US Air Force Launches Secret Flying Twinkie
Ok, so what? The shuttle goes fast and far, doesn't mean there cannot be a reusable orbital craft. Not to mention that 99.99999% of the 'far' is spent in almost no stress drifting around. It's nearly meaningless, even though it sounds impressive to the uneducated.
It's not exactly no stress. The shuttle's interior is pressurized while it's in a vacuum. Pressure = stress. It's tremendously critical that everything is absolutely airtight. While I agree that liftoff/re-entry are probably the most stressful parts of the mission, I think you are taking credit away from the amazing engineering that goes into the shuttle. Even if it is just "drifting around".
In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride"
Your analogy doesn't apply here. ISPs do in fact charge you more when you want to use more bandwidth (analogous to your bigger car).
In this case what's happening is (in a car analogy no less) that some new theme park opens which is very popular (YouTube), so more people start driving their cars on government owned roads to visit it (ISP pipes). The government is making the visitors (ISP clients) pay tolls to use the road (bandwidth), but now also wants to make the theme park owner (Google) pay for being so popular that many people want to visit them! Which is a bullshit argument since if the theme park wasn't there, no one would use the road to get to it which would mean no revenue for the government.
These greedy ISPs just want to profit off of Google's success.
More Water Out There — Ice Found On an Asteroid
Although it's an important discovery, the real importance lies on finding water on objects that we may one day need to live on. We're never going to set up facilities on an asteroid. But on a moon we certainly could, and finding water ice there would be significantly more revelatory.
By that logic, Galileo and other early astronomers who sought to explore space and discover distant planets were wasting their time. Since at that point in history getting into space was barely conceivable.
Exploration for the sake of exploration may seem pointless to you now, but knowledge about our universe is beneficial to the human race.
Amazon Caves On Kindle 2 Text-To-Speech
Amazon should not have caved to this ridiculous request. The final choice is with consumers, who should refuse to buy any book that they can't run through text-to-speech or any other device that enables them to use their purchase.
While I agree that Amazon should have told these guys to go fuck themselves, what they have actually done is a brilliant "carrot and stick" maneuver that will ultimately get them what they want:
1. Amazon gives in to the Guild's demand (the carrot), and will conveniently label those books on their site which prohibit TTS.
2. People who think the Authors Guild is a bunch of dicks can boycott the clearly-marked titles and purchase others.
3. Sales of TTS-prohibited books plummet (the stick).
4. Authors Guild realizes that their greed has actually cost them money, and reverses their decision.
There I corrected that for you.
Facebook's New Terms of Service
Ok now this is seriously annoying. If they claim they can use my content while I am a member then that's probably acceptable since you can choose to deactivate your account at any time. But forever? I mean this probably won't affect most users but how about people who'd like to showcase their artwork/photography or something to their friends and family? They can just take it and use it for commercial purposes without consent and if you currently have them on their servers you have no chance of opting out? I'm wondering if they gave any warning about this change, but since I'm a relatively active Facebook user and haven't noticed anything I doubt it. The shame is that most people won't even have a clue about this.
The One-Use, Self-Destructing DVD Returns
So you're saying that having a less-than-brilliant business model should be illegal? As in, Congress or state legislature should pass a law banning bad business ideas? If so you're just as screwed up as this FlexPlay crap. Ummm no that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that selling a product that renders itself useless after a set period of time for no apparent reason should be illegal. If I buy it, I own it, and if they want to govern how long I can use the product... well that's what rentals are for!