Considering that 56k modems *require* phone lines to be digital on the other end, your statements don't make any sense... unless you're talking about consumer VoIP.
Beyond that, even if you managed to mitigate the current military lasers enough to survive them with some reasonable reflectivity, the lasers will only continue to get more powerful and more compact over time. Reflective armour would buy you a few years, nothing more.
We must have, because that was the point of their petition: to open up the launchpad for multiple users.
Ah, the real reason for BO's petition. They have no conceivable use for the pad themselves, so let's look at who they think the other users might be... How about ULA, their partner in the bid? ULA who has a near-monopoly on US launch capacity, and resents the competition that SpaceX has been causing?
I have some clues. I know that the velocity required to get to the moon from LEO is only slightly higher than that required to get to GEO from LEO, meaning that the recent satellite launch took them to most of the velocity required to get to the moon.
It's worth pointing out that that's a Falcon 9 launch too, not a Falcon Heavy launch. So they expect to be able to deliver small payloads to the moon even with their much lower capacity rocket.
It would explain why SpaceX's reported payload capacity to the moon for the Falcon Heavy is barely less than their GEO capacity.
No, we *are* talking about console users here. The target demo for the Steam Box is a gamer who wants to play PC games in their living room, and so will be able to just buy the box and plug it in. The current release doesn't try to achieve that because it's not there yet, hence why they're suggesting that it won't be of much interest to anyone but Linux enthusiasts at this point.
You mean, like how Blue Origin tried to hobble SpaceX by securing a launchpad they had no use for?
SpaceX has 39 launches on their manifest, and has completed 9 successful orbital launches. They will probably get a whole bunch more once they complete the Falcon Heavy demo flight.
Blue Origin has zero launches on their manifest, zero successful orbital launches, and no firm timeline for when they might complete their first orbital rocket except that it appears to be in early development.
In short, Blue Origin had no conceivable use for the pad, except for a possible use in the long-term. I think what was actually going on there is that the United Launch Alliance, which had a near-monopoly on US launches until recently, was using Blue Origin as a proxy (co-sponsoring the bid) to try to hurt SpaceX, who is offering strong competition and forcing them to lower their prices.
SpaceX launched a spacecraft to an altitude (or distance) of 80,000 kilometres. The moon is 384,400 kilometres away. That's less than 5x the distance.
It's also unreasonable to expect SpaceX to be able to reach the moon right out of the gate. Their first Falcon 9 rocket was only launched in 2010, and was developed for a fraction of the cost of the Apollo program (the engine R&D on Apollo was over five billion in modern dollars). They'll get there; the Falcon Heavy should be able to do a manned lunar mission in two launches, as it has a lift capacity somewhere between one third and one half of the Saturn V.
I don't know what to say... under Canadian regulations, they'd be regulated exactly the same as a cable company that offered television and Internet. Maybe it's because Google doesn't offer pure telephone service too? Google Voice isn't quite a standalone phone service.
The problem with ePost is that my credit card can also be used to simplify and automate bill payments.
It's already cheaper to send most packages either UPS or Purolator ground ship.
Hidden irony: Canada Post owns Purolator.
I agree, which is why I'm using raidz2. But that's not the problem I was suggesting a solution to. I was suggesting a solution to the problem of "data on single hard drive eventually goes corrupt, and I don't want to buy a second hard drive."
IPTV isn't an over-the-top service, while Netflix is... I can't speak for the US, but in Canada, it's regulated identically to any other broadcast medium like cable television. Then again, our regulation for that is also federal (there are broadcast regions, but they're defined by the federal regulator).
The referenced source file has no actual implementation of the encryption in it, so claiming 100 lines is a bit silly...