http://www.dailydoseofexcel.com/archives/2006/02/05/in-cell-charting/ https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7603152763857688635&postID=4147846911463078558&pli=1 Note especially comments by Bob Phillips and jon Peltier, in addition to the post by Fabrice on starting in 2005.
Plus, I'm not sure why you emphasize open source implementations that predate it. Did you really mean to imply that if I had a closed source implementation that predated it, it would not be prior art ?
Since they were solar-powered there's no particular reason that they would last only that long. 90 days was a classic case of "underpromise and overdeliver." If there had been some sort of catastrophic design flaw
Except that Martian dust was expected to cover the solar panels. No one predicted the existence of Martian winds and dust devils that would lift the dust off. Not to mention the dice game with surviving the Martian winter, and any number of associated design (wheels, motors etc) targeted at 90 day plus
The best option would be to found a cult which would revive you. Religions and cults do go back thousands of years. Heck, do you doubt that someone wouldn't try and bring back Jesus (if there was any sample tissue) ? and since this is slashdot, obligatory tip to 'cult of the cobol programmer'
Given that all technologies go through a learning curve, and given that revival is a particularly hard set of problems with multiple failure modes, I'd be interested in your opinions and information on this.
I would assume some of the failure modes may be gruesome or at least open up unintended consequences. For example, revival as an imbecile, without the ability to take that decision (to kill yourself). Revival as a completely different person, perhaps with access to some memories. Multiple partially successful tries at revival.
What's your attitude towards being on this learning curve ? Would you prefer to be one of the early ones (revived when chance of less than complete success is high) ? Would you want to ensure that you are only revived when the technology is mature (if everyone had that attitude, then you could write of that technology) ? Do you actually take contractual steps to ensure that you are only revived when the technology is mature and not in its infancy ? What options does your patient care trust provide in this regard ? What are their contractual obligations and positions towards getting it *fully right* *once*. Since you have taken steps, no doubt you must have dealt with these issues. Really interested in hearing back.
When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.