to the post above you? Because nowhere did I see a refutation of what Burz wrote regarding WUWT (which was linked to in the abstract, making it relevant) taking funding from Heartland.

You see, "both sides do it" muddying of the waters may work in right wing circles, but it's really not a solid argument. Media Matters' funding or skew isn't at issue, here, nor did I see anyone deny it -- they cited several sources, including Watt's own post commenting on news regarding his ties to Heartland, as a reference, and had you bothered to click through, you would have seen that.

Undisclosed conflict of interest - a major difference between what you're citing and what Burz mentioned - is a serious problem. You might want to read up on it.

about 3 months ago
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Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

Kythe Re:Queue the deniers (387 comments)

All scientists rely on funding. And if I were looking to get rich, I'd be producing results favorable to the denialists. There's a lot more money there, and a lot less competition.

about 3 months ago
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Geothermal Heat Contributing To West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melting

Kythe Re:Queue the deniers (387 comments)

Fine -- let's an a condition: "The science is as settled as the scientific conclusion that cigarette smoking causes cancer". I hope that clarifies things.

about 3 months ago

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