Those older technologies might be more wasteful in spectrum use... they most of the time are technologically less sophisticated which means easier to maintain in wartime.
An AM radio is much simpler to build and operate than your latest incarnation of an 'industry standard' 'packet switched' consumer communication device with built in audio compression. The latter needs several black boxes called 'microprocessors' and other hard to replace stuff. The former needs only a hand full of analog semiconductors or a few tubes. For some things, bandwith is not the primary concern. Also, many of those black boxes mentioned earlier don't mix very well with 'space'.
Those older technologies might be more wasteful in spectrum use... they most of the time are technologically less sophisticated which means easier to maintain in wartime.
To start with the actual lightbulbs: High yield white light LED technology. Sure, the photoelectric effect has been known for about a century. It took a while for the first practical applications to be available. LEDs being one of them. But you can't compare those little signalling LEDs of a few decades ago with the current lightbulb replacing LED technology. Of course this technology is a mix of other technologies, but quite a few of them are quite recent (as in max. decades old, not centuries).
The article mentions the Telephone as a truly innovative invention. But doesn't that in its turn used microphone, speaker and signal transportation technology of that time?
If the time frame for 'recent' is 'last half century' or so, I'd say there have been true inventions in, optical disk technology, various microprocessor advancements, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence hardware, gene manipulation, solar cell technology and various other fields. Too many to mention.
If algorithms can be inventions as well, we have never been as innovative as we are now. Look at all the new search technologies, data-mining for targeted ads, again AI algorithms, mostly visible to the general public in computer games, audio and video compression codecs, speech recognition, synthesis and language translation... the list goes on and on...
Disturbing Ancient Non-Linear systems is a recipe for disaster.
What are you blabbering about? They're not disturbing an ancient system, they are making an entirely new one. That the end-result, a small string of amino acids, is about the same, is the only thing it has in common with the ribosome. Humans already make custom proteins on a massive scale... in yeast tanks with genetically modified yeast, for example. And that works a lot faster than this little Rotaxane thingie.
The ribosome, the molecular machine that translates our genetic code to build the body’s proteins, is a mechanical marvel. Now, chemists have invented a nanomachine that can achieve a similar feat.
That doesn't sound like they are making a Frankenstein's monster, protein by protein, now... does it? Please read the article(s) first before you sprout any nonsense. There are genetic engineering processes commonly used today which are definitely much more dangerous than a piece of molecular Meccano, stringing a small peptide (sorry if I make it sound simple, it's still an enormous achievement to get something like this working and I'm not a biochemist so I'll have to treat the parts that go beyond my knowledge with proper awe
The devil is in the details. I don't say you HAVE to trust your government, just that it's sorry IF you CAN'T trust the government. But then, maybe this is all because of cultural differences and we'll never agree.
Now, in what world would you live if you actually COULD trust the government to do good things and they would? Or if you knew that when they did wrong it could be amended just by a proper re-vote instead of having to implement drastic measures like carving the right to bear arms into a constitution which will fly out of the window anyway if a government really wants to implement evil... and in the mean time will inflict all kinds of harm to society. (Excuse me if I'm uninformed but I regularly read about all kinds of nasties happening over the pond, like public place mass murders, children having gun accidents, increased rates of crimes with lethal consequences etc. Here those things are... drastically less frequent.) Of course, it's your nation.. your peoples decisions. Not wanting to lecture here but please do allow me to find things odd, as you do about us.
Think about it.
Now, mod me into oblivion if you're a true patriot. I'm nothing of the sort. But I am someone willing to trust until someone shatters it... within common sense of course. I'm not that much willing to hand over advance fees to Nigerian princes.
No... People want to have a murder solved. There is a difference. And if you can't trust your government then you live in a very sorry nation indeed.
The hard part is voting the right people in to be your political leaders. Now I don't say everything is all shiny here in the Netherlands because it isn't. But at least we know we can vote every four years and have a choice of political parties to choose from who are actually -different-. And that an absolute majority is a herculean task to achieve so we always have coalitions. Which is good because it means politics has to care about minorities. So, next time you go to the voting box (if you actually do live in the Netherlands), do not vote for the party(/ies) that try to relax the privacy laws so you can actually put a little trust into the government for not randomly trying to fuck you up.
By the way, just in: nu.nl. The second, minute DNA test (which took 6 hours to perform) also identifies the suspect as the one matching the traces both on the victims body and the lighter found at the scene of the crime.
