Frankly he sounded totally crazy. His God is supposed to he Lord of the Universe. And no one else had heard about Him, and this nattering nabob of a nitwit Safire spread His name to some distant galaxy? Idiot.
Well, someday, if a bunch of Janus worshipers get some political mileage and seem to threaten my religious liberty, I will do my bit to rename the name of the month of January.
Fun fact: Saudi Arabia prohibits women from driving cars, has imported some half million Pakistanis, Indians and Bangladeshis drivers.
So I was looking for some spectacular six tailed swastika there, but, meh, some smokey trails.
Even if we did, there are not enough electrons in these lines to make the "law of large numbers" work. So this time we are bumping against a real barrier.
Anyway, there are not any mass market killer apps based on computation anymore. All the action is in connectivity and bandwidth enhancement. Given the computer market has been split into makers vs takers (or content produces vs content consumers) this is changing the funding models. Earlier the large number of passive consumers buying computers way more powerful computationally than what the typical consumer needs, was subsidizing the cost of computers for the few who actually need that much of computational power. Now the passive consumers are buying simpler devices needing less computation and more connectivity. We can expect coders like us can expect our hardware to get more expensive, like the old line of unix workstations like micro-vaxes or sun-solaris or hp-ux or SG-Iris.
Remember this folks, when you are pushing for complete free markets, trial lawyers and courts are the only form of defense against the big players. And once the government has been shrunk small enough to be drowned in a bath tub, will the courts have any power to enforce judgements?
Look at how toothless SEC is against powerful traders. That would exactly be the situation in the libertarian paradise where everyone acts anyway they want, and any harm they cause would have to be proved in court and compensation claimed. In that world taxes are so low and the Government would be so powerless and the courts would be so overloaded, the common man will have absolutely no protection. That is the side most libertarians refuse to see.
Do you wonder what happened after all the Atlases shrugged, ditched the world of moochers and moved to Galt's Gulch? The biggest Atlas there called himself Zeus and screwed all of them.
Same way, we need to get SAE or some such body, at least nominally independent from the car makers, to specify the interface and the dock and the functions that will be handled by the attached tablet or smartphone.
It is particularly irritating to buy a brand new BMW and then find out their mp3 player can not play my files from the thumb drive and has so many issues pairing with blue tooth phones. Google Nexus 4 is not in the "approved list of phones" for a 2014 model year SUV. It is inexcusable. All the computers (mac, win, android, sansa), smartphones, tablets play these tracks correctly. But BMW claims the files are not strictly standard compliant so it is not their fault they don't play.
If any one of you are planning to buy a BMW, take your own phone and a thumbdrive full of your mp3 tracks. Make sure it plays for at least 20 minutes in the car before you sign the papers. But when the car forgets the pairing after three days, or when the mp3 track issues show up after five tracks, it is difficult to test. Just stay away from BMW.
Forget the belches and farts, cowshit has enough methane. It is far easier to sweep all the solid waste from the cow to retention ponds, cover it with a plastic sheet and collect the methane. It reduces odor pollution, gets methane fuel, and produces non-smelly organic fertilizer. But alas, now that natural gas prices has fallen to through the floor due to fracking, there is no incentive to do it for fuel. Organic fertilizer and odor pollution abatement are the only incentives for this now.
Oh, yeah someone will tell me I am doing documentation wrong. How come "you are not doing agile right" is a valid response but "you are not doing watefall right" is not?
Or we can speak into a smart phone, use an app to convert it to text, send it via SMS, the receiving app will use a synthesizer to read it out aloud. If the receiving phone has stored the profile of your voice, the receiver can actually hear the sender's voice, on a phone, no less! Oh, wait, some already did this. It is called What's App.
...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.