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Imagine a delivery truck
The first thing I imagined was a Beowulf cluster... But, yeah, a drone-carrier of sorts does seem interesting. A separate person may need to work in the truck to load the drones returning for more.
I doubt, it will catch-on though — to fully develop such a hybrid concept will take about as long as to develop drones capable of covering the same area from the existing distribution centers.
Apparently they want everybody to go to church but also be working 10 hour days, 7 days a week.
The world is a strange place.
It sure seems like you found — on your own — the facts, that contradict your theory. Maybe, "the world" is alright, but your theory is "strange" (or, to put it less politely, incorrect)?
Here's what I mean: http://www.nrdc.org/international/cleanbydesign/images/cbdtranspo_fig1.png
I'm pretty sure, that chart refers to traditional fuel-powered aircraft — one with provisions for a human crew (and its safety with all the redundancies), etc. The drones discussed will be very light and, possibly, electrical (their fuel cells recharged off of cleaner and more efficient power plants). They would still pollute more per mile, but, traveling by straight line, they'll travel many fewer miles. They will also not be idling at each house nor at red-lights, and not slowing down other vehicles (causing them to pollute more).
Why do You think it will speed up delivery?
My parcels tend to arrive very late in the day — I stare at the "On truck for delivery" status on the tracking page all day perhaps, because we live at the ending portion of the delivery trucks' routes. With drones the item should make it here hours earlier, because each round trip for a flying drone would be well under an hour — and they'd be able to buy a lot of the little drones with the money saved on trucks.
I am not sure what unionized has to do with it
... DHL is
Everything is unionized in Germany, so the unions wield nowhere near as much power over there as here.
Though Amazon may benefit from its own fleet, the first users of this method ought to be postal carriers — such as, indeed, the DHL.
While the unionized UPS and USPS may have to contend with the "replacing people with robots" nonsense first, freer companies like FedEx may complement (if not outright replace) their local delivery trucks with drones some day (hopefully — soon). Instead of "On truck for delivery" the parcel-tracking page would say "In flight to destination, ETA 3 minutes" or some such.
I'll be happy to install a homing mat in my backyard... It will reduce traffic and pollution, quicken the delivery, and reduce theft of the items left on the easily-accessed porches (rather than the harder to access backyards).
The Bush and Obama administrations have bailed out many large nonunionised financial firms, so it would seem that unionised workforces are not the distinction.
Even Lehman Brothers was allowed to go under as late as September 2008 — under Bush. The subsequent TARP was a bow to Congress, that was already Democrat dominated (since 2006). Though ill-advised in this Libertarian's opinion, as of a year ago (last figures on Wikipedia), the taxpayers recovered 97% of the monies given to the evil "banksters" under the program. Compare to the figures of the auto-bailout and recognize the error of your ways...
Do you have a hypothesis that is less contradicted by the evidence?
Go back to the auto-bailout (and the subsequent cash-for-clankers fraud). Nothing represented as blatant a wealth-transfer from taxpayers to "workers" (or, indeed, to anyone else) in recent history.
Whether or not these bailouts are actually good for the citizenry as a whole is entirely another matter. Since national elections are funded on the backs of the Corporatocracy, instead of publicly (and evenly) funded, it would appear prudent at this juncture to assume it will continue.
The Evil Corporations[TM] aren't the problem — GM was bailed out against the wish, desires, and the better judgement of executives and bankers nation- (and world-wide). No, the bailing out of the auto-industry profited unions — not corporations.
Freshly elected Bush, enjoying the support of the his party's majority in Congress, did not bail-out Enron in 2001. Likewise MCI got liquidated in 2006. What made GM and Chrysler different? Unionized work-force — that's what. But blaming "unionocracy" just does not have the same ring to it, does it?
Whatcha think you doing, smarty pants?
it is much easier to prevent the removal of a back door when the code base is owned by a private organization with identifiable representatives
Linux (and BSD) committers are just as identifiable. Although the codebase is open to all, very few people go through it. If it follows the documented coding style, compiles, and "works", there is simply no reason to keep reviewing it — for most people. The Debian hole I cited earlier remained open from 2006 to 2013 — more years, than Turing spent working on Enigma.
In the Linux community, being international, such pressure would be more difficult to apply.
Maybe, but I would not count on it. Which country would you consider unlikely to cooperate with the US on such matter — without itself being an even greater threat to liberty (like China or Cuba)? The entire Western world's spooks cooperate with the US. As does Russia — to some extent, at least. Who would not help their American colleagues in exchange for Americans helping them — a little? Someone like Sweden? Well, they did hit Assange with rape charges, when he made himself an overly tiresome nuisance to the Americans...
Its interesting to note that Microsoft's anti trust settlement was negotiated and overseen by a member of the FISA court. The mandate to open APIs and source probably stopped short of revealing all the built-in back doors.
In other words, Microsoft, probably, was coerced into it. A similar coercion — or conviction, or fooling — can be applied to an open-source project's participant. Whether it is easier or harder to do, I would not know.