I love reading about the complexities of the plant kingdom. Plants that communicate. Plants that delay eating for a bigger meal later. All cool things from organisms that have been evolving longer than any vertebrate.
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Yet another fact to support panspermia.
Bill Gates' TED talk "Innovating to Zero" is a great talk on this subject.
Assuming that you are negotiating your contract you can very clearly outline what is and isn't part of your hiring. Don't pussy foot around the subject. If you don't want to share your IP then explicitly tell them they are just examples of past experience.
Fire trucks also have several power take-off accessories like water pumps that may run for hours fighting a large fire. In the context of this article if the turbine generator can supply power for all the accessories for an extended period of time then you should be OK. But that is definitely not going to make the cost of the truck cheaper.
Why tack on the Micro Focus news? That is news all on its own and only remotely related to this topic.
Often the only reliable up-to-date documentation is sadly the source code itself.
PHP or Java?
PHP has a number of CMS frameworks built in it.
Java has the JavaEE stack.
First thing I thought after reading the summary was... less money to law enforcement budget == fewer cops. I don't see that as a bad thing.
You example could be an unfortunate result of a technology grant. The school get a nice technology grant and they can't spend it on books even if it would be a better use of the money.
In governments and large corporations buckets of money often come with strings attached limiting the end use. In government, departments will fight for part of the capitol budget or even worse frivolously spend surplus because once the capitol sees a department has surplus it will be reallocated to another department never to be seen again.
The whole economic theory used for balancing government budgets is ridiculous. Spend at a deficit for years because the economic theory says the economy will swing back up and the budget will be in surplus and balance it all out.
That was my first thought as well. I loved playing and being a wiz on MUDs back in the day. Sounds like a good idea.
Really the gatekeepers shouldn't be the ones being sued. The applications in question often are set up to prey on children. Why on earth would you charge $50 or more for a stack of bobbles? In most cases the kid doesn't realize that they are spending real money. They are just pushing buttons to move along in the game. The endless stream of popups with a nearly invisible close button asking if you want to buy a stack of bobbles doesn't help the situation at all.
Hah! That's nothing. My 4 year old daughter purchased $150 of smurf berries in about 5 seconds. The stream of email alert tones sent me flying across the room to see what on earth she was up to.