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Comment Re:Google dropped the ball being too permissive (Score 1) 181 181

You can shift this idea around, and say that people that play with various carriers/manufactures android toys must be aware that the might not get updates.

How many would howl if Google forced updates on users. This is the start of the path to the walled garden.

Comment Romania has killer internet, and cheap (Score 1) 58 58

Trying to shut down piracy sites in Romania is like trying to empty the Atlantic with a spoon.

If you do not want to download a cracked DVD, there are pirate sites that allow you to stream movies, for free, in HD.

If it has been released on DVD, it is hosted somewhere, in your choice of languages. (Which is good since the only English programing on TV is the Travel Channel and National Geographic.)

98% of the software running on computers in the country is pirated. The only legal software in the country is what comes pre installed. It is viewed as normal to have to reinstall (cracked) Windows on a regular basis. If you can not do it yourself, there is 'a guy who is good with computers,' in every block of flats.

The ex-communist ILEC Cosmote,runs fiber everywhere, a level of service agreement is cheap upgrade (none of the 'up to' marketing hype) and provides wireless data for a price that seems free.

I would not want to live there, but it is a great place to visit, cheap, with wonderful history, the greatest road ever created, and beautiful women.

Comment We created 'Passport-lite' (Score 1) 334 334

according to the State Department it ... "is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book."

But not good for air travel, because ... um, .. I guess because, in the past the protocol was for the aircrew to give into the demands of hijackers.

Border security is clearly not the top priority, if it were every person at every Port of Entry would be receive would be subjected to the same process as those who fly.

But that would be expensive and inconvenient - at least according to the state department

Comment What if we view this as a safety thing (Score 1) 674 674

If charging was allowed, but only in fixed cradles attached to walls and grab-rail - keeping meters of cables strung about the train from becoming a safety issue , would people be satisfied with that ?

The electricity itself can be easily overcome as a problem.

It would never be seen as reasonable for anyone to tie themselves to the inside of the train car with 1,5 meters of rope - it would stop free movement around the train car. People are not going to just drop their phone to let someone pass between where they are and the charging point.

Comment Re:no end in sight (Score 1) 485 485

Why does the US wish for the Euro to be a failure ?

The national currency of Germany and France, individually or together will not fail, be that the Euro, the Franc, or the Deutsche Mark. These 2 countries make up more than 50% of the GDP of the Eurozone.

I know there is a vocal segment of the population that wants the USD to stand above everything else from a national pride perspective,

The Eruo is a great stabilizer, as is being shown with the Greek situation. There is a lot of yelling and screaming, but in the end the Euro zone is picking up the tab for years of Greeks living beyond their means.

The Euro neatly collected a diverse set currencies, 25 currently, more on the way, removing countless accounting nightmares, and as we have seen are backed with the strength and GDP of Germany and France.

A functioning Euro is not a bad thing for the USA

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