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Comment: A better option: 30 miles above Venus (Score 5, Interesting) 219

by mrego (#48140551) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?
A better, more hospitable place to visit and colonize would be the upper atmosphere above Venus (about 30 miles). This position would offer perfect gravity, plentiful solar energy, nice temperature, good pressure to hold breathable air in place, CO2 and nitrogen for growing plants, natural radiation shielding, materials (silicon, iron, aluminum, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium) easily available (a space elevator would help), and several times the available room on Earth. Sure there would be issues avoiding corrosion and you would probably need to bring your own oxygen and water (as you would to Mars), but it is doable. Billions of humans could one day float happily there.

Comment: This is old news... happiness is what matters (Score 1) 447

by mrego (#48129945) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage
Or maybe other people (relatives) paid for the big wedding? But I read the same thing about couples who have big weddings tending to stay together 30 years ago, so this is VERY old "news". My theory is that these couples just did not want to spend a similar amount for another wedding and figured that they could not count on many gifts from the same people who were invited the first time after that marriage flopped. But none of these studies tell you how HAPPY people are in their marriages, which is the most important thing. Next we may have a wave of same sex divorces which may change this analysis in ways I can't predict.

Comment: Re:All application systems are "broken". (Score 1) 389

by mrego (#48073597) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
Yes. More broken is the graduate school application process that asks for (although they may not consider) undergraduate grades that may be decades old. And even more broken is a job application process that also asks for such grades and... WORSE only cares that you were once merely accepted to certain schools deemed elite by New York/New England firms by people that themselves could never graduate from. How well you actually did at such schools is unimportant.

Comment: Re:Who cares about succinctness .... (Score 1) 165

by mrego (#47984647) Attached to: Rosetta Code Study Weighs In On the Programming Language Debate
What really matters is Productivity. If it took 100 hours to get the nice program compiled and working perfectly in a language, verse only 5 hours in another language that would be very significant. Ease of coding, number of errors, and maintainability (i.e. understandability from the readableness of the code) are secondary. Readability obviously is enhanced by the 'meta-code' in other words COMMENTS that could be added to nearly any language. So what language are coders most productive in? (Naturally that depends on the application.)

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