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High Speed Evolution

pubwvj Re:Selective breeding, an extreme form of evolutio (238 comments)

Wolves - dogs are a particularly interesting one.
They have been domesticated many times in many places. Or one might argue that they have domesticated humans many times in many places.

Similarities between wolf and human culture led us to work together. As a group we are more powerful working together than either is apart. The wolves and humans who learned to work with their opposite comspeciest are the most powerful.

Together we were able to domesticate other animals for meat. Wolves kept browsers out of human gardens. Humans shared food and fire. A very good bond.

Evidence varies from about 11,000 to 40,000 to 60,000 to over 140,000 years ago that our species started working together. Very strong evidence that we met up and retained multiple times.

What we like most about you is that you have thumbs and your minimal fur doesn't catch on fire. Very handy.

-Sire Grey Muzzle, 8109 PD

2 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

pubwvj Re:Farm (238 comments)

Probably about two decades, which is very fast in genetic terms. That's to weed the genetics to the point of breeding true on a bit over two dozen major traits we need. Things like extra nipples, more hair (think winter), shorter thicker upright ears, longer legs, improved grazing, marbling, etc.

10 hours ago
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High Speed Evolution

pubwvj Farm (238 comments)

We see this on the farm. Nature guides the hand of evolution in the wild through selective adaptive pressures. On the farm it is the hand of man, sometimes, but the same thing. We use selective pressure to improve our livestock. In just the past slightly more than a decade we have made significant evolutionary changes to our pigs. They're a particularly nice animal to work with for genetic selection because they reproduce fast (up to 3 litters a year) with very large litters (8 to 21 piglets per litter) with rapid growth (6 months to market, 9 months to breed) so we can turn over generations quickly.

12 hours ago
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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

pubwvj It worked so well in the United States (280 comments)

It worked so well in the United States that Canada has to follow suite in one more lock-step Me-Taoism.

yesterday
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

pubwvj Hire homeschoolers (517 comments)

Hire homeschoolers if you want critical thinking ability...

Oh, wait, you can't because your competition already did, or they are your competition because homeschoolers start their own businesses at a far higher rate per capita than public school students.

Guess you should have homeschooled.

Well, it's not to late for your kids, if you care.

yesterday
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

pubwvj So buy it online in another state... (256 comments)

So buy the car and have it delivered to you in another state. Then move it to Michigan. Standard Operating Procedure. People buy cars all the time and then move from one state to another. People go to another state and buy cars. This Michigan law is merely fanfare, not a real issue.

3 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

pubwvj Limited Vision (286 comments)

"said Leonard, who does not expect a full self-driving car in his lifetime (heâ(TM)s 49)."

He is a man of limited vision. I did a lot of AI research and development, long ago, back in the dark ages of computing, and I disagree. I'm only a few years older and I do expect to see fully self-driving cars in my lifetime. Perhaps I merely will live longer...

3 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

pubwvj April Fools? (172 comments)

This sounds like an April Fools joke. What's the date... October 22nd... Hmm... They've mixed up their calendar.

3 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

pubwvj Re:Video has 9 shots, 3 before, 2 perps (522 comments)

"(and to you in America, Canadians do know what to do)"

Your nationalism is unnecessary. Just like sexism, racism, etc. Grow up. Become civilized.

3 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

pubwvj Re:Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

"It's time to deal with radical Islamist extremists."

That sentence could be simplified to:

"It's time to deal with extremists."

Simplicity is beauty. And tends to get at the core of the problem.

3 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

pubwvj Re:Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

It doesn't really matter who did it. We still don't want to over react. Whether it is the actions of a terrorist, a serial killer or an insane person do not change the fact that we should not over react. The response should differ, somewhat, but all of those responses should already be in place. Nothing new.

3 days ago
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Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

pubwvj Re:Wired Access Will Still Be Standard (99 comments)

Wired is great for densely populated areas but much of the world is sparsely populated. Out here in the sticks we don't need the high bandwidth and we don't have the numbers of people to justify the expense. Drones or balloon could be a far lower cost option that would provide that coverage and would complement wired. The overlap is good.

3 days ago
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The Future of Stamps

pubwvj Non-Issue (131 comments)

We don't need another 'stamp' (alreadying being done multiple ways) but the fears in this /. article are also unfounded and based on a lack of understanding of how the US Postal System operates. The stamp gets read at the start. Once it is into the system it is fine.

