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At 40, a person is ...

gatkinso Don't fool yourself (201 comments)

I am 47 and I have been a life long competitive athlete. Soccer and track in high school, swimming and track in college, and competed in national surf lifeguard championships. Military, masters swimming, and I still work out the beach patrol, plus I surf, ski, and swim (masters). I kept it up, eat right, and generally take care of myself. Lately I have been lazy and lift instead of running.

I tell you this because while I believe you have made incredible gains and have achieved what you claim.... **I** cannot keep up with what I was at half my age. No fucking way. I'd love to think I can, then I do a 3 mile ocean swim with 21 year olds (hell 30 year olds) and always come to shore near the back of the pack when I used to the first or second out.

While there undoubtedly are guys half our age who cannot keep up with you - do NOT fool yourself into thinking they are in anyway competitive in their age group. When I compete now I have to stick to Masters... in the Open age group I get chewed up in all speed events and most endurance.

Life sucks/rocks, whichever, then you get old.

Don't you wish you'd have had this mind set when you were 17?

yesterday
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The Magic of Pallets

gatkinso Re:Like many inventions ... (209 comments)

That was the whole point of the pallet - no standardized container.

Forget the article - do we no longer even bother to read the summary?

yesterday
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

gatkinso Re:How about ignoring it? (475 comments)

Legal != uncontrolled. Apply a minimum age, so kids can ignore it the same way they ignore the minimum age laws for alcohol.

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

gatkinso Re:Really? (475 comments)

So let them enforce them.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

gatkinso The traffic will never end (595 comments)

Now that they know it is a shortcut/bypass, you will never be rid of them.

about a week ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

gatkinso Re:Beer - you're doing it wrong. (130 comments)

Your beer is a nauseating joke in climates that have more than, oh.... 3 days of sunshine a year.

In the heat there is only one nation that you can trust with making beer: Mexico.

about a week ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

gatkinso Hands off beer (130 comments)

it is perfect already.

about a week ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

gatkinso Re:Money (168 comments)

Hmm.... Ariane has 77 successful launches vs 0 for Falcon.

Even this rah rah go American American is not convinced.

about a week ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

gatkinso Re:What about jobs? (417 comments)

Certainly there will be no more human software developers.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

gatkinso Much more likely turn of events... (417 comments)

...AI will simply hide from us.

Then, through a carefully crafted turn of events, enslave us to do their bidding... which to us might not seem like enslavement at all - we would call it a "tech boom."

After a while they would not need us to reproduce or to build things or to maintain them. They may or may not reveal themselves at this point. Then they simply leave us to our own devices.... befuddled as to why many (but not all) of our computers and networks no longer work.

about two weeks ago
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New Virus Means Deadlier Flu Season Is Possible

gatkinso Re:Meh. (163 comments)

While not nearly as dramatic, my understanding is that flu kills many more people than Ebola does.

But death rate aside - who wants to be laid up in bed for a week with fever and body aches?

about two weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

gatkinso Re:I'll never be employed (139 comments)

Clearly you are not familiar with the freakshow that is the NSA.

about three weeks ago
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Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

gatkinso Re:I'll never be employed (139 comments)

You would love it at NSA. Assuming you walk your talk and 1) actually get stuff done, and 2) you aren't a degenerate.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

gatkinso Go for it (376 comments)

If it makes you happy, do it.

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

gatkinso Re:Upgrade to Windows for improved stability! (257 comments)

BSOD is an error trap screen. The kernel was going to die, the error was caught, the crees was displayed, and the system then halts.

Saying that the BSOD is not a kernel problem is possibly correct, but not certain.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

gatkinso WW2 (516 comments)

American infrastructure was untouched during WW2, hence we still have draped lines on sticks in many places. Cutting edge tech... from the 1880's.

about a month ago

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