synthesize gasoline out of e.g. coal
Where coal is cheap enough, it can be extremely profitable
It is however also the single largest point source of carbon dioxide in the world
... they managed to [loose] about 1% of the entire assets of the wanna-be bank.... Note to self: don't do business in SA.
The correct conclusion is that incompetent governments should not be involved in banking.
OpenStreetMap has an acceptable use policy, as opposed to limits. The sysadmins implement limits on an ad hoc basis to ensure that the servers are not overload.
The number of services from osm.org is however quite limited. For example no routing.
If you are serious about reducing fuel consumption and other forms of waste, it really makes sense to pay for the best service, be it Google Maps, OSM, NT or TA. Computing the best route between two points 20 kilometers apart is a fraction of a cent, even with the worst possible algorithm. The savings can however be many dollars.
Getting the antenna deployed is another matter. For example ICASA has serious corporate governance problems.
I live in South Africa and I regularly pick up high power WLANs in my neighbourhood. And I suspect many of them are used to carry CCTV signals or to bypass the expensive telecoms operators. The public is sympathetic to these cause. So compliance with government regulations will not be very high.
On sites like spoj.pl there are plenty of easy questions. It's a good way to learn the basics, like sorting, input and output, because the judge will test your program for all the possible newbie mistakes.
Unfortunately, there are very few judges that will force you to use certain libraries (STL, boost, etc) APIs or language features (e.g. inheritance).
I wonder if all those people who helped OpenStreetMap are aware that OpenStreetMap knows the exact location where they were when they collected the data.
On a few rare occasions I investigated a few OSM user names. For example Googling it and looking at where the first edits were made. Rarely is it possible to determine the residential or work address with any kind of accuracy. Even the nationality of some contributors cannot be determined accurately, considering global im/emigration. And I doubt the sys admins will bother to mine the extra data they have access to.
So OSM cannot go nearly as far as Google or Appel, even if they wanted to.
Personally I don't mind telling the world where I've been, but I'm not too keen to tell them where I'm going. http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Nic%20Roets/traces
These taxes and compulsory schemes were poorly designed and now the judicial system is being asked to make sense of the mess.
Most economists agree that a consumption tax combined with some state sponsored welfare system is far, far better.
Firstly, the infrastructure to measure traffic flow patterns is being created as we speak. Every smartphone with a GPS can act as a sensor.
The political will is there, largely due to the desire to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Authorities should try to disincentive drivers to drive when peaks are predicted. It may take the form of toll charges being continually adjusted or it may take the form of free parking. But even without them, a mere warning from their smartphone will lead some drivers to reschedule or reroute.
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