Re: "... and next on the agenda it looks like we have a vegan with their presentation, 'Eating Death: The Balance Between Meat and Veggies' "
Actually, it's worse.
Because privacy is part of security, but surveillance is counter to it.
We can make technology secure for everyone, or we can make it insecure for everyone, so everyone can spy. And with insecure technology, we're opening up our infrastructure to attack, not just from out own spooks, but from everybody else.
We can't choose a world where the US gets to spy but China doesn't, or even a world where governments get to spy and criminals don't. We need to choose, as a matter of policy, communications systems that are secure for all users, or ones that are vulnerable to all attackers. It's security or surveillance.
Actually, books in electronic form are way too expensive.
Because they somehow took the paper version as a price-model, which works completely different.
With E-books, there's a (rather low) price where you can sell such a lot that your profits will be much higher than if you sold at the much higher price near the paper version. I'd guess this "sweet" price where you can make the most profit would be around $1-$4; depending a bit on the book. But it won't be even NEAR $10, let alone $12 or $15, except for the most popular and anticipated new books.
Both of those concepts that have been default (or at least common) in the *nix world for decades. If MS is finally getting its head out of its ass and at least trying to do things the right way, that's a win, imo.
Google should have written its own APIs, even if they performed identically to the Java APIs.
Then they are the same. They wrote libraries, by themselves, without copying the inner workings. And in order to be compatible to Java programs, they NEED to provide the same APIs. "perform identically" with regards to APIs means "are exactly the same".
But since they only covered a part of Java, and didn't base it on the Java source, they needed to rename it for trademark reasons.
"Why is it not possible to live in a country with 2nd amendment rights AND not have mass shooting all the time?"
I really have no idea. Especially if I compare this to other countries with huge amounts of firearms available to people, like Greenland, Canada, Switzerland.
As for shootings in general, there seems to be one big factor, that's sadly not visible in the statistics: Handguns versus rifles. All the other countries with a high firearm proliferation have very little handguns available. Most of the guns are shotguns and rifles.
But mass shootings? You'd expect them to be mostly done with long guns, and people in the USA don't have a lot more of those than people in other countries; but mass shootings still are not as common as in the USA. Maybe it's a cultural thing...
Including the lie that the CIA was using vaccinations as a cover-up to get DNA samples. A lie that's now leading to a huge problem in Pakistan and Afghanistan because people believe vaccinations in general to be a CIA plot.