Just throwing in my $0.02 of personal experience that HDMI is questionable past 15', at least with the cables I've been buying. Apparently you can get signal boosters that help though.
Engineering implies a corporate budget, hacking implies doing it in your garage.
Windows-R is a very nice shortcut for bringing up the run box. Clicking the start button is a mild pain (especially if you have a monitor to the left of your main monitor), ctrl-esc is an extra button to hit...and the 'run' in the start menu in Windows 7 isn't even a normal run thing, it's a search window that happens to let you run things too. You can't scroll through command history. I actually don't know if there's any way to open the run box with a mouse! I can't find it if there is.
I've been using some random ergonomic keyboard (with Windows key included) for over a year without realizing that 1) it didn't have a context-menu key, and 2) that's where the 'fn' key lived, which apparently makes my f-keys do weird undesirable things. So...I guess my curiosity towards "what happens if I try to put the menu key into my workflow" will have to wait for a different keyboard.
As far as I can tell from the summary, it's not about people learning code. Totally it would make the world a better place if everyone who uses a computer regularly could at least write a simple shell script. (Impractical to spend the time to learn or just plain out of reach for a lot of folks, but whatever, it's a dream.) Instead, the objection looks like it's about lowering the barrier to make marketable things for an app store or whatever.
"With this toolkit, anyone can make furniture and sell it!" Learning carpentry is good, opening up the market is good, but if you're going to distribute to the wider world, maybe you should know enough about engineering principles to build a chair that won't collapse after a couple months.
A car analogy would just be gratuitous.
We already know the useful "laws" we use are just approximations, e.g. ohm's law, hooke's law, boyle's law, etc.
That's exactly what GP was saying. Modern physics does not pretend to be anything more than a series of useful approximate predictions. A hammer is neither right nor wrong, it is merely useful or not useful. Same goes for Newtonian mechanics, relativity, quantum theory, etc.
I'd say that people who insist that evil scientists are refusing lower that mortality rate are a much bigger part of the problem. Um, that research is still happening. The fact that you haven't heard of breakthroughs recently can just as easily mean that 1) nobody bothered to write about it or 2) it's a really hard problem, despite the large amount of money thrown at it.
Also, maybe it sucks, but if you have limited research resources, it's more efficient to try and develop a new vaccine to save millions of lives than it is to improve an old one and save dozens. It doesn't mean nobody is working on it--just, there's probably fewer. Triage is no fun for anybody.
Rechargable batteries last longer than the devices you put them in.
I love the attitude of one of the anon commenters: if you don't know enough to configure every single security option on your system right out of the box, you shouldn't have your *nix machine hooked up to the internet. Truly, this is the year of *nix on the desktop.
Insurance prices are going to go up, I think. Not insurance for the drivers though; insurance for the car manufacturers, who need to pass that cost on to someone. I could imagine premiums being pretty high since you can't take it out of the hide of an at-fault human driver.
None of it? None at all? Do the websites you visit not have to pay for hosting? Do the content providers you patronize not pay their writers?