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Comment: Re:Time to travel 11 light years (Score 1) 20

by i kan reed (#47785269) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Hypothetically, fusion powered Hall ion engines might be able to manage something within an order of magnitude of that, I think.

But of course, we'd need a lightweight fusion reactor that produces electricity without a boiler. Such a thing has been proposed as possible, but it's definitely not available yet.

Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 4, Insightful) 35

by i kan reed (#47784969) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

There is only one reason for the government to step in: make it easier for smaller ISPs to start shop. I'd love to start a small ISP in my area, but it is practically impossible.

Given a few common, yet unproven, assumptions about how markets operate. ISPs operate a lot like utilities in terms of fundamental market behaviors, and the prevalence of natural monopolies. Organizing the structure of the market to allow smaller competitors, to me, is one way a government could help. Not the only way.

Comment: Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (Score 5, Insightful) 57

by i kan reed (#47784287) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

I don't know if most of us got into tech to avoid manual labor. I personally got in it because I like the idea of solving problems, rather than taking care of them for a short while.

I'd appreciate more physical activity at work, 40 hours a week of physical idleness(on top of sleeping) is not what the human body evolved for.