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Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 127

by khallow (#47970659) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer
One doesn't need to go Bruce Willis in order to have a risk diversification argument. Even in terms of mundane human endeavors, the more diverse humanity's economy and extent is, the less risk there is from economic downturns, the more routine disasters, and the like. That's not enough in itself to justify space development, but it is an advantage even in the complete absence of existential threats.

Further, the argument I noted is terrible. I think it comes about fundamentally because the arguer has a deeply flawed and cynical view of humanity rather than any fatigue concerning pro-space development rhetoric.

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 127

by khallow (#47962147) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

What's the point of restarting the human race? Like GP said, the universe will get along just fine without humans.

So let me get this right, the universe will get along fine with humans and without humans. So therefore without humans is the obvious right choice?

I suppose that it doesn't matter to me whether or not you're surgically attached to a toilet bowl or not, so clearly that's an argument for the toilet bowl.

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 127

by khallow (#47960777) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Here's a serious question. What is the point of launching a few people off into deep space if the Earth has been destroyed? It won't help the people left behind., and the Universe will get along just fine without humans.

What party did you not consider? The people who got off of Earth. It helps them quite a bit to not be dead.

Further, I think it would be of great comfort to the people about to die, that someone would survive and remember them. So I think a scheme to save some people by moving them off of Earth would help the ones who didn't get that chance.

Comment: Re:As a matter of fact... (Score 2, Insightful) 387

by khallow (#47957419) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

They didn't buy you at fair value. They said that you could either sell to them at a severe loss, or they would make their own version of your product and put you out of business

Then you weren't worth "fair value". I find it interesting how Microsoft dumped all this money into software firms and all of the replies to my post are complaints that they could have dumped more. Well, it's not their job to do that.

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