Canada is relatively easy to immigrate to for skilled workers, actually. The provincial nominee program makes it especially easy.
Even accounting for the cost of living, Seattle should have made the top 10.
I suspect that what they did was looking at the cost of living in the cities proper, rather than the entire metro area. Living in the city of Seattle itself is expensive, yes. But working there and living somewhere on the Eastside is a much more profitable proposition, and has its conveniences, as well.
Such tools have been around for a long time in the Windows world. The reason is division of labour. One of the dirty secrets about malware that lots of people hate to hear is that vast quantities of it get in through people pirating software and movies (which demand special "codecs"). After all why bother finding zero day exploits when you can just bind your malware to a Photoshop crack and watch hundreds of thousands of people come to you?
The opportunity is so vast that the black market divided into different job categories. There were the spammers who would buy bots from bot bot herders. The herders would buy "installs" of their bots from installers. The installers would buy binders from binder developers, obtain cracked versions of popular programs, use the binders to join the bots with the apps and then upload them to torrent sites. The installers weren't programmers so binders needed point and click GUIs, but that's OK, the value add they provided was knowing how to get around the blocks the torrent sites tried (uselessly) to put in place to stop this, along with simple brute force of numbers.
Often binders would also be combined with tools called crypters, which do what you'd expect, they just polymorphically encrypt the newly bound crack+app. Crypter developers competed based on how "FUD" their product was (fully undetectable). When AV companies learned to spot their decryption stubs, they'd modify it a bit and release a new version.
I watched this market for a little while a few years ago which is how I know all this lingo. It appeared to be a large and thriving industry. All driven by the greed of pirates.
Gun ownership is low in cities, and high in rural areas.
This is also not entirely accurate. Yes, the rate of gun ownership is lower in cities, but urban gun owners tend to be more wealthy, and have significantly bigger gun collections as a result. Basically, a rural area might had a dozen rednecks with a shotgun and a rifle each (both several decades old), whereas the city will have two RFWGs each with a dozen guns with an average price tag of $800-900.
Anyway, the point is that, apparently, catering to the gun crowd doesn't actually piss the urbanites off all that much. If it did, we'd see way more membership in and funding of gun control organizations, way bigger demonstrations against guns etc. On the other hand, the gun crowd tends to be very touchy (which shouldn't come as a surprise, as many are clinically paranoid and live in their own reality where the government is out to take their guns and freedoms, and everything that can even tentatively be connected to that is a part of the grand master plan).
So they'll probably do what organizations usually do: adopt a few symbolic and largely meaningless measures that are enough to get the gun owners talking but not quite fuming, while also allowing MDA and MAIG to publish nice press releases about "somebody finally did something! yay us!".
Some US states actually do have a gross receipts tax, which is kinda like that, and the economy seems to be doing fine regardless.
One of the items I have to certify when using open-source in a corporate environment is that there is no foreign content. Otherwise it cannot be used.
So what kind of open source do you actually end up certifying for use, then? I'm not aware of any open source projects accepting contributions that require contributors to state their nationality.
So, do you trust the code from Crimea?
Only in Israel. And if they do indeed become a majority in Israel, it probably won't exist for much longer - so far as I know, most of them also tend to shy away from military service.
Feminism/women rights is probably first that widespread mindset which has negative birth rate correlation. I would risk saying that it will go extinct in few hundred years
Birth rate is not the be all and end all. If it were, we would be long extinct in favor of rodents, or perhaps insects.
Sure, popping many children is one way to increase the potential of your genes to propagate. Another is to have only a few children, but strong enough that they will outcompete the others. And this strength does not have to be innate - if, say, a feminist society is also a more technologically progressive society, then one kid who grows up to be a drone pilot will be far more successful at securing his gene lines than a hundred Allah-praising kids that he will blow up with their children from the safety of his control center.
I'd do so, except that I've already sold mine a long time ago. Is there an acceptable substitute?
What makes you believe that gun owner demographic (especially the kind that actually go like/join NRA) is "people living in impoverished rural communities"? Guns are fairly expensive, on the order of electronic gadgetry. Ammo is also not cheap. The modern stereotype of an American gun owner is "rich fat white guy", and it's fairly accurate (I can testify to that, being such myself, and seeing who else comes to the range when I'm there). Needless to say, that is an audience rife for advertising.
So uh... yeah. They're charging for free software. It's just taking advantage of the ignorant. Who might be your grandma. Or a firefighter. Or a grocery store cashier.
Which is not illegal, you know. I'm perfectly within my right to sell bottles of air to anyone willing to buy - provided that I pay my taxes, and don't advertise it as anything other than what it actually is. I'm not obligated to tell my customers that they can get identical air for free elsewhere.
The only potential angle here is the use of Firefox trademark, but even that is dubious so long as they refer to it in the context of "service of installing X".
Perhaps that's why GP posted as AC.
I think they would prefer to be hounded by those, as opposed to the NRA. If the recent events have shown anything, it's that anti-gun petitions and demonstrations are significantly less numerous than pro-gun ones - simply because most people who are vaguely for stricter gun control don't care all that much about it (not enough to get their ass off the chair and do something, basically), while a significant proportion of gun owners will treat gun control as a very serious issue and are willing to invest a considerable amount of time and money fighting against it.
Heck, it's a very simple number game even on Facebook itself. The biggest pro-gun lobby/propaganda org is, doubtlessly, the NRA. The two most prominent anti-gun lobby/propaganda orgs are Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action. So, looking at their Facebook pages:
Who would Facebook rather piss off?
I use the liberal definition. It's scary and black.
Well, the conservatives in Canada have just banned a green one, so it looks like we'll need to broaden it a little bit.