Sunday, May 14, 2006

math of reproduction

Slashdot | Review: Matrix: Reloaded: "About 12 people reproducing into 250,000 people so quickly: yes this is possible. if each woman produced as many children as could be done healthily, say 10, you could do it in 4 new generations:

7 women * 10 children = 70 new ppl.
70 * 0.5 (50% girls) * 10 children = 350 new ppl.
350 *0.5 *10 = +1750 ppl.
8750 *0.5*10 = +43750 ppl.
218750 *0.5*10 = +218750 ppl.

12 + 70 + 350 + 1750 + 43750 + 218750
= 273,420 ppl.

Figure the early generation eventually dies off, and some other die off as well, you could get close to 250k easily in 100 years.

Assuming the first 12 are near child-bearing age when they start, and the bulk of the ppl get the reproducing done around age 25, 25*4 = 100 years."

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Slashdot | Computer Security, The Next 50 Years:

Educating users
(Score:5, Insightful)
by reldruH (956292) on Monday May 08, @02:31AM (#15283657)
(Last Journal: Wednesday May 03, @05:24PM)
What the article is basically saying is that we have to teach people how to use their computers. >85% of all the computer problems I encounter are PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair). It's like the old saying goes, make something idiot proof and the world will make a better idiot. If people just learn how to use their computers (you shouldn't download exe's from people you don't know, a firewall is a good thing to have, ActiveX controls aren't safe and your default response shouldn't be to install them no matter what IE says) a huge number of problems would be eliminated. Like it or not, users are the biggest computer problem today. The problem shouldn't be usability, it should be user-ability.

Monday, May 08, 2006

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