Nowadays, a quadcore CPU + GPU with LCD controller + LTE/CDMA/HSPA/EDGE/GSM modem + a/b/g/n/ac-Wifi + Bluetooth + GPS/Glonass/Galileo + FM radio + camera controller + Dual-SIM and SD card interface is a 3-chip solution (e.g. MT9565 platform). Mind those chips plus RAM and Flash should be placed directly together, not via contacts to pluggable modules.
Except for the one master, all slave devices on the Ethercat bus need special Ethercat controllers.
You cannot hook up regular Ethernet controllers there, and hooking up a modern
car media player/navigation/controls embedded PC with Ethernet won't work.
I think that's one of the goals when moving to Ethernet.
Try better LED bulbs. I have a few "Philips Master LEDspot HV DimTone" and they can be perfectly dimmed from 50W equivalent to darker than a candle. They even have 2 LED colors built-in so that they can simulate incandescents, going from warm white to orange when dimmed.
For those who have never heard about troy ounces: that's around 3200US$/kg (2500€/kg) for Ruthenium resp. ten times that for Iridium.
You could also build a camera out of a medical X-ray sensor, with pixel size around 150 micron. Sensors are typically 43x43cm (17x17 inch) wide, which might be a problem.
While I have no need for a 20inch 4K tablet, I'm very interested in an affordable monitor based on that panel. Even more if they made it a bit larger, say 24".
When you go to the grocery store [..] I'll bet calculating cost/gram or cost/liter is as much of a challenge in Metric countries as cost/ounce is in the US.
Sorry to interrupt you here, but at least in Germany, shops must state the price per kg or liter on the price tag.
milk: 1 liter is the standard size with sometimes 0.5 liters also being available
cream: 200 grams standard size, some are 150g
A modern AJAX enabled website can spin a 90s computer for a least a little while CPU-wise before loading.
A few years ago, eBay had some flash animation on it's start page showing off a few items with rotation and scaling.
It caused constant 70% CPU load on my 1.8GHz Athlon64!
i++ or ++i or i = i + 1 doesn't generate an atomic operation. You need some intrinsic like Increment(&i) to get that.
That's because Germans are still reluctant to embrace that Credit Card thingie and without that you have to carry cash to a shop.
Germans (actually all Europeans) don't need credit cards because with EC/Maestro cards, they already have something better: free card and transactions for customers, and just 0.3% transaction fee for merchants. Payment is online with PIN against your bank account. AmEx and others don't offer free cards (here) and seem to take 3-5% transaction fee.
Other vendors can do better.
Apple iPod: Just copying audio files to the device doesn't work, special software has to be used, which also updates the index. File and directory names are lost, replaced by has values.
Philips GoGear: You can copy audio files on/off it with any file manager. Directory and file names are preserved. When file system content has been changed, on detach, the device updates the index itself. So you can add/remove tracks with any file manager and the device still can use an index database.
I hope the US gets to adopt SI units before hitting 4.3L/100km in 2025.
I wonder how they came up with US$ 1.90 retail for 500ml in Germany. That's fair for 2 premium or 3 average 500ml units, but not for one. For that price, there is quite some selection of sixpacks at discounters.
And 130km/h (81 mph) is the recommended speed for highways, meaning if conditions are good, you should go at least 81mph.