I am not a programmer so could someone explain to me how that is different?
However, I think the question for me is not, should they be allowed to hunt these animals but should they be allowed to hunt them in such an obviously cruel and hideous manner?
Just one example, humans ARE different than even the great apes in terms of their digestive systems.
Humans probably are omnivores but have many special adaptions, including jaw sizes more like herbivores, not (only) because of hard foods but also to allow us to smile, another important element of our evolution (social development).
The TFA refers to percent of GDP, which is meaningless.
No, it's not. A high proportion of R&D costs is labor. Because of the difference in salaries between different countries, %/GDP matters more than absolute numbers.
Wrong. Since the most research in Europe is carried out in the countries with the highest labor costs, your statement is misleading, as it skews the costs relative to the GDP of the region.
Also, Switzerland is always ignored in these calculations. I know they are not part of the EU but a quick peek at the graph in the original article shows Europe, not EU (I know they state EU in the fine print). Switzerland has a very vibrant research community (think physics, biotech, pharma) and it seems silly to exclude them. But another example of a country with high labor costs which spends a lot on research (and gets something back).
However, there was such an experiment done in the 1970's and the result was much as he described: Rosenhan Experiment
Having said that, one worry I have is that one possible outcome is that the CEO outsources, say, the low paid cleaning staff and can therefore raise his/her salary. Next step, replace all assembly line workers with robots (yes, I know, already happening, but this might accelerate the process).
How would you prevent this?
I would guess more likely the younger crowd living in big cities like New York where many people don't even get their licenses until they're 25-30. They might have a fleet of cars like Car2Go or so. You use the car as a replacement for a taxi and don't have to worry about the headache of finding parking.