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Comment: Don't fool yourself (Score 1) 194

by gatkinso (#48649465) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

I am 47 and I have been a life long competitive athlete. Soccer and track in high school, swimming and track in college, and competed in national surf lifeguard championships. Military, masters swimming, and I still work out the beach patrol, plus I surf, ski, and swim (masters). I kept it up, eat right, and generally take care of myself. Lately I have been lazy and lift instead of running.

I tell you this because while I believe you have made incredible gains and have achieved what you claim.... **I** cannot keep up with what I was at half my age. No fucking way. I'd love to think I can, then I do a 3 mile ocean swim with 21 year olds (hell 30 year olds) and always come to shore near the back of the pack when I used to the first or second out.

While there undoubtedly are guys half our age who cannot keep up with you - do NOT fool yourself into thinking they are in anyway competitive in their age group. When I compete now I have to stick to Masters... in the Open age group I get chewed up in all speed events and most endurance.

Life sucks/rocks, whichever, then you get old.

Don't you wish you'd have had this mind set when you were 17?

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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program? 134

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-the-money dept.
MarkWhittington writes The Houston Chronicle's Eric Berger has published the seventh in his series of articles about the American space program and what ails it. The piece focuses on Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who has two fascinating aspects. The first is that he is taking over the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA funding. The second is that he has a keen appreciation for the benefits of space exploration for its own sake and not just for his Houston area district.

Culberson wants to save NASA and the space program from his fellow politicians and return it to its true glory. He favors sending American astronauts back to the moon and a robotic space probe to Jupiter's moon Europa. He would like to enact budget reforms that take funding decisions away from the Office of Management and Budget and gives them solely to Congress. He favors a steady increase in NASA funding to pay for a proper program of space exploration. To say the least, he has his work cut out for him.

Comment: Much more likely turn of events... (Score 2) 417

by gatkinso (#48568497) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

...AI will simply hide from us.

Then, through a carefully crafted turn of events, enslave us to do their bidding... which to us might not seem like enslavement at all - we would call it a "tech boom."

After a while they would not need us to reproduce or to build things or to maintain them. They may or may not reveal themselves at this point. Then they simply leave us to our own devices.... befuddled as to why many (but not all) of our computers and networks no longer work.

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