Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little
There is no maybe, every study that has ever looked into this since the dawn of science has confirmed this.
Indeed. For example, even the ancient Greeks and Romans knew perfectly well that these uncouth blue-eyed barbarians from the North were obviously dumber than the glorious Mediterranean master race.
Hell you don't even have to ask science, every average Joe on the street knows this already from life experience.
Ask "average Joe on the street" what he thinks about evolution.
Printing 3-D Replicas of Human Beings with a Home Brew Printer (Video)
.... that somebody finally found a commercially viable application of 3D printing?...
How many people would be ready to pay for a decent-quality figurine of themselves? Especially so at a special event involving costumes.
Momentous Big Bang Findings Questioned
I don't know what's more ridiculous - the fact that this contrarian tripe gets regurgitated every time the subject of Galileo comes up, or the fact that it keeps getting modded up.
Meanwhile, back in the real world... Papal condemnation of Galileo:
We say, pronounce, sentence, and declare that you, the said Galileo, by reason of the matters adduced in trial, and by you confessed as above, have rendered yourself in the judgment of this Holy Office vehemently suspected of heresy, namely, of having believed and held the doctrine—which is false and contrary to the sacred and divine Scriptures—that the Sun is the center of the world and does not move from east to west and that the Earth moves and is not the center of the world; and that an opinion may be held and defended as probably after it has been declared and defined to be contrary to the Holy Scripture; and that consequently you have incurred all the censures and penalties imposed and promulgated in the sacred canons and other constitutions, general and particular, against such delinquents. From which we are content that you be absolved, provided that, first, with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, you abjure, curse, and detest before use the aforesaid errors and heresies and every other error and heresy contrary to the Catholic and Apostolic Roman Church in the form to be prescribed by us for you.
Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?
When the material sciences are to the point where a lightweight container can sustain Earth atmospheric pressure from crushing down on it, we'll have a practical way to take off vertically without prompting your neighbours to invest in surface to air missiles when you crank the engine on one of these in the morning on your daily commute.
Except that the density of air is ~ 1.2kg/m^3, so to produce 100 kg of lift (average weight of an adult male American: 90kg) you'd need a balloon with a volume of 100/1.2 = 83.333.. m^3.
If your balloon is a sphere, the diameter should be 2 * (83.333 / (4*pi/3))^(1/3) = 5.42 meters. Google tells me that's about 18 feet.
I suppose it would be feasible for recreational activities. Commuting into a city? Don't think so.
Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi
Don't worry. In the confusion, Quebec was suddenly taken over by mysterious groups of men armed with baguettes and wearing berets over their balaclavas.
The French foreign minister denied any knowledge of these incidents, though the interview was cut short when journalists asked about the provenance of the bits of poutine that were still hanging from his chin.
Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion
Kickstarter has always been very clear that your money didn't bring you any equity in the business. There is a very good reason for that: by the time Kickstarter was launched, soliciting investment from the general public for specific ventures was quite simply illegal. Crowd-funded investment was only made legal by the 2012 JOBS act.
If you really want to get equity from the businesses you sponsor, you can go to WeFunder or other sites. Kickstarter is not and has never been, and has been pretty explicit about it from day one.
Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!
"Eric, meet Tom"?
I'd rather say "Eric, meet Marie-Antoinette."
All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech
When accounting for career, hours worked, experience, etc.
The assumption here is that all these factors are under voluntary control of the women themselves, as opposed to being forced upon them by employers and societal expectations.
HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
We recently had an issue with HP servers showing temperatures of 255C on motherboard sensors...
They said this was a firmware issue and told us to flash the bios to fix this. We did... the sensor now shows -127C. Big help.
"Big help" - Why are you complaining? This is great! Think of the electricity savings! Not only can you stop cooling these servers, you can actually use them to cool your other hardware!
You're not thinking outside the box, that's the problem with you young people.
"HP Software Cooling Systems [tm] - unleash the power of unsigned char!"
Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec
They were printed in both English and French, to avoid breaking Canadian bilingualism laws.
Actually, they weren't. Which is the *real* reason why the Quebec police busted them.
Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion
If Thomas Edison were alive today, he wouldn't actually "invent" or "make" anything. He'd just write up and file patents.
List of Edison patents. All 1,093 of them.
GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models
The real reason your GPU failed is obviously that you're looking at the screen wrong!
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
I started using the Web before search engines became popular.
I'm not going back.
Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory
Did you miss the "post-study" bit in the title and abstract? Caffeine was delivered after stimulus presentation, excluding a purely sensory effect.
I guess you could do with a cup of coffee! ;)
What Would French Fries Taste Like If You Made Them On Jupiter?
all these worlds
are yours except
fry them in butter
fry them in grease
just don't dunk them in goddamn mayo
Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate
If it was the Democrats giving billions to the farmers, then how come they all vote Republican?
To keep Democrats from giving money to other farmers. Duh!
King James Programming
That stuff totally needs to go into a fortune file. And then be included in the default fortune files of all major distros.
Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale
The crazy thing is, even though you are right that these are low specs by modern standards, these are still basically laptop-level specs. Hell, it would beat a 2006 MacBook *Pro*:
The convergence between phones and computers is nigh. The Ubuntu Edge concept was ahead of its time, but soon enough smartphones will have enough computing power to fill 95% of people's needs. When that happens, who would want to buy a huge, noisy desktop box rather than just plug a screen+keyboard into the phone that you carry with you all the time anyway?
Same thing for laptops. How long will it take before the majority of "laptops" are actually empty shells into which you can just plug your phone?
22-Year-Old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Is the New World Chess Champion
Or maybe they don't care whether it's a total order or not, because they have things like Elo ratings to approximate that in real time.
It so happens that Carlssen has been absolutely destroying the Elo classification for years now. Fun fact: the gap between Magnus Carlssen and number 2 on the FIDE list (Levon Aronian) is equal to the gap between number 2 and number 20! (Source: http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men )
What a Championship gives you is "the man who beat the man". It's more a honorary title than an objective assessment of your chess capability (though historically there's been reasonable correlation between the two), but people happen to care about that stuff too.
Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?
Well, it's complicated.
Take the example of France. Broadband internet and digital TV go largely through DSL. And yes, it's pretty damn cheap. When I was there, three years ago, I was paying 30 Euros / month for broadband internet + unlimited phone calls + television with a bazillion channels (did you know that there are two channels broadcasting in frigging Aramaic?)
Now one reason why France has cheap, abundant DSL is because of massive infrastructure built by former government monopolies. But at the beginning, even though they had this infrastructure, internet was still pretty damn expensive. The few telcos that were operating the networks obviously had a very gentle concept of competition.
Then this guy came along, leased an existing network and offered much better service at much lower cost. Everybody had to align.
So it's not just about competition or government - it's both together. Also, there's competition and "competition". Competition only works if you have some outsider willing to move in and break the "gentlemen's agreements". Apparently T-mobile is kind of doing this in America with mobile phone contracts, but broadband internet is still firmly within the grip of the cable oligopoly.
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