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Comment Re:Why not mine what we already have? (Score 1) 221

Nope, asteroid mining will not solve that issue - the issue is kickstarting it, expending the energy to actually get the necessary mining and refining gear up there in the first place. To get all the minerals out of the ore and to refine it into high quality metals, build the necessary alloys and cast them under microgravity will make it necessary to lift hundreds of thousands of tons of stuff up there. Not to mention that most of our refining techniques, e.g. floatation, will not work in microgravity, so completely new ones will have to be designed. At the moment the startup costs kill the whole endeavour. We need cheaper lifting capacity first. Orders of magnitude cheaper. That's what we have to research before producing vaporware by tagging asteroids.

Comment Re:Were do they get their marketoids? (Score 2) 144

This could get interesting when coupled with some powerful image recognition. Say, for example, you want to repair something on your car. Load up the repair manual, and let the overlay show you step by step what to do, e.g. a certain screw gets highlighted right were it is and the popup text tells you to now fasten this screw to this-and-that torque.

Submission + - Maserati sets sailing world record (

cylonlover writes: Given Maserati's reputation for exotic, high-performance Italian sports cars, the idea that it would set a world record isn't very surprising. What is suprising is that the record was set on water, not land. In fact, Maserati has been actively pursuing many world records in a vessel that is about as different from a V8-engined coupe as you can get. It's been sailing the world in search of prowess and prestige in a large, wind-powered monohull.
The self-named Maserati ship's time of 47 days 42 minutes and 29 seconds represents a new monohull world record for navigation of what's known as the Golden Route. The vessel, captained by Giovanni Soldini, negotiated the high seas from New York, traveled southward past the remainder of North and South America, transitioned from Atlantic to Pacific around Cape Horn, and sailed north again to San Francisco.

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Submission + - The Patents That Threaten 3-D Printing (

An anonymous reader writes: We've watched patents slow down the smartphone and tablet markets. We've seen patent claims thrown against Linux, Android, and countless other software projects. Now, as 3-D printing becomes more capable and more affordable, it seems a number of patents threaten to do the same to the hobbyist and tinkerer crowd. Wired has highlighted some of the most dangerous ones, including: a patent on soluble print materials that support a structure while it's being printed; a ridiculously broad patent on distributed rapid prototyping, which could affect "every 3-D printing service that has launched in the past few years"; and an 18-year-old patent on 3-D printing using a powder and a binding material, held by MIT.

Comment Re:Retrieved Samples Without DPRK's AF Scrambling? (Score 2) 132

Yeah, except Rome fell about 400 years later. You could argue that the decline of Rome began with the end of the Republic, but that decline was a drawn out process. It's more of an ideological point. The economically most prosperous years probably were under the Emperors...

Comment Re:Retrieved Samples Without DPRK's AF Scrambling? (Score 1) 132

The Roman expansion seemed to have stopped whenever they ran into cavalry-heavy enemies. They got to Asia Minor, but not into the steppe beyond. Enemies not fighting ordered battles might have been somewhat detrimental to Legion tactics. Hit and run, deny an orderly battle - asymmetric warfare of the ancient world if you like. Not that they ventured often into those territories, but if I recall correctly, whenever they did, it was without significant success.

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