Either way, it's a bunch of people saying "fuck you" to the NSA.
The NSA can eat shit
You want to understand why the rest of the world is starting to lose patience for America? The NSA and their spying is a pretty good example -- self entitled assholes who think their wishes trump everything else.
The rest of us have no interest in giving up our rights for your benefit. Just because you guys are giving up all of yours doesn't mean we need to, or should continue to respect you.
Protip: every country spies.
That way, kids [are] less likely to go rooting through bedroom drawers.
That's asinine. Since when do educated kids not snoop around for things to play with and get into trouble?
Also, the parent keeping a gun in a bedroom drawer and not locked in a safe with a child in the house is doing it absolutely wrong.
I question how the motivation behind developing this app differs from, say, developing an app to allow others to publicly geotag homes of people believed to belong to a particular religion or political party.
How is it different? The public is legitimately concerned with its safety when firearms are involved. While someone wielding a Bible or campaign pin could technically kill you, it's VASTLY easier for someone wielding a gun to kill you.
"average" has many meanings, the simple median, mean, and mode among them. In this case, and in most others where you care about position within a distribution the median is the "average" that is actually relevant - the amount made "by the average Joe". The mean will almost always be biased significantly higher due to extreme income inequality.
Mean - average Median - the center value Mode - the largest group.
Mean is a strict average, and is thrown off if the distribution isn't even. Median is the middle. Half the people are making more, half are making less.
Mode is what the majority of people belong to.
You can't derive "the average joe" from any of those figures. Mode might give the best guess, but if's just the population with the largest grouping.
Mean and Median can be fooled quite easy by large populations at the extreme - mean is easy to see why, Median just means the center value and it reveals nothing with the distribution.
What you really need is the income distribution curve and figure out what the standard deviation is. If everything is a nice Gaussian distribution, the mean, median and mode will be identical. But once things get skewed, all three figures will be all over the place and the numbers are rather meaningless.
Small correction: mode would be the range that the plurality of people belong to, not necessarily (and not likely) the majority.
To a broader point, the median household income is far from meaningless. You just have to have an understanding of what it represents. Yes, that means knowing that 50% of the subject population make more; and 50% make less meaning that, if that stat is taken alone, you can really only tell if you're in the top or bottom half. The more factors you start to look at, the better the information you can gleam about where you fall in the population.
Probably the best example is unemployment. What would a lower median income and higher unemployment/underemployment tell you? It means the jobs aren't necessarily paying that much less than in other places with slightly higher median incomes, just that there are a lot more people making very little on unemployment/underemployment. However, if there's a higher median income AND a higher unemployment/underemployment, you could say that even the lower level jobs in the area are paying pretty well, you just might have a harder time finding one.
Meh. It's cheaper than a PS3. Adjusted for inflation it's cheaper than an Xbox 360 would have been at launch with Kinect. The only real issue with the price IMO is what you get in comparison to the PS4.
And adjusted for inflation a gallon of gas should have cost $3.11 when the 360 was released, but it didn't. It cost $2.20. You can't use inflation to justify a single good's price change. That's not how it works or how it's intended to be used. Plus, why compare present to past when you have a perfectly good present to present comparison to make? The fact is an XBO will cost 25% more than a PS4 (minus a PS Eye). Each consumer is going to have to make up his/her own mind as to whether or not it's worth that 25% higher price tag.
*Spoiler* (sort of)
I wonder how many people were numbed by the never-ending action and missed Zod kicking the Lex Corp tanker at Superman.
As if anyone would make a Superman reboot and leave Lex Luther out of the multi-movie arc.
...privacy issues with the always-on Kinect...
You lost right there. How are people still unaware that the Kinect is always-on only by default currently - though that will likely change with all the hostility towards it - and has been explicitly said could be turned off (thus, by definition, NOT "always-on").
Lots of people are pissed over the price...
^This. Price is so much more important to the average consumer than "I have to plug this thing into my modem/router? OK." If the PS4's Eye was a mandatory bundle with the PS4, the price difference wouldn't be that big of a deal at $40ish; but the full $100 difference will definitely push a lot of consumers to the PS4, especially considering that neither one will let you play your current game library at launch.
The webcam on these other things doesn't disable the gear if you block it. If the XBone webcam is obstructed the games will not play. Remembering to block the cam before putting her jammies on is more than I expect from my daughters, and more than I expect to need to.
That's a blatant lie. A) The CAMERA is not always on ever, especially not by default, so when the system's off the camera's off and B) the MIC is always listening for "Xbox on" assumedly by default (will probably change to an option with factory default = off), but MS has explicitly said that you can turn that setting off
It's very likely in a planetary system for large bodies to collide. Now, to aid in the planet formation process, those large chunks stick (mostly) together; but, with so many bodies orbiting the star, there will inevitably be some planet-sized bodies that either get decimated by these impacts, lose large masses (see: Earth's Moon) from these impacts, or have their orbits altered and begin a spiral of either death towards their star or loneliness out of their solar system.
Another fair question is how many moons do these planets have? How much is that blob we seen in our telescopes made to seem larger by moons, possibly dozens, orbiting that planet?