There are theories out there that state that every quantum observation spawns a different universe, one where the spin of a particular electron is left, one where the spin is right. In that theory there are universes that are exactly like ours, just where one decision (such as a person leaving or not leaving a band) is different. Off course the butterfly effect would also mean that from that point on the universes have diverged wildly and in that universe, Stephen Hawking could have never been asked that question, never could have answered it and thus this post doesn't exist anywhere but in our own universe until another quantum observation causes it to duplicate (so by now, there are an infinite number of universes with this post).
Because of serious design flaws introducing security, privacy and slow code issues. KDBUS is a good idea but badly implemented, sending a message is 5-10 lines of code. And you send thousands per second.
Don't file for a fuzzy patent. Read the patents that Tesla filed or other turn-of-19th century patents. They are clear and concise, easy to understand (to the engineer) and easy (with the resources) to replicate including diagrams. These days, I don't understand any of the patents, what they are for or what they do. Companies are patenting entire computer devices (phones, embedded devices) with nothing more than a diagram of what the UI layout could be.
Cost. Flywheels are huge chunks of metal and well-engineered precision metal at that size isn't cheap, they're also a single all-or-nothing unit. Batteries are mainly plastic, acid and some metal. You can replace a few batteries using some very cheap shipping and a single technician. Flywheels typically require engineers from start to finish including repairs and replacements.
I don't know when it became standard to have a 5yo computer that requires keyboard replacement or has cracks. Even with daily rough handling it (student loaner), I have a PowerBook G4 and IBM ThinkPad although both are very much scratched up, still going well without major damage for the last 12 years. Besides the requisite RAM upgrades and battery swaps and an SSD upgrade, I never had to open it up for repairs..
From what I see, people only work on Apple hardware. PC (esp. acer) only gets used for gaming and enterprise drones (playing solitaire/flash games all day). That will probably be the case unless Apple goes into the custom PC building.
We've been hindered by what is basically a cult ideology about unborn life that we cannot do experiments like this (legally) in the west. Now China, India and countries that do not have these religious groups hindering progress are making advances in all sorts of science. It is legal to experiment on creatures that are 98% similar to us, the embryos are practically indistinguishable from ours.
All you need is a solar powered project to convert sea water into potable water. I'm pretty sure $30B will go a long way to set up several projects all along it's coast. Also, converting current pipes from metals to plastic so your sewage systems etc can handle a little bit of salt water, then you don't need to flush with clean water and it's a lot healthier (salt water is inhospitable to a lot of bacteria)
We do alter the genetic material in 'traditional' artificial selection and given the current genetic sequencing methods, we could definitely demonstrate the pathway we'd have taken if we were doing it 'slowly'. But if a crop takes ~6m to become mature enough to reproduce, we'd easily take decades for a simple mutation. Doing it in a lab allows us to skip some steps but you get the same end result.
I don't agree with the patents but AFAIK none of our food is patented nor could it be. I think gene patenting has been completely struck down recently. Yes, there has been research in a terminator gene and it made big headlines a decade ago but further research proved that nature has a way of overcoming these artificial limitations. There is currently no crop outside of a lab that cannot reproduce itself (besides dessert banana's, but that limitation has been around for about a hundred years).
I listen to Internet radio in my car. Generally not a problem since the apps use a large buffer, entire songs are streamed in advance so I only notice when skipping a song in a low coverage area. Music is only 196kbps and could be as low as 64/96k. Even 2G can withstand that.
Care to add any facts to that statement? So-called "organic" produce requires a shit-ton more chemicals than the 'regular' or GMO plants. GMO plants require the least amount of chemicals by simply altering their genes. The plants are not producing any synthetic pesticides. We've been GMO-ing our crops for the last 10,000 years, lately we're doing it on a bit more advanced level than your average farmer to understand and suddenly it's "witchcraft"?
that spent $1.3B on 12,000 iPads and couldn't get them to work.
False accusations of rape is present in ~80% of disputed divorce cases. It's so bad, some lawyers are having the clauses in form paperwork. Demonstrably false accusations are around 10-20% of all investigated rape cases. If females wouldn't use rape accusations as a tool, real victims would have a much better chance.