On Thu, 31 Dec 2015, Geoffrey Oltmans wrote:
The death of copper has been preached since I started
Almost half a century ago, there were attempts to use aluminium instead of
copper for house wiring. It did not go well.
"After having dug to a depth of 1,000 meters last year, French scientists
found traces of copper dating back 1,000 years and came to the
conclusion that their ancestors had a telephone network all those
"Not to be outdone by the French, English scientists dug to a depth of
2,000 meters and shortly after headlines in the U.K. newspapers read:
"English archeologists have found traces of 2,000-year-old fiber-optic
cable and have concluded that their ancestors had an advanced high-tech
digital communications network a thousand years earlier than the French."
"One week later, Scottish newspapers reported the following: "After
digging as deep as 5,000 meters, scientists had found absolutely nothing.
They, therefore, concluded that 5,000 years ago Scots were already using