The US and Russia have had nukes for 70 years now. I don't know the exact numbers but IIRC a Tom Clancy's novel says Russia / Soviet Union has 27,000 nukes alone. India and China have possessed them for the better part of the last half-century. North Korea can always go nut, but their nuke is more is a gerrymandering device than a serious global threat. They may hit Seoul... if they aim at Tokyo.
Climate change take years to become a major problem for homo sapiens. The dinosaurs took 100,000 years to go extinct from the impacts of the K-T event. And that's considered a very rapid extinction.
If the 24-hour clock is the age of the Earth, human only existed in the last minute. 5 minutes to catastrophe is plenty of time.
I find it funny that downloading a song mean $22,000 fine. That software are only "licensed", not sold to you so you can't do everything you want to with. That importing books you legally acquired from a different country is a violation of copyright, and needs the Supreme Court to clarify that it's not. Meanwhile, the police can reason that seizing $700K in Bitcoins is just copying a file.
I don't know what Ulbricht's connection to Silk Road is, but the Crown must be prove that this asset is acquired through illegal activities to seize it.
As I recall, Apple is also unwilling to license that patent at all.
You have the right to refuse to rent out your home. You have the right to deny a hitchhiker a ride. Their property, their choice to license it or not.
Someone had to do it first. Unfortunately for us, it was apple.
Fortunately for us, they are the one who dared. The others are too cost-conscious, too cheap to look at the lowly power adapter.
Everyone here chides Apple for putting a deep fryer plug on a laptop and get a patent for it. Truth is, if they don't, someone else will and sue the heck out of them for it. If it was so obvious, why haven't anyone thought about it before Apple?
It's better if they can convince Apple to put up the MagSafe patent as FRAND. It'll be a bad joke if Apple has to include a MagSafe-to-whatever adapter with their MacBooks
The NSA is only targeting the communications, as opposed to metadata, of less than 60 Americans
Note the multiple qualifiers here: communications, of Americans. They capture metadata for every other Americans, and voice data for the rest of the world.
Snowden's activity caught the notice of other System Administrators
And they did nothing about it until Snowden has fled to Hong Kong. Good to see my tax dollars being spent on those government employees with full pensions and top secret clearance.
NSA considered the possibility that Snowden left malicious software behind and removed every computer and cable that Snowden had access to from its classified network, costing tens of millions of dollars
Sometimes when watching their foes (or more likely, their fellow citizens), they forgot to look out for their own kind. Expenses well deserved.
The NSA's work is driven by requests for information by other parts of the government
How can we know that this is true? There are multiple gag orders preventing companies from disclosing those requests, and the NSA has not been forthcoming in those either. Say what you want, NSA, I'll choose to believe it when I see the evidence of it.
China sees itself as the center of the world. Their very name translates to "the elite center". If anything, they are becoming the Japan of the early 20th century, invading (in this case, claiming exclusive rights to) nearby resources.