"There is a knee-jerk reaction... " You can upgrade that to a whole-body jerk. Also, I think I barfed a little.
Scientology is not a cult, it's a business.
TeamViewer is similar to remote desktop, and quite good. It's free for personal use. You might want to try that, or simply changing Remote Desktop's ports, before launching into complicated stuff, mister Network Admin.
Public transport is already mostly free intra-city. Do a quick cost analysis, a metro/bus ride is much much less expensive than car amortization+gas+parking+time wasted. I think what's holding public transport back is route convenience (far away stops, change overs) and comfort (overcrowded, dirty, noisy, no room for bags...). Outside of city public transport is mostly not feasible (density is too low), and inter-city it is more expensive, but for single people still much less expensive than car.
Averages are tricky: on average, my car is sitting still and empty, yet what I care about is when its moving and not empty. Same with ranges: what happens the handful of times per month I need more range ? Do I need to double travel time because of recharges ? To budget hiring another car ? To stop traveling ?
If you can't understand that personal foibles matter, but not to the point of blotting out everything else, *you* are the one not qualified to comment on anyone else's work.
You seem to have a very immature world-view: black/white, hero/villain, truth/lies. In real adult life, everything is shades of grey. I'm sure Assange has done despicable things. It doesn't change the fact that on the whole, the world is a better place thanks to him.
What does Assange's personnality, and your opinion of it, matter ? That's Ad Hominem put to the extreme. What about his work ?
I don't dive into a chef's private life before eating their food; I've no idea about musicians' procilivities and motivations, some of the writers I like are disgusting anti-role-models or pity-worthy dysfunctional wrecks. Ditto directors, actors, even friends... and let's not talk about politicians.
In the end it doesn't matter: the work is more important than who's doing it. Incomparably more. Your character assassination is fully besides the point.
to make half as thick phones, instead of phones that last twice as long...
I don't see how what the state does has any impact on what your religious organization says or does. the christian bible still supports slavery, stoning, mass murders... that support hasn't stopped though those actions are illegal (I'm not talking morality here, just legality). Simply refusing to perform religious ceremonies to marry gay couple is much less an issue than those other divergences between the state's law and the religion's wishes.
They didn't, really: alcohol and cigarettes are available pretty much freely, and most drugs are available as long as you pay the "health" complex to get them.
Mostly, they pump them full of drugs. Even worse than human for-pay athletes, which is a hard one to beat.
Professional sport in general is a disgrace, animal professional sport is even more loathsome.
You do know pretty much all mapping apps allow you to cache local content, and work perfectly well offline ? GMaps does, HERE does, Tom-Tom does...
Well, for online stuff you... need to be online.
Aside from that, my phones and tablets work perfectly well in airplane mode, and have SD cards full of media and eMMCs full of apps & games to keep me entertained.
I'll get off your lawns now, utterly unconvinced.
Yep. Old computers were so much better: you could type on them w/o a keyboard, see stuff on them w/o an external monitor, and.... post on slashdot w/o an Internet ! Clearly today's computers are full of new dependencies (whatever that means)
(takes out his autonomous, self-contained smartphone)
what where you saying about new stuff having more dependencies ?