From convex, to flat, to concave TVs, all in the last 50 years! Progress is a sweet thing, my friends.
You know what? I predict that, by 2050, we will all be using donut-shaped screens, to better utilize our ear-vision for maximum possible immersion.
It seems almost poetic, in a way. He was shuffled into obscurity for trying to become famous. I can't help but feel that, had he remained utterly silent about creating the sculpture, he would be even more famous now. People love discovering unsung heroes, especially on the internet.
I hope they do decide against the F-35 contract. It's ridiculously overpriced for our military, especially given that the F-35s aren't even all that well designed for frozen-weather operations.
Personally, I think Boeing's Super Hornets are a much better offer. Half the projected price, bigger control surfaces for easier landings on ice and better agility in the air, and two engines so that if one stalls in the cold the other can keep the plane going.
I live in Canada, and I LOVE our government's goofy dedication to making sure we retain military capabilities in the frozen north. (bit less happy with everything else the gov does, but ehhhh, politics)
Stealth snowmobile? FUND IT! More Icebreakers? FUND IT! New ice-base in the Arctic Circle? DO YOU EVEN NEED TO ASK?!
Honestly, it beats the heck out of invading Iraq.
The story is a bit misleading, by the way. $640,000 is the cost of the development contract, not the price per machine (which will be significantly lower, obviously).
And while we're on that topic, why is always considered a bad thing when wealth redistribution benefits the lower-middle income, but it's a good thing when it benefits the upper 2% (e.g. tax breaks for the wealthy)?
Because some wealthy people own the TV channels that tell us whether or not the tax breaks for wealthy people are awesome?
Jeez, lighten up folks. It's obviously just a misfile due to a lack of punctuation in the slashdot categories.
I mean, we all know Climate-Altering Laser Doomsday Device stories are supposed to be filed under SCIENCE!!!
And mispronouncing Iraq as "eye-rack" is the only thing that sets us apart from the dreaded Punners.
I know they say they'll be making an island, but that could just be the cover story. If they turn it all into fibreglass/plastic boats, pretty soon they'll have a fleet of little yachts large enough to conquer the seven seas. It's quite insidious, if you stop to think about it.
Really though, I'm sure a bunch of Dutch Architects would never do such a thing. Or would they?! Dun dun dunnnnn...
Wait, what? William Shatner is fluently bilingual in both French and English. He's even better than our current PM, Stephen Harper, was when he became prime minister. (To Harper's credit, he improved massively in a short time afterward)
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Furty-three-a yeers egu, beffure-a must peuple-a hed ifer heerd ooff zee Mooppets, IBM cuntrected veet Jeem Hensun fur a sereees ooff shurt feelms thet it used tu idoocete-a und interteeen its seles steffff. Zeese-a leettle-a-knoon mufeees — sume-a ooff vheech feetoore-a cootteeng-idge-a ooffffeece-a ootumeshun iqooeepment sooch es fery ierly vurd-prucesseeng systems — remeeen fresh, foonny, und soorpreesingly irreferent. Und oone-a ooff zeem feetoores zee furst eppeerunce-a ooff zee Cuukeee-a Munster, vhu gut hees beeg breek oon Seseme-a Street a cuoople-a ooff yeers leter.
These guys take themselves waaay too seriously.
The XKCD fans who create a wikipedia page about a word that didn't exist until yesterday?
Or the Wikipedia admins who delete a page about a word that didn't exist until yesterday?
To be honest, I think both groups take themselves a bit too seriously. See that talk page in the summary? Yikes.
Since today is April 1st, doesn't this mean France has just banned tomorrow?! It's the second and way more stable version of today!
Now how will the madness end!? April 3rd? THERE IS NO APRIL THIRD!
I believe the correct translation for that here in Canada is "Sorry, eh?"
We get a lot of use out of the phrase, I'm sure you can imagine.
New systems generate new problems.