Hard to see indeed, but warnings can be overlooked/ignored. C.f. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... from 2005. It flew for another hour after most everyone fell unconscious before it crashed into a mountain.
Those people live(d) different lifestyles "appropriate" for their wealth. Their residence, for example, was somewhat different than a suburb house that's essentially trivial to break into. Also, the Bitcoin business is a little richer on violent criminals than IT.
Wow, that's awesome! But doesn't cosmology involve a lot of mathematics, actually quite crazy stuff? How did she get through that?
Reference needed wrt. "many who suffer from dyscalculia excel at higher math". Not understanding basic numbers and algebra like fractions means that you simply never have much chance to progress to anything higher and interesting. Especially if your first few teachers are incompetent. And without the technical skill and gained routine, it's quite difficult to acquire intuition about how many pieces of higher math work.
Also, algebra is important for many other areas of science - biology, chemisty, any lab work; mixing solutions, configuring equipment, basic statistics,
(I have been intensely teaching someone with discalculia for some time. It's one of the disabilities that's difficult to appreciate without experience.)
Individual groups of people all trying to accomplish the same thing or things is absolutely essential to get stuff done. It motivates people to focus and work hard on the problem, because they know that others are working hard too and they will likely reach similar quality and are progressing fast. The competition between people means competition between solutions, which allows the soundest solutions to prevail (up to exceptions).
Competition can be friendly, especially if you are not too emotionally invested, and that's great especially for the people involved. Unfriendly competition is still great in the long run even though it introduces redundancies. The space race gave a big surge to the technological progress. Sport competitions give many athletes (or chess players or whoever) an incentive to improve. Computer Go programs evolved rapidly recently also thanks to competition. Recent Debian discussions about their next init system gave massive boost to openrc development.
Without competition, people are lazy and slack, since any effort is not worth it! Competition is awesome!
It makes total sense for me, if you realize that your job is to be just a transport company, not a redistribution company.
Up to now (and of course you can still stay in that mode in the new version), you would just take the lumber from a forest and deliver to whatever sawmill. But in reality, you should deliver it to whatever sawmill the forest has contract with! I.e., sawmills will make contracts with forests and use you just as a transport company - then your job is to get the cargo from the correct forest to the correct sawmill.
(An important playability factor is that only reachable destinations are considered. So if you just created a dedicated line between two industries, you will not be asked to transport the cargo elsewhere.)
(N.B. I didn't try the cargodist mode yet so I'm not 100% sure if it works the way I'd suppose it works. I'd also expect it to allow you to enable it just for passenger+mail, as these are really special cases compared to other cargo.)
*The* big new feature of OpenTTD 1.4.0 is CargoDist, i.e. exactly that - passengers and cargo having specific destinations.
If only the summary wouldn't be just a jumbled tangle of text...
glibc is also backwards-compatible (within the 2.x series, i.e. since before year 2000). The problem are other system components that change and evolve - things like image processing libraries, sound libraries (as you point out yourself), etc. The ones that the software relied on before are simply disappearing.
However, I think that the situation is much more stabilized now than about five years ago and the ecosystem is fairly mature now. Two big question marks now are systemd and wayland, but the former shouldn't affect applications like games, and the latter should come with a good compatibility layer.
Valve itself is also making sure that the situation stabilizes by specifying what the games can and cannot rely on.
Yes, just use Electrum or equivalent if running the full-blockchain is too bothersome (it is for most, now). Avoid putting your bitcoins on *any* online account, that is way too dangerous. With Electrum, you don't have to download a blockchain, but only you still have the wallet.
To a degree, there is some common "fiscal policy" in the European Economic Area (EU+Norway+Iceland+...).
(And who's going to be a trusted intermediary that the seller will adhere blindly to their opinion, and who would need to be able to prove reasonably that you DID or DID NOT receive the product that was sent? Answer: Nobody.)
What about the post office / delivery company? That's how much of it works when ordering stuff online now too (often you pay the delivery man, or you can refuse the package if the goods is damaged).
I share your frustration. However, even if it "just takes a recompile", you also need to test it under that target platform (so you also need at least one of your developers somewhat familiar with it; you need to install it on some test machine if none of the developers have it installed; etc.), fix any issues etc. - that takes extra resources and that raises the cost of development and then you need to take a look at whether the returns justify that. Anyone who used Java apps doing non-trivial audio I/O on Linux can realize that even Java is not a silver bullet in trouble-free total portability in all aspects.
An ideal solution from cost efficiency standpoint (if you decide that making it available on Linux on your own is not worth the investment) would be just making the app opensource, then others can port it to Linux if they really care. Heck, you can give them a free pass if they do.
It's opensource and regularly audited?
So what do you think the doctor works from now?