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Comment Re:The law is ridiculous anyway (Score 2) 120

It takes more than just flag-planting to make a territorial claim. A nation has to be able to demonstrate some sort of permanent control of the territory, usually in the form of colonization or economic exploitation. That's like trying to say that we need to ask the Danish, Norwegians and Swedes if Canadians can live in Newfoundland.

Before any nation can make claim to any extraterrestrial territory, it's going to have to be able to actually hold that territory, and we're still decades away from that.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 3, Insightful) 120

And when we get to that point, we'll worry about it. Heck, various nations claim chunks of Antarctica, in one way or another, and thus far it's been meaningless flag planting.

But when we do get to the point where we can mine other bodies in the solar system, we'll have to come up with some sort of system of claims. The UN isn't going to be mining, it's going to be commercial and state players doing the mining, and we'll have to come up with a new treaty that will inevitably recognize the rights of those players to make what amount to territorial claims.

Probably the biggest concern, in my view, is privately-owned entities making claims independent of any national or international body.

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 4, Interesting) 121

It does not prohibit colonization, it just prohibits exclusive territorial claims.

Right, which does not necessarily prevent claiming materials found as private property.

That said, this is all a tempest in a teapot. At this stage of technology asteroid mining is about the worst imaginable investment anyone could make. It's a purely emotional investment, driven by enthusiasm, and it doesn't stand up to critical scrutiny. We don't even go after the valuable on the sea floor because the cost of finding and raising them makes that unprofitable. If there were hundred pound chunks of refinery-pure platinum floating around in the asteroid belt it would cost more to fetch and return them than they'd fetch on the market.

The economics of space travel is dominated by the cost of moving mass in and out of gravity wells and imparting the necessary acceleration to match position and velocity with targets. It follows that we're looking for stuff with the highest value/mass, and until costs drop by a couple of orders of magnitude there's only one commodity worth returning from space: knowledge. The first physical substances worth mining will be things useful in the pursuit of knowledge -- e.g. water that can be converted to rocket fuel without tankering to the outer solar system.

Comment Re:Lack of network connectivity is a deal breaker (Score 1) 111

Since the CHIP has built in Wi-Fi, it just seems more useful for an embedded IoT type application. You could add Wi-Fi pretty easily to the old Raspberry Pi's with a USB Wi-Fi adapter, but even that is more difficult on the Zero because it doesn't have full size USB ports anymore.

do you have some sort of physical disability that prevents you from plugging in a USB cable?

Do you have some kind of developmental disability that causes you to miss points? The problem is that the USB port now requires a special cable which not all of us have lying around in quantity.

Micro USB is hardly a "special cable" by any stretch.
It's the same cable and connector all of the raspberry pi models use for power

Well, no, bullshit. We're not talking about a USB A male to microusb. We're talking about a microusb to USB A female because what we're talking about right now is connecting a WiFi dongle to your Pi. By omitting the context by not quoting enough comments back, you made it look like you had a point, but you don't. The argument was not that it would be expensive or difficult, simply that it would be more difficult. Most people don't have a micro-USB-OTG cable lying around, and so they will have to make an additional purchase if they want to use the USB output on the device. To me that is not a dealbreaker, I will simply cut some microusb cable I have around, solder it on to the USB connector pads on the PCB of my WiFi dongle and call it a day. In fact, for my purposes, that's ideal, and I'd probably do it anyway just to save the weight. To pretend that it is not additional effort, however, is bullshit.

It's arguably stupid to argue over anyway. I'd bet that there will be another rev coming along to fill the space in between.

Comment Re:Be sure they really are cheaper (Score 1) 280

I second using a site like pcpartspicker. It can help you avoid some petty technical mistakes, like buying an under capacity CPU cooler, or a power supply without enough of the correct connectors and voltages for your cards.

Sadly, it doesn't actually help you avoid the most annoying mistake — when things just don't fit into the case. They were basically completely wrong about fitment on my PC parts build. For example, the cooler they said would fit wouldn't fit, and the cooler they said wouldn't fit in fact would. They also in many cases have incorrect fan mounting information; they got the size of the front fan mounts on my case completely wrong. If I had gone with liquid cooling, I would have ordered the wrong cooler on their advice as a result. As it is, if I hadn't watched Youtube videos, I wouldn't have known that they got the air cooler wrong. In addition, they claimed to have lower prices for all of my hardware than what I could find myself, but literally all of their advertised prices were false. On some six pieces of hardware, none of them clicked through to the listed price.

This isn't to say not to use them, but you will want to check up on literally every piece of information they give you, because it may well be wrong.

Comment Re:If you can't afford two computers... (Score 2) 280

or example, I stay clear of nVidia because many of those cards are a nightmare on Linux. On my gaming machine I run a $300 nVidia card, etc etc.

What on earth are you talking about? Which nVidia cards are a nightmare on Linux? nVidia's Linux support is fantastic compared to anyone else. Even Intel has a couple of GPUs that don't work for shit and which aren't open source because they don't actually own them, they just licensed them. ATI is the Linux nightmare. I use nVidia exclusively in my Linux machines and don't suffer for it in the least; to the contrary, it makes life easy because it's well-supported.

Now, this isn't to say I've never had a problem with nVidia on Linux, support does lag behind Windows... but these days I don't buy the latest and greatest anyway, I buy stuff at least one generation older to save cash. The only nVidia card I ever had a problem with under Linux was my 240GT. I had to run an older driver with it for a little while because there was a problem with one version. But I've had this sort of problem with a variety of graphics cards on Windows, too.

Comment Re:Depends if you want to support it (Score 1) 280

How is any of this relevant to a gaming machine? Dell doesn't have corporate gaming machines.

There is nothing magically special about a gaming machine, it's just a corporate desktop with a fat graphics card assuming you're comparing to a corporation that buys decent hardware that has specs good enough to last a few years. So you buy a refurb dell and then slap some on-sale video cards in there and you've got your gaming PC.

If you're going to plug Alienware from experience, do that.

Nobody with experience plugs Alienware, because of the price differential.

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