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Comment Re:unique id (Score 1) 214

The 40 million figure is misleading. After working with SSNs, I can tell you that it's mostly not the Social Security Administration accidentally issuing the same number to multiple people. The numbers are associated with multiple people because someone has chosen to use someone else's number fraudulently.

Comment Fighting Gamers (Score 2) 119

I've followed the tournament Fighting Game scene for a few years now, and it seems like there is a lot of crossover of the top tier players. They seem to exclusively play fighting games, but of course the top tier players are certainly only a small subset of the purchasers/players. Considering how visible they are, I wonder if the marketers think that's how all genres work?

Comment Repo Men (Score 1) 72

Currently there are vehicle repo men who us video license plate readers. They work for private lenders and/or dealerships, so you can avoid the police / insurance company thing. I'm not sure if they have capability beyond license plate readers, like if you want to identify a make and model. Normally they mount the video camera onto a small car, and then troll neighborhoods and commercial parking lots until they identify a plate for a car they want to grab, and then they call in the tow truck. Potentially they could let you know if they get a hit, rather than you sorting thru video to get your hit, and then geo locate it to try and track it back.

Comment Re:Brazil has long had a very protectionist (Score 1, Interesting) 111

I was thinking of a similar experiment -- if a company refuses to sell a product in your country, then it loses all copyright / trademark / patent protection. Locals would then be free to open up shop and start making the hardware or copying the software. I'm not sure if this would work, but I'd be interested in seeing the result nonetheless.

Comment Re:But the ID shouldn't have to be secret (Score 1) 59

A similar thing happens in the USA. It's not especially difficult to ID someone based on their Social Security Number and home address. The problem occurs when a lender foolishly extends credit to anyone based on that criteria alone. Rarely do they recover the money (although it does create quite a headache for the actual person). Most USA lending institutions do a much more thorough ID check nowadays. I would imagine that a bank or other business in South Korea would be smart not to exclusively use a Korean ID Number as establishment of identity.

Comment Fight for consumers (Score 2, Insightful) 211

It's good to see a big company actually fight for better prices for customers. I wish my cable company was like that. And before anyone gets me started, remember that monopolies are only abusive if they use their power to screw over the consumers; there is no antitrust protection for businesses to profit.

Comment Is drilling the cause? (Score 2) 102

From the article:

The study concludes that there is already about 50 percent more methane in the atmosphere than previously estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency, a signal that more methane is leaking from the natural gas production chain than previously thought.

So the EPA just came up with a guess, and now that they're wrong they blame it on leaky pipes? Methane is produced by many other sources besides drilling, including natural plant growth. Considering how poorly the CO2 alarmist models have matched actual global temperatures, the EPA definitely needs to study and understand the cause prior to enacting more regulations that will jack up my heating bill even further.

Comment Re:Read as... (Score 2) 165

Many inner city schools in the United States receive extra funding from the state and federal levels. They spend huge amounts of money per student compared to the national average and private schools. If your theory is correct, then Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles should have the best educated kids in the world. In actuality, the United States gets mediocre results despite spending the most of almost any nation on education, with low income areas receiving even more per student on average. Neither more money nor income equality are the solutions.

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