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Comment: Re:Thought it was already the norm abroad (Score 1) 62

by dbIII (#49170433) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
This. Ten times over. A company I did some work for in 2001 had some reasonable technology for a mobile payment system (as did many others - back then people in Italy were apparently using a different system to pay for fuel at the pump with their phones) but with the banks as stakeholders you find they are not going to change anything unless there is obvious short term profit. As nearly 15 years has passed they are getting a few more senior people that are starting to see obvious gains from those new fangled mobile telephone thingies and other devices.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 176

by AK Marc (#49170105) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications
What country are you in? The LMGTFY link goes to, but the locality settings for Google will over-ride that, so your search from outside the USA will not give the results anyone going to would get. I got none of the links you mention. I got http://www.raisetheminimumwage... and

Yes, it was as easy as putting the quoted words in my post into Google.

Comment: Re:Secure is now illegal (Score 1) 171

In some places even a cartoon of an imaginary person counts as child porn and people have been jailed for such images.
Personally I think that's going too far and we should be worrying about crimes committed against children instead of being thought police. Go after child molesters first - there's been more effort going after Kim Dotcom by playing the child porn hosting card than going after a convicted child rapist like Polanski.

Comment: Re:Slight factual error (Score 1) 270

by dbIII (#49169883) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

You seem to think I "wasted" my time

Since I'd already addressed it before your post - most definitely.
All that time wasted on a throwaway aside that had already been pointed out as such AND SETTING ME UP AS A STRAWMAN instead of a productive discussion. A complete and utter waste of time that just makes you look like a vindictive child instead of whatever you really are. Let's just put that behind us and take what you've written about trains as read.

It should be noted that our electric light rail are almost all modern

Sorry to point this out again - but mass transit is an example of an industry that the USA just is not interested in dealing with apart from buying stuff from elsewhere (eg. importing German trams/light rail for that modern stuff) and my point was that many others are heading that way unless there is a focus on quality and/or technological progress instead of mere hope and greed. That's the only reason why I mentioned trains as an example. Can we get back to that point or do you want to continue going off on a tangent and pretending that I'm leading you there?

Comment: Re:Interesting idea, nasty downsides (Score 4, Interesting) 71

by AK Marc (#49169107) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown
I've worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies. All used spinning tape. And nearly everywhere I've worked has used tape. It's cheaper and easier to buy tapes. You sound like a salesman, but I've never seen the numbers work for an off-site storage, Tapes are cheaper than hard drive storage, and more controlable (having them physically stored where you want, restoring only what you want, good for lawsuits).

Comment: Re:Interesting idea, nasty downsides (Score 1) 71

by AK Marc (#49169055) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown
SSD for boot/OS/swap, and slow spinner for data gives 99% of the performance for 99% of people. And cheap spinners are much cheaper than cheap SSDs. Sadly, there was a time, 2-5 years ago when you could find laptops with spare mSATA slots, and a spinner in them. Put an SSD in the mSATA slot, and biggest drive possible in the spinner slot, and get huge storage for cheap cost.

Though, one of the ones I got then, had the mSATA already holding a 20GB SSD, set up as a cache for the slow spinner. It runs surprisingly well, especially if you run the same things repeatedly. 100% of the performance of SSD for 95% of what you do. And cheaper than the 256GB/1TB I am running in my laptop.

Comment: Re:Why stop at Operators? (Score 3, Interesting) 171

Why charge anyone? Civil forfeiture of all assets held by Intel, MS, and anyone associated with making any of the servers or owning any of the servers in this case. When civil forfeiture is used as broadly as used in the drug war, it would be ended quickly.

Comment: Re:Why is Israel not part of the NNPT? (Score 1) 49

by Ungrounded Lightning (#49167501) Attached to: Interactive Edition of the Nuclear Notebook

Because they didn't sign it.

Saying: "everyone who has them except Israel is allowed to keep them" is just plain wrong.

Which just might be why they didn't sign on - and part of why "Israel has had a policy of opacity regarding its nuclear weapons program."

Some things to remember about the NNPT:
  - Not every country in the world is a signatory.
  - Even signatories didn't permanently give up their right to develop nuclear weapons: By the treaty's own terms (section X(1)), they can drop out on three month's notice:

Article X

1. Each Party shall in exercising its national sovereignty have the right to withdraw from the Treaty if it decides that extraordinary events, related to the subject matter of this Treaty, have jeopardized the supreme interests of its country. It shall give notice of such withdrawal to all other Parties to the Treaty and to the United Nations Security Council three months in advance. Such notice shall include a statement of the extraordinary events it regards as having jeopardized its supreme interests.

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