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Comment: I must be a genius (Score 2) 159

by Spy Handler (#48025597) Attached to: New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

It seemed obvious to me, even when I was young, that lots of practice is important in mastering a skill.

But it also seemed obvious that having innate talent is just as, or more important than practice. Guy with 90 IQ is never gonna be a chess grandmaster or a nuclear physicist, even after 10,000 hours or 100,000 hours.

Or maybe I'm not a genius and these are pretty damn obvious points that should occur to anyone looking without blinders on (e.g. religious liberal belief that every child is a precious flower equally capable of anything as every other child)

+ - Steve Ballmer To Ban L.A. Clippers From Using Apple Products

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Spy Handler (822350) writes "Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft who recently purchased the basketball team Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, will ban the use of Apple products by his team. Ballmer is no longer working for Microsoft but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion."

Comment: Re:Population issue? (Score 2) 308

So we enable everyone to have more offspring...and then they need an even greater amount of food. Then we just end up back where we were. How long can we keep ignoring the fact that population is the problem. Global warming, peak oil, antibiotic resistant diseases, ozone hole, etc. All of it will just keep getting worse if we don't do something about our population.

What you say is logical and seems quite obvious when you think about it.

Problem is what you *didn't* say. You didn't mention that every wealthy country has a stagnating population, actually declining in many cases. You didn't mention that the countries with exploding populations are all in Africa, South America, Middle East, and South Asia. As in, black and brown people.

Since the white people countries and lighter-yellow skinned East Asian countries are not growing in population, no action is needed there (obviously). Any population control measures must be applied to black and brown countries. And therein lies the problem. Progressives oppose it because this flies smack in the face of liberal ideology, which states that black and brown people are a gift from Gaea, to be treasured and nurtured. Conservatives oppose it because Jeebus forbids contraception and preventing any birth is a sin.

Any effort to help Africa with its population problem will be instantly attacked with charges of racism and genocide. By parties on all sides of the political aisle.

Comment: Re:Is this anything other than a press release? (Score 1) 91

by Spy Handler (#47977431) Attached to: Elon Musk Hints 1st Person To Mars May Go Via New Brownsville Spaceport

Human psychology is extremely relevant here.

We could build a self-sustaining underground colony on Earth that's powered by nuclear reactors and which grows its own food hydroponically. It could probably survive a dinosaur-killer asteroid event. And as you mentioned, it would cost way less than a Mars colony.

But think about it. Who the hell wants to live in an underground colony on Earth, permanently? You're not gonna get many volunteers. And I guarantee *nobody* is going to fund it. Living underground in Kansas has zero glamour. Like it or not, humans love exploring new places and thanks to sci-fi, Mars has a tremendous romantic value.

And that's just the "human race survival contingency" aspect. In the long term (centuries), Mars has so much more to offer than Kansas underground. Think of the resources to be discovered, science to be done. It's a whole new world!

Comment: Re:Is this anything other than a press release? (Score 4, Insightful) 91

by Spy Handler (#47975579) Attached to: Elon Musk Hints 1st Person To Mars May Go Via New Brownsville Spaceport

Because there is no reason to colonize Antarctica. It has all the negatives without any of the positives.

Mars has some huge positives, namely the fact that it's not Earth. Think of it as an offsite backup for the human race.

Colonizing Antarctica would be like making a backup of your computer on a USB stick and then leaving it plugged in.

Comment: Re:Battery Life (Score 1) 252

by Spy Handler (#47975179) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

If anything, the market has said overwhelmingly that battery life doesn't matter a whit

True only if there's enough battery life to last between the nightly charging. A smartphone with 2 hour battery life, do you think it will sell?

But beyond that, yeah I think won't matter. Like a 20 hour battery life won't be much of a selling point over a 15 hour one. Unless a miracle quantum battery comes out that lasts a week between recharging.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson