Tell me, can you find a computer not made in poor working conditions?
Aren't RPis still being made in the UK?
The Curiosity mission cost $2.5 billion and that was a one-way trip for a robot.
A significant part of that cost was because of the inability to deliver large payloads to Mars cost-efficiently. It seems that Red Dragon is poised to offer a standardized transportation system that could land something like twice the mass of the MSL rover for half the money, and that could not only save you transportation costs (which included not just spending $200M on a top Atlas V configuration launch but also having to develop a "one-off" custom lander), but it could also remove some of the design constraints so that an equivalent mobile robot could be built cheaper, even if it weighed a little bit more in the end because of less money spent on shedding weight.
He actually started all this during the Obama presidency.
You mean the Bush presidency, surely?
Anything that could be remotely called a shipyard on utopia planita is going to make star trek fans very happy
As long as nobody is jumping into warp coils...
Cost is not everything, that is pretty dumb economic thinking. Cost efficiency is everything, the return on capital investment.
With solar panels, it turns out that these two correlate quite nicely. With the exception of potential panel area limitation, cheaper panels are also more cost efficient. Although the US is also an outlier with fixed non-hardware costs (permits, labor etc.), so your experience may be somewhat different than in other parts of the world, where the cost efficiency of ordinary panels is much more obvious.
I've never understood this animosity.
That's because you've used logic. You can't begin to understand it until you ditch logic.
Huge work goes into figuring out how to do array operations in a fast manner. The work often becomes highly application dependent. Find special short-cuts that apply to particular matrices that allow one to make use of special theorems.
This is actually one of the things I'd like to see in the kind of experimental compiler I outlined above.
A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt