If you do it right, you can make a pile selling crap on the sidewalk. I recall one time when I toured DC that a street vendor was being dropped off by a large sedan and had a driver help her with setting up. Our group asked one of the other vendors "what's up with that?" and they told us that that lady was a… » 10/23/14 7:04am Thursday 7:04am

There is a reason the C-130 hasn't been substantially redesigned in 60 years despite lots of competitors over the years. It is just about perfect. Reliable, rugged, and efficient. It is pretty much perfect for the role it serves. No doubt they could have slapped turbofans on it if they wanted to, but turboprops allow… » 10/22/14 8:00pm Wednesday 8:00pm

Was recently on the NOAA ship that discovered the wrecks, the Okeanos Explorer. Absolutely mindblowing technically, and well worth the taxpayer money to keep her and her staff going. It was being used for hi-def mapping of the ocean floor and has been discovering things (like this) along the way. (She is in dock now).… » 10/21/14 10:55pm Tuesday 10:55pm

Not that they don't have faith in the new models, more like they rode the bubble as far as they want to risk it. Either they see the stock's value going down in a major way, or they sense an overall market instability. I would think they the bubble is going to burst, as the Tesla stock is waaaaaaaaaay over valued. » 10/21/14 10:12pm Tuesday 10:12pm

I think the novelty has worn off a bit, as well. I don't see people lugging tablets around with them as much as I used to. In fact, the wifi hotspots I tend to frequent seem to have a preponderance of ultrabooks or straight-up smartphones. Very rarely will you see a tablet, and the big suckers are really rare to… » 10/20/14 8:50pm Monday 8:50pm

MS has had a long history of turds because they don't understand their market and try to play catch up to Apple. Windows Vista, Certainly Windows 8, and when Office hot updated in 2010 to the tabs...that all stunk. Let us not forget the audibly superior but too little, too late Zune. And the turd that was MS Sync that… » 10/19/14 7:56pm Sunday 7:56pm

Bullplop. It probably has more to do with dilution of the field in the mid-80's when computer and software engineering exploded as a profession, so you had a massive amount of male applicants to the programs (as is common with most engineering fields because of the type of work it is). Just because computers were… » 10/18/14 5:13pm 10/18/14 5:13pm