From this one would assume that if women are overeating because of stress, the some sort of stress sensing panties are in order. Stimulation can automatically be applied and relieve the stress.
From a pedagogical point of view, the idea is to teach techniques and process without overwhelming the immature mine with the details. It many cases this leads to meaningless games and trivial activities that don't really teach much. University of Colorado, who has done lots of great work in promoting this stuff, also has also done some stuff that is just games and requires a great deal of elaboration to make it effective.
One project that has been around for a while that is high quality is Alice. The project, like so many others, suffer from the 'magic bullet' phenomenon. To often people expect a curriculum to magically cause a student to learn content without a qualified teacher. This predates computers. It is why we such problems in so many elementary schools that leads to failure in high grades.
Coding is a process skill, a logical skill, and a discipline. It is not just knowing keywords, or which things to drag, or how to use an IDE. For a teacher who only has a passing relationship with coding, this is what it taught. For others the nuts and bolts, at an appropriate level, is the focus.
Further many of the example you give are not covered under standard insurance. Smokers can be denied coverage. Skydiving accidents are not covered. Mandatory riders are required. And comparing mobsters, well that is just silly. Is there insurance for murder?
Hopefully these people are not allowed in public or private schools or daycare. We care enough about our dogs and cats to not let them in kennels and grooming situations unless they have vaccinations. Why should we care about kids any less. I mean if someone want to start a vac-free school where everyone is not vaccinated, that is their right, but we shouldn't put innocent kids at risk.
However, the value of the theft is an issue. Unless the school is having problems with people stealing electricity, and has a policy of arresting everyone that is doing it, such an act should really just encompass a summons to court where some fine will be levied. I suspect that the school does not have such a problem and is not arresting everyone, as the arrest occurred days later at the guys house, not at the school. It does not take more than 5 minutes to check with the staff to see if the guy had permission.
So what we have here are police who have wasted huge amounts of money and resources to harass a guy who really not justify the public expense. It is like the case where the police arrested two men who were chaperoning a girl to a dance class, had notarized authorization from her parents, but still wanted to waste booking time and the expense of keeping the girl in protective services even when the parents said they had authorized the trip. Sure, both cases may be extreme caution, but how much extreme caution can we afford?
Here is why internet radio is not stealing money from artist. Because it pays more. My understanding is that it pays directly to artists, not through middlemen who manipulate the numbers to pay royalties to artists based on fictional 'credits'. So if an artist is to get $100 from spotify, that is $100 that they would have never gotten through radio, and part of the money is not being diverted to more 'popular' artists or just not paid at all because you do not meet the quarterly threshold.
I also think that the labels might be making a long term mistake by believing they need to maximize upfront profits in streaming instead of looking at the promotional possibilities. As an example I look at Eminem. He got really pissed off at Napster when his music was on the site back in 2000. However, his music was not playing on the major young peoples stations in 2000. He was playing on some stations I listened to, in particular a hybrid english/spanish/hip hop(ther is fair amount of really good spanish hip top) station, but was not at all what the 'in crowd' listened to. Suburban parents were not comfortable with rap. But kids were hearing the music, and I wonder where from. Could it be they were downloading it to the computers? From Napster. I recall when he broke through to mainstream stations. For instance I was in the gym and the DJ(they still existed back then) was pleading with listeners to stop calling requested 'Stan' as they were going to get it on the air as fast as they could. As I said, most stations were not playing it, it was listener demand.
This has all been rehashed millions of times. That the artists are being robbed by streaming. I don't know. In the US minimum wage is less than $8 and hour, so if you spend 40 hours on a song, and get $300 in royalties, I am not sure who you are behind. If I spend 40 hours coding, and someone uses it once, am I entitled to $300? The reality is that recording music, like coding or anything else, is a speculative enterprise. Unless you create some work for hire, where someone else is going to take the risk and gain the majority of the reward, there is no entitlement to pay.
Frankly, if all the big talent that wouldn't work for less than a million dollars a year, I am sure that we would be back to days where most work was done 'for hire' and the artists were paid the absolute minimum possible.
In any case, there is controversy whether anything other than the total number of neurons matter. What is pretty clear is that we develop an oversupply of neurons, the get interconnected as we gather experiences, and then as we reach adulthood they begin to get pruned as the remain unused. The interconnects may or may not be important beyond the antiquated and quaint idea that the hemispheres perform different functions. Experimentally a person with half a brain can perform all functions as a person with a whole brain.
But I think the point about why we need wifi when we have 4G is important in that it provides a base for the expected service. The store has to provide better performance than what we get, and it can't just be that the store has crippled the 4G service. What I have noticed is that stores often have inferior service, often because of throttling of certain content. Now, obvously some filtering is necessary as they don't want people to come to store just to make use of the free wifi to pleasure themselves in the bath room, or wherever.
OTOH, I have seen places that block software updates and youtube videos and the like. Really, if a store is trying to provide a service where a child can be entertained while the parent shop, this is excessive. Or when I am waiting for someone. I may need to update something, or want to download a new app. Why not?
