I'd hoped to rebuild a RAID by now, but it can probably wait til 2013. Sad that these floods have impacted our technological progress, and shame on price-fixing greedy corporate shills, but personally, I choose to be humbled that my hard drive woes are nothing compared to the displacement faced by people under the Thai floods. My life could be a lot worse.
All this in defense of Anonymous Coward's comment, but not to sidetrack further. Now back to our regularly scheduled neckbearding.
Google is not your Friendly Bureaucratic Institution, it's just a company that you don't have to deal with and can voluntarily abstain from.
In the myopic libertarian fantasy world that comes from being rich, yes. But many ppls' only access to telecom is their Android phones, as that is by far the most economical way to get phone + internet in one bill.
I suppose you'd be telling 19C midwestern farmers to just sell their crops by carrier pigeon because "the railroads are a private company".
What we are experiencing is the emotionally governed (mostly fear-based) decision-making by a majority of people who have become too fat, intellectually lazy, naive, complacent, and unable to look beyond the immediate moment.
Too fat to understand the principles of strong encryption? Are you kidding me??? You must be new to the industry.
Why not just write a script that changes your Facebook password with a random string and saves it for later? If they ask you for you password, you can honestly tell them that you don't know it. Later, you look-up the password that the script saved for you.
Except TFA says the new TOS forbids automated scripts, too!
Step 1) We need a standardized format and data structure for referring to events on this scale - IMO the best way is to extend unix timestamps to 64 bits, which would encompass many times the full age of the universe. Most of human history would be negative numbers, but oh well.
Step 2) Write software that can accurately translate between this and conventional time expressions - anything from calendrical expressions to radiometric dating ranges should be usable. A lot of serious thought needs to go into this stage, as you run up against fundamental questions of what time and time spans even mean, given a spherical earth, relativity and the uneven historical progression of precise measurement. It would probably also mean forking the tz/zoneinfo database and extending its scope backwards before 1970, which is a formidable research job in itself. But worth it to get to:
Step 3) Write a Wikimedia extension where articles can be "chronotagged". From there you'll essentially see the full timeline of the universe be crowdsourced, and the data pool becomes a more important asset than the front-end. Then anybody could write cool ways of interacting with the data, whether you prefer HTML5 megapixel images, or something else.
The smart ones go into politics, because that's where the real money is.
Goverment are faget asshole too busy sucking gay faget cock to write good codes. We need to get rid of goverment and set up constitutional anarchy and send all the fagets away to France or some other faget country.
You'd be surprised how much software from all business models is written by queer folk! Microsoft actually lobbies the state of Washington for gender-neutral marriage so that they can poach more gay programmers. Google does the same. Your OS, browser and phone were probably designed by fagets. The field of computer science was founded by Alan Turing, an internationally infamous faget. Face it dude, queers are too smart and useful, you'll never get rid of us.