People really don't get this principle when they say "There ought to be a law..." as if declaring something by fiat will make it so. Should people respect the environment? Yes. Should they behave in a socially responsible way? Yes. Etc... The problem is that unless people's desires align with that sort of thinking, they're not going to change how they act. It's a social problem, where we live in a society that values excessive individualism (although, in an oddly conformist way, material wealth, quick and shallow self-gratification (i.e. all your problems go away with a pint of ice cream or a little pill), and so on. People should also remember that regulators and politicians are cut from the same sort of cloth as the people in BP who're trying to get around these bans (and then our political system and government makes more sense all of a sudden).
Politicians and regulators still have yet to realize that people will do what they see fit, despite laws, regulations, and penalties. On the personal side, if you're trying to regulate people harming themselves, they are willing to spray paint in a bag and destroy their brains by inhaling it to "get high"...what law can you make that will affect such a naked desire to harm one's self? Outside of the brain damage, this seems to be the same sort of thing, on a much larger scale. The market always exists, and always will exist, because it's nothing but a measure of how much people value certain things and outcomes and what sort of price they're willing to pay to get them. BP spending some money to export crude this way just shows that they're willing to go a little higher over these regulations.
That's helpful, if not quite the same thing. Is there an option to make it snap to an angle when doing that? Looked a little, didn't run across anything.
I spend a lot of time (too much time) creating and editing textures for meshes. I downloaded Krita and messed with it for a few minutes, to see how it compared to Gimp. One thing that immediately jumped out is the archaic (i.e. 1980's) method of drawing a straight line. In Gimp, this is super-easy...the last place you were drawing is where the origin of a straight line is. In Krita, it looks like you're stuck having to do it the old-fashioned way of dragging the line from one point to another (I moved to Gimp from Paint.NET for this reason, among others). It seems like it is a very feature-rich tool, but seems lacking in usability in some areas (based on 20 minutes of searching, it seems like others have found some "pain points" of their own with it). It does look like a good tool for doing illustrations, though, so it's worth a look for people who tend more toward that type of work, but for editing/creating textures, I'm not sold.
It always seems that when companies start trying to branch out into wildly dissimilar industries, it's a sign of trouble within the organization. Do what you do well, figure out how to do it better if things aren't going how you'd like them. Don't try making sushi if you've always sold donuts.
The "jump the shark" moment for "WMD" was when the surviving Boston bomber was charged with using a WMD. Horrible, yes. Evil, yes. However, it's not a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon. I'm wondering how long it will before assault rifles or 3d printed handguns will be labeled "WMDs."
And, optionally, you try not to be the guy whom the legislative hammer is brought down on by politicians looking to make a buck, which is the other side of the coin. But, yes, when I hear people complain about the "free market," they obviously have no idea how our current economy functions.
You actually do make some good points, and I've found that the majority of people really aren't douches. My issue with the original post/story was that it seemed like this piece probably belonged somewhere else besides Slashdot. After all, most readers here live/breathe/eat tech on an insider level, to where we have a tech life, as opposed to a tech "lifestyle." We generally engineer the hardware and software that other people write about and use. The psychological dependence on tech, in that losing an item would be such a traumatic experience, is not something many of us necessarily identify with. Most people here are cognizant enough about the issues of security and trust that it really comes sense nature to use not to leave our data in a vulnerable state. At the most, we're reduced to the physical loss of the item, as opposed to feeling like we're losing control of our lifestyle because of it. Truthfully, I can see the same sort of connection with the anger over Beta -- Slashdot represents a very niche and unique perspective (again, people whose life, not lifestyle, is tech) and trying to alter that brings a great deal of discomfort because of what someone is trying to imply about us.
For anyone who is complacent or unconvinced about the value of the internet in terms of providing a meaningful political dialogue, political education, or otherwise serving as a tool of the people to at least aid in political expression, look at the places where it is controlled and how politically repressive those places are. If nothing more, it should show that attempts to restrict or regulate it may indicate that those parties attempting to do the restriction or regulation may not have your best interests at heart.
I misplaced my cell phone the other day. It also upended my existence. Then, I found it and restored faith in myself. In other news, some bears crapped in the woods.
While the Republicans probably have a lot of catching up to do in the tech department, they're still clueless as to why they are losing in the political arena, and it has nothing to do with tech. They've long since given up their founding principles of being pro-liberty (remember, most Republicans voted for the Civil Rights Act) and internationally cautious and have instead become a hangout for corrupt Beltway extortionists and moonbat crazies in recent decades. When they do offer a political position, it's about 75 percent of what the Democrats offer, so what's the point of supporting them? Finally, dislike of government is a prominent Republican theme, but they've never seen a defense program they didn't like (by and large). All that adds up to a brand which is more damaged than New Coke and would take a cold, hard look in the mirror before it can ever expect to be resurrected, which they are not capable of doing. In ten years, the GOP will have largely gone the way of the Whigs, maybe winning some local elections, but increasingly irrelevant on the national scene.
KentuckyFC writes "Arbitrage is a way of making profit by exploiting price differences for the same asset. In capital markets, traders aggressively seek out and exploit these market "inefficiencies". Now one data scientist says it's possible to do the same with metro fares and has studied the fare-arbitrage potential of San Francisco's subway system, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). The idea is to swap tickets with another commuter during your journey to reduce the amount you both pay. BART has 44 stations which allows 946 different journeys and 446,985 unique pairs of trips. Of these, over 60,000 have arbitrage potential and commuters can save at least $1 on 4,666 of them. But there are good reasons why cities might want to maintain price differences for certain journeys--to encourage people to live in certain areas, for example. What's more, it’s possible to imagine a pair of commuters who each travel from one side of a city to the other at considerable cost. But by swapping tickets in the city centre, they could both pay for a short commute in each others’ suburbs. But is that fair to other commuters?"
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Old Steve Jackson game supplement, but it was very interesting in terms of speculation with how real-world interactions would probably go between permanent moon settlements and earth. The arc of independence almost seems inevitable once there is sufficient development and an inability to directly control events happening in a distant location, not unlike what happened with British colonization in America. Of course, long-term habitability of the moon remains to be seen, although it seems likely people are going to give it a shot at some point.
Good points. I'd also add that universal education simply makes it so that a person has to get more education in order to improve their chances of landing or retaining a job. Teachers, for example, generally have to get a Masters, which is completely useless to most of them. At least in programming, there's not as much of this, although I did lose out one time to a person who had a Masters' degree.
Someone probably already wrote a sci-fi story along these lines, but I can easily see someone with an artificial heart, pacemaker, or some other medical device getting a phone call threatening to shut their thing off unless they make an extortion payment. While I think most of these are air gapped at the moment, it's inevitable that they will become more interconnected, especially as a means of delivering diagnostic information (aka "heartbeats", heh), at which point it will be possible to run exploits against them. Even if a person's devices aren't experiencing a legit attack, I can also see plenty of people being scared into coughing up dough because they won't know any better.