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Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

micahraleigh Re: Bone a Neanderthal (125 comments)

Last I remember all the neanderthal specimens were discredited by highly secular sources.

The original fossils were mixed with clearly human fossils, but were later determined to have a condition called rickets.

So, yeah, this one seems a little made up to me, and I don't blame the 58% of Americans who don't believe in evolution.

If all the species are related, why are there all these shenanigans?

2 hours ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

micahraleigh Re:The obvious question is (159 comments)

I'm sure the NSA would never want to tap into something like that.

... Your honor, it is a legitimate means of identifying, uh, potential terrorists.

yesterday
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

micahraleigh Re:can I snooze on this feature ... (169 comments)

I read the summary, at least. Today's opt-in features are tomorrows standard features. It's a vetting mechanism -or at least a pretext of one.

Slashdot beta for example.

yesterday
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

micahraleigh Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (763 comments)

It's a problem because the elite Ph.D's in Washington DC and the media recognize how irrational and how illogical we all are.

These visionaries are just now uncovering how this irrationality of common people applies to women also.

So we need to help these wonderful leaders by helping women make the correct choices they don't want to make for themselves.

Allowing women to make their own choices is part of the War on Women, see?

yesterday
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

micahraleigh Re:problem (119 comments)

Well, the IRS has helped some tea party organizations understand they have incorrect political views.

According to Eric Snowden, the NSA has been happy to help their significant others (and potential significant others) by keeping an eye on them.

Some government offices in Ohio helped us learn more about Joe the Plumbers' tax history (since he has incorrect political views).

So you see, the government has lots of time to help. And what will they do with all this time if they can't read our emails?

2 days ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

micahraleigh problem (119 comments)

How will the government help us correctly understand politics if they can't read our email?

3 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

micahraleigh Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

Back in grade school I remember reading that without sugar your body can't live for "a single second". As you can probably imagine that stuck out to me as a kid.

Recent studies seem to indicate Alzheimers has more to do with sleep deprivation over time.

4 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

micahraleigh fail (351 comments)

Twenty odd countries with "space programs" but no one has the means to put a human on the moon any more (which people did in the 60's!).

Everyone gets more and more ambitious with their goals while related capabilities are being lost forever.

Apologies to the Draper watchers: we really had it better back then.

Anyway, I'd rather keep *my* tax dollars on the earth so I can spend it on my kids and not the religious pursuit of Science.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

micahraleigh SimCity 2000 (566 comments)

In SimCity 2000 couldn't you build fusion power plants around 2020?

Sounds like they got it about right.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

micahraleigh Re:Scripting language du jour (547 comments)

Having been a C/C++ programmer for 7 years and a C# developer for 4 years, I can tell you for sure the C#(/Java?) guys can crank it out faster, and for most of business the bottleneck is development.

The anecdotal indicator is that C#/Java devs stand to make a lot more money and see a lot more listings.

But I can't comment on how C++14 will or will not affect that except to say people are starting to look more seriously at C++ now.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

micahraleigh Re:Who cares? (547 comments)

Some of us monitor adoption as if staying current affected our employability.

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

micahraleigh Re:security through obscurity (124 comments)

I'm not sure it's "alone suffecient", but if I can make reversing too expensive for my competitors, foreign adversaries, etc, I wouldn't call it "the completely wrong approach".

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Delving Into the Black Art of Super Secure Software Obfuscation

micahraleigh Re:security through obscurity (124 comments)

I'm not sure if you have a legitimate point or are arguing for an ideology here (i.e. everyone should have the same incoming, military, software, etc).

I can reverse engineer the output of a dotfuscated solution, for example, but the code is so mangled during the obfuscation process (where classes are hacked and merged semi-arbitrarily and variable names turn into "A", "x34Kj", etc) that it becomes unmanageable to make any changes to.

Being able to reliably make changes to the source code is almost the entire cost of software development.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

micahraleigh Re:Good luck with that. (652 comments)

The government will be glad to help us learn what we need using advanced education centers (such as, colleges, sanitariums, and gulags).

A lot of it boils down to making sure the people who vote incorrectly are "re-educated" by the IRS.

about three weeks ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

micahraleigh Re:the solution: (651 comments)

"Objectively, though, he's pointing out pretty valuable ..."

Value is not determined by objects. You can't say that something is objectively valuable.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

micahraleigh Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

You are familiar with the East Anglia Institute scandal, right?

Or the IPCC walking back its own claims? That one has happened several times.

about three weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

micahraleigh Re:In other words nobody is born smart (269 comments)

Identical twins don't have exactly the same DNA.

This was a (relatively) recent discovery.

about a month ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

micahraleigh Re:well (200 comments)

MS delivered the tablet first. Should they have won?

about a month ago

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