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Comment Going to School (Score 1) 320

That morning I was getting ready to go to class, in my last quarter of senior year at university. The one thing I remember vividly was getting home late that evening to find the picture of Columbia on her launch pad had fallen from the wall and the glass and frame had shattered. It was eerie and most likely coincidence, but gave me time to ponder what had happened that morning as I swept up the glass. That evening President Reagan came on television to speak to the nation, having decided to defer his state of the union message to instead deliver an extraordinary speech to lead the nation in mourning, while pointing to a bright future in space. A day that can never be forgotten.

Comment Re:Ok first... (Score 2) 162

I own a non-wi-fi electric kettle, which takes me a total of less than 10 seconds to walk to and flick the switch each morning to start the boil; 30 seconds if I must fill it from the tap. The internet-of-things seems to be a baseless bunch of nonsense for the purpose of proving something can be done, no matter if it should be done at all. Gosh, just think of those folks who have to literally go out to draw water from a well or river, while simultaneously scrounging wood sticks to build a fire to boil water.

Comment Re: Yay for price drop (Score 1) 130

abundant supply of product "should" cause price to drop according to economics, however, as we can see on a daily basis that seems to not be holding true in the fossil fuel (oil) world with the abundant supply of crude oil driving the per bbl price down to levels not seen in decades while the pump price for refined gasoline remains more than double the price which it was at when crude was previously selling at those low bbl price levels.

one would expect no difference in the lithium market, abundant supply just means the profit margin will expand dramatically and consumers will still not see the benefit from economies of scale.


Comment Re:This is why we like C (Score 1) 234

Mod +5 on the Ada observation; I too had friends in the early '90s who had worked on the Ada rewrite which was abandoned, so they ended up at our telecomm firm writing C on our projects, then C++ etc etc. Seems there has been a near continuous chain of ATCS rewrite initiatives since the '80s, none of which has replaced the core systems which very likely still have a good bit of FORTRAN (66 or 77) and COBOL inside.

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