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Comment Re:It makes no sense. (Score 1) 65

Seems to me Mars would have plentiful "cold" to refreeze anything which did melt... And inside, just like in an igloo, the air temperature can be quite warm while the ice itself is 32 degrees.

I'm wondering why they didn't just consider stone and dirt, which are also plentiful and probably just as good at blocking radiation, but I am sure someone thought of that. Surely?

Comment Re:Annoy is more likely. (Score 1) 100

The text makes about as much sense as the typical over dramatic Facebook post everyone sees constantly. It would be funny to train the NN with posts of that sort, and generate entire Facebook "personalities" that blend in with any other angst-ridden grammatically-challenged Facebook poster. Maybe it would even confuse the data scrapers and spies out there, who knows?

It ought to be funny in any case.

Comment Re:I found another unicorn! (Score 0) 317

I love meat! I love vegetables! But I prefer them to be derived from natural processes. Nobody can tell me with any certainty that some artificial fertilizer or hormone or genetic modification won't prove to be very bad for me in the long run.

None of us would be surprised if tomorrow morning a study proves some new chemical or genetic modification process to cause cancer, or worse! Maybe more of the cancer or heart disease seen today are attributable to that than anyone has (yet) noticed. Maybe some kind of superbug will evolve under the conditions created so artificially.

Now, mother nature's way (even with natural selection, human influenced breeding, etc.) won't gum up nature's finely tuned clockworks as quickly or unpredictably as "mostly random" guesses by "mostly ignorant of what they're REALLY doing in such a complex system" scientists. It's a field of science they're only barely scratching the surface of. It would be like randomly injecting bytes into a huge executable and running it to see if it works. Even with the help of an ML monitor, debugger (roughly equivalent to methods current GMO technology offers) you KNOW as well as I do that it would be nearly impossible to predict the outcome, or even notice the potential for a "fatal crash" in the unknown future.

I also grew up as a rancher and farmer, and we all know how those guys suffered due to the likes of Monsanto and others' GMO seeds pushing others out of the market, but making it impossible to plant their own the next year. Most families I used to know who had been farming and ranching since the 1800s have been pushed out of business now. But you can't tell me we have lower demand for the food they used to produce. The land isn't even used for farming in most cases, just wasted.

Sure, some of these things save starving people's lives, but so could almost rotten food. I'm more content spending a little more for food I can trust, and keeping the *real* farmers and ranchers in business. Thank you very much.

Comment Re:We got in at a good time (Score 1) 527

I agree wholeheartedly. Having the unique experience of learning to code in the 70s and 80s with simpler platforms, languages, and even expectations gave our generation of coders an enormous advantage. I daresay that we will probably be the most knowledgeable computer programmers in the history of mankind, because there will never be another Commodore PET/Vic-20/C64/etc. nor will BASIC and assembly language ever rise again... nor will any of us *have* to write software just to have software. There were many times I wrote my own applications or games out of necessity because the obscure platform I was using didn't have *any* software available to speak of... Timex Sinclair 1000, TRS-80 MC-10 and similar come to mind. We're living in much better times for computers, but much much worse times for programmers.

Still, it's kind of nice knowing we understand computers better than anyone else in the future of mankind ever will.

Comment Not so unusual... (Score 1) 997

Especially early in the days of my game development career, "crunch time" often came with MUCH longer than 10-hour days, often with no days off for weeks. I can't say we were always more productive toward the end of the day, but we (mostly) all managed and we knew plenty of others in the same boat. Still, there are always other jobs with better hours, and not getting burned out early in your career is a good idea too.

Comment Re:But that's beside the point.. (Score 2) 304

How many people run Linux and yet do not own or have relatively immediate access to a Windows box? I'm not making an argument about what should be; I'm talking about what is. I've derived great pleasure from owning a Kindle. If you're more interested in the politics of it, I support your choice to avoid DRM media - but it's not mine.

Quite a few Linux users do not have access to a Windows box, and prefer it that way.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long