For credit cards, frauds are nothing to banks. They just pay it from their profits, and the customer doesn't have to worry. Maybe it is the same here? Perhaps it still pays off for the banks and Apple to do that extra business, and it works out in their calculation.
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How dare you challenge the might of Jupiter! It weighs 320 times the mass of Earth -- even if those 100,000 trojan asteroids weighed as much as its minor moons (which they don't, they are 0.0001 Earth masses according to wikipedia), it would still dominate its gravitational field by several (9) orders of magnitude.
Compare that to Pluto: Charon already weighs 10% of Plutos mass. The center of rotation in that system is not even inside Pluto.
Also, there are other criteria that apply: a planet has to be spherical due to gravitation (there is a more technical definition). Is that the case for Pluto?
Finally, you can not have 9 planets anymore. You can choose between 8 planets and 13 planets, the latter group growing every year.
What every basement-dweller already knows.
Why not make a base on Daimos or Phobos? They should be easy to dwell into, and you could start rotate them for extra gravity.
Any scammer worth his salt does his homework and already knows the victim's kids' / grandkids' names anyway
That is not web-scale
Oil is not made from fossils. Oil is mainly compressed sea flora.
The moon is probably a good place to store time capsules (or backups). Well, except for the meteorites and the annoying dust that gets everywhere.
"My predictions have enormously high variance, I can imagine completely plausible, incredibly positive scenarios, but they're only about as probable as actually quite dystopian futures that I can imagine."
The future is uncertain, and we can not predict this aspect with the information we have. So how valid is the 30-50% number then, if it is +-50%?
We will not run out of ideas on what we could work on, but the question is will anyone pay for that work (i.e. need it desperately enough).
Even if you turned off Hawking radiation, it would still be hard for a black hole from a particle accelerator to actually eat the planet. Let's say you have an accelerator much more powerful than the LHC, with a center-of-mass energy of 1 PeV. If all that were used to produce a black hole, it would have a mass of 1.8e-21 kg. An electron or proton a single hydrogen radius away from it (which we can use as a typical intermolecular distance in the Earth for simplicity) would feel an acceleration of 1e-11 m/s^2, which is absolutely tiny compared to the electrical forces that govern motion on those scales. A small black hole like that behaves much like a neutrino - it hardly interacts with anything. And it needs to do that to grow. I think we could have lots of these inside the Earth and not even notice (dun-dun-DUUN!).
There is an even easier answer to address the fears about LHC micro-black holes. Particles with energies comparable or exceeding LHC energies hit the atmosphere of earth every day, and we observe their effects with Cosmic-ray observatories such as Cerenkov Detectors. Business as usual, and nothing exciting happened for the last billion years.
Black holes that small would be hard to see. And if created by advanced civilizations with LHC-sized accelerators, very rare. And then these black holes would evaporate via Hawking radiation quite rapidly (on astronomical time scales).
You are way off. Macroscopic black holes, for all intents and purposes, do not evaporate.
A Earth-mass black hole will take 10^50 years to evaporate. (The age of the universe is ~10^10 years).
If you want a black hole that evaporates within a reasonable time, like the age of the universe, you are looking at 10^11 kg. That is tiny compared to a planet, somewhat comparable to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Unfortunately, many Python packages use compiled C code (Cython etc.) which only work in CPython, i.e. not in Jython, not even in PyPy. The most important such difficult-to-port package is NumPy.
I agree. it needs the curlies (which WORK great in C and takes up at most 3 chars; 1 for the curlie and 1 for a space before and after. 3 extra bytes for intro and maybe 3 for exit. 6 bytes. big deal. you should 'waste' more space with comments and vertical/horizontal whitespace, just for readability, alone.
Haha, here you all complain that Java is too fluffy, but if a language reduces the fluff it is also not good?
In the case of Python, instead of intro/outro curled brackets or begin/end statements AND REDUNDANTLY indenting, using only one of the two was chosen. Why do it twice.
If I were to create a new language, I would not focus on creating the most beautiful syntax or the best built-in functionality. Instead, I would make damn sure it plays well with other languages and that it is trivial to use software packages already written. For example, R, Python, Java -- no one wants to recode the packages (machine learning algorithms, MPI, web automatisation) in yet another language.