Blame the high cost of maintaining (and upgrading) the poles and wires used to get the electricity from where its generated to where its used. (and the need to engineer that infrastructure to handle the highest possible forecast demand)
I have also seen/heard of circumstances where "doing the minimum to keep the thing working" is allowed but actually improving the code is not because improving the code counts as "new work" and comes from a different budget than maintanence.
Seems stupid but that's how some shops operate.
The biggest problem with the YB49 flying wing is that it was very unstable (leading to crashes and things). The Northrup Grumman B2 Spirit bomber has sophisticated computer systems to make it stable and flyable, something not possible in the days of the YB49
Probably because I dont have a landline phone and scammers (and telemarketers for that matter) dont call on Australian mobiles because it costs them too much.
Hacker spaces have gotten all manner of expensive-when-new gear from all sorts of places (usually because the company that owns it has bought a new gadget and is tossing out the old one or someone has gone out of business and the liquidators are having a fire sale to sell everything off as fast as possible).
Electron microscopes. Mass spectrometers. Pick & Place machines. Robot arms. High-end electronic test gear. And more.
Its not unrealistic to think that a hacker space or individual could get their hands on used bio-science gear in much the same way.
Back in high school I used to play (and write) games on my Casio CFX-9850G (in the crappy internal "basic" type language). I know the games you can do on the TIs (especially if you are programming in z80 ASM) are far better.
That's assuming you can actually find a desktop board that supports the Haswel-E/Devils Canyon CPUs the OP wants AND is supported by Coreboot. A read of the Coreboot compatibility list shows not a single supported desktop board that can run anything Intel past a Pentium 3 (there are laptops/embedded/dev boards that can run something newer but no full-on desktop boards)
+1 for this, my current motherboard is an Intel and if I had the money I would upgrade to a Core series chip (instead of the Core 2 Duo I have now) with an Intel board.
I am in Australia and have Visa PayWave attached to my card yet I never use it (using EFTPOS instead) because there are fees attached to PayWave but not EFTPOS (with my bank at least) and because EFTPOS transactions show up faster and better on my online banking.
Not sure where I read it but I believe part of why Broadcom is so secretive when it comes to their SoCs and things is that a lot of their market is (or was) for SoCs used in things like cable TV set-top boxes. Keeping things secret from the public at large makes it harder for hackers to figure out how their chips work so they can hack the firmware of these cable TV boxes and things.
Except that the proxy server will have to MITM SSL for it to work.
If you are the IT director of a big corporation, you have no option but to MITM SSL traffic. The alternative is providing a perfect way for malicious insiders to steal corporate secrets (like a whole pile of credit card numbers or the blueprints/source code for the companies latest products). And providing a vector for malware or attacks to bypass all the edge-level intrusion detection systems.
And providing a way for the people on the inside to access things that they shouldn't (whether its pornography, pirated content, or anything else). That last one is even more important in, say, a school or educational environment or library than in a corporate network.
Its not just Japan, France and many other countries seem to have laws that limit discounting of books or fix their prices. Why do governments continue to maintain these restrictions?
Does this stuff say anything about the performance (good or otherwise) of Rupert's other big Australian media asset, Foxtel?
I recon if you were trying to convince someone to take security of critical infrastructure, one way to do it would be to show them Die Hard 4.0 (best example I know of when it comes to hackers breaking into infrastructure) and say "this may only be a Hollywood movie but do you want to be the one who said "no" to better security when that shit happens for real?"