Uh, no. West Germany largely recovered on its own. They didn't have access to Marshall Plan funds until after their economic recovery had started. In fact the US and its allies started the postwar period by removing lots of valuables (coal and steel industry, patents, scientists) from Germany.
Small A-pillars were SOP when behavior in a crash wasn't subject to legislation. As a result, you'd have A-pillars that buckled into the passenger compartment at the slightest provocation.
These days, the goal is a door frame strong enough that you can still open the door after a crash.
ISS power budget is 75-90 kW.
Same with 3D printers. Have you seen the list of materials Shapeways can print in?
I'm not arguing a machine shop isn't useful. Just saying there are greater barriers to entry than with 3D printing.
Then you haven't been paying much attention wrt creativity. 3D printing is transforming my hobby (building scale models).
The drawback of the traditional machine shop is the long learning curve. I've had a lathe for about 2 years now, and I still feel I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do. This is caused by fear: getting it wrong means potentially wrecking the machine. And lack of time (to go on a metalworking course, for instance).
The same thing has held me back from buying a CNC mill: it'd take years before I could do much with it.
I've had a much easier time getting into 3D printing. Now part of that is the fact I can outsource the actual printing (Shapeways) so all I have to do is learn how to draw in a 3D CAD program. I haven't found places that offer one-off CNC jobs in the same vein.
This drivel is scored +5, Insightful?
A text-only terminal is barely adequate for basic data entry, and useless at anything else. Guess what, basic data entry's about 1% of what office workers need to do these days. On an average day I write documents, create and edit drawings, and I create programs and scripts. All of which benefit from having 24" pixel-addressable screens and a decent GUI. Force me to work on a fucking terminal and my productivity goes through the floor.
Your job is to SUPPORT the users, not hinder them at every turn.
The move to 32-layer 3D VNAND 3-bit MLC flash brings pricing down to the
which didn't make sense to me. Luckily Anandtech has a non-gibberish explanation:
Rather than increasing density by shrinking cell size, Samsung's V-NAND takes a few steps back in process technology and instead stacks multiple layers of NAND cells on top of one another.
With V-NAND, Samsung abandons the floating gate MOSFET and instead turns to its own Charge Trap Flash (CTF) design. An individual cell looks quite similar, but charge is stored on an insulating layer instead of a conductor. This seemingly small change comes with a bunch of benefits, including higher endurance and a reduction in overall cell size. That's just part of the story though.
V-NAND takes this CTF architecture, and reorganizes it into a non-planar design. The insulator surrounds the channel, and the control gate surrounds it. The 3D/non-planar design increases the physical area that can hold a charge, which in turn improves performance and endurance.
The final piece of the V-NAND puzzle is to stack multiple layers of these 3D CTF NAND cells. Since Samsung is building density vertically, there's not as much pressure to shrink transistor sizes. With relaxed planar space constraints, Samsung turned to an older manufacturing process (30nm class, so somewhere between 30 and 39nm) as the basis of V-NAND.
By going with an older process, Samsung inherently benefits from higher endurance and interference between cells is less of an issue. Combine those benefits with the inherent endurance advantages of CTF and you end up with a very reliable solution. Whereas present day 19/20nm 2-bit-per-cell MLC NAND is good for around 3000 program/erase cycles, Samsung's 30nm-class V-NAND could withstand over 10x that (35K p/e cycles).
Birds are notoriously squishy. A drone carries one or more electric motors and a battery pack, both of which are rather denser and less breakable than bird bones.
Doesn't anyone hibernate their computer at the end of the day? 8 GBx365 days = 3 TB in one year for my main machine.
As if the US isn't knee-deep in accurate printed versions of all of those documents.