or at least temper the amount youre willing to commit to them.
walmart will never invest in this because the truck of the future for them is the train. Long-haul tractor trailers are a dying breed perpetuated by cheap oil, and the future of regional and local trucking is in battery or hybrid power demonstrated by Staples and numerous other companies.
if you're one of the unwashed masses then be prepared for an almost entirely random enforcement experience. is today a warning day? or is it our legendary MANDATORY ENFORCEMENT ZONE policy where you'll be fined no matter what. Did you use your cellphone at a red light in a school zone? double fine. Was there construction? double fine. Did you just rear-end someone while on a cellphone? that piece of technology will never be considered in the accident report and is as good as having never happened.
dont get me wrong. im not here to defend cell usage in a moving vehicle but there is nothing about LA that precludes you from setting your 4-ways, pulling over, checking the phone, and safely entering traffic again. Or hell, plan the route before you get in the car. The trouble i find is the LAPD is like a magic 8-ball when it comes to enforcing this law. if you can make it to court, if you have the money and the time, then 60% of the time you'll get out of it every time.
2. reigning system of currency/government considers it a threat.
3. coordinated attacks on the stock exchange
4. bankruptcy, uncertainty, disappearance
5. 'Maybe X currency isnt so bad after all!"
the fact stands that shifting major trade away from the dollar is dangerous, but the bitcoin midel would be catastrophic. its a world where international financial sanctions cant work, and in which America would need to do more than just show up to security council meetings in the UN for a rubber-stamp vote against $evil_dictator. Iraq and Iran serve as real-world examples of this in action. both countries have in the past attempted to shift oil trade away from the dollar. Nothing says monetary supremacy like de-stabilizing the competitions government.
the internet interperets ignorance, malice, and poorly defined opinions and conjecture as spam, and has for 15 years honed tools and systems in online forums to ensure. the 50 clandestine posters in a free software forum defending SOPA or PIPA will, nearly instantaneously, be downvoted to oblivion in a system which is very much designed to keep the topic of discussion of relevance. systems like karma and abuse tracking dont exist in meatspace forums, but these are tools which members can use to shut down abusers or track malicious participants who abuse the tools as well. and finally its worth nothing to poison one forum when in its place dissuaded or frustrated posters can erect 10 more. mobility is a moot concern on the internet; a luxury meatspace forums just dont have.
so yes, if you consider the CEO a real employee (let alone a real person) just like you and me, then she/he is stratospherically overpaid.
the problem of developers is a recent addition for microsoft. in the past, 'by hook or by crook' if you wrote code and expected users to be a part of it, you took your seat at Redmonds table and ate cake. theres also another big fact to face: the layered approach cannot work with UEFI, signed binaries, DRM and Trusted computing all of which werent prevalent or in existence when IBM saw clones emerge in the market. This in combination with ferocious litigation is the reason apple doesnt find mac clones to be very threatening.
open sourcing the proprietary bits of android is a nuclear option, and one i think redmond might consider, but only if it places them closer to an apps market.
with the encroachment of privatized education this is no longer the case. the monetary shackles of student loans are interminable and ensure that no matter how successful an engineer may be, they are ultimately relegated for a substantial portion of their adult lives to subsistence living. Engineers, like english and philosophy majors, dont just "get a job" after college anymore. In fact many students watching newly minted engineers join the workforce as hamburger cooks and third shift walmart drones would just as soon skip the college experience entirely.
and what about the successful engineers? shops when faced with pressure to make wages more competitive have instead lobbied for more cheap H-1B visas and interns. Code is written in the Phillipines, and hardware assembled in Taiwan. Greybeards like myself sit in cubicles and 'kindly do the needful' to turn a rather mocking phrase while the rank and file, what we hire for simple CAD or EE work, is mandated to start with 5 years experience and an advanced degree. It guarantees we never hire anything that comes out of the alma mater.
Motorolas mobile phone technology was easily outclassed by HTC and made further irrelevant by the fact that Google has vehemently resisted becoming a hardware company. This is the equivalent of sucking the juice out of a Capri Sun, and finding someone willing to buy the packaging. Any patents or prior claims inherited by the Motorola purchase, one would conjecture with much chagrin, would be employed to defend against Microsoft hardware patent chicanery in court. As of late Redmond has taken a keen liking to sticking their dick in googles hardware manufacturers as a means of surviving a market that doesnt seem to give two shits about them beyond XBox.
what about the halflife of inks? consumer cyanic ink cd-r is supposedly OK for 10 years, although ive seen laminate degradation in less than that personally. will a disk, with arguably fewer moving parts than a tape, be able to cope with stresses to its laminates as its routinely retrieved and re-read at a data-backup frequency?
Facebook:Fuck you, thats why.
All joking aside though, seriously, stop using facebook. You're the product, not the consumer, so none of your opinions or concerns sincerely matter.
its failure was confirmed when sightings of the phrases 'I dont understand why michael bay keeps making Transformer movies' and 'Is Jayden Smith some kind of anagram for helicopter parenting?'