It's worst than that. Lobbyists actually write most bills, then find a congresscritter to sponsor the lobbyists' pet bills. Congresscritters very rarely write legislation themselves (I don't have it to hand but I recall seeing a stat that put their share at something like 5%.)
I lived on fixed wireless for most of the past decade. It was down at least 10% of the time, and often more (like every time it rained). It was unreliable enough that I kept the dialup modem as a backup.
If good upload speeds were widely available, I suspect online backup would quickly become a mainstream market, especially as more people become aware of the need to back up (witness the solid market for flash drives and external hard drives, mostly to ordinary folks and largely used for personal backups).
I know I'd use it, but my paltry 600k up will not cut it.
The Founders had largely expected common sense to prevail. That it didn't is one reason why we have the Bill of Rights.
"To be a great programmer, you need to write code that reads like English."
That's an interesting observation, and see what I (not a coder but an interested bystander) say above about two programs I know equally well as a user -- one in Pascal (I can pretty much grok what all the code does despite zero comments), the other in C (lots of comments, but still makes my brain hurt even when I can figure it out).
From the user standpoint (I'm not a programmer, but I take an interest, and have rooted around a bit in various source codes), these are my observations:
1) When a program written in C crashes, it may do damnear anything on its way out.
When a program written in Pascal/Delphi crashes, it simply closes down and returns you to the OS.
2) I have an ancient (1990) database program I can't live without. When it was retired from the market, its owner kindly shared source with me, which happened to be in Pascal. There's not a single comment in it, but as I know the program so well, I can tell what nearly all its code does.
I can't say that of the other antique program which I still use and know very well (and have perused much of the source), but is written in C.
I doubt it's entirely coincidence, or even relative marketshare, that's given us those marvelous Obfuscated and Underhanded Code contests for C, but no such for Pascal.
That's also how the believers work.
We get the same thing at bird dog field trials from popper loads (which can travel a couple hundred yards in a good wind) -- it's kinda like being spattered by light sleet.
The government should be =restricted= by the Constitution, as the Founders intended: government can or must do *these few things*, and all other actions are forbidden.
Well, your hair doesn't want to be free, but it falls out all the same...
Hey, maybe they can put their money where their mouth is -- get their DNA sequenced and torrent it to the world!
There are already lots of inexpensive community colleges (last place I lived it was $25/credit). There was a huge expansion of the program back in the 1960s, and it has continued to expand -- there are now over 1100 such schools.
And in Montana, the state university is entirely free to seniors.
Deer will also eat themselves out of house and home, even in areas where they are native.
And looking at the history of the Sahara (which during major warm periods has not been a desert), and the difference between grazed (vibrant) and not-grazed (desertified) -- it appears that climate changes and disuse are the culprits, far more than anything humans do.
Bah, pikers. I have WinXP installs with over 10 years of heavy use, with zero reinstalls -- and no issues. What on earth are some of these people doing??!
I know of one grocery chain that deliberately rotates everyone's shifts, so you have a different shift EVERY DAY -- the object is to try to prevent anyone from making it to the 20 year mark, which triggers a big benefits package. Quit before the 20 years are up, and you lose those benefits.
That may be, but there are always folks who want to build something with their own hands. Considering how many different kits are available, there must be plenty of demand, and they must work well enough to stay in business against the integrated solutions.
And total price may be a factor, especially if a person already owns the two major parts.