There are no more legal monopolies. However, thereís so little profit in laying a second set of lines just to get half of a townís customers that nobody bothers anyway.
The FCC tried requiring ISPs to lease their lines at reasonable rates, but gave up when they realized how difficult it was to enforce.
Personally, I think the solution may be to divest all the major ISPs of their lines (possibly allowing them to retain ownership of the spinoff via non-voting preferred stock or an equivalent structure).
Spy satellites can actually lower defense spending, by showing that thereís nothing to worry about from potential adversaries.
Definitely true that NASAís budget needs a huge increase, though. One survey suggested that people think NASA gets 20% of the federal budget, when it actually gets around 0.5% Ė down from a peak of over 4% during the Apollo programÖ Doubling it doesnít seem unreasonable with that perspective.
AFAIK, theyíre just seeing that youíre using the separate default tethering APN. So you can use an app that implements tethering on its own, rather than through the default API (PdaNet is apparently popular).
Hey, donít perpetuate the stereotype that all remakes are bad. The first film that comes to mind was the 2008 version of The Andromeda Strain from A&E, which was quite good (although if it was based more on the book rather than the first film, it might not count). For the sake of brevity, Iíll restrict myself to a particular genre for the rest of my examples: The remakes of The Thomas Crown Affair, Oceanís 11 and The Italian Job were all, if anything, better than the originals in my opinion.
To be sure, some films (Iím thinking of you, WarGames: The Dead Code) can just never live up to the originals. But some most certainly do.