Got a link for that? Somebody worried about all the whale oil being burnt? Not enough warm blooded animals swimming in the deep so the ocean cooled?
Standing on a high point tends to give you a clear path to cell towers quite some distance away. Flat land, like North Dakota gives great reception 30 miles from a cell tower as there are no obstructions. And even if it's populated like farm towns in the Midwest, and everybody has a phone - well most farmers spend most time working, not yakking and there aren't enough folks in a 30 mile circle to need that many cell towers.
And labor in Sikkim is probably cheaper than labor in the USA, so building that cell tower was cheaper.
You are right that the business model of locked-in phones is a pain, but your examples of better service are apples & oranges if you are comparing the sparse farmers of Sikkim to the densely packed IPhone users of Silcon Valley.
More important might be that not much is known about what politicians will do
A few possibilities:
Until they start advocating nuclear power, the greenie solution is to freeze in the dark. And all for a bogus AGW scare.
It's more that people are automatically doubting scientists (not science), and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's not like scientists are less human and more angelic than any other human who claims authority on a subject.
Perma-students aren't much of a resource at all. Neither are political scientists, if the one in my family is representative of the average political science graduates.
People are an important resource only after they get done with their education and produce something useful in exchange for what they get from the rest of us. And the way we make sure that the education isn' t just a waste of time, is to expect most folks who get an education to pay for it. If you can't pay for it, it was probably a waste of your time and the bank's money.
Some places and some times, maybe. But even the Founding Fathers of the USA found it necessary to use psuedonyms.
The question is how stable is a system that does not allow for anonymity or private conversation? How easy is it for that kind of a system to be misused?
Maybe you should review this List of journalists killed in Russia for a list of folks who could have used the protection of anonymity.
Right. Cool the core of the planet down by piping the heat to the surface and venting it to space. Makes a lot of sense to me. That's fossil heat you know, been there since the creation of the planet, not really renewable. Well, not unless you think the heats being created by slow nuclear reactions in the core. And if that's the case, why don't we just pile up some of that nuclear material and make some electricity for light too....
Of course not. Most road/bridge construction is paid from local, state and federal gas taxes. Whatever agency for designing the road system is responsible for putting the roads where the CITIZENS go. And amazingly enough, the workers at MS in WA are citizens of the state of WA and pay for the roads through their gas taxes.. This is not a special treat for Microsoft.
A 'license tax' seems strange. I doubt that there are that many businesses in WA that make huge amounts of money via licenses. It's possible that the 'license tax' originated as a rape-Microsoft tax in the first place. It seems like just a way to impose an income tax on companies that make a lot of money via licensing, without imposing an income tax in general.
Really, are fire, water, police and local roads a state problem in WA? Mostly I thought that police, fire, and local roads were paid through local property tax, and that water was usually paid according to the metered usage.
Just because MS makes a huge profit margin compared to most WA business does not at all imply they guzzle WA resources any faster than the other businesses.
Brain drain? Some folks refuse to work in that rainy area, just because it's a rainy area. It wasn't that long ago that Research Triangle area of North Carolina started. It was created to start a brain drain elsewhere, which it did. There's no reason MS can't move there, or start their own research park elsewhere than WA. It's not like it's the climate that drew all those brains to WA. Santa Barbara I could believe, but not WA so much.
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