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US Consumer Bureau Opens Online Credit Card Complaint DB

infaustus Re:well damn (162 comments)

There are plenty of cards that have no annual fee, regardless of whether you carry a balance. I have 4 such cards.

more than 2 years ago
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Bonobos Join Chimps As Closest Human Relatives

infaustus Re:Bonobo Chimpanzee (259 comments)

I thought the post had some trollish racial subtext.

more than 2 years ago
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Your State University Doesn't Want You

infaustus Re:Geography also a factor (551 comments)

It is not true that out-of-state students have an easier time getting into VA schools, at least not the good ones (UVA and WM.) They have much higher SAT scores and better GPAs because out of state enrollment is restricted to 1/3 of students. It's also not terribly difficult to get in from NoVA. Most of the people I know who got rejected and used that excuse were not the bright, even if they thought their weighted 4.0+ GPAs made them perfect candidates.

more than 3 years ago
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What You Eat Affects Your Genes

infaustus Re:not my field.... (249 comments)

DNA is transcripted into RNA which is translated into proteins, which are the main structural components of life. MicroRNA binds to the RNA transcripts, preventing them from being translated into proteins. The article title is misleading because we usually consider DNA to be our genes, and MicroRNA affects gene expression rather than genes themselves. RNA interference, including interference by MicroRNA was discovered decades ago but no one has studied interference by foreign RNA in food. It's mostly been studied in the context of viruses or transgenic cells.

more than 3 years ago
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American Grant Writing: Race Matters

infaustus Re:Not convinced. (464 comments)

Getting admitted is often more difficult than graduating. In order to graduate, you only need to be good enough to avoid failing. To be admitted, you have to stand out among all the other qualified candidates. How about you try a little less unwarranted condescension.

more than 3 years ago
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American Grant Writing: Race Matters

infaustus Re:Not convinced. (464 comments)

If you read TFA article, you will see that the p-value's are given as less than .001. That means there is a .1% chance of getting results this extreme if grants are given on a race-neutral basis, assuming their model is otherwise correct. It seems unlikely this statistic is due to random chance. I have an alternate explanation for the data. Affirmative action means that degrees from and jobs at prestigious universities will overstate the aptitude of minorities, so these variables are not sufficient for the regression.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Enters Desktop Memory Market

infaustus Frosty Piss (65 comments)

Remember the taste.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

infaustus Re:Humanities - you're wrong (913 comments)

I find your attribution of Santayana's quote to Hegel amusing. Hegel is the source of a great retort: "The only lesson we learn from history is that we don't learn from history." The liberal arts portion of my education has been about as useful as a peacock's tail. It lets me impress people and make ostentatious displays, but that just attests to how silly our society is. I enjoyed some of the liberal arts classes, but if my parents had not been paid for them and I had to support myself I would surely have resented them.

more than 3 years ago
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Gliese 581d Confirmed as 'Habitable' Exoplanet

infaustus Re:300,000 years to get there (451 comments)

Genetic mutations won't stop because it's no longer necessary, but natural selection could. And random mutations tend not to spread without natural selection

more than 3 years ago
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LG Wants PlayStation 3 Banned From US Market

infaustus Re:Blu-Ray Disc Association (165 comments)

No, that is not a patent issue, it is a DMCA issue.

more than 3 years ago
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Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

infaustus Re:The problem in the US... (298 comments)

I think in some cases we have the opposite problem. You don't need to be a genius or even much above average to be a doctor, just to get into med school. There are easily twice as many qualified applicants as spots available.

more than 3 years ago
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One Night Stands May Be Genetic

infaustus Re:First post, for the umpteenth time (240 comments)

The vast majority of extant genes will of course be "selfish genes." Otherwise they wouldn't have been passed on.

about 4 years ago
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German Scientists Create Bose-Einstein Condensate Using Photons

infaustus Re:F1RST P0ST! (61 comments)

I think this was pretty firmly considered impossible - there is a problem in my stat mech textbook (Kittel and Kromer, Thermal Physics) as follows: 7.7) Photon condensation. Consider a science fiction universe in which the number of photons N is constant, at a concentration of 10^20 cm^-3. The number of thermally excited photons we assume is given by the result of Problem 4.1, which is Ne=2.404V(tau^3)/(pi^2hbar^3c^3). Find the critical temperature in K below which Ne N. The excess N - Ne will be in the photon mode of lowest frequency; the excess might be described as a photon condensate in which there is a large concentration of photons in the lowest mode. In reality there is no such principle that the total number of photons be constant, hence there is no photon condensate.

about 4 years ago
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Lawyer Smokes Pages From the Koran and Bible

infaustus Re:You CAN be fired (138 comments)

From your link: "Several exceptions to the doctrine exist, especially if unlawful discrimination is involved regarding the termination of an employee." Political discrimination is pretty much always unlawful. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is unlawful in many states.

more than 4 years ago
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Sergey Brin On Google and China

infaustus Re:Politial speech influenced 6 yrs old chid. (368 comments)

The US series are cheap because they have a large domestic audience. The US series are shown in other countries because they are cheap, and this makes them even cheaper. Nowhere in this chain of events is force being applied by anyone to anyone. Whether or not they are good is both subjective and irrelevant. As far as I'm concerned, all television is terrible and I don't watch it. (This is, of course, the cheapest option. But I don't feel like I'm being forced to make it.)

more than 4 years ago
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Sergey Brin On Google and China

infaustus Re:Politial speech influenced 6 yrs old chid. (368 comments)

Really? The US is forcing you to watch its television programs and movies...by providing them at a cheap price? Well, there are Americans who believe similar things about China, so I guess idiots abound in every country.

more than 4 years ago
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Multitasking In For iPhone 4.0?

infaustus Re:ipad might be worthwile (345 comments)

Over and underrated mods don't get metamodded, so they're a safe way to be an asshole.

more than 4 years ago

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