DSL is the method my household uses. Admittedly only one high-quality or HDvideo can be crammed through at a time in addition to normal web/music-streaming/etc. traffic, but that isn't a problem for my particular family like it might be for others.
Congratulations to the Linux Voice team... I'm really surprised that kind of money could be pulled together so quickly, so I'm guessing you've got a nice solid base of support out there -- Ihope the publication process goes as well as your Indiegogo campaign did.
That they got £90,000 in Indiegogo funding as rapidly as they did suggests that even taking donations by orgs into account, there's got to be a hell of a lot more than a handful of people interested in reading it.
My decision will depend largely on how much issues cost here in the US...It sounds like it would be interesting to flip through when taking a break from electronics (Itry to do that for a while each day), but Ifrankly can't afford the high prices I've seen other UK-based Linux magazines.
Believe it or not, there's still hobby-specific magazines of all kinds... There's 3-4 general Linux pubs, a couple devoted to distros or environments, and then in the general tech-geek category, 2600: Hacker Quarterly, Make, Maximum PC and a bunch focused on other hardware/OSplatforms. That's not even taking the magazines focused on general science, specific scientific fields, weird shit like Mental Floss, or non-STEM topics.
If someone can use Linux, they presumably can read. They might be, as Iam, too poor to pay the high cost of most (or all) Linux magazines (they're high in the US, at least) Personally, I always buy 2600, plus sometimes Writer's Digest, Renaissance Faires & Culture or something else that catches my eye. I was quite excited to score a bunch of old 2600 back issues last year at a garage sale, too.
The reason why someone with Internet access would read a periodical in any form is that the writing is usually of much higher quality, which means that the information is presented more coherently & concisely, letting us learn more about the subject (or at a more in-depth level)with less effort than we would from most online publications. Many of the popular web-only publications -- Salon, Slate, HuffPo, TechCrunch, TechDirt -- are like that, managing to turn even important subjects into mental fluff that probably won't stick in our minds any longer than it takes for us to comment. (I say "many" because I know of a very few sites like Ars Technica that soar above the rest.)
As for why anyone would buy them on paper, there's a number of reasons. One is that we can then read with full-color illustrations without having to use a backlit screen, which is great for problems like temporary light-sensitivity (e.g. due to a migraine) and chronic insomnia. Another is that many people still find it much more physically relaxing to read on paper, and/or find that they're mentally sharper after a long session of paper-reading than they are if they were reading... There's also that while tablets (for those that can afford them) have gotten much better at taking & referring back to interline/margin notes, many people still don't find it as convenient or intuitive to flip back through the device as with a paper copy or to refer to it when working.
It also depends on how strongly the cat has bonded with you and whether they grew up with the same cats from a very early age, all of which also makes a huge difference in their/our ability to communicate. (I strongly suspect certain phenotypes also are more predisposed to bonding/working with humans than others; people think of it as a breed trait, but IME "lookalikes" often carry it as well.)
The species is surprisingly like children in terms of their intellectual/communicative development being profoundly affected by how/how much we interact with them and how nutritious their food is. (By nutrition, Imean good ingredients like brown rice rather than indigestible corn fillers; some of the really pricy USbrands like Science Diet or Iams are low-quality.) So most people's idea of a cat's mind is based on the equivalent of a little kid left in front of the TV & living off junk food, rather than one whose parents give it a great balanced diet, read to & played educational games with it, if you see my drift. It's no shocker most people's idea of a normal cat is an uncommunicative creature that's constantly exhausted.
FWIWI'm not a breeder, my cats are spayed/neutered early on. I learned what I know from spending vast amounts of time rehabilitating unwanted kittens & young adult cats that won't be given a chance at the local "no-kill" shelter (ones that would panic and/or attack at random due to being abused, unhandled, or feral) for almost 30 years.
Here's one hopefully-good example of what I'm talking about: a friend's ex-farm-feral 'informing' her that he wanted more canned food. He seemingly got the urge to communicate and amazing bond with her from the Korat phenotype he matched (breeders saw him at the hospital and asked who sold him).
I largely agree, but the original objective was binary -- "round-trip completed intact" | "round-trip not completed intact" -- and since the US & USSR didn't fail partway through the trip, there isn't a whole lot of room for doing it "better." They might do it more cheaply, complete the round-trip faster, or succeed against the most overwhelming odds, but those are all different issues, IMHO.
How fitting that it's one letter off from my great-aunt's first name -- Aunt Tosca always seemed nice at first, but the bitter hints of spiteful jealousy were impossible to ignore before long!
The evidence goes a whole lot further back than a few thousand years ago -- just from a glance at Wikipedia's limited information, the earliest shards of pottery stained with wine were (using modern names, as my ancient geography sucks) in Georgia in 6000 BC, then Iran by 5000 BC, and Grecian Macedonia by 4500 BC. (Iran's evidence comes along with the earliest signs of painting the inside of the vessel with turpentine to introduce a common modern flavor, and Grecian Macedonia's case also involves the oldest recovered crushed wine grapes.)
