Maybe they are broken down into something nasty by oceanic zooplankton? I know some small fish eat them, and achieve no nutritional value of them, expending energy to catch up with them in water and therefore starving as a result.
I also read an article about a company experimenting with the idea of using microbeads to lower the caloric levels of food, basically serving us flavor/food colored blended beads that would taste like cake but slide right through? I don't think these beads should be let into the oceans, but so many things we put down the drain shouldn't either. So sewage treatment should already fix this.
There will undoubtably be slash dotters feeling superior screaming "Rounded corners?! Bah!" , since no one actually reads TFA or the relevant material. The Patent covers things like relative dimensions (think one by four by nine for the monolith), lack of physical buttons, etc, etc... as well as the degree and parameters to which the corners were rounded. When Samsung's own lawyers were shown an iPhone and a Galaxy side-by-side, he could not tell them apart at a distance of 16 ft. thats pretty bad, don't you think? They used the same outer diameter on the rounded corners, the same dimensions, the same "form factor". Not that they shouldn't have, its a GREAT form factor. But they should need to differentiate their product sufficiently since its a competing product in the same industry, or compensate with a license to use that trade dress. That's known as a "trade dress", and economic minds know that to stimulate innovation in these area's you need to protect the inventors in this space, which, I'm sorry to say, was Apple this time.
For most use cases, the ability to update and enhance the app on the server and have all users automatically sync with the latest code, and leveraging multiple platforms at once with one code-base by using browsers is much more powerful a paradigm than compiled desktop apps. I suspect in future most development will be web based, server side code, or OS/browser work.
I think the issue not as big a problem as the article suggests. The sort of people who will be on the first journeys to other worlds will like have to fight hard to be accepted to go, and endure a hell of a lot of training. Psychological testing and training will no doubt be included along with other preparations for such a mission. That doesn't factor in such as-of-yet-undeveloped advancements like prolonged sleep (hibernation, near-constant earth communication, etc..). Plus, think of how we are communicating in modern times, we text and chat more than face to face communication, and certainly those forms could be accommodated during the voyage, more so than sailors did back in the day.
Is this the post-Jobs era of Apple we should come to expect? I have been using Macs and iPhones since around 2001, and they have been relatively stable, fast, and seemingly more secure than Windows. But lately, it seems they are just riddled with annoyances and bugs I fear will worsen as time goes by.
Note to Tim: Don't accept mediocre standards, or you will loose what has made you great. Put the features on hold! Fix Fix FIX.... Your users will be happier, and thank you.
Somebody please provide ONE case of a merger making a bad company better.
Apple bought Next. The next decade and a half was pretty awesome for the computer industry, and no one can deny Apple's (Next's) role in that.
And in general, these mergers should be allowed. I also think Comcast / TWC should not have to release any territory as a stipulation for approval.
What should be stipulated is the removal of any "anti-competitive" agreements these companies have with various municipalities restricting competition in the local broadband market. If you want great service, make the providers compete for your business, and empower consumers with choice!
Kinda depends on what/who was there first
No it doesn't. The freeway and the side-streets are public spaces, and no one living on a public street has a right to demand that anyone else not use it as they like, so long as they follow the laws of the road. If you want a private street with no traffic, live in a private neighborhood (gated community), where the builders do spread the community cost among the homeowners. The roads were paid for by taxes collected from everyone. Your taxes don't pay for the roads directly in front of your house, and therefore you have (and rightly so) no right to dictates who can use it. Most of the road-work money comes from gasoline taxes, so its fair game.