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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem 196

Posted by Soulskill
from the drugs-and-nanotech dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Paris Review has an article about SF author Stanislaw Lem, explaining Lem's outlook on the future and his expectations for technological advancement. Lem tended toward a view that technology would infect and eventually supplant biological evolution. But he also suggested an interesting explanation for why we haven't detected alien civilizations: "Perhaps ... they are so taken up with perfecting their own organisms that they've abandoned space exploration entirely. According to a similar hypothesis, such beings are invisible because technological ease has resulted in a 'Second Stone Age' of 'universal illiteracy and idleness.' When everyone's needs are perfectly met, it 'would be hard, indeed, to find one individual who would choose as his life's work the signaling, on a cosmic scale, of how he was getting along.' Rather than constructing Dyson Spheres, Lem suggests, advanced civilizations are more likely to spend their time getting high.""

Comment: Cautiously optimistic (Score 1) 63

by Sandman1971 (#47561701) Attached to: EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

I'm cautiously optimistic about this news. I'm just a casual game. I suspect that the vault will contain games that are 8-10 months old or older and have negligible sales. I don't mind paying 30$ a year to play older games. What this will do is eat into the secondary used game market (Gamestop, EB Games, Future Shop, etc..) as it will be cheaper to rent these older games than to buy even one used game, putting money in EAs pockets instead of these types of stores.

This being EA however, I wouldn't be surprised to see something like online multiplayer being a paid for DLC or something crazy like that, but time will tell.
The fine print also states that they can drop games from the vault at any time, so you can be SOL if you're in the middle of completing a game and that game is pulled. And the fine print also makes it very clear that this is a rental service. Stop paying for your sub and you lose access to the games that you downloaded.

Comment: DC Omnibus (Score 2) 165

by Sandman1971 (#47201395) Attached to: Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

My personal suggestion is to go back where the superhero genre first started. DC Comics released a Superman Omnibus last summer (

If you want to read about the golden age, Paul Letvitz (long time DC comics writer and one time President) wrote a great book entitled The Olden Age of DC Comics (Amazon)

Comment: Re:why not open a hunting season on them? (Score 2) 74

by Sandman1971 (#47029483) Attached to: Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone

Hate to break it to you, but the river doesn't run in the middle of the city. The river is a natural border between the cities of Ottawa and Hull, and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Where Petrie Island is (just about a mile from my house), there's nothing but woods on the other side of the river.

Comment: Sony is crapping the bed (Score 2, Informative) 93

Sony is really crapping the bed with the PS4. Very few games compared to XBox One, more exclusives going to XB1, dropping free multiplayer in PSN+, and now things like this. All things that PS fanboys used to make fun of in regards to Xbox. It's like they took most of what was great at the PS3 and did a full 180. Whereas I'm finding the XB1 to be a fabulous platform.

(Disclaimer: I own both a PS4 and Xbox One and I'm not a 'fanboy' of either companies. Just calling it like it is)

Comment: My backup solution (Score 1) 983

by Sandman1971 (#46464299) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

I have a similar set up. Between music, movies and photos I'm close to the 15TB range. I'm selective as to what I back up however.
I don't back up commercial movies or music. I have the CDs/DVDs/Blurays that I ripped. If something were to happen to the NASes that's holding that media I can always re-rip. For movies/tv shows, I find myself only watching them once or twice, so if something were to happen I probably wouldn't be re-ripping most of my collection. What would probably need to be re-ripped right away would be the Barney/Dora/Thomas DVDs for the kids. For music it's fairly quick to rip (and even faster to download :P ).

The only things I back up are home movies and photos. For home movies I backup the uncompressed files, but for photos I don't back up my RAW files, only the jpegs. Those are backed up to external hard drives that I keep either at my desk at work or at my parents' place. If by some weird coincidence I would lose those as well, a great deal of my home movies were uploaded to Youtube (private) and selected important pictures to Flickr.

  With that much data, what it comes down to for me is what I absolutely do not want to lose or can't afford to lose.

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