I think that's a poor example as Intel no longer make 8031s and 8051s and they can't earn money by selling licenses for them because the patents expired long ago.
Not really, what matters most is cost, and at that ARM wins hands down. Most ARM chips cost less than $5, with some selling for pennies. Intel enjoys 60%+ margins on everything it sells and they will experience a lot of pain giving them up.
The only way Intel can compete is if they sell their mobile chips at or below cost. Oh wait, they already are.
Professor Farooq Hamada, who presided over the committee, explained, "Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." Hundreds of Saudis and other Arabs have applied to Mars One, and the committee suspects some may be interested in the trip "for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah for judgment," according to the Khaleej Times.
The committee stood firm in its belief that this approach would be a waste of time and one very long trip: "This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.""
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That's terrible. This means that Slashdot editors could end up in a federal PYITA prison.
On second thoughts, I don't really have a problem with this.
Indeed. I've always found the Star Trek universe to be a poor imagination of a post-scarcity society. The Culture books do it so much better, especially with their interactions with less advanced civilisations. Starfleet would have been a much more interesting organisation if they had their own 'Special Circumstances' department.
The real embarrassment is that Windows is already up to 8.1, while the Linux kernel is only at 3.1
If my math is correct that's a whole 5 metric torvalds* better.
Get your shit together Linux!
*I think MS still use imperial ballmers, but I'm not sure.
The chief reason why ceramic engine doesn't make it into the mainstream despite having had under research since the 1970's is that the friction in between the piston ring and the wall of the bore itself result in the wearoff of the ceramic material in the form of a pile up of fine ceramic dust inside the chamber.
Interesting. I appreciate the reason for not having ceramic cylinders bores, but why haven't ceramic cylinder heads and pistons been implemented? Surely a 'semi-ceramic' engine is feasible?
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It's not ironic, it's unfortunate.
It's like rain on your wedding day.
What you are describing is the Jevons paradox
FWIW I work for the NHS. The Labour governement indeed poured billions into the health service during their term but it was almost totally squandered on failed IT projects, an army of midde-managers, non-jobs and grossly overpaid execs.Very little of it was invested in actual patient care.
I do believe the Tories are genuinely trying to fix it, my problem with them is that they're doing their usual carpet-bombing approach instead of carefully targetting the gross inefficiencies that are blighting the NHS.
I used to work in a UK lab that tested drinking water and I can confirm that the quality of tap water usually far exceeds that of bottled water. Bottled water is unlikely to make you ill, but if you are drinking it for some perceived health benefit then you're wasting your time and money.
Bottled water is one of the biggest rip-offs of modern times and is unecessary given that all European countries have to comply with strict EU water quality regulations. Not to mention its cost and the damage it does to the environment.
I mean, he's always been such an adventurer type.
No, he's always been a publicity whore type.
It's pretty bad.
If I had a choice of what cancer I would have it would be thyroid. It's one of the most treatable cancers with an over 90% survival rate, the 10% fatalities usually affecting those who have sought treatment far too late.
Agreed that the contractor is primarily responsible, and should be punished.
However the NHS has a secondary (vicarious) liability and should also be punished for inadequate supervision of its contractors.
FWIW I used to work for an NHS IT dept. The destruction/wiping of hard disks was tasked to the in-house team. Unlike contractors they're not motivated to take shortcuts for financial gain.