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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 Re:why? (541 comments)

Many people will be born, have kids, and die in one region and culture. Only recently in human existence have some people been afforded such easy movement. 500 years ago, it would have been basically unthinkable that you could leave your family and go start a life on the antipode of your birth location in exchange for maybe a few months wages. Most of humanity had to work just to survive... agrarian society wasn't THAT long ago even in developed nations. Cultural mores are real and, especially when it came to who gets your daughter, VERY long lasting traditions and rules.

You are viewing this discussion through the lens of your own modern reality. That is dumb, not insightful.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 Re:why? (541 comments)

I would think for a pool of candidates of varying temperaments due to natural variations, some temperaments would would be more likely to pass on their DNA depending on various external factors like climate, terrain, and yes - society.

The military has started thinking about societies as "human terrain" precisely because it IS just another factor of environment. It is as real as the physical ground, vegetation, and weather.

The more I think about it and read about it, I see no reason why culture would NOT influence who gets to mate with who. Different cultures value different attributes, and those distinctions regularly decide who you let marry your daughter, who you let your son date, or who a person finds attractive in a mate.

It is highly unlikely that as society we select for aggressiveness or business acumen

Selecting an aggressive mate may WELL have been the difference between life and death in some cultures. And indeed MANY cultures teach their children to hold overly-driven, businessmen/doctors/lawyers/athletes in high esteem.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 Re:why? (541 comments)

You have pointed out the only really good explanation I've read on this. So thank you for that.

Timescale. Great point. I hope someone mods you up.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

gandhi_2 why? (541 comments)

what is globally accepted in animal breeding, that certain behavioral tendencies accompany accompany genetics right along with certain physical characteristics, is the worst taboo to apply to people.

which is ridiculous. populations living in specific social environments will SELECT FOR and AGAINST various physical and behavioral traits... and those traits which are successful in a specific society will then go on to build the society that those traits are best adapted to. like a feedback loop.

is there something totally crazy here?

about three weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

gandhi_2 Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

I'm talking about cases where internet access is available through the inflight wifi.
Taking control of the network equipment through which this traffic runs isn't harmless.

about a month ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

gandhi_2 Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

the whole point of in-flight WIFI is that people can be charged exorbitant sums for painfully-slow internet access while in flight.

While certainly it is no hijacking of a plane, the hijacking of this network equipment isn't nothing.

about a month ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

gandhi_2 Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

ahh... so just all the passenger data can be hijacked.
nothing to worry about here.

about a month ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

gandhi_2 yes... (151 comments)

... but only by using Python.

about a month ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

gandhi_2 Re:The one good feature of ARM (108 comments)

"what price can we put on avoiding extinction"

sounds like someone's got a great idea for a kickstarter campaign!

about a month ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

gandhi_2 Re:What? (382 comments)

The point of the article is that 138,469 wished they lived in a kingdom with a benevolent dictator who can simply make people do stuff because they want it.

about a month and a half ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

gandhi_2 Re:What? (382 comments)

...except HE gets to tell you that. Because Master Blaster runs Bartertown.
Like Stalin... Here to administer the equality, not to participate in it.

about a month and a half ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

gandhi_2 Re:What? (382 comments)

If there's one thing Obama is passionate about, it is expanding federal power to all aspects of everything.
Why not cut out the middle man and create a petition that asks the White House to assume authority over all levels and government branches? That's essentially what you are asking for.

about a month and a half ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

gandhi_2 Re:What? (382 comments)

if your president decides who sells what, where, when, and how... you aren't free.

ditto if your governor, state legislature, or city council is doing it.

this entire thing is bullshit. it isn't up to any of them, for or against.

about a month and a half ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

gandhi_2 Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

UFC was more interesting before the weight classes and rounds. The old Gracie way, it was over when it was over.
The modern implementation before you today was scientifically formulated to maximize PPV revenue from people who want to see flying elbows instead of crafty omoplatas.

about 2 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

gandhi_2 Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

When someone attacks you, you are reacting to something that is already happening. So of course, without any experience one might revert to panicked pointing and shooting. But with experience and training, you can become fast, accurate, and mindful of the elements like [ firepower, terrain, time, strengths, weaknesses, and leverage ] which MAY help you overcome a time and/or luck deficit. Panic doesn't have to be a forgone conclusion.