4 days ago
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Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

pubwvj Politics (383 comments)

If having a Czar will concentrate more power in their hands then a Czar is what they'll create. We already have the CDC. If this were about solving disease problems then the President would give the CDC more funding if they needed it. This is not about solving problems but about power.

4 days ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

pubwvj Re:KISS (34 comments)

Luddite, huh? So all you can contribute is name calling rather than actual understanding of things. Interesting.

about a week ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

pubwvj Use the Filter... (75 comments)

You still have a filter in your brain that lets you not buy stuff. Use it, lukite.

about a week ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

pubwvj KISS (34 comments)

Love how they take something simple and make it complex, failure prone and expensive all in one fell swoop! Blah.

about a week ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

pubwvj Re:Swift must be a good programming language... (303 comments)

Don't worry, they aren't looking for _you_. They're looking for the development team members who really do have five years experience with Swift. This requirement is a filter so you won't get caught up in the hiring.

about a week ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

pubwvj Re:Windows 8 (303 comments)

"I'm a Windows Phone user"

WOW! Finally, I've 'met' one. According to the sales states there was someone who bought a Windows Phone but I didn't expect to actually make contact with you. Hey, how's it working out?

about a week ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

pubwvj Re:First taste of Mac OS X (303 comments)

Your funny. Wish I had points to give you for humor. You claim to be a power user but everything you want to do in life is quite easy, hit the Terminal, or even the settings alone, and customize things a bit. Complaining about your wallpaper colors not matching is not very power userish.

about a week ago

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Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 5 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes ""Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident."

Wrong. That demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of how evolution works.
Change a bit.
Test code.
Does it run better?
If so then make many copies.
Loop back to beginning.

It's a little more complicated but that is why evolution works. It is not an accident. It is a test bed."
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FDA Bans Farms

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 7 months ago

pubwvj (1045960) writes "Following implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act which will band the feeding of pre-consumer food wastes to livestock and stop the practices of composting food wastes the FDA has taken the next step by eliminating farming and food production altogether. Once this operational change is implemented all food will be synthesized safely in the industrial settings. See FDA press release at attached link.

http://sugarmtnfarm.com/fda-ba..."

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Vermont Company Advances Porcine Organic GMOs

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about a year and a half ago

pubwvj writes "A small Vermont company has mad major advancements this year in the burgeoning field of Organic GMOs which play to the all natural food markets. The claim that crossing pigs and spiders they have been able to produce the worlds first eight foot hogs that offer longer loins and more hams and shoulder pier pig. (photo). Perhaps more importantly is that the longer body length of the engineered swine have resulted in a more efficient grazer that does not require the high grain feed inputs normally associated with pork production. Pasturing in turn means true green eggs and ham. Note that this is the same company that several years ago released the egg laying pigs although production levels were never found to be economical."
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BURGLARY TIED TO JOURNAL NEWS GUN MAPS

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  about 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "The Journal News in New York provided a shopping list map to burglars of where to find guns. Now at least one burglary has been tied to the Journal News map."
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Robots are Revolting - Tourist Killed

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "In Denmark the robots are revolting, killing and maiming innocent bystanders. "Police in Denmark say an American tourist was killed and four people were slightly injured when hit by a runaway electric vehicle on a Copenhagen pedestrian street. ...the small garbage collecting vehicle started rolling by itself after the driver had stepped out to empty a trash basket... the tourist was hit by the vehicle and dragged for several yards. Four other people sustained minor injuries Wednesday.""
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Apple & EPEAT Mend Fences

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pubwvj writes "Apple Boycotted EPEAT because EPEAT standards were lagging and hampering creativity. EPEAT announced they'll work with Apple. Apple announces they'll return to the EPEAT friendship circle. In other words, Apple's boycot worked. EPEAT is now willing to change to meet Apple's needs for design improvement. All of this was to force EPEAT to update the standards and it worked."
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Bad Asteroid Art

pubwvj pubwvj writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pubwvj writes "This Reuter's Report: U.S. doing little about asteroids story on MSNBC has perhaps the worst artist rendition I have ever seen. The asteroid is said to represent the one of 65 million years ago. Yes, it was big, but it was not 300 miles high and the flames did not start while it was still in outer space. The artist should have done his research and should take full responsibility for such exaggeration. Things like this destroy science. Next the editors and fact checkers need chucking."
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