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Comment: Re:Missing option: (Score 1) 804

by Panaphonix (#29530039) Attached to: In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

This has been said regarding the financial crisis, but it's equally applicable to health care: Blaming greed is like blaming gravity for a guy falling off a building. Everyone has incentives, and everyone responds to incentives. Government has restricted competition in health care, creating incentives to screw people over. Prices don't just exist in a vacuum, they are based on all the factors of production.

Comment: Disappointing... (Score 1) 262

by Panaphonix (#27372615) Attached to: I expect the last human on Earth to be born ...

Here are the main reasons I can think of reasonably selecting the above time intervals:

... within the next 100 years (2188 votes / 11%):
  - Extinction level event? I am not convinced even a KT-type event could wipe out humanity on Earth.
  - Microbes could take out 99% but that's enough to repopulate the Earth.

... 100-1,000 years from now (4090 votes / 21%):
  - Same as above, with slightly more likelihood.
  - Earth-scorching/destroying event, like a close-proximity supernova? High-power cosmic ray burst? What are the odds of that? Seems far-fetched.

... 1,000-10,000 years from now (3792 votes / 20%)
  - Same as above, with slightly more likelihood.
  - And just to reiterate, total thermonuclear war with "doomsday devices" detonated or a giant asteroid would probably still allow a few thousand humans to repopulate if not far more.

... 10,000-1,000,000 years from now (3649 votes / 19%)
  - Same as above with slightly higher probability.
  - Since it took somewhere near a million years to go from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens, I could imagine some of you Slashdotters picking this poll answer due to evolution. But I would still call a "Homo superior" a human.
  - Perhaps you can say Morlocks are the only real humans, and since they are born underground, there are no humans being born "on Earth" at this point.

... More than 1,000,000 years from now (2387 votes / 12%)
  - This seems like the far most likely result, when the Sun makes the Earth uninhabitable, around 500 million years from now, give or take a few hundred million years. But it's the second-least popular result. I am disappointed in Slashdot.

Too late, we're just waiting for the comet (2591 votes / 13%)
  - I don't even get this one.

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