Still, somebody should ask Joni Ernst: “Since you brought it up, exactly what circumstances would justify you shooting a police officer or a soldier in the head?” Oh yeah: that would require her taking questions, which I doubt we’ll see in the last days of this campaign.
According to Michael Slezak, evidence now confirms what many paleo-anthropologists and Paleontologists suspected, that modern humans interbred with our Neanderthal relatives.
When humans hooked up with Neanderthals, we could have wooed them with music and fancy jewellery.
The oldest DNA of a modern human ever to be sequenced shows that the Homo sapiens who interbred with the Neanderthals were very modern - not just anatomically but with modern behaviour including painting, modern tools, music and jewellery.
Some previous estimates had placed the first interspecies liaison much earlier, before the emergence of these features. The new DNA sequence shows it actually happened in the middle of an age called the Initial Upper Palaeolithic, when there was an explosion of modern human culture.
About 2 per cent of many people’s genomes today is made up of Neanderthal DNA, a result of interbreeding between the two species that can be seen in everyone except people from sub-Saharan Africa. The so-called Ust’-Ishim man, named after the town in western Siberia where he was found, carries a similar proportion of Neanderthal DNA in his genome as present-day Eurasians, and a combination of radiocarbon and genetic dating shows he died only about 45,000 years ago.
The rise of skynet - not that far off?
Google Inc is expanding its artificial intelligence initiative, hiring more than half a dozen leading academics and experts in the field and announcing a partnership with Oxford University to “accelerate” its efforts.
Google will make a “substantial contribution” to establish a research partnership with Oxford’s computer science and engineering departments, the company said on Thursday regarding its work to develop the intelligence of machines and software, often to emulate human-like intelligence.
Google did not provide any financial details about the partnership, saying only in a post on its blog that it will include a program of student internships and a series of joint lectures and workshops “to share knowledge and expertise.”
For instance, note how the weekly’s 3,300-word profile ignored Paul’s chronic plagiarism, and danced around his recent foreign policy U-turn. Once a proud isolationist who berated opponents as war hawks, Paul seemed to suddenly abandon his libertarian beliefs when public concern spiked this summer over the rising threat of the Islamic State. Paul then backed swift military action.
That’s what known in politics as a flip-flop, and lots of journalists have freely applied that standard to Paul’s dramatic turn-about. But not Time, which insists Paul’s drastic policy shift simply reflects his “complexity.”
Kochs support 3rd party candidate to scuttle Democrat chances in North Carolina.
“More weed, less war.”
That’s the latest campaign slogan in the North Carolina Senate race advertising wars. And no, neither Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan nor Republican challenger Thom Tillis is jumping on the state’s marijuana legalization effort.
A quarter million dollars in online ads is now supporting a third-party Senate challenger — Libertarian candidate and pizza delivery guy Sean Haugh. The ads are coming from an unlikely source: the American Future Fund, a secret-donor political group backed by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers.
The spots are aimed at young voters who typically support Democrats. One features a twenty-something who criticizes Hagan for opposing legalization and supporting President Obama’s war efforts in Afghanistan.
Connected cars are starting to rev up for AT&T, the operator said on its third-quarter earnings call on Wednesday afternoon.
Automakers such as Audi and General Motors started this summer to deliver cars that connect to AT&T’s LTE network, and act like a “hotspot on wheels” for the driver and passengers. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) CFO John Stephens said on the call that the operator is now seeing “significant impact” from connected cars.
“In the third quarter, We added more than 500,000 connected cars, as the 2015 models started to roll off the production lines,” Stephens said. (See GM: 10 Car Models on Road With AT&T’s LTE.)
Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T’s Mobile and Business Solutions, predicted in September that by 2017 there will be 10 million cars with embedded cellular connectivity on the road. (See Driving Miss 4G: Execs Talk LTE Cars at CTIA.)
Heartened by the recent à la carte move of HBO and CBS, Verizon is now working with its content partners to fashion business models for its own planned OTT ventures.
On the company’s earnings call Tuesday, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) EVP & CFO Fran Shammo said Verizon is looking at delivering over-the-top (OTT) video services to consumers in two different ways, over LTE Multicast to wireless subscribers on its LTE network and over the Internet to home broadband users. He said each method offers a distinct way to address the growing demand for untethered video services.
In Shammo’s view, Verizon will rely on LTE Multicast to beam major live TV events to wireless subscribers, including big concerts and sporting events like the Super Bowl. He noted that multicast technology is “so efficient” for delivering that kind of mass-appeal programming to large groups of viewers. Plans now call for Verizon to launch that live mobile TV service sometime late next year, after enough compatible phones, tablets and other mobile devices are in consumers’ hands and enough content providers are on board with the concept. (See Verizon: Multicast Is ‘a Year Away’.)
Conservative columnist and former Reagan administration aide Douglas MacKinnon is out with a new book calling for Southern states to secede…again.
While speaking yesterday with Janet Mefferd about his book, “The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country…Now,” MacKinnon called for a movement of states, starting with South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, to establish a new country that will adhere to the Religious Right’s political agenda.
Texas, MacKinnon explained, was not included in his secessionist blueprint because “there have been a number of incursions into Texas and other places from some of the folks in Mexico.”
He added that the South had “seceded legally” and “peacefully” during the Civil War, but greedy Northerners like President Lincoln “waged an illegal war that was in fact not declared against the South after the South basically did what we’re talking about in this book now in terms of peacefully, legally and constitutionally leaving the union.” - See more at: rightwingwatch.org
Amazon has launched its long-awaited German-based region - its second in Europe, after the one based in Ireland, and its eleventh worldwide. It was scheduled to go live at 3pm local time, or 6am PT, on Thursday, though it seems to have fired up earlier.
This is also the third Amazon Web Services (AWS) region that the company claims is carbon-neutral, after US West (Oregon), and GovCloud. It provides two availability zones.
The region is run out of Frankfurt. According to AWS EMEA chief Steve Midgley, this is because “Frankfurt is one of the largest internet exchanges globally.” Of course, sticking it in Germany is hardly a coincidence: the country has very strict data protection laws, even by European standards, and companies are limited in what they can store overseas.
Telefónica has launched a modular internet of things platform called Thinking Things, which consists of stackable modules for a variety of purposes.
There will be many sensors, actuator modules and so on to come, but the first manifestation of the new platform is an “ambient kit pack” that includes a communications module with an embedded SIM, a module for measuring air temperature, humidity and ambient light, and a battery module that can be charged via microUSB (the battery modules, which can charge 1,000 “communications” per charge, can themselves be stacked.) This will apparently let users remotely control the temperature, lighting and humidity of their home or office, though that only applies to lights, heaters and humidifiers that are plugged in, rather than fixed units.
The Spanish carrier group is kicking things off with some introductory prices: The ambient kit costs €89.95 ($114) with six months’ 2G connectivity included, or €99.95 with a full year’s connectivity - beyond that, connectivity will cost €14.94 for 6 months and €24.95 per year.
Importantly, the devices will be usable across Europe, the U.S. and Latin America.