Did it need to be? Why would you check the box if you don't know what Firefox is? Is there any evidence at all that *anyone* ordered this by mistake?
> "Accidents" don't happen in large tech companies.
Large tech companies don't make mistakes? Ever?
This clause is pretty bizarre, though: "As a civil ceremony is non religious in all aspects, all readings and music must be of a secular nature."
The fact that the location of the civil marriage has to be approved by the local council is also a bit dodgy, IMO. Are chapels routinely approved for civil ceremonies?
For those not interested in the fine detail, there's a very simple explanation as to why there isn't any real paradox involved.
Let's start with a quote from the article (looks like the paper is a bit more subtle, but the upshot is the same): "Now imagine how things look from a "moving frame of reference" in which the charge and magnet both glide by at a steady speed. Thanks to the weird effects of relativity, the magnet appears to have more positive charge on one side and more negative charge on the other."
Now, it's true that there's an electric field, and for many purposes it is convenient to imagine that this is due to charges on either side of the magnet. But these charges are fictitious. They aren't really there, as can be easily shown by observing that charge is a scalar, and hence the charge distribution in the magnet cannot be dependent on the frame of reference. Since they aren't there, it's hardly surprising that the external electric field doesn't apply a force to them.
So, basically, a fiction that happens to be convenient in electric engineering is incompatible with relativity; or, if you prefer, in order to make fictitious charges compatible with relativity you also have to have fictitious angular momentum. I'm not sure whether this is a big deal for electrical engineering or not but it certainly isn't any sort of deal as far as fundamental physics is concerned.
Has anybody seen confirmation that Samsung will be repairing affected user's machines under warranty? Definitely a design fault, it should be impossible for software to brick hardware.
Indeed, Amazon should be able to use statistical methods to work out, within some reasonable margin of error, just what percentage of people did come back and which went to buy elsewhere. It would be interesting to see that figure, though I don't suppose they'll release it.
Isn't that kind of the point? I'm not familiar with the incident you're referring to, so perhaps I've misunderstood you, but it seems to me that it is the "permission culture" that made those contributors feel that they were being exploited. If public domain or BSD-like licensing was the default approach, and considered normal, the average programmer would expect that others, including commercial entities, might use his or her work; it wouldn't have come as a nasty surprise.
IMO, this would be a good thing. GPL and similar licenses makes it necessary for work to be repeated. Society as a whole benefits when work does not need to be repeated, because the engineers can instead do something productive.
I'm thinking some of these factors (particularly the shortage in experience) may be specific to the US? I don't think our roundabouts typically take up much more space than lit intersections, although this may be because only the busiest, most important intersections are lit. We have more roundabouts than traffic lights, so I assumed the former were cheaper, but I don't really know. I'll see if the city council can tell me.
According to a study I think I remember reading a while back (!) this is the primary cause of people running red lights; they're simply going to fast to stop. It makes me wonder if there isn't some way to implement a "yellow light camera".