And of course you shouldn't trust my translations. The 'spokeswomen of the PC' actually is the spokeswoman for the NFI.
Still it's very clear from all articles I read from 'decent' press resources, the DNA evidence will never be the sole evidence a suspect will be convicted upon. However it is enough evidence to arrest a suspect. There already were clues the suspect had to be local. This DNA search wouldn't have happened in the first place if there weren't.
All tests were done voluntarily. Of course that doesn't exclude social pressure. If that has influenced the suspect to hand over his DNA, we'll only know when he, or his (either chosen or assigned) lawyer says something about it. It doesn't help to speculate about that now.
That such a large part of the population submitted his DNA doesn't surprise me the slightest. Here in the Netherlands there is still an amount of trust between the peoples and the officers of the law. And material like this ever being handed over to private parties (like insurance companies) is unfathomable. Also there are some good privacy regulations in place. Some politicians (especially those of right-wing parties) would very much like them relaxed but.. for now they still hold... most of the time. What we (the Dutch) should take care about is not voting politicians into office that would like to abolish such regulations. Because that would turn things for the worst like it did in some other first world countries where there is no more trust between people and 'the law'.
Everybody in the Dutch talks as if the man is convicted already.
This is the news article from the major Dutch online newspaper. Put it through Google translate if you don't trust my translations:
AMSTERDAM - A suspect has been apprehended in the 'Marianne Vaatstra' case. The Procesution Councel (PC) confirmed it this monday morning.
The Justice dept. will not reveal any details for now. The PC and Frysian police force will hold a press conference 18:00 CET in Drachten.
The Dutch Forensics Institution (NFI) is currently performing a minute double-check of the identity of the suspect.
"For both PC and police force it's of major concern we only submit an official statement to the press when it's certain the identity of the suspect is confirmed without question by the NFI."
Moreover [the spokeswoman of the PC] emphasizes DNA will 'never be enough', "there always will need to be more evidence".
What do you need a good [b]desktop[/b] OS for to play a game? It's only useful for support features as a console menu is useful to console games. As long as the graphics drivers are stable, featurefull and fast, there is enough support in your OS to start the game, do some configuring and maybe some support apps on the side, you should be good to go. Both Windows OS and a fully kitted out X are overkill.
Awesome potential. No research to speak of (compared to the 'other' nuclear fission).
That one will need a lot-lot-lot of research to become economically viable. Yes, we all know the articles that pop up from time to time and the fact that it was researched in the past and all 'forgotten' because it couldn't make Pu. And that everywhere around the world there are small cells of underfunded, understaffed, under-appreciated researchers still working on it.
Personally I'd very much like the tech being available and ready for use. But it isn't. And as long as there is no corporate America or scientific Europe or 'communist' China willing to sink some major time+money in it, it won't happen. India seems to work on something in that direction but even then, how many decades do you think it'll take before that is going somewhere and is your country willing to import an Indian reactor model? And when it does... there will be certification which will take more time+money. And when we have that certification for a particular set-up, we'll need to convince all those NIMBYs it really isn't all that bad.
When the first Thorium reactor opens at last we probably have ITER already breaking the net-energy barrier and all of us who are having this discussion here, retired and chasing kids off our lawns. That is
There is much more research going on in improving efficiency of solar and wind and even in nuclear fusion than there is on Thorium. The way I see it currently, the world will have efficient renewables covering most of the energy production (certainly for domestic use) first, then a break-through in fusion and the first solely-built-for-commerce fusion plant one decade later. The second generation fusion plants in another decade will make energy so abundant we no longer want to pump oil but rather generate the fuel from thin air... And then somewhere in half a century a dusty old tech museum, only we granpas tend go to, opens an exhibition about the energy source that never happened. The exhibition is called 'The Thorium Cycle'. The youths we just chased off our lawns just won't care... or if they have an interest in antiquated tech will take the full immersion virtual tour from their couch.
I tend to disagree. I did read Snow Crash and found it a rather enjoyable (and not too long of a) story. To compare it to 'Ron' I'd consider quite a low, even for an AC. As I remember it didn't really have math in there and maybe that did put you off if you were looking for it in there specifically...
If Cryptonomicon is as good as almost everyone here claims it is I should get me a copy
None of those things are necessities for life. To survive, to be alive, I do not need to use on-line vendors.
