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Comment Re:Vanity Fair (Score 4, Interesting) 127

Talking of Vanity Fair am I alone in finding it significant that it is a publication that largely concentrates on entertaining copy on celebrities and lifestyle issues which has recently repeatedly published fairly hard core investigative journalism. How come the so called heavyweight "broadsheet" publications sound like echo chambers for various vested business interests these days and could not publish a challenging piece of investigative journalism to save their lives?

Great job Vanity Fair! you are now on my must read list.

Comment Re:Feels a bit ... too much (Score 1, Troll) 145

Actually I think it is a sign of the times. Nothing new has been done since the 60's generation wrote the aspirational playbook. So why shouldn't they become immortal? They grew up in a world made grey by a world war and they wanted something better. Sadly the following generations mostly just want to breed and watch action adventure movies made by the man. The occasional spark of inspiration like Firefly is soon replaced by tedious soaps with soft porn and violence like Game of Thrones.

Comment Genetics is the future (Score 2) 42

We are close to peak compute as Moores law will be finished in a couple more shrinks. The next step will be in the software and the architecture and improvements will likely be linear not geometric as they have been since the invention of the integrated circuit. Fortunately it seems that the complexity of current computing systems is close to the number in biological brains so it may be enough. Carbon nanotubes may give one more generation of geometric shrink after the last silicon one but quantum physics - particularly the Heisenberg uncertainty principle mean that the route ends there. No doubt this will be taken advantage of over time but electronics will be largely done and dusted in about ten years. If I was a teenager looking for the most exciting career these days I would choose Genetics and not Electronics as the next bright future. I cannot wait for genetically modified humans to start winning the Olympics!

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 151

I am glad that you think experts have nothing to say on the subject of the impossibility of travel between stars. Because I am not an expert and I am utterly convinced by the physics and the psychology of humanity that we will never travel between stars. You are about to elect a president who is so stupid he wants to build a wall against the Mexicans and make them pay for it. What makes you think that any civilization that ugly and stupid is going to avoid war and sinking back into the stone age after the first nuclear strike? Interstellar travel my arse, we will be lucky if we get back to using metal tools after the crash we are currently heading for. There won't be any coal to get industrialization going next time, good luck with steam engines powered by wood.

Comment Re: All according to plan (Score 1) 256

This growing economy is presumably why the middle class and working population of America have seen no benefit from improvements in productivity since the early 1970s. http://www.epi.org/productivit... What you are missing about the 1% is that their wealth will logically move where the growth is - and that is not the USA, it is the Far East, Africa, China and other recently third world countries. You are very silly if you think the 1% are interested in investing in the American workforce whilst better returns are available elsewhere. Try looking at what has actually happened rather than some pie in the sky theory.

Comment Re:Goodbye Windows. (Score 1) 585

Correct, I think the moderator who scored this flamebait is wrong. I do not know if all you wailing Microsoft haters are all clueless accountants or marketing people but the big news these days is that Moore's law is dead - or will be in two more spins in about 2020 or 2022. There is only one direction for increased performance going forward - new architectures and new software tricks. It would be a good guess to say that Windows will become so tightly coupled to some next generation processor chips that it will not run at all on older generation chips. So stop your wailing and start finding out what Intel is cooking up because Linux is going to fall behind if it is not taking the same advantages as windows will be.

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 0) 88

I agree, the Flux interface is neat and easy to use. I am not looking forward to Microsoft's version requiring four clicks to access and filling the whole screen with a brilliant white tile to make damn sure you cannot see the effect of the utility on the small text you are reading in the dark. It will of course be an "App" that sends un-encrypted screenshots to Redmond and is touch enabled without a mouse interface. I expect to be paid by Microsoft for these design tips....

Comment Re:Meanwhile, on the rest of the planet... (Score 1) 201

Probably, I think Iraq, ISIS and a tidal wave of African refugees from Libya and Syrian refugees is quite enough defense for now. I assume by subsidizing "our" economies you mean that it is not just Apple who will be paying taxes in future. Being friends with America is certainly not cheap.

As for the topic, infantile behavior from alcohol consumption might be improved by restricting the supply of the stuff and replacing it with a less harmful psychoactive substance. Apparently however the world has to continue the Sharia law of the United States - namely the War on Drugs. So there is no prospect of replacing alcohol with anything else currently. I assume that all the careers of students that are blighted by being caught with the wrong quantity of alcohol in their possession are no longer of any import to the country as they will be replaced with H1B visa holders. Personally I would try to find a different way of solving the binge drinking problem, but hey why not try prohibition again, it worked out just fine the last time it was tried.

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