Stop spouting facts. They are irrelevant in internet arguments.
I'm sorry, I missed the part where you filtered the seven billion people on this earth down to those you choose to investigate without any initial data, but with a fixed budget.
You have it wrong. The 4th amendment protects your data, not your metadata. The fact that you are mailing letters to your co-conspirators is not protected, the content of those letters are. Just because things have been automated does not mean they gain additional protection.
Budget, time frame, method. You only get to chose two, one if you chose poorly or create arbitrary restrictions.
I called it.
"AN armed guard"
Really? One? I mean, at least they could hire two so that they could use the plural and keep us all guessing whether it was a small army.
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
...who cares vere zay come down.
Zat's not my department,"
says Werner Von Braun.