Most people have only read the intro-level stuff. What those in the field know needs wider circulation.
An index is not exactly doing a good job of selection if whether a company wants to be in can influence whether it is in.
The headline is misleading: its "high share price", not "too big". Its perfectly possible for a small company to have a high share price.
Share prices can be much higher, Berkshire Hathaway has a price of 103,000
The main reason the Dow is used by the media, is because ignorant financial journalists think its the best measure - it is in their terms, where "best" means most brand recognition.
The only legitimate reason for using it is for long term comparisons: it has existed a lot longer than the S & P 500, or any properly constructed index.
Full explanation here http://moneyterms.co.uk/dow-jones/
The device manufacturers will almost certainly provide OEM Window's pre-installs, signed with their own keys, which will be changed at intervals.
That way, you will not be able to upgrade to a new version of Windows, reducing product life cycle, increasing hardware sales. Very bad for the environment.
No they are antithetical to free market capitalism.
You could argue that they are a return to mercantilism.
Are other governments crazy to use proprietary software from American companies, given that the US would be crazy not to use it to spy on them?
I am not quite sure how to compare the two meaningfully, but Wesnoth is quite complex and hard to learn. As evidence look at the number of newbies who appear on the Wesnoth forums to complain about how hard it is, accuse the AI of cheating, etc.
Are the same tax breaks not available to secular charities?
As far as tax breaks go, the basic principle should be that if it is an organisation that is supported by donations rather than commercial activity, or to which you can reasonably expect people to make donations, and it is structured to put all its profits/excess money into furthering its aims rather than making a profit for someone, then it should get tax breaks.
Where do secular non-profits not get tax breaks? IN every country I know of, there is some kind of registered charity system that gives all kinds of organisations with tax breaks.
It is equally unfair when you get situations (as in Britain) where the rules for religious non-profits to get tax breaks are tougher than for non-religious ones (but educational ones get the toughest because the "benefit the rich").
If content producers know that anything they produce is "up for grabs", what incentive do they have to keep producing?
Exactly the same incentives they had before copyright was introduced.
There is absolutely no evidence that the benefits of the extra incentive provided by copyright outweighs its costs.
It is also obvious that the reason for copyright is not to provide an incentive. There is a negligible difference in incentive between a thirty year fixed copyright term and life plus seventy - but the latter hugely shrinks the public domain and increases costs to consumers in order to benefit professional descendants like Christopher Tolkein.
Java and Ceylon are used as alternates in a line from a hymn:
"What though the spicy breezes Blow soft o'er Ceylon's isle Where every prospect pleases And only man is vile"
Probably not a deliberate reference, unless someone only knows the first sentence of it. That said, a language that pleases will attract some vile developers so it may be inappropriate.
Ceylon has a bit of an old fashioned ring to it - at least as seen from here in Ceylon.
Quite a lot of what is happening at the moment reminds me of the Foundation series or the decline of the Roman Empire - slowing technological advances, loss of interest in science, weakening governance.....
Roman civilisation never disappeared entirely. The Eastern Roman lasted until after the Renaissance started.
The author of the article makes a huge mistake about the nature of science and does not understand what religious people mean by faith .
The Slashdot comments above are slightly better in that they understand that science is testable: there is quite a lot of it you can test yourself easily enough (and a fair bit that is tested by children if you paid attention in school).
The Slashdot comments still do not understand what faith means in a religious context. It does not mean "believing without evidence". It is an attitude that only makes sense if you believe. "I have faith in God" is a very similar statement to "I have faith in Fred". The difference is that there is usually no controversy over Fred's existence, whereas there is over God's so the statement becomes a statement of belief in God's existence AS WELL.
In fact, people are convinced of the existence of God for one, or a combination of, a comparatively small number of reasons: philosophical argument, experience of God's presence ("religious experiences") and other people's and historical accounts of the latter. There is plenty of room to argue about the validity of these, but that does not make it "belief without evidence".
Of course there are people who believe in any given religion without having considered the evidence - but the same is true about belief in the truth of almost any contestable statement whether religious, scientific, or something else (the guilt of an alleged criminal, the validity of a political cause, etc.). Think of all the people who think Obama is not American by birth, or that homoeopathy works (placebo effect aside), of that all the world's problems would be solved if the proletariat owned the means of production. That some people believe something for inadequate reasons does not disprove it: it is irrelevant to proof.
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When was that? Israel has always been a major recipient of US aid and was the largest recipient of US aid (something like a third of total foreign aid) for about 30 years.
You DO realize they are a first world country, with an incredible military, right?
An incredible military certainly, but a population barely larger than Hong Kong and an economy smaller than Ireland or Egypt. In comparison the UAE alone has a bigger economy and a bigger population.
There is no way Israel could have sustained its military without massive outside assistance.