Now can we get the same in North America ?
I did pretty amazing burnouts with a '79 Celica GT (and it was only a 96HP 4-banger), but it had a limited slip diff and none of that safety stuff (TCS,ABS,Airbags and such). People needed to know how to drive in those years...
We elected Harper, so I don't think so....
* 'There's not that much known about Canadian intelligence.'*
As A Canadian, I kinda resent that
0) If a game is running on a multiplatform engine, chances are the studio is already selling a PC version, rendering this whole thing moot. Otherwise they're likely on an in-house or licensed single-platform engine.
1) "Popular game engines" are highly customized by the studios using them (with the large studios, often substantially). Though they may share commonalities, you'd nevertheless need to tailor your modifications to each and every game.
2) Even in a game engine that has bundled asset packages, scripting languages, etc., much of the core functionality that makes a game different from another game, including some of the gameplay code, will be in the C++ or other compiled code.
3) You don't have source code to the engines in question. Major console games aren't made on open source engines.
4) If you modify and redistribute engine code without permission, you're very much on the wrong side of the law. Your development will have to be in secrecy and you'll have to distribute anonymously, while very aware that someone will subpoena anyone you distribute through to find the source. Good luck finding recruits.
5) If instead you try to create your own black box recreation of the engine, well, uh, again, good luck. Modern game engines are beasts.
They wont be hurting for work, since they have proven themselves by getting hired by the NSA - not an easy task. Those people would provide another entity a competitive advantage for their knowledge and skillsets. They wouldnt have to bother with people that would discount competence just for being associated with the government.
The Snowden types, on the other hand, would have trouble due to their recorded disloyalty to their employer overriding any technical competence. They would represent a risk to an employer that is exemplified by action at an employer, not presumption by association with the NSA.
I wouldnt discount someone that worked at the NSA, but would welcome them.
I'd think that there was a similar morale drop in the 1970's, but the NSA has managed to survive that decade unscathed. Once Snowden is finally stopped (not an if, but when), the morale will eventually go back up like it did in the 1980s.
Some people aren't fit to have a security clearance. For some people, they learn that when they learn that they can't get a clearance. Others learn that when they break the rules and lose their clearance. Snowden was one of the latter and thinks that he's more special than anyone else than releases secrets - just because he contains PR-friendly ones.
I've been using my SSD (yes, an OCZ Agility 2) since March 2011 (almost 3 years now), at least half of that under XP (no TRIM support), and according to what's been written on the drive, It won't matter for another 4-5 years even if sometimes I'm pounding the hell out of it. (it's 25nm if I'm not mistaking). most conventionnal drives will give me bad sectors way before that.
"Credulity" is its own scale. The whole left/right thing is silly besides.
... psychoactive drugs
I have heard a similar story before, but haven't been able to find any useful reference, and have presumed it to be an urban legend. (snopes doesn't have this particular one, as far as i can tell)
As a parent, and occasional teacher of other children, though, more evidence on a subject such as this would be useful, if you have any.
I can assure you in Canada your extremities would go well below that in winter.
Just not in the Simpsons anymore
*If the mats cost a fortune to install or require significant upgrades to a home's existing infrastructure (a la a 220V system) they'll be less likely to be deployed.*
Not really different than having another panel installed for a central A/C IMO. But the biggest point is the efficiency of wireless charging.