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Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 780

And Isaac Newton spent a lot of time trying to figure out when Armageddon would happen (sometime after 2060 apparently) so what's your point?

The attempt alone is pretty blasphemous, as the scripture says that only the head honcho knows, and no one else.

And the only hint we have is "soon", coming from a timeless entity whose perception of time might not necessarily corrsepond to ours.

My guess is that it happens around the time the universe has expanded enough to preclude the existence of atomic nuclei.

Comment Fusion power is the key. (Score 1) 378

If we manage to harness fusion power generation, bascially any spot in space could be made livable. If it turns out that the only fusion reactors that produce power start at a signficant fraction of a solar mass, even colonizing Mars will probably be out of the picture.

What other technological advances would we need? I can think of areas like manufacturing (how small can we make a "factory" that can act as the seed for the industrial infrastructury of a colony, i.e. it must be able to make copies of itself and manufacture useful stuff), molecular manufacturing (can we build a device that, given the description of a chemical, can assemble useful amounts of it from simpler molecules plus energy?), agriculture (can we come up with an ecosystem that's simple enough to work outside earth, but produces most of what the colonists need?), space propulsion, space launch technology (we need to come up with something better than chemical rockets at least for the first 100 miles of the trip), medicine (especially dealing with cancer, which will become a major problem when staying off Earth), etc.

Comment Re:Bull (Score 1) 345

Non-STEM people just can't concentrate because they have the attention span of a gnat, that's why they call the thinkers autistic.

Concentration is usually task-related. Non-STEM people can usually concentrate just fine on tasks involving dealing with people. Autistic people can concentrate just fine on tasks that involve not dealing with other, especially Non-STEM, people.

Comment Re:goto is perfectly fine here. (Score 1) 576

In 20 years of c/c++ programming, I've never once used goto.

Neither have I, but I haven't needed lots of error-handling code or breaking out of deeply-nested loops/conditionals. I can see the usefulness and simplicity of a goto there, though.

Also, in C++ you'd probably use try/catch blocks for a similar purpose.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe