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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Endangered Raw Materials (newscientist.com)

WorthlessProgrammer writes: The article "Dwindling of rare metals imperils innovation" [EETimes.eu], says that essential materials that would enable fuel-efficient technologies, and materials required for the next-gen IT hardware may become could become extinct. E.G., hafnium will be gone by 2017 and zinc will be gone by 2037 (no problem, the 2036 Unix crash will make this a minor problem). Other 'endangered' elements include platinum, copper, indium, gallium, and selenium.

My Notes 1. Was an interesting article until I read the reference to Moore's Second Law, which has never been defined. In fact, G. Moore said has said "I'm not close enough now to make new predictions — several things have been called Moore's Second Law but I can't take credit for any of them" So what is this 'Second Law' ?

2. The "Almighty Buck" icon selection alludes to potential creation of a new source of political and financial power that may rival oil producers

Any given program will expand to fill available memory.