I just think our roads are engineered well
Far more people die in car accidents, for example, than terrorism. The level of fear is totally out of sync with the actual risks. I think of it this way - Just about seventy five years ago our grandfathers went to war against the Nazis. Many of them, I imagine were frightened. Sixty million people were killed, so they had good reason to be. But they were fighting for freedom, so they knew it was worth it. We want to give away that hard fought freedom because we are scarred of terrorism - but only 2,300 Americans have been killed from terrorism in fifty years!
And the icing the on the cake? The last ten years aren't even the worst years of terrorism - it was worse in the early 90s.
To give up the freedoms our grandparents fought for under such an enervated threat is cowardly. Our grand parents would be ashamed.
Here in the UK, bread already is made centrally using the ghastly Chorleywood Process. As a consequence our bread is almost universally tasteless and unpleasant - even many of the 'artisan' bakeries have no idea how to make decent bread. Its depressing to see how good bread can be when I take trips to see family/work in continental Europe.
You'd think Google could've gotten Apple to agree to patent detente...
Hell would freeze over before Apple would agree to that.
I think you've got a bit confused - John Lewis operates as a partnership. That is, all members of staff (except the cleaners!) are partners and have a say in how the company is run.
That is quite different from investors/early adopters funding a fledgling business.
I can't help but think that the current series of Reith Lectures presented by the Professor Neil Ferguson is pertinent here.
The lectures are quite long at about an hour each, and there are only three of the final four available so far, but it is worth the taking the time to listen to what he has to say. If you are short of time, skip to the third episode where he explains that the rule of law has become the rule of lawyers and why this is bad for the economy.
In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982