None of the airlines are replacing critical paper copies with an electronic version. Historically, there would be three copies of all the manuals and charts, one for the captain, one for the first officer, and one for the airplane.
The iPads replace the 40 pounds of paper that each pilot used to be required to carry.
The aviaion industry is probably the most cautious and slow moving industry out there (in response to the poster who brought up decades-old technology in the cockpit). Pilots welcome the new technology -- it usually makes their jobs easier, but it must pass an unbelievable amount of scrutiny (over the course of many many years) before it can actually completely replace an older, but proven tech.
The solution is for Dell to get all that bloatware working in wine and install it! While they are at it, they can root the kernel/filesystem so that it is impossible to delete.
Next step, install a small cron job that fiddles with
Not to mention the fact that our entire economy is very closely tied to the price of fuel, so even the folks who only own bicycles are touched by rising fuel costs.
I thought of the mosquito killing laser gun years before they did.
I'm sure the reason they are not actually selling it, is that it occasionally sets nearby trees on fire when it misses a shot. My version won't start fires, but I'd be crazy to try to bring it to market knowing that the product would be in I.V.'s sights from the get go.
Way to kill innovation guys!
Their life is already bad enough...
"Now I lay me down to bed
Darkness won't engulf my head
I can see by infrared
How I hate the night"
If we only had to go to LEO, we'd probably have done it already.
Also, there are a ton of satellites in LEO, and most of them are likely to hit the tether at some point. It is just a matter of time (and not as much time as you'd think -- you'd probably have a near miss every couple weeks).