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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

MiniMike Re:Cue slippery slope arguments now... (365 comments)

What about killing off girl embryos or blacks or obese, etc etc.

Are you suggesting that (presumably) white parents will be scanning their embryos to see if they'll turn out black?

While there may be some that do, I don't think there's any overlap between them and the ones who will be scanning for intelligence. Same for the ones who would select solely on gender or (again presumably) tendency for obesity, as that has a large component driven by lifestyle.

Is 15 IQ points a meaningful difference? How about 2 points? 30 points? At some point, it would obviously make a difference. Where that point is would vary from person to person. Part of the problem is that there are many factors that make up intelligence, and rolling them up into one number makes that number almost useless except in the most general sense.

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

MiniMike Re:Fusion in some forms can be very dangerous. (564 comments)

The amount of water (as the protium source) used for fusion would be minuscule compared to the volume of the oceans, even if fusion technology was widespread and used over an extended period of time. Most technically literate people would know this, which is probably why your comment was marked 'Troll'. But as not everyone knows everything, your question does deserve a legitimate answer. The volume of water used would probably be more than offset by the amount of water falling to Earth in comets/asteroids/dust/etc. If it did somehow become a problem (extreme emphasis on 'somehow'), we could bring in more water from asteroids as needed. But if we did somehow burn through that much water through fusion in any reasonable timescale, I suspect we would be killed by the waste heat.

about a week ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MiniMike Re:What A Weapon (478 comments)

Do this to people's car door handles, door knobs, trash cans, doors in restaurants, the floor in public places, railings on escalators, the conveyor belt in a grocery store, etc.

All of those places are already covered in a layer of bacteria/viruses/???. IANAB, but I am curious as to how long Ebola would remain viable on those surfaces, i.e. how long until the other nasties destroyed it? Since it has not been listed as a transmission vector, I'm guessing that it would have a pretty short lifespan on a doorknob. Possibly anywhere where it would dry out would not be a place it could be transmitted.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

MiniMike Re:yes, let's "zoom out" (213 comments)

How about "An increase in the consumption of Nutella has been responsible for a big decline in US greenhouse gas emissions"? Makes about as much sense.

If you consider the low fiber content of Nutella (0.5 g per serving), that statement might actually make more sense.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

MiniMike Re:COBOL - (Perl,Ruby)? (547 comments)

I didn't say that FORTRAN was going anywhere. I said that it's almost always listed in articles like this, and always will be. I still write and maintain code in FORTRAN too.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

MiniMike COBOL - (Perl,Ruby)? (547 comments)

With COBOL still around, it's hard to take too seriously the claim that Perl or Ruby is about to die.

Why would you make that assumption? Have Perl or Ruby been suggested as replacements for COBOL? Is the future usefulness of a language based inversely on age? I'm not seeing the direct connection between the lifespans of COBOL, Perl, and Ruby.

Also, how can they not mention FORTRAN in the article? No self respecting article on the topic of "soon to be dead programming languages" in the last 30 years has failed to mention FORTRAN. I see it as a staple of these articles for years to come.

about two weeks ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

MiniMike Re:Counterintuitive (356 comments)

Nice.
Please explain how this hypothesis fits with the observed effects of breaking a magnet in half, and with related theories of electromagnetism.

Magtonians are not gay however

Are you proposing this as an explanation as to why we have not been able to obtain evidence of monopoles?

about a month ago
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Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

MiniMike Re:What's wrong with all those people? (71 comments)

If you follow the links in TFA, you will find that they originally were trying to create a robot based on a different animal commonly used for food.

Unfortunately, the model they chose was based on the cow and it was an udder failure.

about a month ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

MiniMike Re:I bet Putin couldn't go to the moon (197 comments)

They have workable spaceship technology now- the delay ("by 2030") is to allow for research into transparent spacesuits for Putin and the bear he will ride while planting the flag.

about a month ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

MiniMike Re:Provided (326 comments)

Why not just use TenVolt?

Then when you lose the credentials to that, your name can go to ElevenVolt.

about a month ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

MiniMike Did they try looking next to them? (269 comments)

So they were wrong in their hypothesis that these 69 sites on the genome are related to intelligence. This does not mean that other sites on the genome aren't related to intelligence.

On top of that, the three gene locations that did seem to have a stronger correlation weren't involved in development of the nervous system.

So they really don't have complete knowledge of this extremely complex system. Not surprising. Time to review their assumptions, and come up with a new hypothesis to test. They still gained knowledge (what doesn't work), it's just not the knowledge they were hoping for.

about a month ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

MiniMike No one knows everything, so... (226 comments)

The show touches on a somewhat wide range of technology and culture. There must be science related questions that are outside your area of expertise. Who do you contact for advice when you need it?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

MiniMike Guest stars (226 comments)

There has been a very impressive list of tech or geek related guest star appearances on the show (Stan Lee, Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, ...).

Do you have any control over who guest appearances are written for?

Are there any tech related people who you would like to have on the show as a guest star, but have been unable to get?

about a month and a half ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

MiniMike Re:Stephen King and Rage (441 comments)

Yet strangely, I don't recall anything about Stephen King being arrested in the middle of the night and involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

Yeah, just who do you think is going to voluntarily go to Steven King's house in the middle of the night?

about a month and a half ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

MiniMike Re:Hmmm (135 comments)

That sounds great, but what happens when Google obtains monopoly status in your area?

A quick internet search indicated that there will be no problems, and that we shouldn't worry at all about this. I was then given a link to a free game download. BBL.

about 2 months ago
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Ancient Worms May Have Saved Life On Earth

MiniMike Credit? (54 comments)

scientists say, these creatures kept oxygen concentrations at just the right level to allow animals and other complex life to evolve.

And they've regretted it ever since.

about 2 months ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

MiniMike Know how to work with this one... (183 comments)

Say you had a legit bad experience there- so you wait the week or so until they return your deposit to unleash your torrent of critical reviews, or start burning through the deposit while you're still there.

If your experience there was so bad that you can't wait a week to post the review you should probably be talking to a lawyer first anyway.

about 3 months ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

MiniMike Re:Known since forever (224 comments)

This missile development effort has been known of since forever. Pictures of the TEL has even showed up.

So is it based on stolen U.S. designs, or stolen Russian designs?

about 3 months ago
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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

MiniMike Re:I agree (140 comments)

The normal shells weren't penetrating the armour of the German ships, but the concrete filled training shells were punching right through, dealing surprisingly heavy damage.

That's because in their training the Germans were only exposed to abstract shells.

about 3 months ago

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Tae Bo workout sent skyscraper shaking

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to CNN:

Seventeen people performing a vigorous Tae Bo workout caused tremors that forced the evacuation of a South Korean skyscraper earlier this month, the building's owners say. Scientists recreated the event in the 12th floor gym, according to a report in the Korea Times.

I don't know which is scarier, that they made such a flimsy skyscraper, or the sight of 17 scientists doing a Tae Bo workout. Hopefully they're better at it than the scientists I've seen in the gym (note that IAAS)."
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Mugging Victim Tracks Suspects Via IPhone's GPS

MiniMike MiniMike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MiniMike (234881) writes "According to The Pittsburgh Channel:

A CMU student who was mugged on a street in Shadyside helped Pittsburgh police catch the suspects using his iPhone....

He got on his computer and tracked his iPhone using its global positioning satellite chip. The feature allows users to pinpoint the location of their phone if it's ever lost or stolen.

Police officers tracked the three suspects to an Eat N' Park in North Versailles, where police arrested the men.

No word if the student was given the option to have his iPhone explode while the muggers were using it."
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