USPSA, and even more so, IDPA competition can help you prepare for some of these aspects. Quick and panicked is that guy I was talking about, no formal experience, at best just shooting garbage out in the desert, at worst just bought a gun and tried it once at an indoor range. Practical shooting isn't about pinpoint accuracy, it is about balancing speed, accuracy, and power to achieve the most damage in the least amount of time. And going to local matches on a regular basis provides the repetition necessary for a conditioned-response-style drilled training (read On Killing, Col. Grossman).

Watch some videos of people like Jerry Miculek.

about 2 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

gandhi_2 Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

I never said girls couldn't. I said that on paper they should be able to just fine, but that out in the real world it just doesn't happen.

As far as wasting their lives, I disagree. A USPSA C-classified female shooter is likely to come out on top in a gun fight against the average guy who is has only informal experience shooting junk in the desert.

Maybe they won't be a champion, but 94.9% of all USPSA shooters won't achieve what Jessie Duff has achieved in GM status.

A couple months ago a 12-ish year old girl beat me in all 6 stages of a local match.... but... uhh... i had magazine problems!

about 2 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

gandhi_2 Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

hence my original post.... that females on paper should be able to compete just fine with males and there's no reason to hand out separate awards.

females do compete on equal terms, but their scores are compared only to other females for awards. you are blaming the symptom for causing the disease.

about 2 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

gandhi_2 Re:interesting times... (221 comments)

ahh, the "certain amazonian society" argument whereby someone seeks to argue against the prevalent facts by citing some small exceptions.

of course there will be a few exceptionally talented black swans that show up from time to time. these are exceptions to the rule.

for the year-after-year slog of shooters making their way to various competitions up to the top... WPW's, Camp Perry, USPSA nationals, IPSC championships, and all the hundreds of others, including the olympics, the males statistically dominate the top.

as far as I know, none of the scores are scaled differently for male vs female. the courses-of-fire are generally the same. the scores can be compared apples-to-apples, but we just hand out more trophies. females don't do worse BECAUSE of the separation, that is ridiculous.

about 2 months ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

gandhi_2 interesting times... (221 comments)

i see this debate in shooting sports going the other way.

there really aren't any good reasons why a female should be a worse marksman or shooting competitor than a male. in fact, small efficient muscles and better color eyesight make females more ideal than males.

so a lot of people think that there should be no gender seperation in shooting sport competitions, and I tend to agree. but for some reason, the top females can never quite break into the top levels with the top males. just last year, Jessie Duff became the first female USPSA grand master-level shooter. on paper, there's no reason why they can't be as competitive as the guys, but in reality it just hasn't happened. so we end up with segregated competitions (in most cases. there ARE plenty of gender-immeterial competitions out there) to keep it "fair".

disclaimer: i will never be able to compete against the competitive girls.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

gandhi_2 Re:WUWT (441 comments)

and anthropogenic co2 production is several magnitudes lower than natural sources.

uh oh.

about 2 months ago

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Anthropology as a non-science?

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "There has been a battle brewing in the anthropology world over how to define itself. FTFA:

Anthropologists have been thrown into turmoil about the nature and future of their profession after a decision by the American Anthropological Association at its recent annual meeting to strip the word “science” from a statement of its long-range plan.
The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines — including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists — and members of the profession who study race, ethnicity and gender and see themselves as advocates for native peoples or human rights.

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Jesus, the Desciples, and Portion Control

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Comparing 52 artist's renditions of "The Last Supper" spanning the last 1000 years, a pair of sibling scholars found that:
Entrees increased by 70%, bread by 23%, and plate size by 65.6%.
The results were published in the International Journal of Obesity."

