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Comment: Re:It's that time... (Score 1) 107 107

In related news - one of the first reporters to tweet about the story works for the Financial Times has a rather unfortunate name relating to deadly machines. The reporters name being Sarah O'Connor.

I assume she ended the tweet with #theresastormcomingin?

Comment: Re:Just private contractors? (Score 1) 109 109

When the government outsources to contractors, there is an automatic revolving door between the government insiders and the contracting firms.

Indeed. The solution is not to try to mix business and government.

But instead, the trend is to seed government with more and more contractors. .

Comment: Re:Why talk? (Score 1) 142 142

The kind of forced optimism that CEOs of startups often have to show is actually one of the things that causes depression. They have to live a lie, where they tell everyone that their shitty platform which does the same thing as five other shitty platforms is going to be the next Facebook.

That's only a problem if you lie to yourself. Lying to others is just business.

Comment: Re:Depression is not self pity (Score 1) 142 142

Much of the last depressive episode was tied to the implosion of my last start-up. It's been a couple years since I exited that project and I'm only now reaching a point where I'm building my next new business.

Wouldn't it be more sensible just to go and get a nice easy job somewhere, like the rest of us?

Comment: Re:Why build on any planet? (Score 1) 221 221

You have solved fusion power, space radiation deflection and the atomic level reconstitution of matter, nano deconstruction and manufacturing. We are not there yet, but the technology will exist within the next 50 years

Unfortunately the Singularity will already have happened in 25 years time, and so humanity will be obsolete.

Comment: Re:Build colonies on Earth (Score 1) 221 221

An economist a couple of years ago predicted that space development would have the potential to increase the standard of living of everyone on Earth by a factor of 10.

Any additional clues on how to find that prediction? My google-fu fails me.

Yes, it would be good to be able to rigorously test his data integrity, modelling assumptions and forecasting methodologies

Without life, Biology itself would be impossible.