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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

devloop Not "civilization", Natural Selection (387 comments)

Could it be instead that civilization caused a general lowering of testosterone..?

It *doesn't* work that way. Natural selection causes traits beneficial to survival/reproduction to become dominant. "Civilzation" cannot "cause" anything.

The conclusion reached by the researches is also nothing but a romanticized opinion, as we don't see lower levels of aggression in current humans.

The most likely (and brutal) cause-effect relationship is that tool makers, who were smarter and at least as aggressive despite their testosterone leves, dispatched the less intelligent high testosterone rivals and/or outbred them.

about 6 months ago

Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

devloop A koan for LG (198 comments)

When I am tired, I sleep.
When I am hungry, I eat with a scalpel and a caliper.
Your cup is overful, You insensitive clod!

about 7 months ago

Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

devloop College enrollment ratios already favor females (548 comments)

"No, it's more like "why is ~50% of the country not pursuing IT?"... it seems like an issue that should be researched."

I think the appropriate answer to your "concerned" question should be along the lines of "screw you, misandrist pig".

Why is there absolutely no concern to research why 50% of the population (males) accounts for less than 40% of all college students (and continue to trend downwards)?

Given that education is ever more important in the information economy, shouldn't THAT be also an issue that should be researched?

Are boys not worth the same level of concern? Should companies like Google be skewing these ratios even more against male students?

about 7 months ago

GnuTLS Flaw Leaves Many Linux Users Open To Attacks

devloop ~45yrs of buffer overflows... (127 comments)

...at least since C was initially created (and perhaps even before that).

When do We accept that this is a failure intrinsic to the programming languages themselves and move on to correct it?


about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

devloop Two words... (328 comments)

Carlos Santana.

about a year ago

Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

devloop Learn from history? (841 comments)

Perhaps they could check with colleagues from older agencies that used to do the same kind of work.

I wonder what the Stasi and the Gestapo did to bolster employee morale.

about a year ago

Art Makes Students Smart

devloop Confirmation bias???, nah... (187 comments)

"Researchers" were contacted by.. uh.. well.. the Museum... developed a "methodology" for the "experiment" after the fact, then based their definitions and metrics on an assessment program developed in conjunction with ... another museum.

Solid!. No way this is just another case of confirmation bias.

about a year ago

Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

devloop Re:Maximum Penalty???? (242 comments)

The maximum penalty of 150k goes cleanly into 1.2m eight times. It would be safe to assume that nothing strange is going on and there was eight infringed works.

There were 24 works. 24 * 80k = 1.92m.

about a year ago

Image Lifted From Twitter Leads to $1.2M Payout For Haitian Photog

devloop Maximum Penalty???? (242 comments)

How is $1.2m the maximum penalty available under the law for this case, when back in 2009, Capitol vs Thomas, a jury awarded $1.92m to Capitol?

Even at $1.92m, that was NOT the highest they could have gone either, the judge established that each infringement would be penalized at $80k, down from a maximum of $150k per instance!

That would have worked out to $3.6m.

Why weren't AFP et al penalized per infraction, vs having a cap for the whole incident?

about a year ago

CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

devloop Apple apologists in 3, 2, 1 (481 comments)

Their "new", great iPhone has been out for less than a month, with their latest super high tech, hyper hyped "secure" technology and a relatively trivial hack has already been published. We'll have teens with chewing gum hacking TouchID next, and yet, Apple fan bois will still continue to hype and buy Apple substandard, over priced technology.

about a year ago

Mystery Alignment of Planetary Nebulae Discovered

devloop Dark strings (86 comments)

I have worked out an elegant solution that can be collapsed to only 88 dimensions, where infinitesimally small unbound super strings made of pure dark energy are curled up in tiny unobservable sub-plank scale vibrating loops that create immeasurable gravity-like dark froth along the alignment axis.

about a year ago

U.S. Independence Day is a ...

devloop When exactly was this, exactly? (330 comments)

- we did assassinate people, directly or through proxies, just a few high profile targets there for you:

- we did torture people, it was done so routinely that we even had a handbook:

- our normal state *is* war. i could not find a 40 year gap when we were at peace since the 1800s:

i laugh when any of my fellow 'murikans asks tear eyed "why do they hate us?".

