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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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