According to some online book weight calculator I randomly tried, a 500 page, common-sized book may weigh 700 grams. So the shelf could hold 170 books before approaching the weight of a 120 kg operator. That's a lot of books for one shelf. In all likelihood the shelves hold fewer than 170 books.
More than likely OSHA and operator safety, too. I didn't read the FA, but I imagine most of the shelves -- even when full -- weigh substantially less than a 120 kg warehouse worker.
What are you guys considering cheap? My cheap $50 meter has a current probe. $50 is dirt cheap by Fluke standards.
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Technology aside, there simply wasn't incentive to optimize steel use. There was no foreign competition, all of the steel was made in North America, and the big three all paid the same price for it. Fuel was cheap and so weight wasn't an issue.
Technologically, though, the mass commercially available steels were crap by today's standards. At best they materials that were 150 megapascal ultimate tensile strength (MPa UTS, which is one of the many characteristics that describe metal behaviours). Need a stronger body part? Use thicker steel. These days, though, we have commercially available steels commonly used in car bodies that are up to 1000 MPa UTS. As an aside this is also one of the principle reasons that aluminum never came into wider use (and cost and spot-market requirements, etc.): steel kept getting better and cheaper.
Consider also, back in those days cars were predominantly body-on-frame. Most of what we would call structure today depended solely on the chassis frame. The body essentially had to hold its shape. Unibody changed this, and early unibody cars tended to use thicker gages of steels because all they had were low strength steels. Even today, light trucks tend to have less sheet metal structure and more dependency on the chassis frame.
In the 1950's as well as the 2010's materials testing is highly mechanical. Yes, CAE technologies help greatly to optimize body structures, but it wasn't necessary in the 1950's (and before and after) for the reasons above. However to say that they didn't have budgets for materials testing and development is unfair to them.
A lot of big, western companies — like mine — already provide our own internet infrastructure and have access to the internet at large. All of our employees are free to read the New York Times, American version of Google, or have FaceBook accounts. And if we don't mind going through the company servers for stuff at home, the company VPN works everywhere in China.
The point of this move in the FA, though, is that China will license private ISP's to provide this service to anyone or company in the free trade zones. *This* would be of great convenience, and I wish I were in this zone. I use China Telecom now and have 50 Mbs fiber service. It's fast as hell and dirt cheap (by American standards), but my connection slows to a crawl as soon as I start routing all of my traffic through a single, private VPN pipe to Germany or California or Sweden.
As says the title, Not cousin. Half-brother.
Airports. Those are people commuting between cities.
And in general, comfort. Sure, we mostly fit into small cars. I love having fun in a tricked out Fiesta. But when I spend more than 1/2 hour in a car not having fun, I want it to be spacious, like my house.
Even before all Americans were obese, we loved our space.
I'm not daring enough to suggest that I have all the answers to make things better, but I know enough to know what would make things worse. Before we start improving, we have to stop getting worse.
If I have to pick one thing that might have a chance at breaking the two party system, then I'd suggest holding instant runoff elections for popular contests.
We're in a mess, but direct democracy would screw up the mess that much more. Hello, proposition 8? Mob rule will never accomplish much.
>>In reality, EA is just the worst corporation according to people who read The Consumerist.
I’d argue that this is proof that EA is one of the *best* companies in America according to people who read The Consumerist. Or mot popular if not best. Disclaimer: I read that site. I'm an old man who gets to the articles through an ancient technology called RSS using a service on its death bed called Google Reader.
Look at the original brackets: http://consumerist.com/2013/03/27/meet-your-worst-company-in-america-no-so-sweet-16/ -- it’s a popularity contest.
Chase has more customers than Wells-Fargo, so Chase wins its first round. Apple versus Microsoft: more front-facing customers. Dish vs. DirectTV.
The contest result is bullshit, because the design of the contest is bullshit.
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In 2009 I used my fancy new iPhone instead of the company phone to call in to a meeting while connecting in Dallas. I was surprised that I was charged nearly $20 for that phone call. Then I realized: legacy circa 2001 Cingular regional calling plan, which AT&T allowed me to add my data plan to.
Every time I return to the USA I stop by the T-Mobile store and ask for a couple of Micro SIM's and a few days of air time. There's never any pressure to add data to my Phone or my wife's. When I finally repatriate, T-Mobile will be given very serious consideration, unless they do something stupid between now and then.
January 23th is the date of the press release. Just... I guess that's minor compared to alleged encryption issues.