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Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 157

Isn't that entire business model predicated on the idea of "trying" rather than "succeeding"? As soon as you succeed, you're basically out of a job, right?

Who cares if you're out of work if nobody's poor and you don't NEED to work?? The problem is you're thinking in terms of "business models" because when the only tool you know of is a hammer... capitalism and markets will be obsolete in a post-scarcity world.

Comment Re:Millions of years of life-supporting conditions (Score 1) 312

I've been a Star Trek fan since the first episode aired in 1966, but that particular attempt to explain why so many Star Trek aliens are so human-like was really, really lame. So, all the Federation planets were seeded by primitive parts of DNA and all managed to evolve creatures so similar, considering the difference between an octopus and a sparrow?

I parodied Star Trek and Star Wars (yes, I'm a SW fan too) here.

Comment Re:LIfe existing != life arising (Score 1) 74

The presence of the moon could be fundamental to both the magnetic field and plate tectonics, due to the churning of the earth through tidal action. Also, ocean tides may have been a contributor to the creation of life, perhaps the concentration of soluble minerals in tidal pools were a factor. So, it could be that life will only evolve on a planet with a large moon.

That was a proposition in one of Asimov's last Foundation books (Foundation and Earth? I haven't read them in a while) and Asimov was a biochemist.

However, there is another way. An earth-sized satellite of a jovian moon would get stirred well enough. And then again, there may be life nothing like we know it. Or unlikely as it seems, we may be the only life in the universe. In Nobots, life is rare and found in few galaxies.

Comment Re: 1940s technology, here today! (Score 1) 290

You kids are ignorant of history. The unions were more powerful then than ever. There were no non-union auto workers in 1964, and they were well paid, with good benefits and pensions (unlike today with your stupid anti-union sentiment). The decline didn't happen with unions, it happened when management decided to build cheap, shitty but expensive gas guzzlers in the 1970s when Japan was building well-built, quality, inexpensive transportation.

The unions didn't kill the industry, it was the other way around.

You win today's prize for the most ignorant comment posted at slashdot. Congrats!

Comment Re:Dice Strikes Again... (Score 1) 184

Most of the editors were around before Dice. You need to give them a break -- these guys aren't English majors, they're technologists. Save your annoyance for typos and stupidities in a large newspaper, where they have editors with degrees in English and literature rather than engineering and programming and math.

Although it would be nice if Dice actually did hire two or three English majors to proofread what the editors and firehose have selected for display.

Comment Re: 1940s technology, here today! (Score 1) 290

Er, your math is a little off -- there was no Mustang fifty years ago. The Mustang came out in 1964, and its generation lasted until 1973 (citation).

I had a '69 with a 350CI Cleveland. That small body and huge engine made the button completely unnecessary. To do a u-turn from a stop you just cranked the wheel around, gave it a little gas and popped the clutch, it would spin around with a screech and a cloud of smoke. In fact, the tires would screech every time you power-shifted it, in all four gears.

I really don't know how fast it would go, the speedometer only went to 140 and I buried it once. It was still accelerating when it felt like it was going to become airborne so I slowed back down to a less suicidal speed.

Great engine. Too bad all the things that hung on to the engine, like the starter, fuel pump, etc. were crap. I spent more time under he hood than I did driving it. I think I went through 5 starters on that lemon.

Comment Re:False positive gallery (Score 1) 293

I miss gaming, I used to be really into it (see my sig, I ran what it's linking to every December on my Quake site) but the game companies themselves ran me off with their DRM, always have to be connected, can't resell, and all the rest of their stupid bullshit.

So now I guess I should thank Epic and all the rest for sucking so much, That's one place the NSA won't be spying on me!

I keep thinking of the movie Brazil.

Comment Re:iPad (Score 2) 370

Congratulations on your statistics-defying eyesight

Age-related presbyopia is easily remedied with cheap reading glasses. If you're also nearsighted and don't wear contacts you can just take your glasses off to read. If he had cataract surgery and the surgeon used a CrystaLens (more expensive than a standard IOL) he can probably see better than a kid.

Comment Re:Smart Quotes (Score 1) 8

What I'd planned to do (which obviously didn't work) was to replace all quotes with end quotes, then replace all quotes preceeded by a space with a start quote. Easy, simple, but...

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