If the instrument cannot attract funding it is time to phase it out. We can't keep running all scientific instruments ever built, even if scientific staff would like us to do so. As new and more powerful instruments are installed, resources have to be shifted over.
Please read again most postings in this thread (including yours). You'll quickly recognize that they contain several times the word "inflation" but zero times the word "depreciation rate". I'm perfectly capable of understanding the difference of x and 1/x. If there ever was confusion, as you say, then it's attributable to your imprecise wording. You use the word "change" and somehow assume that readers anticipate what you actually mean by that.
Thank god you are a Slashdotter, so I don't have to take your advice!
You seem to assume that engineers and scientists are automatically immune to any selfishness. That's unfortunately very naive in my eyes.
You fail as well. If something costs $100 today and cost $80 yesterday, inflation is 25% (not 20%).
I have some 1970s dollars in a box under my bed. I'll sell them to you for $3 each. Sounds like a win-win situation, don't you think?
Thanks. But you should have told me that 10 years ago.
I don't see how putting engineers on political posts instead of letting them do what they have been trained for should be an advantage. Except, of course, if you have a surplus of engineers (which one never has).
It's not enough to install it. You actually have to use it and keep it up-to-date!
Seamonkey 2.1 Beta. Seamonkey 2.0 stable has been around for a while. I use 2.1 beta daily and have no issues whatsoever.
You could have switched to Seamonkey. Same rendering engine as Firefox, similar but more conservative GUI. I've been using it for like 10+ years and I still do.
If the lotto numbers are picked as they're supposed to, then the process is completely random. There's no knowledge one could have to predict anything. Now, if the picking process is NOT random, then who's at fault? The lotto company is at least as guilty as anyone exploiting that.
Look at WDDM 1.0 in Vista and to a lesser degree WDDM 1.1 in Win7. It fucked up 2D big time. I didn't see anyone warn me about the design flaw that WDDM was, either.
Yesterday I watched a TV show on German TV in which they used the Kinect system. It was broadcast on a major channel watched by millions. Two players had to play against each other in a quite unspectacular game. It was embarrassing, both due to the boring gameplay and the technical weaknesses of the system. During the first game, suddenly the split-screen switched to a single screen such that only one player could see his avatar. Nobody knew why and the TV show host quickly reacted and said "well, now you had a training run". After the second run one of the players complained that his moves were not recognized at all. He kept jumping all the time but the cameras obviously did not capture these jumps.
Intel and AMD will not suffer as much as Microsoft and other companies who have missed this trend. The desktop is quickly losing importance and with it are Microsoft's biggest cash-cows.