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Comment Re:it's the constraints of the world (Score 1) 531

If we don't get off this rock, we will follow the path of the dinosaurs or even worse. Whether by interplanetary impact or a hugely destructive solar storm or a disastrous disease mutation etc.

On this world we live in borrowed time and probability will catch up to use sooner or later, suck it up, extinction is inevitable when you are bound to a planet, it is just the way of things.

I dispute that getting off Earth will solve our problems. Our problems go a whole lot deeper than that. In fact we seem far more likely to destroy ourselves than a meteor crashing anytime soon.

Comment Re:Oh no! National interest trumping the Free Mark (Score 1) 168

I distinctly remember the previous Prime Minister Kevin Rudd declaring loudly that he was going to push through a Supertax of about 30% on mining. Next thing we knew there were rumbles and he was ousted very quickly. I personally suspected it was the big mining corporations that lent on the government. Just my two cents.

Comment Re:IBM/Microsoft set back IT 20 years at least. (Score 1) 433

By introducing such a lame technology like the IBM PC and MS DOS, IBM/Microsoft set back the IT industry 20 years or more.

We could have 32 bit machines with GUI, preemptive multitasking and hardware-accelerated 3D graphics much earlier.

I seem to remember that the hardware needed for multitasking and graphics were prohibitively expensive for the average computer user.

C++ is the best example of second-system effect since OS/360.