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Comment Re:Not to be a wet blanket... (Score 2) 355

a moon base is uniquely suited to warehousing and building for bigger craft that head out further than earth's orbit.

examples:
1) going to Mars from the moon would be simpler, and cheaper.
2) mining on asteroids would be cheaper

Think of it as a lower cost half-way house. Doing the same thing from a space station is much more costly and complicated process. The moon has some raw materials that can be used to construct things like habitats, etc. A space station has nothing.

A habitat on the moon would be relatively cheap to build, and launching from it would be many times less than from earth, I think 36 times less. Ideally, you would only have to transport people to the moon, and everything else could be built and launched from the moon.

Comment before google, and the internet, they were amazing (Score 1) 197

Seriously, the tides have shifted.

A conference is mostly a place for marketing folks to get an idea of what people are peddling. It's a bazaar.

this can be valuable to you and your employer in 2 obvious ways.
1) you will come across products that you would otherwise not search for.
2) your employer will learn about how your product(s) suit the current market.

If neither of these things are something you or your employer care about, then they are useless.

When I send people I ask for 2 things:
1) find one gem of the shared knowledge in the sea of presentations that you can learn from
2) identify the closest competition and see what they are doing different

Comment Re:Even if it isn't some blend (Score 1) 570

I love apple juice, it tastes fantastic, but you can't fool yourself in to thinking that because it is juice it is magically good.

Of course you can. People are constantly fooling themselves with all sorts of assumptions and dumb ideas. There is no end to it really.

Sadly, people will think something like this is progress.

Comment Re:How is this tech related? (Score 1) 156

Conservative economists (when they testify for the chemical industry) believe that the free market is perfectly efficient, so if they can make money doing something, it must be good.

It's hard to believe that this is true, but it appears in so many industries in many variations. e.g. if (name some pop music artist) music is popular, it must be good.

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