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if it wasn't this that got him it would have been something else.
Yeah, 10 years from now...
I hope you're wrong, but you make a good argument.
I guess we'll see what happens when they unveil their latest progress next month.
SteamOS is still under active development and works quite well. I anticipate we'll see some dedicated hardware halfway through 2015.
You can roll your own Steam Box today if you like. I ran it dual-boot on my gaming PC for a little while, but I got rid of it in favor of Slackware and a Steam on Linux installation.
Yeah, I don't see this project moving forward. For one, Russia is broke. Their economy is in tatters. For two, I don't see the Japanese or Europeans siding with the Russians on much of anything; there's too much bad blood there. The Russians have burned just about every diplomatic bridge they have right now - they're stuck being buddies with thugs and failed states because nobody else will return Putin's phone call.
But they'd STILL need a factory.
No they wouldn't - the vast majority of silicon vendors are fabless, while some silicon developers don't even sell complete chips at all, only 'IP blocks'. It is absolutely possible to have free/open source chip designs.
I think the big stumbling block currently would be the very limited FOSS tools for synthesis and layout.
Habitable does not necessarily mean earthlike. Just getting it to the point of having floating colonies, actively working on fixing the planet - of putting up sun shields over the planet to even start cooling, getting cheap, efficient interplanetary transportation - all of that will take hundreds of years. Turning it into a place we can walk around on the ground would take a lot longer.
Problem is, that will take hundreds of years to get habitable. By that time, this planet will have too many problems.
Plus, Venus's problems aren't the same as Earth's. They're similar, but far more severe, and different chemistry is involved.
That requires a level of sophistication among the general populace that simply doesn't exist.
Short answer: Political ambitions, greed, and corruption - all things the Christian religion condemns. These things happened because Christendom wasn't following the teachings of its own religion. You can't blame the religion itself for the misdeeds of its followers. You must blame the followers themselves for not living according to their stated values.