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Moore's Law Will Die Without GPUs

Profound Re:Objectivity? (250 comments)

Get faster disks till your CPU is at 100% if you want a faster build.

more than 4 years ago

Good SAT Scores Lead To Higher Egg Donor Prices

Profound Re:Duh (175 comments)

The funny thing about the donor egg market is that people ought to be looking at _your_ mom as an additional fitness indicator: IIRC, all of your immature egg cells were present when you were in-utero.

What do you mean? The eggs form while still in utero, but they come from the babies cells which contain both maternal & paternal genes.

more than 4 years ago

Whistleblower Claims IEA Is Downplaying Peak Oil

Profound Re:On the plus side! (720 comments)

You are neglecting discount rate, but if you want to do this why bother to pump it out & store it? Why not just buy an oil patch & leave it underground?

more than 5 years ago

Ask Aubrey de Grey About Longevity Research

Profound Hogging the ride (639 comments)

After holding a position (for instance belief in a scientific theory) for a long time - people become invested in it. If it has become profitable or they have achieved a position of power from it, they have a very strong interest in maintaining the status quo.

It is said that scientists don't change their mind, a new theory comes out and eventually all of the old fogies holding onto the outdated theories retire or die, and are replaced with people who follow the new theories.

If people live for a very long time, maintaining their position and influence - it is likely that society, science and art will stagnate. You only have to listen to baby boomer music critics/radio station DJs who say the best songs are from the 1960s to know this is true.

Cultural evolution will stop or slow, and due to having a finite world birth control must be instituted to allow so many people living so long. Thus biological evolution which depends on reproduction and death will also end.

I accept my death, and will move aside for those following me to have their go. I accept that I am not the pinnacle of existence and will pass on what I know, prepare the next generation and then stand back and see if they can do better.

So my question is - why should we want to hog the ride?

more than 6 years ago


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