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Comment What a dystopian nightmare (Score 1) 204

This seems like a system tailor built to create a class of angry disenfranchised citizens.
Good luck China, you're going to need it because I can't think of a better way to foment an insurgency.

"The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose." - James Baldwin

Comment Re:Problem ... (Score 2) 386

1) Fine, in your madmax future world, the level of tech might be lower... *shrugs*

2) I doubt they're going to hate a 14 year old girl with cancer. Some billionaire shithead who led a company that actively harmed the environment... Just imagine if the Koch brothers were frozen... We might want to wake those fuckers up just so we could use them as pinatas.

3) Do some research on the inviability of cryo.. At last check they're doing stuff like at the moment of death, pumping out all the blood and replacing it with antifreeze and using other techniques to prevent cell damage. Private labs have also been doing experiments on animals with limited success.

I also agree with your last point. However, I think we can do both. We can focus on cures now and work on the technology for later.

On a somewhat serious note, when it comes to deep space travel, cryo storing people might be the most sensible way to say colonize a distant planet where the ship is going to take 1,000 years to get there. Yes, yes, I know there's a WHOLE shitload of technical hurdles, but if we got the cryo stuff right it would give us that option.

Comment Regarding the knockoff jokes (Score 4, Interesting) 73

A coworker of mine went to China on vacation and bought one of these knockoff phones and holy crap, I had a hard time telling it apart from the real thing.
The thing that really surprised me was the cut of Android on it that had been skinned to look just like iOS. There was some serious work put into the product.
Clearly there's a huge market for these knockoffs.

Comment So, buy a dongle (Score 1) 675

That seems to be Apple's new theme song...

When your ethernet disappears... buy a dongle!
Need to connect your iphone... buy a dongle!
Want to read your SD card... buy a dongle!
Want to use headphones on your iphone? buy a dongle!

I'm surprised they don't sell a usb3 dongle that's just an 'esc' key at this point.

Comment Re:Elon Muisk is an intellectual midget and a frau (Score 1) 222

So what are the technical hurdles that would need to be overcome for there to be actual mining with robots? Doing some quick googling I see that Komatsu and CAT and a few others offer fully autonomous mining solutions. Are those just bullshit and don't work as advertised?

Comment Re:The problem with privitization? Or just no shit (Score 1) 474

Risk is definitely part of the game. Even after the Nth one of these things takes off headed towards Mars and there's a thriving self sustained colony on Mars, something is still going to go wrong. Despite how safe we make airline travel, planes are still going to crash. Even if you cower in your basement there's a non zero chance you're going to die of CO2 poisoning.

My expectation is by the time the first colonists land on Mars, there will have been numerous autonomous missions that have setup methane and oxygen plants as well as metric tons of MRE's. That still doesn't mitigate the danger of half way to Mars your ship gets zorched by a CME. Or upon decent unbenounced to the crew a micrometeor has cracked the PICA heat shield and everybody on the surface is treated to a brilliant light show as a 100t of cargo and 100 people get sprayed across the martian sky. Without shielding in the MCT or on the colony on Mars what's your daily radiation exposure going to be? What number of people after spending 80 days weightless will land on Mars only to have their hearts give out, or that slight embolism that got stressed during take off finally pops?

I'm completely fine with risk, the question that needs to be asked is what the risk factor is going to be. Unfortunately, we can model this problem all we want, but people will still have to go do it and see what happens. I know before I'm too old of a man, they'll be a monument to the brave pioneers of colonization who gave their lives.

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