Kind of mundane, but they're built to get installed in the middle of nowhere and keep working.
Only if he builds a giant "laser" and calls it the "Alan Parsons Project" - or maybe Operation Bananarama
Encryption was defined as a weapon until '97. There were a number of interesting end runs around that, including a book with all of the PGP source code in it. Since you could print the definition for a 3D gun, banning 3D files for guns should run into the same legal restrictions that banning the publishing of encryption software did.
It's funny, but it's been this way for ages - the phone company will essentially give you unlimited credit. Mr Dorff is living on about $1500 a month. How many credit cards with $25K limits do you think he has? I don't understand why phone companies don't just set a max for your bill and then shut you off if it goes over that, at least for billable items like long distance.
You'd fit in at Verizon
If you read the support article, you'll see that it mentions that it may not be able to get your heart rate if you have tattoos, not that you'll have to keep entering your PIN because it thinks you've taken it off your wrist.
I regard the threat to my privacy and civil liberty by criminals like Mark Rowley as much more significant than that posed by terrorists. Snowden didn't make companies add more encryption. Overreach by government agencies caused it. They're just trying to shoot the messenger but they created the problem by circumventing or ignoring the law.
Imprisonment is irreversible as well - you can't get your time back.
Do the math - bottled water doesn't even move the dial compared to agriculture. Total US consumption of bottle water per year = 10 billion gallons or about 31,000 acre feet. An acre-foot is about what one household uses per year, so it's the equivalent of a small city. In contrast, California uses 38 billion gallons a DAY. Stopping bottled water will not solve the water crisis. Alfalfa would certainly have a bigger impact.
Well, you could say that about Japanese as well, at least with regards to hiragana, the phonetic alphabet. Doesn't make the language a lot easier to learn, though.
Telephone and electricity wires cost money to run as well. We mandated that the utilities provide service to all and they used to simply spread the cost over the entire customer base. As long as you're profitable in the large it doesn't really matter if each customer turns a profit. However, if a company is not required to do so, they will, of course, focus only on profitable customers.
We chose to subsidize services that were viewed as vital, such as phone and electricity. Cable TV is not a necessity but internet access may be.
It's funny, but I find Postgres much easier and quicker to setup than MySQL. Probably just familiarity. I will say that in 20 years of using Postgres I've never had it eat any data. MySQL, well, I'd had it destroy its data a couple of time.
That gap was pretty small. I remember doing postgresql back in '97. I actually wrote an early JDBC driver for Postgres around that time, but it was for an internal project and we didn't release it as open source.
I second the Apple Keyboard, though I use a Mac so all of the keys make sense.
You can abuse the C pre-processor as well. The early versions of the Bourne Shell are, essentially, written in Bourne Shell through the use of a mess of C macros. When I was working at a Unix vendor I was assigned to track down a bug in the shell and that was just...wrong. Some time around Sys V somebody un-macro'ized the code.