Yes, a reference please. Google did not help on this one.
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The problem is that you are both right!
Just look at the new California high speed rail system and how it went from a simple concept to a bloated monster.
Both teams are screwing up and they will both blame the other team for the failure.
The most major problem stopping exploitation of outer space is the legal issues. You can't just fly to an asteroid and take ownership of it, profiting from what you find. You can't "colonize" space regions like the Europeans colonized the "new world".
Assume the following;
* I build a spaceship with the billions I made off my new internet venture
* I then fly to the moon with a bunch of friends and setup a permanent space station, using my own funds
* What legal jurisdiction would me and my friends be living under?
* Would we have to pay taxes on the profits from the rare minerals that we were selling to Earth based corporations?
* Would we be able to broadcast any music we felt like, ignoring copyrights?
* Would we be able to ignore the patent systems of all Earth bound countries?
Until these questions are clearly resolved, why would any corporation invest in space resource exploitation?
And, of course, no one has developed any packet sniffing tools that work in a switched environment......
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Here is an analogy;
I rent a locker at a local storage locker company.
The guy with the locker next to mine, fills his with drugs
Police put a crime scene tape around the entire facility and block my access to my stuff.
Police want to verify that there isn't any drugs in my locker.
What happens next?
> This petrol emits all the same harmful crap as regular petrol.
It it doesn't contain "harmful crap", why would it emit it?
FTFA: "We don't have any of the additives and nasty bits found in conventional petrol, and yet our fuel can be used in existing engines,"
My image has been more in line with a MMORPG concept. You select your Avatar and explorer your Avatar's world, which may/may not include facebook, gmail, etc... In fact, that was my first impression of Second Life (http://lindenlab.com/). Unfortunately, that didn't work out. Enthropia was another attempt that didn't quite make it. (http://www.entropiauniverse.com/).
After all, why must the user interface be a keyboard?
Storage space! Space for spare computers and monitors, spare parts, cable, etc. etc. etc.
May I point you to Hanlon's razor?
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."
I wish I had mod points --- I am 100% in agreement with you. Very well written.
Shock - I'm in agreement with an AC!
My point is that one can refuse the pat-down and leave. Our rights have been eroded, but we can still do that much.
Given that I have a pacemaker ensures that I only have two options;
* never fly again
* submit to a pat-down.
Not much of a choice in a country the size of ours.
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