It's not that it can't do useful things for everyone; it's that you have to balance that against things like time wasted. For the head of a major agency with private secretaries and aids at her call, checking and sending emails might not be the best use of her time.
Robin Hood. Dick Turpin. Butch Cassidy. Bonnie and Clyde. Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.
People who break the law have always been the subject of fascination, and for a certain subset of the fascinated, glorification. We still enjoy caper movies about criminals pulling off complicated heists, movies which gloss over the innocent victims of crime or even depict the criminal as an instrument of poetic justice. For the vast majority of people fascination with criminals is harmless. Living in a civilized society requires restraint that makes fantasies of anarchic behavior attractive. In moderation, some measure of admiration of rule breakers probably helps keep the people who run things in check (e.g. the Edward Snowden case).
The problem is that some people have difficulty separating fantasy from reality, keeping to moderation, or understanding how complex or ambiguous people can be. Julian Assange is neither an angel nor a devil, but a flawed, complicated person who did something that needed doing. George Washington wasn't the childhood paragon of the cherry tree legend, but an ambitious, rash, somewhat dishonest social climber who achieved greatness under the pressure of circumstance.
I thought the point was water usage. I missed the part about money.
That's interesting. I remember they were called sugar beets but that was ages ago when I was a child. I damn sure haven't bought any since I've been an adult, sugar or otherwise.
I noticed sugar beets used very little water comparatively. That may explain why they taste like dirt.
The statement that they export 100 billion gallons of water in alfalfa is silly. There is a sod farm down the road from me and they water grass like crazy. Is all that water in the grass? When they cut, roll and ship the sod does the water go with it? Nope. Some of the water is used by the grass for it's growth, a lot evaporates and a lot goes into the ground returning to the water table. This is pure propaganda of the worst kind. What about the cattle? How much water is in a pound of ground beef? Hundreds? Of course not! It may take hundreds to grow it but the cows piss out almost all the water they take in. That water doesn't ship with them. There is a cost to grow these things and it does take water but water is replenishable although if you overpopulate an area (California) it will become scarce. Maybe deserts were meant to be dry? This article is sensationalism.
Shame to hear about the O2. Such is the age though.
Sounds like a rather interesting job, to say the least.
On which planet has the anti-tax movement won?
That would be this one.
I'm still surprised you have much extant hardware left. What are you running it on?
I used the media framework on the O2s back in the day. Impressive stuff.
We're tied for third lowest homicide rate in the country, so why would I want to carry a firearm? Our rate of *total* homicide is 1/4 the rate of *accidental* firearms in Florida, even though our firearm ownership rate is 1/2.
Our accident rate per gun owner is half, because we require gun purchasers to take a basic firearms safety course. That's not so onerous. A 4 hour course with an NRA certified instructor, which costs around $100. It's a *little* intrusive, but so is having the guy in the next apartment negligently discharge his handgun in a cleaning accident.
Not that amazing. The US government has been sold off to the highest bidders. They just interpret the Constitution to mean what they want it to mean so it doesn't get in their way anymore. At least they're smart enough to know there are limits to what they can do without waking up the apathetic majority. As long as they don't go too far most people are content to ignore the danger of a government that has slipped it's leash.
Windows has me at Powershell and Command Prompt
when I must use it, I prefer cygwin. Then I can run my preferred shell it in an xterm, whih I find substantially better than CMD. the scroll speed on the builtin command window is terrible.
IRIX and Solaris I'm there frequently too.
Rally? I thought IRIX dropped out of support finally. The last hardwre built to run IRIX ceased production something like 7 years ago. surely you don't have all that much time on IRIX.
FORTRAN (starting to get controversial here since I know it's still used by some crazy science people who don't want to learn anything modern)
The latest extant standard is 2008, with the new one due out next year. Fortran 77 would count as very much legacy, but the new fortran variants seem to be decent enough modern languages.
It's a progressive state, so more government regulation is always better.
Well, we do not require transvaginal ultrasounds for women who want to get abortions.
The difference between a progressive state and a conservative state isn't regulation. It's *what* is regulated.
Another one would be the small local delivery mail trucks, especially as those things are constantly stopping and starting
I bet they could deliver milk with one of those!