I don't want a touch screen. How about saving the touch screen and making a $150 laptop? The touch screen is just unwanted extra cost. I have a hard enough time keeping the screen clean without people intentionally smearing their grubby fingers across it. It's definitely not anything I want to pay extra for.
Netbooks are quite useful. I'd also like to see more ARM units with long battery life. The netbook form has more room for battery than a tablet does so there really aren't any excuses any more for not having 10 - 12 hours of battery. That's enough to get through a full day at a conference or long flight with transfers.
You certainly can grow things up north, but the main problem is that while this sort of thing will expand the northern limits of arable land, that won't come close to compensating for the much more productive land further south that will suffer desertification.
That's a point that many miss. Not all land is equally productive. On some land you can get a high yield with minimal effort. On other land it takes all kinds of effort and chemicals. Unfortunately between urban sprawl and global warming we are losing the former. I've only seen one or two new subdivisions built on boulders or bedrock. I've seen hundreds tearing up rich fields prime for farming. That's not land we can get back. The best use of that land is for growing food.
In addition to the soil, there are factors like light and microclimate. The best farm land was scoped out before the 1900's and if we pave it over, it is gone.
Rick Falkvinge of the Swedish Pirate Party has a good summary of the attempt to ban porn as well as a call to action. Apparently getting e-mail through to the parliamentarians is not as straight forward as one might wish. Christian EngstrÃm, MEP, also of the Swedish Pirate Party has a good analysis of the attempted ban. Basically it's a grab at control and censorship under another guise.
grep me no patterns and I'll tell you no lines.