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Comment: Re:for all this talk... where is it? (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by DavenH (#48489031) Attached to: Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material

You want to make something out of (name any substance)? There are only a few special cases where any government approval is required, and patents are NEVER required.

If you want any capital to operate with, you need security in the profitability of producing it. Patents are this security, and so are always necessary unless you want to throw money away. So no, you don't want to leave out steps that will quickly leave your company bankrupt. And all business sectors have codes, standards, and regulations by which you need to abide.

Comment: Re:for all this talk... where is it? (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by DavenH (#48488837) Attached to: Graphene May Top Kevlar As a Bullet-Stopping Material
There are a hundred steps in between the lab and the open market. You need a lot of funding, development and approval of patents, the approval from applicable government agencies, prototyping, mass production, marketing, and then if all that is successful, market penetration. This doesn't happen in a year. Hopefully it's highly profitable too, or its time on the market will be short-lived.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 307

by DavenH (#48454129) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies
Galaxy hopping is not as improbable as you would think. It's a matter of developing better propulsion systems, something I'm sure we'll do. You might have heard it said that at 1g constant acceleration, you could reach Andromeda in under 40 years, ship-time. Man would need to master antimatter and suspended animation, but even today that doesn't seem like magic.
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+ - What's the difference between Linux distributions? 1

Submitted by Malarame
Malarame (891558) writes "I've been trying to get away from Windows lately, so I'm turning to Linux. I understand the difference between desktop environments like GNOME and KDE, but I'm still not clear on the differences between distributions. How is Debian running GNOME different from SUSE running GNOME (for example) from the perspective of an end user who only wants a desktop for word processing, internet usage, and maybe a couple other programs?"

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