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Comment: Re:robots (Score 2) 402

by gronofer (#46645609) Attached to: NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
It's not so much the space travel technology, but the technology that would allow a truely sustainable human colony in a hostile environment. Show me that it's even possible to build a sustainable human colony in a domed city somewhere on Earth (without importing food, water, computers etc.,) and then perhaps it will be time to start thinking about living on Mars. Then you can start worrying about all the true space problems, such as shortage of water, excessive radiation, and wrong gravity and temperatures.

Comment: Re:robots (Score 2) 402

by gronofer (#46645419) Attached to: NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
The robot missions are limited to using the equipment that they've taken with them. Woudn't a human mission have exactly the same limitation? There's a limit to what you can achieve with a pickaxe and a screwdriver. Anyway, I expect that a human mission would be so tied up in just keeping the humans alive, that they'd have little time or resources for any actual research.

Comment: Re:robots (Score 1) 402

by gronofer (#46645297) Attached to: NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
"Every great scientific mind", I find that unlikely, how would you even enumerate such, and surely at least one of them has never even commented on the issue or disagrees? I don't see any Chinese colonies in space. How could Earth possibly become less inhabitable than every other planet in the Solar System already is? Even the deserts of Earth or the Antarctic would be more attractive than Mars or the Moon, and I don't see people rushing to build self-contained domed cities in such places.

Comment: Re:MS has become insignificant, to what they were. (Score 1) 387

Sure, not only will they be giving away the OS, but they'll be missing out on all the patent royalties that they extort from manufacturers of Android devices. I guess they are hoping that the benefits from possible future market share will outweigh current profits.

Comment: Re:First... (Score 1) 829

by gronofer (#45772705) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Yes, Linux would be fine for any number of users, many of whom need nothing more than a web browser. I suppose installing it would be too hard for most of them though (downloading an ISO, writing it to a USB stick and modifying a BIOS setting - tricky).

But if people insist that they need Windows, then they should accept the facts, and buy a new machine after Microsoft stops supporting their OS. Where do they get the idea that they can continue using a 10 year old operating system forever and expect a strongly profit-motivated company to help them for free?

This place just isn't big enough for all of us. We've got to find a way off this planet.

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