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Comment: Re:It's an Internet (Score 1) 351

by Lanteran (#41459189) Attached to: Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

Er, just pointing out, the 1% is not all "super rich". Not all 311,592 of them. Of course, there are super rich people in the 1%, but in order to be considered a 1%-er, statistically speaking, you "only" have to make about 3-400k a year.

Of course, this just serves to underline the income gap in the US when it's not the top 1% that's the ultra-rich, it's the top .01% or .001%.

Comment: Re:Delusional senile old man (Score 1) 266

by Lanteran (#41395813) Attached to: Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

Well, humanity's already sent people to the moon, visited every planet in the solar system, some several times, and several non-planetary bodies.

Technologically speaking, humans have had spaceflight capability since before the dawn of the nuclear age- the first man-made object to leave earth under its own power did so in 1942. So yeah, it is pretty easily accessible. I mean, I understand the sentiment... in about 1920. But when humanity's already been and are continuing to go, your continued denial makes very little sense.

But my original point, yeah there's a little more than nothing in space because, by definition, everything is in space.

Comment: Re:Delusional senile old man (Score 1) 266

by Lanteran (#41395339) Attached to: Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

It will still be an enormous, inimical, utterly hostile radiation-blasted vacuum with nothing in it.

You know, among other things (for instance, the entire universe), Earth is in space?

Then of course there's the vast mineral wealth of the asteroid belt, potential gaseous resources in the outer planets, the technologically habitable Mars, Phobos, Deimos, Luna, Mercury, probably countless moons of the gas giants, the bodies of the Kuiper Belt, the Oort cloud, and beyond.

Comment: Re:Core Samples? (Score 2) 80

by Lanteran (#41144945) Attached to: Robots To Go Spelunking In Martian Caves?

Not really. Considering that the Martian atmosphere is something like 0.5% of the thickness of earth's, while the gravity is only lower by a little over 60%, it would take so much energy that it's really not possible with our current energy budget for spacecraft.

However, blimps or even zeppelins would be damn near ideal because of low gravity. Simpler and cheaper, too.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.