If all you need is one application, switching OS is not as much of a deal for you or a statement on the underlying platforms than choices of consumers who use at least a dozen of apps. Software development costs are probably a very small part of general Ford R&D costs. If they found a more economical or convenient option, more power to them!
I am actually open to the concept that both wired and wireless internet providers are natural monopolies. Laying cables to EVERY residence is expensive and duplicating the work is wasteful. Wireless spectrum is limited and having it a disposal of a single entity provides a best chance of optimizing use.
HOWEVER, natural monopolies must be heavily regulated. If Comcast wants to be one, it should be no more in charge of creating or providing video programming than your water utility should be in charge of making soda. I highly doubt that's what they want, but that may well be what we need.
Of course, there should be no restrictions on competition that manages to succeed even when natural monopoly is allowed to exist. If someone manages to use power lines or sewer pipes to provide fast internet, or finds it economical to lay their own wires or laser beams after all, more power to them.
Once you allow custom software and especially device drivers to run on a box, it is theoretically impossible to automatically discover what that software is capable of doing. Any workarounds are sleazy in some way. Even basic DRM hides stuff and restricts rights of the legitimate owner of the hardware and software.
In this case, the alternative is no or ineffective VAC and, accordingly, not much fun in multiplayer games. I guess it would be nice if Valve gave users the option to opt out of VAC and play on special open servers or only with specific trusted players.
Did you carefully read and understand the lists of permissions before installing these Android games?
We already know that matter and energy are quantized and there is a stupendous, but still finite, number of states that can exist in a given volume of space. So we are already in a discrete machine. I guess one question is weather it's created on purpose by intelligent beings, or weather simulation is run on the hardware with much less memory than the theoretically simulated object. Should we start looking for JPEG compression artifacts?
Unlike making a copy of open source software, every access to Maps or YouTube servers costs money. Giving the cloud away without any revenue or strategic advantage is not a valuable business model.
What other choices are expected besides licencing Google cloud services, rolling your own or doing without?
Was it two weekends or two months? How were people with family or other commitments treated? Was hard work rewarded with bonuses, comp time, cool parties?
I don't think it's reasonable to expect any manager to get timeline of a half a year project down to a couple of days, or hire people only needed for 10 days per year. As long as corporate culture is heathy, hard work CAN be a badge of honor.
While that's nice, a debit card is a lot safer to carry around than a wad of cache.
If you are, consider using a plain, unwrapped XMLHttpRequest, and whatever other changes they want the price of doing business. All app stores have obnoxious rules and incompetent individual reviewers.
If not, why would you want to reward a company unless they make your life pleasant. Move on to more open platforms. On Android users can side load apps without anyone's approval and with recent SDK release you should be able to display your Plex content on an $35 chrome cast dongle.
I would gladly pay $60 to at&t for a better coverage than my $40 T-Mobile plan. But their bill comes to $90 by the time you add texting and then I would still go over the data limit and get charged god knows what. So it got to the point where I compromise by having a phone that usually works rather than breaking the bank for 100% coverage.
I wish Safeway has thought of this. A grocery store would be a place people without bank accounts would already come on regular basis, and they already have a secure way of handling cash. Either physical or online crime against a company that has no experience handling it is not going to be pretty.
If they are not useful for charging on the go, it's dead weight that hurts efficiency. Also I am sure the car gets very hot from concentrated solar power.
There are horrible costs to the individual, the country and the planet for anyone to have children they don't want are not able to support. Contraception should be offered for free and by default to everyone reaching the age of about 14. If we fail at voluntary measures and financial support, we are looking at misery, sick planet and China-style forced single child policies in a decade or two.
Do you really invest the time in spring and fall to swap incandescents and CFLs in the shed? If not, purchasing a cheap and perfectly legal electric heater sounds like a better solution that lets you control heat separately from light. Don't baby chicks like to feel warm while also getting some darkness to sleep?
There is simply a requirement for modest efficiency improvement. It's market driven and lights with your prefered price, longevity and color temperature will be available before long. Bush, the most anti-environment and "pro-business" president in US history signed the law!
There is simply no rational reason for backlash or hoarding old bulbs. The right thing to do is to still offer them, but for the same price as LEDs, with additional profit donated to environmental and charitable causes. Voluntary taxation at its best!