Normally, water that has come to the ocean will eventually return to the ground in the form of rain, rivers will be full, etc...
Manually extracted water could not be returned that easily to the source. I'm not aware of the way that rivers are formed, or if/how they refill but this doesn't seem to be the problem in this case.
And, uhm, yes. The ocean level is rising since I remember. Deal with it.
We'll see about this patent trolling in the near future, but my 2 cents are that Twitter will, sooner or later, start trolling around. Though I'd be happy to be proven wrong.
From my point of view, I won't miss them at all.
No you don't, they actually resolve the target links, at least for the common URL shortener services.
Well then, this gives one the opportunity to DDoS either URL shorteners or MSN servers. Imagine a 1,000,000+ shortened URLs within 5 minutes - make a HEAD request for each, now that's a flood!
I'm sure they can make something like that *if* they really decide to do it...
I just wonder when will M$ get consumed by Google and they turn "evil".
It's still very impressive, though.
C++ is good, but C is best. Ever wondered why the kernel is written in C (with lots of assembly spices), not C++?