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Comment Re:Not far enough. (Score 1) 78

India and China have outsourced the West's pollution. They are building factories and power stations by the week with a 19th century regard [lack of] to the environment.

You do realize that this is exactly the reason a lot of *American* companies are building/using factories in China., right?

On a side note, you cannot just sanction Russia + China + India + Iran + N.Korea + Syria + Lybia + $evil_state_of_the_week since this would isolate the USA from most of the world's economy. Not to mention that the USA still relies on Russian rockets to get to the space station.

Comment Re:how low can it go? (Score 1) 45

Clearly it is at a good height now for imaging the whole surface, but as there is no atmosphere could it get down to a mountain scraping orbit? Just high enough to get round the lumps and bumps and variability in the roundness of the object? Would that enable it to image things at a really small pixel size?

Not really. The lower your orbit, the faster your spacecraft has to fly to maintain that orbit.

Comment Re:Republicans and their unhealthy space obscessio (Score 1) 110

5) There is nothing wrong with a good test platform.

Really? Now imagine what the posts on this article would be like if this was a Russian or a Chinese 'test platform'. It would be panic all over the place and 'invasion of our air space' etcetera. But somehow it's okay for the US to have secret military 'test platforms'.

Comment Morgan Freeman? Indiegogo ? (Score 1) 150

Why bother with Morgan Freeman or Indiegogo for asteroids when there is real information out there.

What are asteroids (90 minutes with a NASA expert):

What can we do against asteroids (again 90 minutes with an expert):

Form your opinion after you see these.

Comment Re:Macbook & Dell (Score 1) 97

I totally agree ... my mid-2010 macbook pro still holds about 89% of the original charge and lasts about 6 hours on battery in regular usage. It helps that it has only had about 170 full cycles (information obtained using coconut battery for mac).

Not a mac zealot here, but I can confirm. My mid-2010 macbook pro has been plugged in most of the time, yet it can survive a workday on battery attached to a projector/beamer from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. (with screen blank during three 30 minute breaks).

Comment Re:disastrous (Score 0) 97

What you say is simply not true.
I have ordered eight times from Alibaba this year and all items arrived on time, complete and properly labeled. It is much cheaper than any other website and well designed (easy confirmation of arrival, clear evaluation of sellers and buyers, good tracking of products, ...).
My guess is Amazon/Ebay and others better hurry to improve their service, because this is one very well organized giant invading their market.

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