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Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 818

New Zealand free?!?! We're living in oligarch's wet dream here! Unions destroyed years ago, privatised public services, low tax rates, corporate media, sedated population, low wages, no tax on capital gains the list goes on and on. Australia has one huge advantage over NZ, you've still got strong unions. Therefore you've got: 1. better pay 2. employees who are at least exposed to how industrial relations are supposed to work. Over here people just take what they're given because they've been told for over 30 years that they're worthless and so people actually believe it.

Comment Re:What if there is no reason? (Score 1) 393

Then in what sense is the matter universe an 'optimal' solution? ie what was causing that particular solution to be picked out from the others? If you say that all solutions are just as likely then it still is an anthropic principle of sorts because the universe would have been quite different if one of the others had been picked?

Comment Re:Just another dreamer? (Score 1) 888

People's behaviour is a function of their environment. Very few people in the Western world really like the way the culture has gone, atomised , dog-eat-dog, selfish etc but with an environment like this you are encouraged to behave that way otherwise you are more susceptible to losing your place in the culture, sliding to the bottom in poverty etc. Eventually it will all dissolve.

Comment Re:As others said, no .... but .... (Score 1) 734

Ray Kurzweil may be optimistic (to put it mildy) but I think his calculations about how much solar energy we would need to harvest is pretty good. So maybe 1/10000 of the total sunlight energy that falls on the earth. Here's another interesting link, wikipedia this time:

Comment It has to be easy (Score 1) 321

I think it's just too darned difficult for most of us to write mainstream apps whilst figuring out the how to take advantage of multiple cores, or figuring out how to write a web browser in erlang etc. I'll be curious to see what comes out of the stanford pervasive parallelism lab, I think they have the right approach to tackling the 'coding for many cores' problem.

Comment listen kid.... (Score 1) 372

this world is rough and if a man's gonna make it he's gotta be tough, and i knew i wouldn't be there to help you along
So i give you that name and i said goodbye an i knew youd have to get tough or die, and it's tht name thts helped to make you strong.
now you just fought one hell of a fight and i know you hate me and you got the right to kill me now and i wouldn't blame you if you do.
but you oughta thank me before i die for the gravel in your guts and the spit in your eye cos im the son of a bitch th named you sue.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle