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Comment Re:couldn't coexist with their English neighbors (Score 1) 201

I know you're joking, but modern day colonists could haul a billion Bibles and not add any weight, thanks to modern storage. They also wouldn't need a printing press, for the same reason. OTOH, the printing press was used to jack the timbers and save the ship, so maybe they should have a lightweight jack on board, just in case. :)

Comment Nukes and Quants (Score 1) 537

In Carl Sagan's Cosmos, he lamented that for decades 50% of the world's scientists were devoted to the nuclear arms race. Today the best mathematical minds are financially enticed to become quants. There isn't as much leftover to solve the world's problems.

There is already 3D priniting of cheap disease detection kits. This will be a big game changer in developing countries.

Comment If you could visit one star every second (Score 1) 74

If you could visit one star system every second, it would take you approximately 31.7 years to visit a billion stars.

We can't even visit one in a lifetime, except of course for the one we're orbiting.

Even with Star Trek warp, a second is a pointless amount of time to spend. The captain and crew might want to spend at least a few hours doing a basic survey of the star and any planets, asteroids, or other interesting things orbiting nearby.

Thus, even with sci-fi technology it's not possible to explore all of that. Very humbling.

Oh. And it's just one lousy galaxy. There are an estimated 100 billion of those in the observable Universe.

Comment Re:Exploited? (Score 1) 226

And now, businesses are going to start putting in their requirements "diagnosed autism" in their job descriptions

And this will be just perfect for the doctors who are no longer doing "420 evaluations" when pot is legal. All they need to do is work on getting "1420" to become slang for autism, and it'll be easy to re-do the signage.

Comment Earliest Star Trek memory (Score 1) 204

It was in re-runs (I'm not *that* old) and The Changling came on. That's the "I am Nomad" episode if you're like me and had to google it. I was a kid though. I just saw the first part. I think it took a while for Star Trek to "click" since I was a kid and some things went over my head. The thing that makes this episode stand out is not even the episode itself. I only saw the first part that evening. There was this *thing* on the transporter pad and... we had to go out to dinner. I didn't want to go out; but I was a kid so of course I had to go with the rest of the family. For all I knew, it might never come on again. Pissed me off! Fortunately, it did come on again many times and at some point in my later childhood or teens, the little logic battle in there was something I came to appreciate. I don't like the part at the end with Uhura re-learning how to read though. Why did Nomad wipe her memory clean anyway? If it wanted to learn, you think it'd have a copy of the data and could restore it. It always bothered me...

Comment Re:shades of The Twilight Zone (Score 1) 256

On the other hand, replacing Brawndo with water crashed the economy in Idiocracy--until they realized it would save them. My analogy breaks down though because we don't know what sweet clear water there is to replace the monotony of a white collar mid-level position. We just know they're going away. Maybe these people can rediscover the joys of subsistence farming or something, and start watering their crops with Mt. Dew.

Comment Finally (Score 1) 248

Finally. This is the real test. I suggest they put a radio beacon on it that any ham can receive. Either the signal triangulates further and further away and fades, or it doesn't. Of course some people will never believe, and others will always try even if the thing remains mired in LEO, spirals in and burns up; but this needs to be done.

Comment Re:Aren't transactions like this tracked? (Score 1) 189

It's more like an insurance payout. All those pesky merchant fees make a tidy profit for the bank, certainly; but they also fund theft insurance. I don't know how this works with any of the new "fintech" out there. I have a feeling it doesn't. Users of fancy new mobile currencies, beware.

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