I bought a Logitech mouse/keyboard package in 2002. The thing lasted, without any issues, for 10 years. Loved it. Wound up replacing the mouse with another Logitech mouse, not six months in the middle button started failing. Sounds like this isn't an isolated incident and that Logitech isn't making mice like they used to. Shame.
You are forgetting another deflationary pressure on bitcoin; increased adoption. As more people want to use bitcoins the demand for them goes up. Demand goes up, so does the price of bitcoins and thus the commodities prices expressed in bitcoins go down. Deflation.
Given how little bitcoins are actually used today this is a very significant hurdle to more widespread use.
$17M to g00gle
That would be like $.17 (seventeen cents) from a normal person's pocket, right?
Actually, assuming the average person earns about fifty thousand dollars a year, a comparable amount would be 17 dollars, not 17 cents. This is easy to see as Google's 2012 revenue was about 50 thousand million (i.e. 50 billion) dollars.
Aside from the chuckle I get from visiting geocities pages once a decade, what reasons are there for helping to preserve it?
Is the preservation of old internet sites anything more than a curiousity that will end up in museums? Is it useful to the human race in some way?
Is the preservation of old manuscripts anything more than a curiousity that will end up in museums?
Is the preservation of old books anything more than a curiousity that will end up in museums?
Is the preservation of old newspapers anything more than a curiousity that will end up in museums?
Is the preservation of old films anything more than a curiousity that will end up in museums?
The internet is just the latest evolution of information sharing. We've found (often the hard way) that information is generally worth preserving. While a lot of what is on the Internet today will never be of interest to anyone, it is impossible to guess very accurately at what will be of interest. Often the things no one thought had any long term value at the time of their creation, wind up being the most valuable to future generations of researchers.
Unlike the ancient library of Alexandria, IA has offsite backups of everything. So, no, this is nothing at all like that.
More and more I find myself being forced to stay with older software because all the newest stuff is a big steaming pile of shit.
Unfortunately, it has also been my experience that new != improved when it comes to software these days.
I thinks the reason this is being revised is because this rule has inconvenienced people that have the power to do something about it (e.g. US senators). I'm sure airport security screening would be greatly improved if everyone, with no exceptions, had to go through the same type of screening.
non-complying browsers declared illegal as circumvention tools.
That is a bit of a stretch. If the non-compliance is simply a case of not supporting the DRM part of the spec (or doing so incorrectly/not in full), that does not aid in circumvention as the DRM content simply will not play.
It would require conscious effort to make a browser that could be classified as a circumvention tool.
This is an important distinction you make. The ECHR did not hold new websites liable for readers' comments, as the title would have you believe. It merely ruled that a national law (Estonian in this case) that did so was not in violation of human rights.
This means that websites in other European countries that recognize the authority of the ECHR will not be need to worry about this unless there is a similar national law in place.
and maybe rape makes woman more likely to put out
Look, I'm all for piracy. But whether it increases sales is irrelevant.
This is a false equivalency.
The laws against rape are most assuredly not because rape makes women "less likely to put out" (as you put it). The laws against rape are in place because the act of rape causes the victim to experience extreme emotional (and potentially also physical) pain. It is a very primal violation of the victims person. That is why it is illegal. The effects of rape on "women putting out" is entirely irrelevant.
The laws against copyright infringement are, on the other hand, explicitly in place to ensure that copyright holders can make a profit on their works. The only possible harm of copyright infringement is loss of income. If it can be demonstrated that non-profit driven piracy, engaged in on an individual basis, does not harm, but actually boosts profits of the works, then it is clear that the law needs to be tailored so as to not criminalize behavior that is non-detrimental.
Or in other words; when reality and their believes are in conflict, it is reality that must have gotten it wrong. Yes, that sounds about right.
Links to the WBM contain the original URL and a timestamp so it would be easy to redirect it. The issue is however unlikely to come up as Wayback links are meant to be long-term stable. They've already survived one complete rewrite of the underlying application.
What is most likely to happen under extreme automation and AI is that the robots will grow our food, cut our hair, mine the land, drive our cars and take care of us...and humanity can just sit back and relax forever.
I guess the question is, will they do that for everyone or just the "top 1%"? I suspect (and fear) that it will take a war or two to settle that question. Hopefully the question will remain relevant in the aftermath.
One of the first adopters of automation will be the service sector. Imagine being able to remove the employee costs at a McDonalds by presenting a display of items to the consumer who selects his choices and then waits a few minutes for the food to pop out of a window.
Automats were one of the early "robotic" systems in service. Now that we have NFC and "wave your card at the cash register" payments, there is no reason for them not to come back in big style. Especially if costs can be cut and there are a lot of people out of work because larger scale automated systems have made them redundant. It's nice to walk into a Subway and have a low-paid "sandwich specialist" make your sandwich to order, but in the long run it will be a choice between paying for personal service like that at full price or being able to eat at all.
Exactly. You can already see the beginnings of this in certain fast food places in high wage countries (e.g. Denmark). So far it is only the cashier part that is automated, the food is still prepared by humans, but it is only a matter of time until automation moves in on that.
27 to be exact
Bleh, scratch that. The real number is 24.
James Lowell flew on Apollo 8 and 13.
John Young flew on Apollo 10 and 16.
Eugene Cernan flew on Apollo 10 and 17.
So in total, 27 trips have been taken around the moon, by 24 men.