At the time I was not aware of the unbelievable bureaucracy of large multinationals, and what this would do to my project. Normally I estimate the amount of real work, and add 20% for project management overhead. Maybe another 20% for red tape. But in this case, the PM was more or less forced to involve an ever increasing legion of other teams from various Centers of Excellence in the client's organization. A simple upgrade turned into a project that ran for over half a year. And by agreeing to this approach, I probably cost the client around $300,000. Of course it was mostly their own organization that ran up the cost, and they asked for this in the first place, so they never gave me any grief.
Over here, you'll see tons of Tesla taxicabs, and a lot of freelancers drive them as well. The reason? Subsidies. If you have a company, buying a Tesla on the company means that you:
- don't pay 21% VAT (since it's on the company)
- don't pay the special extra tax on cars (the tax is zero for EVs; on some cars the tax (ex VAT!) exceeds the factory price of the car)
- receive an extra "small scale environmental investment" subsidy (or rather, your company does)
- can deduct the price of the car and the operating cost from your company's profits.
Of course if you drive your company car for private trips as well, you pay a tax: a certain percentage of the sticker value of the car is added to your income. This goes up to 24% I believe, and it's a lot of money given the insanely high sticker prices (due to taxes), and the high income tax (many people are in the 42% or 51% bracket). But for an EV, the tax for private use used to be 0% (it's now 4%). All in all, you get to drive a car with an €80,000 sticker price for a net sum of perhaps €25,000. And then there's the savings in fuel cost and road tax.
I thoroughly hacked my C64. The main thing I did was add a static memory chip of 16k IIRC, half of which could be made to replace the portion of memory that stored the font, at the flick of a switch. The othre half could be similarly mapped on a different part of memory. A rechargeable battery kept the contents of that memory safe even when the computer was powered off. This was a godsend for game development: the ability to switch fonts without having to load them every time, and the ability to instantly get a bunch of utility and debugging routines without loading or even overwriting that part of memory sped things up quite a bit.
I do miss those days, literally spent in my parents basement, or at my friends place in the attic, listening to late night radio while hacking away.
Requiring a warrant means that the government should have access to our data on reasonable grounds, but only if such data is accessible. I am all for that. But the phrase "no safe space" is a telling one: it means ensuring that our data is accessible in every case, and that goes a whole lot further. If the government has access, then our ISP or the service provider has it, and that means our data is not safe.
These passwords aren't Microsoft's to share
Exactly. They are no one's to share but the owner of the access point, and when you give your house wifi password to a guest, most of them do understand that it's not ok to give that password to others. That changes when sharing passwords becomes a built-in or even automatic feature; if there's a button to share, it'll give the impression that it is safe and acceptable to do so.
With that said, I agree that sharing WiFi passwords with your contacts is a monumentally stupid idea.
An apology is in order, nothing more. And only to the misidentified people, not to the black community at large, Seriously, if the system had identified a white couple as polar bears or Klan members, people would have just laughed.
1) If you treat people like children, they will start behaving like them.
2) If you make tons of unreasonable rules, people will start breaking them in protest, and start breaking the reasonable ones as well, especially if it's hard to tell the two apart ("You can't bring your gun on the plane because of terrists, but you also can't bring your bottle of water for the same reason"). Unjust, unreasonable or petty laws endanger all of the law.
Now, having a rule against using selfie sticks in a roller coaster is reasonable, but people choose to ignore that law, or tell others to, because of a whole range of other laws that are silly. And because of the way those laws are enforced (instead of treating them as a means to an end, they are treated as a goal in themselves).
If anything, us Apple users are at a disadvantage here, Apple focus only on certain things and are slow to develop others. One thing I'd love is a water resistant iPhone, but as yet there are only some rumours that Apple is actuall working on this.