So the massive road train trucks going by was a bit far fetched then
or perhaps your life style made you miss it !
Actually, due to all the regulation here, the difference is more than a few dollars. If an iPad 2 were made in America, it would cost $1,144.02 USD, instead of $400 USD.
I apologize for the tangent but the issue had to do with the physical infrastructure of hardware supplies and assembly having moved to China and hence there being no viable infrastructure in the US to supply budding electronic wunderkinds. Along with the assertion that US-made iPads have to cost multiples of what they cost being made in China. I do think that we are at a disadvantage in the US re: a good electronic component supply base. However, I'll also assert that part of the problem is the lack of demand - ie if rat shack and similar companies can't make money stocking 15 cent regulators and selling them for $2, then it's only logical for them to stick to selling cell phones, toys, etc. IMO the problem is deeper, ie no or little positive reinforcement for kids to have a good role model re the benefits of science and engineering. In most schools, the geeks are marginalized, not put on a pedestal like jocks. Until that changes, I imagine you'll continue to see a drought in the engineering fields. That, and the discrepancy in pay re: finance-related work vs. engineering.
Son: mom I want to be a electronics guy.Mon: No, you won't.Son: Mom I like electronics, why would I not do electronics?Mon: If you want to earn your living you'd better become a banker.
I never really considered things like Constantin explains.As far as I can see he has a point that there is a relation between the "culture" (in casu geeks/nerds not being popular/well paid) versus "electronic shops disappearing".Imagine following situationQuoteSon: mom I want to be a electronics guy.Mon: No, you won't.Son: Mom I like electronics, why would I not do electronics?Mon: If you want to earn your living you'd better become a banker.
No TV shows other than "how its made" that celebrate hard science or engineering accomplishments regularly.