Re: Moores law says you get a doubling every 18 months
Nope, Moores (original) "law" was the number of components (or tansistors) doubling every year (and not computing power), when he realised his prediction was wrong (10 years later), he changed it do doubling every two years, which of course (because of hindsight) was moore accurate (pun intended), it's now drifting again and approaching every three years.
Moore is an accidental hero, never really that accurate, but held up by many as a visionary, cant really be blamed for that, not his fault, to answer El Reg's question, yes it fits in with the law, if you want it to.
If you want to look to a real visionary, Alan Turing, he made proper verifiable predictions regarding memory capacity, and he was pretty accurate, he predicted computers would have 128Mb memory by the year 2000, which, given the prediction was made 50 years before, was amazingly accurate.
Petition to put Alan Turing on the £10 note