You'd need significant industrial capability -- which translates into literally tons of mass -- to bootstrap that scenario. Mining equipment is not light.
It's one of those scenarios that's easy to imagine working once you got it up and running, but is hard to image how to get up and running.
You could load it in your bass boat and then circumnavigate the world on your trolling motor -- if it were a small trolling motor.
1 KW is about what you'd need to run a popup toaster or a blow dryer. This is, from a NASA engineer's perspective, a huge amount of power, but you couldn't run your neighborhood hair salon on it.
It's an engineering problem. You surely could get some combination of solar and battery to work on the Martian surface, but it would impose design and operational constraints -- constraints which could be mitigated with money.
Presumably they crunched the numbers and developing an entirely novel compact reactor looks like it could be a win. However lets imagine this "Kilopower" project is a total failure; that doesn't mean that a Mars habitation mission couldn't proceed, it'd just cost more to get a certain amount done.
I've driven several cars with ACC and lane assist. They are miles away from something that would deserve the name autopilot or self-driving. They would happily drive over a red traffic light, for starters. More importantly, they have no tie-in with the navigation system.
These are drive-assist systems, a completely different class of thing.
2FA is more secure, but annoying. Massively annoying if you log into several 2FA secured accounts over the day. I'm accepting it for online banking and similarily important business, but not for my throwaway gmail accounts.
Clef was 2FA done right, and I have high hopes for SQRL, but it seems slow in coming out with actual clients that normal people can use.
As long as the usability factor for 2FA is somewhere between annoying and hostile, it won't see more adoption.
Maybe, but unlike anyone else, they actually do have self-driving cars on the roads. Not in a research facility, not on paper, not in simulations, not in various stages of development, but on the actual roads.
Amazon said that it will now work with the candidate locations to examine their proposals more closely and request additional information to "evaluate
In other words, it will pitch them against each other in a race to the bottom for tax breaks and other "incentives".
It disgusts me so much when countries or counties think they are in a competition against each other. That mindset is what created 0.01% tax havens. There is just something the wrong way around when governments compete to please a corporation.
Tesla and Apple are the two biggest laggards
That they list a company that doesn't even have a product in the market, neither active nor announced, and which is working on something only according to rumours, tells me a lot about how trustworthy this article is.
Let's face it, there are plenty of Minecraft-y games out by now. Most of them some flavor of zombie survival game, but some actually just Minecraft with better graphics or enhanced bells and whistles. Why they don't get as successful? Mods. Or the lack thereof.
Nonsense. There are piles of mods for some of the workalikes, like minetest. Minetest also abuses your GPU much less, although it does use slightly more CPU. Still, not so much that it's not playable on an atom netbook, which you can't do with minecraft at all these days. The GPU won't handle it. The reason none of them have taken off is that all the players are playing minecraft. People want to play with other people, and minecraft has already got the players. They're not going to switch.
Good post but...
Melting Greenland would raise sea level 20'.
Source: simple google question.
If *all* the ice in antarctica melted, it would raise sea level by 200'.
But the average temperature in Antarctica is -37C. So it's unlikely that it would all melt while the earth was still inhabitable.
"It is possible that this could collapse rapidly and raise sea levels by 3.2 m, possibly within 500 years. "
Much more likely problems include rainbelts moving hundreds of miles which would cause arable land to be infertile and rain to fall on new areas that would take thousands of years to become good farmland, increased range of tropical diseases (we are already seeing this).
The methane hasn't transitioned during warmer periods in the past. If it *did* transition, it's close to an extinction level event for humans.
Kinda jumping the gun on Texas there. Still a few more years before that flips.
It brings in jobs, and the workers pay taxes. At least that's the theory.
It has just been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.