Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice
With all due respect, it's not stupidity. They know exactly what they are doing.
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These satellites are in low earth orbit, which means they're in the shadow of the earth for much of the night. This means that the window of observation will shrink some, but it's hardly terminal. This really an inconvenience, more than anything... and no more inconvenient than the moon blocking views for 1/2 a month every month... give or take. I'm a wide-field astro guy and i'm not at all worried about ole Musky's constellation.
This definitely shrinks the viewing window for astronomers, but it doesn't eliminate it. Once the low earth orbit satellites are in the shadow of the earth, they really won't be a problem. The question in my head, is it worth it? I mean, do we actually care if terrestrial astronomers' views are obstructed by an extra hour or two each night, in exchange for the whole planet has access to megabit internet? Seems like a fair trade to me, and I'm one of those guys that loves taking astro-photos and time lapses on eq mounts which nearly cost me my marriage. Then again, my livelihood is not based on making up fanciful stories about planets revolving around stars we'll never resolve on more than 1 pixel...because, you know, because diffraction limits and all that.
At work, I don't are about anyone's sexual orientation. It's none of my business. My religious beliefs, are none of anyone else's business. What any of us do in our bedrooms, is none of anyone else's business. Why am I forced to change my language because someone declares their sexual-anything? Why aren't they forced to change their appearance because it offends me? It's equally logical, in that it's all completely illogical. I'll just do what I've always done and just treat people the way I'd like to be treated, with a bit of kindness and empathy, and go on about my day, blissfully ignorant to all the new gender pronouns. If you get stark raving apeshit crazy mad because I say he instead of she, you have a problem, not me. I care that you're angry, not that you're sexual identity is... whatever the hell you want it to be.
What about radioactive decay? Sure, one can readily know the average, but what any particular isotope decays into is still unpredictable. Similarly, if you create a truly rand string of numbers, randomly chosen from 1-10, you will also know the average over time. Thus a random string correlated to radioactive decay should be possible.
This reminds me, I need to put AI on my resume...
If AI is so smart that it can establish trends describing how racism, sexism, etc change in our language, then it can predict them into the future, and whatever that data is being used for should account for that. The racist forecaster...
I agree too. It sounds like he's trying to reduce the level of regulation by the FCC, which I generally agree with. The problem is that the ISP's are basically monopolies using their market share to influence policy and restrict competition. Just ask Google how hard it is to get a permit in Atlanta, GA when Comcast has the ear (and wallets) of those that grant the permits. They're giving up. You don't solve one problem by creating 10 more, and I think that's what the "internet" is afraid of. If you take away the regulation of the ISP's, they're afraid Comcast (who doesn't give a shit about customers) will run amuck and restrict access to content. They already throttle the heck out of sites... but so does Google. No easy answer here.
Corporations and politicians alike have one thing in mind at all times, their bottom dollar. They don't give a rat's ass about you, me or any individual citizen or right we so barely maintain. That goes for Google, FCC, Trump, Obama, insert company / politician here. They don't care about you, they just want your vote or your dollar (which is really the same thing).
Wait, can I, as an IT consultant that does 90% of my work remotely, set up a corporation in Ireland, move there, and only pay 12.5% tax? Because with just an LLC in 'Murica, I pay 50%, right off the top (35% income tax and 15% "self-employment tax" which is FICA and other crap)... there are ways to mitigate some of that... like form an s-corp and pay about 1/2 your income in dividends... that gets you to around 35% of your money going to income tax, without ruffling the IRS's feathers too much. But still, 12.5% is WAAAAY better... then again, you guys have VAT... bleh.
Speaking of tucked away and not newsy enough...The Japanese did this years ago... from wikipedia: " In November 2005, it landed on the asteroid and collected samples in the form of tiny grains of asteroidal material, which were returned to Earth aboard the spacecraft on 13 June 2010."
What I imagine your facebook looks like:
As a business owner, I stay the hell away from Facebook, despite its potential to reach customers. Not having control over a part of my business scares the crap out of me.
... grab your ankles... I don't walk around naked in the street, because my genitals are private. I don't want MS collecting data on what I'm doing on my computer... not because what I'm doing is illegal... it's JUST PRIVATE! And I value that. I sincerely hope that update has not installed, and I will not be updating Win7 in the near future. I wish Adobe CC worked on linux... i'd never touch windows ever again.
Cool tech! Looks promising! Talk to me when I can buy them on Amazon... we all know the huge need for higher energy density in batteries... and we all know everyone wants to be first to the prize... and we've all read the click-bait-headlines... none of us can buy this new tech yet... it'll probably become available when when Star Citizen is finally released... which is shortly after cold fusion becomes a viable power source.
Having traveled with many a flash drive full of work photos, i've never thought twice about hauling 2 or 3 TB of work through an airport in a Pelican case. Not once have I had a card or drive damaged by scans. I've dropped a few, sat and stepped on a couple, but x-rays and gamma rays really are the least of your concerns.
Why is it so hard for people to admit they simply don't know? Oh yeah, big grant money isn't given if all your research shows no correlation... no no... you have to tell a convincing story for those big contracts... and if you don't follow through... you don't get another one. So yeah, I can see the motivation to "cook the books" or interpret data in a way that gets you paid. There is HUGE money in global warming, and whether you "believe" or "deny" it, you should acknowledge that and the possible motivations for people to write and say what they say. I'm a skeptic, and I follow the money when science gets fuzzy... hasn't failed me yet.
How long before an "auto"-update undoes what you do to the registry to stop the "reporting home"? I was wondering why this was free... now we know. Frankly, I don't mind selling some of my data for advertising, etc. But when they have access to ALL of my data, my spidey sense tingles... then i read that awesome Reg article about government spying on us... and... well... i think I'll stay with 7 for a bit longer...
I just want to double click on an icon to run the program I want to run, and I want to be able to easily manage a little bit of data... i.e. choosing where to install things and where my music, photos, and work files get placed... how hard is that? Windows 7 works great for that.... what in the hell could windows 10 have to offer me? I really do not want to have to watch 10 hours of youtube videos just to figure out how to change a network setting or find a file i just downloaded... windows 10 (and 8) are just a huge waste of time...
This is true, in a personal relationship, but when it comes to business, firing someone that is under performing or demanding more money than they're "worth" is hardly the act of a heartless "sociopath". It just makes sense. Maybe I'm a heartless jerk, but if my company's livelihood was on the line, and that of the many employees, I'd make the same decision on principle. He sticks to his guns, and that kind of discipline often rubs people the wrong way.