heard earlier today: "If knowledge is power, then privacy is freedom." Think about that in context of the NSA.
US legal code applies to US citizens, not foreign ones
You've got that backwards - protections from the government's actions apply to all people. Rules that the government makes within those boundaries only apply to citizens.
See the Declaration of Independence if you have a question about the conscience of the Constitution.
All of our recent cars weigh the passenger (don't tell the ladies) to see if the passenger airbag should be on, so the data is available anyhow.
You can be a Luddite, a fool, or a smart user of technology.
Heck, I just bought a new radio (one with bluetooth linking capability) for my car (one with power "assisted" everything but none of this all-electronic nonsense where you can't feel the road) and it was actually non-trivial to find one that would let me set the color to red (rhodopsin comes in handy at night) and also would let me turn off the dancing light show visualizer on the music.
I did find one (thanks Pioneer), but the point is there are so many that didn't fit this criteria, which I feel to be basic for car safety, that the market (people) must be demanding the unsafe varieties.
People may be saying, by their words, that they don't want autopilots in cars, but by their actions their call for them is loud and clear.
Some OSS bug trackers have a 'relnote' field where people are to enter a release note if the owner feels it's something that ought to be communicated to the user.
As a user, don't bother me with stuff that will never effect me (did you refactor a class? - great, but I don't need to know about it) or I won't need to look up (did you fix a CVE or a spelling mistake?) but do let me know about changes that will affect my workflow, will offer me an improved way of doing something, or should cause me to go revisit results I've generated in the past (i.e. you had a bug).
the Indian Development Center was kept as the last remnant of the old multinational
Yeah, if Microsoft thinks that Nokia is worth $6.5B and India thinks Microsoft would owe it $3.5B in taxes, then Microsoft would have to conclude (assuming it can't be resolved for $2M in bribes) that abandoning the India unit (sell off the assets, let the debt go into bankruptcy) is the only financially feasible move. They can always move back in as a new business unit out of the Microsoft office next week.
Hey, here's an idea that will no doubt go over well in this venue - let's just pay people indefinitely! Why should it ever run out?
You might be surprised that the Welfare State in the US costs about $1T/yr, while paying everybody getting benefits a flat rate of $850/mo would cost half of that, and studies have shown that they would almost always do better.
Welfare is as much a jobs program for bureaucrats as it is charity, to the overhead tune of 100% - that's quite a management ratio!
Meanwhile the Swiss are threatening to enact a guaranteed minimum income of $2800/mo. A couple could get $67K/yr for just existing. I've raised a family on less than that per year - I can hardly see the point of working for pay given that offer.
Wow. So, what happens the atmospheric CO2 in that case? Would it precipitate as "dry ice" snow?
Seriously, this is 2013 already, how much longer do we have to wait for our ISPs and biggest websites to make the switch?
About five years. Most of the network gear deployed today does not handle IPv6 in ASICs, just CPU, which is too intense. Almost all of the Internet needs to be replaced.
It's only $4 a month for unlimited backups to CrashPlan.
Do they throttle? I looked into the one that advertises unlimited backups for $60/yr and they rate limit the connection down as you increase your data. I estimated 9 years for the first backup to complete based on published rates.
"Unlimited" - IDTIMWYTIM.
Use rsync between them using the --backup switch so that any changes get put into a different folder.
A clear list of any files that may have been changed for *any* reason (Cryptolocker anyone?)
Are you using CookieMonster? It's much better than any stock cookie controller that I've seen.
What happened to their rape, murder, and assault rates?
Also look into deaths by arson there.
August 2013 Sydney Australia launched a new plan to combat "out of control gun violence". http://www.ballinaadvocate.com.au/news/new-plan-unveil-tackle-out-of-control-gun-violence/1992835/
Clearly NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has been taken in by NRA talking points.
Awesome, thanks for the link.