I know the overzealous community support officer made this about "abstracting electricity", but let's not get sidetracked by that, because it's not about the cost
As the article mentions, the socket is for use by cleaners when the train is in the station. While it is on the move it can switch from one substation to another. When this happens the feed could change phase and there could be a surge, which could damage anything that is plugged in.
The bottom line is that there is a valid reason the sockets should not be used.
Malibu Media were hit with a sanctions order in Wisconsin a few years back for the exact same thing. That didn't stop them, so I don't see how this changes anything.
The Simpsons franchise generates massive revenue and returns for Fox. This is in no small part because of the "relationship" that viewers from across the globe have developed with the Simpsons characters, which are highly reliant on the well known voices. Harry Shearer does some very distinct voices for characters like Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders. His services are therefore involved in far more than mere talking as you suggest. He adds an immense amount of value and deserves to be well compensated.
This is the same reason other actors, professional sports people, famous musicians etc. make the kind of money they do. They add value
I'm not saying he's a good/bad guy or that he should be paid less/more. All I'm saying is that I would expect someone who is as central to the value creation of the Simpsons to be extremely well paid and think it is entirely justified.
My wife is a Principal Strategist with Microsoft for Azure and Office365
Let me correct that for you:
My wife was a Principal Strategist with Microsoft for Azure and Office365
I know it's overused on Slashdot, but this really is a classic case of these aren't the droids you're looking for
Because Google pays billions to Apple to make its search engine the default search provider for iOS devices, the company collects much more from ads placed on Apple devices than from ads on Android devices.
This makes absolutely no sense. Why would they earn more from ads placed on Apple devices than from ads on Android because Google pays Apple? There may be more ad revenue from Apple users, but this would be a result of what advertisers are willing to pay to reach these users, not because of what Google does or doesn't pay to Apple.
Besides that, I don't think that claim of more revenue from iOS devices is true. A few weeks ago I saw a report from Opera that claimed ad revenue from Android had passed iOS.
Isn't "behaving" like a terrorist exactly the same as "being" a terrorist?
You could also convert the missing "to" into a "2" and add that to the 3.
Android apps can be ported to QNX, so why aren't app developers doing that? Oh yeah, I forgot, no one uses QNX devices
Maybe Mr Chen should be more focused on developing his ecosystem. Incentivize developers to port their apps and help partners create apps that offer the equivalent of the most popular apps in the other app stores.
As the saying goes
From the original article:
Back doors are a bad idea, Schmidt said. “It’d be great, if you’re the government, to have a trap door, but how do we at Google know that the other governments are not taking over the trap door from you?” he said.
He is not saying the government (presumably the US government) shouldn't have a backdoor. He is only expressing a concern that other governments might find ways to exploit it.
The trouble with a lot of self-made men is that they worship their creator.