If the federal bureau of whatever doesn't get the job done
... nothing, they'll still be there next year.
Because, as we all know, nations are eternal, can never collapse or experience hardship, and don't compete with each other.
You then say that cities and infrastructure aren't mobile but that calling a human settlement 'fixed' is misleading. Unless you're living in a mobile home, your 'settlement' is quite fixed.
Moving 200 million people world wide isn't a small thing to consider. It will have massive costs and cause massive disruption...that can possibly be mitigated by changing our fuel sources and also removing CO2 from the atmosphere directly.
But not there yet as I said.
As for claims populations are moving south due to AC, any sources for that?
Yeah, see my UID? This has been happening for as long as I've been here.
Once you have "an ecosystem of roads" as you suggest which is maintained by road fees and requires public access so you can get to all places you want to go, you have just reimplemented government owned public infrastructure under a different name
Nonsense. In the libertarian utopia, the network of roads is a monopoly owned by someone else with no accountability or democratic input. Hooray!
I believe all Galaxy devices are capable of connecting to 2G towers. So assuming the message can be transmitted via 2GSM, the sophisticated hacker (I assume) would need to spoof such a tower at a time when the targetted phone would need to avoid 3G for some reason (say, lack of signal or too poor a signal)
As I've said many times, nuclear is necessary while we develop energy storage tech that makes renewables work, but simply replacing every coal plant with nuclear? I don't want that many potential disasters popping up everywhere. Maybe we don't have any choice...but that's a devil you know vs a devil you know choice
However, the article's author throws around massive and mass as if they are also measuring the mass of the star "50% more massive than heavyweight Betelgeuse" - I don't think the actual astronomers are talking about mass...
Astronomers almost always measure stars by mass, both because it's more informative - mass determines things like fusion rate and lifespan - and because volume of a star is both hard to measure from distance and not really well defined, since stars are made of gas and thus don't have a well-defined surface.
That said, this particular article specifically says "1300 times the diameter of the Sun", which gives it about 7 million times the volume of the Sun.
In Japan, MtGox is not liable because bitcoins aren't money
Couldn't one say the same about most any fiat currency
No. One couldn't. You see, a fiat currency, that is, a currency by fiat, is money by law. In fact, "currency by fiat" and "money by law" consist of a sequence "X by Y" where X is represented by synonyms of the same concept ("money", "currency") and Y is represented by synonyms of the same concept ("fiat", "law")
for some reason it's seldom thought that we could just remove the bad policies that prevent price elasticity (which is a very important component to the free market).
Economy exists to fulfil people's needs. Price elasticity endagers this by putting people out of work. Some elasticity is necessary, since it acts as a control signal for production chains, but too much takes the system out of its operational parameters. This could be prevented by guaranteeing an unconditional sufficient minimum income to live on, but that conflicts with the prevailing mythology of justification through hard work, and would likely create its own problems. Not that there's much choice as automation proceeds to shift limiting factor of industrial output away from manpower to energy and raw materials.
It is irrational - but sadly common - to place maximum effectiveness of a system over the very end the system exists to achieve.