We certainly avoided the steamy season, if that's the alternative. But I didn't pick the travel dates regardless.
It's still momentarily strange to see a sign that points out an extra pancake on your stack is a $20 surcharge. The part of my brain that processes conversions is apparently a bit slower than the part that reads signs.
We stayed at the GoodView Hotel in Tangxia. With a good corporate rate it was just $117 a night including buffet breakfast, and is a resort including indoor pools and spa, outdoor activities, weak drinks, and secured property you can walk around on safely. It's far enough away from industry that the air was usually decent at ground level, though there was still no sky. The first sun I saw in a week was in the hotel shuttle this morning just after we crossed the bridge into Hong Kong.
I was in Shenzhen yesterday, and a few other sites in Guangdong for the week before that. The continual gray haze gets to after a few days, beats you down, and holds you there. I have a residual cough. I took a chance to go on the company dime, but don't ever consider it a place for a holiday.
-- typing from LAX twenty-four hours into my transit home
Then they'll lose more customers to Facebook messaging instead of email, and they'll make less money.
Google sees the number of people using email dropping, and place at least some of the blame on unwanted (perhaps unsolicited, perhaps not) email cluttering their users' inboxes. People are replacing email with Facebook and Twitter though, both products that Google doesn't own and can't as easily mine for profit, so it's in Google's interest to help you only receive the mail you want to receive.
I'm not doubting or denying your point that you and I aren't Google's customers, but at the same time I think what's in Google's best interests (keeping our gmail inboxes spam-free so we'll continue to use gmail) and our interests (keeping our gmail inboxes spam-free so we'll continue to use our gmail) are the same.
The neat part is that, if you take the first bit of each byte of the proof and string them all together, you get a complete HD MPEG copy of The Matrix.
Given that Tesla knows the cars can be sold into highly corrosive environments, I would hope that they used solder finishes capable of resisting dendrite formation.
I've seen boards from high sulfur environments with extensive silver sulfide growth. The entire area around the BGA was a solid sheet of metal. We found a solder preservative that protects the immersion silver finish from sulfur corrosion and it seems to have stopped the effect entirely, at least in the accelerated equivalent of several years' exposure.
Sure, but when talking about China, using terms like "largest number" and "highest amount" are misleading, because they also have the most people. Per capita, they still burn a hell of a lot of coal, and that's growing, not getting smaller.
Wow, mod police came back days later to pound every anti-beta post into the ground. I think this was +4 before it was hit, given that the rest of the response was Informative.
So you live on a cliff overlooking the ocean, one of those rare land things that you point out in your GP post that still has value. You invite a series of young artists to take residence, and in exchange for an opportunity to get inspiration from your beautiful estate, they'll create original works of art for you, ones that they agree to never reproduce again.
Do this enough, and one of them could become the next Picasso in 25 years. You don't think rich people only buy art that's by establish masters, do you? Plenty of rich people buy and commission art from up-and-coming artists just because they like them, or because they think that artist will become an established master and want to pick up some of their early works.
I might agree with you for the services where I type in the song I want to play and it plays. But for the service I use, I type in a few songs I like and the service finds hundreds of other songs I might like, plays them, and learns my habits to find more of them. And then I go buy downloads of those songs so I can listen to them all the time, and I go see those artists at clubs when they come to town.
That service deserves more of the money, because they aren't just serving a file, they're deciding which file to serve, which is a marketing service they deserve to get paid for. (In truth, the streaming service should get all of the marketing money that's instead going to some deadbeat label somewhere that conned the artists into signing a contract when they were too young and stupid to know better.)
-- Pandora user who has been refining my work music station, and buying tracks off it, since 2006.
But that's not what's being done in China. As they are becoming "civilized" (a horrible term for this, but the one you and the GP used), they are doing so on the backs of coal.
If both of them look exactly the same, down to the smallest detail, then how exactly do you convince someone to pay millions for one when they can get the other for $10? In a 3D-printed future (or better yet, a future with replicators), you won't be able to tell the difference. If some moron is willing to pay millions for an exclusive item, how does he verify it's exclusive, and not a "forgery"? He can't.
He can if he watched it be painted, especially if he then keeps it private and doesn't allow machinery to scan it for mass reproduction. And patronage is reborn.
You did not address what I said. Why is a 3rd party vote automatically equivalent as vote republican? Why is it not equivalent as voting democrat? And how did you decide this?
Likely he lives in an area that traditionally votes Republican, so any votes for a third party make it harder for anyone to vote the incumbent (Republican) out of office, as is a popular strategy among libertarians who support term limits and "citizen governance" or just want to vote 'em all out and start over.
If you live in an area that traditionally votes Democrat, then your vote for a third party makes it harder to vote the Democrat out and the Republican in, making it the equivalent of voting Democrat.
If you live in area where the elected officials regularly change party, reflecting the will of the people, and maybe a third-party candidate is elected every now and then, then by all means vote for them, as it seems to be working for you! But for the rest of us, just establishing a two-party system would be an improvement over the situation we have today.