I'm not sure how much longer Pelamis will be around:-
I couldn't comment of the budget figures. But usually with international projects the project is required to spend the budget in-line with contributions it receives from it's members. So if the USA contributes 9 1/6 % of the budget, then the project has to buy 9 1/6 % of it's stuff from the USA. This usually adds a whole load of management overhead, along with making sure different stuff from different countries all works together. This, the delays, and that it is cutting edge science usually results in spiralling budgets and timescales.
The biggest winner in international projects tends to be the host country, as they end up with a load of boffins spending their pay in the area where the project is located. But everyone involved in the project benefits, after all the money doesn't just disappear, it is spent on employing folks to do things.
How does Comcast's DNS look like when tested by namebench?
Does it find the same problem?
Betteridge law of headlines applies:-
Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states: "Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no." It is named after Ian Betteridge, a British technology journalist, although the general concept is much older. The observation has also been called "Davis' law" or just the "journalistic principle".
That's great, they even have a picture of Fabian Mohn putting the atom to be imaged into the scope:-
Would having wireless carriers be dumb pipes really be so bad?
Not as far as I'm concerned. The sooner the carriers work out where the future is taking them, the sooner they can change their 'investment' in phone branding to improving their network infrastructure.
Fantastically consistent command line interface. Tools that were designed to do the job rather than just thrown together. Sadly the only current hardware OpenVMS runs on is iTanic. So it's days are numbered.
Fine grained multi tasking, and avoiding mutexs. I think BeOS uses message passing to implement inter process communications. In engineering terms, it is the most modern desktop operating system.
I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky