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I'm sure she'll mention the Affordable Care Act soon enough.
download photos of Mr. Sniffles to their "hard drive".
What, people don't have hard drives anymore? Why the scare quotes?
Speaking for myself, these sorts of distractions could really be a pain in the butt when they came at a time when we were rushing to get everything done. When they came during the slow bits though, I loved these just as a way to break up the day. Nothing is worse than focusing on just one thing without break or relief, relentlessly, all day long.
I could drive 70 miles to Micro Center down in MA, but then I'd also have to pay sales tax.
Implying, I guess, that he wouldn't pay sales tax if he ordered online. That's how it works in the US anyway.
I am not weeping.
$106 billion was spent by US government on climate research by 2010
I... don't know where to begin with this figure. If "by 2010" you mean the amount which has been cumulatively spent on climate research since the United States was first conceived as a country, I probably would still not believe you. But maybe, at the outside. And only if you adjusted for inflation and you included work to address the 1930's Dust Bowl as "climate research."
That is a staggeringly ridiculous number, and the fact that you would present it here as though it were true, as though it were a plausible thing to say, represents a deep myopia. The total R&D budget for the US for 2015 is $135B, most of that goes to defense research.
Look at AirBNB. Same crowd-sourcing business plan, competing with heavily regulated established players, but a wholly more endearing image. They do get some guff, but no where near what Uber has been facing.
Also: Steam takes a crazy-high-but-now-standard-because-of-Steam 30% of sales. GOG takes the same, but the Humble Store takes 25%, of which 2/5 goes to charity. Now maybe that doesn't matter to a gamer directly, but it sure does indirectly whether or not they realize it. And tying your whole games library to Steam, with DRM lock-in, means that this revenue share is pretty well set in stone. There can be no market forces driving that down.