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FEDERAL FUNDS HIT 19.99%

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Interest rates called Federal Funds are the overnight rate the Treasure charges to banks who need cash to handle day to day operations such as cashing checks and handling payrolls etc. Today the FOMC rate hit an astounding 19.99% which is unbelievably expensive. Usually Federal Funds are not closely watched but when the rate hit …

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CRYOGENIC NITROGEN

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Cryogenic nitrogen systems are widely used industrially. Smaller systems can produce 10 liters a day and larger systems can produce 1000 liters an hour. Some  videos with enthusiasts achieving extreme clock speeds have been published. 30 liter dewar flasks are a standard container for handling liquid nitrogen. The can maintain the liquid with minimal losses …

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ROGUE

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Rogue was developed and released on November 30, 1980 by Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman. Rogue is a fantasy game. In Rogue, the player assumes the typical role of an adventurer of early fantasy role-playing games. The game runs on Unix operating systems as free to play and public domain licensing. In Rogue, players control a …

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ON THE REFORM OF THE PARTY AND STATE LEADERSHIP SYSTEM

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On the Reform of the Party and State Leadership System was introduced by Deng Xiaoping in reaction to the earlier protests. The leader moved quickly with speech outlining reforms. He called for a systematic revision of China’s constitution, criticizing bureaucracy, centralization of power, and patriarchy, while proposing term limits for the leading positions in China …

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FLYING SAUCERS ARE USELESS

Everyone has seen countless grainy photographs of so-called flying saucers. The basic facts will debunk the idea. In outer space, there is no gravity or air. So a saucer is rather inefficient. A smarter idea would be a cube or spheroidal design. Propulsion with chemical rockets is useless due to the incredibly poor specific impulse. …

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OIL DEREGULATION

President Carter has signed a bill calling for deregulating the oil industry. West Texas intermediate oil is about $15.85 for a 42 gallon barrel (160 liters). Deregulating domestic oil price controls will allow U.S. oil output to rise sharply from the large Prudhoe Bay fields, while oil imports fell sharply. Price controls never have worked as all …

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THREE MILE ISLAND NUCLEAR MELTDOWN

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The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant primary cooling system failed leading to a core meltdown. The facility is located in Dauphin County in Pennsylvania. The partial meltdown resulted in the release of radioactive gases and radioactive iodine into the environment. Given the stagflation and recent oil prices: the disaster came at the worst possible time. Inflation is over …

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SUPER SPEED RACE

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Super Speed Race was released on November 22, 2979 by Midway. In Japan, Super Speed Race was among the top ten highest-earning arcade video games of 1977. Midway worked with Taito to convert the game to English for the US market. Super Speed Race offered a seated position for the player. The game uses vertical …

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ELEMENTARY RAY TRACING

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In 3D computer graphics, ray tracing is a rendering technique for generating an image by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects of its encounters with virtual objects. Ray tracing is capable of simulating a variety of optical effects, such as reflection and refraction, scattering, and dispersion …

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DUAL PORT MEMORY

Dual port memory is simply RAM that has dual sets of read and write pins. The purpose is to allow more than one processor to access memory. The IBM System 370 supports multiple processor systems. It was not until the advent of the microprocessor that pressured the sharing of memory was needed. The mainframe uses …

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