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Comment Re:Not just Southern Spain (Score 1) 233

> * 100-200 Million People Per Year Will Be Starving To Death During The Next Ten Years

That was a gross under-estimate.

> * Population Will Inevitably And Completely Outstrip Whatever Small Increases In Food Supplies We Make

Today we produce enough food to feed ~13 billion people, but most of it is thrown away either due to greed or mismanagement.

> * Demographers Agree Almost Unanimously Thirty Years From Now, The Entire World Will Be In Famine

For 1-2 BILLION people, it probably seems like the entire world is in famine because famine is all they will ever know. See: greed and mismanagement, above

> * In A Decade, Urban Dwellers Will Have To Wear Gas Masks To Survive Air Pollution

Clean air will be sold in cans, so consider the business opportunity. Yay capitalism! ;)

Comment Re:Who really cares? It won't change a thing. (Score 1) 78

> it is a much nicer language to code in and because the original language is under the LGPL there is no risk of being sued for an alternative implementation (indeed several alternative implementations already exist - ironpython for example).

That wouldn't matter if Oracle gets their filthy hands on python. Remember when Java was released on the GPL? That alone should have vindicated Google.

Comment Re:Because Enterprise Faired So Poorly (Score 2) 150

The original ideas for the Romulan war were just stupid anyways. NONE of it made any sense. They needed a new canon either way. This is a good example of some of the weaknesses in TOS that just needed to get pushed out an airlock.

You simply can't fight an interstellar war (in Trek terms) without Warp drive.

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 2) 150

Are all men equal by that definition of "equal"? Or all women exactly like all other women?

"Men" aren't stamped out of some kind of archetypal "man" mold, nor are all women exactly whatever you think a "woman" is or should be. Both men and women are going to be distributed along a normal curve (or maybe log-normal) when it comes to their fitness for some particular job.

So this raises the question: how much overlap do those populations have? The traditionalist view is that there are manly jobs for which no woman is suitable; the radically opposite viewpoint is that there are no differences at all between the populations for any job. But leaving aside jobs like NFL offensive lineman or surrogate mother, I'd say that unless you take one or the other of these extreme positions it's not necessary to have an opinion on precisely how much overlap there is. The only thing that really matters is the individual you are evaluating for the job. If a woman is the best candidate for an engineering position or CEO or whatever, it literally doesn't matter whether or not men are usually better at that sort of thing.

Comment Re:They tell you upfront it isn't going to be good (Score 1) 150

Except the "diversity" in TOS represented bad 60s racial and ethnic sterotypes and largely one dimensional characters. This is one of the things that's blatantly obvious when comparing TOS to the reboot. You get crude stuff that doesn't age well when all you're really about is ticking off checkboxes.

Comment Re:"Ignored Again" (Score 1) 20

> Why do you even want this ad delivery platform on your computer?

You can strip the ads out you idiot. People on ALL platforms have been doing this since 2003 or so. There are even Mac apps that do this.

Before that, you could just skip through them.

A tablet app for the PVR/streamer?

Apple is like LAST to the party on this one.

Comment Don't just think "change"; think "rate of change". (Score 1) 233

I have known or at least met many environmental luminaries in the course of my career, and as one of them put it: I = P*S/T -- that is to say environmental impact is proportional to population and standard of living, but is inversely proportional to technology.

So the key to avoiding a dystopian future is to keep the rate of technological improvement greater than the rate of population growth. The way to do that is to invest in people. Societies who have lower infant mortality rates have lower birth rates; societies with better education are more innovative.

Will the future way we do things look radically different from today? Yes! Just as the way we do things today look radically different from the past. Change happens in both the environment and human society; it's inevitable. The question is whether it happens at a rate organisms and people can adapt to, and in particular whether we make a conscious decision to direct that change or have it forced upon us.

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