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Maciej and I are pretty big nerds, but on the way out we ran into some kind of Lockheed missile engineer and spent the next 20 minutes talking about the future of space exploration. He also told us that a slim majority of customers at Norton were people looking for heavy duty hydraulics for their cars. And that engineers prowl the place to learn the lost, proprietary rocket technology of the past.

 

At one point he picked up some sort of milling tool and said "This is worth about $20,000. Carlos, how much for this?" Carlos said "eh, $50."

 

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Taken on April 28, 2007