As an Oregonian and engineer, I was so surprised when they went the Oracle route. For a situation like this, you've basically started out guaranteeing the result they've seen. Oregon state politics is interesting enough as it is without getting contractual corruption and national party machinery in the mix. I also happen work in the defense industry, where contracts and results like this are practically de rigueur, and it really makes me wonder how blind/naive/ignorant you have to be to expect anything other than what happened. Vote 'em out, fellow Oregonians, and replace them with two rub-able cents!
I'm very picky about my phones: had an HTC from 3.5 years ago, but when the 2 years came up I couldn't find a suitable replacement until I finally went with the MotoX. First off, let me make it clear--this is a fantastic phone, one of (if not the) best, and for many reasons. One of the reasons I went with it was the made-in-America bit, but honestly, I don't see another alternative--made in America or elsewhere--that's this good. That having been said, the next-closest contender was a Samsung, and I would still stick with the Google flagship phone over the Samsung regardless of manufacturing location--unfortunately, Lenovo's entrance has completely turned me off from buying another Motorola phone after this. I hope my MotoX lasts a long time...
The "...could conceivably occur with GPS, Galileo, or BeiDou" part of the article isn't entirely true, though. Galileo is not operational (only four satellites have been launched, all proof-of-concepts), for starters. Beidou is a mixed constellation for which half the coverage doesn't have the access issues of a pure-MEO constellation. A GPS satellite could conceivably have the same problem, but it's easily corrected because GPS is supported by a network of ground stations with global coverage--corrected ephemerides can be uploaded virtually at a moment's notice.
The specific issue with GLONASS (bad ephemerides) would be easily corrected with a better ground network. As it is, you can only upload the appropriate data when they are over a limited, high-latitude portion of the earth. It's very much a single point-of-failure issue, which one can interpret as either a poor design decision or a by-product of pride / stubbornness (which, in engineering design, are frequently one and the same). It's a good reminder that, despite good scientific and technological underpinnings, the Russian space program still suffers from underdeveloped support and very limited global / international cooperation (not to mention testing and quality assurance issues).
To this excellent summary, I would add a short list of places in TNG that offer excellent entry points:
* 2x10 The Dauphin for its light-hearted humor, rounded introduction to a variety of crew personalities, and a storyline which non-Trekkies will find more relateable. Start my wife (then finance) with this one--she actually enjoyed it, which shocked me.
* 4x19 The Nth Degree for a more science-fiction episode that retains some light-hearted humor and an interesting story.
* 4x25 In Theory is where you can start to introduce some of the more serious questions of the thought-provoking 'what does it mean to be human' theme, without becoming too dry or hard-core science-fiction-y.
Interesting analysis, particularly the original paper. It's almost like a two-step optimization problem--very much a game theory topic.
I happened to marry into a family of Congolese immigrants. My in-laws have told me in no uncertain terms that Nigeria has a strong reputation among central & west African cultures for being, if you will, a den of scum and villainy. If there's a scam, theft, or petty crime that involves an African individual, one of the first thoughts is, 'they must be Nigerians.'
Of course, this strikes me as a strong stereotype. I've met several Nigerians at family events (I've even attended the wedding of a real, bonafide Nigerian prince, I kid you not), and they're pretty much normal people. Surprise! (That doesn't change the fact that the Nigerian restaurant down the street ripped me off last Sunday... On the other hand, I've never had spiced goat larynx before, so I guess I came away from the experience with something new.)
It wasn't something I even considered when purchasing my current laptop, but I've since fallen in love with the keyboard (including keypad) on my Latitude E5520. Great action, no extraneous buttons, and very comfortable layout & size.
Whatever you chose, I'd recommend a close review of the layout (and trying the action, if you can get your hands on a demo) to make sure it's not too weird. Some manufacturers make some VERY interesting adjustments to fit keyboards onto their laptops. I purchased a standalone keyboard a couple of years back that was dirt-cheap and had great action, but the home-end-insert-delete block was rotated (arranged vertically) and it somehow became a major headache.
Photographs by the National Enquirer that were shown to critical-care physician Dr. Samuel Jacobson had him remarking that the 6-foot-2 Jobs appeared "close to terminal."
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