I think it was Turing who actually started it. Its been going on since at least World War II in electronic form. Only thing that has happened lately is the move from tapping copper undersea cables and RF to tapping fiber optics and routers. That and they have the compute power and storage capacity to do it to everyone instead of select targets.
What exactly is this Mozilla model that works so well? Besides charity from Google I mean. I wonder if Google keeps Firefox alive just to avoid antitrust issues with Chrome.
Those desolate islands, along with several other groups of islands, are part of a multi country conflict to try to gain control of the probably vast oil and gas fields under the South China Sea. Countries need the islands to lay claim to larger exclusive economic zone that extend up to 200 nautical miles off a county's coast.
My concern with the Gates Foundation, like most of their ilk, is the paradox of doing good. Do the people who want to eradicate poverty, feed the world and cure all diseases ever stop to think what the long term consequences will be if they actually succeed?
They are contributing to an eventual population crisis and a crash which will be ever more spectacular the longer we keep staving it off with tech.
There should be an iron clad linkage that if you are going to be a do gooder that you are also going to figure out a way to insure all the people you are saving are going to stop having babies. Improving education and economic well being may eventually lead to this result but its slow and not a certain outcome.
You simply can't keep delivering ship loads of food aid to cultures where couples insist on having 12 children whom they can't feed without ship loads of food aid.
Religions like Catholicism and Islam who compel their flock to breed like rabbits are also doing this planet no favors. Many developed countries are finally starting to get their demographics under control, Japan and Russia are apparently heading towards demographic crashes. Unfortunately Africa, India and various parts of Asia are still breeding too fast for a planet that is being stretched to its breaking point, they need to stop.
China'a one child policy, as ruthless as it is, is doing more good than anything the Gates foundation will ever do for the planet.
I know its all fashionable to beat on the man, but seriously.
There might be some companies where CEO's do nothing, and there is certainly a debate worth having on whether many CEO's are paid too much.
But, the CEO is the person who decides what products the company makes, is responsible for making sure those products are built on time, and sell when they hit the market. They are the people who ultimately insure the company makes its payroll so workers have jobs and get paid. If its a publicly traded company you can add on the massive burdens of answering to regulators, shareholders and the media.
Most CEO's I've seen work really hard, I doubt I'd want the job. They usually have to travel a lot, they have to sit an insufferable amount of meetings, they carry huge burdens on their shoulders most of the time.
You seriously need to spend a week BEING a CEO, so we can all see how horrible you would be at it, and then maybe you would stop running your mouth spewing nonsense.
Tsunami's tend to only be bad where they hit coasts or shallow water. In the open ocean and deep water they move very fast but wave height is usually never more than a meter.
So what did Unions, OSHA, Workmens Comp and the EPA accomplish in the long run?
They made the U.S. a horrible place to engage in any business that could easily be outsourced to another country with a lower regulatory burden, taxes and wages. The worker's paradise angle worked until the economy globalized, now it doesn't.
So increasingly there are no low skilled jobs in the U.S. Automation is also a union and job killer because its better to spend a lot of money on a machine than deal with employees. Wage rates are dropping, the U.S. runs massive trade deficits and government is massively in the red because its spending more than its shrinking tax base will support (tax cuts for the rich under Bush certainly helped, as did over promising on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and squandering on the defense-intelligence complex.
Wonder why healthy unions in the U.S. tend to only be fire, police, teaching, government, truck driving. Because those are the jobs that can't be outsourced.
There was a sweet spot in there, maybe around 1950 where unions and government regulation hit a sweet spot, they'd wiped out all the massive abuses of workers earlier in the century and built a big middle class, and then they over rotated and made the U.S. a horrible place to do business. If you don't have business you tend to not have jobs, then you have a lot of people living on food stamps and Medicaid.
