I mean they have a planets with oxygen count for about a 1000 light year radius and can't even tell what's in the atmosphere on a moon inside our own solar system
What moon can't they determine the atmospheric makeup of? It's a pretty straight forward and well understood process...I think most of us learn about it around the age of 10. The light from the sun is reflected off the moon's atmosphere, picked up by a telescope and run through a prism. Certain elements absorb specific wavelengths of light. So you look at the spectrum and see which wavelengths are missing and you know what elements are in the atmosphere.
historians in the future will have very little to base their research on about our age
They'll base their research on what they've always based it on: The "official" records of the victors.
I'd love to see bike infrastructure built up everywhere.
Agreed. I think a lot of people see biking as too much trouble. But as a 40 year old smoker who recently started biking. It's really not as bad as you think. I'm still amazed at how fast and easy it is to bike several miles across the city (Denver) on a dedicated path. If only the dedicated paths went to more places (especially my office and the grocery store), I'd have little reason to use my car (except in the winter).
That's amazing! I got the same combination on my luggage.
In the middle of a dog fight is not where you want to have to lift your visor that gave you all those nifty capabilities.
Dogfight? What century do you think this is? I'm not really an expert, but my understanding of modern air battles is that they launch missiles at each other from extremely long distances.
America is the home of capitalism, which means competition, which drives down prices and raises standards.
Competition. Right. My choices for internet are 50 mbps Comcast (which has to be bundled with cable service I don't use) or 1.5 mbps DSL. Seems there's lots of competition here.
The classical education system really does have value.
And yet, getting one doesn't make you a good engineer. Some people just aren't good at it regardless of their education. Some people are good at it regardless of their lack of education. I agree on your points about communication, but what good is a geek who communicates well if he can't do the geek well?