UK has those freedoms until the UK government decides to rescind it. Oh wait, they did already.
Probably not so much a problem of the cost of the space, good chance that it was more literally. It is really hard to find a single large space in HK, as in one that is large enough to build a Google-scale data centre.
Population of HK is just over 7 mln, and election committee was expanded to 1200 before the latest elections that saw Leung Chun-Ying elected CE. Please get your facts right. And while by far most election committee members are Beijing loyalists, not all are.
Mainland has to be very careful in their manipulating of the HK politics, as the general HK public doesn't like them doing this. They're indeed going quite far nowadays, and the situation is getting out of hand. Protests against this meddling are getting more and more radical as well.
Hong Kong is not China. For all practical purposes it is a different country. Different legal system, different laws, different culture, even different official language.
What the mainland government thinks about the Internet is quite irrelevant on this side of the border. Hong Kong has a very high level of freedom of expression, and our Internet is more free than that of certain "free" countries like the UK with its mandatory "anti-porn" filters.
But CyanogenMod's implementation isn't end-to-end. They instead have integrated crypto in the SMS messaging service of the OS.
The intention is noble: You're not forced to use CyanogenMod's SMS App. You could use Skype or Facebook chat app (as long as the app supports handling SMS in addition to other communication)...
The main problem is easy to spot:
Same for CyanogenMod itself. Who says this addition hasn't been implemented by an NSA employee, backdoor and all?
I know it was very big already
That period in the history of our universe may have been warm, but I imagine that, at the time, the average hospitable planetary surface would have been pretty dark. After all, if the Goldilocks zone is what you get without having a nearby star at all, then having a star nearby would make things too hot. So, any planetary surface suitable for life to evolve on would have been a necessarily dark place.
And I thought planets normally form in conjunction with stars, out of the disk of dust around them? Or are there different theories on the formation of planets, specifically in that period? Also while there were heavier elements (needed to form solid rocks, not just life), there wasn't very much of such material.
TFS talks about stars existing, and burning up (producing all kinds of heavier elements in the process) in just 3 mln years. If so, just 10 mln years after the Big Bang there would have been all kinds of elements present in the universe.
We can probably ignore the sun's background radiation: if an alien civilisation is advanced enough to see our planet next to the sun in visible light (reflection from the sun's rays) they can probably focus enough to pick up our radio signals (the sun's radio frequency waves will not be deflected by the Earth much if at all). The fact that there are radio signals coming from our planet should be the giveaway. No other planet in our solar system is producing such signals. And that's of course assuming this alien entity is using radio waves themselves for communication, and as such thinks it's a good idea to look for radio waves as a sign of the presence of intelligent life.
Same for this SETI, I don't think we'll ever be able to understand alien signals beyond the mere fact that they are out there.
Public discussion has only just begun.
The ones being late, that are almost always the drivers, not the public transport users.
Why? Because drivers get stuck in traffic, have to spend ages finding a parking place, then ages to walk from that parking place to their destination... With a little preparation (the same you have to do if you want to drive to an unknown destination - check your route, and figure out how long it will take) you can make it perfectly on time.
And four hours late never happens if you simply leave on time. That's about twice the longest distance available. Arriving late simply means you leave late. And if I'm in a hurry, I'll use taxi. Cheaper than cars even, And much faster than driving yourself as you don't have to park the thing!
I am a frequent public transport user. I don't even have a car.
Unless on a familiar route, I wouldn't be able to answer such a question. Instead I have an app for that. Hong Kong has over 500 bus routes, about 300 green minibus routes, numerous red minibus routes (of which no route information is available other than on their stops, if they even have formal stops), non-franchised buses, and on top of that the trains, trams, light rail and ferries.
Quite often to get home from an unfamiliar place I just find a bus stop, see which buses run there and where they go (looking for major interchanges on the route, e.g. "I need a cross-harbour route - any of the about 80 such routes will do"), and go from there. Works quite well.
One drone may cost $1 mln now, of which say $10k for the aircraft and the rest for the development, which cost say $100 mln and was spread out over maybe 100 drones. Just keeping numbers easy.
The 10,000 or so drones Amazon will want then cost a total of $100 mln for the aircraft, plus that $100 mln for the development. Making a single drone cost more like $20k. Not $1 mln. The aircraft itself may also become a lot cheaper due to the much larger production runs.
Same for operating cost. That's going to be a lot less, having the "military" label taken off of it saves you a zero. $150 an hour sounds much more realistic to me.
As soon as the storm clears the drones start flying, and are delivering their packages as the delivery truck driver is still waiting for the roads to be cleared of snow. But of course, it won't improve delivery times. They're still late.