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Comment: mean lifespan 1000 years from trauma, murders (Score 1) 517

by peter303 (#49799067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
If you were to eliminate all medical causes of death in current society. I counted 100 deaths per 100,000 per year from Wikipeadia death rate entry.
Would society become more cautious to lengthen life? Would society become more reckless beacuse life is so abundant then? I think it would stay right in the middle as now.

Comment: bacteria less infectious than weaponized spores (Score 1) 63

by peter303 (#49798963) Attached to: Live Anthrax Shipped Accidentally To S Korea and US Labs
They still require mucus surface or wound. And they may have been partially weakened by the ineffective sterialization procedure.
On the other hand spores, enhanced by a combined aerosol are mire effective infecting people. Apparantly fromthe 2001 incident, it takes a certain skill to do this.

Comment: plenty US test cheating scandals (Score 1) 171

by peter303 (#49798893) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others
Teachers and administrators in Atlanta were sentanced to jail for altering test sheets on a massive scale. Rare that they have court cases.
A few years back a New York guy took tests for fellow students for a fee. paid his way through college before get causght. I forget his sentence.

Comment: most upper-middle parents abhor change (Score 1) 232

by peter303 (#49777899) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School
They would be uncertain about gaming th college application system then. An example is that Disney tried implement an "innovative" school in their ECPOT Celebration town. But parents forced them to change back to a traditional school. These were better to do parents who could afford to live there.

Comment: Wide gulf between basic programming and games (Score 1) 170

by peter303 (#49758405) Attached to: Video Games: Gateway To a Programming Career?
These days to do anything interesting with graphics or games you start with a fairly sophisticated graphic library or game engine. To learn programming you need to learn languages, data structures and algorithms. You don't get very far starting from scratch, although I think it is absolutely essentially to be proficient in the basics. A serious game developer needs to know a decent amount of humanities and the arts. You need to tell a 'story' an art millennia old. You need to learn literature, history and design.

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