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Comment: Stop shooting yourself in the foot (Score 4, Interesting) 289 289

Municipal broadband is a good thing. It might not be a needed item in population centers. But once you get outside of those areas and into "the sticks" your options disappear just as quickly as all the other traces of modern civilization. You're left with two, one, or sometimes no option.

My company currently has the best internet connection it's ever had in almost 20 years, provided by wireless point-to-point from the nearest city. In terms of cost, uptime, bandwidth, you name it, this connection is better in every category. The ILEC in the area (Frontier, formerly Verizon, formerly GTE) can't event begin to compete. All they offer is T1. Comcast just started to pull cable, but why would I choose to switch the worst company in the western hemisphere for an inferior solution? Besides, we all know what Comcast has to offer.

I'm going to stick with the better solution provided by the local government. If something better comes along, great. If anyone in my state's capitol starts to try to make this illegal they will hear from me ad nauseam.

Comment: Smartphone for landing beacon? (Score 2) 99 99

In the last diagram the drone (object 200) is shown directly over what appears to be a smartphone (objects 600 and 602).

Looks like in addition to tracking your location for the "Bring it to me" function, they plan to use your smartphone as the "landing beacon" for the final part of approach and landing. Didn't see that mentioned in either article. Looks very interesting.

Comment: The answer from 1995 (Score 1) 63 63

Put your name on it, then walk around with it in your pocket. Go about the world as you normally would.

When a friendly "kills" you, they will take it from you. After your respawn and get your gear from your corpse, you have to track down that person and negotiate for your ear, err, "3D printed selfie".

Comment: Re:Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 1) 152 152

It may be impossible to disassemble the ISS and replace the bad parts in orbit.

Why? You have EVA access to all external parts of ISS Alpha. You should have access to all internal parts of the station. The real issue I've seen come up is all about seals. The station is mostly modular, single piece segments attached to a node. Just seal up that node junction internally (like it was before the module arrived), disconnect external connections, use the station arm to pull the module free, replace the seals, reconnect.

I can think of at least a Lego and a car analogy, but I can't be bothered to type it all out.

Comment: Seen in the film? (Score 1) 126 126

"Just liking the luminescent shields seen in the film..."

Uh, when do "see" any shielding in Star Wars? Star Trek, sure, they are popping up all the time.

But I can't remember one scene in Star Wars 4, 5 or 6 where shielding is displayed. Except for the briefing scene in 6 when discussing the attack plan on Death Star 2, and that's just a holographic projection.

Comment: Re:What will really happen (Score 1) 110 110

Simply, Wow. +6 for effort, producing a working business model, and because I'm literally watching the Oscars right now.

I have been watching this Mars One drama for a little while now, and besides my main question of "Why not Moon First?", I was always trying to figure out the actual economics of it all. As others in this thread have pointed out NASA + ESA + RSA + JAXA, et all., are still firmly in LEO. Currently only one option available for human taxi service to said LEO.

However, your description sounds like the best I've heard to date. As I read it I could imagine the "Mars One Crew Transfer Vehicle" circa 2024 in LEO with 64-bit color windows from W.O.O.L. How the fuck would the crew inside even know the difference?

Landing them back on Earth (a.k.a. Mars) in a Truman Show situation with the whole reality TV bit ready to go is icing the cake thick.

People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.