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Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 222

by invid (#49147697) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel
Meanwhile, at Bizcock Studios: "Ya see, they made two Roy Battys, and one of them did figure out how to stop the incept date, so he lived and he grew old. Ya see, we bring back Rutger Hauer, and that's why he's old, because he stopped the incept date. And we can bring back Daryl Hanna, but she only has one eye, because she looks bad-ass with an eye-patch. And Harrison Ford is out living in the woods and he's happy, and he has a beautiful daughter played by Jennifer Lawrence who is also a mixed martial arts fighter. And Rutger Hauer is leading an army of replicants, just like Battlestar Galactica, and they come to destroy humanity, and they're being controlled by a central brain inside a worm-hole, and Jennifer Lawrence has to send a nuclear bomb through the worm hole."

Comment: Re:So humans are the biggest problem. (Score 4, Funny) 213

by invid (#49066837) Attached to: Oxford University Researchers List 12 Global Risks To Human Civilization
Growing up in the 70s and 80s I always thought that by this time I would be driving along in some barren post-apocalyptic wasteland in my cobbled-together hot-rod fighting off mohawked motorcycle gangs and saving busty babes from mutant frog-people. Instead I'm reading slashdot in my cubical as my code compiles. Sigh.

Comment: Some Missing Items... (Score 2) 213

by invid (#49066625) Attached to: Oxford University Researchers List 12 Global Risks To Human Civilization

13. Supreme Being glances over and says "Hey! I haven't destroyed those ungrateful little twits yet? Kindof embarrassing, I told them Armageddon was supposed to happen 2 thousand years ago. Oh well, if I do it now maybe no one will notice I'm late"

14. Vogon construction of an intergalactic highway.

Comment: No Kidding (Score 4, Insightful) 220

by invid (#48927367) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away
I can usually tell who wrote the code in the office by whether or not they put a space after their ifs: if(i == 0) vs if (i == 0); where they put their brackets, whether or not they replace their tabs with spaces, how they deal with bools: if (!var) vs if (var == false) and several other telling signs. There are so many combinations of variations no two programmers in the office (about 12 of us) have the same style.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 237

by invid (#48924337) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

There was a book a while back, "Rare Earth", that touched on a lot of these issues. One of the possible conclusions is we may actually be the first intelligent species to hit space flight in our galaxy. At some point there has to be a first after all.

I hope we are the first. Otherwise we Terrans would end up being second class citizens of the galaxy.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

I used to work on my '78 Chevy Nova because it was easy to reach all the parts of the engine. You could practically climb into the engine compartment. When I look at the engine compartment in my Ford Focus the parts are fitted as tightly as the stones in Machu Picchu. Now I take my car to the shop and let them handle it.

Comment: Re:Also.. (Score 1) 328

by invid (#48699143) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes
I have an iPhone 4, still in perfect condition, that I have in an OtterBox. I keep the thing clipped to my belt--I know it's not cool to keep your phone clipped to your belt, but I've been waiting since childhood to live in a future where I can walk around with a computer/communication device clipped to my belt, so dammit I'm going to do it!

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.

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