Me? I feel bad for everyone in Florida and hope the convention errr I mean hurricane passes quickly.
While on training missions within the United States what surveillance is done with them for the purposes of training?
What information is stored from those training missions?
How is that information used or is it shared with the CIA, FBI or local police?
I think all of those are valid and necessary questions given what we know from our country's past actions and the skirting of domestic safeguards since 9/11 in the name of national security.
The source code inside Android is different from Java because Google wrote it from scratch. Mr. Jacobs said yesterday that there was copying, but that there was not a lot of it. 9 lines out of 15,000,000. These lines came from a developer that Google hired from Sun late in the development of Android, and it should not have happened.
Didn't Google's lawyer just affirm that an employee of Google did use a small amount of Sun's code and Google knew it was wrong and that it shouldn't have happened?
I thinks its even worse than you think since the only reason this tycoon is being made an example of NOW is that he probably forgot to pay his dues and/or respects to soon-to-be-president-again Putin. At least that has been the narrative in the past when some wealthy Russian falls from grace.
In Soviet Russia, the corrupt decorrupt you.
By all means, post an example - just one would be more than sufficient since I stated an absolute - of a corporation lobbying on the behalf of the public good AND that is detrimental to their profits.
Oddly enough, just last week I read an article in the LA Times about 12 companies in California wanting to become the state's first Benefit Corporations, which are designed to allow corporations to be guided by enviromental concerns rather than fudicial. Some people and companies apparently do want to put other responsibilities at least on the same level as making money and it was encouraging to read that this is happening in numerous states.
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All kidding aside, it is quite unfortunate that it's debut was the result of a crash in a country that has been known to export nifty knowledge and new technology they acquire (i.e. A.Q Kahn and nuclear weapons).
A brief history of Diablo 2...
When everyone realized they could run Pindle many many times per minute, who was easy to get to (3 clicks) and dropped ALL the best items in the game (even if infrequently) Blizzard instituted waiting lines for new games to slow this down. They didn't change where Pindle was located or that he dropped the best items because it wasn't about the players, it was about their own resources being over utilized. It didn't stop the botters since they just added more keys and clients - a bot waiting doesn't get annoyed like a player waiting does.
Well, players got annoyed having to sit there and watch a number count down showing how many people were ahead of them to create a game while the botters kept getting rich. Blizzard's answer was to implement Realm Down - a system by which you can join X amount of games in Y minutes and if you join more than X games in Y minutes you were temporarily banned for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Again, this did not address the actual problems since the botters just set their timing variables to be X games in Y+1 minutes and they were never affected by Realm Down. Legitimate players, on the other hand, got screwed just by joining buy games or transferring items from one character to another because, unlike a bot, a human player cannot calculate their games per hour to an accurate enough degree to avoid realm down.
And I don't need to mention duping, which is still prevalent to this day in Diablo 2. Blizzard's answer to this was to implement a delete-dupe-on-joining-a-game method that ensured the people who actually created the dupes NEVER lost their stuff but any NORMAL LEGITIMATE PLAYER who happened to spend their hard earned loot on a duped rune/item (50/50 chance, really) had it disappear on them at some point when they joined a game. Again, cheaters not affected at all while legitimate players got screwed.
Too many SoJ's got duped? Blizzard implemented the World Event (aka Diablo Clone) which dropped a super charm when ~100 SoJs were sold to the merchant. Who benefited from this? Not the legit players since they didn't have caches of duped SoJs to drop at the merchant to make DClone spawn. But the botters and dupers, they got rich spawning dclone! Then the legit players worked together and started collectivly using SoJs to spawn DClone... well, the dupers had a field day and just kept duping SoJs to sell to the legit players now, which is what the World Event was suppose to stop?
I have been both a legitimate player and a botter, so I can speak from both sides of the equation. Blizzard never really cared about either legit players or botters - it was all about what it cost them after you've already paid for the game. That makes lots of sense from an economical stance, but it was one horrible decision after another from a PR and attitude perspective.
I cannot, however, speak to how they have been regarding WoW. After my experience with them in Diablo 2 I could never fathom paying them monthly for anything..
When I first read about this court ruling I was left wondering how this applies to citizens using these devices on police, government officials, candidates, etc. I had just read a different article about iPhone apps that let people know where speed traps and DUI checkpoints are set up. The cynic in me thought this ruling must mean that citizens can now GPS bug police cars and the whole process of collecting data for speed traps and stuff would be automated instead of world-of-mouth. Is that a logical conclusion? Or are police and government officials somehow different from citizens in this regard?