Pinnacle of PVP shooters was and still is BF2 Karkand Infantry only. They want the perfect game just fix:
- Squad bug
- C4 jumping
- Team switching and balance
- Tone down nade spamming a little, not a lot
- Botting, glitching and assorted other hacks
Overdone graphics add nothing to game play, they just increase game expense and hardware requirements. They are marketing, they don't make games fun.
Endless fur balls shooting at each other like COD are just boring. Strategy and tactics is what makes PVP interesting, and being a better team than your opponents.
Air and armor just aren't that much fun. Its really hard to maintain balance between players with that wide a gamut of capabilites. Infantry only is a blast because everyone is relatively equal and its ability that makes the difference.
Karkand is a great map because it compels confrontation, has some room to manuever but not too much. Big maps like in PS3 result in endless running around trying to find a battle and when you find one the team are almost NEVER balanced so the play just sucks.
Balanced team of evenly matched players in a properly sized map for the number of players is the secret to PVP success. Don't know why gaming companies have so much troublt figuring this out. The excitement and challenge is playing against other players not against gimmicky vehicls or weapons and not gawking at overdone graphics.
Oh, and MY GOD DON'T PUT HEAD BOB IN YOUR GAME. IT IS JUST NAUSEA INDUCING INNER EAR TORTURE AND ADDS NOTHING TO YOUR GAME.
Didn't RTFA but there is nothing stopping them from building a massively parallel, electronic, analog machine composed of a large number of heavily interconnected pattern recognizers with the ability to self modify.
Then the only challenge is for it to learn how to learn and then to actually learn.
Some of the mechanisms evolution developed to create the human brain may well not be optimal so humans probably can do better once they understand how the basic mechanisms works which they increasingly do.
AAPL was elevated to stratospheric heights because of a bubble in their stock. Every hedge fund on the planet was buying it because the price was going up and the price was going up because every hedge fund on the planet was buying it. Its not really useful to compare to a time its stock was at stratospheric heights due to speculators.
On the other hand since Jobs died they do seem to be completely sucking. Hiring Kevin Lynch from Adobe was the most vivid illustration of that I can think of. I wager Jobs would have instantly fired anyone dumb enough to hire that guy.
Its probably an interesting question if those same hedge funds are pushing GOOG to heights greater than it deserves. Android is doing well but its a has a weird business model.
Japan has been using unmanned helicopters to spray crops for decades. Yamaha makes them, though they are a little expensive. They are extremely good at it, the down wash from the rotor helps spread the spray all through the plants.
UC Davis, if memory serves, has started trials on them in the U.S. recently but the restrictive drone regulatory climate needs to relax a little
Politicians would generally be clueless enough to not grasp that rapidly evolving technology has eliminated the need for human involvment in the analysis part most of the time. A crafty bureaucrat would let them restrict his human staff and point to this as proof for how our civil liberties are being protected.
Meanwhile in the server room the AI's are raping us.
Unless AC's are using Tor or a public computer, the NSA knows who you are.
Someday soon there will be no anonymity on the Internet.
I've been wondering, maybe the NSA's analysts are constrained from spying on American's but are there loopholes allowing AI's to spy on them instead?
Actually one of the Bush's started that, Obama is just continuing and expanding it. All of the other people I listed would have kept it too. Its probably the only tool that can attack Al Qaeda affiliates around the globe without the quagmires involved in invading countries to root them out.
I don't think drone wars are the worst thing happening right now, they are the least bad alternative to fighting Al Qaeda affiliates. The two down sides are A) killing innocent bystanders which radicalizes all their friends and family B) it can be over used to kill people who probably shouldn't be killed. Since its such an easy way to fight a war chances are everyone will be doing it soon and it things are going to get really messy. Read Suarez, Kill Decision
You think Romney or Hillary Clinton or any of the Bushes would have done anything different? Only candidates that would would try to put an end to the corruption and abuse of power in the American system these days would be Ron or Rand Paul. They will never get elected because all the powers that be fear and hate them. If, by some fluke, they did get elected by the actual American voters, inspite of the negative media bombardment aimed at them, they would be assassinated in months.