I'm more concerned about the idea of "standardizing prices". Especially if they try to do it over larger areas.
The cost of doing business is different in different locations, why would you expect the price to be the same?
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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.
Corn is not a good stock for producing fuel ethanol, that much is true. Not that there is something wrong with the ethanol itself, it is just a rather inefficient way to get there.
I was a bit worried about how far down I had to scroll to find this.
There are many other sources for combustable fuels that don't divert part of the food production infrastructure./pr>
Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a lot of pressure to put much effort into developing them. Seems that the pressure is mostly in the direction of "just keep doing what we have been doing".
"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen