Arizona is located smack dab in the middle of one of the best regions in the world for solar power generation. Why not take full advantage of it?
The thing is that Arizona is right in the part of the USA that is among the best places on Earth for solar power generation, period. There are enough sunny days in much of Arizona where large scale solar power projects are actually financially viable.
It was a joke at the time, but rapid advances in technology in the last year or so could actually turn the "Gmail Motion" idea in actual reality.
However, the process of getting the hack to work wasn't a cheap solution--the process to make it that far was a complicated and expensive process, far beyond the skills of most people. They're going to have to show how it works to Apple engineers to prove the process is repeatable.
I'm running iOS 7.0 on my iPad 2 and did not experience any slowdown issues--in fact, Safari in iOS 7.0 renders web pages a lot faster than before.
However, I did see one noticeable issue: the graphical design--especially the text fonts--don't look good on an iPad 2 with its lower-resolution screen. I've seen the final iOS 7.0 on an 4th-generation iPad and thanks to its "Retina Display" resolution touchscreen, it does look really good.
I think most people are still using hard disks for large-scale primary storage for one reason: they're cheap. I can get a two terabyte Serial ATA Rev. 3.0 (600 MB/second data transfer rate) for just over US$100. Two terabytes of SSD storage would cost 12 to 20 times more expensive--yikes!
True, but note that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket doesn't need a gigantic ground crew at the launch site like you needed with the Space Shuttle. In fact, the crew needed to assemble, test and launch the United Launch Alliance Delta IV or Atlas V rockets are much smaller than they used to be, thanks to much more efficient rocket assembly buildings.
Most corporations have pretty much migrated to Windows 7, not only because of the end of life support issue but also Windows 7 can handle large amounts of RAM, which makes it very useful running multiple corporate custom apps.
In my opinion, Windows 7 is probably the best version of Windows ever released: stable, fast, and most importantly, the user interface is familiar enough that anyone who's used Windows 95 or later can master Windows 7 fairly quickly.
I think the A7 SoC (system on a chip) may be more intended for the iPad than the iPhone. 64-bit memory may make it possible for iPads with as much as 4 GB of RAM, which may become important as iOS apps become more and more sophisticated in future years.
Interestingly, in Japan, where local Japanese dialects are spoken with pride, if you can speak/write fluently the what's known as "hyoujungo" or "standard language" Japanese (the Japanese language taught by schools in Japan from kindergarten on and the reference Japanese dialect used in newspapers/periodicals and TV broadcasts), you can usually converse with most people in Japan in general. Sure, the people of Osaka, Okayama, Fukuoka, etc. speak their own dialects, but most people living there also understand "hyoujungo."
In short, what the Chinese government needs to do is start teaching the Mandarin dialect at ALL schools starting from kindergarten on and require that to graduate high school you have to be fluent in speaking and writing/reading the dialect.
The big issue here--and a lot of people don't want to admit this--is that the biggest determinant of the climate on Earth is this nuclear fireball circa 93 million miles away called the Sun. The Sun's solar radiation and solar wind output--which varies a lot depending on the number of active sunspots--can hugely affect the Earth's climate, as the famous Maunder Minimum when there were no reported sunspots between 1645 and 1715 so clear demonstrated.
The biggest problem for Apple in China is that even though the hardware is potentially capable of supporting it now, the iPhone 4S and 5 does NOT support the unique TD-SCDMA digital cellular network used by China Mobile for its 750 million customers.
Hopefully, when the new iPhone models (5S and the new 5C lower cost model) arrive this fall, it will enable TD-SCDMA support, and that will allow China Mobile to officially support the iPhone so China Mobile customers can buy them at the Apple Store or China Mobile authorized retailers.
I think in the end, once we start to scale up the molten-salt reactors based on Alvin Weinberg's research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, it could open the door for the biggest breakthrough in electricity generation in many, many years.
The liquid fluoride thorium reactor has several major advantages over uranium-fueled reactors:
1. It uses commonly-found thorium-232 dissolved in molten sodium fluoride salts as fuel, vastly cheaper than uranium-235 processed into fuel rods.
2. it does not need a pressurized reactor vessel.
3. It can even use reprocessed spent uranium-235 fuel rods or even plutonium-239 from dismantled nuclear weapons dissolved in molten sodium fluoride salts as reactor fuel.
4. During an emergency (SCRAM) shutdown, all you need to do is dump the liquid fuel mix out of the reactor vessel. It can be done completely mechanically, very important in earthquake-prone areas like Japan or the US West Coast.
5. By using closed-loop Brayton turbines to generate electricity, we eliminate the need for expensive cooling towers or having to locate the reactor site near a large body of cooling water.
6. The amount of nuclear waste generated is very small, and the waste only has a half-life of under 300 years. That means waste disposal can be done at disused salt mines or salt domes--if the nuclear medicine industry doesn't grab it first!
The Department of Energy should help design a "cookie cutter" complete LFTR generating plant rated at 1,000 MW output, and build possibly over 100 of them across the continental USA. This would allow us to phase out many older coal-fired power plants and create enough elecctric generating power to do things like electrifying all our long-distance railroads and even do large-scale water desalinization.
True if if the book requires you flip back and forth between pages a lot.
But you're talking _novels_ to biographies, I prefer an e-book reader. A big problem with the latest bestseller is the physical size of the book, which can make them unwieldy to hold. I ended up reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs on the Kindle app on my iPad 2 because even the iPad 2 is much easier to hold in your hands than the hardcover version of the book, to say the least.
...I like to read it on a e-book reader nowadays.
Here's the problem: hardback novels are big and unwieldy to carry around nowadays. For example, J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" novels from "Goblet of Fire" on are hard to hold even for an adult given the sheer size of the hardback editions. With the current Amazon Kindle e-book reader, I can hold many novels in a single reader, and the device is easy to hold in your hands.