The 3.5mm headphone jack is one of the stupidest connectors in existence, and it only still exists because of inertia. Like floppies in 1998. You'll see.
Why? The floppy failed because there were better options- faster, more storage, etc.
Is the new connector somehow going to transfer data faster? Well, no, 3.5mm is analog so you're not going to do any better. Is it going to be more durable? Given that it will be smaller than 3.5 mm, doubtful. Cheaper? Not a chance. Other than OMG THIN! and proprietary what does this have going for it?
Now, they uniformly *fail* those tests, so even if they are potentially valid scientific hypotheses, they're wrong and thus can be discarded, but that doesn't make them non-scientific in the first place.
1) It's not in the middle of Europe, it's on a remote mountain in Chile. A bit harder to get super high speed internet up there
2) The data off the LHC can mostly be analyzed by computer. While some of the LSST data can be (transient stuff), discovery of interesting new things is going to be a lot harder to automate, so trying to figure out how to get people to actually look at the torrent of info coming off of it will be a challenge.
That said, they aren't very worried about the actual data itself- they are starting with a 150TFLOP computer to do the initial analysis and figure they will need about 950TFLOP after a decade of use, which is fast but not world record setting. ~60PB of info over a decade is doable with a variety of tech
Aristotle has the answer here- we're stationary and earth moves towards its natural place at the center of the universe. Copernicus and Galileo have no such explanation, and indeed their result seems to be physically impossible.
(And for everyone who thinks "duh, gravity", check the dates we're talking about)
Science isn't blindingly obvious- if it was someone would have discovered it ages ago. It's piecing together tiny bits of evidence until something coherent starts to become visible, and even then most of the time someone else comes and kicks apart your jigsaw puzzle with new data
We're looking at another renovation of a historic building which will convert it from a gym into a new academic space, and tie it into another existing building that needs some help. Current estimates are that it will cost more than the entire new middle school the district built 2 years back, and the middle school is huge- far larger than the renovation we're doing.
Don't see too many Macs from 2007 still in use. I got a new work iMac about two years back which was nice since the previous one (~2010) was almost too slow to use. An SSD would have made it tolerable (Apple mechanical HD's are the lowest tier junk out there) but of course you can't upgrade an iMac. My current one is nicer since I stuffed it with RAM and a SSD- it will probably make it 5 years.
A motion to adjourn is always in order.