What do you mean joke???
Under ACA you are forced to pay some insurance company. Most insurance companies allow a choice of doctors, so people aren't forced to pay quack doctors. They chose to.
Likely to prevent quacks from diagnosing patients with problems and then charging an arm and a leg to fix the problem. Why they would do with with "sciency" stuff and not with the homeopathic and herbal supplement market confuses me, but government regulation is sometimes fairly illogical.
The ruling is on, "made the information available for public download on a P2P network" there are plenty of private p2p services. If you make your information available to everyone then of course the police don't need to go through red tape to get that information. Non-story
Slashvertisement, looks like a phone with a camera you can flip from one side to another rather than just having two cameras. No real information from the link.
Perhaps the learning curve to do this on android is higher than it is on the pi, or maybe the pi just seems cooler than an android phone. Both would be valid reasons in my mind. Also where does one find android phones cheap? Where does one get batteries once the current ones expire?
As far as I see there is nothing wrong with using the tools that you are familiar with, interested in, and have laying around over something that you are not familiar with, have no interest in and would have to go out and purchase.
Ummmm, I'm reminded of Perl's slogan, theres more than one way to do it.
This has been shown to be true in Kennasaw Georgia I believe. A couple of years ago when they were trying to ban guns across the nation the city council made a law that homeowners must have a gun in their home. While they didn't track guns that were in homes, the crime rate in the area dropped considerably. It's only one example but it was significant enough at the time to be carried in national papers. Shouldn't be hard to find the actual articles.
I'd suggest reading Mythical Man Month and then going to talk with the program manager. You can point out that it will take more time to bring all these new people on board rather than continuing to build out the project yourself. The book should provide you with a bit of ammunition.
It does sound like the program manager is trying to get his/her name associated with the project, ie riding on you coat tails. There isn't anything particularly wrong with this, but it requires you to manage the resource rather than becoming managed by their "help" If you don't have the skill to do so, you will need to find a mentor to give you advice. Most large companies operate as much on politics as they do on actual products. Solicit advice from senior engineers and others that you feel have the knowledge and skills to work in the political landscape. Not much else I can tell you.
Most companies won't even look at you if you don't have a degree. Are you saying that your company is different?
IBM's consulting works or did work that way as well. I guess if you ask for money that would make you sick to the stomach because you are overcharging ends up to be about right as to what you can get.... Heh
When I was in business doing software development and computer maintenance I found that raising my rates had the surprising result of more customers and less complaints. Apparently when you don't charge a lot people assume that you are incompetent when faced with a challenging problem; however, if they are paying a lot more, then suddenly you are considered extremely competent and therefore the problem is very difficult.
It's just one person's experience, but I figured I would chime in on the subject.
From the wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jackson_Games,_Inc._v._United_States_Secret_Service
Steve Jackson Games was raided because Loyd Blankenship, who was writing the role playing game supplement GURPS Cyberpunk for the company, was a target of a crackdown. Blankenship, known in hacking circles as The Mentor, was a former member of the Legion of Doom hacker group. He had run a Bulletin board system (BBS) from his home called The Phoenix Project, which had helped distribute the popular underground ezine Phrack.
As it was the raid was eventually deemed illegal and Scott Jackson Games was awarded compensation, but that really doesn't do much for a company that lost it's flagship product and had to start over from scratch. They had to lay off a bunch of people over the incident as well if I remember correctly.
Nevertheless, it's a bit more complicated than an employee answering a forum question.
When Time/AOL joined there was a requirement that they share the lines with smaller ISPs, but eventually they got around that stipulation because there was enough competition without it, iirc.
Oh and 8 track
Unfortunately, this is the court of we are one of two internet providers in the area so if you want service you better just bend over, or something like that. I rue the day that AOL/Time Warner joined forces and started the slippery slide which resulted in most small ISPs getting forced out of business. It used to be that there were a dozen small isps to chose from in most major markets, now, since ISP services are considered unregulated, iirc, the bend over court seems to be the only one available and yes these results hold up in that court very well.
It's enough to make me want to move to Kansas City.