There are capsuleers in New Eden who will never, ever, under any circumstance "sit idle" in space and watch perfectly tuned lasers reduce asteroids into transportable dust/sand/pebbles.
There are capsuleers in New Eden for whom that is the perfect job. Ensconced in their pod they are free to contemplate the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Then there are the vast majority of capsuleers who'd mine asteroids if two conditions were met. One, it would have to be fun. Two, it would have to be profitable. And number two might not count with most of them.
Enter The Venture. My CEO gave each one of us industrial types one as an early Christmas present. It took hardly any time at all to train into it. I flew it for an hour last night mining Arkonor in our wormhole. Here are a few adjectives to describe the experience: fun, fast, hilarious, thought provoking. Okay, that's two words but it fits. Here's why.
There were two Ventures (mine and Tur's) and Spiral in a Mackinaw. When the sleepers arrived to defend their space, Tur stayed in his Venture while Spiral and I reshipped into Drakes. The sleepers couldn't hit the damn thing. With a 1MN AB and low friction nozzles this frigate flies at 2700 m/s plus! With two Cap Recharger IIs, it is cap stable with the AB on. There are enough slots for a couple different fitting styles. You can go a traditional shield tank (but it's still rather paltry.) You can speed fit like I did. There is enough CPU for an Improved Cloaking Device II. It will take a scan probe launcher. Tur fit a smartbomb launcher to his and that was funny as hell to watch. I'm sure there are a few other things that could be done with it - like ECM modules. The point is, this is a versatile ship that can mine anything, including Mercoxit if my computer simulations are correct. Flying it is like flying a hot rod. It is fast, agile and the speed fit can go from standstill to warp in a couple seconds. Last night was the most fun I've ever had while chewing 'roids. The ship is awesome to fly. Oh, and it has a 5000 m3 Ore hold, and though I've not formally done the numbers, compares favorably to the Mackinaw in yield per minute. All together it's a win-win!
This is what it looks like to mine at more than 400 m/s. In the time it took the song to finish, I'd about half filled my hold with Arkonor. This little ship makes mining feel like the Daytona 500 - pun intended. Or, turn it into a Grand Prix if you like. Nothing says you have to orbit in a flat circle.