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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the Applied-SiddhÄnta dept.

Popeidol writes:

"In November, India took the next step in their space program by launching their Mangalyaan Mars orbiter. The orbiter won't arrive for a while yet, but they've managed to get some public attention for a different reason: the fact that the entire mission costs only 75 million dollars, substantially less than the budget for the hit movie 'Gravity.'

While the question of wages is bound to come up (it was only 15% of the budget of the project), I think we can all agree that bringing down the cost of interplanetary space travel to a level attainable by the ultra-rich is a good step forward."

 
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  • (Score: 1) by buswolley on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:49PM

    by buswolley (848) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:49PM (#1756)

    I often entertain the idea that we live in a simulation, and that in the *real* world we are playing a videogame and forgot about our real lives while in our incubators, or our brains completely virtualized.

    Then I think about this world, and how we might soon face these possibilities to 'sink further into the matrix.'
    Then I get a happy thought when I realize that the people whom might first get lost would be the ultra rich.

    --
    subicular junctures
  • (Score: 1) by Foobar Bazbot on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:25AM

    by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @07:25AM (#2202) Journal

    possibilities to 'sink further into the matrix.'

    A reality-is-fake SF film from 1999, yes.
    The Matrix, no. (Not eXistenZ, either.)
    Here's the reference you were looking for. [wikipedia.org]