Though Tuesday's statement does not mention these programmes by name, it says the extent of surveillance revealed by Snowden has challenged and undermined the right of all humans to "remain unobserved and unmolested" in their thoughts, personal environments and communications. "This fundamental human right has been rendered null and void through abuse of technological developments by states and corporations for mass surveillance purposes," the statement adds.
"A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space."
Demanding the right "for all people to determine to what extent their personal data may be legally collected, stored and processed", the writers call for a digital rights convention that states will sign up to and adhere to. "Surveillance is theft. This data is not public property, it belongs to us. When it is used to predict our behaviour, we are robbed of something else – the principle of free will crucial to democratic liberty."
There are a lot of issues with small autonomous aerial vehicles capable of handling weather, trees, power lines and so on to deliver your stuff. I did a crude back of the envelope on efficiency of a quadrotor design and the resulting propeller blade noise. These won't be quiet by any stretch of the imagination - loud at high frequency. Think of little flying electric leaf blowers visiting your neighborhood (not quite that loud, but still noisy) Of course communities that allow leaf blowers won't be able to regulate these based on noise..
There are a lot of issues with ebooks (DRM and incompatibility, fees to stores, and so on), but there are issues with the physical book world too. The government has been taking an anti-trust position against Apple's bookstore. There may well be merit based on collusion between publishers and Apple, but based on size the anti-trust position doesn't hold as Amazon is enormous by comparison.
Apple was big enough to force Amazon to dramatically increase the cut to the author to match Apple's. Also if the book is large, Apple offers a much better deal. some interesting comments here - I was surprised by Amazon's download volume charge. Of course having a book on Amazon's store gives access to a larger audience.
Amazon's initial author royalty was just 35%. To make $7,I'd need to sell my books for $20. It wasn't until Apple's looming arrival that Amazon upped that to 70%, matching the App Store. Amazon's 70% royalty, however, comes with a catch. Amazon also charges authors a "download fee". The fee is currently $ 0.15 per MB. With my 1GB sized media-rich books, my download fee would be $150 per book.
That's right. $150.
So to earn my $7, I would need to sell the book for $160 with $150 in delivery costs payable to Amazon and an additional $3 to Amazon for its cut of the royalty. Looking at this page, it looks as if Amazon has an option where they will waive the delivery cost if I agree to give them 65% of the sale. Both of these options are a raw deal for us authors.
Apple serves up my 1GB book and takes 30% of my sale. There is no wonky accounting and I get my $7 for every $10 book. Moreover, Apple earns that $3 by developing my publishing tool, keeping the lights on at the iBooks Store, and covering the cost of serving 1GB sized books to every customer.
A summary of several studies - I've have only skimmed, but it appears to have a lot of information on evs in the bay area. (4MB pdf and about 350 pages)
Bay Area Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan Contents
The Bay Area Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan is comprised of two parts: the Summary and the Background and Analysis. The Summary is a high level review of the Plan, while the complementary Background and Analysis contains more detailed information about key planning elements covered in the Summary. The numbered sections in the Summary correspond to the numbered sections in the Background and Analysis. Additionally, the Background and Analysis includes a glossary, a complete list of references, and appendices containing additional information that was used to develop the Plan. The following is an overview of the contents of the Plan:
Status of Plug-in Electric Vehicles in the Bay Area
Strategies to Accelerate Plug-in Electric Vehicle Adoption