Sure, it's an appalling idea, but can we wait until it's an actual plan before pouring out the vitriol?
So, we should wait until the actual contracting stage to express indignation? The fact the other companies didn't unanimously and immediately shit-can this idea says more bad things about America than burning a flag could ever accomplish.
There has also been talk about ending the H1-B visa program. So, all the slave labor from Pakistan can start packing your bags, you're going home.
Remember the days of Bill Gates as a Borg on every Microsoft story here? Remember the days of MS being written as "M$"? Remember the days of every geek worth their salt on Slashdot loathed Microsoft? My my, times have changed. I for one, welcome it.
Trump is a business man
So are most of the Republicans in Congress.
for those mid- to late-career technical folks, how have you managed to adjust to new realities like this?
Drive for Uber.
And that is -the- reason to build an O'Neill colony.
In order to build it and make it work, it is necessary to understand an ecology, deeply and comprehensively. Mistakes will be made and what better place to make a mistake than a totally artificial habitat? The first of the experiments (actual experiments, not "I read the journals" studies) was BioSphere, and that didn't work out so well.
So what was the motivation to fix BioSphere? Not much, really. Easier to walk away muttering "That was bad, dude."
With a colony, the colonials are most mighty motivated to fix the darn thing. If technology needs to be developed, it will be developed. If new principles need to be learned, they will be learned.
And for all of you "This is a nutty idea" I have a few short words. New World. Panama Canal. Washing Hands.
Nutty ideas have a way to become decidedly un-nutty.
Amen! Play Hosannas! Angles from on High!
What Artistic Idiot decided that pastel on pastel was artsy, I'd like to have a conversation with in a dark room, maybe with a wooden (traditional) baseball bat.
How about you stop wasting MY taxpayer money on this boondoggle...
With that mindset we never would have had railroads or the interstate highway system. We all contribute and then make a collective decision about the best use of the money. I'm one of the people who votes we spend the money to go to Mars. Not because I benefit, but because we all benefit.
That's life in a democracy. If you don't like it, move.
The reason you need lots of hydrogen...
What about using water? They have to carry water as a consumable anyway, could you store in thin panels in the walls or as ice and get any decent shielding effect or is water not hydrogen dense enough?
My wife was mocking the app. "Traffic is slowing down now," she prompted. Thanks, hon, I never would have noticed traffic conditions out the window.
Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.