Oh, and I forgot to mention the voice communication systems problem. That one didn't affect me directly but I did get a memo about it.
It's just an unfortunate incident.
British Telecom has had an issue (which has happened a number of times) which led to a minor timing glitch in one of their systems. When this happens, the data reliability on the FARICE line to Iceland drops and you start getting corrupted flight messages. Shanwick was alerted to the problem and both sides consulted and decided that the best solution in the interrim would be something that had been done previously, disconnecting FARICE and thus forcing all connections through the backup line, DANICE, which appeared to be operating normally.
Unfortunately, the problem was even worse on DANICE. What appeared to be normal operation was only normal up to the data logger. Once it actually got to the flight tracking software, the messages were being refused, and corrupted messages being sent in the other direction. So while BT was working on getting their system fixed, flight control managers were being forced to basically manually dig up ATC messages and copy-paste them off to the air traffic controllers (as much was handled through voice as possible as well).
But it got even worse. A totally unrelated communications network, Datalink, decided to misbehave during all of this, which may or may not have been due to the Shanwick problems. On the Iceland side, the general solution is to force a switchover to the backup system. Which was done... except a critical component on the backup system immediately crashed. Repeated attempts to switch and ultimately switch back caused even more problems for the air traffic controllers.
Eventually the fixed FARICE line was brought back up, Datalink back online (with the switchover-crash problem postponed to be investigated during a low-traffic timeperiod)
It's terrible that there were so many delays, but these are extremely complicated systems with a challenging task, built up over decades with tons of computer components, protocols, lines, routers, radar systems, transmitters, and on and on, scattered all over the world. On a weekend. Everyone was scrambling and doing their damndest to fix it as soon as possible. It should also be noted that it was never a safety issue - even in the absolute worst case, air traffic control could go all the way back to the old paper-and-pencil method. What the systems give is, primarily, speed, and thus when there's big problems, there's delays.
And that was my weekend, how was yours?
This means nuns and monks were or should be very learned.
No, it doesn't. No amount of studying bogus superstition will make you "learned" about anything but bogus superstition. Further, within the environment of the church, the roles of monks and nuns were (and remain) very different; and even beyond that, the education they received was very different based on sex. Again, you're oversimplifying and that's leading you to blase, naive conclusions.
Should men call that chauvinism or backwards feminism?
Men should call that "a trap."
In fact, if women were truly wired better for this, men would not have been able to do anything about it.
By and large, men are physically more powerful -- by a very large margin. Over the vast majority of history, that physical power has been both a key factor in survival, making the male indispensable to the household, and consequently a means to dominate the family unit that could not be excised -- at the same time, it isn't something that depends upon superior cognitive function.
It is only (very) recently that females have become broadly able to support a household without benefit of a male presence. If women are to dominate due to any particular cognitive advantage, they've only just entered the race and it'll most likely be some time yet before we see the results, both due to cultural inertia and learning curves.
There's no telling what women may be capable of as yet in terms of exceeding male performance; they've barely had a few decades to try things on, and they're still being held back by religion, chauvinism, and the divisive backwards ride that sexual-role focused feminism took them on.
Ruling seems pretty reasonable to me. If Amazon ditched it's local 3rd party partners then Quill Corp vs North Dakota would apply to the products Amazon itself sells.
There is no SCOTUS ruling. SCOTUS let a (very bad) state decision stand. Why is it bad? Anything that even *leans* towards someone in state A having to pay taxes to, and which were legislated in, state B, is destructive to the very fabric of the states. Federal taxes are bad enough (for their over-reach and the incredible misuses the money is put to and the inability of the citizen to have actual effective representation in any tax matter) but add my state wanting new highways and taxing your purchase in your state to enable that, or any variation thereto... now you have well and truly screwed the pooch.
We (here in the USA) already had a mechanism to reign in the bad actors. It's called probable cause, which in turn is used to get a warrant, which then enables examination of the thing in question, and subsequent action if indeed the cause is found to be as described.
This whole "look at everyone all the time" is a blatant fishing expedition implemented by unauthorized government legislators in violation of their oaths to the constitution.
And frankly -- if the "harm" done by the "bad actors" is so subtle that one can't even find it -- then I question if it is all that much harm after all. I *really* question if it's enough harm to justify screwing everyone else in the nation over and over again.
Reminds me (very much) of the harm done by smoking a joint. No one finds out? No harm done. Government finds out? Lives are ruined. Where's the harm? Out of control government, that's where.
If the reporting threshold is arbitrary based on suspicion
No. The reporting threshold is completely arbitrary, based upon gross violation of the 4th amendment. Also, purest bullshit including save the children, drug war, "terrists", and so forth. Same with every other government invasion of your papers and finances without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and backed by a judicially issued warrant.
But hey. It's the US government. Totally out of control, far outside the bounds of legitimate authorization, and way, way more powerful than anyone else. And willing to prove it. On your ass.
SCOTUS fails to act against government's financial overreach! We could NEVER have predicted THIS!
Coming soon to a laptop near you: Newton recognition (fig model for initial release, apricot and whole grain planned with kickstarter funding, if whoever (now) holds the rights to Commodore's IP releases the rights to "kickstart" in time.)
You mean, your palms. No reason they can't take an interest in the *rest* of your hands.
You'll feel better if you get some tail.
Why would a ship with warp capability enter the solar system that way?
Nav system was using meters. Navigator was using feet.
So, every hair color looks crazy to outsiders. Including bald.
Oh, right. It's that whole (lack_of_belief IS_NOT_EQUAL_TO any_superstition) thing again.