May
23
2014
0

How to be a sniper in 10 mins

This device seems to be initially geared toward the public for game hunting. I’m a little concerned there doesn’t seem to be a restriction on who this gets sold to.

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May
22
2014
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Rigor Mortis and Poo to the Loo

The first is badass and the second … holy shit.

May
20
2014
0

US cyber high horse

The Obama administration formally indicted members of the Chinese PLA for the crime of cyberspying. No no, stop the snickering, I’m not joking. Ok, at least not intentionally. Their reason seems to be that Chinese style spying is wrong and the US’s style of spying isn’t because MORALS.

Lest anyone forget, the NSA created backdoors into Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s networks… among a few other things. Like recording every cellphone conversation in the Bahamas. Because we all know that the Bahamas was the center of major terrorist activity. Oh wait, that’s Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen? Well, then at least we know they’re the home nation of all those 9/11 bombers. No, that was Saudi Arabia wasn’t it. Well, at least they’re a major communist power like China. No? Mini communist nobody like Cuba. No? Unfriendly dictatorship. WMD? Nope. Hmm, no they’re a stable relatively friendly (at least up until now) democracy. They aren’t the US. Aha! That’s why we’re spying on them and recording all that information that is probably impossible to sort through to find anything of value in a timely manner. It all makes sense now.

I have no love for how the Chinese handle their cyberspying and even less for how they maintain the Great Firewall, but the US simply has no moral standing on which they can be taken seriously when making accusations about cyberspying. Add to that the fact that Israel routinely and vigorously spies on the US in much the same way that they accuse China of doing and is mostly ignored, and we see that US posturing is really laughable. Everyone spies. Spies use vaccinations as a cover for spying  and accomplish things like find Osama bin Laden. It was a great idea and it has since caused Pakistanis to stop getting their kids vaccinated. Said kids then go on to die from preventable diseases. No ones hands are clean, and in this kind of business, they shouldn’t be if they want to be effective.

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May
15
2014
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Learned debt

For all the students out there contemplating taking on significant debt for a college education, you may want to consider how it’ll impact your future accumulation of wealth. In short, it hurts. A lot.

About four-in-ten U.S. households (37%) headed by an adult younger than 40 currently have some student debt—the highest share on record, with the median outstanding student debt load standing at about $13,ooo.

For those with college debt, the average accumulated wealth is $8700, while those without is $64700 even though the two groups have the same income and same rate of homeowner’s debt. That’s a rather significant difference that could affect a household’s financial decisions for decades on down the line.

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May
13
2014
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Wheat or rice?

If you’re Chinese, the question of whether your ancestors farmed wheat or rice may affect your current day cultural habits of being interdependent or independent. A study of Chinese groups in southern China where rice farming was prevalent vice northern China where wheat farming was prevalent showed that the rice farmers were more likely to have views that indicated they were culturally interdependent.

So was Malcolm Gladwell right? No, I still think he’s full of shit on his rice theory of math. Southeast Asians and Madagascans have farmed wet rice for hundreds if not thousands of years, and how many famous mathematicians have come out of those areas?

Going back and looking at the IQ breakdown of China by province, there doesn’t seem to be any stark differences in IQ by latitude, so this seems not to affect ability.

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May
08
2014
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Single gene found that accounts for 6 IQ points

If this result holds, and it may not, then a gene has been discovered to account for 6 points of IQ no matter a person’s age. This bests the previous record holder of half a percent by a significant amount. Previously I had reported a similar news item for an IQ gene related to myopia and apparently that result did not hold up, so don’t hold your breath.

But if it does hold up, and the gene is not perfectly equally present in all human races, then there will be definitive proof that races differ in heritable intelligence.

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May
06
2014
0

Links of the day

  1. David Epstein, the author of The Sports Gene, has a TED talk about how atheletes have changed and not changed. It seems that most gains in performance on the Olympic tracks and pools comes from technological gains in materials, construction and discoveries that more extreme bodies perform better at certain sports.
  2. Nicholas Wade’s A Troublesome Inheritance is out now. Here’s a review from The Bell Curve author Charles Murray. Essentially Murray says that Wade is too brave for his own good and might expect some serious professional consequences for talking about race and inheritance.
  3. The Economist has an article describing a study on the basis of Asian American success in the academic arena. Their conclusion is that Asian kids aren’t smarter, but work harder. They came to this conclusion because they found Asian kids had achievement test scores that were approximately equal to those of whites in kindergarten. From past reading however, IQ scores before the age of 14 are much more fluid than after the age of 14, so I don’t know how much stock to put into this study.
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