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Comment Space Food (Score 1) 137

What will space food be like?

I'm thinking of the first orbital hotels in space-stations in Earth orbit for very rich space tourists. Presumably there will be a need for exciting, high-quality novel cuisine in this environment? And cooking facilities?

Then will come the tourist trips to the Moon and eventually Mars.

What ideas do you have?

Comment Re:Welders make 150k??? (Score 1) 367

Where the hell are welders making 150k??? Probably like 5% of welders make that much. Most of the manual labor jobs (electrician, plumber, HVAC) make like 60k with 10 years of experience. New people start around 30k.

North Dakota and Texas, primarily, due to the shale oil and oil-to-gasoline-refinery booms, respectively, a lot of jobs that don't seem like they'd pay $150k are paying tons of money due to the laws of supply and demand in order to entice people to move there.

I actually know a guy that sells fairly expensive cars down in Texas and he says it would blow my mind how often people come in, missing teeth, looking really fucked up and generally like they can't afford a $100,000+ automobile and plop down cash on the barrelhead for their new M5. Where do they work? Oil refinery. Oil field. Oil drilling. Oil services...

Comment Re:About time! (Score 0) 306

Once home / small business switch over the content providers are going to be virtualized . Which means that service will stop working, geolocation being the first to go.

"That word... I don't think it means what you think it means..."

Most consumer content will switch with a few years of the carriers being ready.

Carriers have been "ready" for years--nothing whatsoever is stopping Comcast, AT&T and everybody else from flipping 100% of their users to IPv6 tomorrow, in fact. ...But there's no content to access via IPv6... So what's the rush?

Comment Re:About time! (Score 1) 306

Should hold of IPv6 for another 10 years or so.

The odds of us ever actually "transitioning" to IPv6 are somewhere between slim and none for the foreseeable future. The most likely way it will work out is mobile applications (where it doesn't matter what you're using because it's a mobile phone that mates only to the provider's network) will be mostly IPv6 before too long, if they aren't already. Some consumer ISPs may move customers to IPv6, but that will be somewhat delayed by the incredibly slow pace that content providers are switching to IPv6--that is to say, as Akamai has illustrated for us here by getting themselves a /10 (FUCK ME, that's a shitload of IPs for a company that already controls multiple other swaths of space this big) the content providers just aren't bothering to move to IPv6.

And yeah, the ISPs can choose maintain a bridge between the universes, but the more traffic you pour through that bridge the more resources it requires to operate... Eventually, if the ISP can't force the issue it stops making sense to transition any more users to IPv6 until more content providers get on-board.

I fully anticipate retiring in another 25 years or so and still having IPv4 be the vast majority of IP networks in operation because in the end, even if your ISP switches, what's the point of changing your internal network over? Any company of decent size will have a security team that says "No fucking way will outsiders directly connect to your IPv6 address" and block it with some kind of firewall/NAT arrangement which almost instantly negates the biggest "advantage" of IPv6. And once that "advantage" is off the table there is zero business reason to incur the expense involved in such a change-over.

Comment Re:The Harsh Light of Day (Score 1) 186

It's no more or less believable than any other religion. Do you think people really believe that a dead guy came back to life? How about an entire ocean was suddenly parted so the good guys could get away and then collapsed again on the bad guys? Or that the earth is 6000 years old? Or that the guy who created the entire universe 12 billion years ago and billions of light years large is really really concerned about if human penises wind up in human vaginas before the correct ritual is performed?

You can sort-of understand why ancient religions came about and stuck. People in general, without education, before the formulation of the Scientific Method, living in a very uncertain world where starvation and disease were all about (and life was short and harsh) would invent supernatural explanations for things and perhaps like to believe that there was someone looking over them in judgement all the time.

However, there is absolutely no excuse for Scientology to be as big as it is. It was conceived as a cynical exercise in demonstrating that gullibility, ignorance and superstition, which are fundamental parts of human nature, are every present and easily exploitable (for money) and that society has not advanced to the point that the human race has outgrown its primitive cultural roots.

You have to hand it to L Ron, it was a dastardly,cynical plan to make money out of the stupid, and it has been a soaring success.

As they say, a fool and his money are easily parted. There are a lot of Hollywood actors involved...

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