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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

Primate Pete Re:This would be news... (20 comments)

Since changed DNA is located only in the portion of the exerciser's body that was used in exercise, it seems clear that the best approach is to provide frequent endurance training for the organs of reproduction. After all, the DNA in your legs doesn't get passed on to your offspring.

about an hour ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

Primate Pete New Career Options (69 comments)

I'm pleased to hear about this, because I've been considering a career change. Nice to know there are some new options:

DJ = Death Jockey -- provide color commentary

Emcee - Mortician of Ceremonies ("Hi, I'm Ebeneezer Grimsuit, and this is "Good Mourning America....")

...it's a very slow day at the office.

2 days ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

Primate Pete Opinion and experience.... (69 comments)

We had a death in the family. An older person.

The rest of the family was scattered across Europe, North America, and Asia. We had about 30 people at the ceremony in North America, and nearly as many watching by Skype from around the world. It was a good thing.

You may or may not want this for yourself or your loved ones, but I cannot imagine why funeral directors-- craven, predatory businesses--would be entitled to an opinion on the subject. I'm also annoyed by the failure to recognize that many families and traditions cremate or otherwise dispose of the body, but of course this point exposes the argument about needing a body for the family to grieve properly as the nonsense it is.

This just seems like another attempt by the funeral industry to exploit grief for proft, hoping to find a way to extract a few more dollars (maybe by renting larger rooms?) from people that have already been bilked out the cost of "deluxe" caskets.

2 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Primate Pete Re:The sheer stupidity bothers me... (769 comments)

So you're proposing to replace torture with brain surgery? How is that better? Why would we think that the detainees would provide better evidence under surgery than under water boarding and hummus enemas? The interrogators still wouldn't have the means to evaluate the responses, and would just accept the answers that match their preconceptions.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Primate Pete Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (693 comments)

I don't think I'll be able to understand your point without a car analogy... please help.

about two weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Primate Pete Re:It was an almost impossible case to prosecute (1128 comments)

... Nonetheless, it was an immensely difficult case to build for the prosecutor as the only person alive who knew what happened was the one who pulled the trigger....

By which logic, nobody should ever go to jail for murder. After all, the victim can't testify...

about three weeks ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Primate Pete Re:Coding, maybe. Science for sure. (163 comments)

Yeah, coding would be good knowledge for people on the hill, especially in the light of legislation about H-1 visas and the like. No disagreement.

That said, I think general science literacy would have greater overall impact and make a greater positive impact on my life and my confidence in the direction that things are going.

about a month ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Primate Pete Coding, maybe. Science for sure. (163 comments)

Really, I don't need my legislators to know how to program, because I don't know that programming skills are what's needed to produce good legislation and policy.

Basic literacy in science, and the honesty to make evidence-based decisions would be much higher on my list of essential skills for congressvermin.

about a month ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

Primate Pete Painfully illogical (246 comments)

The sample was a set of legal briefs, but the conclusions were about judges. Small samples may work, but you can't sample population A to make an inference about unrelated population B.

By analogy, the fact that my ice cream truck only sells half as much ice cream as I expect doesn't tell me that there aren't many kids in the neighborhood. Maybe my prices are crazy. Maybe my only flavor is chocolate-chutney ripple. Maybe the scary clown on the top of my truck frightens children away. From looking at my inventory, there's probably not enough information to tell.

The fact that judges didn't read pages and 3 and 4 of the briefs could be because the documents were late, incorrectly presented, or manifestly incorrect on the first page.

No need to read the rest.

about a month ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

Primate Pete Who would sign up for this? (151 comments)

I am not at all sure that the benefit of "creating a degree of transparency to improve public trust" will outweigh the benefit of maintaining a degree of secrecy to permit the improper activities. The loss of freedom for some police will be tangible; the gain in reputation will not be. The only hope would be to have this imposed on police departments from outside.

about a month and a half ago
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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

Primate Pete Not that hard to defeat (80 comments)

Keeping the classified material more than 7 meters away from the cell phones doesn't seem like that hard a measure to put in place. Maybe you could put a source of interference near the phone lockers if you wanted extra security.

about a month and a half ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Primate Pete No, you're wrong. (786 comments)

In the dawn of computing, women were largely typists, inputting data.

I was doing computer work in the 1980s. I worked with women who were programming, doing VAX & mainframe admin, and performing actual rigorous systems analysis.

The claim that women are not interested in technology or computing is just false.

about 2 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

Primate Pete Re:Stupid (74 comments)

You don't need a cell signal for the authenticator to work. You do, however, need an internet connection for email. So "off grid" use is very limited.

about 2 months ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

Primate Pete Re:"will present results Oct. 17 (315 comments)

The heat is used to create steam in most power generation schemes. The amount of heat needed to create a stated amount of steam is the same regardless of source. The fusion reactors would only need to be scaled up to the point that they create heat comparable to current coal reactors. "Mini-suns" are not part of the plan.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Primate Pete MS did this before with MS Word (644 comments)

MS Word jumped directly from version 2.0c to version 6, so that MS could catch up with WordPerfect.

Oddly, changing the version numbering doesn't actually make the product better. Who'd have guessed that?

about 3 months ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Primate Pete Maybe some state other than Virginia? (364 comments)

Radar is widely used in Virginia (which I know from unfortunate experience). Also, radar detectors are illegal and are themselves enough to prompt the police to pull you over. The people who I knew that had radar detectors ultimately lost them to police seizure. None of this should have been a surprise to anyone, given the many "RADAR DETECTORS ILLEGAL" signs at the state borders.

about 3 months ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Primate Pete Re:Here's what I don't get... (448 comments)

Just because I can see the moon in a telescope doesn't mean I can reach out and touch it. It's a matter of physical and logistical problems, not just telemetry.

about 3 months ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Primate Pete Re:anyone remember when (316 comments)

I remember IBM selling a 5MB hard drive for the PC for $5K. It was a great deal at the time.

about 4 months ago

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