Not to mention Airbus would have opened US factories to build the tanker for US Air Force (if they would have won the contract)
If you want to buy something for upwards of six figures, be prepared to pay another six or seven figures for the kind of support you request. I'm assuming that if you bought in 2000 such a device with Windows XP drivers, you would have paid 13 years of support in order to be entitled to request drivers for windows 8.1. Considering the approximate price for 15 years of "Gold" or "Platinum" support, you'd be ahead if you bought a system new.
Or, as it was mentioned previously, companies go out of business, business gets unloaded (Kodak no longer makes hardware, IBM no longer makes desktops and laptops, soon Nokia won't sell mobile phones, and so on.
The plants were stopped. Unfortunately, stopped nuclear plants still produce heat, so they need cooling (lots of cooling at that).
The tsunami broke the cooling installation, so the heat from the "non-functional" reactors (or storage pools or whatever) had nowhere else to go fast. If I remember correctly, two of the nuclear plants were to be decommissioned, and were kept at "zero operating power" (that is, as low as possible). As they weren't cooled enough, they had a heat buildup that ended with meltdown.
Winter gasoline might be "lighter" than summer gasoline, and you might leave your engine running longer to defrost windshield before starting to drive. Even considering that, winter fuel use didn't change much from summer
I have a promotional plastic bag that's used only for milk products (about once a week). It held very well for the last 6 or 7 years, carrying up to 5 liters of milk and some more assorted things (butter, yoghourt,
I pull the plug when I don't want them. That way, they aren't susceptible to voltage spikes and other problems.
My Sony compact audio system uses about 30W while off. My cable box uses about 20, with 10% more if it's on.
Not to mention infrared (IrDA) - it was common on PDAs (and you could connect to an IrDA printer, for example)
Arduino is very "light-duty" - this summer's best Arduino board had an 32-bit ARM processor at some 80 MHz, with 512 kB of flash and 96KB of RAM.
Meanwhile, the Raspberry PI runs at about 1GHz, has 512 MB of RAM.
Meanwhile, an x86 (64 bits) processor runs 4 or more cores at 3+ GHz and can access 16+ GB of RAM.
None of it is "better" than the other, they're just optimal for different tasks - Arduino for easy hardware work, prototyping and very low power, Raspberry PI for more processing power at a low price, and so on. Just like some people need a semi and some need an ultracompact car
Apple's retina at 2880 by 1800 is 1440x900 quad - and 1440x900 is a the resolution for 19" or so widescreen displays
"the availability of that process was predicted by Moore's Law"
The Moore's Law apply only retroactively. This being said, while transistor density might not improve according to Moore's Law, usually you have increases in one or more of the main metrics (power density, switching speed, leaked power, works on lower voltage,
And, if you're an important foundry partner, you know about the foundry's plans - and can design something for the manufacturing capabilities of next year. On a two years, it's somewhat of a gamble, as you don't really know which advance will come next - or should I say which will be production-ready by then. If your target is a specific quarter, you might miss your shot due to lower-than-expected yields for example (or higher-than-expected yields coming a quarter or two before your design is fully ready). This yields improvement business is mostly trial-and-error stuff, and sometimes yields decrease until the cause is found and repaired.
There is enough "excess void" in the brake booster to safely use the brake (full depression) twice (maybe more). On an '92 Passat it was about four "halfway brake pedal press" (decent enough braking) until the pedal became very heavy. On a 2000 Astra it's about twice half presses with engine just stopped.
Three times the mass won't help you at all if you hit a concrete bridgepost. And will make only a 5% or so difference if you hit a loaded semi. My '92 Passat was better in many ways than my 2000 Astra G - but safety most certainly wasn't one of those.
If you change wheel sizes, then you should be able to adjust the reading. External circumference of allowed wheel sizes for a certain vehicle can vary quite a bit, if I remember correctly.
I've just checked, and for Opel Astra G legal tire circumference varies beetween 72.5 inches (165/70 R14) and 78.1 inches (205/55R16), a 7% difference. One might want to use a type of tire for summer and another for winter (for example). While lower/higher indicated speed wouldn't be such a problem, maybe the fuel efficiency "hit" shown on the trip monitor might be a different thing.