And American residents and businesses are spending something like US$432 BILLION per year (according to some economists) for tax compliance. We need a drastically simpler tax system, if only to cut this spending by 60% or more.
Not going to work when you can use third-party DNS servers like OpenDNS and Google Public DNS.
That's what I said about Number 1--everyone has to agree on a new variant of the WPA standard. That could take a while. Meanwhile, I use a 16 alphanumeric character randomized password that will be still very hard to crack by brute force.
It could be fixed by upgrading the software used by routers and by client devices, but 1) everyone has to agree on an updated standard and 2) how are they going to do the upgrade for Android-based cellphones? (Easy to do on an Apple iOS device--just run an update to iOS itself.)
Here's the problem: thanks to favorable tax laws, people in Europe are buying diesel-powered automobiles in huge numbers--in fact probably over 60% of new cars sold in Europe in recent years are diesel powered.
Problem: until very recently, diesel-powered vehicles did not have to meet the same very strict emission requirements required for diesel car sales in the USA--namely, meeting the EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 (or California Air Reources Board ULEV Level II) certification. The Euro4 and Euro5 emissions requirements result in much higher NOx emissions and diesel particulates than the US standard, and as such with so many fairly polluting diesel auitomobiles, European cities in the very recent past started to run into problems with higher NOx and particulate levels in cities.
Today, new European cars have to meet the new Euro6 emissions standard, which is almost identical to EPA Tier 2 Bin 5. This is why the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz can now sell a lot more diesel-powered cars in the USA--the diesel engines only need very little change to meet EPA standards.
This is why I wonder London did not switch their famous double-decker buses and London taxis to compressed natural gas a LONG time ago. Such a change could have dramatically cleaned up the air of London, another city that has experienced NOx and particulate air pollution problems in recent years.
Too bad CENELEC wasn't able to get everyone to agree to a modified "Europlug" connector with grounding plug--that would have resolved a LOT of issues with electrical connections. At least North America has pretty much standardized with the NEMA 5-15 (type 5 15 amp) three-prong connector.
The EU should just standardize on two USB port charger designs, one smaller one for cellphones and one larger one (up to 12 W capacity) for tablet computers. And make sure the "universal" charger will actually charge all Apple iOS devices (there's been an issue where many USB chargers won't charge an iPhone, iPod or iPad).
....When a 20 MB Seagate ST-225 hard drive at US$499 including controller was considered a good deal--and this was way back in 1984! Today, I can get _three_ 3 TB hard drives and still have US$50 left from that same US$499.
I think within the next 100 years, coal will be replaced by something else: thorium-232. Why? Because thorium-232--which is as common as lead in the Earth's crust and likely have huge deposits on the Moon itself--is the primary fuel for the molten-salt reactor, a nuclear reactor that is extremely safe to run and generally produces a tiny amount of the radioactive waste of uranium-fueled pressurized vessel light water nuclear reactors. And there is enough thorium on Earth and the Moon to run these reactors for potentially tens of thousands of years.
The only viable option (maybe!) is the liquid fluoride thorium reactor, but that could be at least a decade or more before that technology is finally perfected.
Also, unlike China, American-based coal-fired power plants cleaned up their act decades ago with the EPA-required installation of devices to remove the sulfur compounds and heavy metals that cause the most environmental damage. This something that should be required in China, where uncontrolled emissions from coal-fired power plants are causing a huge fraction of the extremely unhealthy air pollution not only in the country, but also spreading to the Korean peninsula and Japan.
I wonder is this device being installed on new-build airliners? A large, well-funded airline like Emirates would certainly want it installed on their large A380 and 777 fleet, especially given the distance of many flights out of Dubai.
The most obvious use is to store Ultra HD video. By using HEVC or Google's VP9 codecs, they could probably fit a two-hour Ultra HD movie onto a single-sided 150 GB disc, which means we can watch 3840 x 2160 resolution movies played back from an optical disc.
This is going to make me buy an Aerobie AeroPress plus 350 filters for under US$30 online instead.
Or just as good, a Chemex coffeemaker, which has been "rediscovered" by serious coffee fans in recent years. Best of all, with a little practice you can make coffee in a Chemex that is WAY better than any Keurig machine out there.