Except there was nothing unsolicited about this incident. The customers initiated the transaction by ordering a game. The company screwed up filling those orders. It has no relation to the "scummy business practice" example you provide.
Jet engine makers have made and tested (successfully) titanium turbine blades using additive manufacturing.
Which jet engine maker? 0.0001"? Really? No, seriously, really?? Show me anyone who's *printing* parts of higher quality than a skilled CNC machinist. I'd love to see it!
Bitrot is a myth in modern times. Floppies and cheap-ass tape drives from the 90s had this problem, but anything reasonably modern (GMR) will read what you wrote until mechanical failure.
This isn't just wrong, it's laughably wrong. ZFS has proven that a wide variety of chipset bugs, firmware bugs, actual mechanical failure, etc are still present and actively corrupting our data. It applies to HDDs and flash. Worse, this corruption in most cases appears randomly over time so your proposal to verify the written data immediately is useless.
Prior to the widespread deployment of this new generation of check-summing filesystems, I made the same faulty assumption you made: that data isn't subject to bit rot and will reproduce what was written.
ZFS or BTRFS will disabuse you of these notions very quickly. (Be sure to turn on idle scrubbing).
It also appears that the error rate is roughly constant but storage densities are increasing, so the bit errors per GB stored per month are increasing as well.
Microsoft needs to move ReFS down to consumer euro ducts ASAP. BTRFS needs to become the Linux default FS. Apple needs to get with the program already and adopt a modern filesystem.
Nope.... The frustrating thing is, eBay has gotten away with it this long because frankly, they're "best in class" at what they do -- enabling online auction sales.
I don't know that eBay felt any real need to innovate when they're just the digital equivalent of the traditional auction house, which has remained essentially the same for hundreds of years?
Unfortunately for the users, eBay (especially with the PayPal merger) has really built an "all your base belong to us" model where they charge you to list an item, charge you a (ever increasing) percentage of any final sale prices, and profit AGAIN when the buyer pays using PayPal, which they conveniently made the ONLY allowable online payment mechanism.
This winds up screwing the users in another way
Cryptocoins (bitcoin, etc.) could turn out to force some change over at eBay/PayPal though, IMO. Right now, the auction site AND the payment service both have policies against allowing the sale of any cryptocoins. However, a lot of people are interested in the ability to purchase them directly from an owner, vs. getting on an exchange and placing buy orders like they were purchasing stock shares. The current system doesn't allow eBay/PayPal to conduct one of these transactions safely though (which may be why they disallow it). The REAL fix for them would involve upgrading PayPal to accept cryptocoins as a form of deposit. Will be interesting to see if it's willing to innovate in that manner or not.
You are low. You need to also include Homeland Security, parts of the FBI that do surveillance and para-military operations [i.e. HRT], as well, in my opinion, the VA. This number is discussed often. For example here. Additionally, it does not include any "black" off budget operations, including a big part of the NSA and CIA budgets, perhaps $50B. You simply can't look at only the defense industry.
The fact that it is declining in terms of GDP percentage doesn't mean that defense is shrinking, it means it's not growing as fast the overall budget or the economy. Which is to say, it's still growing in real dollars in most years.
Thanks for correct on Medical GDP. I apparently have not updated that number in my head since the last 1990's. Healthcare is another huge topic.
The bottom line is that it is ridiculous to think that the US would go to war based on the advocacy of any single company, or even the defense industry.
And this is because it's not the single biggest sector in the US economy? It is a huge boondoggle, with millions flowing through the government to private industries. And it's highly political. The defense industry has outsized influence.
The problem is that you were a small part of an evil system. You didn't create it, you didn't make it, and you weren't responsible for it.
I mean it's not an unfair criticism. They are doing the job that the Administration asked of them.
The problem is that not enough people resigned. That is how you show the world you are unhappy. From the top to bottom, when Pres. Obama or anyone else asked them to do something that was illegal, or lied about it during routine oversight, there should have been waves of resignations. Waves.
When the order goes out to do something illegal, or without appropriate authority, then it should be met with cold silence and the sound of thousands of keyboards typing out letters of resignations.
c.f. - yes, but not all of those operations would be illegal. There are all sorts of intelligence gathering operations that are perfectly legal that states conduct against each other all the time.
And the same is true for the other direction, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) spying on U.S. politicians is illegal in the U.S..
Not necessarily. If the BND is using open sources, and having it's official diplomats observe and report what they see, they aren't doing anything illegal at all. Instead, that is the privilege of a soveign state credential for diplomacy in the United States (and all civilized states).
The US is breaking the law by intercepting communications. As far as you know the BND is not doing so. For example, imagine the response in the US if it was revealed that BND was listening to Michelle Obama and Barrack Obama's personal phone calls. There is a non-zero chance that we would nuke Berlin.
