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Cockatoo Manufactures, Uses Tools

cyp43r Re:Tools reclassified again? (75 comments)

Yes, but that only works if you define tool as 'something only humans use'. We haven't discovered anything new about tools when we find tool using animals, we've discovered something about animals. Redefining tool is exactly antithetical to science.

about 2 years ago
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Australia Attorney General Proposes New Laws To Stop Twitter Trolls

cyp43r Re:The obvious questions (213 comments)

It sounds like he's already decided it's breaking the law.

about 2 years ago
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New iOS App Sends Users' Web Traffic Through Its Proxy Servers

cyp43r Re:Not an app, a configuration (83 comments)

A platform that is secure as you want = not allowing users to do something bad for them.

more than 2 years ago
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Study Finds Unvaccinated Students Putting Other Students At Risk

cyp43r Re:Who Benefits? (1025 comments)

Effective does not equal one hundred percent efficacy. There is a direct correlation between being vaccinated and not catching those specific diseases - it's not a high correlation between being immunised for measles and catching something else, and this is still being tested in those parts of the world that don't have vaccinations. The risk of autism is small to non existent (there is no correlation). Would you rather your kid have autism or catching tetanus and dying? Parents tell all sorts of anecdotes that turn out to be true, the most prominent of which is sugar rushes. The singular of data is not anecdote. -just because big pharmaceutical companies benefit doesn't mean children who get vaccinated don't either. It's like not eating food because 'Big Agro' is profiting.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Is Now the Most Valuable Company In History

cyp43r Re:If this article... (398 comments)

Indispensability and value are not the same thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"

cyp43r Re:Not recognized? (915 comments)

No, my (Australian) physics class has american students who struggle precisely because they've been raised on imperial units.

more than 2 years ago
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Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"

cyp43r Re:Not recognized? (915 comments)

Rights aren't something that go away when it becomes terribly inconvenient. If you don't like the way someone is abusing them, you need to change them, not decide they don't apply.

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo Ranks Last In Conflict Minerals Report

cyp43r Re:Good reason not to care about the report (134 comments)

Which is why most universities give separate results for 'did not attend final' and 'got zero marks on final'.

more than 2 years ago
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Genetically Engineering Babies a Moral Obligation, Says Ethicist

cyp43r Re:Let's be honest, we do this already (840 comments)

Your subconscious is only selecting on traits that signal to it. That's probably the reason diabetes, multiple sclerosis and heart problems thrive, because they don't signal early, they just manifest abruptly.

more than 2 years ago
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Genetically Engineering Babies a Moral Obligation, Says Ethicist

cyp43r Re:Let's be honest, we do this already (840 comments)

Or you could just be using this as a justification of your desire to copulate with as many strangers as possible because, you know, monogamy is not unique to the human species. So I doubt that it's a case of where human "morality" is overriding a "biological drive", unless you believe penguins and the like also have a highly developped code of ethics. In fact, the very existence of "jealousy" - an emotion that can even lead humans to kill each other - could be seen as an argument showing that monogamy is actually hard-wired into the human psyche, and perhaps those individuals who don't practice it are the unusual ones.

Either way I don't care, it's one of these argument that we will argue about 'till the cows come home but no one will actually ever be able to prove anything. Popcorn?

We want our mates to be faithful, that's what jealousy does: tries to get us to make sure our partners are carrying our genes. There are good reasons why jealousy would propagate in a non monogamous society, it probably isn't an indicator that we're monogamous by nature. Monogamy can develop in nature, and thrive, and the opposite happens too. Humans do have well documented drives however to spread their genes around, just because you don't doesn't mean a lot of people do.

more than 2 years ago
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Genetically Engineering Babies a Moral Obligation, Says Ethicist

cyp43r Re:Busybodies everywhere (840 comments)

Libertarians are the ones demonising gay people, minorities and foreigners, sure. Its certainly not the people trying to legislate against them.

more than 2 years ago
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Genetically Engineering Babies a Moral Obligation, Says Ethicist

cyp43r Re:Ethics (840 comments)

Who enforces that line for the rich?

Why should anyone?

If someone makes a genetic mutation that causes them to breathe out gas that kills poor people, I would sure wish someone was drawing a line.

more than 2 years ago
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Genetically Engineering Babies a Moral Obligation, Says Ethicist

cyp43r Ethicist says: (840 comments)

"We should always ask how genetic engineering should go wrong." It's like calling someone out for going on an anti-gun nut diatribe after a bunch of nuts up and kill a heap of people. Who else is in a position to potentially abuse new technology? Minorities? Non-wealthy individuals? When we start to have people blaming the rich for peeing in dank city alleys, then you can start on that.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Starts Throttling Heavy Wireless Data Users

cyp43r Re:I think the top 5 percent are selfish (158 comments)

The top five percent is just how one in twenty people use that bandwidth. It's not exactly a high goalpost - there's no set limits, its just the top 5% at a point in time. It's more like renting a house with advertised 'unlimited water' but if you use more than 95% of people, then you don't get any water.

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Call Full-Tilt Poker a 'Global Ponzi Scheme'

cyp43r Re:Ha ha ha (436 comments)

But neither are they open about some of the projects the money goes towards.

about 3 years ago
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Apollo 11 Flag Swatch Goes Unsold At L.A. Auction

cyp43r Re:Next up... (120 comments)

I have here a genuine one-hundred-percent authentic flag with the exact same design as the flag that went to the moon! Heck, it's at all sorts of places - the UN, Washington D.C., embassies across the world! Now you might be thinking to yourself, what would I want for this incredible flag experience? Ten thousand dollars? Nine thousand dollars? No! It could be yours for the bargain price of only $8999! Act now, supplies are limited!

more than 3 years ago
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On Monday, AT&T Customers Enter Era of Broadband Caps

cyp43r Re:I know he was trolling (537 comments)

I'm not sure how he reached the conclusion that the economic system which made the middle class huge is going to destroy that same class.

more than 3 years ago
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Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter

cyp43r Re:Reasoned Debate? (307 comments)

And why should religion be providing these morals and ethics? Science, by itself, is not equipped to produce morals and ethics, but people are, as is reason and logic. Second, just because one can make the logical argument that god cannot be proved not to exist does not make it logically sound. You need to prove, with logic, that god does exist. Third, hardly any religious evangelists/debatists/etcetera actually use logic in their belief.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Rules That Police Can Bar High I.Q. Scores

cyp43r Re:Holy Old Story! (260 comments)

That's what we wanted you to think!

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Authentication: Insecure By Design

cyp43r Re:Dropbox (168 comments)

Or at least a nice house.

more than 3 years ago

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