I'm sorry I wasted so much of your time and mine. I should have simply responded to your first post with this.
4 after everything is tested and stable we start sending Managers
4.5 Rot and decay quickly sets it. Critical systems begin to fail and resources dwindle as engineers and scientists responsible for upkeep and maintenance are overwhelmed with red-tape and paperwork, and eventually outnumbered by a vast legion of administrative staff who inexplicably are given decision making responsibility in MB Beta.
The last computer log transmission from MB Beta recorded that the colonists died enmasse shortly after senior management voted to divert oxygen supplies from life support systems to more cost productive use in smelting facilities, leading to a 400% increase in executive bonuses in the quarter. Company stock soared on expectations of an imminent government bailout.
7 Nuke the site from orbit,its the only way to be sure.
I am fully ready to secede from all of the services you have mentioned as soon as that right is recognized for everybody so that we can work together on a voluntary basis to create our own solutions.
I am not a member of the U.S. Libertarian political Party, but their past platform put it well:
Secession The Issue: People are forced to be subject to governments and to participate in their programs, usually as providers of financial support, regardless of their wishes to the contrary. The Principle: As all political association must be voluntary, we recognize the right to political secession. This includes the right to secession by political entities, private groups or individuals. Exercise of this right, like the exercise of all other rights, does not remove legal and moral obligations not to violate the rights of others. Solutions: We support the right of political entities, private groups and individuals to renounce their affiliation with any government, and to be exempt from the obligations imposed by those governments, while in turn accepting no support from the government from which they seceded. Transitional Action: As a transition step, we support the right of political entities, private groups and individuals to renounce their participation in any government program, and to be exempt from the obligations imposed by that program, while in turn accepting no benefit from the program from which they seceded.
If any Earth Nation expects to shoot down transit flights to or from the moon to enforce their paper claim, the ramifications will be far more severe than if they simply did nothing.
However, if they choose to use tarriffs and protectionism to enforce their claims then the ramifications will be even more serious than that.
The AK's I saw at the last gun show ranged from $650 up to $2000. Where are you getting them for $30?
You live in rich country full of gun collectors who drive up the price for nice examples. In Africa, AK-47s can be had for around $300 [reference:http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2007/06/12/looking_for_a_deal_on_ak_47s_go_to_africa#sthash.IpUFO50V.dpbs].
It's also possible that at certain situations (e.g., after a proxy war) markets in very poor countries may be flooded with very cheap weapons, with ak-47s selling for as little as $6 [reference http://archive.is/5gesc%5D. However this is obviously not a sustainable price; it only reflects a glut on the local market. Also, these aren't places you'd want to live, despite the occasional gun purchase bargain.
Yeah, it's not like a government can forcibly seize assets and keep you from launching to begin with.
Who's going to invade China to seize their launch assets? Make no mistake, all this kerfuffle really is about China having a million people working on their space program and investing in human presence on The Moon and Mars whilst the other nations continue to shut down their productive capacity.
Space X is wonderful, but they'll always find a home somewhere on Earth for launches, even if their current host country decides to crush them. China would be one example of a country that would be likely to do so.
Property rights might come into play some day, when the moon is crowded or scarce materials are identified in limited places, but until then, good luck writing things down on paper on Earth and expecting anybody to care about that. Property on The Moon will belong to whoever gets there and defends their claim.
If any Earth Nation expects to shoot down transit flights to or from the moon to enforce their paper claim, the ramifications will be far more severe than if they simply did nothing. Perhaps the politicians will mumble and gurgle about it, but then do nothing, as is their typical pattern.
Well, they're currently behind a paywall, so I don't see how most of us were even supposed to find them in the first place.
But the proponents of SuSy claim that their theories are elegant!
Yeah, it's elegant except for all the magical unbroken superpartners that are too energetic to exist.
Mind you, emphasis on the bleeding there. It really is at the edge of technological development - and isn't the sort of phone you buy if you don't enjoy tinkering, frequent reboots and weekly flashing the firmware
Android is a joke.
"flashing the firmware".
Don't they have a package manager? What's wrong with apt-get update/apt-get upgrade (or similar incantations for yum).
Been there, seen that.
Digital data can be easily copied and archived
Can be. But mostly isn't.
I happen to think that the FSF guys live in Fantasyland, and have Utopian goals.
The world needs people like that, and not because they have a realistic chance of making it happen.