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Comment Nobody asked "uploading into what?" (Score 1) 269

Long before we upload into silicon or whatever mineral construct we use for computing machines at the time I think it is more likely we will be able to grow new brain tissue to replace old and the transfer of consciousness would be gradual. OK it may not be uploading in the sense we normally think of but it may well be that the only way to keep a recording of a brain is in another brain. In the end the goal is immortality.

Comment Re:Very Probably Wrong (Score 1) 269

"If we were to snatch the screen-writers out-of-time, they'd be surprised that the world has changed so little."

What world does this guy live in? You don't need to go beyond the technology of bicycles to be amazed by the progress we've made in what was certainly considered a fully mature product back in the Back to the Future past...

Comment Re:A more interesting question... (Score 1) 889

Synaptic, or any other package manager for that matter are one of the marvels of modern Linux distros. They had to be to fix the dependency hell problems we had previously. The original 'App Stores'

Notepad++ is one of the nicest text editors around, is Windows-only and open-source. I prefer it to Kate and let's just not go anywhere near Gedit.

Comment Re:Deicing? (Score 3, Informative) 117

It will make no difference at all. It's a very different issue.

The most sensitive part of a modern aircraft wing is just aft of the leading edge where the flow makes the transition from subsonic to transonic. Having even 'frosting' in this area can destroy all lift from a wing so they are liberally sprayed with gelatinous treatments that are specially formulated to melt any ice that forms from rain or snow while the aircraft is static, yet become sufficiently diluted during the take off to be washed of the wing for flight.

Once airborne, the problem becomes one of thermal balance and heat is supplied to the wing leading edges using engine bleed air.

The bugs don't affect icing and so far, no coating has been found that cna get rid of ice under all conditions mandated by the FAA.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga