That's why the plot was carried out by people who were speculating in currency exchanges. Who would sell a contract that has the dollar dropping dramatically (instead of its long, slow, steady decline) unless they were crazy or knew something others didn't (like the existence of an army of hackers setting up botnets to distribute malware that destroys computers in the US)?
It would be interesting to see what MS does with it. Maybe you could use voice control to start it (which wouldn't work until you start swearing at it- a safety feature!), or push 4 or 5 on-screen buttons and then wait until it decides to do it.
do generate more comments about guns than anything else. But I guess other uses are not "newsworthy". We are all idiots and we deserve the government and laws we refuse to do anything about. 30k dead per year is nothing compared to the value of our freedom to kill 30k per year. Yay! We win!
government. The NSA does what those corporations do. Those corporations are not happy that their own government is duplicating their efforts. They are unhappy because the miniscule taxes they pay are being used to do the same things they are doing at their own expense. They want their tax money to be used for other things, things that they themselves can't do (yet), such as invading other countries, firing missiles from drones, shipping undesirables off to third countries to be tortured, etc.
I suggest that if they are unhappy, instead of spending their own money to do the same things the NSA does, they should be encouraging the NSA to share its data with them so the corporations can stop spending so much to develop the surveillance techniques. They can use the freed up funds to buy more politicians to pass laws that allow them to do things like invade other countries, etc., ultimately rendering the NSA redundant and eliminating that piece of competition.
In the future, when Obama or other president (Ted Cruz?) wants to remotely kill someone and 10 or 12 of their closest family members, he should call Verizon for the coordinates and tracking from the target's phone, Google for the mapping info, and Apple to send the drone and missile to do the killing.
The people who most want to move to SoCal are from other countries where for the most part, the COL is also sky-high. They don't know any better than to pay $1M+ for a 3 BDR shack because where they came from they had to pay $1M+ for a 2 BDR apt. LA traffic is nothing compared to where they came from. And the air in SoCal is cleaner, too. And you can usually use the beach without fear of contracting cholera or typhoid. And you can actually get gasoline and it's only $4.50 per gallon! And you can drink the water.
Of course, if they knew all these things were available at much lower cost in other parts of the US, they might consider going elsewhere, but then there's the movie and TV factor. About 90% of Hollywood's output has historically taken place in SoCal (the other 10% is NYC). People in other countries watch TV and movies from the US and get the impression that living in Cali is paradise. They get to find out the hard truth when they sell their souls and maybe a few family members to get there.
I believe the British would say that applying for a MS IT position in Seattle is like "carrying coals to Newcastle"...
You're confusing availability with efficiency. Efficiency is the ratio of the power received by the charging system in the car to the power supplied to the coil (or whatever) in the charging station. What you are talking about is improved availability, not efficiency, though it is doubtful that the limited time spent at stop light would allow much charging to take place- unless you intend to extend the duration of red lights...
So you're going to be dumping power into this charging system embedded in roads, whether or not there is a car there to benefit from it. And how does that improve efficiency?
"Kiss Me Deadly".
because they are energy efficient, and we're going to use wireless charging because it isn't? A wireless system will NEVER match the efficiency of plugging the thing in with wires.
it's the regular sized ones that are awful. I can count on one hand the number of times I've managed to plug a full sized usb plug into a socket on first attempt. Usually I have to flip the thing over and try again and if that doesn't work, flip it again and try the first approach which for some reason works on the second attempt but almost never works on the first. The dope who designed that connector should be put up against the wall along with the dopes who decided to make it a standard.
It will be a great day when the USB connector is finally relegated to the dust bin of computer history/infamy.
such as weather, limited flying range, etc., the biggest problem of all is the liability resulting from someone or their pet being injured when those whirling blades hit them.
Then there's the problem of people stealing the drones to modify for fun and profit.
I'm guessing the Mexican cartels are technologically way ahead of amazon in this game.
I get your point, but actually, in most states, if you want to drive a car you are forced to buy insurance. It's been that way for a loooong time.
Of course, the insurance companies charge more for those most likely to use the insurance, and they routinely deny coverage to people, forcing high risk people to to buy from last-resort type insurers who charge an arm and a leg and provide little actual coverage, similar to what the health insurers have done.
The original principle of pooling money to pay for claims was tossed out years ago when the insurance companies figured out they could make more money by keeping more of the pool for themselves by only insuring those who are unlikely to be filing claims and by redefining coverage limits.
In theory obamacare addresses this, but in the end it will simply make the insurance companies richer and even more powerful (as in buying more congressmen and senators than they already own) because of tax payer funds being given to insurers to cover those who can't afford insurance at rates set by those same insurance companies. What a brilliant scam!
and ask a few questions regarding healthcare.gov:
"Could it be that the problems with the site were made worse by hackers being paid to cause problems?"
"Could it be the RNC and health insurance industries that paid those hackers?"
I have no evidence- I'm just asking the questions...