Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy
A lot of fundamental ideals of the USA are founded on the notion that what you have, make, or build belongs to you, and that you're entitled to the sweat of your brow with the overseeing government being entitled to only the bare minimum of it in order to provide public services and remain functional. Under that notion, you're free to do what you want with your property without fear or concern of it being subjected to the confiscation of the government for arbitrary reasons, simply because it feels entitled. What is yours is yours and can be distributed to friends, family, the poor, or whatever you wish. What the OP is arguing for is in defense of those kinds of ideals, to keep government hands out of private and individual pockets. Now, this notion has been adapted, adjusted, played with, tweaked, circumvented, or regarded as outdated in a "modern" society by numerous others of the last several generations, but the original intent and arguments still stand. Whether they bear further scrutiny or discussion is another matter, but that's the heart of why the estate tax is believed to be ridiculous by some.
Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP
Must not be so high up there that the joke goes over your head :).
NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day
I'm curious - I'm following the releases, but was curious where and how the releases are occurring - did Snowden release huge archives to the web and they're slowly being sifted and sorted through by interested parties, or are these being slowly released by people holding what Snowden released?
Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings
What are the advantages of ceramic engines? This is the first I've heard of them, and it sounds interesting. I'm off to the Wiki, but insight appreciated!
Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU
It stands to reason that it makes a sound that no knows...
Private Mars One Mission Contracts Lockheed For Exploratory Mission
Uninformed question here, but do they post the designs and technologies in the rovers for the public, or are they classified to any extent? I would think that once you've built one rover, that you could build and deploy a dozen for not *too* much more extra cost. Do those designs enter the public domain once the mission is complete? It would be great to have a portfolio of existing technologies that have proven to work on lunar or Martian environments and mass produce them for launch.
Black Death Predated 'Small World' Effect, Say Network Theorists
Have you got any good readings you can recommend on the subject =)?
Dataland: the Emerging Dystopia
Not when you post as an AC ;)...
BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company
The desire to change the world, to make an impact, to work for yourself, to work with competent people and see ideas come to life have nothing to do with it, right?That's why they're prepared to *spend* $5B to reacquire the company they built. Money's a nice motivator and a great reward, but it is far, far from the only reason why someone might do something like this, especially with such a huge upfront investment. Come back when you've built something of your own.
3mm Inexpensive Chip Revolutionizes Electron Accelerators
Inquiring mind here, but are there any interesting gadgets or household revolutions that we foresee on the horizon, if this sort of tech is commonly available?
GameFly Scores In Longstanding DVD Mailing Complaint
There's plenty of cases where a well-regulated monopoly performs better than independent competition, usually when there's a particular resource in question that needs to be exploited or perform at a consistent level, and plenty of circumstances arise where you'd rather that control not be a purely profit-driven organization.
Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP
Careful - expiring copyright upon death might yield an incentive to kill the author so their works can be profited from. Stranger things happen every day, and there's probably a good reason to keep some measure of timeframe for expiration after death, even if the current 70-100 years is too long.
At Current Rates, Tesla Could Soon Suck Up Worldwide Supply of Li-Ion Cells
Good thing those patents expire and become public domain in the long run, then. While there's a technology curve that you're ultimately behind due to patent enforcement, all it can do is postpone the release of competitor's projects, and they've done a wonderful job of laying out the work and research to figure out why it's useful and how it can be applied. Waiting twenty one years isn't necessarily the worst thing in the world when it comes to development.
Former Cal State Student Gets Year In Prison For Rigging Campus Election
"That would be impressive, except if you would have known what you were looking for, you would have seen it written on my dorm room window."
Confirmed: F-1 Rocket Engine Salvaged By Amazon's Bezos Is From Apollo 11
A fun anecdote to this - I have an uncle who works at NASA and he said that the engineers of today were trying to figure out how the engineers of the Apollo program had solved a particular kind of problem. No documentation existed, and no one still working there had been part of the original program, so they had to go over to their own space museum to tear apart a section of the rocket to see how they'd done it. There's a lot of experiential knowledge that comes with actually solving problems, rather than just using someone else's notes, and a lot of that kind of information was lost.
Arduino Enables a Low-Cost Space Revolution
I'm sure some Googling could find me some basics, but this would be a great chance to hear anecdotally from people who work on this stuff daily - how big of an issue is radiation and the hardening for circuits? What kinds of damage/effects are you having to counter, and how do you go about fixing it? There was a story floating around last month of the phone-based projects that are being launched. Are there certain zones or ranges in the magnetosphere where the radiation hits harder, or becomes a non-issue? And what's considered "good enough" when it comes to hardening?
Facebook Bug Exposed 6 Million Users
You have to admit, for all the Facebook bashing that happens, the fact that hacks, break-ins, and bugs of this nature are so uncommon, given that they're dynamically managing a userbase of a billion people, is an impressive task.
When break ins or bugs do occur, they happen in a very big and very bad way, as a single bug affects millions, and there's a lot of people I wouldn't want seeing my personal data. Most of us here seem to take the stance of locking down our Facebooks, keeping what's posted at a minimum, and generally keeping it at a distance with a ten foot pole, but there's admittedly very little respect for Facebook managing to be more or less secure from a technical standpoint. Now, their change deployment policy is god awful, but that's a different piece altogether...
Tesla To Build Its Own Battery-Swap Stations
There's been that talk of the mini nuclear reactors for a few years now, and a number of prototypes made to power neighborhoods. That's exactly the kind of distributed power generation that would make EV very attractive technology without straining the grid. It could make for a very interesting and effective pairing if either one ever became common enough to foster the growth of the other.
Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)
It's true that social networks and search engines were built or innovated on the shoulders of giants, but the important thing is not that they had to do something truly new in order to transform our lives - the innovation came from the lives of the users, not from the specific code technology implemented to produce it, and their effects were sweeping and permanently transformative in their nature.
15 years ago, we didn't have a way to instantly receive news tailored to our specific interests, keep in touch with people constantly anywhere in the world to the point that we might as well be right next door to them, automatically sync and permanently back up all of our digital photos, target our online searches to exactly what we wanted to find, or look up anything on anyone or any subject in seconds, especially without being tethered to a desktop. While Facebook is finding that they can't really expand past certain core areas of their offerings, the inherent use of what they've created is a thing that would not otherwise exist, and that *is* an invention. Many social networks since have tended to model themselves after Facebook's innovations, in the same way that MMORPGs all looked like EVE or WoW after their success.
They might not be amazing or particularly interesting technologies so much as impressive exercises in optimization, but they've certainly had such a radical effect on people all over the world that it should be considered an invention of sorts. We couldn't fully envision the scope of what a Facebook or Google could do to the world, and the world was both modeled after and changed by their existence. It would be foolish to say that they're done innovating on any of these counts.
Amazon Buys Sunlight Readable Color Display Company Liquavista
That's really not the same technology at all. That's an LCD screen. We're hoping for something that gets more than 8 hours of battery life, and something closer to the two months the Kindles can get.
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