I'd be ok with it too if it meant that Granny paid very little, but I think that we'll see Granny paying the same amount she currently is while everyone else gets to pay out the ass without being able to turn to alternate ISPs. It's not like this is really going to lower anyone's monthly fees, even Granny's; it's just an excuse to charge more. I would love to be proven wrong, but that's just not the business model these creeps run.
Even more than the inevitable cash grab, I'd be worried that this kind of payment scheme would lead to a lack of investment in upgraded infrastructure. If people get charged per bit, they will use less. Less demand leads to less upgrading of lines, and the people who do actually need massive data throughput, for stuff like, for example, off-site redundant systems, can't actually get what they need at all. People will always get charged for what they want compared to what the average is, no matter how much it would cost to upgrade everyone to that level. As an example of that: about 5 years ago a customer was paying â1k a month for a fast (for here) no contention line. Now you can get the same speed with 5:1 contention for about â30 a month.
Stage management. Drama. Theatrics.
In the end? The powerful will be more so - you will pay more, and get less.
Mission accomplished, and your expectations diminished, as planned.
Related to the above and regarding the title of the article, why would big Silicon Valley heads care if Washington DID implode? They are all sitting on massive warchests of "foreign" money sitting in US dollar accounts in American banks beloning to their foreign subsidiaries for tax avoidance purposes. This money will NEVER be brought home (in terms of paying tax: it is actually back in America), it just sits there piling up, acting as a bank account, and when someone cashes in his shares he pays longterm capital gains on the value of his shares, which includes a bit of that massive pile of cash. Now, if the debt ceiling is breached.... US treasury bond interest rates will go up, and bank interest rates will rise as a result. Good result if you have several tens of billions of dollars to put into a long term deposit account.
It will be a good thing, when America slides down the hole that swallowed Rome, Assyria, Babylon and Egypt.
Which one? Taxation to support an oversized army, not having a big enough army, climate change, or having the Greeks in charge?
Linear Script A is still not decoded - though apparently related to Linear Script B (which has been decoded) it is still not translatable.
There are others - http://www.omniglot.com/writing/undeciphered.htm
The problem is not exactly solvable. All translated texts in existence have something related to base the translation on. The Egyptian Hieroglyphs were untranslatable, until the Rosetta stone provided a sequence of texts. Two were already known, which matched in their translations - thus implying that the unknown third was the same text in that language (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_Stone).
This article from a few weeks back could provide a possible entry point for beginning to decipher texts like that. Since it relies not on dictionaries, but rather the relationships between words, it may be possible to narrow down the meanings of words in unknown languages into smaller groups of possible translations, or at least I imagine so from reading it.
I would assert that the population of terrible, drunk/drug addled drivers on the road today are far more dangerous that the odd software error we will see. Especially since each failure of automation will result in improvements over time.
One of the best things about automated cars will be the ability to get home after drinking. Not much of an issue in built up areas with public transport, but being able to get home from the pub will be great for the social lives of people in rural areas.
The absolute asshole arrogance to think that anything man does will have a long-term effect on climate is unbelievable
I am going to assume then that you are one of those assholes who are so absolutely arrogant you feel you can do whatever you like and fuck the consequences for everyone else? Those people are usually labeled as criminals.
Certainly a few specialities by chance might get hit particularly hard. And the information used by those specialists are in libraries, are known by professionals, are known by other specialists are in computers.... How difficult would it be to replace those specialists in a generation?
Remember the claim was another dark ages not a deep recession.
If you are talking about a major impact that does not cause human extinction, we could still be talking about loss of a significant proprtion of the species through a very very long winter. If we had a 20 year long global winter, we'd probably still be able to grow food in equatorial and tropical regions. Guess its a good thing we have invested in making sure the best infrastructure and the brightest minds are in places like central Africa, Equador, and south Asia. We'll only lose all the hangers on and lazy people in noerthern Eurasia and north America. Also a good thing that all the textbooks are in Swahili and Mara.
Because correlation is not causation and because they use the word "explain" Nothing has been explained.
The proper way to report on this would be to say that these extinctions "(appear to) coincide with
"Furthermore, we identify ve additional historical
mass extinction events that might be explained by the motion of the Sun around
Where is the claim to have explained everything? I think there is an inherent suggestion in the above that further investigation is warranted. The paper does propose more than one possible mechanism, and I would guess that it could be that there have been more than one respnsible for historical events. I see this paper as merely saying that interesting stuff can happen when you're in a more interesting part of the galaxy.
That potentially lethal force is legal because it is authorized by the Constitution which has been ratified by the people.
Did you get to vote on that then?
Idiot. You think the Earth gets "hotter" when it gets closer to the sun, too? That's absolutely not true. Distance from the sun has a minimal impact on temperature. Angle of sunlight through the atmosphere (affected by the tilt in the Earth's axis of rotation) is responsible for the seasons. So if distance from the sun doesn't heat or cool the Earth, imagine what an impact it has on Uranus. Zero.
The amount of light from the sun is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the sun. For Earth, that would mean we receive at aphelion 93.533% of we get at perihelion. On Uranus due to its more eccentric orbit, that figure is 83.716%. Those figures are based on orbital data on wikipedia so may not be entirely accurate, but it does show that Uranus is more susceptible to change based on what part of its orbital cycle it is in than Earth is.