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Comment Re:It was only a matter of time (Score 3, Funny) 67

There's one way to advance space flight and colonize the solar system. Moonshiners looking for a place to run their stills, and tax men following close behind.
We'd have colonies on mars growing modified corn within 10 years.

The other would be to allow porn to be made on the ISS.
Nothing spurs innovation like the quest for kinkier smut.

Comment Re:Do You Have Any Idea What This Means?! (Score 0) 60

If it's cheap enough I can see a wave of hangover clinics opening in college towns across the country. Shoudln't need more than a single on site doctor and some nurses to staff it.
Offer a monday morning special. Filter out the bad stuff and infuse some caffeine at the same time. A saline bag with 300mg of caffeine is probably about as expensive as a cup of starbucks anyway.

Comment Re:And how much do they pay for slashvertisements? (Score 4, Funny) 435

Apple.
Microsoft employs weasels in their marketing department, not car dealers.

"Now see here son. Not only is this here Macbook the purdiest thang this side of the Mississippi, but it's also a real investment in your future. You buy this and I guarantee you'll get atleast half your money back when you trade up in 5 years. Guaranteed.
Can't say that about any of those other clunkers out there. They lose 95% of their value as soon as you get one. Might as well be pissing your money down the drain. Pardon my french."

Comment Re:It Is Naïveté (Score 2, Interesting) 72

Yeah, yeah, we get it. You want some of that corporate america money for yourself but that annoying FCPA law stops them from giving you the bribes you deserve.

You're really dipping into classic villain territory here. Insulting someone for taking the moral high ground even if it means a minor inconvenience (slightly reduced profits).

Comment Re:Lowcost? (Score 2) 75

If the EM drive does turn out to be a usable reactionless thruster then an automated debris cleaning satellite is very possible.
It could rendezvous with debris, close in on it as slowly as needed, and snag it with a magnetic front plate or something else. When enough debris is collected it enters a deorbit or moon collision trajectory, releases the stored debris, then burns itself back up to a stable orbit to target more debris.

Give the thing a grapple arm and it could double as a service transport to grab old satellites and bring them to a station that can deal with the satellite not having a standardized servicing design.

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