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Comment Re:I like how this is just now a problem (Score 1) 231

Trump declared war on the media and some of them have accepted his challenge. An MIT journalism professor had a lot of interesting things to say about it in a radio interview but I've lost track of details (no summary or transcript on the net). I'm sure more on this topic will turn up.

Comment Re: Stop calling it "skepticism". (Score 1) 231

Wrong on every point anarchist, even your definition of religion. It has to be deliberate to get everything so wrong so why are you deliberately lying so much to the readers? What are your really doing with this? I know you hate the United States, but this different - WTF are you up to with trying to turn the kiddies against reality?

Comment Re:We knew this going in (Score 1, Insightful) 231

We did it because he promised

The slick salesguy promised? Were the operators standing by? Do you get a free set of steak knives with your order?

political corruption is the biggest impediment

You thought there wasn't enough of it or something and voted for obvious scum?

I think compulsory voting would make room for a third party and avoid such obvious mistakes in the future.

Comment Re:Fueling the fueler (Score 2) 21

Orbital transfers aren't free or cheap

Very true but when most of your potential customers are in geostationary orbit and you have months to work your way from one to the other it's not so ugly.
Readers, think in ellipses not one dimensional thinking with concentric circles. Not easy maybe but that's how it's done.

What can a hypothetical servicing robot do about dead batteries

I very strongly suspect that the complete mission plan will worked out on ground before launch and the thing will be sent to work on X number of known satellites with specific known tasks to complete and specific parts. The alternative - if it's going to be a general purpose thing working for years it's going to have to get fuel and parts shipped to it anyway.

Comment Old idea but a very good one (Score 1) 21

Back in the 1970s one of the selling points/excuses for giving up on the Saturn V etc and going for the Space Shuttle was that it could be used to refuel satellites and do repair on them - which did happen with spectacular success with the Hubble telescope. One of several major reasons that such missions were very rare is that the Space Shuttle was limited to doing missions in low earth orbit and it's a very long way to geostationary orbit from there.

A robot craft could potentially get to that distant orbit and could have a mission time far longer than the Space Shuttle ever had. Also such a mission is incredibly dangerous - if the speeds are not very closely matched the impact energy would be enormous. Accidents will happen and it's better to lose a robot and a satellite than a manned mission.

Comment Re:Goalpost shift detected (Score 1) 331

Here's a little bit of homework debate boy since you brought in the irrelevant political shit. I can remember it but you'll probably have to look it up or ask your Dad.
How many nuclear reactors were approved (not built after being approved earlier, but approved) in the terms of Reagan, Bush and Bush's idiot unemployable draft dodging son?
Work out that number and you'll see that the Republicans have nothing but empty words on the issue.

Comment Re: This works for me (Score 1) 370

Australia has a lot of people in politics pushing a very strong anti-migrant line to the point of outright xenophobia in some cases. It was chosen as a point of difference between two parties so the current ruling party has the ridiculous, expensive and cruel policy of keeping refugees locked up in camps indefinitely. It was a quickly done back of the envelope policy and they have no idea what to do next with a few thousand people, any change would be admitting that they were wrong. The anti-refugee thing has spilled over into migration in general.

There is so much hate being stirred up by people in politics an radio shock jocks that Australia is not a good place to migrate to at this point especially if you get a reasonable job. You will be accused of taking the jobs away from the locals even if it's a technical position that is hard to fill, or even if you start your own business. It really sucks at the moment and I don't think it's been this bad for decades (not so many decades back being Jewish was a reason for visas to be refused as an example).

Comment Not going to work because ... (Score 1) 370

So many places have tried to have their own Silicon Valley but it hasn't worked elsewhere because they try to get one thing right but actively stop other things from working.

It's a within a very short drive of where people desire to got to for holidays, had some electronics industry infrastructure, had a University nearby, had easy access to investors and was a place where subject matter experts from all over the world could come and work.
The only thing that came close was in Texas.

The Chinese don't currently have what it takes to inspire the founders of the next Intel or similar to flock there. Neither do we now of course, but we have something up and running.

Comment Re:Fake Fake News (Score 1) 737

His justice department will be creatures from the swamp.
What's wrong with you people - if you wanted to send a message to the "establishment" why vote for a fucking trust fund baby who has been the embodiment of the "establishment" for his entire life? He only knows how to play and not how to work for a living.

Comment Re: Fake News? (Score 4, Insightful) 737

will be deported because they aren't white, despite BEING citizens, just goes to show how fucking stupid they can be too.

They believed one of Trumps tweets about removing citizenship from people.

Yes it is fucking stupid to believe something Trump has written but he's getting into a position where some of the stuff he writes is going to have to be taken seriously no matter how stupid it is.

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