I never looked at it this way, but the argument is astonishingly convincing.
On a mission like that, your might survive one major thing going wrong, but the second mishap will kill you. You can't duct-tape your way out of misfortune after misfortune in space.
See Apollo 13. One thing went wrong, and it took all the engineering and duct-taping skills (literally) to get the crew back alive.
However, even in case of catastrophe, it means that, what, six people die who signed up for this voluntarily and made history already?
In 1983, the 68k had been out for a few years already and new 8-bit computer designs were doomed.
Yes, I found this part of the article amusing too.
C128s were cobbled together from too many different parts. And they appeared when the 8-bit generation was already on its way out.
However, the C128 mode had its uses. The BASIC was had lots of additional features (commands for music, graphics, sprites), and it had a built-in sprite editor. If you didn't know the C64 inside out and could do these things in assembly (blindfolded), the C128 mode gave you much more access to the machines capabilites. Too bad no company ever came up with a killer 8-bit machine. Z80 CPU, more than 64 kB RAM, sound and graphics like SID and VIC-II.
Actually, it's not. If your body tried to minimize its entropy, you'd end up frozen or your body separated into its constituent atoms.
I guess you're trying to describe the concept of homeostasis, which is in fact part of the "official" definition of life. One thing living things do is use energy to keep their internal state constant even against outside influences. This is different from trying to minimize entropy.
I wonder how much extra tax money from alcohol sales a state could make if it lowered the drinking age to 18
Possibly. Something like that might make for an interesting scene in a movie. Captured subject utters a seemingly nonsensical phrase and interrogation-bot suddenly turns on the captors. Ooops.
Yes, once the design phase of millions of years is over, manufacturing can happen rapidly an in large numbers.