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I've been programming for way too long.

Notes to self :-

  1. Never post to a question that begins with So.
  2. Never get into a discussion about Big-Oh.

Jan
13
comment Why are mosquitoes repelled by smoke?
Perhaps my additions will help.
Jan
12
comment Why are mosquitoes repelled by smoke?
Less "fear" - more "death follows swiftly". Kinda like "I smell almonds ... should I drink this or put it down?"
Aug
5
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@RichardSmith - interesting discussion - my arguments do not apply to bees because bees, although still a colony species like ants, feed primarily on nectar and pollen, a much richer foodstuff that can support powerful and robust flying mechanisms and sufficient brain power to find your way home and communicate 'good' locations. Ants feed primarily on the cellulose of leaves or what fungus breaks it down into. This is an energy-poor foodstuff that cannot support the energy required to fly[citation needed].
Aug
4
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@RichardSmith - Wasps and bees are what ants would become if they had wings. Wings would enable them to feed off the far more cost-effective nectar and pollen rather than the leaf cellulose they actually feed on. Essentially, if ants had wings we'd call them bees.
Aug
3
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@RichardSmith (Also ...) - If they could evolve to fly in formation, thus preserving the colony then I would agree. Keeping together is much easier when everyone walks and you can smell/taste where your colleagues have been.
Aug
3
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@StephUnna - Wind dispersal would only be of value during a diaspora. At any other time, wind would just scatter the colony.
Aug
3
comment Why don't all ants have wings?
@RichardSmith - I thought we were talking about ants. Flying away is a huge negative in a "Colony" species.
Aug
3
comment Is the theory of evolution being disproved by bats?
So basically, once trees evolved, birds (and bats) were inevitable.