The Finns have their own intelligence service that wants to expand. They want to model their powers after what the Swedes have done.
So you think that either the Swiss or the Dwarfs are all Jewish?
Piece of advice: you probably shouldn't post while you're either that drunk or stupid. I'm going to guess that means you probably shouldn't post at all.
IMHO, I don't care if they store data in the vaults of Mordor...
I'm thinking that the Swiss are more of the Dwarf miner flavor, don't you think? Tunnels, tunnels everywhere, filled with gold.
There seem to be a lot of them in the news lately. Some, like this, are created by disruptive technologies like the internet. Others by bad government planning. (See: ACA) Others by the economy has businesses. This will only force more change in the future, which will likewise create more opportunities, and more death spirals. Will we end up in Utopia, dystopia, or something in between? Whatever it is, it will be different.
It's probably just writer's block. Intelligence agency interest in on-line games was in the news back around 2006-2008, just like the warrantless wiretapping controversy. If he was going to abandon it for the stated reason I would expect he would have done it then. Besides, this sort of thing hasn't really stopped other writers from creating interesting stories.
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There were some fragging good times playing that with friends.
There was less personal privacy in pretty much all spheres of life under communist rule, before you even begin considering personal liberty, and the economic system was a failure to boot.
The Collapse of Communist Economic Theory - APRIL 01, 1961
Factory managers in Russia are examined once a year on political theory. To hold his job, a manager must qualify anew every year in "Dialectical and Historical Materialism," and in "The History of the Communist Party." His compulsory reading list includes 64 official textbooks, plus 93 selections from Lenin, 11 from Engles, 24 from Marx, 13 from Stalin, 14 from Khrushchev, and one from Mao Tse-tung. It is easy to imagine what happens to Russian production when every factory manager is occupied with these predetermined studies as the prime vehicle of his bureaucratic advancement.
Every factory manager has but one aim in life—to make this month’s production quota. His entire career, and all his incentive bonuses, are based on annual quota accomplishment. On this score, another reputable American economist reported: "The incentive system also encourages falsification of records, the hoarding of labor and supplies, and numerous unusual activities such as working employees on a Sunday and giving them a day off in the following month"
This general pattern of phony quota-making has resulted in a broad panorama of totally unreliable production statistics from every sector of the Bolshevik economy.
Russian labor is regimented in a measure which kills all striving for excellence. Trained workers are in short supply in every line of production, and in-plant incentives often are discouraged by meticulously designed production norms delivered by Gosplan, Moscow, for every factory operation.
Communist China is still in business, so to speak, despite the pervasive surveillance of its police state. Why?
China's rising GDP and economic miracle (Follow link to see graph)
The seeds of China's rapid economic growth since the 1990s were first planted back in 1978 when the Communist Party started to introduce capitalist market principles, initially in the agricultural sector.
There is an open question about how long Europe will be able to continue under its current arrangements. They are facing long term problems with their economies, social policy, and demographics. European governments have been shown to engage in spying as well.
The US government substantially worsened the housing bubble by one set of actions, and slowed the recovery by others. Politics prevented reforms that could have stopped the government intervention leading to the first problem, and is directly resulting in the second.
The risk or breakage is why a non-production testing environment is our friend. Kind of hard to do with a single piece of equipment though.
Gravitational lensing, as a phenomenon, has been shown (proven?) to exist. There is more than one theory that explains it. Both General Relativity and the TeVeS flavor of MOND gravity can explain it IIRC.
When I've had to support an OS or application I've generally found it helpful for the release notes for an update to contain at least a summary of bug fixes since the last release as a minimum. That is assuming that the comments are detailed enough to be helpful. I don't necessarily need to see them all, but at least the major issues. That can help you decide if you need it to fix issues you are seeing, or if it could effect you. If your software has different collections of bundles of patches, such as a large standard bundle and various individual patches, you can see if you need to go outside of the standard bundle.
One example - A number of years ago there was a Solaris patch that wasn't part of the standard bundle, IIRC, that was needed to fix a problem that occurred only in certain advanced math functions on Ultrasparc III processors. If you were only doing generic database or web work you would be very unlikely to need it. But the applications we ran were very likely to be affected. So, seeing that, I grabbed and applied the patch where it was needed at my first opportunity. Not having a fix list would have prevented me from being able to make that choice and we would have taken a performance hit.
Isn't the only thing you actually can do in science? Disprove or fail to disprove, but there is no prove.
Is that really true? What about using a theory to make a prediction, and then proving or disproving the existence of the predicted phenomenon?
One example: General relativity predicted gravitational lensing, which was found to exist as the theory predicted.
If so, you clearly don't get to read some of the gems that I do. But I am in no way surprised by your comment given the baggage you drag around.