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Comment Advanced aliens / technologies do not exist (Score 1) 69

It seems to me that it is a safe bet that the known limitations of Physics will never be overcome, to such an extent that we will be able to dominate the galaxy. I.e. FTL travel doesn't seem like it will ever be more than science fiction. Many phenomena are governed by a dipole curve, where things start slowly, then hit a tipping point where they rapidly accelerate until they reach a new level of stability. You see this in economics, in Physics / Chemistry, in the evolution of new species, etc.

Why are we alone then? If alien civilizations had arisen 1 billion years before ours, and developed technology beyond our dreams, wouldn't they at least leave a trail of some kind?

Something to consider is that radioactivity decreases with the age of the universe. There is a certain probability that a % of an element will be a radioactive isotope when such elements are created. Less and less heavy elements are being created as the universe ages, and existing ones decay. This means that life will arise more easily.


Comment 3+ miles for me! (Score 4, Insightful) 156

If you divide the distance walked by the number of days since I started playing... which includes many days where I didn't play, and some where I played 8 hours.
Lost 15 lb and slimmed down considerably!
Also met two really cute geek girls who were happy to let me play with their, ahem, pokemon! ;)
Grab them by the pokemon I say! :D

Comment Re:OMG (Score 1) 167

There is a limit to how much plants and algae can survive with existing nutrients, plus we've been killing them. Not to mention some stuff falls to the ground or the ocean bottom, never to return its oxygen again. Not everything rots.I imagine complex life having arisen and expanded even before we were around might have had something to do with it as well. Lots of animals eat plants.

Comment I hate coding (Score 1) 192

And that is precisely why I am good at it. I would never write long-winded BS that was mostly copy-pasted, loaded with huge if-else chains that can't be unit tested.
At my current job I delete more code than I produce. I refactor the BS written by junior coders in the past ten years and it is not uncommon to replace 100 lines of code with 2 or 3. Deleting BS code is so satisfying 3
"Work smarter, not harder!"

Comment Soylent Green (Score 1) 414

If the rich don't suddenly turn half the world into an authoritarian regime, start killing the poor and feeding them to each other, civil unrest may lead to war and massively thin the population. Or what have you. The UN predicts the world population will peak at 9 billion and then go down on its own...

Comment Re:You will own nothing (Score -1) 63

None of my old CDs work anymore. You thought you owned yours forever? You must be young.
Nothing is permanent. Everybody dies. Everything will rot away. In order to preserve anything, you must continuously renew and repair it. This incurs an ongoing cost. You can pay for it yourself with your own time and money, or have someone take care of that for you. Like a landlord, or Apple.

Comment Only took 70 years (Score 2) 112

It has been 70 years already since the first nuclear bombs were used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is only to be expected that scientific and technological progress democratizes these things. My phone has more computing power than every single 1945 computer in the world put together.
Millions of people know fairly advanced physics and electronics.

Comment What diseases do these germs cause? (Score 1) 434

Has anyone actually been sick lately? The most sick I've ever been was catching the odd cold in the winter but these days I take the flu shot, so, not even that.
Most bacteria and viruses are harmless, they're everywhere, you inhale and ingest them routinely.
That's why you have a strong acid in your stomach and antibacterial mucus lining your respiratory tract?
Gotta love that immune system! :)

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