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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

SolitaryMan Re:Real genetic differences versus Racism (541 comments)

Some have argued that this gap is genetic (and we certainly cannot rule it out); however, there is no conclusive evidence to support their claim that the IQ gap is genetic.

Well, the claim that IQ gap is genetic is easy to prove: you just have to find the genes responsible for that gap. Then, find subjects of multiple races with and without those genes and demonstrate that they have statistically significant difference in IQ.

Until they have done that, claims that gap is genetic are unscientific. Period.

In any case, I'm pretty sure that the genes that make you "black" are not the same genes that make you "smart". I can buy an argument that there can be some correlation (which also can be cultural), but our understanding of genes is pretty far from the point where we would be able to make such claims.

about three weeks ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

SolitaryMan Re:Does digital subscriptions count? (240 comments)

It is free as in "freedom", not necessarily free as in "beer". I would pay $1 without even thinking to somebody who takes FOSS app, builds it and puts into Play store. Just so that I don't have to go through all the installation steps.

about 5 months ago
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70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

SolitaryMan Re:And... (676 comments)

My thoughts exactly.

I think this is a primary role of the government: supporting society by supporting those who for historical reasons got left out. Be it age, natural disasters or other factors.

about 6 months ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

SolitaryMan Re:Yeah...whatever you believe today... (459 comments)

I thinks in general just being more conscious about what you eat will give you good results, regardless of which diet you choose to follow. Well, provided that diet is at least somewhat sane, of course.

about 6 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

SolitaryMan Re:Pretty Much. (387 comments)

Only purist libertarians honestly want the whole government small.

Except that definition of "small" seems to vary greatly, depending on the agenda of a particular libertarian.

about 7 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

SolitaryMan Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Chances are that your credit card does actually have a PIN. Or, at the very least, it takes one phone call or visit to the online banking to set it up. I was surprised when I found this out about my cards.

about 7 months ago
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How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

SolitaryMan Re:Celsius (359 comments)

Don't know what you are talking about. To me bananas in the US look the same as bananas in Europe.

about 7 months ago
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How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

SolitaryMan Re:Seriously? (359 comments)

Hit the nail on the head there.

I remember when we just moved here and my wife wanted to buy a sour cream. With fat-free obsession here most stuff is very low on fat, but we wanted it with "normal" percentage of fat, like we used to. Basically we were looking for the one with the highest percentage of fat and so for each can it was: take the total mass in ounces or pounds, divide by the number of servings = mass of one serving, convert to grams, divide the fat per serving in grams by the mass of the serving to get the percentage. Do the same thing for the next can and compare.

Yes, we did get some weird looks.

about 7 months ago
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How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

SolitaryMan Re:Seriously? (359 comments)

I hear people measuring distance in feet and miles all the time. Heck, my navigator, when giving driving directions often says something like "in a quarter of a mile..." and then "in 500 feet". I still have no clue how different "quarter of a mile" and "500 feet" are. And then, when you think you almost got it, there are yards...

P.S. I was raised with SI units and moved to US not long ago and this is my perspective.

about 7 months ago
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How Russia Transformed a Subtropical Beach Resort To Host the Winter Olympics

SolitaryMan Re:Metric (359 comments)

Only because you are using Imperial system and your pancake recipes list crap like "one third of a cup" or something. Look up the same recipe in metric and it will just list grams or milliliters.

The everyday need to divide integers into thirds, fourths, fifth or whatever and get an integer as a result has long gone.

about 7 months ago
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IBM Looking To Sell Its Semiconductor Business

SolitaryMan Re:That's a surprise move (195 comments)

Nowadays IBM is just an IT consulting company. Good for them that they have realized it fast enough and got rid of all the ballast.

about 7 months ago
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Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live

SolitaryMan Re:Debate? (593 comments)

Christian origin vs FSM -- that is the debate I would watch!

about 7 months ago
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

SolitaryMan Re:To require? (390 comments)

Insurance companies will tax you instead.

about 7 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

SolitaryMan Re:Dreaming of code? (533 comments)

Of course everybody wants more money. The point is -- and this is what important for employer -- are you willing to work harder for it? If your salary is 100K are you going to work twice as hard for 200K? Unlikely, but the employer would have to pay you twice as much.

Alternatively, will you drop your job near your house that provides meals, transportation, etc. that pays 100K in cash for the one far from your place that provides none of the perks, but pays 150K? Also not a given.

about 7 months ago
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World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

SolitaryMan woohoo! (161 comments)

If only we can build enough of these, so they would cool the earth down and thus solve the global warming problem!

about 7 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

SolitaryMan Re:Double bind (1431 comments)

Any link to such a study handy?

about 8 months ago

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Slashdot Moderation Usability Issue

SolitaryMan SolitaryMan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Since the moderation system started using AJAX, it became really annoying.

Guys! It is a really bad idea to submit moderation on "onchange" event on the combobox. It is really easy to choose the wrong option and there is no easy way to cancel wrong moderation. Misclick is actually only the part of the issue: if the combobox has focus, pressing Up or Down changes its value thus moderating the comment.

So, please, make a nice "OK" button next to the moderation combobox and bind the required event to it, rather then the box itself.

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Job vs. Fun?

SolitaryMan SolitaryMan writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Recently, at work, I used a little joke in code. It wasn't even in code, it was a log message, that was saying something like "Miserable failure! ..." when error occured. The code got committed to main branch, new version was built and people started testing it. When one of my bosses saw this message, he asked me to make it more "serious". Now I'm thinking: "WTF?". Whats wrong with these small jokes?

The issue here is not this message itself, but the fact that it is prohibited to have this kind of fun at work, so it is implied that work is no fun. I even think that the most frank responce from my boss would be something like "I have no fun sitting here 9 hours a day so there is no way I'll allow you do it!"

This is what I like about FOSS: it is all about fun. It is fun to code, it is fun to use. All programming languages that dominate in FOSS world were created to have fun. Java is no fun, I don't like it, while Perl... yeah, Perl *is* funny :)

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