FWIW, the Audi dealer still lists... must be at least 95% of the parts for my 80's audi, down to the nut. I don't think any american marque does that..
Of course they charge you for it, but they do carry it.
This is not Canada bending over for Amerika, It's Harper saying "Screw you" you're not going to threaten Canadians.
Bullshit. Harper lives to bend over for Americans. He'll do it without them even asking.
I'm not british and like jaffa cakes. orange and chocolate is an awesome combination.
Lithium cells are pretty benign in general. There are a few variants in chemistry, the worst would probably be the cobalt based ones. (others use various combinations of iron, nickel, manganese, and phosphorous, which are pretty tame). Though the cobalt variants are quite common.
NiCd is far worse, cadmium is fairly nasty... much more than cobalt.
In every 'dead' laptop battery I've torn down, one cell (or pair, in parallel) is totally kaput, and the remaining cells retain at least 50% of their nameplate capacity. Protection circuitry will lockout recharging of the whole pack, which wouldn't work with the dead cell anyway.
So the battery as a whole is utterly useless for the laptop, but 2/3rds of the cells or more have some life left in them, for other purposes.
I imagine a lot of the too-cheap-to-be-true off-label replacement laptop batteries are in fact combinations of two dead ones, with the remaining functioning cells rewired into one working (but lower capacity) pack. Certainly seems about right judging by the performance of them, anyway.
I noticed that Intersil still makes a rad-hard variant of the awful RCA 1802. (you know, the CPU in a COSMAC ELF).
When I saw that, I figured NASA and or the DoD probably give them enough money to make it worth their while... so they must use that antique for something.