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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!

Comment: Re:The good outweights the bad (Score 5, Interesting) 208

by invid (#48666403) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart
Economic inequality is just getting back to its historical levels. Starting with the Great Depression, the US government realized it had to do some serious wealth redistribution to avoid societal collapse. Then came World War II, another big wealth redistribution. After the war there was the GI bill and the Cold War, where the United States, in order to look good compared to Communism, tried to build the Great Society. After the Cold War there was no reason for those in power to reduce economic inequality, so now it's going back to the norm for history.

Comment: Re:Like little children (Score 3, Insightful) 360

by invid (#48655015) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down
Um...politics and warmongering is the price we have to pay for not having a global dictatorship. If you have large groups of people who disagree with each other there needs to be a method of getting things done while allowing for the representation, at least to some degree, of these disparate groups. Would you prefer to have the world run by dictator who thinks like you (or perhaps you yourself would like to be the dictator) so you can advance to the world toward what you think is best, irregardless of what others want?

Comment: Middle age starts at 45 (Score 1) 286

by invid (#48629143) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...
When I was 40 I still felt young. I could still exercise regularly without too many muscle pulls and I could still eat a lot without gaining weight. Then I hit 45. It was like hitting a wall. My back started aching and my belly started to grow. And that's when I started to look old. At forty I could pass for early thirties. At 45 I could pass for 45.

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