Probably. I must be getting too old for slashdot, because I'd rather concede the point instead of arguing until my dying breath over slight nuances of words and corporate governance.
No doubt it was a different time. In addition to few external competitors, the entire world was rebuilding due to WWII and recovering from a decade of pent up desire from the Great Depression.
No. They're more like Ford/Mazda, wherein Ford owned a big chunk (49%) of Mazda. Hyundai owns ~40% of Kia. Not the same company.
'In living memory'? Ask George Takei what he remembers from his childhood.
Now if only trucks or trains could be used to transport lithium...
How many factory workers were middle class, during this heyday of which you speak?
In the 50's and 60's? Most of them.
I was born ready.
Oh, well that's different then.
I was thinking Gentlemen, Be Seated!
Then, Reagan came into office and lowered that top rate. All of a sudden, the government deficits started going up and work didn't get done. Millionaires started using their new buckets of money for speculation. Now, we're in a recession as a result of Wall Street speculation and we can't fix a fucking pothole let alone pave a single new freeway.
By standard and by law, a "k" is x1000, an "M" is x1,000,000, and so on, and NOTHING else. Standards groups like IEC and IEEE are unanimous: they ALWAYS mean a power of 10. There have already been a number of court cases where someone used "K" etc. to mean binary prefixes, and every time they have had to concede (and typically end up paying up in out-of-court settlements). Examples include Willem Vroegh v. Eastman Kodak Company and Cho v. Seagate Technology (US) Holdings, Inc.
And don't tell me that computers "always" use base 2 measurements. Hard disk drives, clock cycles, and bandwidth are typically measured using base-10 prefixes (multipliers of 10^3). Yes, RAM has been traditionally been measured using prefixes that imply powers of 2, but the errors have been getting worse and worse as the numbers get larger.
Technologists should care about being precise. If you can't tell what a number means, that is a problem. The binary prefixes are a nice solution to a widespread problem. If you don't care about precision, use whatever term you want. But when you want to measure accurately, use the right units.
"Heads, I win, tails, you lose" isn't a new scenario.
The militaries of the world take people who are 'just' farmers all the time. Most equipment is made to be operated by and maintained by average guys of average intelligence. (Depending on the level of mechanization of the farm, the proverbial farmer may be overqualified to operate some machinery)
He's one cowboy away from a Brokeback Mountain.
How do you lose the advantage of the skin when it is cut prior to cooking? I'm seriously at a loss here.
(As far as your other observations, I don't know. Seems odd to me that you couldn't find something considerably better than TH for considerably less than $100. I suspect part of the problem is not knowing the area and which non-chain restaurants to hit. Chains are almost invariably aimed at the lowest common denominator)