The truth is you don't know what the national security state is costing us. It's too secret to disclose.
But the broad strokes are that it has direct budged and non-budgeted costs in the range of $1T a year. On top of those expenditures are the revenues that are generated by selling weapons systems overseas. In some years that's tens of billions more. That's on an economy of ~$15 trillion. So that's on the order of 6.5% of the entire economy is directly involved in this sector.
That is not small. It is not tiny. There are few sectors that are as big and probably none that are bigger. The entire auto sector - manufacturing, sales, advertising, exports, imports, repair shops, parts shops, the whole supply line, shipping, trucking, etc is 5-6%. The entire healthcare sector including every doctor, every nurse, every insurance agency, R&D, the drug industry, every drug store, all the drugs, the pharmacy items in the drug store, that entire supply chain, heavy medical equipment, home health care, hospice, hospitals, hospital construction, medical tourism, advertising, medical lawsuits, lab services, medical schools and everything else lightly related to the medical business is about 11% of GDP.
Put it this way. If the national security industry was it's own country, based on GDP, it would be the 15th biggest in the world. Bigger than all of the entire South Korean economy, put together.
I think people "like the impression of ownership" not simply because it's some sort of quirk of human nature, but because it equals control of what's owned. If you think about it though, when it comes to most things of large value - we don't really own what we say we own. A lender does.
I don't know very many people in the U.S. who own their homes, free and clear. Most people I know with relatively nice cars have a loan on them, too.
So why would we be so eager to make those arrangements? Well, there's still the promise that at the end, when all the payments are complete, it truly becomes yours. And just as importantly, as long as you pay on time, nobody ELSE out there has any say so or ability to borrow/use what you're paying for.
That's my problem with a lot of these cloud based services. They offer a number of benefits, but you give up some control in order to use them. I think some people are so used to payment arrangements as part of a purchase, they feel like they're still in control of what they put in the cloud. "I get my very own unique username and password, and I can log in and do whatever I like with the service at any time as long as I keep making my payments on time!" Problem is, there's no end to those payments when the service becomes "yours". You're just a renter of the service, and the law isn't even very clear as to what the "landlord" is obligated to do with your data if you're evicted from the system.
I saw the posters at my kids school and I am was unconvinced this is a good idea.
Programming / coding is a lot of things, and it's different to a lot of people. But the idea of teaching it by discussing game design really strikes me as a bad idea, for a lot of reasons:
1. Game design is inherently difficult. I mean, it's an art and science, and it is multi-discipline. After an hour, or ten hours, or whatever, you aren't going to have a lot to show for your efforts. Games designed and built by large teams of skilled programmers often fail to complete. Even a simple game requires substantial
2. Most programmers are not going to be doing game development. Or even game development. It's like trying to educate you on medicine by bringing in a surgeon to talk about remote micro-surgery. Sure, you could be the 1/100th of all doctors who are involved in that field. But chances are if you become a doctor it will be a GP.
3. The goal of getting more kids into programming, I would imagine, is to get kids to become programmers to do useful things. Games are a nice slice of entertainment, but in the big picture, except for the individuals, no one is really better off because of a new game being developed. If we as a country/specifies/whatever want more programmers, it should be to be more productive, to have a better economy, etc. We don't want/need more programmers for the next Candy Crush. That's a side benefit. Not a purpose.
Society wouldn't be so obsessed with telling other people what to do if obesity wasn't something that caused a visible change to a person's body. The bottom line? An awful lot of the feigned "concern" about weight loss is driven by people's own selfish desires for people around them to fit a personal preference of what they deem physically attractive.
IMO, so much of this comes down to individuals making personal decisions about lifestyle. Since I know myself better than anyone else, I'll use myself as an example. I think I eat "somewhat healthy". I grew up with a parent who worked in the medical profession and imposed a lot of rules on my eating, growing up. Never had a snack between meals under my parent's roof, for example, and got into the habit of never eating any of those sugary cereals for breakfast
So here I am in my 40's now and surely I could be in better health if that was my primary focus
It disturbs me when I see other people in a very similar situation to myself, yet they're actually paying doctors to inform them they "need to lose 15 or 20lbs." and they're trying to make all these extra efforts towards that goal. If you didn't already decide for YOURSELF you want to do that, you shouldn't let someone else scare you into doing it now. Nobody ever "got out of life alive" anyway. Live a fulfilling life and live it the way YOU like. It belongs to nobody else but you, and only you can say if making a bunch of changes or compromises in an effort to add a few years onto it is worth it or not. (In my case, it's really not.)
The only situation where it matters at all is if the car is sitting unplugged for weeks on end. That doesn't happen very often.
One of my favorite features of my Nissan Leaf is that I can turn the air conditioning or heater on from a phone app. I can also check the state of the batteries and the time remaining until it fully charges. So even in standby, electric cars are doing a decent amount of stuff.