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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

hirundo A good news story? (131 comments)

If these parents preferred in-game geegaws to their children then even going to Fujian child traffickers there's a fair chance that the children would end up in more caring homes than they started in.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

hirundo designed by violence (190 comments)

I heard another theory on the way that violence has influenced our evolution. It was suggested that opposable thumbs were favored because they make some apes like ourselves capable of forcible rape, unlike most animals. The success of forcible rape as a breeding strategy led to the differential survival of more violent, impulsive men and more submissive (more likely to survive rape) women who ovulate monthly. And this male aggression has led to homo sapiens becoming earth's dominant megafauna. So if true, on evolutionary time scales the optimal amount of violence to promote species survival is greater than zero.

This is depressing in proportion to its plausibility.

about a month and a half ago
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White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

hirundo Re:What does Obama know that we don't? (284 comments)

It could be as easy as a credible threat that he must play ball or they'll have one of his daughters (add nasty bits here). Does anyone think that's beyond the moral capability of an intelligence community willing to indiscriminately kill anyone near a drone target? Based on such recent actions I think that there are plenty of such people in the permanent bureaucracy who would consider that to be an act of courage and patriotism.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

hirundo abaci (247 comments)

My old abacus is giving me splinters. I asked my boss for a new one and he said "cào n zzng shíb dài". I'm not sure what that means but I'm hopeful.

about 5 months ago
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Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain

hirundo Re:We are a colony organism (162 comments)

> That means that we're 90 percent microbial and 10 percent human.

That's very eukaryotecentric of you. Given the proportions, why assume that only the cells with nuclei are human rather than the other way around. Maybe we're 90 percent human and 10 percent new weird stuff. Dude, let the prejudice go and embrace your inner prokaryote.

about 5 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

hirundo grunting truth to power (370 comments)

This isn't about giving power to animals. It's about giving power to guardians of animals. Just like organized religion is about giving power not to God, but to priests.

about 8 months ago
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NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk

hirundo Re:The reporter does not like electric vehicles (609 comments)

Musk has not published data, but charts...

Those charts are data. They're representations of time series. Do you think it only counts as data when it's numbers in columns? Then measure the chart, write down the numbers, and make yourself happy.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?

hirundo Huevos Magnificos (340 comments)

> Right now I am planning a 'round-the-world-trip and my ship (an 18 meter Skerry Cruiser sailing yacht) ... What kind of hardware would you recommend as necessary for a trip of this kind?

#1 Balls of solid brass.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions

hirundo Re:Very brief summary (244 comments)

And what do you think would be a better use of $ 80 billion - fusion power, or so many more months of spending on our bloated Department of Defense ?

Crazy idea, I know, but maybe a better use would be to leave it with the people who earned it?

more than 2 years ago
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Test-Tube Burgers Coming Soon

hirundo Re:Excited (276 comments)

Beef Jerky. Reasonably low fat and low carb and mostly paleo diet. "Cow Chip" might actually sell as an extreme marketing term.

I once made a meatloaf in a Pyrex pie plate. When I served it I discovered why meatloaf is traditionally formed into a rectangle, when my son said "Mmm, cow pie!"

more than 2 years ago
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Nano-Scale Terahertz Antenna May Make Tricorders Real

hirundo 25 million American diabetics: "Faster please." (185 comments)

Seems like this story dropped the lede. The most significant use of this technology will be to detect blood glucose levels without lancing through the skin, making it a less dreaded process for millions of diabetics to monitor their conditions.

more than 2 years ago
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Printing a Home: The Case For Contour Crafting

hirundo Re:Cookie Cutter Concrete (253 comments)

Geez...just what we need...MORE cookie cutter homes that all look the same...

You've got that backwards. Printing homes mean far more customizations. Bespoke your heart out on Sketchup, send it to be validated by a building code / physics model, and off to the printer. A room shaped like Einstein's hollowed out head? A bas-relief tribute to your dog on the living room wall? No problem! Try getting that kind of flexibility from a conventional contractor for conventional prices.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?

hirundo On the internet nobody knows you're an old dog. (435 comments)

Remote jobs are your friend. I left programming for ten years, and when I returned found that my age and lack of recent experience was a definite handicap. Then I applied for a telecommuting job (advertising for a 'young' developer) and found that they really only cared about my coding chops and how well I play with others, but not much else. They never saw the gray beard. By the time they discovered that I'm not young anymore, it didn't matter. And it turns out that I really like working at home, and would hate returning to a cubicle.

more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

hirundo Glass Teat (839 comments)

The problem is that 'glass teat' is too metaphorical. It needs to become an actual teat.

more than 2 years ago
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Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You

hirundo Re:Boo Friggin Hoo (337 comments)

Asteroids?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

hirundo Sturgeon miscounted (1799 comments)

99% of everything is crap.

more than 2 years ago
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Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page

hirundo Re:Palin is a media virus (767 comments)

The widespread hatred of her makes me want to watch her to find out why. Whatever it is about her that selectively traumatizes liberals should be isolated and weaponized. Also she's nice to look at.

more than 3 years ago
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GameStop To Honor Ancient Duke Nukem Pre-Orders

hirundo naughty dino (172 comments)

What if my brontosaurus ate the clay tablet receipt? Will they accept petrified dung?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars

hirundo Re:Not yet. (275 comments)

Don't underestimate social flexibility. Society is also perfectly capable of freaking out upon discovering that AIs are safer than human drivers, flipping on a dime, and calling for an immediate ban on human drivers.

more than 3 years ago

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