There are so many myths about what products were spawned by the space race—tang and space pens to name but two. I’ve noticed before that one of the things that is counter-intuitive about space is that it often requires odd or old technology. The reason seems almost always to be certification and testing. Yes, it would be nice to send an iPhone 5S to Mars, but the infrastructure required to make sure that we could do it safely would blow several budgets. It’s worth remembering that Space is big, and hard to get to.
This should probably say, ‘could not do before Ireland joined the EU’. It’s astonishing how our society has changed in the last few decades
7 Live securely in her family home
Under Irish law, a married woman had no right to a share in her family home, even if she was the breadwinner. Her husband could sell the home without her consent.
How it changed
Under the Family Home Protection Act of 1976, neither spouse can sell the family home without the written consent of the other.
I would love to spend time delving into the disciplinary records of TCD to see what’s there, beyond the already-infamous cases.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the university’s remit went well beyond its academic responsibilities. Successive monarchs bestowed on it wide-ranging civil, criminal and ecclesiastical powers and its courts tried cases involving university members and other “privileged persons” – townspeople such as stationers, tailors or butchers trading with university members.
There was a time when a slide rule was emblematic of an engineer. These days, it’s an obscure antiquity. I wonder what other tools of today we will evolve away from?
Nomography, or Computing without Computers, are graphical devices for approximating functions—these charts and graphs allow for complex calculation and algorithms, without demanding more than being able to draw a straight line.
It seems that people are buying fewer sweet things because online stores inhibit the instant-fix of impulse-buys, and perhaps because of the economy. It’s an interesting thing, because it shows how much our rational behaviour can be undermined by our environment. I’ve not moved to online shopping, but I have curbed my impulse buying, and changed what I buy substantially. The Steam store seems to be very good at encouraging impulse buys, but that’s because of careful price/discount economics and the instant gratification aspect. I guess you’d need a steam for chocolate that gets it to your door instantly.
In Britain, the country where e-commerce is most popular, about 13 percent of people do all or most of their grocery shopping online. Yet this only accounts for 5 percent of overall spending, suggesting consumers spend more when they visit a store.
That is because online shoppers search for what they need, usually sticking close to their shopping lists. They don’t spontaneously buy magazines they opened while waiting to pay, or chocolate to eat on the go.