climate change skepticism and denial is outrightly perpetrated by multinational oil and gas conglomerates with a vested disinterest in additional regulation and scrutiny of their investments and businesses. Bill gates funds them, quixotically, as he attempts to deep drinkly from the chalice of social welfare and altruistic good. initiatives to staunch additional investment into nasa and bleed dry the FDA, EPA, and FDC are backed, largely, by generous hedge fund and public investmet that arrives from the cauffers of people like Mr. Gates. Bill is never directly troubled by any of this, as most groups like alec and americans for prosperity dont need to divulge their donors, among which are Gates' own investment targets.
Its also incredibly egotistical. things like NASA, Kyoto, and environmental trusts as well as the EPA were all created to circumvent a single donors limited legacy. Once Bill is gone from this earth, his wealth will be divested and his future heirs will likely quietly mothball their fathers once glorious end-of-life decision to cure the world of global warming in favour of perhaps another yacht or mansion.
And what is this television thats slowly weaning itself off advertising? Watching Van Helsing in my hotel room I was treated to a 3 hour movie padded with advertising for everything from pain pills to fried chicken and cars. some ads even came back-to-back for the same damn product. television is rehabing from ads like a crack addict rehabs at the family reunion with a rail of white lightning in the bathroom. And dont think this excuses you, blu-ray and DVD titles are just as much television as the average CW network after school highly sensored puritanical life lesson sitcom. I have 12 to 20 minutes of un-skippable content in each of these disks where 10 years ago i was promised this wasnt ever going to happen. Im forced to watch advertisements and previews for products i dont give a shit about, just so i can get to the movie that includes (surprise) more product placement. Does anyone remember Oreo-bot from the transformers?
The only change in televisions model has been taking credit cards for things other than the ronco electric food dehydrator or the jack lalane power juicer. the guide feature in most provider services at the 1080p level still includes a myriad of floating chyron ads for weight loss and dick pills. buying anything pay-per-view will immediately forward your personal information to nearly two dozen affiliate advertisers and merchants. its a horrendous pain in the ass. And if you dont like it? two words: Its Comcastic.
cable and television service providers not only insult your intelligence and dignity but take it as a personal act of blasphemy if you try to cancel. simply calling up, youll be asked a phonebook of personal and insulting questions about your service and your personal likes and dislikes. its not the callcenters fault, some seersucker clad golfbag toting used car salesman marketing drone decided it was going to be a great idea to force the callcenter to carpet bomb customers in whats known as 'customer retention.' tactics.
the only thing this article isnt mentioning is that adblock is still a very real and useful thing, and that everything on television inevitably shows up on torrent.
Greeks aren't generally accustomed to paying tax. Free medical and social services, some wildly more generous than the average western nation, are normatives they enjoy, and expect to enjoy regardless of income. shifting greece from a two decade model of tax evasion to even moderate tax reform will be met with cars burning in the streets because the average greek voter isn't privy to the fact that the government, in order to remain popular and in power, basically spent itself into oblivion.
exiting the euro may be the cure. Greece seems to be a country that doesn't consider capitalism in the western sense. theyve shunned the world bank strategies of privatized education and water. Evergrowing GDP. endless investment, and cloistered monied elite don't necessarily factor into the countries priorities. It will be a hard road for greece because many other nations will be very reticent to trade after an exit, but it will also afford numerous opportunities for local industry to emerge and thrive.
Imagine a blue enter key, 7 row classic keyboard, 16:10 aspect ratio screen, multi-color ThinkPad
so, Imagine IBM. This won't happen, and not because of cost or market, but because Lenovo has betrayed its actual intent as a profiteering multinational. Superfish should be all the average slashdotter needs to know about this company to arrive at the inevitable conclusion that lenovo is committed to realizing a captive audience and perpetual marketing revenue stream through their hardware. The only reason superfish was stopped was because lenovo got caught, not because they cared about what you think or how you approach general purpose computing.
brand me a nihilist but commodity computing is dead. Dell, HP, and even apple all do the same marketing and targeted advertising song and dance. if its not bloatware its shady 'privacy settings' in the OS that are disabled by default. most laptops are nothing more than 20 gigs of branded content and apps store turd polishing. desktops are the literal epitome of the cheapest chinese plastic that can be extruded into peripheral and PCB form, combined with a disingenuous and underhanded disrespect for the users intelligence. restore partitions replaced media and the average consumer started getting coddled at the 4th grade level for everything from return and repairs to power user options and even system administration.
