7) For the industrial revolution plenty of freely available energy had to be lying around near the surface - ie coal. You can't melt iron with wood fires.
And we only had coal because when trees first appeared, there happened to be nothing around that could digest them, so they just piled up, got buried and eventually became coal. However, it's not a complete show stopper since you can make charcoal from wood which does burn hot enough for melting iron.
The mechanization of agriculture didn't result in 76% unemployment
It did for the horses. We are the horses now.
Mainly you can tell they are not socialist by the fact they are (a) permissive, and (b) happy - neither the sign of socialism at work (as well know all too well from countless historical examples, socialism and totalitarianism go hand in hand).
I think you may be confusing socialism with communism. Communism and totalitarianism have often gone hand in hand, not socialism and totalitarianism.
I've noticed in political debates in the US that the term "Socialism" is often used in such a negative way that it seems that they really mean Communism. It's quite bizarre.
The American dream is the idea that anyone with humble beginnings can rise up and become a success, perhaps a billionaire or president etc. There is however a name for this phenomenon. It's called social mobility and is quite measurable. The US has an absolutely terrible social mobility. Ironically, if you want the "American Dream" you will need to move to a more socialist country like Denmark, or perhaps more conveniently, right next door to Canada.
Boston Dynamics is lightyears ahead of this little robot
From what I've read, Boston Dynamics may have been misrepresenting the success of their robots via editing. A bit like someone filming themselves throwing a basketball over their shoulder and then uploading the 1 successful attempt out of 200 attempts. A soon as their bipedal robot was put to a live test at the Darpa competition, it seemed to be falling all over the place even on flat ground. This is sure to have rung alarm bells at google.
This article springs to mind. http://www.popularmechanics.co...
We really need to see long unedited videos of any new robots in action to have any confidence in their reliability.
Using a fingerprint for authentication is like using one unchangeable password for every system. Bad practice!"
A password you also leave imprinted on anything you touch.
It was a horrible mess, everything had to be re-written to be compatible because it was really an entirely new language. Developers were left in the lurch
I worked for a company with large amounts of VB6 code, certainly over a million dollars worth of developer time. The company simply could not afford to do a rewrite. I still can barely believe that Microsoft would screw so many businesses by doing that.
I vividly remember everyone gathering around as I used the project conversion wizard to convert from VB6 to VB.NET. I knew it wouldn't really work due to fundamental differences in the languages, but I felt we had to go through the motions. We sat there and watched the estimated time of completion climb and climb and climb. Eventually I think it just crashed.
At the time we had a big meeting and I tried to convince the company that we should move away from Microsoft technologies to avoid similar pain in the future. However, such is the "Gravitational Pull" of Microsoft products, we ended up sticking with them.
Of course, if there had been a compatible rival product (some kind of Borland VB) then it would have been much harder for Microsoft to abandon the language. This could be an issue if they try to abandon