Well, stuff happened in Wales too, a lot actually, what with Torchwood and all.
I think these common events, ones which we have learned to ignore and dismiss as irrelevant abberations in our senses, that likely contributed to the rise of religions. I mean, in a world where you have no better explanation, maybe that voice in the woods was the elves, or the spirit of the woods?
It was the creative thinkers that came up with all the mythical explanations in the first place. The rest just shrugged and said, "Elves, is it? Sounds about right to me!" Now if only our distant ancestors had been more biased against all those ancient, creative, myth makers we might have been less steeped in ignorance and superstition!
This sounds to me like the beginning of a big push for federal dollars by the incumbent phone companies, because if you get rid of POTS you're going to have to spend billions of dollars getting the remote areas of the country wired for IP/cellular, and looking at past experience the phone companies sure aren't going to pay for it.
Corporate welfare though it might be, I can only see this as good thing in the long run. Better cellular coverage and more internet access? If the government is going to waste the money on something anyway I'd rather have it on improving communications infrastructure than feeding the insatiable defense industry boondoggle machine.
Actually if you've been paying attention Microsoft have been making Windows Phones (Or at least a portable OS for phones) for over 10 years it's apple that jumped on the me too bandwagon.
Yeah, and they were some of the most difficult to use with a patently terrible interface. My girlfriend had a phone with winPhone 6.1, and I cringed every time she whipped out the stylus to click on whatever teeny tiny button. Even my old iphone 3gs was better than that, and it was a piece of crap too.
> You can get STDs for free
Hooking up with someone for casual sex, for instance.
You're missing the point. The point isn't that legalizing prostitution would allow Joe Q. Public to visit high class escorts, rather that despite prostitution being illegal, politicians and high-ranking government officials frequent said escorts without repercussion. Joe Q. Public, on the other hand, would be publicly humiliated and subjected to the full weight of the anti-prostitution laws.
The first reply brought up an equally valid point. These high-ranking officials need to fear prosecution if they act in a manner un-befitting a politician. That is, doing things the elite criminal overlords (Wall Street bankers) don't like.
So if the events in the story are not the actions of an actual, or even burgeoning police state, what are they? A few bad actors in high government posts? The idea that a police state requires mass murder is simplistic. A police state is one in which the police, as the instruments of authorities have carte blanche to do whatever they want in order to maintain "law and order."
It may be somewhat alarmist to call the US a police state just yet, but denying that these are police state actions and that they will eventually lead to murdering dissidents and all the other sundry qualities of past police states is foolish.
I agree, I've always thought that minecraft was a great sandbox but they forgot to put an actual game in there anyplace. A handful of mobs, awkward combat, anemic equipment progression... it can be great fun to build grand structures but it just seems like every big idea they had to add to the game ended up being half assed leading to a constant nagging feeling that the game just isn't living up to its potential. I've always kind of wished they'd just open source the thing and let the community create something awesome.
The guards in Assassin's Creed 2+ will do that sometimes. After watching you methodically eliminate their compatriots they'll turn tail and flee. I almost never let them go, especially if they started the fight in the first place. A well aimed two-handed sword thrown into their back does the trick quite nicely. And makes me giggle.
The Department of Transportation is an executive office too, can they tell the NSA what to do? How about the Department of Agriculture? No? It's almost like there are multiple departments in the Executive branch, each responsible for different things! I know, crazy right??
More like spoiled offspring. The clueless rich parents giving their kids whatever they want and endlessly getting them out of trouble is a far more appropriate metaphor. Calling the USA Israel's "pet" or "bitch" give far too much power/credit to Israel. To hear them tell it, without the US as an ally they'd be overrun by the Arab Hordes in no time flat. Without big daddy USA's riches, weapons and what have you where would Israel be then?
A little worried because I think Sony is building their own custom digitizer/pen.
Sony would NEVER do such a thing, why they have a long, storied history of fully embracing technology standards!
Because it's the kickstand we deserve, but not the one we need right now.
I interpreted that the GP as meaning that as it is the government eliminating privacy there would be an implicit asymmetry in the access of such information. That is, the government, or more properly its agents, would have unprecedented access into the personal lives of, well, everybody. The statement "If there is no privacy the government will eventually degenerate to a tyranny" does not imply that absolutely all privacy is removed, rather, the privacy of ordinary citizens is removed and those who can pay or otherwise maintain control of their own privacy, i.e. by brute force, have a grossly unbalanced amount of power and tyranny results from the malicious use of that power.
I mean really, if the NSA can break all encryption what exactly leads to the conclusion that everyone can do it? Even in the event that some clever crackers find and exploit whatever backdoors the NSA had placed in some encryption method most people would not have the resources or skills to intercept enough of other peoples traffic to make any real use of that ability. We've been hearing about how the NSA basically stores all, or nearly all, internet traffic. Do you have a tap at ATT&T as well?
So because there are scary bad men out there the government should be able to do whatever the fuck it wants to be able to catch them? Even if that includes massively violating the privacy of every citizen (never know who's a scary bad man!!) in the country? Even if it includes building a massive database filled with who the fuck knows what that never, ever, gets erased? You know how they say the internet forgets nothing? This is even worse, since random fruit loops on the internet don't have access to your phone records, your banking records, your phone calls, your location and every niggling little detail of your entire life! If you think it's bad that
If you really think it's just "metadata" you're deluded. All this stuff that's coming out used to sound like the fever dreams of the loony fringe, and god damn does it suck having to listen to them smugly say "We told you so."