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Apple sues HTC over patents

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "From Business Insider:

Apple today filed a lawsuit against mobile devices maker HTC. The suit claims infringement of 20 patents related to the iPhone's user interface, underlying architecture, and hardware.

It looks like the Nexus One, and other HTC phones, may have hit too close to home for Steve Jobs. Maybe adding multitouch to the Nexus One pushed Apple over the edge?

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Adobe CTO: HTML5 Video is "back to the dark ages".

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, in a blog post berating Apple's decision not to support Flash on the iPad, addresses the idea that HTML5 video might compete with Flash video. The best part is when he uses "open" to mean "using Flash(R)":

We strongly believe the Web should remain an open environment with consistent access to content and applications regardless of your viewing device.

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Full body scanners violate child porn laws.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The Guardian has a story about an ongoing legal battle over the use of full body scanners in the UK. The Protection of Children Act 1978, includes provisions in which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a "pseudo-image" of a child....which a full body scanner does."
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Personal data on 131k Army Guard troops lost.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  about 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "

Approximately 131,000 current and former Army National Guard members could be affected by a recent data loss, which occurred when a personal laptop owned by an Army Guard contractor was stolen.

The stolen laptop contained personal information on Soldiers enrolled in the Army National Guard Bonus and Incentives Program. The type of data includes names, Social Security Numbers, incentive payment amounts and payment dates.

Those 131k troops could probably tell you: unless deadly force was used to "steal" it, it wasn't stolen. Someone just left it unsecured."
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Obama's give Queen of England preloaded ipod

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Daily News is running a story about transfer of media licenses across nation-state boundaries.

Supposedly, President Obama generously gave the Queen of England a pre-loaded iPod that includes video footage of her 2007 visit to the U.S. and songs made popular on Broadway".

"Her Majesty's Royal iPod gift was stocked with 40 tunes from popular Broadway productions, including West Side Story, My Fair Lady and South Pacific."

Which is weird...I didn't think West Side Story was public domain yet. When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way..."
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Sun in talks to be acquired by IBM.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "Sun Microsystems soared in European trading after a report that it was in talks to be acquired by I.B.M.

The Wall Street Journal, quoting "people familiar with the matter," reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company's closing share price Tuesday. Officials of Sun and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment. Story here."

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TradeComet suing Google for anti-competitiveness.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "The NY Times is running a story that TradeComet.com, which runs SourceTool.com, is suing Google for anti-competitive acts and using its monopoly position to harm competitors. It seems TradeComet alleges that Google unfairly charged them more money for advertisement when Google figured out that TradeComet was a competitor.

So goes the article:

A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor. Skip to next paragraph Related Times Topics: Google Inc.

TradeComet.com, which operates a site called SourceTool.com, a vertical search engine for those seeking business products and services, accused Google of raising the advertising rates it charged the company after it realized that SourceTool was a potential competitor.

TradeComet also said that Google entered into an anticompetitive agreement with Business.com, a SourceTool rival, which despite having a similar business model was offered more favorable advertising terms.

Google fired back, explaining that with a really long straw, it drinks TradeComet's milkshake."
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Another suppression of a negative online review.

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gandhi_2 writes "As per the SF Chronicle's website,

In a case that could chill free speech online, a San Francisco chiropractor has sued a local artist over negative reviews published on Yelp, the popular Web site that rates businesses.

It seems that a Chiropractor didn't like his review... a C&D, a revision, and some arguments later: it goes to court.

In a quote that would make Stalin proud, Attorney Aaron Moris states:

There needs to be some sort of blowback against unfettered speech.

Wonderful."
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Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat

gandhi_2 gandhi_2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The NYT is reporting that some studies published in Nature are detailing how most Biofuels release more atmospheric carbon than conventional fossil fuels:

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded. The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. These latest studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.

www.nytimes.com "

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