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Why space travel will have to be a mercantile monopoly, Part 1: It will need perfect software, and it will need to make money

Mercantilism used to be the norm. Countries waged economic war by launching expeditions using state-of the-art vessels (sailing and steam ships) to capture monopoly trade by whatever means possible – bribery, threats, even warfare (like the Opium Wars in China). … Continue reading

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Why space travel will have to be a mercantile monopoly, Part 2: Quality = time * $$$

There is an old saying: software can have quality, features or be on time. Pick two. Those three factors – features, time, and money – define the software development process. Features are the definitive characteristic – that defines the battleground, … Continue reading

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Why space travel will have to be a mercantile monopoly, Part 3: Competition=crap software

Why will it take a monopoly for us to conquer interstellar travel? Because software written in a competitive environment is always riddled with bugs. Note the qualifier here: a competitive environment. I could probably say all software with some confidence, … Continue reading

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Why space travel will have to be a mercantile monopoly, Part 4: No one tests enough

Complex systems require complex tests. Remember 42? Douglas Adams’ conceit that the entire world was a computer built to answer a question and the answer was 42? Adams was, I believe, quite the technologist. He even wrote a computer game … Continue reading

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Why space travel will have to be a mercantile monopoly, Part 5: bugs

Yes I’m starting at the end because the way the blog will appear to anyone who finally gets around to reading it, will be upside down. Blogs are a pain that way. Bugs, they’re not just for breakfast So, what … Continue reading

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We can’t even make the same car for Europe and the US, how will we colonize space?

There was a great podcast recently on Planet Money (Episode 533) about how we can’t buy the same car in Europe and in the U.S. because all the regulations are different. How smooth the exterior is, what color are the … Continue reading

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Pat Hayden Jones Lives

210,735 words 8 decades of story 95 days in a young man’s life. 1,060 light years And this is just the beginning.

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