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Comment Craig Venter first did this in 2004 (Score 3, Informative) 30

He combined his love of sailing with ocean microbe sampling to investigate the diversity of life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Incidentally Craig perfected the shotgun decodign technique which accelerated decoding the first human genome in the late 1990s (his of course :-). Now gene sampling is fairly routine way of mapping biomes all over the ecosphere.

Comment dozens of such companies in 1970s (Score 3, Informative) 191

I went to the First West Coast Computer Fair and to the Stanford Linear Accelerator Homebrew Computer Club. It was a lot like mobile apps are now or dot.coms in the mid-1990s- many companies vying to succeed.

I thought the Radio Shack TRS-80 was best poised to succeed at the time since it was from an established company. But the killer app that propelled Apple was VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet. Many businesses wanted an Apple-2 then.

Commodity hardware from Dell and Compaq and a generic operating system like PC-DOS eventaully consolidated the industry and wiped out most of the small operators.

Comment 85 damaging accidents a year just in Sacramento (Score 1) 368

"Sacramento International Airport has had more bird strikes (1,300 collisions between birds and jets between 1990 and 2007, causing an estimated $1.6 million in damage) than any other California airport. Sacramento International Airport has the most bird strikes of any airport in the west and sixth among airports in the US, according to the FAA, as it is located along the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration path.[13][14]"

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