Just upload encrypted filesystem containers and go about your business.
...and dodging the self-employment tax
Well you could have just pulled a John Edwards or Newt Gingrich and funneled 98% of your income through an LLC with S-corp tax rules to avoid that pesky self employment tax. Get with the times man.
Typical NASA waste.
You do realize that insurance only works because there is a pool of healthy people who take out less than they put in. When the day comes that you need insurance you will appreciate how it works.
The biggest problem with our "old" healthcare system is that employer provided benefits hides the true costs involved and allows healthcare providers and insurance companies to ratchet up fees without free market competition. This ends up making it unaffordable for those not lucky enough to get insurance through their employer. ACA, while not without flaws, is the best hope to fix that problem by creating a lower barrier of entry to become insured and fostering more competition. That goal can only be achieved with a mandate that forces healthy people to participate.
Sugar is the horrible POS that made the XO-1 such a sluggish pain to use. If they had developed a lean UI rather than deploying some overarchitected academic project that was clearly never tested on the target hardware it would have been much more appealing.
They didn't want you entering anything that wasn't in their set of rainbow tables.
I would posit that this increase is caused by technically minded students seeing what has happened to engineering in the US and focusing on CS as the last viable avenue of technical study with a healthy job market. It's the only place where entry level jobs are readily available. I would find it hard to encourage any young American to pursue a technical career outside of software development. As it stands now, engineering schools largely serve a Chinese and Korean student base.
High speed digital cables do require more expensive manufacturing processes. They all use differential signaling and require length matching and controlled impedance within wire pairs. The manufacturing process is a little more demanding than slapping some wires together willy-nilly. That being said, on high volume products like HDMI the added costs are negligible on a per unit basis and the gold plated $200 fluff is just gouging the ignorati.
You don't need global collaboration. There are privately owned imaging satellites with enough resolution 1m to detect anomalous debris floating around.
passwords are a moronic concept and need to die
There are two ways to implement authentication: Provide a unique token that you have possession of or provide an identifier that you have exclusive knowledge of. Things that you possess can be stolen by taking them (credit card, rfid badge, SecureID). Some things that you possess can't be used universally (fingerprints, iris/retina). Things that you know, however, can't be stolen so long as you keep them in your head. Which is more moronic?
In the case of large organizations like Target, IT expenditures are controlled by management ladder climbers who don't have the knowledge to make the proper decisions on matters that require anticipating "unknowns". If a business case can't be made for spending money on security it gets cast aside because these people are only taught about bean counting in their MBA coursework.
Shame about the global scoping and 1-based arrays.
C/C++ are unmanaged languages, so code written in them tends to be rife with security holes, buffer overruns, and memory leaks.
... when written by Java weenies who don't know how to program without a garbage collector.
None of which explains why it needs executable code and data mapped into the same memory space.
Those are valid points but there are body cameras for emergency and law enforcement workers that can document a security guards interaction with suspicious people if a security guard's employer needs legal indemnification.