At some point shrinking impressionist art pretty much just makes it.. art, right?
PDO is based on the Perl5 DBI which was done the right way the first time. "Deprecated" doesn't mean it's not being used. Once it's actually removed and people are actually using 5.6 in production then PHP will be more consistent.
That's just a small example, though, of the failure to support loadable modules and separate namespaces for so long. PHP historically has been very inconsistent. Future PHP may not be so, but it's not the future yet.
Turing complete != expressive
I call bullshit. Nowhere in those other languages is there "mysql_ escape_ string" juxtaposed with "mysql_ real_ escape_ string" in the main language namespace.
That you think C aids in expressiveness over Perl, Python, Ruby, awk, Go, Swift, Rust, D, C#, Scala, Clojure, or even C++ shows you're talking out the wrong orifice. C is a lot of things, but it is not terribly expressive or high level.
So the Congress believes there's no art or science to computer security besides classified information? This is like saying that any soldier who ever went on a classified mission can never market to an employer that he has military experience. This is ludicrous.
Didn't we already re-invade Iraq about a decade ago?
The part of HP's work that applies here isn't the memristor. That's a low-cost SRAM (as opposed to DRAM). HP does have something to say about electron leakage, though. Their photonic interconnects use photons rather than electrons, hence the name.
The Fire Phone runs Mayday, Amazon's live tech support service for devices. They also demonstrated Firefly, software that recognizes physical objects using the phone's camera, as well as TV shows and songs it hears. It runs quickly, often identifying things in less than a second (and it pulls up an Amazon product listing, of course). It can even recognize art. Firefly has its own dedicated physical button on the phone, and Amazon is providing a Firefly SDK to third parties who want to develop with it. Another major feature of the Fire Phone is what Amazon calls "dynamic perspective." Using multiple front-facing cameras, the phone tracks the position of a user's head, and uses that to slightly adjust what's displayed on the screen so content is easier to see from the new angle. It allows for gesture control of the phone — for example, you can tilt the phone to scroll a web page or move your head slightly look around a 2-D stadium image when browsing for available seats. Putting your thumb on the screen acts like a mute button for the head tracking, so it isn't confused when you look up from the screen or turn your head to talk to somebody. It's an impressive piece of software, and they've made an SDK available for it.
Gedanken experiment: tell the IRS "Sorry I didn't pay my taxes. I lost my W2." and follow with their reaction about responsibility for your documents and fulfilling your obligations.
"Not publicly traded" does not equate to "do not have stockholders". They wouldn't be required to speak publicly to their shareholders or to file with the SEC, but there are all sorts of businesses which have privately held shares.
If the things are to actually be thought of as currency, then they should be considered fungible. If they are fungible then any price paid for a large quantity of them should impact the value of the market in them and at the same time be informed by the market in them.
There's a matter of due process, sure. Go ahead and step forward as the owner of these coins. They won't sell them out from under you until they are done prosecuting you for claiming to have run Silk Road. Right now it's unclaimed property.
It's an auction. The great thing about an auction is it sets a data point for market value in the fact that people are paying for something in a competitive manner.
The size of the deposit does set a minimum expectation of the value of a block, although I've made deposits (much smaller ones) on auction items that went for less than the deposit. That's not common, but in the case that it happens the balance of the deposit is just returned to the buyer.