> Oh, did I mention that since he had adopted the two kids she had from a previous marriage,
> he was paying child support for them, too?
So? An adopted child is equivalent to a biological son. Legally and ethically. The problem, in this case, is with your brother. If he resents his adopted children, then that reflects on his character and not the legal system.
You are correct. Analysis of this nature focuses on the aggregate. It is a question of market efficiencies and not how it impacts a particular individual; a market by definition is many individuals. Can a commodities market guarantee a non-disproportionate impact to every subset without negatively impacting the rest?
My simplified accounting models don't take into consideration the pressure put on the industry by PC manufacturers, GPU manufacturers who have been hurt by this shortage. The end result could easily be a more resilient market either through greater geographical spread and/or more resilient (i.e., flood resistant) plants. If it is decided, however, that this is a rare 100 year fluke, then the costs may not pencil out for anyone, including the general buyer.
For the buyer, the equivalent question would be: Are the cost savings of purchasing cheaper disk drives due to efficiency more than offset by the cost premium during the rebuild. This is less an economics question than an accounting one. What time frame would be used for comparison? Say the prices will come down to pre-flood levels by October 2012, a one year period, as expected. Say the total extra purchase costs to the buyers (which will be roughly correlated to the losses plus rebuild of the manufacturers) is X dollars for that one year. Say, also, that the aggregate savings for one year between an overbuilt but resilient industry vs. a more efficient, compact one is Y. If Y > X, then a good deal. But in actuality, the efficiencies have gone on for years. So, if the disk drive industry has been efficient for (say) 5 years, then the question would be: is 5 * Y > X (all calculated to present value, naturally)? If yes, again, a good deal. I don't have the answers but I can guarantee that this is being analyzed to determine whether it would be more cost effective to be geographically spread out.
It almost comes off as intentional that this occurred the day after the SOPA protests
I highly doubt one had to do with the other. The Feds
That's correct. However, it isn't farfetched to consider the possibility that someone in the administration asked the DOJ if the case was ready and if it was, then asking if they could please do it now. The administration was in hot water with interested deep pocket donors (media) by criticizing SOPA which they were forced to do now because it was coming up for a vote and other deep pocket donors (silicon, civil libertarians) were against it. In other words, if they hadn't criticized SOPA, then the DOJ arrests probably would not have happened today. Maybe next week, maybe next month or more. They wouldn't have agreed if the case wasn't sufficiently ready but timing here is everything.
No. This would be ex post facto: Something that was once in the public domain, and legal for anyone to copy, and you copied it when legal, say, in 1990. Congress passed a law in 2012 that not only made it illegal to copy it in the future but retroactively made your 1990 act illegal. That would be unconstitutional. That is not what happened. That said, there are constitutional questions (just read the dissent).
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If you want a great contemporary adventure game (and, yes, I'm ignoring the fact that you apparently aren't asking about adventure games per se), I would highly recommend "Edna & Harvey: The Breakout" from 2011, easily one of the best games I've played in years. Very traditional but has both a fascinating story line, great voice acting and the wonders of a different (and usually quite witty) response to 98% of combination attempts. None of the repetitive "No, that doesn't work", but a unique on-point retort. The programmer claimed 30,000 lines of dialogue!
Another one from the same company is "The Whispered World". Artistic backgrounds, great story, great voice action. Highly recommended.
Both of these are from Germany -- the Germans are the ones making the best adventure games these days). Another is "The Book of Unwritten Tales" from 2009. This is more 3-D, a bit of action, delightful story. Problem: it's only in German but you can grab fan-written subtitles.
Black Mirror II & Black Mirror III are also recommended. Culpa Innata. The Runaway & Broken Sword series are good for a Lucas-like experience. And, yes, I'm still a connoisseur of adventure games at 57.
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Take a cheap GPU (like the Radeon HD 5770) and the free GPU-powered password busting tool called 'ighashgpu' and you have yourself a lean, mean password busting machine. How lean and mean? Working against NTLM login passwords, a password of "fjR8n" can be broken on the CPU in 24 seconds, at a rate of 9.8 million password guesses per second. On the GPU, it takes less than a second at a rate of 3.3 billion passwords per second. Increase the password to 6 characters (pYDbL6), and the CPU takes 1 hour 30 minutes versus only four seconds on the GPU. Go further to 7 characters (fh0GH5h), and the CPU would grind along for 4 days, versus a frankly worrying 17 minutes 30 seconds for the GPU.
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