HGH: enjoy an increased risk of diabetes and Hodgkins lymphoma. HGH, or human growth hormone, is basically a recreational steroid for the well-to-do. its effectiveness in extending life has never even been correlated, let alone proven. At worst, its an example of just how broken the american medical system is.
Paleo: all meats in america are processed to some level, and red meat has been directly correlated with an increased risk of prostate and colon cancer. various additives like nitrites and processing methods such as using carbon monoxide to improve meat color, actually involve carcinogens or cancer suspect agents in their execution. Factory farming and the prolific use of sterroids and hormones in all american meat have virtually guaranteed an increased risk of cancer. enjoy significantly elevated levels of cholesterol, and supporting a fundamentally unsustainable concept of factory farming that contributes to everything from climate change to aggressively resistant bacteria and viruses.
Cure for cancer: yes. yes you will need this if you seriously think gobbling hormones and sterroids will prolong your life to 120. But if you think its coming in 10 years, you're out of your mind. Cancer is still a gruelling disease that we hardly understand. We have to throw some of our most advanced, and destructive, medical treatments at it just to ensure remission and even thats not guaranteed.
where this nut job really fies off the rails is the soverign nation at sea for 'like minded' individuals who also happen to be coincidentally filthy fucking rich and totally disinterested in normal society to the point that gated communities no longer cut it. Have fun defending it from cruise missiles and guided tactical nuclear arms once one of these 'like minded' people pisses off a foreign nation.
compliance:unquestioned, lock step obedience to a national travel policy thats done nothing to reduce or eliminate terrorism, as domestic events like the Aurora and giffords shooting have simply been redefined as tragedies. Anders Brevik's christian crusade of bloodshed was not stopped by the inability to bring nail clippers onto a plane.
poverty: americans got to take their looming debt, foreclosures, and reposessions along for the ride while dutifully shuffling sixty billion dollars to the department of homeland security, an agency that failed to stop terrorism like the benghazi bombing, or the boston marathon bombing, at all.
saving private ryan: cancelled immediately after theater realized the entire film involved the concept of war, which was like terror but with more rock music
Batman: dark knight rises cancelled, banes coat reminded an elderly woman of an episode of mash. Dark knight cancelled by studio confused and frightened about 'unstoppable forces' and 'immoveable objects.' Batman & Robin cancelled by studio executive who simply found the nipples and codpieces too uncomfortable.
hot tub time machine: violates numerous causality laws and in the spirit of preserving much of our modern understanding of thermodynamics, has been cancelled by a studio that mistook the word 'causality' for 'terrorist'
Back in the day, Microsoft viewed open source and Linux as a threat and did its best to retaliate with FUD and patent threats.
then in 2013 Microsoft suffered a loss of more than US$32 billion and in 2014 it fired, er "layed off" almost 20,000 employees. faced with life support options of XBox earnings and corporate licenses, it excreted another phone no one wanted and held its breath. then it lost another 300 million on its nook investment and 676 million on the surface tablet in 2014. Then it remembered how well litigation as a business model worked for SCO.
microsoft is embracing Open Source in much the same way you embrace that creepy uncle that touched you as a kid during thanksgiving. Its a truce, because a patent war against amorphous things like windowing, clicking, or startup noises would haul big guns like apple and google into court, not just samsung and tomtom, and they would face the very real possibility of losing unchallenged but indefensible patents so its best to keep that paper tiger in the desk drawer. Their best bet is to hope people think Microsoft non OSI "open source" licenses can make some headway, and that people stop talking about BSD and GPL. Gobbling up more video games would do it well, but the innovation ship has sailed at redmond and there arent many options left for real growth. Watch for it to become a clearing house of small game studios and dessicated open source projects long since forked by dedicated dev groups that have very sour memories of Redmond. Microsoft knows it can expect businesses to pony up protection money but once Google or Ubuntu unveil an office desktop killer, thats the end of the show.
Cuban Government: *sigh* sure. russia quit returning our phonecalls about 20 years ago anyway. Hey thanks for not making a huge deal out of castros death
US Government: yeah no problem. thanks for letting us run a torture prison in your country without complaining about it
Cuban Government: yeah.....that.....
booming ominous sky voice: SHE WANTS YOU TO DECRYPT YOUR HAAAARD DRIVE.
society today: jesus christ everyone, from day laborers to housepets, must learn to write code.
The problem isnt that CS isnt accessible, its that its fucking hard. its why everyone isnt a mechanical engineer, or a physicist. and the demands arent exactly clear. Do you want C coders who churn out low level device drivers? or do you want devops hackers that write auto-reply python scripts for email farms and stand up python salt pillars? its two rather different skillsets. Or shall we get right to the point: profiteers are sick to death of paying a disproportionately living wage to a set of highly skilled workers.
and it wouldnt be slashdot without an obligatory rant from my front lawn as a greybeard. have you seen kids today? i mean actually seen how they use technology? they want E and I devices, cookie clicker and kesha. Kids today dont want to learn how or why their cloud storage works, but they want to maintain the illusion that they are somehow profoundly skilled users of their technology for getting garageband to install and upvoting the latest dreck to come out of their favourite pop star. Theyre divorced from everything but the most fervent memes, so unless you can propose a way to make object oriented reusable code as popular as kony 2012 or the latest malala freedom fighter, this wont work. Things like Pi, adafruit, and any other flavour of linux except ubuntu will forever be the love affair of the neckbeard. You cannot turn a herd of children beaten into blind tech consumerism into an organized group of kids that want to learn transcoding and class instantiation.
A major argument can be made that microsofts myopic approach to consumers still exists today. While skype is indeed popular, cobbling the breakthrough translation to an OS no one wants to use is nothing short of the redmond we've come to know and love for the past 20 years. Skype clients exist in linux, mac, and android, but Redmond is needlessly mandating the latest, and least popular version of Windows. lock it in, force it through, then quietly abandon it after 2-4 years when your customers rebel and you've hemmoraged too much cash from X-Box to keep up appearances.