Actually, people are quitting smoking simply because it's too expensive of a habit. This has actually caused a problem for some states as they're not getting the revenue they were expecting out of some of the recent tax hikes, and naturally that money is already spent.
Actually, the big problem with the program was that you had to buy a new car with it. Sure, Uncle Sam gave you a few thousand to help you out if you turned in a "clunker", but you were still buying a new car, and the dealers were all demanding (and getting) MSRP for them too. So the poor, who were driving the real clunkers, couldn't take advantage of the program and those cars stayed on the road. For the most part it was a bunch of mostly middle class people who had an older vehicle that was still perfectly fine (otherwise they would have replaced it already) getting new cars subsidized by everyone else. And instead of their old cars being resold on the used market to people who could really use them, they were destroyed instead.
Theoretically this is possible on the outer three gas giants. As Jupiter goes, it's gravity is far too strong, plus it has the most intense radiation. So you would want to set up shop on one of the three outer gas giants. Gravity on the outer gas giants is close to Earth's, about 1 g for all three of them. There are actually layers of their atmospheres with Earth-like temperatures, but they are low in the atmosphere where the pressure is extremely high (we're talking about enough to liquidity hydrogen) so you'd want to be higher up. It's pretty cold in the upper layers, plus you're far away from the sun. Venus is probably a better target for a cloud city - about 50km up the atmospheric pressure about 1 atmosphere, temperature is about 0C, gravity is about 1G, and plenty of sun during the day. Plus the atmosphere is mostly CO2, which is denser than breathable air, so a balloon full of breathable air would float on Venus.
Well, since moons of gas giants tend to be tidally locked, couldn't you just live on the side that faces away from the planet?
The last B-52 made was in 1962. The ones left flying all all the last B-52H variant, though NASA had a B-52B operational until about 10 years ago.
Many 747-100's were converted into freighters and I assume some are still flying. There were several flying in Iran for a while, but not sure of their current status. GE uses one as a testbed for engines that's very much still active, and it was one of the first ones flying in 1970. There may not be any left in regular passenger service though.
So true. if 3 engines fail on a 2 engine plane, it pretty much destroys everything and resets the universe. a 4 engine plane is just the sane choice.
No, all that means is if you manage to get an engine started, you've got yourself a glider.
It'll "just work" in the sense that Windows has a built-in driver for it. At least on Vista/7, maybe not on 8+.
Actually, pretty much every Linux distribution I've ever played with (that comes with an installer) gives you the option of not installing a boot loader if you don't want to. Some will even make an alternate boot media for you to get into your Linux installation, such as a boot floppy or a USB stick, while others will leave it up to you to figure it out. And if you do choose to install Grub, they will almost always add an entry for any Windows installations it finds.
Of course, there are the Linux distributions that come without installers, but if you're that hardcore you know what you're doing anyway.
To test how well it works with various hardware? With that said, it's on its own dedicated box which is an old system that got retired when XP went EOL. It runs okay, but much slower than Windows 8 on the same hardware.
Actually, since there is already a VLC browser plugin, it would be sweet if the browser would just load the plugin to handle Flash video. But thanks for the drag-n-drop hint for Youtube URLs.... I had no idea you could do that.
It's more about how far Firefox has fallen opposed to how much IE has improved. Palemoon is a good browser, so the rendering engine is fundamentally sound. Firefox's problems are elsewhere.
The term "PC" is short for "IBM-Compatible Personal Computer" where the defining characteristic is the BIOS. The thing that Compaq reverse-engineered to build the first "IBM Compatible" back in the 80's. If you think that a Mac is a "PC" then try booting DOS on it. Doesn't work, huh? Even booting a PC Linux ntaively on Macs isn't always easy unless it also supports Apple's EFI implementation. Macs are not PCs. Chromebooks aren't PCs either.
I have to say my experience is the opposite. I'm running the technical preview on much weaker hardware - first generation Core 2 duo machine with 3GB of ram, and Windows 10 is sluggish, occasionally unresponsive, and likes to grind the disk a lot for no apparent reason. I ran Windows 8 on the same hardware, and Windows 8 absolutely flew on it, even before I managed to scrounge up an extra GB of ram. Now, it's likely that the Windows 10 build is not very well optimized at this point, so it's hard to draw conclusions. But I wouldn't call the current Windows 10 release faster than Windows 7 by any means, and certainly not faster than Windows 8 which is noticeably more responsive than 7 is (shame about the UI though...).
I've seen something similar. My main computer has a basic Logitech mouse (Logitech G1) where I have no problems middle clicking. My other desktop has a Microsoft mouse (Comfort Mouse 3000) where it can be tricky sometimes to execute a middle click without it scrolling. The same mouse also has an small delay between middle clicking and the computer registering a middle click. It's short, maybe 100-200ms, but it's enough that if you click then move enough you'll end up middle clicking someplace you didn't want to. It's not a mouse you want to use if you do a lot of middle clicking. It's a shame because it's otherwise a nice mouse, but at some point I'll probably end up replacing it.
To be back on topic, the Logitech G1 mouse has a small button below the scroll wheel that by default maps to the 'back'. I rarely use it, but if you install the Logitech drivers you can remap it to be the middle button.
I would say that they are included with the purchase of the device. To say they are free implies that I can get them at no cost without buying the hardware and possibly use them on some other device I already own.