My dude, hate to tell ya but I don't think anyone here even reads your pages long repies/posts since like 5 years ago lolDoesn't mean I agree with it.
US was a free country as well as massive public and private investments.
Poland had 45 years of communism which didn't like advancements in the tech field. It was mainly the domain of USSR.
Planned economy required countries to share the market. Say USSR is making trains, Poland boats, Hungary buses etc.
If USSR says "you make this computer" then you make it, not much room for other western copycats (in this case IBM 360) or your own development.
There was the ЕС ЭВМ standard and computers had to follow it.
Over here the computer revolution happened in the 90's, before that it was mainly outdated tech only accessible to fortunate few.
Even in the 90's it was mainly 80's personal computers flooding from the west.
USSR while not keeping up with the west had more money and resources.
Computers were more common.
Those are the folks who helped out Intel in the 90's (look up who was working on Pentium and Itanium CPU's).
Also Russia seems to have excellent hackers.
Product of decades of education focused on STEM field.
Soviet countries in general had fairly high standards in education back then.
Elementary school had level similar to a modern High school.
You would have to go through some books from that period to notice how much was removed over the years.
I learned calculus from a 1959 book and was amazed by how good it was.
Nowadays the STEM field is underfunded.
My brother who studies law has much more funding than I do.
Scholarships, competitions with high prizes, you name it.
I don't have those, which is why I purchase my own test equipment in order to learn.
Even the available scholarschips (I only have one available) either pay nothing or are funded by a company (through 4 years I recall two).
That is you finish the studies and you are forced to work there for some time or you have to pay back 80% of it.
The funding problem was noticeable even at school level.
I entered a physics competiton and managed to reach the finale.
It was a competition at a regional level.
Prizes fund was whole 300PLN IIRC (90USD or so at the time).
Divide that on top 10 (who did get something) and you get nothing. Some lame stuff like a book and pendrive.
But hey, at least my photo and name are hanging in the school "hall of fame".
For say poetry competition it was a different story.
Laptops, tablets, digital cameras, you name it.
They could win amazing stuff.
Which is why I kind of dislike the humanist field.
Getting all the money but giving almost nothing in return.
Save for several "special" fields most end up doing jobs which are not even remotely connected to their field of study.
DC motors have really high stall torque, higher than AC induction motors.Neat. I had a lot of fun modding three phase DC motors on electric bikes. Can accelerate quicker than a lamborghini with a crystalyte HS3548 motor.
The concept of boomers is kind of a nonexistent thing in former eastern bloc.I read them. I'm a boomer though.
Funny you should mention that as I just finished watching HBO's excellent series Chernobyl for a second time. Though I didn't make it to the East in Europe during my time in the military there, one of my German landlords had an uncle that visited from East Germany a couple of times while I was stationed in that part of Germany. Being fluent in German, I got to learn all the nuances (especially the cultural ones).The concept of boomers is kind of a nonexistent thing in former eastern bloc.
There was no prosperous economy after the war.
But it depends on how you define it.
You could get a flat from the state (several years in a waiting line), free holidays in a factory-owned resort for workers and their children, the jobs were often rather lax.
But then you couldn't afford a lot of stuff.
Car, TV were luxurious items, meat was also sometimes considered a luxury food.
Foreign as well as "internal export" (made in the country but meant for export to the west) goods could only be purchased using USD, not PLN.
This way the communists could get the much needed hard currency USD from the population.
USD was only available on the black market, by having relatives living in the west or working (legally or illegally) in the west.
I may or may not have fallen asleep through several calls. Half the time I don’t even have to be on it. The training calls are the worse, zero need to interact or for it to even be a call in the first place. Two hour video conference for Air Canada for the 737-Max, which was just watching a PowerPoint while a dude talked about information that is common across basically every aircraft type in the world.At my old work I was amazed to learn that I got paid to sit and listen to people talk at meetings. Longest I recall ever having was 3 hours for some serious portion of our project, and we had breaks and cookies to make it easier to deal with.