I'm happy with the low end Blu phones. $20 for an unlocked dual sim phone on newegg. They have dozens of models. I use a candy bar, my wife texts more and used the blackberry style. Run a full week on a charge, and basically bulletproof.
You haven't seen NetHack until you've seen it on a retina MacBook or iMac. I nearly soiled my trousers the first time I saw "L" coming at me on such a display.
Those displays are nice, but if you are gonna play
The higher frame rate gives you the edge that you'll need on the astral plane. And don't even think about trying it without a fully tweaked, N-key rollover mechanical keyboard! Those E's on the plane of air aren't gonna sit around sipping Earl Gray Tea waiting for your laggy $5 bargain bin membrane 'board!
When the astronauts puss out and the cosmonauts go home for the day, who gets shit done? The muthafukin Zuggernauts that's who. When my boss hands me a project that I can't handle, I look at him and say "We are gonna need a Zuggernaut for this bro."
My kingdom for some mod points
Ultimately, the only answer is a single-payer system. As long as you have private companies in the insurance business, there is a perverse incentive to screw their customers over.
Actually, this opens the door to other options by using the framework against itself. Strong copyright was used to implement copyleft. In the banking world you have credit unions that are structured to operate efficiently and for the benefit of depositors. On wall street, Vanguard is structured like a credit union for mutual funds.
I can see the eventual rise of a mutually held health insurer that can keep costs very low by removing profit skim and focusing on efficient care. Of course, the for-profit companies will fight it as hard and dirty as they do against single payer, but the new consumer-focused requirements of the ACA will probably make it easier to break into the market.
Or classically trained cellists playing Metallica
Here they are performing One, and the slow start is perfect for suckering your granny into listening
This is why I like introducing kids to heavy metal versions of Vivaldi.
Or classically trained cellists playing Metallica - http://www.apocalyptica.com/
I can't wait to eat that (now toasted) monkey!
Scientists were surprised to find that the tin cylinder containing the lyrics "Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down". Lead investigator Hubert Hvarquhar explained that "the dolls were part of a short-lived gilded-age custom where well-to-do society members would give each other gifts that spontaneously started singing and could not be shut off. Many of the dolls were smashed in rage leading to their comparative rarity today."
So do we now have to ask "Solar cells - How the f*ck do they work??"
Other than poorly designed clocks, what other devices actually care about the power line frequency?
Motors. Big motors, like the kind you find in your furnace, A/C compressor, elevators, and other places. Nobody cares about the consumer electronics because all that stuff either auto-ranges or can be manually switched. But big industrial equipment is everywhere and lasts a long time.
Obligatory PA ref -
NASA already did a better version of this twelve years ago on the Deep Space 1 probe.
And in fact, for extra style points after the first successful maneuver the following exchange occurred over the mission control voice network:
"This is the flight director - Congratulations to Remote Agent. It has successfully operated the Deep Space 1 spacecraft".
"Go ahead ACS"
"Congratulations to Captain Dunsel"
Look at my original post. Where did I say automation was bad? Hmm? Oh, I guess you didn't find it, because I never said it. I work in CNC machining automation myself, so I would have quite a bit of cognitive dissonance if I tried to argue that way.
I object to the Ayn Rand, macro-economics 101, euphemistic bullshit about "labor" moving to where it is needed more, as if it is some sort of inanimate liquid. The OP says that he "helped build a machine", but that sounds to me like he was not the prime mover of the project, but rather an assistant. One who's labor can be freed up by a better CAD system or analysis package. Would the OP still feel so dispassionate about the whole affair if his mechanical engineer-trained labor was freed to go to where it was really needed most -- the nearest retirement home to clean up after a bunch of incontinent grandparents, all at minimum wage, of course.