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Back yard squirrel football

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Intelligent species' window of opportunity

There are lots of causes for extinction.

Life has to escape, dodge, and survive them all in order to blossom into a planetary-wide entity. 

Intelligent life has an even a greater number of these cataclysms to avoid in order to succeed and thrive and disperse. With this in mind the following is probably true for all potential intelligent species that may arise in the galaxy and the universe.

Intelligent life has between 1000 and 3000 generation in which to become self-protective with regards to the catastrophes that it may endure. For humans that's between 25,000 and 75,000 years.

In that time an intelligent species must:
Stage 1 --
• Have evolved to a local maximum in intelligence. (Smart enough.)
• Discover metallurgy.
• Discover a vast food source that can be generated and stored.
• Discover and create a means of information storage.
• Discover and/or create a nearly inexhaustible energy source.
• Reach a threshold population which allows a high percentage of individuals to pursue creative enterprises.

Stage 2 --
• Discover electricity.
• Discover and or create medicine (if required).
• Discover computational units of greater capability than their own minds.
• Discover and create off planet travel.

They must do all that, within an narrow window of geological time, before any of the following occurs to either reset their advancement or wipe them out entirely:

At any Stage --
• An asteroid or comet destroys their progress.
• A chain of volcanoes erupts for a generation or more.
• Earthquakes/tsunamis destroy their early civilizations.
• Galactic energy pulses burn their planet.
• Ice ages advance to shutdown their expansion.

After Stage 2 --
• Coronal mass ejections wipe out their information and energy distribution grids.
• They self-destruct due to war.
• Extermination by natural or self-created biohazards.
• Destruction by cultural genocide.
• Ecosystem destruction due to industrialization. (Global Warming)

The good things in these lists must ALL occur within the 1000 - 3000 generations window. While the bad things in these lists must NOT occur within the same time period.

That's a pretty narrow window for all of these possibilities to happen (and not). Humans are unique and alone in the galaxy. Guaranteed.
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Ichthyosaurs existed for 150+ million years -- then poof! Gone

How is it that a broad range of top tier predators could exist for such a long time, see every type of calamity the earth could throw at it, yet one day, vanish completely?

It's thought that plesiosaurs replaced them. The two variations of the same ecologic niche competed for tens of millions of years. Yet the ichthyosaurs lost. Why? Ichthyosaurs died out 25 million years before the KT event 65 million years ago. 

It maybe similar to why neanderthals no longer exist on Earth. Neanderthals existed for 200,000 years, much longer than Cro-Magnon, yet, they too vanished from the planet.

Strange how species could survive for so long, see so much adversity, struggle through such calamity, yet somehow get snuffed out regardless of its endurance and tenacity.
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What 2015 may hold for tech

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Probability of intelligent life on other planets in the galaxy == improbability of human existence

What?

How improbable is humanity in the context of possible life in the galaxy?
How probable is intelligent life in the galaxy (aside from us)?
I pose that these two probabilities are equal. 

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Star Wars episode #117 -- due in a YEAR!?

An entire year of previews to leak out for the next 12 months? Criminy why bloody bother? The whole world is gonna go see it. Why wait for a frickin' year to dump it on the market? Disney must be still rakin' in the dough from Frozen and don't need money for a while. Movie studios suck!
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Friday, Bloody Friday

If it takes 11.75 months of the year for your business to become annually profitable then I'd say you're in the wrong business.

This day disgusts me. I can only hope that the abject materialism that this day and, crazily enough, yesterday as well (Black Friday started 6pm Thanksgiving day), exposes will shake the sensibilities of most Americans and force us to reassess our addiction to this craven creature of consumptive culture.
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On taxing the rich to fund colleges

Bernie Sanders talks to CNN about plan to eliminate public college tuition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IxEl8L__OA

[Proposed is a wealth transference tax on financial transactions.]

Why bother proposing such nonsense? It would never make it past the House doorstep. It would never come to pass. It's just super-socialistic claptrap ringing in the ears of the oppressed. (Of which I'm one. But I'm rational at least.)

No, what you want to do is incentivize all corporations (not just financial firms) to fund colleges directly. 

"For every new hire a corporation makes where that hire has graduated within the last 5 years, said corporation must fund the college of the graduate a full year's tuition."

What this accomplishes:

• You want to hire from the best colleges? It'll cost you.
• You want the best deal for your new hire? Find the low cost colleges (read underfunded) producing the best graduates.
• Colleges will compete on LOWERING their tuitions to draw the most funding.
• Students will flock to the lesser known colleges so as to become more lucrative to corporations.
• But it's still a meritocracy. The best schools producing the best graduates will still do so. 
• Effectively every graduate who gets hired would help fund the next year's graduates.
• Corporations are the ones making money off of tuitions (indirectly). So make them pay for this resource.

In the end some threshold of corporation size might be required. Or perhaps the smaller the firm, the longer the pro-rated payback time. 

In the end you want to find way not to penalize anyone, but to incentivize them to do the right thing.
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ASP.NET 5.0! -- ENOUGH already!

The world does NOT need any more web software. Just QUIT!

If you still feel compelled to stay in the software world go design a Deep Mind like interface to allow true speech to text / text to speech that can be used as a universal teaching platform. Want to make the world a better place? ELIMINATE the cost for education by using your high tech skills to build "Socrates -- The World Teacher". Not some more useless web glueware that NOBODY needs.
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Want to feel insignificant -- again?

http://qz.com/331406/this-is-the-most-crystal-clear-image-of-space-ever-taken/

It's just not possible to understand this. Nope. Can't be done.
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Email apps are like garbage disposals

They're suppose to work, as is, forever, and never change. Period. 
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Nothing you can do to an email app will make it better. So quit trying. Everyone, quit trying.
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A beautiful view of earth wind:

http://earth.nullschool.net/
an animated map of global wind and weather
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