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I have no problem with the SCALE that IBM is using. I have a problem with the resolution, Personally I don't think it is legitimate to call a half mega-pixel "globe" of the earth a 3D map. with 1000km resolution there is no valuable 3D information in there. This is a picture of the earth in globe form. A really low RESOLUTION one. Calling it a map is a stretch. Calling it a 3D map is not legitimate as there is no usable 3D Information based solely on resolution.
The answer you gave, while showing no real grasp of the obvious concepts, IS a PERFECT solution to the problem. If you want a better answer you should have asked a better question.
Personally the cheat finder programs are absolutly absurd. First rarely (at least at Georgia Tech) are the 'results' of the cheat finder ever looked at by a person. But they don't account for LEARNING. About 45% of my freshman class taking intro to progamming got formally accused for cheating (I would bet close to 75% got flagged at one point). Including a few of my friends. Some of them did cheat, downright copied code. Some of them worked together to produce the code (for a HW assignment) then changed it up a bit and submitted. The thing was that ANY other non-CS class doing homework together would not even be questioned as cheating.
I didn't get accused of cheating, but got flagged and confronted about my 2 line solution to sorting a list. The thing was I used the example the prof. put up in class, allong with evenyone else at that class. But I had to prove that I was at class, and show my notes in front of a quasi-legit review board. There were ~80 people there for the EXACT same reason.
I also had two of my friends accused of cheating after discussing a MATHAMETICAL way of getting a faster prime number list. We all had done our programs and were shooting the shit about how we got our prime numbers. Mine was significantly faster than theirs, so they used my method to get primes. I changed mine a bit and sacrifced speed for the lower values, but got noticible improvments (because I had a side project I was starting) at much higher numbers. They both got charged because they both had 1 identical (but very odd and quirky) mathematical calculation in the middle of their completely different code. Add on to that the project was about concatenating lists, the math was just a method to get another value to concatenate.
I eneded up calculating the first 1,000,000 prime numbers (it may have been 100,000, or other very large number) then printed them to a doc file, then printed 128 sheets of 6pt font of the numbers. Then wallpapered the hall outside my dorm door.
Speak through your lawyer people.
You should NEVER answer questions when being questioned. NO MATTER WHAT. Get a lawyer and have them speak for you. As they CAN NOT incriminate you.
Because of this they can average the cost of mailing a letter to 0.42$. It is less expensive to mail that letter within say Atlanta, but much more expensive to mail it to Honolulu. Now the lack of competition comes into play so UPS, or FedEX can't start running a tiered cost letter operation because 80% (probably something +- 19%) of all letters could be delivered at lower cost, and drop the total mail the USPS handles. Thus raising the cost to send letters to Hawaii and Alaska.
Now making it illegial to compete with the USPS is probably zero cost, so you would be right Taxes don't get used. But they are not 'self-sufficient'. They require federal law preventing competition.
Point is without a government this would be case for LOTS of people.
And before you point out that some of those are private, all are required to supply people by various government arms (except Cable). And ALL of them use public right of way to provide services.
But this would actuall create a real 3D expierence, versus a sterio vision appearance of depth.