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Great read...

http://waitbutwhy.com/2016/09/spacexs-big-fking-rocket-the-full-story.html

If you've not read all the lengthy posts on SpaceX here I highly recommend them.
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Side note, you have a couple of typos in the last sentence in your post. I'm going to reshare this, but I'll give you an hour or so if you feel like fixing them.
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Madness, brilliance - or both.

Technically this is less audacious than Kennedy proclamation that we will get men on the moon in a decade. We knew far less then and had far less capable technologies.

The only real impediment is vision and money - both of which Musk has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to raise. It will take tens of billions, but that's less in current dollars than the US and Soviet programs to get to the moon. A few dozen billionaires could put up the money if they so desire, not to mention a few dozen countries (like luxembourg has declared it wants). What could be more motivating than solving the problem of preventing the possibly extinction of the human species? Or, as he put it giving motivation to our species to be much, much more than simply Earthlings, a true space faring species... That's a pretty big carrot.

Doubters will doubt, while Musk pushes ahead...

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/musks-mars-moment-audacity-madness-brilliance-or-maybe-all-three/
Ars dissects the feasibility of SpaceX's plan to colonize Mars in the coming decades.
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SpaceX concept video of how their Interplanterary Transport will work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qo78R_yYFA
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Ugg... merely confirming what most of us already know... 80% of the time what Trump says is untrue.

How can one develop policies that solve actual problems if the data/info you used to justify those plans is simply made up. Answer - you can't.

But one example, building a wall solves little to nothing. Most illegal immigrants are here due to overstaying original legal entry permits (usually a visa). A wall has no impact on that. So even assuming the immigration is a problem (it's not), the solutions proposed don't even solve the problem suggested. Most (virtually all) Trumps 'solutions' are like this... false solutions to false problems.

At best pandering (knowing it won't work but also knowing it won't actually be done), at worst a tremendous waste of time, energy and money which won't change the real problems frustrating many.
 
by Ali Minai By this point in US Election 2016, everyone acknowledges that the Presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is one of the most transformative phenomena to arise in American society in a long time – possibly since the Civil...
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Autonomous transportation blooming everywhere...
 
The new ROBOAT project will investigate how urban waterways can be used to improve the city’s function and quality of life.

#watertransportation #urbanliving #MITbetterworld
MIT, AMS Institute will collaborate to solve complex urban problems for Amsterdam with the development of autonomous "roboats."
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One incredible irony if, logic forbid, Trump becomes President is impeachment proceedings will begin the day after election. Especially if Democrats take over the Senate as appears possible.


http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-jeb-bush-lie-florida-casino-gambling-502144
Newsweek obtained a deposition that shows Donald Trump committed perjury. Or lied.
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Populism is beginning to go to far. There is a reason we have a representative democracy rather than direct one. National issues are complicated and require deep thoughtful analysis.

This legislation feels good, sounds good but very, very likely opens up the U.S. now to having other countries citizens sue our government for any number of believed crimes.

Worst, there is no evidence the Saudi Government was directly involved in 9/11. So presuming these suits go forward they are likely to fail anyway. So why risk opening up ourselves to lawsuite worldwide. This sets a bad precidence whith the potetnial to harm us more than any other country.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/28/opinion/the-risks-of-suing-the-saudis-for-9-11.html?_r=0
While the aim of a bill is compassionate, it could expose the American government, citizens and corporations to lawsuits abroad.
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Note - to add, there already is a strong compelling method for addressing grievances against another government and that is BETWEEN governments. If we have evidence that another government has harmed our interests or citizens we (and other countries) have the sovereign right to act - through sanctions, lawsuits even force.
Allowing citizens of our country to begin suing other countries opens up this new 'right' of citizens to other countries to do the same to us. That may seem 'fair' but most other legal systems worldwide are nothing like ours and are much more manipulated for economic or political gain.,
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For anyone pondering (or you know who is pondering) 'the lessor of two evils" or frustrated about your prefered candidate not being nomiated... a good recap of where we are.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/isaac-saul/i-wrote-that-i-despised-hillary-clinton-i-take-it-back_b_12220124.html
When this election began, I was like millions of millennial men: a "Bernie bro" rooting hard for Sen. Sanders. Watching the candidate of my dreams get s...
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There is no comparison to the ethical, competency and qualifications of Clinton over Trump.

