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Comment Re:Wary that it gives congress and excuse to defun (Score 1) 103

Where is the profit? Even if you can do it for a reasonable cost, how do you make money?

people pay to go, same as suborbital flights, Musk has said he has done the figures and he wants to get the costs down to $500k per person, which implies that it will be in the millions for the first few trips, and implies he is going to make money out of it.

His companies are making money, so I don't think you can doubt he has planned it out to make money.

Comment Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 684

actually not 100% true, the costs of those trips were massive, and if inflation was taken into account as well as the number of people in the world, I imagine the costs would be much closer.

Comment Re:Techno mythology (Score 1) 684

sadly that is not the way it works, people don't want to be addicted, and yet they walk straight into it and billions have been spent trying to alleviate poverty in Africa to no avail. I'm not saying we should not continue to try, but it should also not stop us doing worthy things as well.

Comment Re:Slow traffic (Score 1) 203

I doubt it, car sales are dropping, all over the developed world. More and more people are walking, riding bikes and talking public transport. In all the cities I have lived(Launceston, Brisbane, Melbourne and Shanghai) in bicycle use and infrastructure has increased while I was living there. Also there will be big changes when the self driving cars start going commercial, some of the above problems may be solved. Studies have proved that traffic jams are often caused by the inconsistent braking and acceleration of drivers. With self driving cars, they maintain a constant speed, and optimally brake and accelerate, thereby reducing congestion. Plus other interesting ideas could occur, such as sending your car home after dropping you off, or sharing cars, so that they are almost like taxi's, that arrive on time. All that parking space can be re-allocated to bike paths or more car lanes. see car sales drop. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01...
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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

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