atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6582: Ah, corned beef day

I don't drink and I don't wear green, but I sure cook a mean pot of corned beef and cabbage.

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This really is the best analysis of the problem with 737 MAX aircraft. The hardware that prevents all crashes of this type is optional. And "the specification was...shitty."

Boeing is supposed to be better than AirBus, but this is an AirBus type of problem. Get it together, guys.

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You don't need to de-ice a nuclear reactor. Another reason windmills are shit for power generation.

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When, damn it? You guys have been promising us this technology for twenty years.

Actually, I get it. In 1998, LCD panels were a lot more expensive than they are now. The CRT was still king, and one of the reasons even entry-level laptops were over $1,000 came from the cost of the screens in them. And buyers of laptops with 13" LCDs were cautioned that there would be a scant handful of defective pixels in them.

Today, you can buy a 55" LCD TV for $500 which will be guaranteed to have no defective pixels. In twenty years the manufacture of LCDs has gone from a black art to a scientific manufacturing process, where defects are minimized by technological improvement rather than random chance, and yields have gone up greatly. This has led to their prices dropping precipitously; and the entry-level laptop of today has a screen that would have looked like black magic twenty years ago and costs about a tenth of the retail price of a laptop in 1998.

...which is to say, much of the R&D resources dedicated to display development have gone into improving yields and making them cost less, a very necessary step given than CRTs are no longer practical for a variety of reasons.

Having introduced their folding phone, Samsung has shown us that folding screens are not impossible to manufacture. LG makes a television which stows its screen when not in use by rolling it up. We've reached that point, finally; though these things are frightfully expensive as yet, they won't stay that way. The day I predicted is coming, where your big-screen TV will be shipped in a tube, and you'll hang it from hooks in the ceiling and let it unroll.

The article I linked, though, means that the other day I predicted is still coming, too: a guy will come into your house and set up a weird scaffold-like thing against one wall. He'll hook it up and start it running; and after a couple of hours he'll shut it off and dismantle it; and after he overlays it with some kind of protective layer he'll connect electronics to your wall--and you'll have yourself a wall that's also a display panel.

Other option is simply to hang sheets of flexible LCD like wallpaper. This is coming.

The idea of running off OLED displays using, essentially, ink jet printers, is not a new one. I talked about this happening in the early 2000s; it was being worked on then, and they'd managed to make it work fine. But (as was the case with LEDs) getting blue light from the process is tricky.

Still, it's on its way.

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Capitalism versus socialism. I know which I prefer.

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Well: before I cook corned beef, today I must work on sanding spackle. Off I go.

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