build your own. pick an OS you like that helps you do what you want, not what some think tank in a conference room whiteboarded. And as for lenovo, you can have my full size aluminum tower when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
in 1865 a band of wealthy plutocrats refused to give up the concept of owning people as pets and cattle. they were so ardently committed to slaves they invented concepts like 3/5ths of a man and an entire caste system of inferiority to justify this system. it worked to prevent poor white sharecroppers form colluding with blacks, but it also kept the federal government from really bothering with the whole thing until it was legitimately scrutinized. 150 years later after a crushing civil war loss, civil rights amendment loss, interracial marriage equality loss, equal housing opportunity HUD loss, equal employment opportunity loss, and an intractable legacy of hate and misery toward blacks, the south is grappling with the seemingly incomprehensible intolerance and disgust for their flag by a majority of americans that no longer care to quietly pretend 13 states are just 'racist' and thats okay. The problem is a neoconservative theocratic moral and ethical sewer culture that feigns patriotism whenever its challenged and cries bloody murder at the very thought of putting its money where its southern hospitality mouth so readily rests.
we have held your hand long enough. Gay marriage, women's healthcare, minority rights, and the abortion debate have all been settled for you by a majority of your peers.
Instead of sickening sweets and donuts, I've changed things up. Each friday morning I treat my team to delicious asparagus and baked beans. The beans I'm told provide powerful protein and nutrition, while the asparagus is good for the mind and helps regulate glucose and blood pressure. I only wish the facilities team could get on the bandwagon and start eating healthier. Maybe then they would be able to make some progress on their continuous restroom repair that seems to have lasted for nearly a month now.
but I dont have faith in Congress to fund them.
Then you have no one to blame but yourself. Congress can't approve or even discuss meaningful tax and funding increases to NASA because lobbyists and networks of nonprofits like ALEC work around the clock to justify gutting it and other programs meaningful and important to advancing mankind. These nonprofits get their cash and impetus from people like you, and others whom for which taxation at any level is simply outrageous and not to be tolerated.
You're one man, Elon. Organized systems like NASA are designed to circumvent the single point of failure. Once you shuffle off this mortal coil, your estate will likely take great pains to eliminate this whimsical space travel endeavor of yours and instead re-invest the money into something like oil or war machines, focusing solely on their own profit. If you want to help, if your dream is space and not some aggrandized ego stroke, then you fund nasa and make mars a reality for everyone.
for those outside the states copyright here is taken incredibly seriously as im sure we're all well aware. If your name becomes a commonplace descriptor it can lose its trademark status entirely. for example, if everyone started saying " I need to pepsi jim about the proposal" or "I cant pepsi this document outside the firewall" then pepsi would lose that trademark. Better examples are in the case of Kleenex and velcro, who sat around until their trademarks became ubiquitous references to a process or commonplace task. IMAX is working to prevent their technology from being relegated to a vague descriptor of large size and high quality.
russian space agency you just stopped like 2 days ago....
Resurs-P No.2 yeah but i have to go again...
russian space agency fine Resurs-P No.2 but make it quick you need to be on the other side of the planet soon...
NOAA-4 SATCOM!!! NOAA-16 wont stop touching me.
stcom: NOAA-16 stay on your side of the orbit.
NOAA-16 ARE WE THERE YET I NEED TO STOP
stcom no you orbit the poles you'll be there in another hour or so. just be quiet
NOAA-19 my Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectral Radiometer is sore can we stop at a rest stop
stcom damnit NOAA-19 not until you stream the rest of your data.
What made matters worse for everyone was now microsoft had an underhanded way to slash the tires of its competitors. If your software beat the pants off Microsoft they might buy it, but if you didnt sell and they knew you wrote C# they used the proprietary compiler against you and simply reimplemented your software with undocumented methods and subroutines that ran faster than yours. Theyd sit out your litigation until you folded, buy up your shop for cheap, and with a few modifications rebrand your application as a microsoft component.