I learned to code simple things in basic, use a compiler, and run a program around age 11. But I did not learn programming until two years later using FORTRAN. But we did not get to FORTRAN immediately. We talked about how to break down a problem, how to write steps in simple statements, how to translate those steps in code. One of the first things we actually wrote ourselves was the swap function. No one told us how. We just did it, and learned about variables through code that did not produce the desired results. At that point we got to abstract thinking.
Here is the nice thing about the computer. It will do exactly what you tell it. This means that errors in one's thinking and logic are concretely reproduced in errors in output. If one focuses on that then when a child becomes a teen, any language can be introduced, be it C, Forth, Python, FORTRAN, Ruby, Basic, Shakespeare and all will be well.
This is why robotics is so nice for K-8 programming. First, the child has to create a procedure and code the procedure into the robot. If the procedure is not correct, the robot will not do what it is supposed to do. Immediate concrete feedback for a concrete problem. As the child gets older, more number sense can be added, and ultimately variables in terms of sensors, and logic based on those sensors. All concrete. The problem with robotics after grade 6 or so it becomes overwhelmed with the physics and engineering. It no longer is primarily a tool for teaching kids how to program.
By time a child is 10-12, some can handle more abstract problems in the same way that some kids can deal with algebra prior to high school. This isn't necessarily something one can tell with test scores or based on how hard the student is willing to work. It is simply mental maturity. At this point formal languages can and should be introduced. The problems should become more abstract. I recall one of the things I things I did on an Apple II back in high school was use shape tables to display a 3D looking cosine function.
In terms of what language to use, I have become fond of Python because it is powerful but does not have all the complexities of other languages. I have used it with high school kids to work up an online game. But initially the programming language should not the primary issue. A person who is a software developer, who can think abstractly, should be able to handle any language. Mandating a language is like mandating an Office application. You are limiting the flexibility of students to learn.
For instance if you are looking at a supermodel type, you are looking at someone who interests run in keeping a body that meets other expectations, adorning that body, and maybe augmenting it to make it more acceptable. Obviously this is time consuming if that is not your interest, then where is the commonality. I can also tell you from experience that such people really crave the approval of others, so if you walk into a room and your own body does not create that approval, it adds stress to the relationship.
This is true for other things as well. If someone like recreational drugs, legal or illegal it does not matter, and you do not, then what are two going to do? If one person is into extreme sports and the other isn't, can that work? Maybe
I think there is a bit of an honesty gap because what most people want is sex. So we try to construct a set of interests and finagle our bodies so that we can maximize the possibility that someone will be interested enough to have sex with us. But this is even a problem. There are variations in the expectations of sex, yet most people with just check the box for yes, without any elaboration. One of my friends, and I have also read this recently in an article where it stated research says that women do not tend to climax during casual sex, that she seldom had sex with a guy for the act of sex. There was generally something else. For guys this is true as well, they want to be seen in a relationship with the right kind of person. So we are trying to make ourselves out to attract the kind of person who will make others think better of us, like the supermodel. Or the person who is afraid of looking dumb.
As far as private currency, there is a lot of it. Stocks, real estate, gold, anything that can be battered is private currency. Also, not all governmental currency is created equal. Both private currency, and most governmental currency, is bench marked based on the perceived value relative to a few major currencies, like the USD, the GNP, the Euro, the Swiss Franc.
Neither is bitcoin innovative. Gold, for instance, was something that could be had with limited resources by the average person and then sold for much more that the cost of extraction. There was a time when wealthy people could have a significant amount of anonymity by having offshore bank accounts. The problem with bitcoin is the same as most non standard currencies. For most transactions they have to be converted first into a standard currency. For example, I can spend USD almost anywhere, and have, but if I have pesos I have to convert them.
Which brings us to the crux of the matter. The standard currencies have long term value because they secured in various way by large institutional backers. For instance, the US Government changes the currency to make it harder to counterfeit. That said the long term
But the fact remains is what differentiated MS Surface from all the other tablets was that it ran Office. This is what all the commercials said. So saying that it should have been re branded or differentiated is saying that it really had no advantages over the competitors and all the disadvantages of being a MS product. Like Zune. Or Kin.
What MS needs to do is take some of those billions and make a tablet that is $500 and runs MS office. There is really no recourse. And it should not be impossible. MS Office was designed to run on a 1985 hardware, that is an 8 MHz processor and 2 MB RAM. Yes there has been functionality added and eye candy, but honestly it should be able to be done. But here is hwy I think it will be very difficult. MS does not seem to very good about API control or format management. We see this in the flaky way the programs work between the MS OS and the way that files often don't work very well between the MS Office versions. Therefore creating something that works seamlessly between the Surface and other OS is obviously a very hard problem for them. Maybe it is non trivially hard. After all I have not gotten files to work very well between the iPad and Mac on Apple apps. But then Apple never branded the iPad with a keyboard and said that everything was going to work seamlesslly.