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Comment: Re:Still being translated? (Score 2) 105

by tehcyder (#49536713) Attached to: Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered In Greek Texts

All the folks who know ancient Greek have better things to do? Like what?

Wanking off to the plays of Aristophanes probably. I for one collect jokes. Here's one:

If Euripides his trousers, then Eumenides his trousers


No, it's if Euripides trousers, then Eumenides trousers.

The "des" ending is pronounced "dese" as in "these".

Comment: Re: Sensitivity?? Seriously? (Score 1) 192

by tehcyder (#49535599) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

12 years into my career and I've never been fired it laid off. Maybe you need to rethink how good you think you are?

If you never fail, you aren't trying ambitious enough projects, or you're sandbagging. If you're not occasionally pissing off managers, you're not doing your job as a senior engineer. Sometimes you get a petty manager who only wants minions and finds an excuse to remove you. *shrug* If you're good, you move to a better job.

I do interesting project the right way, and I target aggressive schedules. I tell managers when they're full of shit. If that's not right for a company, I'll be leaving eventually, one way or another. Why work at a crap company?

As is usual on slashdot, you are generalising from your own situation.

The truth is that, for most people, a job is just something that lets you eat and pay your bills, and the concept of "interesting" is just a handy bonus rather than a necessity.

Comment: Re:*Grabs a bowl of popcorn* (Score 1) 385

by tehcyder (#49509613) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Well now, this should end up a wonderful thread full of angsty "geniuses" whining about how they can totally identify with the Termites because no one "gets" them.

It's the geek equivalent of teenage girls moaning about how hard it is to be beautiful, and how they wish they could be plain like their friends, who have really great personalities.

Comment: Re:Not fully junk (Score 1) 313

" the very very obscure chance that the girl might be discovered to be still alive after all "

Jesus, I know some don't read the article, but this is full fucking ludicrous.

But even forgetting how awful that sounds, why would even think that ALL biochemical information has been destroyed by vitrification? Cell membranes being ruptured is incompatible with life, but it is a far cry from all info lost.

What they should do is encase the brain in amber, as the Jurassic Park documentary showed that this will allow bringing back to life even if it's hundreds of millions of years in the future.

Comment: Re:Not fully junk (Score 1) 313

Those cryonically preserved today will almost certainly never be revivable, but that doesn't mean that nothing will come of the technology. For example, freezing of transplant organs to keep them viable longer may be entirely possible. Freezing a person in order to preserve them may also someday be possible.

No one is saying there shouldn't be research into this. That doesn't mean you should accept money from desperate people when you know they will never be brought back to life.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 313

This whole thread merely demonstrates that words can have more than one meaning. "Hope" self evidently means different things to different people.

It's like discussing "love" where to one person it means the feeling of communal happiness at a music concert, and to someone else fucking a weasel.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 313

No, hope is a belief that the world and everything in it has potential energy, and that under the right circumstances that can be converted into "kinetic" energy (i.e., the force of change).

We are stardust, we are golden, something something something about a garden.

Comment: Re:WHAT? (Score 1) 313

You're right, anyone in their right mind wouldn't fall for this scam. But I suppose that parents who lost their 2 year old kid after a long and painful illness aren't exactly in their right mind.

That's what makes this disgusting rather than merely depressing. It's on the same level as people claiming to be mediums contacting the recently departed: pure scum.

Comment: Re: Real fight (Score 1) 178

by tehcyder (#49492311) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

If you believe the only goal of the company is to make money I hope you never start a business. Shareholder Value Maximisation theory pushed forward by Milton Friedman has been one of the most destructive and empirically flawed ideas in the 20th century.

If you aren't interested in maximising shareholder value, you should not have (external) shareholders. There is nothing that forces a company to become a publicly traded one.

Comment: Re:Antarctica (Score 1) 137

by tehcyder (#49484763) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

it just seems crazy to go through the trouble of settling Mars (or even Moon) without settling Antarctica first.

The company that gets the first Moon base will have a captive workforce and no pesky government interference. It will be a libertarian's paradise. Plus, they get to lob rocks at the Earth if anyone argues with them.

I'm not sure, but I think someone wrote a book about this.

We cannot command nature except by obeying her. -- Sir Francis Bacon