If we go by the old law of "he who first lands on unclaimed territory is the owner", we might have to ask Putin if we're allowed to settle...
Neither Putin nor any other Russian has ever set foot on Mars, so they have no claim whatsoever to it.
Does the phrase "Great Depression" mean anything to you? That one took WW2 to work its way out of the economy.
Interestingly, WW2 brought us the GI Bill and the notion that pretty much anyone could go to college. Before that, it was the upper class and the very best of the commoners.
As to "food prices are way up", there are about as many indications that "real" (adjusted for inflation) food prices are down as up. Just depends on what you're buying...
Look what you want in a self build system and then look if you can buy anything like it. If not, you build it.
That said, I always build because I like doing it. But then I only upgrade and not buy a new machine. So to me that means:
New Mobo, CPU and memory if I need a new machine. And when I need a new videocard, I just add that.
I have 3 videocards, 4 monitors, so I do not have a standard setup that I can just buy and I only run Linux.
http://pcpartpicker.com/ can be a nice place to start.
Advantage of pre-build and running Windows is that the PCs are full of shareware who pay for your Licence. Companies get money to put their crap on your PC.
And to be honest, instead of dualboot, I would go with two systems, unless thye both need to be gaming systems.
May the full might of social justice warriors(SJW) reign down upon you.
Rain. May the full might of the grammar nazis rain down upon you....
I figure "now" ostensibly means the 21st century.
And I figure "now" means 2015. Since we won't know much about how things are in 2075 for another 60 years....
Yeah, the last time we had trench warfare, it was no big deal. Only 17 million dead, 20 million or so wounded.
Oh, and "harnessing" might have been more appropriate than "harassing". Depending on your intent, of course.
*Disclaimer: ~2" of snow and today
Where I live, 2" of snow would mark the coming of the next Ice Age....
Yes, Malthus will pretty much always be wrong.
Prosperity causes fewer children. Fewer children lower population growth rates.
To the point where in the most prosperous parts of the planet (US, the EU, China (for different reasons, but the prosperity part is coming along there)), population growth rates are negative absent immigration.
If the entire world were raised to EU standards of living, population would decline to rather lower than current populations, and stay there forever....
Unless I've missed something they've yet to demonstrate a second stage
Realistically, if orbit is their goal, then the stage they landed today could easily serve as a Second Stage atop a full-grown First Stage.
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