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first_img(Visited 409 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If it exists, it evolved. How? By natural selection. How does that work? It makes things evolve. That’s all you need to know.Darwin’s “Stuff Happens Law” (natural selection) persists in the media. Why? It has to; Darwinists and their willing accomplices in the media and academia have outlawed every other explanation, including logic.**If logic evolved, it isn’t logical.Island lizards are expert sunbathers, and researchers find it’s slowing their evolution (Science Daily). Evolution is fast, except when it is slow. Don’t sunbathe too much, or your evolution might slow down, too. And you know what they say; evolve or perish.Is one toe really better than three? How horse’ legs evolved for travel rather than speed (Science Daily). Evolution evolved five digits, except when it evolved three or one. Horses evolved to be fast, except when they evolved to travel distances. Humans can outrun horses in endurance running, but they have evolved to have five toes, not one. So you see, evolution explains everything.Evolution from water to land led to better parenting (Science Daily). “The evolution of aquatic creatures to start living on land made them into more attentive parents, says new research on frogs led by the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath.” Fish must be terrible parents. Whales, too, because they evolved to go back into the water. But what does “better” mean to an evolutionist? Nothing; whatever happens, it evolved.Family quarrels in seeds reveal the ways parents and offspring sometimes evolve in conflicting directions (Phys.org). Evolution loves conflict and competition. Except when it loves cooperation. Do seeds have family quarrels? They must have. Darwin says so.This Fish Just Gave Evolution the Finger and Got Pregnant (Live Science). Evolution invented eggs, except when it invented live birth. “Various animals, including several fish, are known to have independently developed the ability to give birth to live young,” Rafi Letzter explains without blinking. “Perhaps, this is a window into how that evolutionary leap happens.” Perhaps. Perhaps not. If evolution gets the finger, Darwin smiles and says that evolved, too.Bird Evolution: Convergence Fits the Bill (Current Biology). Daniel J. Field explains, “disparate bill shapes evolved repeatedly throughout bird evolutionary history.” Of course they did. In “evolutionary history,” stuff happens, right? If it’s not divergent Stuff Happens, it might be convergent Stuff Happens. They’re as different as Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dumb.Humans are still evolving, all right.Human evolution is still happening – possibly faster than ever (The Conversation). “Yes, we’re still evolving.” Believe it. The caption under the graphic says so. Laurence D. Hurst says that evolution happens by natural selection except when it doesn’t. He’s exhibit A, evolving into an expert just-so storyteller.The natural selection of words: Finding the features of fitness (PLoS One). Peter Tourney and Saif Mohammad should be nominated for the BAH! prize, having written the most absurd, self-refuting hypothesis in recent memory. If words evolve by “natural” selection, does this imply selfish memes rule language? If so, the humans don’t mean anything they say. Words are using them to pass on their memes. Cue sound of implosion.These are scientists and reporters on acid. Dennett said that Darwinism is a universal acid. It eats away the brains of its disciples, turning them into storytellers in fantasyland. Lock them up before they cause any more harm.last_img read more

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first_img10 July 2006The number of personal computers in use in South Africa will pass the 5-million mark for the first time in 2006, according to a new study by technology research firm World Wide Worx.“PC Users in South Africa 2006”, a study of the installed base of computers in South Africa, shows that the 4.5-million mark was reached at the end of 2005, and it is expected to grow by 17% to 5.3-million by the end of 2006.Conducted by Kirsty Laschinger and Arthur Goldstuck, the study moved beyond conventional counting of computer sales to establish how long PCs, laptops and servers remain in use once they are in the market, and how many are in active use.According to World Wide Worx, this has provided a clear picture of the size of the PC user base in South Africa for the first time.“We found that PCs have a life span ranging 3 to 6 years, while laptop computers tend to be used for only up to three years,” says Laschinger, who interviewed most of the country’s major PC manufacturers and distributors for the project.‘Second life’ for old PCs“It was an eye-opener how many vendors of computers expect all users to replace their PCs every two to three years, when the reality is many users ‘sweating their assets’ to get maximum value from the purchase.”The result, according to the study, is that booming sales in PCs means not only more people than ever before using new PCs, but also that PCs already in the field will remain in use for a longer period, further boosting the user base.However, this trend may change once laptop computers overtake desktop PCs in popularity – a real possibility in the coming year or two.“Laptop computers cannot be upgraded as easily or as cheaply as desktop PCs, so they have a shorter useful life,” says Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “You can upgrade a PC bought more than five years ago to accommodate current software, but it’s unlikely you could do that with most laptops.