In very real ways programming is becoming ever less accessible to the average person or at least less open to the sorts of spontaneous discovery and experimentation that attract new people into the field. For example, it's difficult now to have the sort of VIC-20, Commodore-64 or Apple II experience that inspired well know programmers like Linus Torvalds and many others to become interested in computing and programming at an early age.
Bollocks. There are still plenty of ways a person can tinker with general-purpose computing on their home PC, and what novices are able to do blows my mind. You can get free BASIC environments for all major computer platforms out there. There are browser-based IDEs for all kinds of languages. Hell, you can even get emulators for a C-64 or Apple II. Even better: pick up an Arduino for $25 and start coding an embedded system. Want more power, connectivity, and GUIs? Try RaspPI or BeagleBone. What makes the current age awesome for those that want to start learning and tinkering is that, unlike 30 years ago, everything you need - IDEs, libraries, reference docs, user communities, example projects with source code - are just an internet search away, and free.
Grammatical oversight ignored....Were is their sensationalism?
Yes, were indeed?
I can't overexaggerate how much I love the zone of silence in my daily bus and train rides, or the pristine calm of the city sidewalks.
Airplanes are a bit of a special case, owing to the fact that you are in tighter and more stress-inducing quarters, for longer periods of time, and can't get up to move to a different seat if you get stuck next to the asshat who wants to shout at his sister in Des Moines.
a special hell reserved for those who talk at the theater
+1 for obscure firefly reference.
You could just hire a drone to clean up the changelog before release
Since it is a document that will be seen and read by your customers, competitors, and (depending on the market you are in) regulators, you DO NOT assign that kind of a task to a drone. You give it to someone who has technical expertise and the ability to write coherently. Barring that, you give it to a senior developer or systems engineer, who has ultimate technical responsibility for it anyway, and ought to have the best understanding of what's in the new release.
But liability and truth are not the same thing
This is a practice that has been drilled into my head: any half-thoughts, offhand comments, or speculation can very, very easily be manipulated by a lawyer to make you or your company look like a guilty guilty liars in a courtroom. One excerpt from a change log, blown up onto a 4' x 6' poster, displayed in front of a jury, can result in a multimillion-dollar loss for you or your company. Never mind that the full context would exonerate you or that there's a larger story surrounding that comment - the opposing lawyer only needs to keep pointing to that poster to make you look like an idiot that's got something to hide.
Now, it is bad enough for such potentially dangerous content to exist in materials that are discoverable once a lawsuit has already begun. It is downright stupid, as a business practice, to just put those materials out in the wild for anyone to examine and look for something that could be sued over. If you want to keep your customer informed about what's changed, by all means produce a formal document that does that, with detail to the nth degree. The change logs are for internal use; they aren't for your customers.
The failed legislation was a modification to require inclusion of metal components that would be hard to remove. If you think about it, that doesn't make much sense....its either detectable or its not. Those with criminal intent would not likely be deterred by this minor modification.
The modification would have made the metal component essential to the function of the gun, the idea being that if you remove it to make the gun undetectable, you also end up with a gun that can't fire. This is aimed largely at people who might manufacture and sell such guns and could perhaps be used as a legal tool against those that might design and publish plans for 3D-printable guns. One can debate the enforceability of such a requirement, but it has a purpose. It won't deter individuals, but that's nothing new.
Leaving something to someone who is not legally related to you is much more expensive to that person than leaving it to a child/spouce. The tax rates are completely different, and in some cases there would be no taxes.
Good point, I never thought about the inheritance tax angle.
Which was the crux of one US v Windsor , one of the cases which struck down DOMA this past year
However, there's "simple" for some people and then there's "simple" for everybody else. It's dead-simple *IF* you have a lathe, drill press, sheet metal brake, and maybe a mill depending, along with multiple other ancillary tools and pieces of equipment like an arbor press.
*AND* you *also* have the requisite training, skills, & experience to operate that fabricating equipment well enough to produce more than a modern-art piece or a way to assure that you never need worry if you lose one of your mittens and/or your sunglasses. It's not a trivial skill set in the least.
The difference here is that you basically only need the printer instead of a pole-barn full of expensive machine tools, plus you don't need any advanced machining & metal fabrication skills or training to fabricate high-quality components.
This machine they are touting is a MIG welder on a 3-axis stage. Whatever it makes will be a large pile of weld bead. Just how good of a gun do you think you could make with that? (Or most any part, for that matter.) The number of finish operations required will be long and arduous - and require most of the machine tools and skills you've just mentioned. You may as well start with billet.
Maybe a low-cost metal 3D printer will come along that makes it "simple for everybody else," but this one sure ain't that.
The fertility rate in Norway is below two, has been since 1970s and is likely to stay for the foreseeable future
Well, mathematically it'll end sometime, when the final Norwegian woman - call her Helga the Valkyrie - dies without a single daughter.