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Comment Re:old != bad (Score 1) 189

What we don't know from the original article because there is a bit of sensationalist language in it is if the assumption that the VME system was installed on ICL hardware from 1974 and has existed and functioned ever since without update. Keep in mind that the current product is software-only running on x86/x64 gear from Fujitsu and is called OpenVME. There have been several intervening generations of hardware and software from 2900 to Series 39 to Trimetra/Nova and Supernova. How do we know from this article that they didn't buy or upgrade one or more times yet keep their apps basically the same (what works) on the same development platform? I don't believe the original 1974 hardware unchanged could cope with or keep up with business load for that department... I/O beast that it might have been for the time. It was probably upgraded/expanded in the 80's and 90's at least once or twice. The 70's disk drives alone wouldn't hold much (200MB and 40MB platters). That might not be a problem for a simple OS image, system files, and their apps but I think the data created would eventually start to fill available storage pretty quick.

Comment Re:Diesel (Score 1) 659

This is why I see the future being Tesla (electric), Diesel, and Diesel-Electric Hybrid (benefits of both). The alternative diesel fuels are easier to source and more widely varied (veggie oils anyone?). There really is no excuse to use a petrol-electric hybrid when a diesel-electric is better. Now if they ever discover a way to use Thorium efficiently, then there is probably option 4 out there.

Comment Re:Why all the negativity? (Score 1) 440

I totally agree with this. I'd eat an occasional pizza, mexican, mac n' cheese, or Indian meal as a treat and totally live on this kind of thing. I'd like to see it in dry biscuit or cookie form or perhaps gelatin too. I don't always want to drink my meals. Maybe even as a 3D-printing paste... or... solid biscuits and paste-filling (sandwich)

Comment Everything costs more in Australia (Score 3, Insightful) 440

Why attack Apple for pricing products so they make the same profit in every market per person? There's no reason why a $39,000 Nissan 350Z (I had a 2008GT) should cost $67,000 AUD. Everything costs more over here. This is made worse now that the USD is less valuable then the AUD.

I'd say the Australian government should be going after the automotive industry and many others to lower their prices and cost of living substantially. It doesn't cost that much to put a car on a boat and ship it. Japan to the US? (Low US price). Japan to Australia (shorter distance) (price almost double US model)


Shuttle Reentry Over the Continental US 139

TheOtherChimeraTwin notes that the shuttle Discovery will land at Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning at 8:48 EDT. The craft will make a rare "descending node" overflight of the continental US en route to landing in Florida. Here are maps of the shuttle's path if is lands on orbit 222 as planned, or on the next orbit. says: " takes the shuttle about 35 minutes to traverse the path shown... Observers in the northwestern USA will see the shuttle shortly after 5 am PDT blazing like a meteoric fireball through the dawn sky. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead."

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