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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Nevynxxx Re:Where the pessimism comes from. (191 comments)

Imagine a reader in 1940 reading a science fiction story which accurately predicted 2014. The idea that there would be women working who aren't just trolling for husbands would strike him as bizarre and not very credible.

1920 maybe. By 1940 women were doing factory work building planes for the war effort. Hell Google WAFFs. Have a look at the video of Queen Elisabeth changing a land rover tire....

An openly transgendered character who wasn't immediately arrested or put into a mental hospital would be beyond belief.

Google "Molly House" Transgender was around in Victorian times.

I'm not saying you are wrong per-say. But almost all of the things you quote, if you went back a bit further would be considered normal. A bit further again and are considered wrong.

5 days ago

Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Nevynxxx Re:Yet another proof creation doesn't work! (158 comments)

But if a thing exists outside of time, it can't have actions, it can't have causal relations, it can't create. By definition, if it is outside of time, it cannot change, either itself or anything else, it has not ability for "then".

So how does it create time?

about 2 months ago

Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

Nevynxxx Re:How is this different from sensory deprivation? (333 comments)

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day — unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” -Zen proverb

about 3 months ago

Is Earth Weighed Down By Dark Matter?

Nevynxxx Re:Oil (247 comments)

My point was more, "how come this thing that's been working for 20 years works, if you theory says it shouldn't". Not if it's actually any use in the field or not ;)

about 8 months ago

Is Earth Weighed Down By Dark Matter?

Nevynxxx Oil (247 comments)

I thought we'd been using tiny variations in gravity to detect Oil for 20 or so years now, fly over an area and map the underground caverns based off gravity variation.

about 8 months ago

Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

Nevynxxx Re:Does it matter? (433 comments)

I read that the issue was actually with battery size/life.... Rather than having the displays.

Smaller form factor brings a smaller volume to fit the battery in. Retina needs a *much* bigger battery, so you either drop the run time, or the display. Apple wanted a consistent run time across tablets.....

about a year and a half ago

A Humanoid Robot Named "Baxter" Could Revive US Manufacturing

Nevynxxx Re:Can Baxter buy the products it produces? (414 comments)

Todays car has probably a 5 year factory warranty and probably will last for 150-200 miles.

I commute 300 miles a week, how do I get home on Wednesday!


about a year and a half ago

What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

Nevynxxx Re:code block history (384 comments)

Have a look at DARCS ;)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Interviewing Your Boss?

Nevynxxx Re:Use Yourself for an Example (219 comments)

It's also amazing how long it often takes before the phrase "I'd look at the logs" come out, or something like it.

about 2 years ago

UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites

Nevynxxx Re:So it begins (89 comments)

LOL, I was being just a touch facetious. But to be fair to the ISPs, they have said they wont do anything without a court order, which does become a little closer to "police-state".

about 2 years ago

UK ISPs Asked To Block More File-sharing Websites

Nevynxxx Re:So it begins (89 comments)

Which part of the "Hopefully before Christmas....Quicker than before" makes you think we need to get VPNs up *quickly*?

Welcome to the UK, where your Police State moves that slowly it never catches up to you!

about 2 years ago

US Looks For Input On "The Next Big Things"

Nevynxxx Re:There people are really, really stupid (309 comments)

No. The funding came *after* the inital breakthrough which was pure basic science.

People looked at what Bhor had shown, and what Enstein had shown and said, if we put money into this we can make power, or bombs.

Without the pure basic research that came before it, we'd have nothing.

about 2 years ago

UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

Nevynxxx Re:Here's one. (606 comments)

Promptly? Since when do we deport people promptly?

"they are arrested for attempting to setup a joke and eventually deported" would work...

about 2 years ago

Astronomers Search For Dyson Spheres of Alien Civilizations

Nevynxxx Errmmm... (686 comments)

'but it requires massive amounts of deliberate engineering across an entire civilization.'

And a Dyson Sphere doesn't?

about 2 years ago

The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Nevynxxx Re:doesn't need a lot of 'mathematics' (1469 comments)

What percent of rape is actually reported? That's a valid, well known unknown. It can be guessed at, but that's about it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

Nevynxxx Re:or Brazil (1365 comments)

Pervasive surveillance, socio-political engineering, pharmaceutical engineering, artificial birth - it's all there. I would assume you never actually read either book.

I wouldn't assume that. I'd assume the reader is young enough that they don't realise that those things didn't exist when the book was written.

Sci-Fi that's good enough that when the science catches it up, it looks just like fiction. Now that's a skillful writer!

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Scans Chats and Posts For Criminal Activity

Nevynxxx Re:Facebook is a public place (483 comments)

"We need all your servers. Can we have the keys to your datacenter so that we can lock you out, it's far easier than actually removing the srevers?...."

more than 2 years ago



Manchester Airport body scanners to become compuls

Nevynxxx Nevynxxx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nevynxxx (932175) writes "The BBC reports that Mancehster Airport, after a "successful" trial, is to implement full body scanners in all three security areas by the end of the month. All passengers passing through security, will pass through a scanner."
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Nevynxxx Nevynxxx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nevynxxx (932175) writes "The BBC reports on a cat given two Peg Legs, after an accident with a rogue harvester. "We have managed to get the bone and skin to grow into the implant and we have developed an 'exoprosthesis' that allows this implant to work as a see-saw on the bottom of an animal's limbs to give him effectively normal gait." So which is it, Cyborg Cat, or Pirate Cat?"
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How to Justify Second Server for SMB

Nevynxxx Nevynxxx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nevynxxx (932175) writes "So, an SMB has a single virtualised server. It obviously runs all mission critical software. IT want to make this redundant, PHBs want justification. Google gives failure rates that basically say, if you have lots of servers, you can expect one to die every X days. But what if you only have one? What statistics are useful for showing the chances for failure? Or would you just focus solely on the consequences? "If it happens it will be this bad.", "how likely is it to happen?", "Errm, don't know." seems like a bad conversation..."


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