OK, I realize I may skew a little older than many Slashdot readers, so here. Consider this your Easter gift:
Do you think you can use adamantium in a 3D printer?
Asking for a friend.
I had an uncle with a wooden leg and I thought it was a big deal until I found out my aunt had a cedar chest.
Unlike every previous launch, however, we the taxpayers are paying a fixed price to SpaceX, instead of the bloated cost-plus contracts that are large part of the reason why there hasn't been much progress in manned spaceflight in the last four decades.
Well, it's theoretically less expensive, but not yet. If you extrapolate out 50 missions, you start seeing SpaceX making an actual profit instead of a projected profit based on a fee stream.
My problem is that the entire thing still relies on government. If there is value in a "private" space industry, it hasn't been found yet.
Further, none of the profits ever materialize if you look at the external costs of the federal government already having done the hard work. Unless you believe SpaceX started with a clean sheet of paper and didn't make use of the past half-century of government space programs.
At best, you can say that there's a place for government and private industry to work together on the really big things like space travel. Without the government over-spending, there's good reason to believe we'd never have seen any space program at all. Or, convince me that without the initial public investment, any private company would have done the basic research required to send the first satellite into space.
Sorry friend, the design of the NASA space stations were done by NASA. They had private industry do the industrial part because they wanted to reward big political donations.
Either way though, it's a good thing we didn't wait for "private industry" to go to space, or we'd still be in the Sputnik stage.
The first space station went up in 1971. Forty-three years later, private industry figures out how to send a rocket up there. With taxpayers footing the bill.
John Galt is half a retard.
You mean the 10 Commandments kind?
Thou shalt not take thyself so seriously that you think you have to save everything.
Your having been to space is no guarantee that you're not crap-on-the-floor looney.
I would have thought that we've learned better than to pay too much attention to former astronauts. They might well be right about the asteroids, but I still think we should go ahead and get a second opinion on this.
You use words the way hillbillies use corn cobs.
Are you certain that you know what's happening in Ukraine and why?
That U.S. crotch you're cheerfully kicking might not be able to bail out your "actual civilized" buttocks from the next war.
I'm pretty sure Europeans are more worried about the US starting the next war.
The thing Europeans like best about the US military is all the coin we drop having bases there. Unless you count Serbia, where the US military is about as welcome as a bladder infection.
The most crime-ridden location in the US is 80% white. Both violent and non-violent.
And there is black flight. Most definitely.
Poor white people are not nearly as violent as poor black people.
Tell that to the families of the dead in Overland, Kansas.
You racist shit, what are you too embarrassed to post under your "Third Way" moniker tonight?
I predict a sucky game.
I agree about Left/Right. The real divide is Top/Bottom. Even the notion of "individual/collective" is kind of a dodge in this instance. The only "collective" that I see anywhere in the US is aggregate capital in the form of the corporation.