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Comment: Re:Freakin' Riders. (Score 3, Informative) 767

by blacksmith_tb (#45958633) Attached to: Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve
In 1923, J.B.S. Haldane wrote "Almost all our present sources of light are hot bodies, 95% of whose radiation is invisible. To light a lamp as a source of light is about as wasteful of energy as to burn down one's house to roast one's pork." Future generations will look at almost everything we have done and wonder what we were thinking.

Comment: So many to choose from... (Score 1) 1130

by blacksmith_tb (#40924769) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?
I'd say first place should go to Cordwainer Smith ( ) though I have a soft spot for Clifford Simak ( ), not to mention Jack Vance ( ). None of them are exactly unknown, but I don't think they get much credit these days for having influenced FSF.

Comment: Re:Just in case... (Score 1) 371

by blacksmith_tb (#31563430) Attached to: If ET Calls, Who Speaks For Humanity?
Well, given that they will by definition have mastered travel on scale which we have a hard time conceptualizing, I think it's not unreasonable to imagine that they won't be quite the savages we are. It's taken us the last 100,000 years to cut back on infanticide, ethnic cleansing, etc., so I'm fairly confident that by the *we* are the ones paying a visit to an exoplanet with a view, we'll be more benign, ourselves.

Comment: Re:How do I submit a sitemap to Yahoo/Microsoft? (Score 1) 94

by blacksmith_tb (#16886262) Attached to: Google and Yahoo! Working Together On Better Web Indexing
Worked for me by using
Though I have no idea if they're actually going to process it...

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."