Star Ford

Essays on lots of things since 1989.

Appliance model of computing

This longish article about what is now called cloud computing was before its time in a way, with none of the new terminology. It’s still ahead of the implementation, and I keep thinking I’ll implement some of it.  In short, it describes an internet operating system (i-glue) based on blackbox standards, rich protocols, and replaceable appliances. Read the rest of this entry »

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Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet

What is depleted uranium? Depleted uranium (DU) contains 99% U-238. It is the remainder after natural uranium has been processed to remove U-235, which is the material useful for nuclear reactor fuel and nuclear weapons. (It has been “depleted” of U-235.) DU is 60% as radioactive as natural uranium, with a half-life of 4.5 billion years.1

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