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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

mjm1231 Re:Actually, it does ! (375 comments)

Half of your argument is missing. You need the revenues collected information ("taxes per head"). If you get that and do the math, then you've got something.

about a week ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

mjm1231 Re:No shit. All cable content is crap these days. (85 comments)

None. I watch sports sporadically. Maybe a dozen NFL games, and once in awhile a special event like the Olympics or World Cup. However, I'm old enough to remember when that content was paid for purely by advertising. Now it still has advertising, so for me, the perceived value of being able to see these sports programs is pretty low. Certainly much much less per month than I pay for Netflix.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

You don't need a dna sample or a computer program to get the point of origin of any persons ancestors. The answer is always the same: Africa.

about two weeks ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

mjm1231 Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

I think it was the "can't imagine" part of the picture he was asking about, actually. I find it odd too. You would expect that someone with such a poor imagination could very easily be replaced by a machine these days.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

And some bodies passed biology 40 or more years ago, and then biology passed them.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Switcheroo (541 comments)

So you're saying a process which creates more variability will make a particular population be more the same as each other. Right. That makes sense.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

You're getting warmer. Race is a make believe purely social construction which has no correlation with genetics. 100% of it is not genetically determined.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

That there is no genetic test you can perform which will allow you to classify an individual as belonging to a particular "race". I'm not sure how you translate a similar test to large groups or populations, in any meaningful way.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Well enough to understand that it precludes any useful biological definition of race.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

oh, also... what part of there is no group of genes which can be usefully used to identify race did you miss?

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

I have never heard race ascribed to any species other than human.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Why are you trying so hard to pretend those differences are plainly obvious?

Especially in the US where everyone is so mixed up.

One of the neat things genetics shows is that everyone is mixed up, whether it is visually noticeable to you or not.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

True, but you can't tell that the person you've spotted as Mongolian isn't carrying Scandinavian genes, or which ones, or how many (leaving aside what a "Scandinavian" gene is"), making the visual determination you have made essentially useless.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Skin color is genetically determined. Skin color does not, however, define race.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

mjm1231 Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Because the suggestion that race is something that exists at the biological level is a falsehood. Every genetic trait you can think of exists in more than one population group. From your perspective, it might be easy to note that Norther Europeans are more closely related, on average, to Zulu tribesmen than Australian Aborigines are. There is no genetic trait or group of traits you can check for and use to make a determination of race.

about three weeks ago
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About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

mjm1231 Re:And what they did not publish (227 comments)

Except that, genetically, there is no such thing as race.

about three weeks ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

mjm1231 Re: Translated into English (306 comments)

Wouldn't it be about break even for each property owner, who would also be collecting rent?

about three weeks ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

mjm1231 Re:Hands and feet? (163 comments)

Most cars have a braking distance of a bit over 100 feet or so at 50 MPH. If the car in front of you comes to a sudden stop by crashing into a stopped truck, a faster reaction time won't help.

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mjm1231 Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

So, threatening extermination=bad, carrying out extermination=less bad. Got it.

about 1 month ago

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