Might not be so well known in the US, as in UK and Australia Not my favourite, but was the first one that I though of.
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As for humanity surviving on Earth - aside from a "grey-goo" scenario, or malevolent AI bent on human extermination, I can't think of anything that would actually present a credible threat to the species. Now lot's of things could bring about the collapse of our civilization, or even *almost* wipe out the species, but even a 99.9% extermination rate would leave 7+ million people - twice the population that is estimated to have existed before the birth of agriculture. Even a 99.9999% extermination rate would leave 7+ thousand people - more than the estimated population during the worst of the last major ice age. And those few survivors would have access to a wealth of knowledge and technology undreamed of by our ancestors - I doubt they'd have trouble eventually rebuilding a new civilization, at worst it might take a few thousand years - and we've been tool-makers for over a million already.
The biggest problem that people starting to rebuild civilisation after most of us have been wiped out - is going to be energy sources, then metals.
All of the easy to get to coal, oil and metals have been strip mined and basically used up - the really hard to get to stuff (which they won't be able to get to) is going to be all that remains.
The coal and oil could eventually be replenished, but only in geological timescales (and favourable conditions)
I suspect they'll be a stone-age people until a passing UFO checks out the world that suddenly went quiet.
I had a 250Gb SSD used for just games only - LotRO, Firefall.& all steam (easy enough to move the library to be on the SSD)
Turn on PC, go make cuppa, return and check any updates done, play games from the fast...
Brought some 120Gb SSD as early Christmas present for myself to replace that boot HDD and another,
Also found that a Windows 8.1 touch laptop with only 2Gb memory is perfectly fine with an SSD - was forever swapping but usable with HDD.
Drones are so much fun and you can get so many cool photos and video from them.
Yet these morons flying drones near airports are going to ruin it for everyone. Expect to see them heavily regulated or banned soon.
Recently on the news in Australia. If they see drones operating near bushfire where water bombing aircraft/helicopters are flying they will ground them.
Current regulations are that drones have to be 30 metres away from people, they are not be used in built-up areas, not to exceed 400 feet in height and not be flown in controlled air space, but there is no law against flying near bushfires. Drones must not create a hazard for other aircraft, but if the device was several hundred metres away from its operator, how would they know if a firefighting aircraft was approaching?
We use (currently) PartedMagic Linux distribution on a boot USB. The "Disk Health" tool happily reports on failing drives and gives reasons.
Added bonus is that Linux is better than windows at allowing data to be copied from a failing drive (and doesn't care about the NTFS file permissions)
I'm going to have to reinstall Windows 7, and I can't tell you how excited I am about this.
What about your backup, restore to that.
Every time it snows, deniers claim "see, there's no global warming" and believers say "weather is not climate!"
Brisbane (QLD Australia) has last week had the coldest Winter morning in 102 years, many people are saying "what global warming?"
And Elite did this in 1984 Was it obeying the same rules or just creating "random stuff"?
From what I remember the star and planet creation happened through an algorithm, as you could visit the same location when playing Elite on a totally different computer, eg BBC Micro, or (eventually) PC version. There was some fluctuation on commodity prices but even that wasn't really random, more cyclic.
Didn't you know? Even more regulation is all we need to a happier and more prosperous life.
Didn't you know? All we need for a happier and more prosperous life is to go completely Thunder Dome!
Why not? I already run Barter Town...
I guess you two are in Australia, seeing as Thunderdome was on TV last night - still fresh in your mind.
A red directional arrow means no turn on red in most states. A round red light is turn after stop.
From another country (ie Australia) you cannot proceed through a red light or arrow at all, only on green can you go.
How many are old farts and still virgin like me? I will be like The 40 Years Old Virgin soon.
Past that one, 44 years and counting...
I work doing IT support in a school, talking with students and teachers all day though I am definetly an introvert.
I have no problems at social event - will happily go along - I don't need to be talky talky while there though.
I'm incredibly shy when I want to talk relationship questions with a girl. I just can't bring it up, or ask them out...
I don't know about that, but if this is a simulation then could someone please tell me where I can find the reboot switch? I want out.
Also from Douglas
"“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”"
It's the penticostals (generally in America) that you need to convince.
From the wikipedia article about Ussher "Ussher is also popular amongst creationists, even though they reject his methodology of using the most up to date contemporary scientific, chronological, historical and biblical scholarship to date the age of the world."
I suspect the reason we haven't heard from anybody is that the lifetime of high-power technological civilizations is only a few hundred to a thousand years. We're only about 200 years into industrial society, and we've already burned through most of the easy to get natural resources.
And when we manage to blow ourselves back to the stone age, we'll never be able to leave it without 'external' help - for the same basic reason, all the easy to access resources that made advances possible are gone.
Wood and fire is about all that will be left.
We've destroyed the natural water sources, removed biodiversity from plants. Are there any naturally occurring grains anymore?
The voices in the headset also represent real people, and they were there before you.
Do you think that people that walk into a fast-food place are more important than the people who are in the drive-through (and therefore almost by definition are in a hurry)?
My friends are rarely in a hurry, else they would get a pizza delivered.
They're just too lazy to get out of the car to go inside and have to eat with the rabble.
I've even seen people use the drive-through, then park their car in the car-park and eat inside the car - leaving the engine and air-con running.
Myself, I prefer to eat at the place. I eat at home nearly all the time.