we need laws that promote the commercialization of space
Maybe revoking of laws, but creating new ones just makes more red tape, more need for lawyers, and less inclination for wallets to be opened for the guy with the great idea.
The food we eat is oil.
Farming is hugely energy intensive, you think it's just the sun?
Fertilisers, machinery use large amounts of oil and gas. Never mind the amount of water that is required.
The reason Malthus was wrong, is cheap energy. It has allowed us to expand our agriculture in line with exponentially growing population. Well, oil peaked in 2005. Which means less energy in the future. It's possible that means fewer people.
Nuclear has the promise to provide large amounts of cheap energy, i.e. large energy return on energy invested, but...
Uh, I am pretty sure farming was done for thousands and thousands of years without oil..
You see, in other countries the government, as a servant of the people, attempts to protect the sane parts of the population from nutjobs who think it's their god-given right to own artillery, bombers, nuclear weapons and other items that are highly likely to end up injuring or killing some innocent bystander.
Exactly the rub... Who gets to say who is sane and who is a nutjob? I prefer to live free in a world were bad things might happen, bad people might exist, and those responsible might be held accountable. There are no guarantees and I think it is foolish and offensive to shackle society in the guise of its own good. Technology has already degraded the value of the 2nd Amendment to the point where it is essentially pointless. It is not likely any armed confrontation between the American populace and the U.S. government could have any semblance of the relative parity of the combatants of the Revolution. Still, I will keep my 30-06 even if I can't have an F16, M1 Abrams, or nuclear sub. I have much more faith in this guy and his kid with the cannon they have put thought into than I do with this guy's kid driving when he turns 16. Or does your government protect you from driving because drivers may be nutjobs too?
Was anyone really expecting the greedy phone companies to give us tethering?
No, but when I say to the sales guys "I will pay more if I can tether" I expect this little thing called capitalism to rear its little head and for somebody to take my money in exchange for the service that I am (wait for it....) willing to pay for! No, the incredible per kilobit fees that they threaten with in the standard "unlimited" plans do not count. Let me and the others like me pay for "unlimited+" and go upgrade your network to handle the load. When the next big thing comes along I will probably pay for that too and you can further upgrade your network. Wash, rinse, repeat...
A fast horse on good terrain could make 100 miles per day.
Uh, that is day one.
You better have a fresh horse or horses waiting or you will be walking on day three or so. A fit human can reasonably cover around 20 miles per day for days on end if they are supplied well. The same human having to pack food and water or forage en route might be able to keep up half that pace. A horse roughly doubles what a human can do. They are big and then need LOTS of forage and water.
In the military I studied quite a bit about effective combat loads and the logistics of moving men around, and having personally walked 30+ miles with 60+ pounds of gear I can tell you that it is not a sustainable pace. There are accounts of great marches under duress or for tactical advantage, but they are "great" because if they did not work out they get called somebody's folly in the history books.
It's a nuisance for everyone living in the Dutch border cities.
Except for maybe those who set up businesses catering to the tourists...
What generosity? The city owns the land they're using, not you.
I don't know where you live, but I OWN the property right up to the middle of the road. Just about everyone here with country road frontage does.
"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson