6 Solutions to the Fermi Paradox

Great stuff:

https://medium.com/p/c0f32e47a0f7

The “The Youngness Paradox” solution in particular appeals to me because it brings to mind one of my favorite Douglas Adams quotes:

Now [the Babel Fish] is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the NON-existence of God. The argument goes like this:
“I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
“But,” says Man, “The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”
“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly disappears in a puff of logic.
“Oh, that was easy,” says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.
Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo’s kidneys, but that didn’t stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his best-selling book, “Well, That about Wraps It Up for God.”

Even better stuff!

Amazon’s Trademark Is On Fire!

fireTVnews.com is now AFTVnews.com

Heh … his little light spot of cybersquatting didn’t impress The Big A.

The guy actually posts interesting stuff about the Amazon Fire TV. For instance, did you know that Amazon will give you $1 worth of video credit for selecting the slowest Prime shipping on a very wide variety of items? Including a few that cost as little as 2¢ which means you can pay for your Amazon video at a 98% discount if you don’t mind being up to the gunwales in useless pipe fittings.

Are We In a Rut?

This is an excellent review of where we’re at in software engineering:

(if it’s too long for you, be sure to listen to the conclusions starting around 27:44 though the whole thing is entertaining and thought provoking)

I found the link in this related (though much more focussed article):

It’s not that email is broken or productivity tools all suck; it’s just that culture changes. People make email clients or to-do list apps in the same way that theater companies perform Shakespeare plays in modern dress. “Email” is our Hamlet. “To-do apps” are our Tempest.

View story at Medium.com