"If we were to snatch the screen-writers out-of-time, they'd be surprised that the world has changed so little."
What world does this guy live in? You don't need to go beyond the technology of bicycles to be amazed by the progress we've made in what was certainly considered a fully mature product back in the Back to the Future past...
I would think we'd be able to get people on the moon for a heck of a lot less money.
Sadly not. We've had nearly fifty years of tightening FAA regulations (rightly so, isn't it nice to feel safe on airplanes?) and there's not much on a Saturn V that would get a type certificate these days.
Notepad++ is one of the nicest text editors around, is Windows-only and open-source. I prefer it to Kate and let's just not go anywhere near Gedit.
The most sensitive part of a modern aircraft wing is just aft of the leading edge where the flow makes the transition from subsonic to transonic. Having even 'frosting' in this area can destroy all lift from a wing so they are liberally sprayed with gelatinous treatments that are specially formulated to melt any ice that forms from rain or snow while the aircraft is static, yet become sufficiently diluted during the take off to be washed of the wing for flight.
Once airborne, the problem becomes one of thermal balance and heat is supplied to the wing leading edges using engine bleed air.
The bugs don't affect icing and so far, no coating has been found that cna get rid of ice under all conditions mandated by the FAA.
We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga