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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

bigtrike Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

The evidence is still "on the fence," so it's hard to draw any conclusions from. Even some studies among identical twins have shown a correlation below 0.5.

I will agree that western designed tests show that westerners do well at western institutions. Nearly any time someone creates a metric of something as difficult to define as intelligence, they create it in such a way that they're the top scorers. I'm sure if those living in sub-saharan africa were to design their own intelligence tests, it would favor them instead.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

bigtrike Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

Did you even see what he said? Watson's statements also went outside the bounds of science by making broad conclusions from his own anecdotal evidence. They were absolutely not scientific.

Regarding intelligence, if you're talking about IQ tests, they're poor measurements of intelligence because they tend to be culturally biased. A lot of studies have shown that race as we know it is more of a social construct than a genetic one and what we define as races is only loosely correlated to genetic variance. Until there are better ways of testing intelligence, all we can know for sure is that genetics may be a factor or they may not.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

bigtrike Re:Calibration (194 comments)

Leaves burn well below the annealing temperature of most steels.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

bigtrike Re:So the only people that are hurt (67 comments)

What about those of us that are still running Mac OS 7?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

bigtrike Yahoo is a part of the problem (139 comments)

Valid DKIM signed mail from Yahoo still has a very high likelihood of being spam. They don't seem to do nearly enough to prevent spam originating from their network.

about a month and a half ago
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

bigtrike Re:I call bullshit (395 comments)

And the plutonium needed for it is now available in every corner drugstore.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

bigtrike Re:Let's get our priorities straight here! (367 comments)

...assuming it's grass fed and not factory produced, which is also far less cruel to the animals and doesn't require high doses of antibiotics. Factory farming requires more plant input per calorie of output than if people simply ate the plants, resulting in more deaths from farming alone. Grazing requires quite a bit of land per calorie of output, and IIRC we'd have to cut down lots of rain forests to feed all 7 billion people that way.

about 2 months ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

bigtrike Re:Jamming unlinced spectrum is illegal? (278 comments)

It's not "UNREGULATED", it's unlicensed. Similar to CB radio, you don't need a license to operate a device transmitting on this band. There are explicit regulations Title 47 CFR Part 15. 15.5 part C specifically says that you're not allowed to cause harmful interference. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/C...

If it were unregulated, it would be perfectly legal for me to set up a 100MW transmitter adjacent to your university broadcasting noise on the wifi band.

about 3 months ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

bigtrike Re:Animal supplements (122 comments)

They get the money to buy off congress from their customers. This is as much the fault of the consumer as it is the fault of the factory farms.

about 3 months ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

bigtrike Re:Derp (168 comments)

Isn't this normally a bad idea as a non-root account can listen on those non-reserved ports should yourprimary daemon die or get restarted?

about 5 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

bigtrike they'll just make bigger profits (380 comments)

They'll sell ammonia for only slightly less than the equivalent amount of gasoline and increase their profits. The oil industry has been known in the past to fix prices through cabals.

about 6 months ago
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EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement

bigtrike Re:At what point (60 comments)

When the revenue of such a decision is greater than the expenses, they will do it.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

bigtrike Re:Application and driver compatibility (245 comments)

What was the plan for fixing the Mac from the 80s if it broke? I wouldn't want to risk a multi-million dollar operation on being able to find an old mac for sale on ebay. You'd have to really hope that the installer floppies were sufficiently backed up and that you could find a floppy drive from that era that didn't have too much dust in it to function.

about 8 months ago
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Colorado Company Says It Plans To Test Hyperloop Transport System

bigtrike It's a fully subsidized system (258 comments)

Gas taxes, license fees, tolls, etc. only pay for 51% of what the federal government spends on the roads that your car is on, with general tax dollars filling in the rest. Why stop at just subsidizing the roads themselves?

about a year and a half ago
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Jetstream Retrofit Illustrates How Close Modern Planes Are To UAVs

bigtrike Re:Computers (205 comments)

The fully automatic modes have to be much better than humans before people will accept them. If you ride in the front train of a Chicago CTA train, you can hear the overspeed warning beeping from the operator cabin about every 10 seconds. If the operator ignores it, the train will automatically shut down to prevent the train from derailing.

about a year and a half ago
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Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

bigtrike Re:BLEH (326 comments)

Or his wife...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

bigtrike Re:Think About It This Way (656 comments)

If need that 20ms transaction to be done in 2ms, it really helps to have the analytical thinking skills developed from taking advanced math in order to understand how your database executes the query.

about a year and a half ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

bigtrike Re:Just wow (750 comments)

Do you interview all of the parents of your children's friends to make sure they don't have a gun in their home?

about a year and a half ago

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