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Comment: Re:Canadian Campaign Financing (Score 3, Informative) 171

by Semptimilius (#38798145) Attached to: The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada

Donations and campaign finance rules do nothing to prevent MPs from using their time creating laws (or just general behind the scenes work) benefiting an industry/company/etc., then receiving compensation after leaving Parliament. I think this is an exceptionally malignant form of corruption that currently exists in Canadian politics.
Perhaps I'm just not thinking of it the right way, but I can't picture our government supporting such ideas as SOPA as being anything other than from some form of corruption. Perhaps I'm giving our MPs too much credit in their ability to sit back and think of the consequences and, well, just the philosophical basis of the laws.

Comment: Re:Interesting concept (Score 4, Informative) 55

by Semptimilius (#38149734) Attached to: MIT Researchers Make Advance Toward Photonic Circuits

Well, much of the leaking in traditional electronic transistors is due to quantum mechanical effects, which would still apply to photonic devices. (With differences arising from such things as spin.) Some people are using evanescent fields from thin fibre lines to actually couple the signals in the line to other devices.

Comment: Re:Markets?!? (Score 2) 230

by Semptimilius (#36958438) Attached to: Are We Seeing the End of Big Oil?

And the summary gives an example where government had to step in because the market created a monster. Long ago, granted, but still looked on as a favourable move. Naturally, when the economics no longer make sense, "the market" brings about a change. Though, this isn't necessarily a better solution without governments protecting the entities; oil-rich nations and nationalized oil corporations will gobble up the smaller players if given the chance.

Comment: Re:Link to Conservative promise to monitor interne (Score 2) 98

by Semptimilius (#35916286) Attached to: Pirate Party of Canada Promises VPN For Freedom

No, it's all there, as davecb stated. The Conservative platform is disturbingly vague (I'm sure details would dampen the spirit of many who currently support the ideas), but page 50 of it is what you are looking for. You need to expand the story on Geist's site to see the more detailed info about what is intended.

Comment: Re:OPEC have tried this (Score 2) 519

by Semptimilius (#35845974) Attached to: Local Currencies To Replace Dollar For 5 Countries' Dealings

India is not an ally of China. There are huge land disputes, troops at the borders, etc. China has entered behind the scenes in the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan as well. (I believe part of it is building railroads in disputes areas.) China is also attempting to contain India in the Indian ocean too, with deals for ports to protect Chinese trade routes. Competition for resources can see these two at each other's throats in the future. (Large populations, proximity, clashing zones of influence.)

The BRIC alliance (South Africa is peanuts and just in there as the token African country) is much more pragmatic than Western media like to portray it. It's really these countries trying to wrest away some international power away from the West, and they know they can't do it individually.

The US is closer to being an ally to both India and China than the latter two are to each other.

Comment: Not that I know the specifics of this test (Score 3, Insightful) 170

by Semptimilius (#34965260) Attached to: Russian Simulated Mars Mission Close To 'Landing'

From what I've read, they're looking at monitoring mental and physical health of a crew simulating a mission to Mars. The fundamental psychology is different, as pointed out by others, as they can leave at any time. Confinement and isolation are not properly simulated at the fundamental level. The physical side of the test is also not simulated properly, as they are under the influence of Earth's gravity and this has effects on the health of the crew.
Perhaps a first step. A better test would be one at the ISS.

Comment: Continually upgrading and shifting archive (Score 1) 680

by Semptimilius (#34947030) Attached to: How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

Whatever I want to keep, I archive on hard disks, as of now. (Used to also use DVDs, but they're a pain and slow as hell.) I have several disks, some the portable 2.5 inch variety, and one large 2 TB external for a complete archive. (Lots of unnecessary additions to it...)
The problem is managing the risk of disk failure. You must ensure you have copies because your disks will eventually die or the data may become corrupt. You also have to keep up with new media technology and standards and transfer your archive(s) over as changes occur. It's also not smart to store all these disks at the same location, in case of fire, theft, the zombie outbreak.
My photos are, obviously, a subsection of the archive proper. Care and tend to what it vital to you; be willing to part with that which is not.

Comment: Re:Invented in US? Made in China. (Score 1) 613

by Semptimilius (#34771378) Attached to: First Pictures of Chinese Stealth Fighter

I don't really like "centre of the world" talk with historical civilizations. While China had influence on Europe (and vice versa), and was rich, for a long while, they didn't call the shots on a international matters in anywhere near the role the US does in global affairs. They think of themselves as having been the centre of the world like someone who studied only European history would think Europe was the centre of the world since ancient Egypt.

Of course, now they would be to a degree, if they fill the US's shoes. Lots of money flowing in and out of China all over the globe, their citizens posted all over, influence with the actions and laws of countries on the other side of the globe, etc. In the end, the historical norm is not important, I just don't like when people claim there was a centre of the world before we could quickly travel and communicate from one end to the other.

(I don't think they will have as much influence over global affairs as the US did since WW2. South America, India, other places have climbed out of the poverty hole enough to be a bit more self-deterministic.)

Comment: End of neutrality to wane influence? (Score 2) 421

by Semptimilius (#34648594) Attached to: RIAA, MPAA Recruit MasterCard As Internet Police

Will we see the rise of non-American alternatives (global alternatives) to American credit cards? Visa and Mastercard being a tool of American foreign policy (they might have been in a soft manner before) gives incentive to just not use them.

I'm fine with no credit cards at all.

Comment: Re:Too Late Already (Score 1) 271

by Semptimilius (#33854122) Attached to: NASA Head Ignores Congress, Eyes Cooperation With China
Yeah, the gap is so huge! I'm surprised at how much more advanced China is to the US. Flying cars and transporter technology! I hear they're also putting people into space! How can the US compete with that?! And, if we ignore the terrible fallacy of these facts, how did China ever deign to overcome the gap it had? This all just baffles the mind in several awe-inspiring ways.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.