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Comment Re:like what? (Score 1) 537

That's an excellent question. There are probably problems that could be solved by technology, but do the relevant techies know about the problems? A previous post mentioned automating testing of, say, TB. Great idea. But how would I, a programmer, know that that particular need exists? I'm not psychic (possibly psychotic, but that's a different issue). If techies are not improving the world, if they're spending their time creating stuff like Angry Birds, maybe they simply haven't found anything more interesting. Or maybe they see a better potential ROI in Angry Birds rather than testing for TB. Solving problems is great. Having a roof over your head and food on your table is better still.

Comment Re:I Lol'ed, did you? (Score 1) 62

Every time I read about some idiot scheme like this, I'm very tempted to write a program that will take a file and randomly (okay, for well known file types, randomly with a bit of intelligence) change a single bit in the file. Wonder if I could sell it for a buck a copy? Think I'd call it NeenerNeener.

Comment Calm down (Score 2) 231

Let's put aside the ethics/morals debate for a moment and consider the math.

To send a spacecraft, using our current technology, to the nearest star would take tens of thousands of years. There is no reasonable expectation that a spacecraft built using our current technology could survive that long, so we cannot simply do this yet. Realistically, we're at least centuries away from being able to do this. That gives us a lot of time to research these planets.

Yay! Rationality!

Comment Because we don't know (Score 1) 470

We don't really understand the effect of mosquitoes on the overall biosphere. Is there something critical to us that relies, perhaps indirectly, on the little buggers? Quite possibly, but there is no one who knows enough to tell us. Better not to go with the nuclear option when we are in such a state of ignorance.

Comment Re:I wonder how much Facebook knows... (Score 1) 183

And this is a problem. There are potential employers, government investigators, etc, that actively use Facebook data when reviewing individuals. If they are relying on Facebook's assumptions about us, they may well be making decisions that affect us based on incorrect data. I get it that many people don't understand why we wish to not be featured on Facebook. We need to educate them. That may include some tough love ("No, I won't be coming for Thanksgiving dinner this year because I do not want to be featured on your Facebook account.") Sometimes, all of your options suck.

Comment The nature of the problem (Score 1) 290

A few dozen emails per day, probably not a problem. Many dozens, or hundreds, of emails per day, somewhat overwhelming.

The question is what's the nature of the problem? Email, in and of itself, is not the problem. It's the number of emails. Are you giving your email address to anyone who asks? I'm amazed at the number of retailers who ask for my email address. Maybe we don't need to give out email addresses like candy.

Beyond that, some people seem to love to spend a lot of their time sending out pointless emails. Maybe we need to set up filters to direct their emails to a separate folder that we skim over, say, once a week. Half, to three quarters, of the emails I receive at work are unnecessary and contribute nothing at all to my work - they typically get deleted post haste.

Comment Re:What is this "work" you speak of? (Score 1) 326

Let me preface this by saying that I know I have a problem.

I make my living writing code. Have done pretty much continually since 1986. I always have at least two personal programming projects on the go at home, and I have a long, and growing, list of projects I'd like to do. If I was unemployed, aside from diligently looking for a paying job, I'd be spending even more time working on my own projects.

I did say that I know I have a problem.

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