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obsolescence

[‚äb·sə′les·əns]
(engineering)
Decreasing value of functional and physical assets or value of a product or facility from technological changes rather than deterioration.

Obsolescence

A loss in value due to a decrease in the usefulness of property caused by decay, changes in technology, people’s behavioral patterns and tastes, or environmental changes. Items or buildings that become out of date or practice and fall into disuse; also impairment of a building resulting from a change in the design or from external influences which tend to make the property less desirable for continued use.
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Meanwhile, our options for greening the existing office stock are to re-clad and re-engineer obsolescent buildings, to manage their environmental performance more rigorously, and, most important in my opinion, to use them more intensively.
Natural motherhood is not obsolescent, as The Atlantic once predicted, but ascendant, in vogue to an almost disturbing degree.
Included in the appendices are a list of the intrinsic procedures; a description of the obsolescent features; an extended example illustrating the use of pointers and recursion; advice on avoiding compilation cascades; a glossary; and solutions to most of the exercises.
After liberating it from beneath unruly and obsolescent detritus, I read with interest the interview with ASAE Past President Harmon Towne.
His recent books include Obsolescent Capitalism: Contemporary Politics and Global Disorder (Zed Books, 2004) and The Liberal Virus: Permanent War and the Americanization of the World (Monthly Review, 2004).
Their undersea fleet had been negligible during WW II, and until the mid 1960s it was always noisy and somewhat ramshackle--good enough boats, perhaps, but borderline obsolescent and often limited in their capabilities.
Anacomp, together with its strategic partners, offers both analog and digital scanning services and electronic transmission and capture services to maximize capture capabilities, regardless of the genesis of the source document, data or image--and that includes old archived paper documents, data in legacy systems, obsolescent optical disk repositories, or outputs from the latest daily transaction system.
They marched by, toting heavy packs and carrying obsolescent, perhaps First World War-vintage, rifles whose true value potentially lies less in national defense than as collectibles.
At the same time, the obsolescent TV-guided AGM-65B Mavericks were replaced by newly delivered AGM-65G models with imaging-infrared seekers.
Any book is obsolescent on publication, and medical advances in the porphyrias are no exception.
To help keep maintenance costs down while taking advantage of the latest technology, LP&L's Brandon Station replaced its old and obsolescent Woodward 501 digital control system with a new Atlas control system, which has an improved diagnostic capability.
A major control system upgrade and refurbishment programme, involving the large scale replacement of obsolescent process controllers and associated signal conditioning modules, was completed recently at Corus Colours Shotton Works on Deeside.