To add to that, I'm frustrated with the generic names for products. I'm sure you realize how frustrating it can be to troubleshoot issues via search when the product names are: "Google Play Music", "Google Books", "Google Play Store", "Google Voice", "Google Photos"...
It bothers me when I hear of regulatory organizations "investigating" to determine if a law has been broken. If the agency directly responsible for the enforcement of a law cannot immediately decide if an action is illegal how can anyone reasonably expect a regular citizen to know if they are breaking the law?
Oh your doctor's office might not be doing it directly, but whatever service they signed up with to manage their data sure as hell is.
Also, if you measure only in 1 degree increments, Fahrenheit degrees are smaller and provide better resolution, though I suppose I can't tell the difference between 69 degrees and 70 degrees anyway.
For me I like the precision when dealing with fevers. You have 6-7 degrees between healthy and ER.
Simple conversions combined with a HUGE cost to update signage, a period of transition, and confusion means that even though I would prefer the US go completely metric, I just don't think it's worth the cost.
Just because it is trivial to delete a browsing history doesn't mean you aren't destroying evidence by doing so. If you find yourself the subject of a police investigation, the first thing you should do is contact a lawyer and figure out what you should and should not be doing.
If I cut off my foot and preserve it in such a manner as it can be re-attached at a later time. Would someone who took that foot and threw it in a dumpster commit battery, or just destruction of property?
In the US, detached bodyparts/material are considered to be property and do not receive any special protection. There have been several cases regarding this when it comes to 'Medical/surgical waste'.
They are under NO legal obligation to permit modding, much less support it.
You are correct. On the other hand, they have no legal authority to demand payment provided that the person who wrote the mod does not redistribute Bethesda IP.
This isn't just about lock-in. Car manufacturers have a huge risk in the form of damage to the brand if something happens. Unfortunately with the way our media works these days, the outrage and damage occurs first, and only later do we find out if it was justified.
No company wants their brand to be the one involved in a sudden news story where they become the punching bag (justified or not), it's extremely costly.
My built-in GPS does something similar every time I turn on my car. It puts up a warning about the dangers of using a GPS. Unfortunately I only notice the warning when I'm just trying to glance over at the map to see if my turn is coming up. So I am now distracted by a warning and have to reach over to click it off if I just want to see the damned map.
As long as they don't knock themselves out on the doorframes on their way to the pantry.
My heat pump can move more heat with less energy than a glowing wire will emit.
If it's any help I purchased a bunch of the Cree 60 Watt equivalent bulbs about a year ago (20-30 of them) and I have been very happy with them. None have burned out so far (which is all well and good since I'm not good at keeping receipts) and I've kept some running nearly 24x7 in standard lamp fixtures without seeing any noticeable decrease in output. My only complaint (a minor one) is that they have a bit of a sticky feel to the 'bulb' portion and I was worried it would make it hard to dust. Kind of like a silicone feel. However, a damp cloth slides right over it so it's not much of a hassle.
In short, I highly recommend the Cree bulbs.
Amish will use new technology if it is required. The main aspect of their culture isn't specifically the avoidance of technology, but avoiding the accoutrements of pride and vanity.
If a technology is necessary and can be incorporated without disruption (or requiring a connectedness to the 'English' world) it quite often is. Refrigeration technologies powered by propane is one of the more obvious examples. Obviously it varies from sect to sect and some are more restrictive than others.
The issue with solar efficiency is having enough space for enough panels, it scales easily. The biggest issue for Mars wouldn't be space or efficiency, but cleaning the dust from the panels.