Anyone with some more knowledge of this care to shine a light on this?
Who says you need to do it in secret? All you would need to do is convince someone to let you do it, either through being in on it, or some other covert means.
And what, exactly, is the reasoning for taxing those extremely fuel efficient cars? I thought the entire point of a fuel tax was to discourage consumption of fossil fuels. Wouldn't the effect of a "tax free" electric vehicle be exactly what you would be trying to accomplish through fuel tax policy?
I'd say infrastructure is needed no matter what, so justifying a distance tax based on road usage seems like it misses the entire crux of the issue.
It doesn't make much sense even for someone who works a lot with computers though. Consider the fact that unless you are migrating between more than two options your "most frequent" will always be whichever was your very first migration(from a -> b) or both(from a -> b and then back again). Since after the first migration(1-0), you won't migrate again until you migrate back, putting the score back at even(1-1, 2-2, 3-3 et.c.).
Admittedly, the options do reflect that since the first three options all include a or b -> c suggesting that the poll creator wanted to find out which OS out of the "big three" people have most often tried. Even for people who migrate a lot, what does options 1, 2 and 3 really signify? Which OS they've given up the most on?(Unlikely since all the options are "given up on a or b" without specifying) or which they've given the most tries? More likely, but what does that even mean?
And lastly, given the very few possible directions to actually migrate, for the very vast majority of people Windows -> Linux or Windows -> OS X will be "most frequent" simply because people are generally introduced to computers through Windows. It follows then that their first migration(if they ever migrate) will be away from whichever they used first. Hence the comparatively very small amount of people choosing the "From Linux or OS X to Windows".
Basically, don't expect to draw any meaningful scientific conclusions from this one, although that can probably be said for pretty much all internet polls.
While their compliance rate has indeed gone down, a 70% increase coupled with only 10 pp decrease mean that they actually comply with more requests. In fact, it works out to be a 15% increase in the total amount of requests that were complied with.
I stopped reading after your first paragraph. The foundation of modern science have absolutely nothing to do with judeo-christians other than the fact that it was developed during the renaissance by (mainly, but not only) Christian scientists(many of them very much not in the spirit of their religion, look up Galileo Galilei). The renaissance itself took almost all of its principles of science from the ancient greeks where Judaism was rare at best and Christianity did not even exist yet. The rest was a mix of chinese/indian/arabic scholarly thought that was brought to Europe by the silk road and other trade routes that the scholars of Europe then developed further.
The sheer audacity of taking credit away from the Greeks and orientals(for lack of a better catch-all for the eastern civilizations) for the foundations of science is to me an amazing piece of ignorance that just baffles the bloody mind.
Just how ignorant are you? Stuff like this should be common knowledge and require no proof. Ever heard of clean air/water regulation? How about abolishing stuff like the truck system? It would take at most 5 minutes of googling or wikipedia searching to find this stuff out.
Just in case you are too lazy, here are some links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_air_act (note how the criticisms stated all involve net profits and outsourcing as a result of cleaner air, look up the air quality in Mumbai or New Delhi if you get the chance...)
The system noted above gave rise the the union United Mine Workers which helped secure the rights of coal miners and other abused workers. Without government supporting the right of unions to exist this would have been impossible.
Oh if I still had my mod points from last week, thank you parent for that article link!
Not only that, but the brilliant solution you suggest is in use in, you guessed it, Diablo 2(cloud characters= closed bnet, offline characters= open bnet/singleplayer/lan).
What it all boils down to is that Blizzard is doing the exact same thing they did with SC2. That is, removing features sorely missed by some of the paying customers(in the case of SC2, LAN) to try and squeeze some money out of pirates. Pirates who probably just won't play the game instead of actually buying it, although I admit that's mostly speculation on my part.
Basically, the video is just a proof of concept of how you would make a battery to use as a telegraph using only stone age materials combined with knowledge. The video ends after he uses a voltmeter to measure his "battery" made out of clay and the aforementioned iron/copper(he gets like 1V out of it or something).
The point is, it's really easy to just outsmart an RTS AI once you figure out its tendencies. No matter how good it's multitasking is your own won't be bad enough that your flying units all of a sudden forget how to shoot down.
Having an intricate knowledge of counters and economy and timings(at least as far as starcraft goes) has always been superior to multitasking, but only to a point. There are things that you can take advantage of with near-perfect multitasking and control, but you need to actually know what to do with that control(and so far, no AIs do). A good example of what you can use AI for is in the article video demonstrating mutalisk/scourge control at a level which no human player would be able to accomplish. The only problem is that a human player would know that the AI is capable of that and just play around it.
An example would be some extremely mechanical starcraft players(NaDa, a korean progamer comes to mind) being able to just completely outdo their opponents with pure control and multitasking. The problem here though is that those players have such an immensely better understanding of the strategy and tactics of the game than a programmed AI can ever come close to even if it's not their strong suit(compared to other progamers who play more with smarts than raw hand speed). Their multitasking wasn't what won them games but rather a combination of their abilities. They still had far and away stronger decision making than your average player(or any kind of AI).
It doesn't matter if you have the best multitasking in the world if the opponent can just outright kill you cause it has more stuff.