I think the network provider has every right to monitor the traffic on their network to insure the quality of the system. That entails capturing certain information on practically every transmission. They probably don't need information on every packet, but designing complete capture is probably easier. Tagging is perfectly understandable.
Maybe people doesn't realize that the machine minds that monitor packet traffic have gotten so good at what they do, they just don't need the keys to keep track of all of it. Take the other piece of news today that Google, is getting out of the "Pay" business for digital download content. That was just their method of familiarizing their algorithm writers with the financial transaction process. Now the computers do their masters snooping without needing the non-core business of barter.
I'm with you till step 4. We should never crawl back down another gravity well in an effort to create a sustainable living environment in this solar system.
They should do the smart thing! Take the 50-year plan and get out of the business producing power business and transition into a pure distribution mode. The power companies should be encouraging us all to go the solar route where-ever economically and technologically feasible. Let the market dictate the rate, end the subsidies for solar installation, and encourage the sell back electricity. All with the understanding that 50 years from now most coal and gas fired plants will close their doors and we'll get all the "free" power we can collect. The idea of owning a mini-solar farm on 5 acres of cheap scrub land and driving an electric car doesn't sound so bad! The 50-year plan will work when resolving many issues. Poverty, unemployment, hand-gun proliferation, drug abuse, urban crime, ineffectual government. It only takes a well reasoned plan and the resolve to see it through.
Ehh! They scoff at the prophet, until it starts raining electric automobiles!
What we really need is a mechanism to churn that frozen carbon dioxide at the bottom of the ocean! We're going to find a way to kill ourselves off yet. The shame of it is, we just cant stop ourselves.
Basically the dark matter may be nothing more than another type of neutrino, and we finally found its calling card.
You can bet your bottom dollar if you force a flash movie on me and I have to pause it, your product just made my "never buy" list.
I think the point that everyone should be incensed about is the fact that other 106 university athletic program spent close to a billion dollars of university money and still had the audacity to claim they didn't break even. Lets go back to the Plato argument from earlier and agree that the motivators that drive our social systems problems are so much a part of our collective psyche that there may be no way to fix the problem short of scrapping the whole thing and starting with a truly clean slate. Acting in the best interests of ourselves and our family is human nature. All it takes is the willingness to justify wanting "a little more". Greed.
I'm not sure what country you're from, but I have two children who recently spent 10 years at a state university and trust me there's plenty of booze, partying, sex regardless of what kind of school it is.
What if we've been looking at it all wrong. We tend to view this gravity well as the repository of a mass. What if instead it was these super massive black holes are really remnants of the universe's primordial gravitational field immediately prior to/at the time of inflation. Think about it topographically. We live on an inflation driven membrane of space-time, driven outward by inflation yet pinned to the universe through the gravitational field at our galaxy's center. Nothing fell in, we fell out.
Maybe if one brave soul lights a candle, we'll be able to see that the sky will not fall if we share a piece of copyrighted material with a friend. Hopefully other interests will follow suit.
We've been wallowing in distraction, divisiveness, and self-pity for the last 20 years. The only thing we've accomplished is slipping into 2nd place against many of our competitors. If we don't get it together, SOON, we're lost.
They still send you a 25 page full color merchandise brochure 3 times a year.