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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

invid Re:Bone a Neanderthal (116 comments)

For example, consider ring species: species A & B can breed and species B & C can breed, but species A & C cannot.

Good point. What if Neanderthals could create viable offspring with Homo Erectus but modern humans couldn't?

Life is messy.

8 hours ago
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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

invid Re:Bone a Neanderthal (116 comments)

Someday they'll figure out "Neanderthal" is a completely artificial distinction, like "White Aryan", and the scientific consensus will be that Neanderthals R Us.

If by "artificial distinction" you mean the classification of lifeforms into different groups based on physical and genetic characteristics, the boundaries of those classifications made by scientists, then you have a valid point. A species is generally understood as a population that can interbreed and produce viable offspring. Homo sapiens and homo neanderthalis obviously can do so, so they should be the same species. However, there is a valid argument for them being classified a subspecies, due to measurable physical and genetic differences.

9 hours ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

invid Re:Prison population (407 comments)

There is a bump in this 2014 graph between 20 and 25 that is comparable to the baby boom.

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

invid Re:Prison population (407 comments)

It's especially surprising considering that there is a population bulge of young people with the Millennials. Conventional wisdom states that since most crimes are committed by people in their teens and twenties, such a population bulge would increase crime. I guess it's time to toss out conventional wisdom.

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

invid No Brainer (407 comments)

Zombie Apocalypse Shelters.

about a week ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

invid Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

My wife and I played Everquest II when I was in my thirties, and our guild was basically run by middle-aged women. One of the best parts of the game was camping boss mobs--sure, it took a while in that game but it was fun socializing with a variety of people from around the country, and the world. There were also limited online game references back then so it was a chance to compare strategy notes. The demographic of mature folk made for a pleasant social gaming environment.

about a week ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

invid D&D in the 1980s (238 comments)

I was in 3 different long lasting D&D groups in the 1980s. I think most of us would have loved to have girls join, but no girls played with us in that decade. Whenever we got the balls to ask a girl to play they just looked at us like we were crazy, like they would get nerd cooties. I went to a D&D convention in New Haven at that time and I remember there was only one girl out of about 500 guys. She was very popular, with a whole lot of guys wanting to be in her group.

There certainly was a social penalty for me being a nerd at that time, but I didn't feel I had a choice. I loved gaming and it was part of my identity. At that time, however, I think there was a larger penalty for female nerds coming from the non-gaming community than for male nerds. Any girl joining our very small and admittedly not very attractive group probably would have been marked as a pariah by mainstream social groups.

about a week ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

invid Space Elevator (219 comments)

We'll get there within a decade after building a space elevator.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

invid Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

Not quite sure where you see the No True Scotsman. I believe you believe it is "Countries over 100 million". As in, "No countries over 100 million can compare their infrastructure to countries under 100 million," which I don't think quite fits the Scotsman. You retort with "Country A can be compared to city B". I say that is comparing apples to oranges.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

invid Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

I'm tired of the fact that the United States, a country that spans a continent and contains more than 300 million people, is constantly compared to countries with populations comparable to New York City. If you are going to compare anything infrastructure related in the US to another country, make sure that country has at least a hundred million people.

about two weeks ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

invid Re:Caryatide expert here (92 comments)

DM: "You walk into an underground chamber. At the other end of the chamber is a large chest with a lock. On either side of the chest is a marble pillar carved into the shape of a woman. The woman on the left has a sword and the woman on the right has a battle ax."

Thief: "I take out my lock-pick and walk to the--"

Magic-User: "Don't move! Those statues are going to come to life!"

Thief: "What makes you think that? That sounds quite unlikely to me."

Magic-User: "You're new around here, aren't you?"

about a month and a half ago
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Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

invid Re:I'm sure this is just poor wording... (171 comments)

Astronomers expect a certain amount of lithium based on current theories of element formation in the early universe. Apparently they are wrong, bringing about, as Asimov observed, the most exciting phrase in science, "Hmm...that's odd,"

about a month and a half ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

invid Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Hmm, interesting. That's not how I interpret the phrase "It's reasonable to expect..." at all. I interpret it as "Reason tells me that a certain outcome is the most likely to occur." I think we should take a poll to see which is the most common interpretation.

about 2 months ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

invid Re: Her work (1262 comments)

It's reasonable to expect all people to refrain from credibly threatening the lives of others.

Sorry, but it really is unreasonable to expect ALL people from credibly threatening the lives of others. After all, these are people we are talking about. Maybe you don't have a lot of experience with people, but some are really messed up. Since we are talking about credible threats, it's reasonable for us to kill anyone who makes these credible threats.

As a disclaimer I'll point out that the above threat is not credible.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

invid Re:free electricity! (201 comments)

If you live near a star and you have solar panels, you won't need expendable fuel.

about 3 months ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

invid Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

Unfortunately, for most people's everyday online activities, they can get traced back by a sufficiently informed an connected agency and are not truly anonymous anyway. I see a future where anonymity and privacy are going to fade away, and most people will just shrug and say 'meh'. We give away privacy for convenience ever time we use a credit card. We do it every time we use a smart phone. Currently, it only exists for those who actively try to be anonymous.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

invid Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

The only way the Russian's can "win" this propaganda war is if they can somehow convince those Europeans who make decisions about sanctions that they had nothing to do with the downing of the passenger jet. People will want to know where that Buk missile launcher came from, who gave the order to shoot, and where that missile launcher is now. If there is any evidence that the Russians had any direct involvement with this, no amount of propaganda will help them outside of the regions where they have complete control of the media.

about 3 months ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

invid Re:21 feet (55 comments)

But can you ride on it?

about 3 months ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

invid Re:That's Less Than $1 per Device (530 comments)

They have a 'bit' of a smog problem in Guangzhou, but the hotel I was at had an excellent breakfast pho bar.

about 3 months ago
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction

invid Weak Currencies (115 comments)

Hold on a sec ... is he trying to say that bitcoin can help rectify problems caused by weak currencies?

about 4 months ago

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3-D Stop Action Created with Kinect and Minecraft

invid invid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

invid (163714) writes "Watch out Ray Harryhausen. A programmer has turned the Kinect into a 3-D scanner used to create stop-action movies in the Minecraft. All the source code is available for you do-it-yourselfers who want to place giant statues of yourself or your pets in Minecraft, or any other object you care to have made into block form."
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