Something is wrong with the entire system when a financial company is awarded a patent.
You're kidding, right? Google - home of the cloud - is going to worry about local storage limits on drone machines. And...again...drone machines - onboard video is probably 4x as fast as they need it to be for nearly all conditions. They've rolled out fiber in an entire town; I'm going to guess that they've got a pretty speedy wireless system on campus.
Apple hardware is very limited if (a) you're looking for a bargain and aren't on a corporate buying plan, or if you're a hardcore gamer, or if you are running massive analysis software, or you are locked into industry software packages which are platform locked. None of that is an issue for desk machines at Google.
I'm not, in any way an Apple fan, but pretty much none of the problems you state are of any consequence to their usage profile.
They did NOT say that the goal was to realize a loss, just that profit was not the reason for the acquisition.
It should be noted that the loss realized is probably less than the gross federal revenue of the direct GM employees and supply contractors (parts and services) during that time, not including second tier effects like money spent by the employees or default losses on mortgages owned by fannie/freddy. (figure 200,000 direct and 200,000 immediate contract workers, $60k avg at 10% effective gross tax rate over 5 years = $12B)
Replace Amazon with Modern, and you'll cover more ground while being just as accurate. Actually, on reflection, there's no need to modify the subject - Workers... is historically accurate for most of organized human civilization.
It doesn't matter if FSM gets a pile of spaghetti or a pirate or a midget on a mountain - I'm in for $100 to memorialize it in granite!
See, if they spy on Americans, they could get in trouble. See, as an intelligence agency, there are limits on what they can do wrt Americans, and if you ahve an American server and an American person of interest, then you have to do a bunch of paper work and go to a secret court and it's just a big pain in the ass.
BUT if you ship everything overseas, then it's fully within plausible deniability in harvesting all of the information from a source controlled by a foreign national. Once it goes off shore, the drag net gets to sift through everything. The NSA's mission is to sift through every scrap of data they can get ahold of. The only people who would want non-American servers are non-Americans, because they have no protections whatsoever. Americans *should* want American servers as there's a whole judicial process involved once everything is under US jurisdiction. That won't stop the NSA from "accidentally" combing though your stuff, but if they screw up even a little bit then a good lawyer can have it all thrown out.
Ethical doctors treat the wounded on both sides. Can most (military) weapon designers make the same claim?
I promise you that corporations sell military technology to every nation which wishes to defend itself (and is not in direct conflict with the defense limitations of their own/home nation).
All weapons of war are built for defensive purposes, even if it looks to the outside as if they are being used offensively. Sometimes, in war, offence is necessary to protect and secure your homeland.
That depends on your viewpoint. If you make weapons which assure the destruction of the other party, you may be preventing a war from being started. Your weapons may be used offensively, but the intent is to protect (if you're an American) 300 million US citizens from attack by outside agents.
In fact, it could be argued that if you DON'T do your job and produce weapons, you make your country (any country) a sitting duck for a takeover by an "evil" country who does produce weapons.
'Tis a very gray line
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says Werner Von Braun.
Given your alternative, that Taco Bell hacienda style isn't *that* bad.
Just checking - the carriers are all tracking our movements as well, and using the data for profit.
I understand the outrage over the NSA doing it, I'm just checking to see if we're all fine with the corporations doing the same thing for profit as part of our wonder free-market society.
So you spoof the GPS to be within the dead reckoning band of the IMU and wind allowances (which can't easily be accounted for). It takes longer to hijack and transfer to a safe spot for collection, but not out of the bounds of possibility.
They are when you drive 100+MPH on a surface street, though!
And they would have gotten out alive, or at least not burned to a crisp. Tesla's don't burn their occupants in a massive fireball when they hit a street sign (and a tree, and a light pole).
And 600HP is nothing. I've got a good friend from college who gets almost 1200HP in his GTR (1192 WHP / 1402 crank, actually). I don't see him wrapping it around vertical objects.
It depends on where you are. Some states tax property, some sales, some income, some intangibles (stocks/bonds). Each state has a mix it feels is the fairest and/or most effective for them.
This is a case of interstate commerce. And for 100 years the standard has been no tax is collected by the retailer unless they have a nexus in the state. The purpose for the nexus rule is that if you are actively serving customers intrastate, you have to obey the laws of the state. The implication is that if you have enough people here to have a store, you have enough to figure out local sales tax.
This is EXACTLY the kind of issue the Feds should be deciding, as the states all have different regulations regarding it. Of all the things that matter in interstate commerce, this is one of the truly important ones where the representatives of the collection of states should agree on a standard.