When the alternative is government funding, you're at the mercy of political winds and the loss of a patron in the next election.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance last year." Reader Midnight_Falcon points out this press release on the move from Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
I'm less interested in whether or not SCOTUS judges know what net neutrality is than I am about whether or not they know the US Constitution and SCOTUS precedent.
Until somebody comes up with the über power source, all of this stuff is academic. Sure, I can build the Aliens Power Loader but it has to be connected to a big ass generator to work.
Not really. Sheep have value on their own as a source of wool, food, and more sheep. Gold still has usefulness as a metal, granted those uses are a bit less practical. A bitcoin has no use other than a medium of exchange. In that regard, it's not too much different than paper money. The real question is how do we decide what the conversion rate is for one person's labor and/or goods to another person's labor and/or goods. And doesn't that conversion eventually lead to inflation when someone decides that they don't have as much as their neighbor (regardless of how much they produce) and so they demand more for their labor and/or goods which inevitably leads to a cascade of people demanding more which ultimately leaves the first envious person in the same position they started at? So really, the only use bitcoins have is taking away the ability of whoever controls the creation of currency from creating more to give it away for purposes of manipulating other people.
But the other aspect of bitcoins is the mining of them. A lot of people mined bitcoins without paying for the energy needed to run the mining computers if they mined them at their day job. Technically, that's theft. Who ends up paying for the equipment and the energy? I'm not talking about people who set up solar panels to power equipment they bought themselves but people who use other people's equipment and energy to do it. That company needs to pay for that by potentially raising its prices or by laying off workers.
There is no legal requirement to run a background check for interstate sales of long guns. Period. Interstate sales of handguns must go through an FFL dealer. There is no legal requirement to perform a background check or go through a dealer for INTRAstate sales from person to person. That's the law. If Facebook doesn't like that, who the f*ck are they to make their own laws that supersede federal laws? Imagine how ugly things would get if someone decided that a photo ID was required to vote. Oh, wait, that did happen and the feds stomped all over it. Bottom line is that if someone wants to get a gun without going through legal methods, they are going to find a way. Criminals don't care how many laws they break.
Beyond this issue, this is an illustration of Facebook thinking it's important.
These types of projects aren't likely to get publicly funded because too much of tax revenue is now required to be spent on entitlements. Whether this was intentional or not is debatable but the unintended consequences are clear. A project like this getting shot down will disappoint some people but they will get over it. Private space companies will have to take this on.
What I find impressive and baffling is how people assign value to things that have no value for any purpose other than a means of exchange. It does require a certain amount of herd mentality because if I went into the woods, cut up sticks into specific lengths, and tried to pay for my next meal with it, they'd call the men in the white coats. Or perhaps more accurately, if I typed in a bunch of random numbers and tried to pay my cable bill with it. Sure, Bitcoin's value is lack of government involvement but beyond that it has no equivalent value. It's not like physical gold or silver which can be used to make things or oil which is energy.
For a guy who pissed away billions on failed solar companies, you'd think he could cough up some decent coin for fusion power research. But nooOOOOOoooo...
Supposedly, the Black Death came to Europe from the Crimea and/or further east near China. Look how well that worked out.
It's interesting that while a lot of super scary viruses originated in sub-Saharan Africa, there are other origin places with radically different environmental conditions.
They've been brow-beating Americans to stop eating meat so those who were, in one way or another, influenced by that campaign turned to chicken when what PETA really wanted was for everyone to become a miserable vegan. I guess they missed the memo that explained that PETA stands for People Eating Tasty Animals.
I wonder how things would have been different if multiple identical R&D contracts were awarded to several companies so as to set up competition for the best technology. Basically, set aside R&D money to be given to a company so there is disincentive to risk their own money. I would also throw in there that R&D awards be given to startups rather than huge public companies.
It's supposed to teach things like Socratic method and sound methods to test hypotheses. But more to the point is that it's supposed to teach a person how to critique their own thinking rather than how to question someone else's beliefs with the assumption that one's own beliefs are correct. Unfortunately, the latter is what it's morphed into.
Most people don't. They think it gives them the right to tell other people that they're doing things "wrong" which really means that they aren't doing things the way THEY want. They think that because they're been "trained" as "critical thinkers" they know better than everyone else.