“The result is that old laptops are more likely to be discarded than passed on, while old PCs are more likely to have a second life once the user upgrades.”Factors driving growthThe net result, according to the study, is that booming laptop sales will not have the same cumulative effect on the total user base as do PC sales. Nevertheless, growth will continue, but at a slower pace, in subsequent years.Factors that will drive this growth, according to World Wide Worx, include:Continued strong economic growth;The emergence of the black middle class;Improved education levels, including computer literacy;The evolution of the distribution channel;Improved affordability of PCs, both as a result of cheaper product and new financing options;Convergence of voice and data;Technology improvements; andDemand for more server/storage capability to meet higher levels of corporate governance requirements.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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first_imgchris cameron So you’ve got a fabulous idea for a startup? That’s great, but before you get wide-eyed and start thinking about wireframes, venture capital and moving to San Francisco, get your feet wet first by beginning to build your community.Having a strong and loyal community behind you is an important step in the startup process. After all, it will be much easier to convince a potential investor of the viability of your product if there is a thriving community eager to get their hands on it.Kevin Hale, co-founder of Wufoo, an online form builder, knows this better than anyone.Before they even knew what business they wanted to enter, Hale and his fellow co-founders, Chris Campbell and Ryan Campbell, began building a community by starting a Web development blog. The inspiration came from hearing Jason Fried speak at SXSW, Hale said yesterday in a video interview with Mixergy‘s Andrew Warner.“We were like, ‘Let’s do what they do. We’ll start building an audience, and from that audience something will be born.’ So we started a blog called Particletree,” Hale says. Quickly, the blog garnered a captive audience of over 20,000 RSS subscribers and over 100,000 monthly visitors – all eagerly anticipating the eventual launch of Wufoo in the summer of 2006. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The audience built from the Particletree blog aided the trio in attaining their first round of funding from startup incubator Y Combinator by showing the investors that a thriving community already existed for their product. The audience also helped reduce blowback when Wufoo’s servers crashed the day of its launch by reassuring new users that this was not a common problem.“Thankfully, our users who had known us immediately said, ‘We know these guy from Particletree. They know what they’re doing. They’re going to overcome this.’ And it immediately turned the tide for us,” Hale says. “That’s not something we did. That was our own audience.”More than two years later, Wufoo has evolved into a prosperous business based on the freemium model. As the community continues to grow, the company realizes that keeping the users happy is a continuing step in community development. It has a seven-person support team on call from 9 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.Disclosure: Kevin Hale redesigned ReadWriteWeb’s homepage in the summer of 2006.last_img read more

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first_imgKashmiri youths have now found a new passion that is motivating them to aim for the peak and conquer the mountains. Hundreds of youths go for trekking in summers as security scenario improves in the Valley.Riyaz Ahmad Lone, who resides in picturesque Pahalgam valley, prefers to trek along with his friends to Kolahoi Peak, 17,799 ft, in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.This peak is part of the Himalaya Range. “We use old trekking routes. As I am a local and know the terrain well, I lead the team,” Lone, a hotelier and an environment activist, said. Rauf Tramboo, who is the president of Adventure Travel Consultant, cannot do without trekking. For past 30 years, he has been trekking in the Valley and Ladakh.But, nowadays, he says, there is a change in the perception regarding trekking and mountaineering. “More and more youngsters, including college students, government employees, have started joining in, thanks to the internet and the conducive atmosphere,” Tramboo said.Mahmood Ahmad Shah, an avid trekker who is heading Jammu and Kashmir Mountaineering and Hiking Club, established by educationist Tyndale Biscoe in 19th century in Srinagar, has set high goals for the youngsters. Last year his club took an initiative of starting a Facebook page inviting youngsters for trekking. The invite elicited huge response. “We took youngsters for trekking to hills in Srinagar and subsequently guided them towards mountains in different parts of the Valley,” he says.Every Sunday the club takes youngsters to trekking. However, Shah’s ultimate aim is that these youngsters should become mountaineers. “We want to open up Kashmir for Kashmiris,” Shah said. This year his club sent four boys to Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports at Nunwan, Pahalgam. The institute is a joint venture between Ministry of Defence and state government’s Department of Tourism.advertisement”Youngsters don’t know about the institute. Its training fee is around `4,500. We hope in coming days youths who are part of our trekking programmes would move to mountaineering after proper training,” Shah said. “We want our boys to make it to the top. Scale Mount Everest one day,” he added. He conceded that most of the trekking initiatives taking place in the Valley are private adventures with youths taking local guides or local boys along to go for trekking.last_img
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