ModZero

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  1. Space debris isn't always a dead chunk of metal., though. While satellites should be passivated, that doesn't always happen. Sometimes clubs try to reactivate them. Sometimes they contain an actual nuclear reactor, making a mess for anyone studying gamma rays in the vicinity. You're still disguising yourself as something wildly impractical, but it doesn't have to be completely inert. But yes, that's stealth, stealth isn't just fancy paint. Now, exercise: disguise your projectiles as frozen droplets of coolant from a 30 year old spy satellite. There's no sound in space #helpful.
  2. By "idiots" you mean engineers? Because they're overrepresented in right-wing extremist groups. Perhaps luckily (unless you're trying to build a new nuclear power plant or something) nuclear engineers are rather uncommon amongst engineers to begin with, though.
  3. I'm pretty sure flying actual museum exhibits would raise objections beyond the technical and financial ;-)
  4. Historical interest? The motivations of hobbyists with too much money don't have to make sense, I mean, just look at Hyperloop. Also, I just spent a few hours playing Car Mechanic Simulator 2018, and my friends just bought a Fiat Panda from, as far as I can tell, 1812. I can definitely see the appeal of trying to rebuild a historical capsule, even if I think people pursuing it aren't taxed highly enough. It couldn't be an exact replica - I doubt it would be even vaguely legal to fly it in 2017 - but matching it visually?
  5. Why do you hate art?
  6. It's their land and their culturally significant landmark, and the telescope is an intrusion by what amounts is an occupying force; they don't have to "earn" our respect. You don't have to share a faith with them to be respectful towards it. And, uh, such colonial demands towards people are really a bad look in the 21st century.
  7. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    No it doesn't, because the only customer willing to pay for the service is the army. EDIT: Well, it was a high-point of the presentation from the humorous perspective. I think you can put the barge in the Zurich lake?
  8. Look. The *people* here consider it of a high cultural value for them. That's enough for any decent person. And this has nothing to do with archeology. Oh no you didn't.
  9. This is known as "happy like Daily Mail after finding an immigrant who hates black people." Look, they're not some weird odd people. I mean, I don't know about the US, but in Europe there is plenty of places where you will not be let to build stuff, and culture is going to be one large reason. And yes, some of those are going to be nature. Every time you try to do logging in what little forest we have, or digging for shale gas under historic towns, you get huge protests. But when non-white people do the same, you all start dismissing it as "religion." Much of the protected buildings in Europe are churches. I'm not sure the idea of converting the Notre Dame into lofts would go down very well.
  10. SpaceX Discussion Thread

    *PowerPoint animation* *Applause* I feel a sudden urge to start linking Star Citizen spaceship presentations in this section.
  11. Manned Mars mission poll

    Well, London is viable, for certain values of "viable" — you'd have to fly over populated areas in both directions, and the trip to the barge would be a bit on the long side compared to the hopeful things. Oh, and find people willing to spend hilarious amount of money to regularly commute from NYC to London in less than 2h. I'm sure any noise regulations won't be much of a problem. I mean, Concorde was such a roaring success.
  12. Manned Mars mission poll

    Ahahaha the fast changing city names included Zurich. Yeah, Zurich will totally allow low-flying ICBMs full of people.
  13. Well, if it's anything like Scandinavia, at least now we know the economic value of Mars: depressing crime novels, metal, ambient and vodka.
  14. Manned Mars mission poll

    Well, that's too bad, because I would expect that biologists would be acquainted with ideas such as "non sequitur," and "not guesstimating nonsense about things that aren't really biology on public forums." But maybe math schools are just better at this, though I'd note other biologists I read seem to get it. If you said that _first_ then I might even believe that biology thing, though tbh, next to claims that colonizing the solar system would substantially change that number makes me doubt it anyway. Not that it matters at all I have access to the Internet, a degree in claiming I have degrees, knowledge of the difference between biology, ecology and economics, a short temper and a button to shut out the replies. EDIT: this reminds me of the time when several geologists from the Polish PAN decided to make a public statement that "they're geologists and they know about earth and there's no global warming."