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  • Commented on What happens now?
    Yeah, well, unfuck them, and the same to you, for not letting me have *any* happy ending, thanks for "just be miserable, and keep being miserable, because it'll get worse."...
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    The one who led the defense last impeachment (is that a mind-boggling statement?) said last week that he's willing to defend....
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    Crap. I should have said areosynchronous orbit....
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    There's the issue of orbital velocity at a given height....
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    Nope. Sorry, Linux is growing in popularity enough, esp. with the current situation, that more than one major vendor are selling laptops with Linux preinstalled. And in what way is LibreOffice a bad joke? I've been using it for well...
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    Whoop-de-doo. And managing the damn things is a nightmare. No, sorry, give me a command line. For that matter, generation-old computer architecture will do just fine... if we stop wasting the overwhelming majority of our CPU cycles on nothing but...
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    I disagree. We need a *real* space station in Earth orbit. (Preferably a wheel, with artificial gravity.) The Lunar Gateway should be built up as well. *Then*, I agree, we can talk about really doing things in space, because real...
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    Let's see, they say there's 67 charges from NY to unseal, and there *will* be money laundering as well as tax fraud. And *THEN* there's Georgia, who may charge him with election fraud, soliciting votes. And I read that he...
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    Yes, it did. I was thinking of more of deaths involving firearms, and the rest of the world liberating the US from neoNazism and the neoConfederacy....
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    ROTFL! Sorry - the reason I'm laughing is that in Stand on Zanzibar, it's Indonesia that's the cold-war-like enemy of the West, and they've got the genius genetic engineer who starts genengineering... and so the scientific advanced nation....
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    Actually, I saw the first papers about that as an issue something like last summer....
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    On the other hand, we may be beginning to find similarities in mechanisms. I just read something the other day about when they switch from ATP, I think it is, to fermentation. Staying with the faster route runs into a...
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    That's one thing that I've had to deal with in my stories about the future universe. A lot of what I have - and we have far cheaper interstellar transportation - is for less crowded conditions, and experimental culture reasons....
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    We understand that. Actually, my SO and I are both on Kaiser-Permanente, which is a seventies-style HMO: they *do* do most of it all. But for most of the US, I mean, doing it your way, think of the lack...
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    I will note that the last time I read anything, about 70k years ago, there were a total of about 2000 homo sap alive. On the other hand, all they had to worry about was eating, drinking, reproducing, and not...
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    There. Will. Be. No. Projectile. Weapons. After we've disabled the bearer, they will be escorted to the airlock without a spacesuit, and the body will be left visible pour deencourager les autres. And then every 3D printer on the station,...
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    Written long before we could build remote-controlled robotic probes. I mean, you *have* heard of these, right? Actually, as I write that, I would be very surprised if we've reached the point of being able to have a Martian colony...
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    I strongly disagree about Russia. I mean, they've been putting up a lot, including US astronauts, for over a decade. And they've signed on with NASA for the Lunar Gateway. They're only slowly working their way back from the absolute...
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    Resonance for space elevators? How about something completely different?  |  ^ | |  v  | Best as I can do with pre and ASCII art. Effectively, like a railroad siding on the way up: about 50km high, and about 50...
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    Formula: nope. Provides *zero* immunities, and there may be more things that we don't know yet that you get from mother's breast milk. And, per other subthreads here, you need sterile water....
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    Canned. You have a tour, record it, then you pay to take a VR tour on Earth. You pay a LOT more to actually do it, and it's available only when Earth and Mars are...
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    Two different fabs would be absurd. You'd need spare parts for both. And I would assume that *all* chips fabbed on-colony would be a minimum of two generations, if not four, behind what's on Earth. When astronauts go up, they...
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    Interesting. So, on any stations or colonies, an airlock should *first* run, say, N2 or any cheap gas through, from the top down through filters in the floor (which are cycled after each use of the airlock), *then* pressurize with...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The US... *we* actually did it. As an Aussie paper put it, "Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Don". Ok, I've said that I'm this, and not that... but never denied being a romantic. About yesterday,...
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    That's cancers - there's a ton of different ones - and note that I had one, and am considered "cured", as I was treated 20 years ago - they're finding new mechanism, like the one I read about the other...
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    Just looked, and the common name here is "chronic fatigue syndrome". Effects are similar, though with fibro, you get permanent pain all over. Interestingly, Ellen developed it in her thirties, after a bad flu, I think she told me....
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    One more thing, one cmt by me that everyone seems to have glossed over: if they're doing multiple launche/month, much less per week, who here actually thinks that no one else will be doing it? Really? You don't think China...
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    Do you *really* think that 50 and more years from now, we won't have started genengineering modifications? I'd assume, in the next 20, disease resistance, turning off things like diabetes, etc. I'd also assume that a lot of disease will...
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    I get an injection every two weeks. Nurse snaps off the top, shoves the needle through the rubber, and shoots me up, no saline added. Bottle comes that way....
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    You've just gotten me annoyed, Charlie. My old insurance, when I was working, I'd been with one doctor for about 9.5 years. They *used* to have signs saying "bring all your medical issues to your doctor when you see them....
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