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Comment: Re:Math? (Score 3, Funny) 202

by LesFerg (#47445953) Attached to: How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

A better analogy would also represent the space time continuum and the gravity well relative to the ant.
See if your ant is walking on a large rubber sheet, then you drop a bowling ball on the spot the ant is currently at... oh wait, the universe just made my ant 2 dimensional.
But you will notice that it is travelling much slower now...

Comment: Re:Or Maybe (Score 1) 686

by LesFerg (#47218883) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Or maybe humans already achieved interstellar travel then, being the warmongering destructive bastards we are, went out and destroyed every non-human intelligence they could find. Afterwards, being the warmongering destructive bastards we are, we turned on ourselves and blew ourselves back to the stone age.

Comment: Re:Energy density? (Score 1) 83

by LesFerg (#47203435) Attached to: Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

I'm curious how much the energy density of said yield would be. I did spin through the paper, I noticed the 300-400mg/L yield but not the energy density, did anyone else catch it amongst the jargon?

I guess your spin through was a little too quick then. The purpose is to create a porous " electrocatalyst". Not a fuel.

Comment: Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (Score 1) 93

by LesFerg (#47115805) Attached to: Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

... Why the hell would they go light years away from home to come and take matter and energy from earth...

Unless after they achieved interplanetary travel, but before they achieved interstellar travel, they moved onto zero-g space stations and evolved into a form that cannot come down our gravity well and dig for minerals themselves. Hence the need for a planet with it's own stock of slaves waiting to be taken over, like what happened the last time they came, according to some of the web sites I have been reading recently.... maybe I should google something different next time...

Star Wars Prequels

Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved? 403

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-find-your-lack-of-faith-quite-understandable-actually dept.
An anonymous reader writes "10 years ago today, in the wake of two disappointing Star Wars prequels, we discussed whether Episode III could salvage itself or the series. Now, as production is underway on Episode VII under the care of Disney, I was wondering the same thing: can it return Star Wars to its former glory? On one hand, many critics of the prequels have gotten what they wanted — George Lucas has a reduced role in the production of Episode VII. Critically, he didn't write the screenplay, which goes a long way toward avoiding the incredibly awkward dialogue of the prequels. On the other hand, they're actively breaking with the expanded universe canon, and the series is now under the stewardship of J.J. Abrams. His treatment of the Star Trek reboot garnered lots of praise and lots of criticism — but his directorial style is arguably more suited to Star Wars anyway. What do you think? What can they do with Episode VII to put the series back on track?"

Comment: Re:The semaphore flags are getting ragged (Score 1) 224

by LesFerg (#46830011) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

... and the Cub Scouts I employ to signal my messages with the flags are complaining of their arms being tired. I suppose that interwebby thing might not be a newfangled fad after all.

I've heard you can get Power over Ethernet, so what you need to do is, invest in some of this PoE gear, run the cables out to your flag holders, and when they start to tire just hit em with some electrical charge until they start waving enthusiastically again.

Comment: Re:Scalded (Score 4, Informative) 118

by LesFerg (#46774399) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games

What does Valve have anything to do with a game working or not working?

Precisely. I don't think I have purchased or even seen a game in recent years that did not come with a listing of prerequisite hardware/software.

If you entered into a purchase, received the goods, then stopped payment, I think Steam have every right to put a hold on the account you used until further information was received. What were you expecting, an apology from them because you didn't read the hardware prerequisites for a product you purchased?

If you don't dick them around, they provide a pretty damned good service.

Comment: Re:Medical doctor (Score 1) 737

by LesFerg (#46736959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

I have a kerosene fuelled soldering iron somewhere in my tool pile. Was planning to use it for some artistic sculpture work sometime. Of course it still relies on availability of a suitable fuel.

More important to know, I think, is somebody like a friend of mine, who could set up a blacksmiths workshop with the most primitive resources we could find. Tools and machining facilities would one of the most sacred crafts mankind would need to retain - after medical capabilities and healthcare knowledge. Tools and equipment for the purpose of large scale food production would be next.

Comment: If busy healthcare workers can do it (Score 1) 581

by LesFerg (#46729817) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

NHS England had a program (I believe it still has a green light) to train around 50000 healthcare workers to code their own solutions, not to send them on a new career path, but so they can set them developing software at the same time that they are performing their healthcare duties for the population - Code4Health

So how hard could it possibly be?

Comment: Re:no one would HIRE them, either (Score 1) 581

by LesFerg (#46729717) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I'm over 50, have been looking for work for a while now, and I'm getting nothing; no interviews and certainly no offers. I have a lot of experience and a good work ethic, but it does no one any good if the companies routinely dismiss anyone with more than 2 pages of resume experience, since they are seen as 'too expensive' to hire

And yet I dropped off several roles from my earlier employment history (on advice from somebody making my CV more attractive) and then got turned down for jobs by people saying I didn't have enough experience!

28 years doing damned good software solutions and now nobody really cares about code quality any more. Those who mentored me in my early years would be spitting if they were still around to see the state of IT now.

Two can Live as Cheaply as One for Half as Long. -- Howard Kandel