Also, where are you going to get the gigatonnes of carbon for your film? Strip mine the organic matter of the planet which you are trying to keep habitable for organic beings?
I know that you're being facetious, but both schemes are similarly silly.
One important fact the article doesn't mention is how this water was identified
The actual article does mention that - in some detail as you'd expect. But it's pay-walled and the summary and press releases that are linked to don't have the details. I had to go down to the library to photocopy the original to read.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of different techniques were used in different areas (the original article is a review, not a report of original research itself). Some are direct observation - submarine fresh water springs have been reported since time immemorial. Some are the results of petrophysical logging of oil wells - the resistivity of pore fluids can be measured by propagation of radio waves. Some are the result of actually coring the sediments and extracting the pore fluids - if you're planning on setting concrete pilings into the seabed to support a construction for example, the freshness or otherwise of the pore fluids can have a large effect on the setting time of your cement grout.
Volumetrics are mostly from seismic. Which is entirely routine. From the seismic reflection profile you can invert a velocity profile ; the speed of sound in a rock is closely related to it's porosity, so if you know the lithology (from coring ; from onshore comparison and correlation), then from the seismic you can estimate the porosity. Then by calculating up the volume of your rock body from dozens to thousands of seismic lines and your porosities, you can get an estimate of the pore fluid volume. We've been doing this in the oilfield (and accepting 50% uncertainty on the results) for decades - it's application to hydrogeology isn't even new, as use of shallow wells for disposal of undesired fluids (e.g. produced water) has been routine for decades too.
It's an interesting review article - if you're into hydrogeology, which I'm not. But not as spectacular as the press releases are puffing it up to be.
It is basically a scientific certainty that there are other habitable planets out there.
Which is damned-all use unless we have a credible technology for getting non-trivial numbers of people there. ("Non-trivial" being on the order of hundreds, though a lot of that necessary genetic diversity could be shipped as eggs and sperm.)
Currently, the only credible proposition (note : "credible" meaning "doesn't break any of the known laws of physics") is for "generation ships". And by the time we have that technology sufficiently proven for people to risk going out to [insert name of nearest star with potentially-habitable planets], then we'll also be able to scatter ourselves sufficiently around the solar system for instant species death to not be a consideration.
But we're a long way from that.
What would make aircraft go? Either absence of resources (oil, metals), or obsolescence. Though what the replacement to make aircraft obsolescent would be is hard to realistically imagine - in SF, let's look at teleportation. If a transport system which was safer than aircraft was created to do the long-distance legs of moving people and things, then there would still be a niche for the 500m down to the shops / round to your friend's house / whatever. And that would be easier to fill with bicycles (or trikes) than with cars. Or flying cars.
I wonder if there are more bicycles in the world than cars. It's possible. Or maybe, in absolute numbers, it's closer to a 3-way split between bikes, motor bikes and cars.
In 100 years or so, there will probably be even better technology available to more effectively add friction to the fault line, or transfer the kinetic energy from the release, so the fault begins to form in some safer place.
Or it'll form in some less safe place. Or somewhere no better and no worse (but without the century-worth of investment.
In fact, your scheme wouldn't work. The stress would just move up to the top (or bottom) of your re-bar reinforced layer and start slipping there. You'd have to chill (to strengthen) the whole lithosphere to a depth of tens of kilometres and up to the surface ; then drill your re-bar all the way through.
And then the fault would start to develop either seawards or landwards of the section that you've locked. Big progress. Not.
The long (and short) of the matter is that the stresses are approaching the strength of the rock. And unless you're going to replace the top 10-or-so kilometres of the surface of the Pacific plate with unobtanium, then that's the way things are going to remain.
There are some things that we can't fix. We have to live with them.
What's next on your agenda for repairing? The steady brightening of the Sun due to accumulation of helium in the core?
Are there seriously people who just up and deleted winamp off their machines because AOL told them to?
Did WinAmp ever have anything to do with AOL? It must have been after I got (and later stopped using) the single-file executable on a floppy. When was it - some time before the millennium? Must have been, because that was around when I got rid of my music collection.
Meanwhile, it wouldn't hurt to have a bit of a side conversation with someone in legal (for a start),
The first legal that you should be talking to is your own legal department - the ones that your trade union hire to protect you (their customers and employers) from your employers.
You do pay your union dues don't you? Otherwise you are so totally fucked. They will sell your ass to Big Boylover in the jail and your family into white slavery. For starters.
due to a greater number of people traveling to the U.S. when they're infectious aka illegals
False equation, presumably from some sort of retarded bigot.
Here's a perfectly reasonable potential : Joe Sixpack had a bad reaction to the first dose of his vaccine and was advised (or his parents were) against taking the second shot, leaving him vulnerable. Years later, Joe works in electronics and goes to sell flange sprockets to the RasPi factory in South Wales (to inject Slash-cred into the story). South Wales being in Europe and Europe being civilized, having free-at-the-point-of-use health care even for filthy foreigners, Joe didn't see any need for special medical care. Unknown to Joe, in a cafe near the RasPi factory he comes into contact with a victim of the recent measles outbreak and becomes infected. While infectious, and not knowing it, Joe returns to the USA, where a million anti-vaxxers are waiting to die.
What is illegal about Joe?
the woman's eldest daughter, who was born in the U.S. and is a U.S. citizen, was called as a witness for the trial. Unfortunately, she mysteriously found herself on the no-fly list as well, and wasn't able to board a plane to come to the trial.
So, fly from Malaysia to [coin-toss] Vancouver, Toronto or Mexico ; travel to nearest convenient US border ; cross there (you're a citizen ; no flying involved) ; travel on to Los Angeles (or another city) by whatever method seems least inconvenient.
This sort of trick works once and once only. So unless this was an important case, someone somewhere has fucked what could otherwise have been a useful trick.
Wan't to completely turn the battery off? You sure can, but that clicker to open/lock the door won't work, nor would the security alarm.
One of my colleagues has experienced multiple problems with two successive Mazdas (I think ; I'm not a car-interested person - I do around 50 miles more/week on the pedal bike than I do in the wife's car) which experienced this sort of power draw. Repeatedly he'd come home from a month working (away at sea), and greet his elderly father at the door of their house (who doesn't have the keys, because he's not well enough to know that he's not well enough to drive), then open the garage (relatively high car crime area), go to start his car
Neither a very good advert for Mazdas (if it was then ; I got something different, so I'll phone him to check if I consider getting a different model), nor their dealers, nor their salemen's ability to understand their customers saying "this is my life ; I need a vehicle that fits my life." To be honest, I can understand my colleague being pissed off after discovering this problem once ; I don't understand why he got a second one.
(My suggestion was to get a solar-powered trickle charger and hook that up permanently ; defeated by the garage, but I don't know why he didn't use a mains-powered trickle charger.)
TL;DR version : cars other than Teslas have battery vampire problems.
I'm imagining a black background with Amazon logo, and a large QR code that the drone can use to identify the landing zone.
Within hours of Bozos or whatever his name is deploying one, the country (whichever country) will be blanketed with people "hacking" their own fakes using paper, a ruler, a pen and some ingenuity.
If you deployed a paper "target" with the address for someone one street further away from the Amazon depot compared to your house, and the Amazon drone delivered the parcel to you, would that be theft? (Note : this is a private delivery service ; not the state mail system.)
Signing for the parcel