My dog is definitely more important than your kids.
Ok, according to the FAA there's ~3,739 U.S. registered passenger jets which carry more than 90 passengers (http://atwonline.com/aircraft-amp-engines/faa-us-commercial-aircraft-fleet-shrank-2011). Cost to fit just U.S. registered aircraft with this device would therefore be just under $374 million.
Number of U.S. registered passenger jets which can carry > 90 passengers that have crashed with any fatalities since 2000 is maybe 5 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_commercial_aircraft#2000), and the number of those where it wasn't immediately obvious where the wreckage was was zero.
So in the US alone, we're talking close to $374 million dollars to fit out just aircraft that carry more than 90 people, for a return of nothing. I couldn't find a reliable estimate of the number of commercial passenger aircraft currently flying and capable of carrying > 90 passengers globally, but I did see a number of guestimates in the 15,000-20,000 range. Assuming there's only 10,000 currently active passenger planes in the world capable of carrying >90, that's $1,000,000,000 to fit them with this gadget. The number of planes since 2000 which went down with passengers on board which couldn't be immediately located is what? Two? The Malaysian Airlines one now and the Air France one a few years back?
So if every passenger plane in the world capable of carrying more than 90 people had been fitted with this gadget since 2000 we'd currently be running at half a billion dollars per actual use. I can think of a *lot* of uses for half a billion dollars which would actually save tens of thousands of lives. There isn't a single case in the last 20 years where this gadget would have saved a single life - all it can do, at best, is provide slightly faster confirmation to grieving families that their loved ones were indeed dead and here's how it happened. Which is not trivial - I don't mean to invalidate what such news might mean to someone with a loved one who was on that flight - but oh, my, that's a staggering bill to just provide speedy confirmation of a loved one's death for a few hundred people.
In fact that's about all it's good for
Self driving vehicles will put truck drivers out of a job within a generation anyway.
"it's going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad."
Well, I think that covers pretty much all the options..
A slightly different question: how do you optimize 'bins' to sort things into? There's a pile of paper on your desk, some of it clearly belongs to one of the multiple projects you're working on, but some belongs to multiple projects. Some are in the pile because they seemed "interesting" or "revelant" in some way to things you're thinking about, but not in ways that are clear or straightforward.
How do you take a random pile of paper and *quickly* come up with the smallest set of categories with at least one member which will encompass everything in the pile?
Oh, I'm with you that wine is better for multiple reasons, but on a clean install of linux+wine installing a current version of office still isn't quite as easy as 'right clicking on the exe and selecting install with wine' (or wasn't for me last time I tried, about three months ago). Playonlinux, for all its limitations, does make installing that particular mess of software a simple clickthrough operation for newbies. And I definitely agree with you that being locked in to office or any other software that only runs on a proprietary OS is shooting yourself in the foot.
I occasionally need office too to deal with bizzaro formatting in docx (and libreoffice nearly always makes a mess of both ppt and pptx), but installing playonlinux then installing office from the original iso took about 10 minutes and worked just fine for me. And yes, the iso was paid for - this is a work computer. Needing office hardly means you have to run windows or mac.
Having said that, I have no idea whether the other software you list runs under playonlinux/wine, so maybe for you windows really is the only option. Just don't mistake needing office for needing windows..
Most Americans (58.5%) will spend at least one year below the poverty line at some point between ages 25 and 75. (Hacker, J. S. (2006). The great risk shift: The new insecurity and the decline of the American dream. New York: Oxford University Press (USA).)
Some NASA astronaut candidates have worked as waitressess too, jackass.. http://women.nasa.gov/maria-no...
Change might be inexorable, but it's inexorable to google employees too. The City's love affair with tech companies is clearly also in a process of change, and that may well make it a place where admitting you work for a tech company gets you snubbed or worse in a lot of places. "You can fight it only to a certain degree, but change is inexorable, and you can't forever cling to 'the way things were before'."
That's because he was on a cruise with a bunch of people on vacation, not visiting the regular haunt of a group of people who are currently being forced out of a city they love by the people who work for the corporation that manufactures google glass. Now if your step-son was wearing a device produced by some corporation who had, for example, just done something to the retirement market which had resulted in half the cruising vacationer's friends losing their retirement savings, he probably wouldn't have been so welcome either. It wasn't the device, it was the link between the device and a company which was seen by the people who hang out in that particular bar as being Evil.
Good idea, but the product page you link to says "Note: Markers are not for use on smooth surfaces" which would limit usefulness for labeling a lot of electronics. Although since you actually use them, what's your real-life experience been?
Can we please have a cryptocurrency that doesn't very rapidly involve burning vast amounts of electricity to perform calculations that have no other purpose than creating the currency? This just seems like a grotesque waste of resources. If there's no way to make a viable cryptocurrency other than performing long calculations, at least find a way to make the calculations have actual utility - incorporate foldingathome into it or something so at least you're curing cancer while generating the currency.