we have been busy exerting violence, exporting torture, destabilizing democracies, sponsoring terror and exploitation
through brutal dictatorships, forcing our corporate interests by military means on everyone, on every continent.

we, as a people, are compassionate, inventive, giving and law abiding, our governing class is amoral, tyrannical and malevolent.

about a year and a half ago

Genetic Switches Behind 'Love' Identified In Prairie Voles

devloop Hypergamy Cure? (102 comments)

While they're at it, could they also do some work on hypergamy?
Maybe *gasp* come up with a cure or at least some treatment?

This condition afflicts the great majority of woemn in the U.S.
Some you know suffers from it..

about a year and a half ago

Google Maps Used To Find Tax Cheats

devloop It works!, Found these in Ireland: (174 comments)

60 billion here:

And 74 billion more here:

about a year and a half ago

Latvian Police Raid Teacher's Home for Uploading $4.00 Textbook

devloop Re:Don't copy that floppy! (289 comments)

What a wonderful compliant, obedient little boy the Scouts helped you become!

I'd prefer my kid to be more defiant and incredulous of authority and status quo,
and to consider that sometimes great corruption demands extreme measures to
correct it and sometimes one must disobey and rebel in a disorderly manner.

Washington, Revere and Franklin would probably make awful little scouts.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Reads Your Skype Chat Messages

devloop DOS? (275 comments)

Could this be used to instrument MS servers to effect a Denial Of Service attack upon the host of your choosing?

1. Select victim
2. Bomb URL via chat from a new/fake throwaway Skype account
3. ???
4. Profit

about a year and a half ago

Digital Bolex Gives You a Classic Film Look in a Digital Package (Video)

devloop Shameless Slashvertisement (112 comments)

What's next Slashdot "stories" on DailySteals specials?

"XtremeMac BT Connect Bluetooth Audio Receiver - Portable, Battery Powered Compact Receiver Makes Any Stereo System Wireless"

Some other "pertinent" links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_advertising

about 2 years ago

Canonical and China Announce Ubuntu Collaboration

devloop It's about the phones, stupid (171 comments)

Why Ubuntu would even care to target mobile phones makes a lot of sense now. This could give Ubuntu an unfair advantage over Android.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

devloop First World Problems (312 comments)

The horror!, did they not provide you with a cup warmer for your fair-trade organic double latte macchiato?

about 2 years ago



White House declines petition for removal of District Attorney Carmen Ortiz

devloop devloop writes  |  about three weeks ago

devloop (983641) writes "Petitioners requesting the White House remove D.A. Carmen Ortiz from office for gross prosecutorial overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz, received today what amounts to a denial from WhiteHouse.gov. "We will not address agency personnel matters ... because we do not believe this is the appropriate forum in which to do so.". It is generally argued that the extreme zeal with which the D.A. prosecuted this case led Swartz to commit suicide."
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White House responds to petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consu

devloop devloop writes  |  about 7 months ago

devloop (983641) writes "White House posts an official response to this petition, already with nearly 140,000 votes in favor, to allow direct sales to consumers in all 50 states. "We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that provide savings at the pump for consumers. However, we understand that pre-empting current state laws on direct-to-consumer auto sales would require an act of Congress.""
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US rule could keep Iroquois from lacrosse tourney

devloop devloop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

devloop (983641) writes "The Iroquois helped invent lacrosse and, in a rare example of international recognition of American Indian sovereignty, they participate at every tournament as a separate nation. But they might not be at this year's world championship tournament because of a dispute over the validity of their passports. ... The U.S. government says it will only let players back into the country if they have U.S. passports, a team official said."
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GM Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality

devloop devloop writes  |  more than 4 years ago

devloop (983641) writes "After feeding hamsters for two years over three generations, those on the GM diet, and especially the group on the maximum GM soy diet, showed devastating results. By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies. They also suffered slower growth, and a high mortality rate among the pups. And if this isn't shocking enough, some in the third generation even had hair growing inside their mouths—a phenomenon rarely seen, but apparently more prevalent among hamsters eating GM soy."
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