At $311 million in revenue, if Firefox was a charity, it would be the 27th largest charity in the US, between the USO and Catholic Relief Services, according to Forbes. By the way, BOTH Microsoft and Google want to keep it alive because of anti-trust fears, although most of the search traffic goes to Google.
Doesn't sound too independent if 90% of their money is from Google. They're a puppet.
Exactly right. The largest executive compensation packages, on average, are in non-profit organizations these days.
So Munich hands out Ubuntu disks, people put them in their XP machines, and within 2 minutes, all of the data and programs on all of the PCs will be wiped out? Munich will come to a halt and have to spend huge amounts of money to recover or recreate the data. Also, just because Microsoft stops supporting it doesn't mean you have to stop using it. Anti-virus software will still work, and I'm sure some companies will come out with special protection just for XP machines. I've turned off auto updates on most of my XP machines because of the blue screens of death (BSODs) that many of the Microsoft updates caused! What I've found is the vast majority of viruses are attacking Vista and higher machines. I haven't run into one in quite a while.
I know it's heresy to say so, but HIV is only junk DNA that the immune system didn't clean out. If the bone marrow transplant made their immune systems healthy again, it means it they wouldn't have junk DNA floating around their bloodstreams because it was able to clean it out. Of course, that shoots holes in the theory that HIV "causes" AIDS and throws out 20+ years of HIV research, but maybe researchers will get on the right path to finding a cure.
One thing people haven't thought about is that On-Star is able to monitor the car's operation. It could be easy to spot renters who are driving 100 miles an hour or are doing donuts in parking lots and fine them for abuse. But I see all sorts of other problems. For example, when I rent from a major company, I know the car will be cleaned and vacuumed and that the company has some kind of maintenance program. You could wind up renting a car filled with baby seats and McDonalds wrappers. And what about minor dings, scratches and so forth. You would have to take pictures of your car daily to prove who messed up your car.
Actually, a bit of history. Amazon was gearing up to do 4-hour home delivery via UPS just before the Internet stock market crash of March 2000. Amazon was going to have a mini-warehouse at all UPS depots stocking the top selling books and CDs (this was before Amazon expanded massively into all the other retail categories). Most UPS trucks return several times a day to the depot to drop off and pick up deliveries, so the orders could be thrown onto the trucks at that time and you could get your merchandise in about 4 hours. Apparently, Amazon is still thinking about how they can do this 12 years later!.
Dick Morris has a book out called Screwed where he details a ton of these kind of proposals. For example, a new Law of the Sea conference would have the UN collecting a royalty on oil or anything else extracted from the sea that would be redistributed to every third-world and fourth-world dictatorship in the world. There's also been proposals for a world-wide 1% income tax that would go directly to the UN that would raise trillions. And of course a world-wide carbon "guilt" tax that would send money from industrialized nations to undeveloped nations. There's even island nations wanting to be paid for the seas rising, of course, blaming it on the US and Europe. All you need is for one of these loony propositions to pass, under the guise of some do-gooder cause, and we'll be paying off the rest of the world until the end of time.
The reason is that Americans have been lulled to sleep. The average American barely has any idea of what's happening in the news, let alone what the government is doing. 48% of families receive government assistance. As long as that check comes every month (actually, it's now a debit card) they don't care what's going on.
Definitely, those probes are trying to see if the moon is indeed hollow. NASA knows from the instruments they left there in the '70s that the moon rings like a bell when something hits it. It could mean it's hollow or has large hollow spaces within it. http://keelynet.com/unclass/luna.htm
Windows 9 will require you to hire an licensed operator to actually use Windows. You will not be allowed to actually interface with Windows without an operator. Hey, could happen!
Well, a space elevator is a good idea, but it would need to be incredibly strong. Might be able to make it out of carbon nanotubes, but chances are you would need something even stronger because of the stress caused by the 1000 miles per hour orbital speed of the earth, atmospheric drag, and so forth. Most satellites use the orbital rotation of the earth to provide a savings in rocket fuel, so they're shot towards the West. Spy satellites are often placed in a North-South polar orbit so they can photograph every square foot of the earth's. The height of the orbit often depends on what the satellite will be doing. Communication satellites have to be put into a geosynchronous orbit at 22,236 miles above the equator. There's no way around that without having to use multiple satellites like Sirius XM and fancy satellite tracking systems.
They also send them 16-inch disks of radio shows!
What are these reel-to-reel movies the movie studios send to the troops? They can hear the audio but they can't see a picture?
Apparently, using the Internet to overthrow a government is allowed, but downloading a MP3 file will get you 10 years and a $250,000 fine!