Is that some sort of misplaced arrogance, or do you really not understand how easy blocking WhatsApp/Facebook would be if the German authorities wanted to do it?
People write as if the Internet is some huge network that everyone has unlimited access to, but guess what? It's not. You have an ISP, and somewhere up the line they are hooked in to a relatively small number of pipes in and out of any given country, and those pipes are controlled by a major infrastructure provider that isn't going to argue with the national government.
The political fall-out could be a different question, but somewhere like Germany the people are very cautious about excessive surveillance and profiling for obvious historical reasons, so I wouldn't bet on WhatsApp/Facebook winning the PR battle either.
Germany already took action over the Facebook-WhatsApp data sharing, and probably won't be the last EU member state to do so.
but what are the chances of finding a good vintage of scotch to go with all of this breaded goodness they are going to be having up there?
Alcohol is definitely going to space. Ballantine's zero-gravity glass is made in cooperation with something called the Open Space Agency, which also has a design for an automated Dobsonian telescope. Ardbeg is going to space. And a vacuum still is an old science-fiction trope.
I was curious if they were bringing a significant enough quantity of eggs to support this breading program. Breading isn't any good without a binder.
This Official NASA Research is studying the egg problem.
There is also a proposal to import green cheese from the Moon.
Out of several tens of billions of humans, only a fraction have not yet died, and of those who died, only a small percent of disputed cases indicate recovery.
On the contrary, I have never died before and rumors that I would do so are spread by fact-checkers of the liberal press and corrupt global warming scientists.
I like the part in the SpaceX video where the rocket lands, and the door opens on magnificent desolation. This is artistic license. Obviously the material for a habitat would precede the arrival of people.
But yes, a first-try planetary colony won't necessarily work. Getting there is dangerous, and once you're there being able to continue to provide the population with air, water, food, shelter, and energy is going to have significant risks of lethal failures.
They probably have a breading program, might be worth risking death for...
Yes. Being able to make large quantities of nutritious, flavorful bread is essential to Mars colonization.
Well, that access could be abused and apparently with no worse penalty than losing a job they clearly shouldn't have had in the first place, for one thing.
You really shouldn't encourage me.
This conversation does seem to have a pretty high rate of change, doesn't it?
Human blob of motorized screen-junkie, full of HFC, HERE I COME!
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