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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

shadowrat Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

I read other articles that said the scientists basically found a correlation between heavy populations of biting flies and intensely stripped zebras. All they have is some statistical analysis that says these populations overlap. They [the scientists] then say that this is intriguing and someone should figure out if the stripes actually protect the zebras.

that's fine. it's good science. It's the journalists that are claiming, that flies have an aversion to striped surfaces.

For all we know, the heavy fly populations could be because flies tend to really like landing on stripped hosts so the flies are heaviest where the zebras are.

about two weeks ago

Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

shadowrat Yeah! Rats! Better than you think! (135 comments)

Maybe now the prejudice will end and rats can finally get some respect!

about three weeks ago

Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

shadowrat Re:Fine! (397 comments)

Then law enforcement using drones should be illegal too.

yeah! and while we're just trying to get some pork passed with this bill lifeguards shouldn't be allowed to warn swimmers of sharks and my construction company gets a $5 million grant!

about three weeks ago

Drone-Assisted Hunting To Be Illegal In Alaska

shadowrat Re:Redefine hunting. (397 comments)

As long as there are limits on how many animals you're allowed to kill in a season, should it really matter how you went about tracking and killing said animal?

That was my first thought too. I suspect that the limits are based on a reasonable expectation of how many animals people are going to kill while walking around and just looking for them unassisted. When the DNR gives out permits to kill 500 moose, it's probably done with the assumption that only 45% of those hunters will succeed. Now, if it was suddenly way easier for the hunters to find the moose, the DNR might have severely overestimated how many permits they could safely give out. It's easier to simply ban the use of drones for scouting out game than to recalibrate your culling numbers with data based on how drones affect success.

It's also probably in the state's interest to keep hunting reasonably difficult. if they start giving out only half the number of permits because people are just going to kill 2x as many moose with their technology, suddenly, there aren't as many reasons for tourists to come in for that activity.

about three weeks ago

Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

shadowrat Re:both (246 comments)

but i didn't have to type it. i can edit it, but the site prefills it for me.

about a month ago

Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

shadowrat both (246 comments)

wtf. i actually didn't hate beta until i tried to post this snide remark. but now i have to enter a subject for my replies? seriously, wtf?

about a month ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

shadowrat Re:Say goodbye (149 comments)

No, start protecting your privacy.

You do not have to allow then to do it.


And, self promotion (baby steps, but working):


sure. it works now because these computer vision algorithms are crude. I, and most people, would have little problem identifying those people. It's only a matter of time before a system is sophisticated enough to recognize that's a dude with some paint on his face and a silly hairstyle.

about a month ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

shadowrat Re:Some people are pathetic. (710 comments)

i've got to agree. My wife and sisters-in-law are all big into hooping. Here's what happens when they go someplace and put on shows or something: The girls hoop and a bunch of people stand around and watch.

Then the girls in the audience try it, but the guys just lean on the wall and watch only. It's not really sexist. It's the same thing that happens whenever there's a dance floor. Dudes don't like to get out on the dance floor. It's not leering. It's just dudes uncomfortably wishing they could loosen up.

sometimes i will go out and hoop as well. just to prove that a guy can rock a hoop. then there's a bunch of dudes watching a guy hoop. still doesn't seem sexist.

about a month ago

Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

shadowrat Re:sshh! (250 comments)

i'm moving to San Francisco from DC in July. Well, more likely i'll find a place around berkley. SF is pretty ridiculously expensive even by DC standards. I hope i don't start coming across as pompous as this posting though. It's always seemed like the ideal place for me to live. I don't know if it's for everyone though. I'd like to think that when i post about how awesome it is, it's with the assumption that it's awesome for me personally. It's not simply the best place in the history of the world.

about a month ago

Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty

shadowrat Re:Shill (545 comments)

The amount of water consumed by a bovine is only to some extent wasted, the majority ends up as urine that completes the cycle of returning nutrients to the land where the grazing occurs.

I'd wager that 100% of the water consumed by a bovine returns to the environment.

about a month ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

shadowrat Re:Personal Details (276 comments)

Technically witches had significant power in salem, so it was probably best to just out people suspected of witchcraft before anyone could exploit that power.

about a month and a half ago

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

shadowrat wooo! (459 comments)

now i can continue my steady diet of breakfast cereal with a smug sense of satisfaction!

about a month and a half ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

shadowrat Re:Yeah, but women want it all (427 comments)

I may get accused of being a sexist and all for saying this, but it's been my experience that a feminist vision of "equality" is very different from my definition. "Equality" in their mind is getting all the perks of being a woman (men fawning over you and buying you free food and drinks, sexual power, the taboo on physically attacking you, etc.) while simultaneously also getting all the perks of being a man (higher breadwinner pay, political power, etc.)--and all without having to suffer ANY of the downsides of either gender.

In short, they want it ALL, they want it NOW, and they want it all for FREE.

well, speaking as a man, i also want to get paid as much money as i can, be fawned over, and get free food all while not being physically attacked.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

shadowrat I'm an apple fan and this is meh. (264 comments)

I have a long history of pro apple posts. I'd just like to go on record saying this doesn't excite me at all. (neither does a watch)

about a month and a half ago

How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

shadowrat Re:Stupid question (144 comments)

i guess i also accept that some people don't know how to swim or are put into some scenario where they are swallowing / inhaling a mix of water and air. You can go quite some time without any air before you black out so that would likely be , if not painful, really terrifying.

still, as someone who has both inhaled some water from time to time, and someone who has been burned form time to time, it seems that inhaling water is really far removed from burning on the gradient of most painful ways to die. Being slowly digested over a thousand years in the belly of a sarlac is probably between them.

about 2 months ago

How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

shadowrat Re:Stupid question (144 comments)

I'd still pick "eww" over drowning, as drowning is supposedly one of the more painful ways to die.

painful? i haven't heard that. I do some free diving and have a respectable ~2ish minute breath hold under water. I personally have never experienced shallow water blackout, but i know people who have. it doesn't sound like they ever were in pain. they just blacked out, had someone not rescued them they would have drowned, but the last thing they remembered was peacefully swimming under water. maybe i'm not drowning right.

on topic, i'd chose drinking the helmet water over drowning too.

about 2 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

shadowrat Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

I live in washington, DC and it's sort of like that. The previously bad areas are all getting gentrified (and way more expensive), and the blight is being forced out into the cheaper subburbs in MD and VA.

about 2 months ago

Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners

shadowrat Re:Odd (335 comments)

Dear NIssan,

One word will explain why the LEAF is not popular:



The tesla is probably not taking leaf customers away. it's not really in the same class. However, if you compare the cars to other cars in their price range, you see the difference. The model s has all the bells and whistles you'd expect form an $80k sport sedan. It's a damn fine looking car compared to the bmws and lexuses out there. the leaf looks like one of the ugliest cheapo hatchbacks out there, but it costs twice as much as any of those. (the volt suffers from the same thing if you ask me)

about 2 months ago


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