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Comment: Endings (Score 1) 184

by rossdee (#48898465) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Well, that's what I want to talk to you all about; endings. Now, endings normally happen at the end. But as we all know, endings are just beginnings.
    You know, once these things really get started, it's jolly hard to stop them again. However, as we have all come this far, I think, under the circumstances the best solution is that we all just keep going. Let's keep this going in sight, never an ending. Let's remember that this world wants fresh beginnings.
    I feel here, in this country, and throughout the world, we are crying out for beginnings, beginnings. We never want to hear this word "endings".
    I know we all want to sit down. I know you want to take it easy. Of course we're looking for the good. Of course we're looking for the fresh start.

Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 0) 203

by rossdee (#48890763) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far

"Deep space exploration could benefit from that kind of durability."

Deep space tends to be very cold, and chemical batteries don't do to well in those conditions.

" It's lasted longer than most governments..."

Windows XP has lasted longer than most governments, when you think about it.
Democracies tend to change after a few election cycles, and in the last couple of decades has seen the departure of a number of dictators

Comment: Re:Data about where and how people drive? (Score 1) 237

by rossdee (#48858923) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

If people drive with their cellphones off (or in their tinfoil purse) then Google won't know where they drive

OTOH they should give them a lower premium because they are not driving with their cellphones on, so won't be distracted by texting or answering the phone.

Comment: Re: "15 to 20 per cent higher risk of death (Score 2) 348

by rossdee (#48855625) Attached to: Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

"But over the same time period, people who sit all day long are more likely to die sooner -- no matter what it's from.

The implication being that sitting all day seems to help whatever is already killing you do it faster."

So the people who sit all day have increased their risk of being hit by a large asteroid, but such an impact is going to wipe out the rest of us as well, therefore we need to get those people up and moving or we are all going to die!

Comment: Re:A Boom in Civilization (Score 1) 226

by rossdee (#48853929) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships

While it is unlikely that 2 different races would meet with similar levels of technology (at least similar enough to have a war rather than a massacre) Its more likely that humans could end up fighting other humans. Think of Star Wars )rebels trying to break away from the Empire)
And habitable planets seem rare enough to fight over so far.

Comment: Crazy (Score 2) 70

by rossdee (#48837629) Attached to: Andy Wolber Explores Online Word Processors' ODF Support

WTF is the point of an online word processor?

Every smartphone has enough CPU power and memory to run a WP onboard, the only thing they haven't got is a big enough display and a keyboard, and having thte program online isn't going to fix that.

Maybe there is a point in having your document stored in 'the cloud' (unless you want privacy)

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.