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Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

nicoleb_x Wishful thinking (99 comments)

The conclusion that bone density seemed to change about the time that the last ice age ended and humans became more adept at agriculture doesn't necessarily mean that there is a correlation and one caused the other. There could be many reasons or no reason at all. Not all changes are the result of environmental pressures, some are just random and if the change doesn't result in significant weakening of the ability to survive and reproduce then it might become widespread while not being an adaptive trait.

9 hours ago
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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

nicoleb_x Re:I believe it! (48 comments)

It's probably BS, but what isn't?

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

nicoleb_x Fake Drunk Selfies (134 comments)

So now all the 13 year olds will be faking a drunk selfy to see if Facebook gives them the knock-knock. I suspect this will actually encourage them to drink. I can hear it now: "Dude Facebook thinks I'm drunk, how cool is that!"

about two weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

nicoleb_x Hyberbole (545 comments)

Wow! You go from quoting studies to pure hyperbole and expect us to accept them both without hesitation. When you argue with "might", "maybe" and "may well be" you're just making it up.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

nicoleb_x Certs are artificial, build real demand (317 comments)

So you've realized that your skills are not in demand, so you turn to certs to boost what you don't have. Hmmm, maybe you should develop some new skills and advertise them. It's a classic capitalistic action but quite effective. I'm constantly looking for people who have good programming skills and I have a hard time finding them. A cert or two won't impress me, quite the opposite actually.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

nicoleb_x Not settled science? (128 comments)

I'm guessing that this is not settled science (whatever that is) and that at most they have a model to justify their model.

about three weeks ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

nicoleb_x But that is not Washington... (110 comments)

As usual, the Democrats and the President are NOT part of the Washington establishment (that is to blame for this) and so this can't be blamed on them. They have campaigned against this (even last week). You should probably look to the Republicans to blame.

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

nicoleb_x Same there (459 comments)

I can't think of too many qualified black candidates that I interviewed and then didn't hire. I'd have to say that percentage wise, people from Ohio (no idea) and India have the lowest success rate with me.

about a month and a half ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

nicoleb_x FL is fine... (161 comments)

I was one of those who thought Florida was all wrong until I moved down and figured it out for myself. Obviously, it's a big place with a lot of everything but altitude and snow. We've got enough people and enough "money" so if you don't want to come we don't care.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

nicoleb_x Re:In Related News (185 comments)

That means things will just keep getting warmer and humans are doing a poor job of slowing things down.

about 2 months ago
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Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

nicoleb_x Gramling Says What? (92 comments)

TFA by Carolyn Gramling is a real piece of work. It makes scary claims and then links to articles that make no such claims. I guess that is what staff editors do for us.

about 2 months ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

nicoleb_x What isn't a limited resource? (652 comments)

What a crock. All resources are limited. Nothing special here...

about 3 months ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

nicoleb_x Re:Suicide my ass! (185 comments)

There is no such thing as a coincident. Need to bring in some outsiders to investigate.

about 3 months ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

nicoleb_x Re:ash (517 comments)

Brooms, really? Cloud scoops maybe...

about 3 months ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

nicoleb_x ash (517 comments)

I wonder what will happen when some big volcanoes spew ash over most of the planet and solar energy production can't keep up with demand and the old, reliable energy production is gone? It's not like that has every happened, well 1816 sure, but it won't happen again.

about 3 months ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

nicoleb_x Self Serve IT (250 comments)

I was talking to a young, bright FBI agent last month and when I said that I was a software developer she said quite appropriately "aren't we all?"

I'm afraid that IT is becoming very much self serve and the few remaining Development/IT jobs are going to be very specialized and hardcore positions.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

nicoleb_x Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

Atheists can't readily be classified beyond not believing in a god. That single thing doesn't categorically lead to much else. I'm an atheist and I think abortions are pretty much murder. But then, I'm not necessarily against murder, especially in this case.

about 6 months ago
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DNA Study: First Farmers Were Also Sailors

nicoleb_x Re:Is that where the pre-Clovis culture came from? (40 comments)

I certainly don't agree with any claims to great land masses based upon some vague genetic connection. Now watery tarts throwing swords, I understand that!

about 7 months ago
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Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

nicoleb_x TFA doesn't have his face... (143 comments)

So why the heck can't they show his face in a story about facial recognition? Why the picture of a train? That has nothing to do with facial recognition! For all we know he has some incredibly unique face or maybe a tattoo across his forehead.

about 7 months ago

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