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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Reziac Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Nope, we can't. But point was that circumstances might winnow the better or worse minds from the average, and if that's the basis of the population you've got available to test, you'll get skewed results.

Likely the spectrum of intelligence isn't so different, but the bumps in the curve are in different places.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Reziac Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

There's also skew that happens other ways because, well, history. Frex, I'd hazard that Africans who got enslaved and shipped off to America were, as a group, not the brightest bulbs in their particular regional box -- cuz the brighter bulbs were doing the enslaving and selling of their unfortunate neighbors.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Reziac Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

"This is how the PC establishment thinks. If there is a conceivable way to twist and distort what is said so that it can be labeled racist, they will do it."

Exactly. Which is why we make so little progress in treating genetic disease that happens to afflict mental processes. "Oh no, you couldn't have inherited that; someone must have done something to make you that way."

We select for personality traits, intelligence, etc. in animals... that's all genetics. Is it so hard to consider that different environments would have selected for different mental traits in humans, too? And that a physical or mental advantage in that environment might be a disadvantage elsewhere?

Frank Spinath (best known as the lead singer in Edge of Dawn, but a professor of psychology in his day job) published a paper a few years ago on the heritability of personality traits in humans. He found the heritability was around .3, which is actually very high for a trait that is subject to environmental influence.

(And all the breeders of performance animals are saying, "We told you so...")

about two weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Reziac Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

Same principle applied to the Newcastle outbreak on chicken farms (mostly small producers) a few years ago. Inspectors dashed madly from farm to farm checking for infected chickens, spreading the virus as they went. Smart farmers locked the gate (the inspection was voluntary) and saved their chickens. (Smarter ones vaccinated, but I don't know how good the vaccine is. Tho it's useful for treating distemper in dogs.)

about two weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Reziac Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Since it's already happened in one form, it's not only not far-fetched, it's more likely than not, and we can't say what its effects would be (perhaps benign, perhaps even more lethal). So, yeah, by all means keep the damn thing contained as best we can.

This game video done by a friend is interesting from a modern-vectors standpoint:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Reziac Re:Looking at the positive side of this (141 comments)

I find it more likely that some microorganism will find a way to extract energy from the particles, if it's not already doing so. Which may produce the GP's possible state of equilibrium.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Reziac Re:Math (141 comments)

Nor do they tell us the ratio to non-plastic junk floating in that same water, especially naturally occuring junk. Not every particle floating in the oceans is of human origin; I'd hazard most are the result of atmospheric dust.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Reziac Re: slowly (141 comments)

Being enthusiastically biocidal is better than unwittingly transporting mussels and other vermin from one coastline to another.

about two weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Reziac Re: Balancing skepticism (141 comments)

More often they were tarred or varnished. And historical paints were made from equally 'natural' materials, eg. linseed oil and white lead. Which generally are more ablative than modern paints.

My next question is... if the ultimate upshot is a ban on ocean shipping, cui bono?

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Reziac Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Yep, polarized sunglasses pretty much block the black light. Regular sunglasses dim it down some but no more than they do sunlight, and I still see a bright core.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Reziac Re:There is no incentive because they PAY for it! (316 comments)

Where I used to live I had a choice of one, fixed wireless from a one-man band. And he liked to talk about his work. One thing he told me was that due to peering agreements, downloads cost nothing, and uploads are 5 cents per GB. (This was 7-8 years ago. Probably hasn't changed too much.) He came right off the AT&T backbone.

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Reziac Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Black lights have ALWAYS looked like the bottom picture to me -- and are blindingly bright. To my eyes, the little bug zapper lights up the room.

This is no doubt why I'm in love with polarized sunglasses.

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Reziac Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

When did you have the surgery? Sounds like it went really well. Hadn't heard about it, but as you know I've moved to a planet far far away.

Sorry I couldn't be there in person to witness your transformation into a bionic man! :D

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Reziac Re:Different colors (267 comments)

Ahhhh, so I'm not alone! I hate the damn things! Grew up with glass lenses, and there is NO comparison. I never stop seeing the damned poly lenses as if there's poorly-cleaned glass in front of my eyes.

about two weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Reziac Re: Different colors (267 comments)

Actually it's pretty easy to demonstrate, just go out in bright sunlight, close one eye for a while, then note the difference. One eye will seem blue-shifted.

Also, myopia affects color vision. There's some famous painter (whose name I ironically forget) who was severely myopic, as in walk-into-the-walls myopic. This was once put forth for an explanation as to why his portraits were "too red" (this was before impressionism spoiled everything).

Anyway, if your distance vision is not the same in both eyes, yes, they can see color slightly different. I'm R-20/40 and L-20/80, and my left eye sees the world slightly more pink than my right. (Not usually noticeable, except when staring at this broad swath of grey on my monitor. Then I can really see it. But I have extremely discerning color vision. I can distinguish fine shades most people can't. So do most people in my mom's family.)

about two weeks ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

Reziac Re:Shit software (182 comments)

"When three men sit down to discuss conspiracy, two are government agents and the third is a fool."
-- Soviet proverb

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

Reziac Re:No towers in range? (127 comments)

Mine (a newish but cheap ZTE Awe/Android) has an option to "go into airplane mode" when there's no signal; presumably rather than spend all day hunting for it when there is none. I imagine this is to mitigate that problem??

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

Reziac Re:No towers in range? (127 comments)

I don't know if this might be related, but when my wireless adapter is banging at the router trying to get a connection, or when the connection is made but iffy, it shoots the PC's CPU use to 100%. Obviously that takes more power than sitting idle. Do cellphones do anything similar when they can see the signal but can't connect?

about two weeks ago

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I understand friends. I understand fans (tho I wonder where I got some of 'em). I understand foes. But WTF are "freaks"?? I don't recognise any of those people. Maybe it's time to clear brush from under the bridge again. ;)

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

And sorry, trolls anonymous and otherwise, but I don't respond to your ilk. Just in case you came here to find out if there were any available goats.

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Reziac Reziac writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hell, I didn't know /. *had* a journal, til I found a link appended on someone else's comment!!

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