...of only a few days, then this would be quite useful. You could get Denzel Washington in onthe project somehow.
Even though computer languages are different from human languages in major and universal ways we do use the same mental muscles to comprehend computer languages as we do human ones. This is also why it is much easier for children who are exposed to programming early to pick up the knack than it is if they aren't introduced to coding until they are adults.
While computer languages are about math a lot more than human languages, coding isn't really like doing math. It's more like telling the machine how to do math, which the machine then does for you.
This is all actually fairly straightforward if a little weird under boilerplate copyright law. First, lacking model releases of his own, Jackson cannot use the photos for commercial purposes. He could use them as part of a portfolio but as soon as he puts one on a billboard or in an ad, he needs permission from the individuals who are identifiable in the image, which he doesn't have. Second, in the absence of a contract Jackson owns the images, full stop. Nobody can put them on a billboard without his permission. He gave permission to put them on Facebook, but the going rate for use on billboards and in ads is much higher. $100K is not unreasonable for the level of use that has been demonstrated. Third, Color Run almost certainly has a model release embedded in the paperwork the runners sign to enter the race, so they have the right on that count to use the pictures. They would be OK if they compensated Jackson, but they are not OK if they do not compensate Jackson. This is the ONLY way it is OK to put those pictures on billboards -- Jackson has to give permission to do so, for which he deserves much more compensation than he would get for use on Facebook, and Color Run has to do the publishing because they have the model releases. The Color Run people are way out of line here and probably indulging in a snit because their authoritah was disrespected. But they are very clearly in the wrong. As for trademark, that's completely irrelevant, since Jackson has no right to publish the pictures commercially without the model releases that Color Run has. However, Jackson DOES have certain Fair Use rights, such as releasing a few examples in the course of presenting his side of this story, as long as there is no danger of the images being misinterpreted as a commercial representation by Color Run themselves and as long as they serve certain alternate purposes, for which "news" qualifies.
The 16-bit Windows -- 3.x, 95, 98, and ME -- allow DOS style direct hardware access for things like sound and serial hardware. The Windows NT derivatives including NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and 8 do not allow application program access to hardware at all due to the underlying security model.
For grid storage your battery will be a building. It can be as large as necessary; it's the price of the infrastructure and reactant to store and re-create enough energy to get the solar farm past a rainy day which are limits.
It's about storing a large amount of energy in a very large amount of electrolyte without similarly large plates and electrical connections. For power storage they are thinking in terms of batteries the size of buildings, perhaps built like current sewerage-treatment plants, to store energy in the electrolyte and move it along, bringing it back to the electrical assembly with pumps as needed. It can be considerably less energy-dense than current batteries in pounds per erg and still be far more practical for the kind of large-scale storage the tech is aimed at.
Planets like Earth don't hold on to hydrogen and helium even without nearby atmosphere-ripping stars in the mix. What is much more likely is that it's an entirely solid world with no atmosphere but made of much lighter elements than the Earth. Carbon mantle over rocky core would be just about right for 1.5 times the density of water. Of course, having once been the core of a gas giant, the planet's surface could very well be a gigantic diamond.
Yes the ransomware will encrypt your cloud backups and mounted network drives -- it's not at all limited to your user folder. If the cloud backup service keeps an archive then you might be OK, but the free DropBox service doesn't.
I suggest you ally yourself with an actual business and try to apply these lofty principles. I'll know your education is complete by the peals of laughter and sound of doors slamming behind you.
This is really unrealistic. What if the original hardware supplier is out of business or has discontinued the product line? The supply chain for many industrial systems of this type can be 10 levels deep, and it's simply impossible (unless you make the kind of hyper-expensive arrangements the military does so that they can keep 50's era computers running today) for contractors in that chain to do as you suggest. Commodity computers are so powerful and cheap with such ubiquitous development tools and talent that it's hard for suppliers to ignore what's available just because traditional ideas of longevity can't be trusted.
Lots of process control and data acquisition systems have proprietary hardware whose drivers haven't been or can't be migrated. A security system has many candidates for such a dependency.
I have been in this situation several times. The company has never wanted the cheap item I got by mistake back and has always shipped the more expensive item I actually ordered as soon as the mistake was pointed out to them. US law seems to be pretty clear-cut and honest retailers understand this.
My Rand McNally map of the Moon has it labeled Sinus Iridium, so maybe you should give them a call to complain.
...of using their desktop monopoly to strongarm their way into the mobile market.
If you had the chance to visit the late lamented Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton when it still existed, and if you had visited the gentlemen's toilet, you would have unzipped before a urinal topped by a mirror. Upon tinkling, the mirror would proceed to display an amusing ad for some silly personal product only available in the Star Trek universe. It was so amusing that there was a constant stream of guys sneaking their girls into the men's room to show it off. Apparently there was a similar gag in the Ladies' at the wash basin, but the ladies report that it wasn't nearly as funny.