I don't think people are losing common sense. I think that new technology enables people who never had common sense to try to accomplish things that they wouldn't have even tried before.
His real name was Obi Wan Laden.
The "Wormhole drive" was introduced in series finale of SGA and allowed Atlantis to travel from Pegasus to the Milky Way in seconds - normal hyperspace travel took three weeks.
And yeah, NO SF show has ever addressed the "how do you find a starship in a galaxy" problem (Star Wars, Star Trek, SG, BSG, whatever).
That's because Groening and Cohen and math/science geeks...
traveling into the future is, from a narrative standpoint, fucking boring.
Actually, Futurama handled this really well. Just go forward until you loop through the next Big Bang cycle. Then stop moving forward when the new universe it up to the point in its history where the old universe was and where you want to change things. Oops! Missed Hitler; quick, fast forward to the next cycle!
Not to be a total geek, but:
In SGA, the "Pegasus Galaxy" is supposedly about 3 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy.
In SGU, the Destiny is supposedly 7 *billion* light-years from Earth, or ~2300x as far.
So the Wormhole Drive would have to run for hours instead of seconds....and as we all know, the dipolarized unobtanium that powers it goes supercritical if used for more than 30 seconds and destroys the universe, so SGU *obviously* couldn't have used that...
My primary display is 17" running at 1920 x 1080, but that's because my system is a laptop (MacBook Pro). My second display is 23" also running at 1920x1080. And then I use Spaces to set up 9 virtual dual-displays. Does that make it 360"?
I have an iPhone 3G. I updated my iPhone to iOS 4. Now I have the same proximity sensor issue; I was on a conference call the other day and kept hearing a beep before I realized that my face was pressing the "3" on the keypad. I had to hold the phone like Steve does in order to make it stop
My favorite part of the NPR article was the sub-headline: "Discover It, Then Blow It Up".
Kinda sums it all, doesn't it?
It's just a glitch in the Matrix.
You can still compile and run FORTRAN programs--in fact, if you run Linux, you might have a FORTRAN compiler installed and not know it (I'm in Windows, so I can't see if I do right now).
[rgenter@at41 rgenter]$ f77 --version
GNU Fortran (GCC 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)) 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
GNU Fortran comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
You may redistribute copies of GNU Fortran
under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
For more information about these matters, see the file named COPYING
or type the command `info -f g77 Copying'.
Yup. FORTRAN, check.
I did. I make less money, 75K as opposed to 120K, but I get more time to enjoy my life.
after 25 years, I was real tired of pointless 60 hour weeks and day long meetings.
You really don't understand people. I pity someone that places all value someone could possible have on their salary.
we don't make enough software we.......?
It isn't a matter of making enough software. Nobody is suggesting that the government code up five different word processing packages and sell them to the highest bidder. It's about knowing that the software running our essential government functions is reliable.
At the end of the day software is just yet another export product
No it isn't. It's a tool that lets people get their jobs done.
the country doesn't literally die if it fails, you'll just have to live with it being slightly less prioritized.
Depends on what fails.
If the word processor on some senator's desktop dies, I doubt if anyone is terribly inconvenienced.
If something big and important breaks at the IRS, it may very well be a very big problem.
Software used for essential functions of the federal government probably shouldn't be off-the-shelf. It probably should be somehow verified or authenticated. It might be a very good idea to bring the development of that software in-house, rather than to outsource it. Because if that software fails badly enough, it can render those essential functions essentially disabled.
Why bother flying a plane into a building if you can do as much, if not more, by simply breaking a bit of software?