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  1. Manned Mars mission poll

    Sorry, but what? There's little proven benefit to going to Mars, outside of prestige stuff. Meanwhile there a ton of opportunity lost by not spending the resources - materials, people's time, money - on pretty much anything else. Opportunity cost is what Mars mission advocates routinely miss. Going to Mars misses other opportunities, like hiring your presumably highly qualified colonists in some actually productive jobs, like, say, teaching. Or manufacturing faucets. Still more productive. Huh? That doesn't matter. There's little benefit of this for us here, there's no global crisis this is going to prevent, if anything you're missing out on 2 years of sending rescue missions. From the colony perspective, it doesn't matter at all, because its development *starts* when the thing happens. It's an isolated economy anyway. We can have great famines here on Earth, we don't need to go to Mars for that.
  2. Manned Mars mission poll

    Other. US is becoming increasingly unstable, and SpaceX is practically limited by it. I also think that upstart countries like China and India have more motivation to do silly, prestige things like Mars missions. PR requirements of US can be satisfactorily met by launching empty cans on high suborbital trajectories once every five years. 2030 or later. Mostly when it becomes easy enough that sending a basic, return mission becomes more of a question of "why not" ("because it's expensive", but maybe you want show off how much you can afford) than "why." Hopefully neither. Or, "domes", because that's least permanent. Frankly, if we survive the next few decades in a shape allowing for flying something heavier than a kite, we'll probably grow up to the point where "terraforming" is considered an atrocity. Because it is one, it's a planetary equivalent of turning everything into a McDonalds and a parking lot. And "bioforming"? Hah, lol, nope, that's fantasy land. EDIT: also, use the term "crewed," "manned" is anachronistic.
  3. Northrop Grumman buying orbital atk

    To quote the master, once it goes up, who cares where it comes down. You may laugh now.
  4. Awesome, that helped and looks perfect, thanks.
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  6. So, I'm experiencing a similar issue to @terminalmonky, except I don't have Seti configs, or in fact anything that would change the CBK config in a way mentioning the observatory. I'm not a C# programmer, but I took a look at both ResearchBodies and CustomBarnKit, and what I see is that there's an enum which amounts to a hardcoded facility list, and a foreach that enumerates all SpaceCenterFacility's, then using System.Enum.Parse to figure out which one in the enum it is. Unfortunately, CBK adds its own here, with the name not in the enum, so the entire thing crashes. I'd try submitting a patch, but I don't really do C# (it's just similar enough), and I don't even know how to set up a dev environment for modding this. Sorry if I get things terribly wrong, I've seen the last commit message and don't want to make things worse ;-)
  7. Could We Terraform Mars???

    If they even were from Europe at all, my entire point was that Europe wasn't all that important. Insert obvious Monty Python reference here.
  8. Could We Terraform Mars???

    You... you do realise that Catholic Europe was quite a bit of a side-show, especially science-wise, in the middle ages? Catholic Church didn't control science because it literally couldn't. Looks at the site... ...oh... well, this is a waste of time.
  9. Could We Terraform Mars???

    That's... not an argument. Like, at all. That's because doing things involving sentient beings always involves politics. "We need to be good stewards" is a political statement. There was, like, in the early 20th century, that's how far we are since the last time it was still a sensible dispute. Since then it was entirely about "how much" and "how long before we've doomed ourselves" and, ultimately, "we're doomed." Not really, just tell them to stop spreading nonsense and confusion. Even petrochem is giving up on propping your ideas up, and they've spend real money since the eighties suppressing the idea of AGW. Not at all, in that RCC didn't control science in the middle ages.
  10. Could We Terraform Mars???

    It's all one thing, a very specific question about CO2, not AGW, and yes, there are other gases that are very significant factor, like methane, from cows. I guess you could count that as bovine climate change, but that will still come back to humans. And it doesn't really take a long to find this out, and you're moving the goalposts, and oh god this thread got terrible. Also stop reading Forbes and Politifact, I mean, seriously, they put "winner of the pulitzer prize" in their subtitle.
  11. Could We Terraform Mars???

    You just made everyone here very, very tired. Also, that's a lie. Read this, this, this and sin no more. EDIT: and, as I said before: haha, politics-free discussion of science. Lol, not gonna happen.
  12. Could We Terraform Mars???

    Nah, we displayed we can unintentionally alter an atmosphere as a side effect. It doesn't mean we can do it differently, without doing all the other things that the original change was a side effect of. Organisational and infrastructure requirements are important, if you ignore them then we can do everything.
  13. Could We Terraform Mars???

    There is a world (hue hue) of difference between doing something as an unwanted side-effect of mass-scale activity, and doing something in a controlled manner as a condition to enable similar scale of activity. I mean, for a very distant comparison: I can, technically, defeat a squad of fully trained marines. Just put me in a car. I can't drive, so that's how I'd "defeat" them. That doesn't mean I'm able to defeat a squad of fully trained marines on purpose. Frankly, a malnourished kitten is a challenge. (OTOH, never underestimate a malnourished kitten, here's an example of a kitten using psychological warfare against a soldier). EDIT: in b4 "so we just have to try very hard to not terraform Mars"
  14. Could We Terraform Mars???

    Right now we're having trouble keeping terra terraformed, so I'll remain skeptical.
  15. Congratulations on owning yourself, Japan's population has been declining for ages. Yes, you already mentioned Japan. Only if you're a neocolonialist, but I'd hope we wouldn't have such people in these parts, so surely you aren't. You can have an economy that collapses when the growth isn't high enough, but frankly, you can also have economy that collapses when people don't buy enough things they don't need or want, I'd blame the particular brand of economy for that. (edit: I'm having a bit of fun bending the rules, b/c I kinda think that outlawing "political discussion" is a bit on the funny side, especially on a science/tech subforum, but I think it's best if we stop before the mods kick us out of the forest).