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Comment: Re: The Moral? (Score 1) 92

by Kasar (#47437093) Attached to: Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners
We have SEH and some others growing silicon in the US, though the profits go to the parent company.
US manufacturing seems to interest Asian companies more than any US ones, they exited the US in the 80s/90s and invested heavily overseas. Even Foxconn of suicidal worker fame has been talking about opening US facilities.

Comment: Re:So they don't have to ask the NSA (Score 1) 204

by Kasar (#47387379) Attached to: New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country
It sounds like a government imposition of a policy many companies have resorted to with increased privacy laws and liabilities to companies for protecting data. It was known pre-Snowden that anything stored on cloud servers which included one in the US was subject to warrantless perusal by US authorities, so some providers made an avoidance of US mirrors a marketing point.

Comment: Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (Score 1) 59

by Kasar (#47240231) Attached to: Netflix Shutters Its Public API
Their licensing is off and on all the time, a movie you can stream today might seem to vanish from existence next week without a word and reappear sometime in the future when it's relicensed. Their search system used to take you to those pages to see that the movie is not available, then they stopped doing that so now the only time you see a movie page that isn't currently available is when doing ratings. If you don't see it, you won't miss it seems to be their angle.

It mostly means they're a really bad place for information about movies or what actors have done.

Comment: Re:Caps Are Definitely Coming (Score 2) 475

by Kasar (#47008631) Attached to: Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years
Comcast has a lot of options for its customers. StreamPix is a wannabe competitor against Netflix, and is conveniently integrated in their X1 service so doesn't count against any cap they decide to impose.
Just drop Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and whatever else you have and go with theirs, then you can use your internet cap for other things. It makes a lot of sense, to Comcast Marketing.

Comment: Re:enforce existing laws? (Score 1) 490

They aren't required to be licensed, they don't have plates to identify the bicycle that blew through the light and cut off the 18-wheeler, so unless there's a cop right there, nothing happens. A ticket given to a person without a driver's license doesn't really matter either, no insurance rates to worry about and only tracked if the person's checked for warrants later.

Comment: Re:Not causing headaches, preventing companies fro (Score 1) 62

by Kasar (#46911833) Attached to: VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video
There are many books a government might want their citizens to avoid, such as ones that encourage "to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them".
Documents like the DoI and books written by like-minded people could give people ideas that could be dangerous to our government.

Comment: Who needs food banks? (Score 1) 440

by Kasar (#46618545) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill
It seems nobody has seen what putrid stuff food banks have to sift through. Some companies will "donate" anything they can't sell, like leaking cans and food with obvious mold. The food banks can't do anything with it either, but they are routinely dealing with potentially substandard food products.

I assumed the story would be something related to federal peanut farm subsidies that have remained ever since the peanut crisis when Carter was in office. Between diversion of food to energy products and $500 million paid annually to farmers to NOT grow peanuts, the government is the more common reason for any shortages.

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