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Comment: Re:Is this anything other than a press release? (Score 1) 87

by Spy Handler (#47977431) Attached to: Elon Musk Hints 1st Person To Mars May Go Via New Brownsville Spaceport

Human psychology is extremely relevant here.

We could build a self-sustaining underground colony on Earth that's powered by nuclear reactors and which grows its own food hydroponically. It could probably survive a dinosaur-killer asteroid event. And as you mentioned, it would cost way less than a Mars colony.

But think about it. Who the hell wants to live in an underground colony on Earth, permanently? You're not gonna get many volunteers. And I guarantee *nobody* is going to fund it. Living underground in Kansas has zero glamour. Like it or not, humans love exploring new places and thanks to sci-fi, Mars has a tremendous romantic value.

And that's just the "human race survival contingency" aspect. In the long term (centuries), Mars has so much more to offer than Kansas underground. Think of the resources to be discovered, science to be done. It's a whole new world!

Comment: Re:Is this anything other than a press release? (Score 4, Insightful) 87

by Spy Handler (#47975579) Attached to: Elon Musk Hints 1st Person To Mars May Go Via New Brownsville Spaceport

Because there is no reason to colonize Antarctica. It has all the negatives without any of the positives.

Mars has some huge positives, namely the fact that it's not Earth. Think of it as an offsite backup for the human race.

Colonizing Antarctica would be like making a backup of your computer on a USB stick and then leaving it plugged in.

Comment: Re:Battery Life (Score 1) 234

by Spy Handler (#47975179) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

If anything, the market has said overwhelmingly that battery life doesn't matter a whit

True only if there's enough battery life to last between the nightly charging. A smartphone with 2 hour battery life, do you think it will sell?

But beyond that, yeah I think won't matter. Like a 20 hour battery life won't be much of a selling point over a 15 hour one. Unless a miracle quantum battery comes out that lasts a week between recharging.

Comment: Re:They Don't Need G+ To Track You Anymore (Score 5, Insightful) 117

by Spy Handler (#47975033) Attached to: Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

No, the main value of G+ was that Google was losing social networking to Facebook big time and Sergei Brin decided Google cannot be left behind. So they tried to leverage gmail and youtube and all their other services into forcing you to make a G+ account to give it a big boost. (Google could already track you every way to Sunday before G+ was ever dreamed up)

The fact that they're not forcing G+ on you anymore means that after 5 years of trying, they gave up trying to beat Facebook and decided not to piss off their core users any further.

Comment: Re:I propose the Extreme test. (Score 2) 457

Or for those who want to keep working and be productive:

If you are a liberal, do volunteer work saving lives in Ebola-infested areas or some other place with a humanitarian crisis in Africa or Middle East.

If you are a Republican, volunteer for an army tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria. Yes being old could be a problem. However those powered exoskeletons could make you strong.

Comment: Re:lots of wishing, no information. Nuclear powere (Score 1) 48

by Spy Handler (#47966651) Attached to: SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

Their website is giving me a WordPress Error page after a lengthy timeout:

Warning: mysql_connect(): Lost connection to MySQL server at 'waiting for initial communication packet', system error: 95 in /usr/share/wordpress/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1147

Before bringing the "internet to every corner of the world", they need to bring a better database to their Wordpress.

Comment: Re:Expectations (Score 1) 77

Do you realize how big the hypersonic glider would have to be to seat 140 people? (Hint: Boeing 737 doesn't even seat 140 people)

Your weight estimates could be correct but there is no way you're gonna fit a 140-seat glider in the Falcon 9 fairings.

Anyways 5 minute weightless suborbital flight is so 1961. I would just make a stretched version of Dragon that seats 20 people (no cargo) and send them into orbit for $50k each.

Comment: Why is Alibaba selling IPO in USA? (Score 4, Interesting) 190

by Spy Handler (#47951809) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

It's a Chinese company located in China, and most of its business and customers are in China. So why is it doing its IPO on the US stock market?

Shouldn't NYSE/Nazdaq disallow this? SEC and FTC have no jurisdiction in China or anywhere else outside the USA. If a chinese company listed on NYSE did fraudulent accounting or whatever, SEC can't do jack shit about it.

The whole thing seems like a clever scheme by Chinese companies and Goldman Sachs to sucker money out of U.S. investors.

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