At it's core, a thermostat has a simple job to do.
The more complexity that is added to the design, the more points of failure there can be.
And, really, how much benefit does internet connectivity really add to a thermostat anyway?
But if Amazon Drones means there are literally no consequences for being ill-prepared and a careless ass - then why does the lesson need to be taught? Just as most of us now are not taught how to milk a cow or till a field, the art of being prepared is a skill of yesteryear in a world with ubiquitous drone coverage.
The important part is "a world with ubiquitous drone coverage".
There are still places where Amazon can't/won't deliver quickly by traditional means. I suspect those will also remain out of range of drones for a very long time.
Unless you are content to never travel outside of major cities, then learning to be competent in basic skills like thinking ahead are still useful for being a mostly functional human.
But, without lubrication, how would you run your machinery?
Use the lard extracted from liposuction.
It's a vast untapped resource.
So quit using stupid brittle Java apps!
As a lowly drone in this massive corporate machine I don't really have that option.
In case you don't believe me, consider that in 2014 Java had no zero day exploits at all. But some people are still vulnerable to bugs from 2012. The ask forgiveness not permission auto update policy was pioneered by Google and unfortunately took a long time to become accepted as the standard due to the old mindset, especially amongst tech geeks, of "my computer is my castle".
On the other hand, where I work several of the Java apps that the business runs on are (stupidly or lazily) coded to work on specific versions of Java. Auto-updating java can (and has) break one application while improving how another works.
It's frustrating as hell not being able to trust an update, just in case it might break the payroll time tracking application again.
I had assumed that this has been SOP for decades.
Given that police use plate scanners routinely to scan parking lots looking for stolen cars, then I have no doubt that they have scanned parking lots of gun shows.
But planting trees is better than not planting trees.
Plus, they have other benefits. Like producing oxygen, food, shading the ground, absorbing water (as opposed to runoff), stabalizing soils, providing habitat for critters, they are affective windbreaks,and trees just generally make the place look nicer.
Screw Mars. Spend all that money on making it nice HERE. We have the means. We have the tech. We could have a star trek utopia right here... Free education, opportunity through small businesses, cheap housing, plentiful energy. We could have all that right here if we just put a smidge of effort into it.
Well, we could do that too.
But us fucking up the planet isn't the only scenario that might cause planetary extinction. Do you remember what killed off the dinsaurs?
grow babies inside artificial uteri outside of the human body.
The first image that pops into my mind is "Logan's Run.
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux