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Comment: Re:Nuclear is obvious, an energy surplus is desire (Score 3, Interesting) 432

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#46742713) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Nuclear waste disposal from conventional fission reactors is a solved problem. Unfortunately, the storage of said waste kicks the NIMBY crowd into high gear. Here's an about converting it to relatively inert ceramic blocks (already available tech) and sink it at some remote subduction zone fault where it gradually gets folded back into the mantle? That ought to suffice until the perpetually "50 years from now" fusion energy generation crowd catches up.

Comment: Re:Chinese getting uncomfortable... (Score 1) 100

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#46652937) Attached to: China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

I think their real fear is that it's a perfect vehicle to circumvent capital controls and allows people to transfer significant amounts of cash OUT of the country.

Many of those doing the transferring are part of the government. So how to reign it in without any official "enforcement?" Eliminate the ability to deposit cash into the exchanges. Solves their immediate problem without any embarrassing prosecutions.

Comment: Corruption in China (Score 3, Informative) 26

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#46614323) Attached to: China Prosecuted Internet Policeman In Paid Deletion Cases

Corruption in China is a fact of life. It's systemic and pervasive. As much as the government talks about stamping it out, they only inflict pin pricks. They make WAY too much money through corruption and it's widely known/accepted in Chinese society. One need only look at the sheer numbers of government functionaries who send their kids overseas to school and who keep huge sums of ill-gotten money in foreign bank accounts. These are kids who have parents with official salaries are often less than US$15k a year and they're parked in posh apartments (paid for in cash), studying at top 20 universities (paid in cash), driving around in fancy cars, living a lavish lifestyle, etc. There's very little effort made to hide it.

The people who benefit from this system are shitting their pants about potential discontent from those who aren't benefiting from the game. One of Mao's rallying cries was stamping out corruption. Once he got into power (by force), those folks were systematically rooted out, jailed, and often killed. Small wonder more and more of these "government officials" are sneaking money and family out of the country and applying for foreign passports. They know there will be a purge following this binge.

Fasten your seatbelts.

Comment: People's Republic of New Jersey Strikes Again (Score 1) 342

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#46459121) Attached to: New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

NJ has demonstrated time and again that corrupt politics rule the day. The state car dealer association controls a substantial amount of contribution budget.

Hopefully, Tesla doesn't knuckle under and just encourages NJ purchasers to head over to NY or PA and buy their cars there.

Comment: The transactions are public...follow the money (Score 1) 704

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#46398459) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

So how exactly does one "steal" the coins? The blockchain is public. If you know the wallet ID of where the funds went TO, it's not that hard to follow those coins around until they (someday) exit the system as hard currency entering someone's bank or being spent on goods/services that are delivered to a physical human being.

Comment: Re:Cellular is the business model (Score 1) 424

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#46259889) Attached to: Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

What about those of us that want to use the Internet but have no use for TV programming? Of the several hundred channels available to me, I probably watch maybe 3 or 4 more than once a month.

If all the TV programming fell into a chasm in the Earth tomorrow, it would likely be a week or so before I noticed. So why should I have to subsidize it for the rest of the boob tube crowd?

Comment: Re:Wait... (Score 4, Interesting) 81

Indeed. MtGox has been tainted with (at best) incompetence or (at worst) fraud for quite some time now. It could potentially be both.

In any case, bitcoin owners/miners have voted with their feet to the extent possible and MtGox has gone from the largest to one of the smaller players in the bitcoin exchange arena. There are still quite a few unfortunate folks with their funds trapped within MtGox. We'll see if those funds are eventually released or become part of an eventual bankruptcy proceeding. That might be great in the longer term since the courts will eventually sort out the role of BTC in the world of finance, but it might be bad for people who put their trust in one of the early exchanges.

Time will tell.

Comment: Re:They're not even trying... (Score 1) 271

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#45964549) Attached to: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

Not particularly realistic. Every"fee" is being glommed to band-aid the yawning budget deficit. Prying those funds away from the pork salesmen just isn't a realistic goal. Once fees/taxes pass through the US government's fiscal event horizon, it just disappears.

Comment: Hire locally (Score 2) 271

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#45964351) Attached to: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

If I had a nickel for every "consultants by the pound" pitch where they sent in just barely competent coders for me to review, I'd be a millionaire (all of the big subcontinent body shops are guilty of this). Then they've got the balls to pay these poor saps peanuts and attempt to bill me $100-200/hour (depending on how many hours they've spent in front of an Idiot's Guide to C## training video). Then you see all the even poorer saps who are going through 2 or 3 layers of additional consultancies before they make it to our HR dept's door. I feel bad for them, but...I'd rather just recruit at local universities and get people who have identifiable skills, already speak English that most folks can parse, and won't get rotated back to the subcontinent randomly as one or more of their handlers has "visa issues."

Talk to your local university with a decent Engineering or Comp Sci curriculum and start recruiting. Save time, money, aggravation, and help our own college grads get into the game. I refuse to even take calls from the body shops anymore even though my corporate overlords are trying to force the issue. It's just not worth the hassle.

Comment: Another reason not to fly (unless you HAVE to) (Score 3, Insightful) 466

by Ritz_Just_Ritz (#45163271) Attached to: Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

I've more or less stopped flying because of all the nuisance fees combined with the delay/hassle of security screening at the airport. If I need to get somewhere REALLY far away, I'll bite the bullet, but for the most part I've switched to trains and driving.

You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics