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Comment Re:Self-sustaining civilization on Mars (Score 1) 280

How about we first master having a self-sustaining civilization on Earth?

Already done. Too well. That's why we have population growth when we don't need it anymore. The more advanced sectors of society are actually shrinking, population-wise and resource-use-wise. It's the slow to catch up third world that hasn't refined its culture to the point where having too many babies eases off on its own.

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 1) 229

It's often also cheaper. It costs me less to take a train to Stansted airport, then an Easyjet plane from Stansted to Edinburgh and a bus to the city centre than it does to take a train from Cambridge to Edinburgh. Even including faffing at the airport time, the plane is a bit quicker. I'll take the train given the choice, because it's more comfortable and I can get some work done on the way, but it's a close-run thing.

Comment Re:Exposing those who store plaintext passwords (Score 1) 126

Make sure that you let them know that, because you have gone through responsible disclosure, if they are compromised then you will happily testify in court that they were aware of the insecurity of the personal information and that this makes them liable for increased damages for any compromise resulting in a failure to address the issue in a number of jurisdictions.

Comment Re:Chinese speakers only (Score 1) 446

fluency in [ mandarin | Chinese ] is a plus

Of course it's a plus. I'm likely to be hiring a group of Mechanical Engineers in the next six months, and I certainly want at least one of them to be fluent in Mandarin to make it easier to work with Chinese suppliers. It would be pretty handy if they speak Korean, Japanese or Hindi, too.

-jcr

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