Well, until we see the actual NDA terms, I'm going to have to disagree. I'm a dev and have gotten pre-release hardware and signed NDA's on them, and not a SINGLE ONE EVER said ANYTHING about not tearing the device apart. Apple probably never even considered this. Notice in Apple's statement how wishy-washy the EXCUSE they gave for terminating their account. They had to make up some way that they had violated the NDA to punish them for breaking an unwritten rule of pre-release hardware.
And what country/city are you referring to? I know it's not Mexico as it has a higher gun-death rate than the US. If you're talking about Canada, it's not quite one fifth the rate as the US, so if you're in Canada, you're probably comparing a tiny town to a major city. Also, 16 deaths in one day means you cherry picked one major bad day in a major city simply because it makes your town look even better.
Also, gun control laws in Canada aren't THAT much different than the US and have been made more lax in the last few years.
You think that's bad? I spent a month in a cable telemarketing center trying to sell the Disney Channel. Even worse, they were only allowing us to call people who had been disconnected for non-payment of service. So we were expected to talk someone into paying their bill, getting reconnected, and then buying the Disney Channel on top of all that. I think back on that month as "my month in hell". Being a CABLE company, there was NO truth in anything they wanted us to say... other than eventually they'd be billed for the Disney Channel.
Well, yes, that's very true. If your accident involves temperatures AND pressures approaching that of the center of the sun, fusion may still pose a problem. ;)
And yes, DIRECTLY powering a vehicle via fusion probably won't be for a LONG time (may require room temp superconductors). Much more likely is using fusion power to make electricity to charge battery-powered electric cars, or to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for PERFECTLY CLEAN combustion engines, or fuel cells in electric cars as opposed to batteries.
You mean fission. Fusion is PERFECT for powering things that frequently are involved in accidents, because unlike in the movies, when you lose cooling, fusion simply quits; when you lose containment, fusion just quits; if you accidentally feed too much fuel, fusion simply quits; if you breech the core, fusion just quits. It's FREAKING HARD to keep fusion going! Which is good for those times when you don't want it going... like when it's spread across six lanes of freeway after an accident. You also don't have lots of radioactive fuel all over everywhere, which is the problem with fission reactors and vehicles.
There IS a balance in nature - it's called "death". Animals will strip the landscape bare until there's nothing to eat, then die of starvation. Herbivores as well as carnivores. Insects are particularly bad about stripping the ground bare. That's why locusts have been a feared plague for millennia.
Actually, given the license accompanying many professional cameras, the manufacturer of the camera probably has the best claim to the photo. We saw stories some time back here on TD about how several companies were claiming partial (or more) rights to anything you took with their cameras.
This should win Most Insightful Comment of the YEAR. How can the vast majority of politicians go to the movies or watch the history channel without recognizing themselves as the villain? It almost seems like most ARE watching... with a notebook and taking notes. "Ooooh - that Hitler guy had some great ideas!"
While you have no choice in water or electricity, at least you GET THEM, and at a price you can live with. As a non-utility, the duopolists feel free to ignore large sections of the country because they can, and jack the prices up ever higher, again, because they can. Even if there was a provider of a 25M connection in my city, I couldn't afford it given the current broadband provider pricing.