I'd pay a lot to be entertained. Too bad nobody is offering...
While true there is "progress" that serves no purpose. This is one of those cases. Sure, it is interesting that it is possible. But where is the progress? It will not be more stable than concrete, it will not be more durable than concrete and for sure it won't be faster than pouring concrete. The huge advantages of 3D printing (like the ability to seamlessly put something into something else or create durably connected locked joints) simply don't come into play when it comes to building a house.
It would not be the first top dog search engine that disappears into obscurity because all it displayed anymore were paid-for links, ads and other crap the powers that are considered "agreeable".
Well... allow me to translate the lyrics and you tell me, ok?
Bend over, I command you
turn your visage away from me
I don't care about your face
A biped on all fours
I take him for a walk
ambling down the hallway
It gets better, but I don't know how many kids or Apple fanboys are watching.
True, but what does a politician know about the internet?
Just cause its theme fits better with Apple than Google.
(for those that don't speak German, "bück dich" means "bend over")
In international politics, the union of two thieves who have
their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pocket that
they cannot separately plunder a third.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
...when it became known that the US were bugging her phone. Probably her reaction was "What's the hubbub, it's not like we don't...".
We've come a long way. Apparently domestic spying on people and sniffing in their private life has become common enough that we consider it a surprise when someone has the outlandish idea that the executive should first get a warrant for it...
Now someone could build a usable beta page and we can finally get rid of the turd!
I'd guess governments around the globe would suddenly and for the first time agree on this needing to be eradicated IMMEDIATELY.
Simple self interest.
"Same" being quite relative here. If you define same as "no additional cost" and "similar/same user experience", I'd dare say every contemporary OS but MS Windows...
Nope. Imagine this: Your ISP redirects ALL your traffic, no matter the destination IP, to the one IP of the machine that tells you that the extortionists want money from you. There is very little you can do at this stage except hack and take over said machine.
Also ISPs would not willingly put up with something like that and try to push back. Word spreads quickly and people would just as quickly start to move away.
That's the whole reason for the spiel. That the whole thing is standing on SUCH thin ice that in the meantime every judge and their dog knows that these carpet bombing filesharing accusations don't work and throw the whole thing out before the John Doe lawsuit is filed in full.
That's the reason for the extortion. People get inconvenienced and asked for rather little money. It's likely that they'll just pay, ignoring that this also seems to admit guilt. It's like a weaker form of torture, just instead of skinning someone to make them admit guilt, you take away their beloved toy.