I'm not sure if the author of the article is actually a moron who can't shop and also a complete racist, or smart enough to realize his article would have no readers without putting in a culturally ignorant title, but I'd like to know where the hell he has been shopping in SF.
First of all, you can get black duck eggs damn near everywhere. I can get them in Fremont, Sunnyvale, or Cupertino, California at a variety of locations (Lions, 99Ranch, etc.), and I'm PRETTY sure you'd be able to find it in one of the biggest Chinatowns this country has to offer.
Hell I live in Madison, Wisconsin now and I'm 10 minutes (walking distance) away from a run down Chinese grocery outlet the size of a 7-11 that sells black duck eggs, and two out of the three crappy fast-food only takeout restaurants here serve porridge with black duck eggs.
To use decades old "cultural insight" that black duck eggs are a "Chinese Delicacy" without realizing that within the last two decades foods and goods Chinese people have only heard about in stories have become commonplace items not only in China, but also internationally as exports, is just pathetic.
But I guess there really was no other way to emphasize the ridiculously commonplace adage--that the human link is the weakest in security--without resorting to making ridiculous and dated cultural assumptions.
It's alright that he's not too good with cultures and people I guess. I mean, he's Russian after all, they're only good at math and physics.
where does that leave the future revenue source of the US?
Same as if it does; you assume such IPR wouldn't be made and owned by non-US interests as well. In reality there's little reason to expect such production wouldn't follow the pattern of other manufacturing.
Fundamentally, IPR is equivalent to any other taxation form; stronger protection and enforcement for IPR is equivalent to raising taxes. Depending on where the money goes taxes may or may not serve their purpose well, but they rarely make the economy more competitive.
When the complexity of a system grows, it becomes more unstable. No shit.
The thing is, people don't want a toaster-like PC which can only do one thing; they want a machine that can do hundreds or thousands of things with the reliability of a machine that only does one. It's simply not possible.
Many years ago my Dad took me to the Stockyards in Fort Worth Texas, he showed me some tall brick buildings where they used to slaughter cattle.
They would walk the cattle up stairs in a building eight stories tall, and then kill them, the parts of the cow would then be placed on an unpowered assembly line that ran in the opposite direction and was moved by the potential energy of the cow's weight pulling it down the sloped assembly line.
It's a matter of logic, not language. VB.net isn't the issue. It's now so close to C#, that it might as well *be* that. It's certainly no easier, or harder, for that matter.
The most useful "programming" course I took, other than algorithms and data structures was symbolic logic. I'll bet that this course would be a fairly accurate predictor of who passes and who fails in programming.
Why can't I enjoy both types of films?
1. The notions that adventure games disappeared because people are dumb, was false all the time. The adventure games market was actually a growing market when it got dumped by the publishers. There never was as much as a dip in sales, it went up each year... then nearly went extinct.
Adventure games went extinct because they are, to put it bluntly, a horrible game format. At each and every point of the game you're trying to guess how the adventure maker wants this puzzle to be solved. You (usually) can't use common sense, you (usually) can't use real-world problem-solving, you (never) can't use creativity; you simply have to guess what to do in order for the game to process.
Ever played nethack?
The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad