Silly rabbit, there you go thinking again. Did I say they chose? No, I said social, meaning their homosexuality was caused by social pressures instead of biological imperatives. I am sure there are some that 'chose' to be that way, just the majority of them are that way because of imprinting or other social pressures.
Good, entertaining read. I get the impression it was sanitized a great deal, because I was sorely disappointed with the lack of technical meat-n-potatoes.
For instance, the author totally glossed over how they recovered the data from his encrypted storage at the end. Was the PC left on and the screen not locked? Cold boot attack? Brute force? Hell, they didn't even specify exactly which crypto software was used.
He fell asleep while he left his servers on. So they simply siphoned the keys from memory. He used some proprietary Israeli made encryption software and FreeBSD, but it didn't matter because everything including Truecrypt keeps your keys in memory when mounted.
Even if his server was off, they could have broken into his safehouse and sabotaged the unencrypted bootloader. Only defense against this is use OpenBSD 5.3 which allows booting from fully encrypted drives, or keep your unencrypted boot partition on a usb stick you carry around.
Sildenafil (Viagra) was developed to treat hypertension and angina. It had little effect, but was found to assist with maintaining erections, so it was further developed for that purpose. Later it was discovered to be effective for pulmonary hypertension and is approved for that use, as well.
The 19th and 20th centuries has seen a lot of improvements. It's clear that thing continue to improve in a lot of domains, but it is not clear that it accelerates. IMO 1995-2005 has major impacts compared to 2005-2013.
In my opinion nothing can beat the beginning of 20th century. Cars, airplanes, phones, television, radio - all that originated (or have been widely adapted) one hundred years ago. Internet and smartphones are inventions from the last 20 years, before that I can't think about any inventions that drastically changed our every day life.
Well, no. The article does not mention the Internet. It talks about the web.
The article is very well-meant and sincere. It is also vapid, vague, and shows no actual direction for a possible future. And it blames "technology" for the current disparity of wealth. Welcome to HN. This kind of crap is posted too often imho.
I'll agree that the article is of very poor quality.
"Maybe we need to grant more university degrees. Maybe we need more PhDs. Maybe we need more government workers. Maybe we need more subsidies. Because, you know, 40-hour jobs is what we had so it must be what we will have. But nobody, it seems, can conceive a world where most of us work far less for money than we do now. "
What on earth is he talking about? It's hard to say whether he thinks more people at university is right or wrong - but 'conceiving of a world where most of us work far less for money' - a very naive understanding of what work and money is.
The key to working less is more productivity. But a funny thing happens when productivity increases. Instead of people accepting the same standard of living and working fewer hours, most people will opt for working the same amount of hours and increase their standard of living.
Many blurry-thinkers see this as some type of evil that must be stopped, when in reality it is the concious choice that many people make. It's not right or wrong, it just is.