I don't agree with Clinton on much policy but she has no equal in Trump in lying, making shit up, unethical business practices, unethical personal practices (e.g. Marla Maples) and so, so much more - and we've only begun looking into Trump. CLinton's issues stem from 30 years of public service and even then are at worst some questionable practices but even after years of tremendous scrutiny there is no real there there.

The Republicans, of which I was one all my adult life until this cycle have nominated a terrible if not wholly unqualified candidate for the most important office in the world.

Listen to him people... is this who you want leading our country?

http://video.scroll.in/817627/watch-john-oliver-lists-the-scandals-of-the-us-presidential-candidates-no-it-doesnt-look-good
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As was highly anticipated, Elon Musk and SpaceX revealed their high level plan to achieve Elon's long stated vision and goal of making humans a muliti-planetary species.

A most fascinating presentation, inspiring to watch.

His ambition is to begin regular roughly two year 'fleets' of mars mission vehicles beginning with the first exploratory ones potentially as early as 2022. His long term objective and design criteria is to create a system that could get roughly a million people to mars over approx 100 years time - not unlike the early exploration of North America from Europe in many senses.

The basic outline is a rocket roughly 20% bigger than the Saturn 5 (with far greater lift capabilities) that's reusable such that it can launch people, fuel and cargo to low orbit rapidly (over days/weeks). Then a mars - now interplanetary - transport vehicle that would hold about 100 people and cargo to get to Mars and land. Included in earliest flights would be a propellant manufacturing system (making methane from the CO2 atmosphere and water) then return the ship for a new set of passengers. It's the reuse of the components that drops the cost a desired 5 orders of imagined to roughly several hundred thousand dollars per person. His dream is to make it affordable for those who wish to go.

If nothing else its truly inspiring to see the rare combination of technical prowess with vision to dream really, really big.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-space-musk-idUSKCN11X2DV
SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people and cargo to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonizing the planet, company chief and tech billionaire Elon Musk said on Tuesday.
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Good overview of current autonomous vehicle research and progress.

Couple points that really stood out for me.
- Uber sees development of autonomous vehicles as an existential threat. Meaning, they are highly motivated as will be others. They have no choice in their minds, make it work or become extinct.
- Not as explicit in the article but the technology already appears to be capable, with various ladar/radar methods as well as optical, motion, gps and radiographic methods being employed. The core challenge is testing, testing, testing which, finding defects and resolving then re-testing, testing, testing. This is best done by having a fleet of real vehicles driving real roads collecting real time data. Google, Tesla and now Uber have fleets on the road collecting rapidly increasing amounts of data which they can model and test against. Just this weak Tesla rolled out major improvements to its system... its a near continuous process getting better and better, rapidly. And, as I'm fond of noting, its an exponential - not linear - process... getting better, faster each iteration.
- Logically it seems natural that improvements in autonomous trucking will grow very rapidly. Highway is much easier and of course longer distance. The routes are more fixed so easily mapped and the savings potentially enormous. Early movers will have huge advantages thus invoking the fear of existential threat to others. Once begun the pathway will clear very, very fast... I've already seen autonomous Freightliners on Nevada roads... they are figuring it out...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/uber-s-first-self-driving-fleet-arrives-in-pittsburgh-this-month-is06r7on
The company’s fleet of robotic cars will be supervised by humans in the driver’s seat.
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I'd suggest a drinking game of doing a shot after each, but realize that we'd be wasted in the first ten minutes!
 
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