Furthermore, how would you not riot over your government doing something like that to you?
That is a good question, and I think it really depends on how much you already have. If what you have is mostly worthless and you are on subsistence living, then such a devaluation makes no real impact. I suspect a large number of North Koreans might be in that situation. The only effect rioting will have might be getting you executed.
Now you will have an excuse to replace all that crappy old networking equipment "because it does not work with the new secure internet".
I still support 7-bit ASCII, you insensitive clod!
It's just Microsoft that want to control the web in place of Adobe. Nothing will be gained for the user with this. That codec is managed by a patent pool.
SP3 is supposed to upgrade to 7 or 8 (though I think if you're already at 7 it leaves it alone).
SP3 DOES NOT upgrade IE.
Given the amount of time it has taken for the Gimp to become a strong competitor to Photoshop...
Are you from the future? I'm a GIMP myself, but come on...
If you don't have 4 legs, then you won't be able to do anything on the moon. Humans have 4 legs. We only walk on two of them, and call the other two "arms". They are smaller and lighter, but not that much lighter. Most quadrupedal mammals also have smaller, lighter front legs, which they happen to walk on. With them, just like with us, the rear legs are larger and heavier and provide most of the locomotive power.
Yes exactly. A two legged robots are useless if they don't have the extra appendages to help them maintain balance or regain their bipedalness after losing their balance.
Do you know if that actually is something that monks still do?
I would assume that the process of manually copying manuscripts started to taper off when the printing press went into operation, let alone now with digital copying processes.
It's like car enthusiasts telling everyone that they must drive sticks because they are more powerful and more in line with the nature of the technology,
As a side note, a friend of mine has a sub-11 second Mustang drag car. It, like most other dragsters, has an automatic transmission that you shift manually. That's not really a contradiction; imagine starting from a stop light with your transmission in "1", bumping up to "2" when your engine is almost at redline, then again to "D" when appropriate. Anyway, the advantage is that the automatic shifts much faster on average than a human can. A trained professional's fastest time might be shorter than an automatic transmission's fastest time, but the odds of even that professional being able to shift perfectly 3 or 4 times in a row are pretty slim.
So to extend your analogy, average drivers like automatics, enthusiasts like manuals, and many true motorheads like automatics. Well, average users like simple computers, enthusiasts like complicated, configurable interfaces, and many true geeks like simple computers. Don't believe me? Go into any highly technical conference and see how many Macbooks and iPhones you see. Those people didn't pick the simplified interfaces over the other options because they can't manage anything harder, but because they want to spend their efforts elsewhere.
Me? I guess I'm either a wannabe or an outlier because I'm typing this on Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Still, a lot of my equally technical friends love those "walled garden" systems.
I sort of agree with you, but I think you're confounding two issues.
One is the tendency for anti-social behaviour to emerge when there are large groups of people and no one feels personal responsibility towards any one else. This is what I think you are referring to.
I'm thinking of something else, which is the tendency of people to tell themselves that they're good and in-the-right. I think this tendency is exacerbated by religion, because people think they're on God's side, etc. I think this can lead to people behaving in more selfish and anti-social ways. In the example of the mega-church you used, they might tell themselves that stiffing the little contractor out of payment for a job is ok, because they're doing God's work.
You are false data.