Agreed. My Lenovo T61, which I love dearly in every other way (especially the little keyboard light, which I'm amazed more companies don't do), drives me bonkers with the CTRL key not being lower-left. They could have put the CTRL key in the normal spot, had a smaller Fn and Win key between, then a normal ALT key to the right of those two.
But, hey, at least they got the positioning of INS-DEL HOME-END and PgUP-PgDown in a nice 6-key block on the upper right, like the Keyboard Gods intended. I'll give them credit for that.
Sitting back and waiting does not lead to much technological advancement. Taking on an ambitious project tends to inspire many advances.
The idea is not to catch asteroids along the way. Rather, the craft would catch one large asteroid of sufficient mass to provide all the raw material needed for the journey. Using an asteroid saves the huge cost of lifting this massive raw material into space.
That's really going to replace those 1,000 MW single nuclear reactors.
Wow, what'ja know, there are wind turbines bigger than 2.5 MW. Erect 10 5 MW or 5 10 MW wind turbines a month for 10 months and you add 1,000 MW of capacity. If work is done all year you've added 1.2 GW. How long will that nuclear power plant of yours take to build? And don't say a year. Construction on Finland's Olkiluoto 3 reactor started in 2005. It was originally scheduled to start operations this year, 2009, but is 3 years behind schedule and isn't expected to start until 2011-12. Also it's cost overrun is EUR1.5 billion so far. And you can't complain that is because of US regulations, nor because of the inexperience of the builders. One of those contractors is the French government owned Areva, Siemens is another. Both companies have experience building nuclear power plants.