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Comment 1Million People (Score 1) 491

Doing some maths... sending 200 people per trip, and 50 trips, means 10k people sent there. Assuming half are women, and each woman has 5 children, there'd then be 35k people. Assume every 20 years each new generation also has 5 children. It'd take 80 years for the population to reach a population of 977k, minus those who died in those 80 years. That said, why would a million people be needed or even desirable? Large numbers of manual laborers won't be required due to the large amount of advanced machinery that'll be involved in any work occurring on Mars. New tech and heavy automation will be required for nearly everything; Uncle Joe's 200-year-old farming traditions won't cut it. There's also the issue of the large number of people born on Mars having never been to Earth and wanting to go there... and not coming back. They didn't sign up for a dangerous frontier life like their ancestors did, so one can't use the "they volunteered fully knowing the risks" excuse for how dangerous it is.
Sending even 100 people is pointless unless it's been proven that a handful of people can survive there. Experiments have been done in the Arctic, but it's still in some doubt given the different environments.

Comment Externalities (Score 1) 183

The $200k figure is internalized costs; the cost of providing free credit protection to those affected (which almost noone takes them up on), and investigators to figure out what was breached, how, by whom, and to maybe patch the hole they got in through. The externalized amount, the burden on those whose data was stolen, is far greater. Also, one has to keep in mind that most breaches are minor incidents involving insiders; they cost very little to fix (change password: done) and no further spending is necessary or effective; the ones we hear about are mostly the "millions of user account details stolen" incidents caused by external crackers.

Comment Re:It depends (Score 1) 183

Someone would notice even within 72 hours that their database had been encrypted and was inaccessible. You simply restore the database from a backup, after restoring the code. My understanding is that regular 'data backups' only back up the database, and that the software platform that the server runs is backed up to a separate location, only when intentionally modified, and thus less frequently. If the code were modified by a virus, then you'd restore from a version from before the intrusion. If people are constantly updating the code (using more than a WYSIWYG editor) and overwriting code backups, they're likely to notice a cryptolocker virus had attached to their code. Now, if a virus were able to access a code repository and delete/infect/encrypt ALL revisions, then yes you might be screwed. But I haven't heard of any cryptolocker virus doing this.

Comment Milking the Stubborn (Score 3, Insightful) 219

There are many in the older generations who are anti-Internet and are seemingly afraid that if they even sign up for Internet access their bank balance will disappear and their grandchildren will get kidnapped. Others have Internet access but barely use it; you know the ones, they check email or Facebook and maybe one or two other sites and that's it; they don't do web searches or visit new sites regularly.
These are the people who will, most likely, NEVER sign up (on their own) for Netflix or cut the cord, no matter how expensive their cable/satellite bill gets, because as far as they're concerned, there's no alternative. They wouldn't know how to get Netflix on their TV and have no idea how to find out.
So, the pay TV companies are raising rates in order to milk these older generations as much as possible before they die off or figure out how to connect a Roku to their TV (or someone else shows them); or before they buy a smart TV that puts all these cord-cutting options on the screen they're looking at, accessible with the remote they're holding.
The older generations are also set in the "watching what's on" paradigm; while the newer generations have had access to on-demand, home video, and file sharing, allowing for "watching what you want". With Netflix, there is no mindless "watching what's on", you have to choose what to put on, at least a series to autoplay. If you don't like it, you can't claim lack of responsibility a la "these networks air nothing but crap nowadays. yep", it's all on you for putting that show on.

Comment Hidden Externalities = Renewable (Score 1) 114

A whipping robot powered by a dynamo turned by the human slaves it whips = renewable energy? The actual automotives run on biodiesel created from carcasses of the fallen slaves. The AI CEO of Uber zips self-driving autos all over the place for menial tasks to maximize the productivity metrics, now bearing sensors sophisticated enough to avoid the heaps of corpses littering the streets. Extraterrestrials detect the signs of an advanced functioning civilization, only to find robo-maids dusting off our depleted husks.

Comment Unearthed Plague (Score 4, Informative) 77

The summary suggests that some "what terror have you unleashed?!" doomsday scenario could unfold with Yersinia Pestis being resurrected from extinction... but that's impossible. Yersinia Pestis still exists and causes about a dozen cases of bubonic plague annually, nowadays. It's easily treated with antibiotics, and those of European descent are thought to be resistant to it. If I recall my Wikipedia correctly.

Comment Life Inprisonment (Score 1) 89

One Twitter user jokingly suggested that the suspect should also be charged with copyright infringement -- for using the police department's photo without their permission.

Well, life in prison WOULD ensure his drug-use and battery days are over... if you ignore the problems of prison violence and drugs being smuggled into prison.

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