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Comment: Revolution (the TV Show) (Score 5, Interesting) 74

by cmeans (#46468979) Attached to: Movie and TV GUIs: Cracking the Code
Feb. 27th, Revolution had code scrolling on the screen (yes they were debugging at light speed), but they stopped at a C function that did actually have a runtime bug that matched the story line (an unused/released C malloc). The only thing that spoiled it was that the same statement was missing a semi-colon, so the code wouldn't have actually compiled in the first place.
Oh well...it was nice to see some code that did actually match what the characters were babbling about...even if there were other things that they did that didn't make any sense what-so-ever to someone who actually understood what they were seeing on the computer screen.

Comment: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Score 3) 322

by cmeans (#44753267) Attached to: What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was first done as a radio show. Though I love the books, and the original TV show, they still didn't best my fond memories of the radio broadcast. It's probably just nostalgia, but it sure feels like it was the best way to bring Douglas Adam's vision to life. The movie sucked, not DA's fault. There's a reason they didn't release it until after his death. Do you know where your towel is?

Comment: Beam me up Scotty! (Score 1) 185

by cmeans (#39393049) Attached to: Scientists Build Graphene From Scratch, Atom By Atom
So, now we can assemble the molecules, just add in disassembling (or at least being able to read/scan what molecules are present etc.) and we've got beaming technology. Sorry that we'll have to kill you after we copy you (once we've got confirmation that your copy has been assembled at the destination), but the copy probably won't mind.

Comment: Bad dreams have a purpose... (Score 1) 114

by cmeans (#37827040) Attached to: Manufacturing Dreams

Maybe it would be a better idea to leverage the bad dreams...which are, among other things, ways that we cope with the real world or things in it that we're "afraid" of. I would think that simply denying/blocking someone's ability to have the bad dreams could be worse. We need to learn how to work with how things work, rather than assume they're wrong and try to change them.

Sometimes we're able to process the bad dreams and move forward, sometimes that's not as easy as it sounds...especially for those with PTSD. Forcing someone to have good dreams sounds like giving them a kind-of Advil...it blocks the pain receptors (as I understand it) rather than fixing the actual problem.

Advil is OK for some things, but it won't fix a broken leg.

Comment: Re:Sure, but... (Score 1) 481

by cmeans (#37271534) Attached to: Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid
Sure, as is the possibility that something would hit the earth. But, that's one way that we explain the dinosaurs going extinct. Though I'm no math-head, I would assume that our chances for being hit would increase...even a tiny, tiny amount.
I now refer you to Murphy.
I don't want to come off as a chicken-little, just want to voice an additional note of caution...no matter how unlikely it might be.

Comment: Sure, but... (Score 1) 481

by cmeans (#37266720) Attached to: Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid
even if they do get it into a stable orbit around us, what's to stop something else (another asteroid) that we'd usually not worry about (because it wasn't going to come too close) going ahead and hitting the orbiting asteroid, and possibly sending it our way (or just destabilizing it's orbit).

I guess there's lots of things they could do...but all of them have risks...does the reward out-weigh the risk (and the effort)?

Comment: Fractured Atlas? maybe not... (Score 1) 87

by cmeans (#37212082) Attached to: Kickstarter-Like Service For Charities?
They seem more geared towards art and artists, but maybe they'd be a good resource to connect with. They can certainly handle 501(c)3 donations as a Kickstarter project I backed didn't get funded in time, but they went through Fractured Atlas as an alternate source. http://www.fracturedatlas.org/

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun

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