Many regulations are in place to assure safety and the public good. However, all too often, the regulated get control of the regulatory agencies ("regulatory capture") and then regulations are created to preserve the incumbents dominant market position and/or business model.
As a relatively pleased Time-Warner customer I am sooooo looking forward to Comcast acquiring TW.
Because I really like the idea of a desktop UI attached to a tablet UI with bungee cords (not).
Motion detector triggering MP3 playback
(Loud cheery voice) "Intruder detected. Self-destruct sequence initiated
I agree - but with the proposed Comcast / TW merger, things appear to be moving in the opposite direction.
Also, I'd like to see a defined split between bandwidth and content providers. Allow companies to offer one or the other, but not both.
Simply tax profits on all equities held for less than 5 minutes at 100%. Problem solved.
Also the NYPD still has a mounted horse patrol unit.
They could replace the hole with a net. Then instead of a golf ball, golfers could throw a plastic disc. They could call it, oh, wait, nevermind.
I expect deaf culture, blind culture, amputee culture, etc. will disappear and the re-appear as implants, prosthetics and other assistive technology gets better and better.
"What you mean you CAN'T see into the infrared and you don't have 100X zoom? You mundanes are so pathetic".
It's a trap!!
Seriously why would you use something as bloated as Windows for a mobile or embedded device? Why would you use proprietary "free" software, which will become NOT free when the market gets large enough?
When the ship's computer wakes you early to report a strange distress signal from an previously uncharted star system - reset the navigation towards earth and go back to suspended animation.
Paper currency - it's valuable because governments say its valuable and millions of businesses accept it.
Gold - its valuable because its historically been valuable, quantities are limited, and it's exchangeable for paper currency.
Bitcoin - its valuable cause bitcoin miners say its valuable and some very dodgy businesses accept it.
Bitcoin - no, thanks
Bill of Rights - 4th Amendment to US Constitution:
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized".
Humans have been turning desert into agricultural land via irrigation since the time of the Mesopotamians. Most of California is too dry to maintain agriculture and cities without irrigation. Which was working well until the government decided to dump massive amounts of water to protect a bait fish.
Or California could stop diverting water to protect the Delta Smelt.