And they can't afford $500 for a phone or $800 on a game console but they still do. $1000 is within reach of enough people to be called "consumer grade". That doesn't mean everyone can afford it. Not everyone can even afford a computer, but we still consider them consumer goods.
As a Canadian, I *want* to blame the USA for blazing the trail to idiotic ant-citizen laws and showing the old men who run our country how much they can screw with a lazy population with no fear of reprisals.
But it's our own fault for allowing this to happen.
So angry. The battle is engineering in the public interest versus government. We will have no victories in the halls of power, that much is clear.
In some businesses when there aren't enough job applicants, they offer more money.
This. The major companies have an interest in keeping tech wages down and they act in that interest every day.
All these educational initiatives like code.org? Those are to increase the supply of tech workers, thus lowering the value of each worker. In the meantime, they pretend they can't find applicants and bring over immigrants from the second and third world who'll work cheaply and lower wage expectations for everyone else.
Devalue a skillset while exploiting those who have it - that's the corporate way.
This is the battle of the management (generalist) class against the specialist class (us). It's a subduction game. They're pretty transparent in their methods, and they are consistently winning.
Maybe we need to go medieval, form a technologist guild, and take control of our own job market. Oh wait, that sounds like a union. Naah, tech workers hate unions - we're all precocious superintelligent individualist experts who don't need the support of our peers, right? And dues, man, we don't want to pay dues, that's for dumb factory workers, right? Riiight.
Carry on, then, let's all keep bending over together.
Where's the ZPM option, you insensitive clods?
That was my thinking. Maybe we have giant silos of cacao, and those are dwindling, although I lack the imagination to think this is literally true. The whole premise looks like a reason to raise prices and profits.
If the world is eating more chocolate, it means the world is getting richer. Not many in China would be eating chocolate regularly 20 years ago, Same could be said of other areas.
Regardless, the math doesn't add up, particularly the future estimations of us consuming a million tons more than we make. The only place you see that kind of math is typically in the Ministry of Truth.
Pulse, formerly Syncthing is 100% open and does what BTSync does. Also has a fairly decent Android client.
Lead acid batteries can produce hydrogen gas. Not sure what nicads do, except for "very little".