Originally Posted by Boomhauer
Apple is no more. Only 'stuff' remains.
- The Russian space program has been using the same hardware for decades and has been a highly successful program. In the last half decade, all the old-timers have been replaced by a new culture. In the last year they've lost five launches, including an ISS resupply the other day. While the equipment and policies haven't changed, the people have and put the ISS future in jeopardy. The same concerns exist for our current loss of key NASA individuals and culture, as well as replacing the best military leadership with a new State Dept/CIA/Mercenary approach.
I read an article in Air and Space mag a few months ago about Star City in Russia, it (like most of Russia) is crumbling down around the people. Only a fraction of the workers populate the town they built in the late 50's early 60's and they never do any maint or upkeep on the buildings.
There are a few world class testing facilities that they do keep in best shape but everything else is a dump.
I blame everything on the Japan and their "Just in time" model. No one wants to do anything that could impact their numbers anymore. You need to have a robust infrastructure that can weather storms and down times while maintaining the best quality available.
I think Apple will falter with the loss of Jobs but it will take them awhile, they had trouble when he was doing his "Next" computing platform but he learned from it and realized that all he had to do was change the platform and make it simple and things took off with the ipod. That kind of vision is difficult to find.