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Comment Shit happens (Score -1) 894

If those instruments were this important to him, then they should have been insured. What if they're stolen? Destroyed in a fire? The customs official should be fired for being an idiot too, but this doesn't doesn't change anything. The point of the article is for us to get all worked up over the evil USA -- and it's succeeding. If this guy lost the instruments some other way, it wouldn't be newsworthy.

Submission + - E-Waste to jump to 60 million ton annually, by 2017 (step-initiative.org)

Taco Cowboy writes: By 2017, global e-waste (electronic waste) production will jump to more than 60 million ton per year, an equivalent to almost 200 Empire State buildings.

The definition of "E-Waste" differs from country to country. In Europe, "E-waste" includes end-of-life white goods, such as refrigerator or washing machine, but in the United States of America, the term "E-Waste" is specified as purely "electronics", such as smartphones, batteries, computers and tee-vee.

Although there have been "recycling programs" set up by various governments throughout the world, the problem of "E-Waste" is not dealt with. The biggest reason for the failure of dealing with "E-Waste" is mainly related to the word "recycling" itself.

Instead of "Repair" and/or "Reuse", the word "Re-cycling" gave the consumer a sense that whatever they threw away can be safely "recycled".

Most of the items ended up in the "E-Waste" pile are actually repairable. Most of the time the culprit is a blown capacitor or a shorted wire.

PC world carries an article regarding the increasing problem of global "E-Waste" in which they identify US and China as the two main contributor to the problem. The article is located at http://www.pcworld.com/article/2082224/u-s-china-lead-in-e-waste-forecast-to-grow-33-by-2017.html

Submission + - Rise Of The Super High Res Notebook Display (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Mobile device displays continue to evolve and along with the advancements in technology, resolution continues to scale higher, from Apple's Retina Display line to high resolution IPS and OLED display in various Android and Windows phone products. Notebooks are now also starting to follow the trend, driving very high resolution panels approaching 4K UltraHD even in 13-inch ultrabook form factors. Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro, for example, is a three pound, .61-inch thick 13.3-inch ultrabook that sports a full QHD+ IPS display with a 3200X1800 native resolution. Samsung's ATIV 9 Plus also boast the same 3200X1800 13-inch panel, while other recent releases from ASUS and Toshiba are packing 2560X1440 displays as well. There's no question, machines like Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro are really nice and offer a ton of screen real estate for the money but just how useful is a 3 or 4K display in a 13 to 15-inch design? Things can get pretty tight at these high resolutions and you'll end up turning screen magnification up in many cases so fonts are clear and things are legible. Granted, you can fit a lot more on your desktop but it begs the question, isn't 1080p enough?

Comment Re:Do these projects OpenBSD, FreeBSD matter anywa (Score 0) 280

Yes, but why? Just because Netflix chose to use it doesn't in any way justify anything. http://www.logicalfallacies.info/relevance/appeals/appeal-to-popularity/ BSD (2 flavors) vs. Linux: How should I decide? They're all Unix-like, open source, and supported. Which is faster? More stable? Reliable? Secure? In all cases, anecdotes are not useful. Where's the evidence? Is it the license that matters?

Comment Re:Why waist the money? (Score 1) 323

There are literally people dying on this planet for lack of fresh water and this is just used as hydraulic fluid and then thrown into the ocean while ships pass by. Everything is wrong with this.

Have you ever considered the cost involved transporting fresh water to those who need it?

It's cheaper to dig a canal than to widen one, because you're going to be digging through a bunch of dry land with no special engineering issues. Then you knock the ends out. It's cheaper still if they import a bunch of Chinese slave labor.

Even cheaper when you use local Nicaraguan slave labor.

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