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Comment: Re:works fine for me (Score 1) 258

by benf_2004 (#45187807) Attached to: Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...
Those kind of reports really happen. We had a user contact us because his PC would not turn on. Apparently the fact that there were only emergency lights on in the building and no other PCs on did not give him the hint that the power was out because his first assumption was that it had overheated.

Comment: Re:like anything else.. (Score 4, Insightful) 580

I found the exact opposite to be true. I put forth minimal effort in high school (rarely studied, frequently daydreamed during classes, ignored lots of homework assignments) and graduated with honors. I tried to do the same thing when I started college and I was on academic probation after the first quarter. I learned then that I was actually going to have to put forth a reasonable amount of effort if I wanted to graduate.

Comment: Re:CORRECTION (Score 1) 414

by benf_2004 (#43448713) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth
Why should the trend change when it's still profitable? It will likely continue as long as there's money to be made by keeping it going. Who cares what happens to the planet in 100 or 1000 years when there are profits to be made now? The people perpetuating the trend won't be around by then, anyway.

Comment: Re:CORRECTION (Score 1) 414

by benf_2004 (#43440865) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

nonsense, human population growth will peak in 60 years

There's no way of knowing that for sure, but let's assume it's true for the sake of argument. You're presupposing that a decline in population growth will naturally result in a decrease in demand for natural resources, but that is not necessarily the case. As developing nations continue to develop, there will be an increased demand for natural resources even if the population of those nations remains stable.

you must think pregnant women will be one mile in diameter after two years

straw man

Comment: Re:CORRECTION (Score 5, Insightful) 414

by benf_2004 (#43440175) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

It's extremely small minded/short sighted of the worlds most famous physicist, to assume the current system will keep chugging along, with business as usual, for a THOUSAND more years. He should do a little historical research...

You're right. Given the historical precedent, I'd say mankind will probably find faster, more efficient ways to deplete the planet of its resources in well under a thousand years.

Comment: Re:Not sure... (Score 1) 511

by benf_2004 (#43112455) Attached to: In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks <em>SimCity</em> Download

Wasn't the record the Elite:Dangerous kickstarter? It raised £1.5m, which is about $2.2m. Planescape should breeze past this easily as their first day raised nearly $1m, which is kind-of unbelievable.

Off the top of my head, the developers of Project Eternity and Wasteland 2 would tend to disagree.

Comment: Re:Teething Problems (Score 1) 211

by benf_2004 (#42645719) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

I was unable to verify my account and I get this when trying to re-register using the same e-mail address: "This e-mail address has already registered an account with Mega."

Scratch that. Even though attempting to verify the account gave an error saying that my password was incorrect, apparently it worked but took overnight to finish. I was unable to log in last night (could not find account), but this morning it works normally. This is stupid, but at least it works, I guess.

Comment: Re:Yay. (Score 4, Informative) 277

by benf_2004 (#40484307) Attached to: The Long Death of Fat Clients

I haven't yet found a program which stopped working with newer java.

Up until last month, we still had to install Java 1.5 on some users' computers because their jobs required them to use a web application that would not work on Java 1.6 or newer. We neither develop nor host the application, so all we could do was keep installing the horribly outdated version of Java and wait for the application to be upgraded to work with Java 1.6.

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