We don't need general purpose robots for exploration. We send a mapper robot, then design a robot to explore that environment, then design robots to explore that- it may take decades but that doesn't matter. The only advantage of a human explorer is time.
It would be cheaper to develop a vaccine for ebola then to develop quarantine robots to deal with the effects. The reason this hasn't happened is because we let private companies run our medical system (hospitals, drugs, vaccines) instead of having government do this vital task, and private companies care more about making money than saving lives.
Run cat5e under the baseboards. Done carefully it's invisible. Or along the roof and paint the cables to match.
I'd rather be spied upon by foreigners than my own government because they have less reason to want to harm me.
If you need a new processor you may as well just add encryption and local key storage and local memory to an existing processor and let it decode and run the code internally, with all outputs re-encrypted.
Facebook's assets consist of some servers, some software, and a whole lot of public goodwill. They are not properly executing their fiduciary duty to their shareholders when they devalue their assets.
The sad fact is the government of the USA doesn't have any principles. They always do what's in their short term benefit regardless of long term effects. (ex. the overthrow of the democratic governments of Iran and Iraq, abandoning their ally Syria) So long as Israel can pay off the Americans they upset long enough for them to forget the whole mess the Americans will continue to support them.
The legal liability issue is interesting. Since these actions are illegal in those (attacked) countries, and since most of them have extradition treaties with the USA that means members of the FBI should be subject to extradition and trial in those other countries just as they would be if they had been caught (and prosecuted) for breaking American law. Only without the US government covering up or just plain ignoring US law. In theory we might actually see the US government held accountable.
This could allow you to use your phone while inside a blind spot in the cell network. Instead of deploying a microcell tower to cover half a dozen houses in some valley they could just use this.
This isn't a modern change of affairs. History is filled with the common man rising up against the corrupt noble/lord/king and his professional army. The only times the common man won was when the army was divided AND they had substantial support from some of the rich and powerful.
Molten salt (thermal) batteries handle the day/night/no wind problem effectively, we just need to build it. We should also build nuclear power plants to cover base load instead of coal (the dirtiest source of power in the world).
Germany is massively subsidizing solar. Given they are currently going broke I expect the massive subsidies will eventually go away, resulting in a huge price hike in solar and a long delay while they build cheaper coal or natural gas power plants.
Big money owns the politicians, and they run the whole government. So don't be surprised when the system lets the rich do as they please without consequences. It is impossible to fix this without taking the money out of politics, and no politician in the current system will allow that to happen, because then they would have to compete on a level playing field with honest men. And that would mean they wouldn't be in power and able to repay their rich benefactors or get their own piece of the pie.
The Police (and the NSA) need to follow the 99% rule. Follow the laws always, except in the 1% case where you have a greater need- like catching that terrorist who plants bombs in our cities. When (not if) the people find out about the 1% law breaking they will accept it, as a rare and justified measure to protect them. When the police systematically break the laws without good cause when the people find out they will lose all respect for all the laws. And once the people don't respect the laws they don't FOLLOW the laws, and the government loses their ability to rule.
Lowering the cost of food makes more people starve to death, not less. Poor people tend to make their money from selling food to the middle class. Lower the cost (as happens due to massive American agricultural subsidies) and the poor third world farmers starve because they can't afford to buy the cheap food. The best thing we could do for the third world is raise food prices.