The one I mean is the "fucking off position"
now - GO
I suspect that one of the reasons house prices increase is the desire on the part of existing residents to make their house go up in value, so they erect thickets of permitting procedures and regulations that can mean a 2-3 year delay before you can build on a lot you have acquired.
This is the problem in Toronto, where complex zoning restrictions, green ratios and green zones and a 30 foot limit have made house prices increase dramatically over the past 10 years.
Any loosening of these restrictions is fought tooth and nail by house owners who fear price declines will cause their equity to vanish.
Well, If I hired an employee who wanted to be on our medical plan, I would make it clear that if he or his children acquired an illness due to a refusal to vaccinate them, then any medical treatment cost would fall on them and not on the plan.
I think it is legal to confirm vaccination certificates upon employment?
I had not seen peerj, it looks better than some of the others, and their $99 fee is encouraging, even if optimistic - what happens when the work load gets large, which can happen if they atttract many authors.. There are other journals of easy access and low editorial standard, which is the 'them' I referred to. By the use of a pool of reviewers peerj has a shot at kicking the established journals to the curb = good. In so doing peerj will improve the ecology and hopefully the lower grade journals will smarten up and improve or go away.
I am sure the established journals will fight back, with deep pockets - they have literally billions, and may even fully match peerj and other competent free journals for five or ten years to starve them of good papers. Will they do that? When they see the buzzards circling overhead, they will find a motive.
I am very much in favor of journals like peerj, and I have seen the harm the expensive journals in the third and even the second world have done to deprive their scholars of the books and paper they need. I am happy to see that the modern use of the internet and scanners has spread all expensive journals and books to all these less wealthy countries via scanners and e-mails. This is good.
And while I am on that, the MIT free online university and others like the Khan academy need open source texts for free, because the journal publishers also have another empire, usually in cahoots with profs, to publish course books for $200 or more, and to make last years book obsolete and worthless, so a new book is needed.
Course books are needed for all college years and disciplines, fully open source, update online, also free.
Will it happen? Here in Toronto the University DEMANDS each freshman buy all his course books, and provide a receipt, or the y are not admitted to school. The prof gets a kickback and the college bookstore gets a kickback. Ever see how badly the students are victimized?
That is why I say the entire crooked system needs to change.
That means recognized degrees from MIT/Khan/Et al, which means an accreditation system needs to evolve, and be paid for. This will start to chip away at these monopolies.
This will be a war, without bullets, on economic grounds. Google can become the friend of all here
Too many badly reviewed articles are published by them.
A lot of people ignore the collateral functions of the so-called 'peer review' system administered by the publisher.
The publication must be read by someone who knows the subject passable. If his first pass finds it acceptable, he must then select from a number of true experts in these matters (the peers or equals to the writer of the paper). He works for a living as a competent editor for that area of research. The peers he choose are sent a copy of the paper to review and criticize, if not acceptable, the comments are passed back to the author for him to respond. After his responses to fix the flaws, it goes back to the panel and so on until rejected of published. The review mechanism is needed to avoid total BS being published. The publishers have created this nice and profit by it - some say excessively, and I agree. So some way must be found to pay for this. Page fees are the initial solution - the author pays a fee, and this is spread among the experts involved.
As for an Archive, in the USA, the Library of Congress can do this, as long as a proper indexing method is used so that the paper does not become a needle in a haystack. It should be google indexed. Perhaps Google will fund this via ads, because all the biological supply houses will place biological ads, and the same with all the other disciplines.
In fact, this could become a gold mine for Google and at the same time serve PLOS and the research community very well. Large data bases of terabytes of particle data would not be stored, the publisher would grant access to those who wanted to down load it (a precious few will want terabytes of particle data)
So why not someone who has a pipeline to google give them a whistle, they might leap at the chance. It is a natural fit.
Beam divergence is a function of wavelength. There are no efficient generator of microwaves at a high enough frequency to be received by a field of synchronously rectifying 'rectennas.
Bear in mind, and over-spray would warm water, or burn houses and people.
Streaming was originally set up to allow a 1:1 dialog between the content owner, in both audio and video formats, with the person receiving not permitted to make a copy - Hah, that lasted 11 minutes and now we can copy a stream at will.
So we are left with the relic of streaming, and zero benefit to the content owners or to the buyers (who suffer buffering, etc), and the content owners must marshall the resources to send tens of thousands of streams of the same content, on scattered time phases, which blocks any possible efficiency of scale.
How can this be rectified?
I believe a form of torrent should be made that allocated a unique hash number to each transmitted block, so that the blocks could be seeded to many hosts and when the receiver wants them his torrent program marshalls them in the correct order to play a stream.
In the best case a 1-2 minute buffer would serve, a worst case would need a deeper buffer.
When a client signed up for "The Gladiator", if he was the first to buy, the system would start to stream these sequential blocks, and know where they were. It would also assess the network the data would traverse and present the customer with a screen display that said, "building stream and buffering - stream will play in x seconds", and if nothing changes that x seconds buffer would be deep enough so the client would never break out of the buffer. As more clients came on board, they would also start to stream and also have access to closer and prior streamers and they could use their data in sequence = a smaller buffer time. Overlaid on this is the clients "last mile", on which the depth of his buffer would be determined. He knows his last mile and will accept this.
The content owners have been so screwed over (only in their minds) by torrents that this would need a new name, like "sequential multi cast", or some such to make it palatable to them.
This method might be the saving of the industry. In fact, it seems so obvious that it must have been thought of and be in use already?
Well, if the Aboriginals had a plot description for all of North America, they would have been able to see off those Brits.
The fast talking, slick aliens will come first, looking to steal our DNA codes and loose rocks in the Oort belt, so we need all this stuff well trammelled for when we face them in Galactic Courts
We need to get the ground work done so that IPv8 can be introduced smoothly - the galaxy demands to be properly served...
Yes, another species endangered by the governments.
Tort reform lacking, plane builders are driven out by fake litigation costs.
What do you expect when you elect lawyers to run things they feed their brethren...