Unless Google starts using VP8 exclusively for Youtube. How long would it take for VP8 to gain hardware decoding? Hint: Not long.
So how long until Apple creates an App Store for OS X, and forces Developers to only write Apps in Objective C, under NDA?
Because every Apple store and/or product produces a miniature Reality Distortion Field?
In the US the poor 20% of the population have nothing.
The poor in the US have Medicare. It's the middle class that gets screwed when they get layed off or fired. COBRA is too expensive to pay for, and they are ineligible for Medicare. If you have a pre-existing condition your even more screwed, as you have to find a job ASAP because no private insurance will cover you. You can't start your own company, because you have a pre-existing condition and no insurance company will touch you.
If your poor, more importantly if your a young girl in a poverty area, the best way to be provided for is to get pregnant. The goverment opens up it's coffers to support you.
So it's not the poor who don't have anything, they get covered, it's all about the Middle Class. They get screwed.
Medicare and Social Security are NOT Mentioned in the Constitution, yet the national defense is. If you want to start cutting programs, go for Social Security and Medicare NOT National Defense.
Now, there are problems with the "Military Industrial Complex" that Eisenhower famously warned us of. Much of NASA's woes come from the boon doggle that are Cost Plus contracts. This is why switching to the COTS program is a big step in the right direction. Companies don't get money until they produce results, they can't just suck at NASA's teat.
I think where this is ultimately headed is to require DO-178B like testing for Automobiles, just like we require it for Airplanes.
With raw, uncontrolled capitalism, there would be no patents or copyrights, which means there would be no way for corporations to get the government to be there thugs and stifle competitive efforts.
I don't know, the last time I checked, The History Channel is really The 2012 / Nostradamus Channel...I suspect the closer we get to 2012, the more it will become The 2012 channel.
So we can sum up this whole thread by giving Murdoch this suggestion:
User-agent: * Disallow: /
438 day is nothing if NASA uses a VASIMIR rocket, previous stories on Slashdot have said they could get there in a 39 days.
This tells us nothing more than we knew before. Stop using WPA/TKIP and switch to WPA2/AES
Forgot to mention, that the money taken from the broadband fund would always have strict Net Neutrality rules attached it it. ISP's could get rid of the rules by paying back the money, with interest, into the fund. Thus the fund it's self would be perpetual.
The problem with Net Neutrality is the last mile. Thus instead of adding more regulation in the form of Net Neutrality, the government needs to address the issue of government granted monopolies on the last mile. Once that is addressed, Net Neutrality issues will fade away. But Net Neutrality can be used as a stick to get more competition in the last mile.
What needs to happen is the Federal government needs to tally up how much tax payer money has gone to the telecoms, add interest, and then tell the telecoms that they need to pay back X billion dollars, once they have done that, they will own outright their own network. The money paid back to the government goes into a fund available to other ISP's that want to lay their own fiber.
Local municipalities would build, if they haven't already, a pipe in the right of ways in front of every house, going to every house. This pipe is what competing ISP’s would use to lay cable in, instead of having to dig separate trenches themselves. The local government would charge a minimal maintenance fee to any ISP who wants to lay cable in the pipe. The telecoms would also pay the same fee, even if they are not using the pipe, which would be for access to the right of way in front of, and through people’s property. This way the construction and maintenance of the pipe is guaranteed without any higher taxes.
The trouble with computers is that they do what you tell them, not what you want. -- D. Cohen