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Comment Re:Oh the humanity (Score 1) 588

No you are incorrect! The decision whether to go with a labour-intensive or capital-intensive operations largely depends on local conditions. Nevertheless, labour intensive manufacturing processes tend to be cheaper (especially in rather mature industries such steel manufacturing). To prove my point, just look at the rust belt. Manufacturing is never coming back to the US! When you have 2 billion people living on next to nothing, there is no justification for hiring overpriced American labor. They kind of shit you need to do in a steel mill is not hard.

I am not just taking this out of my ass you know. I live in the Mid-West, I am Ukrainian national (which means I go there pretty often) and my dad works in commodity import/export business (in Ukraine/Russia). His career depends on understanding this kind of stuff...

Your smart location theory is interesting, but it's again incorrect. If you read up on IMF (or worldbank, I forget) reports on this issue, they are suggesting that in the worst case scenario the world might revert to a slightly more regionalist mode of operation. So even with increasing transportation costs (and in the long term transportation costs are approaching zero), manufacturing will simply be located in Mexico. However, I am even skeptical of the regionalist model, there are simply way too many benefits from globalization for people to just bail on it. Oil prices are increasing, so what? This only creates more incentive for us to find alternative sources of energy for transportation.

Submission + - Intel releases 2.93GHz quad-core QX6800

AnInkle writes: Intel's new QX6800 debuts, and The Tech Report runs the gamut of multi-threaded 64-bit benchmarks, to find out what $1199 can get in a CPU, or if you should get by on the cheap and stick with the $999 QX6700. With popular games, Folding@Home in Linux, real-world scientific applications, and detailed power consumption, the 2.93GHz quad-core QX6800 is compared to over a dozen competitors from both Intel and AMD. The results aren't surprising, but the commentary sure is fun.

Submission + - Debian 4.0 is finally out!

Anonymous writes: "Looks like after what seemed like an eternity (well actually 3 months short of 2 years) Debian 'Etch' is finally out. As we seen some drama over the past few months it looks like everything has been resolved and the versions 4.0 of what seems to be one of the best flavor of Linux (in my opinion) is finally out. You can read the official news here.
If you would like to get a copy this link has information on how one might acquire a copy of Debian 4.0"

Submission + - Thai government shuts down political chat rooms

patiwat writes: "Less than a week after censoring Youtube, the military government of Thailand has shut down the Kingdom's most popular web discussion board,, for reasons of national security. Other webboards were warned not to allow political messages to be posted, lest they also be shut down. Thailand currently censors over 10,000 websites, including sites of the deposed government and sites containing censorship circumvention software and links anonymous proxy servers."

Space Elevator Challenge 162

MattSparkes writes "For the second year in a row, no team has won the $200,000 prize in the Space Elevator Challenge at the Wirefly X Prize Cup. Three teams were disqualified before the contest even started. Another competition at the event has been held up by confusion. Incredibly, it seems the organisers of the competition are not sure whether the ribbon used was 50 or 60 metres long, and whether any team completed the climb fast enough to win."

YouTube Killer (Media Portal w/ Revenue Sharing) 179

MattPF writes " is a user-submitted content site similar to YouTube/Google Video which allows users to submit Videos, Images, Flash and Audio while receiving a share of the site's ad revenue. For example, if someone uploads a really popular video that accounts for a lot of traffic in a given month, the user will receive a good portion of the video ad revenue for the month. Could this be the YouTube killer?"

Growing Diamonds for Better Information Security 113

hip2b2 writes "NetworkWorld is running an article that describes how a University of Melbourne research group is developing technology to make fiber optics communications more secure. The technology is based on Quantum Cryptography principles and requires than absolutely only one photon gets sent at any given time. Today, fiber optic systems do not send one photon at a time. They only approximate it. This makes current systems unsuitable for their secure communications technology. Therefore, the group uses artificially grown diamonds to achieve this."

Bill Could Restrict Freedom of the Press 747

WerewolfOfVulcan writes "The Washington Post is carrying an article about a disturbing Senate bill that could make it illegal to publicly disclose even the existence of US domestic spying programs (i.e. NSA wiretaps)." An aide to the bill's author assures us it's not aimed at reporters, but the language is ambiguous at best. From the article: "Kate Martin, director of the Center for National Security Studies, said the measure is broader than any existing laws. She said, for example, the language does not specify that the information has to be harmful to national security or classified. 'The bill would make it a crime to tell the American people that the president is breaking the law, and the bill could make it a crime for the newspapers to publish that fact,' said Martin, a civil liberties advocate."

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.