Evidently Cities: Skylines is quite good. I haven't played it yet, I just bought it during the recent steam sale...but it has overwhelmingly positive user reviews. Might be worth checking out as a spiritual successor to SC4.
Agreed. Any Disney Park employee will take your photo for you with your own camera, if you just ask them. Even the people they litter around the parks who are paid solely to take your photo so they can sell it to you later for $15 each.
They already do. https://mydisneyphotopass.disn... Yes, the price is actually $15 per photo, or $200 for unlimited photos.
However, those same people will also take your photos with your own camera as well if you ask them. As will any other employee at the park you interact with.
Having worked at one of these parks, I can speculate as to what happened:
A worker monitoring the cameras on the ride saw the rider with the selfie stick and did as they were instructed, to hit the emergency shut off. This stops the ride, and halts all the cars/trains at their next safety stop point. Once that happens, the only way to get the ride going again is to reset it and do your opening procedures over again. The computer for the ride won't allow the ride to operate unless those checks have been performed and passed. Sometimes it might even require one of the engineers from the park to give their sign-off as well.
But to even begin, you have to evacuate everyone that is currently on the ride. So you have to go out on the track to where they are, release them from the ride, and escort them back to the exit. If there is anyone with mobility issues in any of the cars, that could become a very complicated task. IMO, an hour is very quick to do all of that.
I never offered an opinion on the death penalty. I simply stated that the reasoning behind "why should it be our responsibility to support them" or "why should I, the taxpayer, pay for someone to sit around, get 3 meals a day, and watch cable TV", as it was put in another post above, was incorrect.
I am of a mixed opinion on the death penalty:
If you can prove beyond ANY doubt (not just beyond a reasonable doubt as currently required by the legal system) that they committed a murder, then I would be fine with the death penalty. I don't believe that the "beyond any doubt", as a legal standard, can currently be met by the current legal system.
Where did you get the $10 million number? Federal average to house a prisoner in the US was $31,286 per year in 2010. Certain states have higher costs than others, but the federal average was $31,286 per year.
If you even house every life-without-parole inmate for 100 years, that costs $3.1 million. I would suspect that the average number of years to house them is MUCH lower than that. If we assume that the average life-in-prison prisoner commits a crime at an age equal to 1/2 the average life expectancy and then lives until the average life expectancy, then the average life-in-prison prisoner will spend 39.35 years in prison. At a cost of $31,286 per year, it'll cost $1.23 million to house the average life. That is an order of magnitude less than your $10 million dollar figure.
You do realize that it costs significantly more money to see a death-penalty case from start to finish than it does to see a case where the penalty is life without parole?
The trials are more expensive to run.
There are many more appeals steps that are expensive through the legal system.
It costs twice as much to house a death-row inmate during the appeals.
All-in-all, it costs nearly 3 times as much to see a death-penalty case from start to finish vs. a non-death-penalty case. Also putting a person in jail for life, without parole, means they are never "left to their own" since they will never see freedom again...very slim chance they will be a danger to anyone again.
Thunderbolt is not a proprietary connector to Apple. It is a standard that Intel has made available and i've seen non-Apple computers with Thunderbolt.
Except this wasn't done with them posting some sign and a guy at the door making sure no one brought it beer. This was done with a pretty advanced technological system that you simply can't buy off the shelf. A system that can tell the difference between their own hotspots and "rogue" hotspots. Someone actually had to do research on how to do this and set it up.
"I have to fly, and airlines have a monopoly there, so can exact a brutal vengeance upon all passengers."
I don't think you understand what a monopoly is? That's like saying "I have to drive a car, and automobile manufacturers have a monopoly there...". A monopoly is when a single entity controls all of the supply of something. You can't take an entire industry, which has dozens of competing providers, and lump them all together as a single entity to call it a monopoly.
There is actually quite a lot of competition in the air travel space. About a dozen major national air carriers and over 100 regional and specialty air carriers that do passenger service. I assure you, the cost of airfares are set at what the market will allow. Chances are good that your local cable company or phone company has a monopoly on internet or video services where you are...There is almost certainly not a monopoly on air travel.
your understanding is incorrect. Apple has explicitly stated that the transaction is 100% between The Merchant, Your Bank, and you. Apple does not receive a copy of the transaction, they don't know who you've shopped with, and that they don't know that any specific transaction has happened.
The only thing Apple does is act as the facilitator to getting the device-specific account number in to the phone. So Apple could know which credit cards you have setup in your device and that's about it.
I'm not actually sure if this is entirely correct. I don't think the fingerprint chip actually has the encryption key. Whenever you power-cycle an iPhone with a passcode/password, you are required to unlock it the first time with the full password. You can't unlock it with just your fingerprint.
My guess is that it needs the passcode to decrypt the contents of the databases, and then it uses the fingerprints as a quick-unlock feature when the device was put to sleep, but the keys are still in memory.
That is fair. I thought it was odd that they just "purchased" it for everybody rather than just make the price free for a month and people could go and claim it. I didn't bother me either way.
So don't turn on the auto download feature then. When you want to download it to your device, then open your list of purchases and download it manually.
The auto download feature isn't turned on by default. It's off by default. So you'd have to know of it's existence for it to be on.