How long can this go on? Every one from the rich 0.1% of Americans, MNCs, two bit countries, supposed allies are all taking pot shots at America in every which way they can. It is time for the Atlas to shrug. The Atlas is not some super duper individual super achiever. It is the middle class of America that is the only one paying their taxes, and supplying canon fodder.
They also had enough money to have a long war of attrition against the video game makers in xbox. They were able to drive Sun out with their money. Then their luck/charm/talent ran out.
I think Ballmer inherited a very large unwieldy and nearly ungovernable organization. All the real genii had either cashed out, burnt out or were pushed out. Near monopoly status meant every one is producing huge torrents of revenue and it was difficult to cull out the wheat from the chaff. Those who remained and got promoted were the third or fourth echelon of talent who excelled in office politics and political intrigue. Much of the credit the media heaped on him in the early were undeserved and so is most of the scorn heaped on him.
Think about it people. Lab meat is here. On your table. Already.
A high efficiency power source, mediated via battery and electric motor is really interesting technology. The locomotives made the switch to diesel electric from steam in 1940s very very swiftly. In just one decade the steam engines were gone. The electric motors are ideal things to turn the wheel. Their torque peaks at zero rpm, exactly when it is needed. IC engines via clutch + transmission + gear box is a hack. But trucks have been using synchromesh transmission and gear box for all these years. Even without a battery in the middle, constant rpm diesel engine producing electricity would have been simpler than the complexity of the gearbox. That is exactly how locomotives work.
It is high time diesel-electric or micro-gas turbine + electric trucks are designed at least experimental platforms.
Or by number of eye-ball-minutes sold to advertizers?
Jean-Michel Claverie: 'We thought it was a property of viruses that they pack DNA extremely tightly into the smallest particle possible, but this guy is 150 times less compacted than any bacteriophage [viruses that infect bacteria].
I am sure this scientist is going to be perplexed by this too. this . I expect him to say, "I expect the human torso to be kind of roundish in cross section and two hands hanging by the side. But this guy is over compacted. We don't understand any thing anymore."