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Comment: Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 272

by invid (#49781423) Attached to: How To Die On Mars
It's actually more plausible to colonize the Moon than Mars. In both cases you're going to be living underground. In both cases you're extracting water and oxygen from local resources. In both cases you're going to be wearing a pressure suit on the surface. The advantage of the Moon is it only takes a couple weeks to get there instead of months. You can bring a heck of a lot more resources from Earth to your Moon base for the cost of bringing it to your Mars base. An emergency escape craft to bring you from the Moon to Earth wouldn't cost a trillion dollars. If you believe a Mars base would be easier to bring to self-sufficiency you are fooling yourselves.

Comment: Re:Not easiest to read, but forgiving... (Score 4, Insightful) 414

by invid (#49742771) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read
A problem with Java and C# is that it is possible to create memory leaks in those languages, but since people rely so much on garbage collection they don't think about it and get bit in the ass. Event handlers shared across processes are particularly dangerous.

Comment: Re:Well that was an incoherent metaphor (Score 1) 263

by invid (#49725399) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq

Why this wasn't done properly in Iraq is a serious head-scratcher, especially given that Iraq was indeed an artificial country (thanks, England!), and doubly so because of the regional culture plus pre-existing secular tensions. It would have been a long, expensive road, but it was certainly at least doable.

If the Germans had been putting IEDs under their AutoBahns for a decade after 1945, and continued to kill each other by the thousands, it's hard to imagine how we could have forced it to be the industrious, Bier drinking, techno loving paradise it is today.

Comment: Re:Yawn. (Score 1) 62

by invid (#49612313) Attached to: Actress Grace Lee Whitney, Star Trek's Yeoman Janice Rand, Has Died

I get the impression they were trying to make her a more major character... However she had some personal issues that got in the way.

They were going to play off the sexual tension between her and Kirk and have this simmering but never acted upon kind of thing between them. I wonder if she had remained in the series would Kirk have become the space-slut he's famous for?

Comment: Re:Hello Computer... (Score 2) 247

by invid (#49572741) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable

It's like if someone from the 1800s wrote a science fiction story about someone from the 21st century going back to their time and expecting them to be experts with the slide rule and Morris code.

Heck, it's like someone from the 21st century being fluent in the name of things like "Morse code". :D

[face palm] You see how I cleverly proved my own point?

Comment: Re:Hello Computer... (Score 1) 247

by invid (#49572585) Attached to: Breakthough Makes Transparent Aluminum Affordable
While I loved that scene, it always bothered me because you never see standard keyboards in the Star Trek universe, so how did Scotty get so proficient? It's like if someone from the 1800s wrote a science fiction story about someone from the 21st century going back to their time and expecting them to be experts with the slide rule and Morris code.

Comment: Truth (Score 1) 186

by invid (#49484899) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows
Any historical media that is exclusively digital can be forged. Once we have molecular level 3-D printers, all physical historical artifacts can potentially be forged and altered. We have to look at a possible future where there in no way to verify any historical fact, an historical fact being anything that happened more than a nanosecond ago.

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