As a side note, 1,700 BC isn't all that "ancient" from Greece's standpoint: people were already living in Northern Greece (Macedonia)by 270,000 BC, and their civilizations trace back at least to the Early Bronze Age in 3200 BC. (I'm not clear on exactly how it is that the first traces are 3200 BC, yet they've found crushed grapes -- which seem like a pretty clear sign of civilization to me -- that are 700 years older. Then again, I've never been very good at history.)
His plan is essentially to produce enough low-quality** "code monkey"programmers to mirror the situation in 'service' jobs (e.g. retail), where there's a great enough excess of would-be employees even without H1Bs to force wages down into the minimum-wage part-time range. The reduction in incomes tends to have a ripple effect up through the ranks, so companies like Facebook couldd be able to slash their payroll/benefits costs down to a tiny fraction of what they are now. The only people fucked over would be the people doing the actual work.
**Keep in mind that people living under those circumstances typically end up working two part-time jobs, under a great deal of stress, and not sleeping or eating terribly well; this means the vast majority of the talented ones too weary at the end of the day to focus on learning new skills, and thus would find it very, very difficult to rise above entry-point. The company wouldn't care, of course, as it will be able to continue hiring skilled/educated affluent new grads very cheaply, and the fear of potentially being replaced the same way is likely to keep them from even asking for a raise for a number of years even as they gain experience & learn new skills.
I'm surprised to find myself feeling conflicted in thinking about this situation from that point of view. On the one hand, the people making decisions at the NSAare acting like spoiled brats whining that Daddy doesn't love them anymore because he showed displeasure at their misbehavior.
On the other, our fucked-up economy has left a lot of people desperate enough to hold onto their jobs (especially if they have dependents to support) that I can easily see an average employee letting themselves believe their superiors' reassurance that their orders were legal/necessary or that their role is so minor that it didn't make a big difference. It's also very possible that many employees were chosen specifically based on a lack of knowledge about our rights, so they didn't even realize they were doing bad things. Either way, after all of those years of reassurance, having their leader turn his back on them to save his own ass when they're under attack would suck beyond belief -- and Ican only feel disgust for that behavior on his part.
We all like to believe that we wouldn't be as 'weak' as the people that violated the Constitution/Bill of Rights as part of following orders, that we'd stand up to our boss/superior or maybe even pull a Snowden... But we also all like to believe we wouldn't cause horrible harm to others through abusing power or following orders, and virtually all of us are wrong.
Iagree that violating the Constitutionshould absolutely make somebody feel like shit -- but unless the person is an unrepentant killer, telling them to commit suicide isn't cool. Isay that not so much for them, but because I've known a few people that lost someone they cared about that way, and wouldn't wish the pain I saw on anyone unless they were genuinely horrible people themselves. Hell, one of my exes intermittently fought off suicidal depression, and Iwouldn't wish the terror it put me through on anyone remotely decent.
Only if you rely on old genre stereotypes. A lot of "fantasy" worlds depict a highly advanced civilization that just happens to refer to things as magic rather than technology, right down to having "magic spells" that are effectively chemical formulas (or recipes) derived through scientific experimentation. On the flipside, plenty of SF universes ignore anything remotely resembling the laws of science and contain technology or weapons with near-magical properties that are clearly just made up.
In other words, they're both forms of the same genre -- speculative fiction -- with different window-dressings. As the old quote goes: sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
A good example is the old "Dragonriders of Pern"series by Anne McCaffrey. On the one hand, it depicts a post-apocalyptic space colony in which humans genetically engineer creatures from a native species that evolved to travel via (IIRC)hyperspace, use HNO3 to kill deadly interplanetary spores, and the author carefully designed everything (including the creatures' skeletal composition & structures) to be reasonably scientifically plausible -- which sounds like SF. On the other side, they end up living in a post-tech medieval society, use "agenothree"to kill deadly 'threads' that fall from the sky, lack any record of their origins, and pair up with "dragons" capable of "teleporting" -- much more like fantasy.
Iagree, as a driver that has had to get by while visiting transit-only cities. With my health problems, Ialready knew it was probably important that Ibe able to make an outing quick &to the point or turn back at will, but Ihad no idea just how crucial until I'd had to spend 4+ hours miserable on a bus to complete an errand that would've taken me maybe a half-hour at home via car (and that Imight have bailed on partway through even then). That I kept finding sick thanks to the scents of perfume, cologne, cigarettes, or pot lingering on people didn't make the experience any more pleasant for me.
Except that things *aren't* made to last like they were several decades ago, and the way music is produced has likewise changed from being focused on bringing out an artist's talent/training over to using AutoTune to compensate for the lack of it, allowing the labels to choose far more based on sexual allure than in the pre-AT days. (Let's face it: a whole lot of good alternative,classic rock, and even pop artists/bands never would've 'made it' if that had been the criteria at the time.)
That's a separate movement related to religion, though. Here in the US, the movement of people that believed in all medical care but rejected vaccines started as a "back to nature"wing of the hippies in the 1970s. (My parents almost went down that path back then when my mother was pregnant with me, but thankfully decided to research the hell out of the situation with science books from the library before making their decision.)