How can any nation grant right over something outside its sovereignty?
Indeed! It seems to presume a lot. Perhaps this just regulates the behavior of US companies mining asteroids.
It may be easy to find fault with their reasoning, but its hard to criticize the outcome.
Choice is always good. In the world of notebooks and desktops that's why there's linux, OSX and a few other OS's available.
I dislike Microsoft because they so dramatically lowered users expectations for software and computing. Prior to Microsoft windows and before that MS-DOS, users did not expect software to be a continual fail. In the 70s and early 80s users never expected us to have to reboot our mainframes or minicomputers many times a day and users certainly didn't expect to lose a lot of their work. Microsoft changed all that. By the mid 90s users were conditioned that software was flaky, operating systems were buggy and that they were going to lose their work several times a day. It actually took mobile apps to get users back on the side of computing and software and Microsoft clearly had nothing to do with that.
What we really need is a President who will tackle energy with the same kind of committment that JFK gave us for the space program. As a country we invested mightily in the program and the process of getting that man on the moon created huge technical advantages for our nation. As a viable program it all went to crap after we reached that goal but we had already made the gains in technology that propelled us for the next few decades.
A similar effort that yielded clean affordable energy would also yield lots of new technologies. We need that and a coordinated effort by the Federal Government is probably the quickest way to get there. That being said, it cannot just exist as a way to reward the President's supporters and just end up as money stuffed into pockets like Solyndra.
Last year, this was taken to a new level at California State University, East Bay, a public institution just south of Oakland. The school directed its master’s degree programs to admit only non-California students, including foreign students." Or is this a comment on Californias secondary education system?"
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