Here in the Netherlands we increasingly need to... Various government taxes already can only, be handled online. Currently the taxes that can only be handled online are those for all (small and large) businesses. And if those businesses refuse they are put out of business. Individuals can still get a paper form for their income tax but it's already strongly discouraged. More and more parts of the government are going an online-mostly or only route, not only for additional stuff but the essentials.
Many businesses stopped sending bills through 'snail' mail. Most communication businesses (telephone, cable and internet providers) were the first to do so. Banks are decreasing their number of offices throughout the country rapidly. Most of the time only the major cities still have one (1) office where you can do your banking business. (Such an office would have to serve ten of thousands of customers if not a majority was doing his/ber banking online.) For the rest they only offer online services. The least expensive health-insurers (with the basic package) only offer you service if they can send bills electronically and medicine can only be ordered through an internet-apothecary (after you get a prescription by a certified GP or specialist of course).
With other things, not interacting online causes a hefty financial penalty. Getting your receipts through mail is a value-added option, not included in the basic packages for those businesses still offering it that don't have to send you the actual goods by mail (like shops... which are cheaper most of the time, by the way, if you order the goods online). The best deals on contracts for electricity, cooking gas, all insurances, savings accounts, mortgages and other financial products, communication products, etc. are found online.
If you want to access the educational system, you have to be online, if only it was to sign up for an actual school or university (for college education or equivalents or better).
A person in the Netherlands which doesn't have access to the internet has either a very poor standard of living or a very high one (because he can afford to opt-out).
I would say, here in the Netherlands the ability to have an internet connection capable of doing all this described above is a right. Of course that does not imply you should get a connection for free. You should still pay a proper (but also limited) fee for your connection if you decide to use the services of a provider that provides you with said internet connection. The providers however are (and increasingly so) regulated, for example, by means of laws for things like net-neutrality and the anti-telecoms-monopoly agency OPTA. And there are also government subsidies for providers willing to implement connections to places less profitable. Which is all fair, considering you can't really live in the Netherlands without having an internet connection of some sorts.
This route may have road closures.
*Sprays drink through nose upon keyboard
Why isn't there a route with a ferry through the Bering strait nowadays? The wonderful, carbon-dioxide induced temperatures should make that one easy to pull off, you'd think
I didn't know 1 euro converts to $2.48 these days.
Because in the Netherlands (fourth cheapest on the chart) the retail price, including VAT and alcohol taxes at one of the more expensive supermarkets of 500ml premium beer (Grolsch in this instance; also one of the more expensive 'normal' beers) is about € 1. That should be somewhere around $1.20-1.30... No way beer is on average twice that amount for half a liter!
Link to webshop of supermarket: http://webwinkel.ah.nl/process?search_parameter=grolsh&catacodestyle=AH&action=albert_noscript.modules.build
Minimum wage before state insurances and income tax in the Netherlands for everyone 23 and older is €1,456.20 on basis of a 40 hours week. This is about €1,230 after taxes.
40 hours = 2400 minutes. 1,230/2400 = 51.25 €cents / minute. Which would make a Dutch person on minimum wage work 1 minute and 57 seconds for his beer.
With 'public' I meant a government working for its citizens.. at least, in a country where government functions, has also the interest of the public in mind and gets evaluated by its citizens, for example through a system of elections. It's true that 'public' works with $$$ as well but it doesn't work with $$$ for $$$ sake as most $$$ based groups do (call them corporations, if you want). There lies the difference. A country with not too much of a debt can be independently wealthy. It's got resources, an infrastructure and a tax paying population. That governments now have a problem extracting & spending enough $$$ isn't because there isn't enough $$$. I would even say there is too much of it. It's partly because of bad government, partly because certain $$$ groups preyed on the 'public', partly external circumstances. Amongst others, the rising prices of finite resources because we're going through them at an alarming rate.
There is still something called 'law', where you come from, I hope? You know, that which, amongst other things, can put limits on the things you and everybody else can do with $$$. That stuff that's made and updated by politicians, applied by the DOJ and other governmental bodies and examined and judged for fairness by judges and lawyers. $$$ shouldn't be a primary motivation with this 'law' thing. It should also look at things like morals, fairness, basic human freedoms. If $$$ was a primary motivation with this 'law' thing, I would call that corruption.
In extent, if 'public' would equate primarily to $$$ I would call that corruption too.
That depends on your political and economic points of view. I'm actually more in favour of a 'Rhineland model' economy myself and have a slightly socialist political bias. In the U.S. that would translate as 'communist', probably. Here it would be 'liberal socialist'.