My article has been Slashdotted.
You’ll be as shocked as I was to notice that very few if any of the commenters actually read the piece.
I used to love slashdot until it got overrun by self righteous prigs. Although don’t let my whining diminish the privilege of your being slashdotted! I hope your bandwidth usage costs don’t exponentiate.
Hopefully you will gain several new participants in this blog.
Slashdot– where the pugnaciously ignorant and the aggressively stupid do battle to the death.
That is just par for the course. Most of the people in /. have very short attention time spans and your article is very, very long. Not to mention that /. posting had like 3 links of pages to read. Most people in /. would have started talking about the topic without bothering to read any of the links at all even if the page was short so…
The first posts in /. are usually either by people making puns or giving their personal opinion without reading the article. Only some of the later posts will have bothered reading the article. /. may have its issues but it is less bad than a lot of the other tech sites in the web.
I will read your article in more detail later.
Not to mention that /. posting had like 3 links of pages to read.
Actually five links, and Rand’s was the last. People are most likely to look at the first link, and the likelihood of a click drops exponentially after that. Very few people are going to click on all five links, or skip the first four and click on the fifth.
I’m getting a gateway timeout on that hyperlink
“Still, the promise is as great as it ever was, and, contrary to popular opinion, is eminently achievable — but only if the current legal framework and attitude toward space can be shifted toward seeing it as a realm not just of human exploration, but also of human enterprise.”
But I don’t think it’s stalled, nor has space been a realm just human exploration.
It seems to me that any plans of any private effort of human enterprise,
begin with [after the effort of raising capital] exploration.
The simple fact is there has been a lack of exploration, and the situation with space is we some vague clues about resource available in Space, but we lack details that would lead us to know their are resources in the vastness of space, which at exact locations.
NASA spent hundreds of billions of dollars with Shuttle Program, with one the main purposes of lowering cost to get into space. Which is failed
miserable in this purpose, and if anything drove up the costs of getting into space.
If instead NASA took the view that exploration could lowering the cost of doing anything in space, NASA would actually lower the cost of getting into space. With wonderful bonus of NASA actually doing what it was established to do. We did want a government rocket build company, which now consuming a huge part of NASA’s human spaceflight budget.
And rocket building only has vague idea of what it’s going to do with these rockets if ever built- which will be decades in the future.
Building rockets is not exploration, NASA should focus on doing exploration in the near term.
The major things NASA has failed to do is exploration and the establish of fuel depots in space.
And this is obvious. And once this is recognized, NASA should do, one of following: continue to build rocket and paid for other parties to do the task it should have done, or stop building rocket, and do exploration and the establish of fuel depots in space. Or compromise of either.
But decades without exploration seems bad choice.
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