In Australia, our recently introduced carbon tax / emissions trading scheme ties the taxation to stuff that can't be "taken elsewhere": electricity and resource extraction. Power companies can't generate off-shore, and resources can't be extracted elsewhere. Of course, the increased tax will be passed through to the end-user, but that's where the feedback loop of capitalism is supposed to kick in and eventually move to lower cost options.
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Wait, you thought Olympics earnt cities money?
Hahahahahahahaha. haha. ha!
(speaking as a resident of Sydney, host of the 2000 "Best Olympics Ever", after which Sydney seems to have entered a malaise of government inactivity & decline)
The true report is even funnier, that he died from mental and physical exhaustion from his dedication to improving the country. Can't make that stuff up.
This is not a biological evolution. We aren't born pacifists; quite the opposite, actually. A society certainly can evolve, and so does the "Life" game in a computer. This has nothing to do with biological evolution as people understand it. The rules of the enlightened society are not living in genes. At best our genetic tendency to form societies is not much different from the desire of dogs to form packs. Both are in genes because they are advantageous.
Society is a meme, not a gene. (and not a meme in the cat-picture sense). Humans have evolved the genetic ability to communicate and apply memes on top of genes; another plus is that memetic evolution is faster than genetic evolution.
So yes, you would fail a strict gene-only-evolution test, but that's not the only story going on here.
3G -> 4S is a bigger upgrade than many considering this who are on 3GS or 4 - the 3GS upgrade path is reasonable one, the upgrade from 4 much less distinct, but one that's hedged by those who didn't like the current design (like me). The design might be selling like hotcakes, but that doesn't mean everyone likes it - and some of us got our hopes up with rumors of a redesign.
Yes, yes, Apple didn't promise anything, but nonetheless it left this presentation a little underwhelming.
With a camera using the volume controls for shutter, how do you zoom?
Pinch, or an on-screen zoom bar with touch controls. iPhone 4 has demonstrated this for a while now.
...to me the Dock is nothing more than the Windows taskbar "quick launch" area with some nice intuitive activity behaviors.
Where do you think Windows 7 got the idea from?
Nah, even with more-or-less universal healthcare in Australia, personal injury & workers comp lawyers exist. They just sue for damages, irrespective of actual costs incurred. They're rather unpopular, even when taking into account the fact that they're lawyers to begin with.
This, and the fact that toll roads and petrol pumps ("gas stations") have had this kind of technology for years means this should be a total non-story. The only innovation is that they're admitting the police might use the data.
Hence the title "Global Mall Operator..."
Just because there's a technology which winds back the ability to be "lost in the crowd" doesn't mean that you have/had an automatic assumption to privacy. It's like saying that the police shouldn't be able to track a fugitive on the run logging in to his facebook account because that technology to find someone 2 states away didn't exist when we first established the FBI.
What's a parking attendant?
(haven't seen one in a Westfield mall in Australia since early 2000s)
The DMCA would only be relevant if you're routing around copy prevention measures. I don't know for a first-hand fact, but I wouldn't think that an emulator running a ROM from the 80s or early 90s is going to be dealing with much by way of copy prevention, software or hardware.
Patents would relate to the method of rendering the game; it is likely the patent would refer to hardware and specific hardware-based techniques, so a pure software emulator may be able to route around that.