I know that many people use Vespucci on Android http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/... for mapping. I personally worked a lot with the OsmPad http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/... for collecting addresses during on the ground survey.
I work with many computer maps. The OSM is one of the best, if not the best.
But there are impregnable physical laws, which all people understand. Still this type of security is neglected by hardware producers. For example, why there is no a light physical plastic lid, which can be used to close web-camera on a ultra-book physicaly? Why the web-camera lenses are always open? Why people shall use a messy scotch tape to close it? Or rely just on a dubious software security.
Why where is no a similar lid to close a microphone and a web-camera on a smart-phone? If a web-camera is closed by a physical lid it is closed. This is it. And it is not difficult to make a convenient design so that it is opened and closed easily.
...attacks from Russian IP's...
One should realize that there are a lot "pirated" Windows OS installations in Russia. I would guess more than 90%.
These PCs do not have Windows Update, since the OS is not authentic. And consequently hoards of different viruses, trojans and bot-networks run on them. The masters of these malicious networks could mount cyber activity from the IPs' of unsuspecting owners.
I would advise a Pentagon delegation to visit a Russian megalopolis for a cultural exchange trip and learn the real situation on the ground, before retaliating with cyber campaigns on poor people.
...China, or maybe Russia
China and Russia adopted the metric systems still in the early 20th century. Printing press, periodical system of elements, space flight, and many other significant humanity-scale scientific and engineering breakthroughs were made in those parts.
<quote>... until something like a space elevator comes along....</quote>
Besides, the modular design could be as rigid and strong as necessary. Instead of torch cutting the old ships they could be disassembled, and the separate modules could be used as houses. In about the same way as old shipping containers are already being used in construction.
I watched and thought: "This is wrong. Why not use some module architecture?"
Why no to build-in capabilities for a ship to break itself easily?