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Comment: Re:They will either change their mind (Score 2) 183

by Bearhouse (#48572915) Attached to: Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

Or they'll double-down and use the subsequent tanking of their sites as "proof" for the EU Gov that Google is an "unfair monopoly".

How could this play out?
Step one : We poor, highly-taxed Europeans will be asked to dip once again into our empty pockets, this time to fund a bunch of over over-paid bureaucrats while they "investigate" Google,
Step two: They'll recommend that we subsidise a state-sponsored European alternative to Google, which will fail.

Don't laugh - they're mad enough to try it.

Comment: Say no, nobody listens... (Score 1) 186

by Bearhouse (#48434745) Attached to: It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Sure, people at all levels should be encouraged to say "no" if other things are wrong too; for example choice of architecture, data model, choice of development environment, language or database...

Unfortunately, I've seen too many projects where people - including me - said "no" very loudly on these and similar issues and...were ignored.

Hilarity ensued.

Comment: Re:Short answer ... (Score 1) 173

by Bearhouse (#48425833) Attached to: US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

"I can't wait until some foreign court rules that all of some American official's stuff should be siezed because he's been tried in absentia for war crimes."

Well, to this and other points above about trying Bush et al., there's a reason why the USA - together with other shining examples of democracy such as China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Israel etc. - have NOT signed up to the ICC

Do as I say, not how I do

Comment: Re:If they're going literal.... (Score 1) 251

by Bearhouse (#48324267) Attached to: Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

"Yes, I'm sure that when they sat down to formulate legislative regulations on corporate finance records, they thoroughly intended that it be used for punishing fishermen who caught undersized fish."

No - for catching undersized fish, the fishermen would have got away with a fine.
But they were dumb / dishonest enough to tamper with evidence, which is another offense entirely.
(Although asking for 2 years in jail seems excessive...)

Comment: "Prosaic" initial goal? (Score 3, Insightful) 96

by Bearhouse (#48204605) Attached to: What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

Make a rocket at least 10 times cheaper than is possible today.

Hardly "prosaic"; Sounds pretty damn ambitious to me.
OK, they had access to some of the body of knowledge so expensively won by the Germans, USA, Russians et al, but they're still privately funded, developed in-house a working product that's much, much cheaper than the competition and employ nearly 4000 people.

Like Musk or not, he made it work so far.

Comment: Have they proved the root cause? (Score 1) 97

by Bearhouse (#47710993) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

Yup, that old /. chestnut; correlation != causation.
Maybe they just "proved" that some firms invest less when they realise they don't know how to do innovation / R&D.

In any serious organisation these days, spending serious money on R&D, there's a multi-layered approach to all this, ranging from building portfolio of defense/attack/trade patents (Google buying Motorola phone division), (or joining a group who does), through researching prior art to finally building a attacking others (think Apple vs. Samsung).

You could say that that's the real "tax on innovation", since it's far more costly than the impact of a few "trolls" (defined as someone who holds a patent for the sole purpose of using it to attack others)

Comment: Re:Forget the Purple Hearts (Score 2) 359

by Bearhouse (#47693673) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Indeed. While you're at it, you can produce some for us (the "West").
I'm no leftie nutjob, but you've got to admin that the a lot of such problems are historically down to us...Africa, Middle East...)
We brought technology without knowledge - if we had spent as much time educating these people over the centuries as we had killing and exploiting them, well, maybe things would be better.
As it stands, this thing spreading out of control is just a short flight away...

Comment: Power grids are complex, fragile and expensive (Score 1) 442

by Bearhouse (#47693639) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Other posts have covered most of why this (interesting) idea won't work. Here's another - grids and grid management systems around the world are already struggling to cope with the current setup, mainly due to years of under-investment.
Feed-in problems are not trivial; (causing more grid management issues), "green" sources of energy are expensive and tend to be in the wrong places...
I'm all for "alternative" energy, but is everyone prepared to invest the bazillions required to do it properly, and live with the massive price increases that would require?

It is much harder to find a job than to keep one.