A war over public opinion. I don't know why the struggling U.S. automakers have not embraced electric vehicles. They will make a "zombie" truck which everyone thinks is funny, but nobody actually wants. But tend to be disposed to doing everything in their power to resist that which is (probably) better for the environment and more efficient for a good portion of the population commuting just a few miles every day. Did they learn nothing from the Nissan Leaf sales?
Those two at least do some good work.
If you're into crushing competition through litigation and signing trade agreements that screw up your entire economy, sure.
You forget to mention just how inept NSA turned out to be
Inept? I would assume it takes quite a bit of expertise to justify a friggin Holodeck on a purchase req.
I'd hate to miss the JB window for iOS7
Now, now, I don't think installing Android is a good solution. The hardware is all different.
Unless that malware involved bought and paid for politicians as well as corrupt bankers + real estate people, you got the wrong guy.
In our system of economics, corporations are not people and governments do not own the means of production.
You've forgotten Citizens United and the Montana ruling in 2012. Also ties to private companies and high ranking political leaders are currently the norm. Agreeably, you're statement is where we should be but is nowhere near where we currently are.
"if something is not completely perfect, it's completely useless".
You are trying to apply a paradigm reserved for baked goods to computer security; Half baked cookies aren't so bad. Half baked security (plaintext) is indeed useless.
ban them in restaurants next? Movie theaters?
What's the problem with that? Besides, you can still text without being an annoyance -- unless that was you in the theater last night.
Computers have not been ubiquitous enough to warrant any kind of mainstream interest since about the past 20 years. Besides that, Gates and Zuckerberg (et al) have been pimping "hour of code" like a 2bit whore for the past few weeks. Dunno what their agenda is but I don't really trust either of them all that much.
How many days straight do you think you can power my air conditioning from $5 worth of electricity?
Consumer electricity pricing runs around $0.09/KwH (give or take). That means running a gizmo which draws 1000 Watts will cost you $0.09 cents an hour to run. A 5000 BTU air conditioner pulls about 1500 watts which works out to about $0.13 cents/hour. So, you could get roughly about 38 hours of cool air for $5.00; if your AC runs constantly. Most shut off for short periods so we're considering worst case scenario.
It's about people trying to force their extreme beliefs on others. If they were seriously interested in the humane treatment of animals, they would be pushing for tighter restrictions on mistreatment and better living conditions of corporate farm animals. At least put the court tax dollars to some better use than trying to push your "religion" on people.
There's really no way around it. Storage media is not permanent. You can store your important stuff on RAID but keep the array backed-up often. RAID is there to keep a disk*N failure from borking your production storage and that's it. If you can afford cloud storage, encrypt your array contents (encfs is good) and mirror the contents with rsnapshot or rsync to amazon, dropbox, a friends raid array, whatever. SATA drives are cheap enough to keep a couple sitting around to just plug in and mirror to every weekend but you'll probably find a friend's cable modem and rsync+ssh a very handy alternative (hint: check out --bwlimit option) when run from cron.
You can only go so far with setting restrictions on things like this. When a criminal is desperate enough, they will commit crime with so much as a finger-gun in their pocket and a scribbled note. The laws becomes ineffective at some point. There is no point in spending further time/money on legislation that isn't going to prevent more crime.
Printing plastic guns is a novelty. The only people doing it are hobbyists who are enthusiastic enough to buy the equipment and companies who want street cred' in manufacturing. Criminals are just not going to spend the time trying to print a weapon when so many other options are available. The ones who do will be the publicity whores looking to make national news and capitalize off the ridiculous drama currently being created around the issue.
Want to prevent more gun crime? Start with adequate state-sponsored mental health facilities, stiffer penalties for bullying and high school/workplace "terrorism", loss of permit for negligent CCW abuses (along with annual safety courses).
the reality is that the chance that life had been able to start on Mars before it dried up and turned into a reddish rock is zero.
Got a source to cite for that or are you reading from the book of Armchair Science for Slashdot?
"If it's good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission." --Grace Hopper
* credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches
* Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.
* at the age of seven she decided to determine how an alarm clock worked, and dismantled seven...
* bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics
* wrote her own compiler in 1952.. "Nobody believed that," she said. "I had a running compiler and nobody would touch it. They told me computers could only do arithmetic."
More here of course: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper