japlemon: TIm Horton's is terrible.Coffee? SucksDonuts? Premade, frozen, flavorlessWhy is this place big in Canada, again?
Vaneshi: FARK rebel soldier: Seriously though I've heard lift costs are always going to be so high we'll never really live in space. :-(It depends. A lot of the cost predictions make assumptions about technological progress. As an example: there will never be a SSTO space plane. We'll always be using expensive rockets. And so on and so forth.Now I admit that the engineering and metallurgical knowledge to so something 'scifi' like a space elevator is a hell of a long way off (ignoring the fact such a hyper-structure would span national boundaries and you've politics to worry about) but private companies such as Space X have already brought the cost to orbit under predictions that were written off as fanciful only a decade ago and they're working hard to bring it down further.And a few companies are looking at the old SSTO concepts with a more modern eye as well, NASA's scramjet stuff (if it ever works properly) would be quite useful that such a beast.
FrancoFile: We're not too far off. 3-D printing, teleoperation, hydroponics -- now just get a big chunk of regolith from the moon or a near-earth asteroid for resources, and away you go. I want an automated solar-cell factory on the moon to set up a linear accelerator - then we can get aluminum, iron, and oxygen anywhere we want it.
kittenfoo: They'll need a tip jar with a small slot on top. Otherwise all the tips will float away.
Vaneshi: FrancoFile: We're not too far off. 3-D printing, teleoperation, hydroponics -- now just get a big chunk of regolith from the moon or a near-earth asteroid for resources, and away you go. I want an automated solar-cell factory on the moon to set up a linear accelerator - then we can get aluminum, iron, and oxygen anywhere we want it.I don't think that's too far off either. If things keep going the way they are then 30 - 40 years would be my estimate.I've always pondered if the idea mentioned in the comic Transmetropolitan had merit: cover Mercury in solar panels and use microwave transmissions (and a lot of relays) to beam power to Earth. It's described as "lossy as all hell" (which I think it would be) but it provides more power than the planet will ever need for the foreseeable future.Again 30 - 40 years and we might have construction drones (because we sure as shiat ain't sending a human) that can take the kind of beating building stuff that close to Sol would dish out.
Quantum Apostrophe: Well you're not colonizing the Galaxy without coffee, are you?
stuffy: Will they have fresh fruit smoothies?
StatelyGreekAutomaton: In addition, it becomes a lot simpler to send Bruce Willis up there to save us whenever need be.
AlanSmithee: I had a buddy who was a true Timster.Out of necessity on a trip with me, he found himself having to slurp up some McDonald's coffee.He switched after two cups! And he's not the first one I know that's converted./me, don't like coffee much.
Freschel: So hating Tim Hortons is now cool and trendy? Of course anything that attracts and made popular by the LCD, AKA mouth breathers, deserves your hate.
ReluctantPaladin: I don't know if this is urban legend or what but I heard that the coffee supplier for McDonald's USED to be the coffee supplier for Tim Horton's.
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