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I don't have much experience with the post-IBM models, though, so I can't claim things haven't changed.
Things have changed.
I got a shiny new high-end W520 recently. It's a letdown. The build quality is terrible-- the all-plastic frame creaks if it gets slightly torqued. The speakers are inaudible. The wifi is unstable under any OS. I've had it for three months and the silkscreen is already wearing off the keys.
Screen's nice, though.
What do you mean by "win"?
Managing programmers is a difficult job. There's not a lot of glory in it, it's not well understood, and it can often be very stressful. It's not anyone's dream job.
If you're worried about compensation, you'll be happy to know that managers in tech companies often make about the same or less than the engineers the manage.
Perhaps you should browse the list of endorsers, which includes many companies that are already offering products and designs which are in accordance with the principles. This isn't philosophical wanking; it's an attempt to refine and protect a movement that's been active for years.
It's a descendant of reprap; the gen3 electronics were designed for the reprap project. The idea of the Cupcake was to drop the self-replicating constraint and focus on kit manufacturability... which isn't to say the Cupcake can't self-replicate.
We initially inverted the head/model relationship because (at least when we were getting started) the extruder was a heavy, delicate bit of equipment, and the models being printed were very small and light. Moving the model means moving less mass. If you're printing in ABS, the material is viscous and sticky enough right out of the nozzle that it isn't perturbed by the platform motion. The disadvantage of this scheme is that it reduces your build area significantly, you need good model/platform adhesion, and tall models have a bit of an inverted pendulum effect. However, you don't have to worry about the head getting jammed or shaking apart as it slams back and forth at high speed.
There is such a car. It's totally electric, has heat and AC, and I ride it to work every day. It's called, fancifully enough, a "subway car". The best part is, I don't even need to drive it! I get chauffeured!
(I'm being a bit snarky here, but "moving away from cars" does not have to mean "moving into a different car". Public transit scales very well, even in places without insane population densities.)
Repetition does not make this true. Tax cuts primarily aid those who are making a significant amount of money-- precisely the people who are most likely to drive the extra money directly into savings. Tax cuts do nothing to aid the unemployed or underemployed. They also do not impose any structure on the shape of the recovery. Even if you're lucky, you end up with the exact same mess you started with.
It makes far more sense to focus on spending on infrastructure and education than to cut taxes. I'm not interested in repeating the hollow boom six months from now. I'm interested in having a stable economy, and country, five years from now.
Q. What's up with that throbbing "N"?
A. We are in the process of having a new logo designed, and the throbbing "N" is a placeholder. It's apparent that it's not going to win any aesthetics awards, although a very vocal 2% minority really likes it a lot.