Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction
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.
Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches
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.
White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act
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.
Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?
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.
Gut Bacteria Affect the Brain
> 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.
Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts
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.
NY Times' Broder Responds To Tesla's Elon Musk
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.
Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?
> 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.
MIT Fusion Researchers Answer Your Questions
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?
Test-Tube Burgers Coming Soon
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!"
Nano-Scale Terahertz Antenna May Make Tricorders Real
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.
Printing a Home: The Case For Contour Crafting
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.
Ask Slashdot: Re-Entering the Job Market As a Software Engineer?
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.
TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?
The problem is that 'glass teat' is too metaphorical. It needs to become an actual teat.
Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You
Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?
99% of everything is crap.
Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page
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.
GameStop To Honor Ancient Duke Nukem Pre-Orders
What if my brontosaurus ate the clay tablet receipt? Will they accept petrified dung?
Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go
Dude, alt-D and chill.
Google Lobbies Nevada To Allow Self-Driving Cars
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.
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