When a 10kg ingot of titanium is shot out of a solar powered linear accelerator on the moon and strategically lands in your bedroom, your surviving friends and relatives will understand the value of mining on the moon.
Dunno, I think a nice dust ring would look pretty cool around the moon....
From the same article: "Supplies of pure titanium are rare", and at $9/lb, it is over 10x the price of Aluminum. http://www.metalprices.com/p/TitaniumFreeChart
Relative value for strength (weight of an aluminum frame vs weight of an equivalently strong titanium frame) is left as an exercise for the bored...
That's a lot of time you're talking about. Government has already shown a lot of trust in private enterprise, do you think 50 years ago we would have let private companies develop high lift capacity ICBMs? Who knows where this will go in the future, during the American Revolution privateers and pirates wielded significant naval power, that's not really the case anymore. I suppose the big question is when will militarization of space start happening (on a significant scale beyond "intelligence gathering.") When that race starts, things will change a lot.
Claiming the moon is going to be a lot like claiming North America was 400 years ago... you have to do more than plant a flag to hold territory, you'll have to be making some kind of productive use of the land to hold that claim, and there's a whole lot of moon to go around at the moment.
As long as the US-China economies are significantly interdependent, neither is likely to do anything arbitrary and capricious like claim the whole moon and start destroying any enterprises from "the other side" based there. And, until somebody gets a true self-replicating lunar mining machine working, we should be able to both find worthwhile dirt to dig in without getting in each other's way.
Relocation ain't cheap - cost a Houston company over 30K to move me from Miami, plus whatever the recruiter took.
We all die, some from old age, some while attempting hijack, others as a result of successful hijack...
Have you seen Mexican Spiders?
Kill-A-Watt said that mine wasn't.
Really, it's one guy with a bad attitude who ticked off the cop, and likely a cop with a bad attitude who set the guy off, too. However, in our society, sworn officers have the power of arrest as long as they have just cause. Theft is legal grounds - whether theft of 5 cents worth of electricity is just cause for arrest is up to a Judge to decide. See: small town Georgia Judges: relationship to peace officers for probable outcome.
Sold the house instead, problem solved.
Thinking back on it, the breaker ran more like 5 years, in my ownership, without problems - replaced it and the new one ran for 2 years without problem.
As others have pointed out, just up-rating a breaker is... um... dumb? Sure, you can do it and get away with it, but this particular clothes dryer had a couple of problems during our first year of ownership, problems that led to big lengths of wire inside it burning off all their insulation. It was all serviced by certified a technician (literally named Bubba and unable to spell the words he writes on invoices, but I actually have confidence in his ability to fix a clothes dryer - they really are that simple, and it has run for six years since his repairs without problems....) So, back to why it's dumb... see, if the dryer had a different problem and started drawing too much current from the outlet instead of internally, that burning insulation could happen inside the walls, on the 40 year old crispy dry wooden wall studs.
I bought a 60 year old house once, there was some old, dry, loose wood in the crawl-space that I removed and lit in the fireplace, if you think lighting a christmas tree on fire is impressive, try wood that hasn't seen water for 60 years - it virtually went off like a bomb, blowing hot air and sparks faster than the chimney could take them up - and this was a very big, clean chimney that didn't blow back like that with a firebox stoked with dry split pine logs...
Have you seen the movie "Outsoruced?" If so, or not, imagine how you would rig an office roof, in India, to power 20 computers.
In Georgia, I could imagine extension cords and gang outlet strips being plugged into outlets with total disregard for load ratings, it will only stop when the breaker blows...
If you're needing paper backups to CYA for a perp-walk, you can probably find better pay and benefits in a less stressful job at another company.
You obviously haven't dealt with lawyers - a law was broken, minimum court costs run about $200, and if you are guilty of breaking the law you'll be the one paying.
Judges are supposed to mitigate this nonsense, but remember that Judges used to be lawyers, and probably still go out drinking with them.
I ran a yellow light once - wasn't red until after it became invisible above my windshield/roof line, probably well after.
Cop pulls over onto the grass and charges past 6 cars, throwing up mud-grass rooster tails just so he can pull me over, then detains me for 30+ minutes before approaching my vehicle.
At the end of it, I get a ticket for running a red light, and a verbal admonition: "You can take me to court, but it's my word against yours."
My theory is that there was a "want" out for a similar vehicle description, probably with a "dangerous" tag attached - and he held on to me until they figured out that I wasn't who they were looking for, then used the ticket as justification. Kinda makes you want to run a dash-camcorder.