Chemical/biological weapons for example.
Anyone producing nerve gas, or antipersonnel cluster munitions, or weaponized biological agents designed to actually be used (as opposed for research into how to counteract them) should definitely feel bad about what they're doing. These things have no other purpose than to be immorally used against people.
Someone producing a hunting rifle can likely feel fine about what they're doing even though there is a chance it could be used against a person. However, if you know that the hunting rifle you're making is intended to be used by some despotic ruler for hunting and killing people, you should probably feel bad about it.
Military drones can be used for many useful purposes, but they have also been used to kill a lot of innocent people.
I'm guessing myself, like many people put up with the 2x day delay in getting something (delayed gratification) due to not having to pay sales tax on orders from Amazon.
I'm up in Canada. Around here, if you order something online and the store doesn't collect the provincial sales tax you're actually supposed to fill out a form and send it in yourself. I've never actually heard of anyone doing this though....
It's well documented that some animals have the mental capacity of a typical 3 year old human child. (See Alex the african grey parrot, Koko the gorilla, etc.)
And I do not know why people banter about about "dishonest" trading -- the trades themselves are public record, and only executed because the seller and buyer agreed on a price. There is no coercion or manipulation in the trade itself.
The reason why people don't like it is that they see the high-speed traders as a man-in-the-middle attack.
Hypothetically if both parties were on the network at the same time they could sell to each other at a mutually agreed-upon price. The high speed trader in the middle gets one party to pay a bit more to buy and the other party to accept a bit less to sell, and pockets the difference while doing very little in return.
The real market maker usefulness is when both parties are not on the market at the same time, but that requires them to hold onto the asset for longer, which they generally don't want to do.
It's *really hard* to prove that something is safe, you pretty much need to test every possible interaction.
It's relatively simple to prove that something is not safe--you just need to find one thing demonstrating lack of safety and then you're done.
That said, I think there should be some level of due diligence required before bringing a GM food to market. That said, the current alternative to GMOs is irradiating DNA to force it to mutate, which causes way more changes in unrelated areas and offers all the dangers of GMOs, but currently has basically no labelling requirements.
A brain surgeon doesn't just get hired as a heart surgeon.
A brain surgeon also doesn't get hired as "10 years of experience doing brain surgery with brand X scalpels and brand Y CT scanning equipment".
They're expected to train as part of the job, and they're given a certain amount of time and money to keep current.
going over wifi there's no reason they should use your cell minutes, is there?
The technology exists...there are systems (Republic Wireless, some Blackberry setups) that can actually handoff from cell to wifi while you're in the middle of a call.
It goes for most of a week without charging.
Of course, if you have a modern smartphone and only use it for phone calls it'll go for a long time on a charge too.
I have a manual transmission vehicle, but you're not being accurate in your criticism.
The flappy paddle automatic transmissions on most supercars use one or two dry clutches, not torque converters. And in most fluid clutch systems you can shift down at least one or two gears using the shift lever.
I own a manual transmission vehicle, but it's no longer accurate to say that manual gives better fuel usage or better performance.
These days a CVT is tops for fuel usage, and for shifting performance an automatic dry-clutch system (like used on basically all supercars) will shift far quicker than any person can (60ms or so).
The voices in the headset also represent real people, and they were there before you.
Do you think that people that walk into a fast-food place are more important than the people who are in the drive-through (and therefore almost by definition are in a hurry)?
If you're working on a very specific project, you need someone with a specific skillset.
I worked for a decade in linux kernel development for embedded telecom systems. The linux kernel has 12 million lines of code...you want someone who has experience with it, at least enough that they know where to start looking when they run into an issue.
My current company is looking for people with experience with a particular open-source project, because it takes months to get up to speed and we're on an aggressive schedule.
My own job is programming Moodle, an LMS with over a million lines of code. That's roughly equal to an entire Linux distribution.
What are you smoking? Just the linux *kernel* is roughly 12 million lines of code. Firefox is 10 million lines of code. The GNOME desktop framework is 8 million lines of code. The GNU compiler is 6 million lines of code. Chromium is 7 million lines of code.
That's just a smattering of the packages that can be found in a linux distribution...
And rather than reinvent the wheel they're looking for someone who has done it before.