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Comment Re: So: nine hours from Brussels to Sydney (Score 0) 221

Air China stewardesses look like hotel maids, especially when they put the apron on. They put all the attractive ones on international flights, so you tend to see an over representation of pretty girls, but they still dress in that same ugly uniform. China Eastern and China Southern mostly look pretty on whatever route though.

Comment Re: Separate H1Bs (Score 1) 112

In Australia for instance, someone with a local university degree in something useful can just apply for permanent residence as a "skilled migrant". H1B is a guest worker program however, it's for bringing people in to do a specific job at a specific company, not retaining talent in the country, so it's not a particularly good scheme in your case. So I think shutting down the 17 month system makes a bit of sense as it was a loophole to begin with. It's not that it should be a seperate stream, but it should be a seperate visa entirely, and should allow applicants to move between jobs, since they were hired locally anyway. If America doesn't have such a visa, that's fine, since many countries do.

Comment Re:Not a new idea (Score 4, Informative) 389

and the mountain was named after him BEFORE he was elected.

Well, given it was named after him 16 years after he was assassinated and unless they let dead presidents stay in office, I would say that at the point it was named after him he had already been president as long as he would ever be.

Comment Re:Fighter "Generations" is a Lockheed Marketing T (Score 1) 732

Australia wanted to buy the F-22 the whole time, but the US government wouldn't allow Lockheed to export it. The F-35 was supposed to be just-bad-enough for the give it to the vassals in return for tribute, without threatening Washington's superiority, but just-good-enough to lessen the amount of protection Washington must give its vassals and make it look like a legitimate arms purchase.

It's obvious that Australia should have gone for the Typhoon as soon as export permission for F-22 was denied, but if Australia really had some balls, it would have started openly courting Sukhoi, buying one fighter at a time until the overlord at least gives us the reach-around. Either way the F-22 is a land based fighter, so if the US wants to cross the Pacific to discipline us, they'll be doing it without air support.

Comment Re: What problem? (Score 3, Interesting) 213

If he is providing a copy of a video that is unavailable on youtube then he is providing a service and I have no problem with him getting a little revenue from it. One problem with streaming media is the long tail and most stuff in the public domain has very little value and therefore very little incentive for someone to upload it.

I have no problem either with this either, but Google does not choose do do this and he has no standing to dispute it. If he had a contract or even a verbal agreement to begin with, you could say that Google acted in bad faith, but he didn't, he merely gave an unsolicited video, explicitly not covered by copyright to Google and asked for a cut. It's not wrong that he asked for a cut and if Google had have given it to him, I would not object to it, so long as they did not prevent others from re-uploading the same video under the same terms.

What I do object to is the gall of this guy to come to Slashdot, a notoriously pro-free-use forum to complain about Google using this public domain video without paying him. If he did make this work more accessible, it pales in comparison to the work that Google have done, providing hard disk space, bandwidth and searching capabilities. If he wanted to distribute it, why didn't he host it himself?

Comment Re: He's got company (Score 1) 442

"China" in Chinese is "Zhongguo", but I think Korea is a better example, it's called "Choson" in the North and "Hanguk" in the South, which are of course used to refer to both North and South, by the respective sides. This of course reiterates why the whole "CÃte-d'Ivoire" thing is rubbish, I don't care what you call my country in your language, don't tell me what to call your country in mine.

Comment Re: What problem? (Score 3, Insightful) 213

If the video you post is, for whatever reason, popular enough that it could bring in ad revenue that makes it profitable vs. not continuing to host and distribute it, there is absolutely no basis for them to refuse to pay you.

If it's public domain, they don't have to pay anyone. Google has just as much rights to make money from a public domain video as anyone else, if you don't like it, host it yourself.

The bald faced hypocrisy of "this work is public domain, damn Google for not paying me for it!" just discredits everyone here calling for more works to enter the public domain. Google is doing what a good publisher should do, sharing public domain work and collecting a small revenue to pay for its trouble, "eporue" on the other hand is a parasite, seeing rent on something he didn't create, like some feudal baron. Adam Smith and Karl Marx agree on one thing and one thing only, rent seeking is inherently bad, so whether you are a conservative or a socialist you should join together and pillory this leech.

Comment Re: Wow Finland! (Score 1) 330

Being an Uber driver isn't against the law, driving around paying passengers without a taxi license is against the law. Now, an Uber driver showing up when a ride is booked may be able to demonstrate an intent to operate as an unlicensed taxi, but the police officer can hardly catch anyone red-handed this way without entrapment. That said, Finland is not a common law jurisdiction, I'm not sure if entrapment even exists.

Comment Re:What they really said (Score 4, Informative) 93

And the dollar won't be the world reserve currency forever.

I think you can look at anything and say that it will not be the case forever and be guaranteed to be right. However, the USD, despite its issues, is looking strong for the next few decades because the other currencies have even bigger issues than the greenback.

The Euro's speculative value is based heavily on the strength of the union, rather than the strength of the large economies backing it. No matter how strong and stable Germany and France may be, they can never wholly support the Euro's worth. Even with a strong Italy and Spain, the Euro would still be prone to shocks and fears. The Euro is held as a reserve currency, but not with the same gusto as it was 5 years ago.

Chinese Yuan RMB, is first and foremost, a controlled currency. Currency exchanges in China are limited by law and complicated to perform, leading it to have a lower volume of trade and thus lower fluidity on the foreign market than Australian/Canadian Dollars, Swiss Franks and Mexican Pesos. Beyond that, it exists to serve Chinese monetary policy, rather than American monetary policy largely existing to serve the Dollar, leading to a lot of exposure to holders of large amounts of it.

The Japanese Yen is used as a reserve currency because of its low inflation. But because of its low inflation, Japan is not growing, despite the 0.1% interest rate they have had for almost a decade now, which makes it unlikely to eclipse anyone anytime soon.

Australian dollars, Swiss Franks and Canadian Dollars, each are underpinned by economies too small and too focused on particular sectors. The only reason AUD and CHF are traded so much is that they move rapidly in a predicable direction due to certain economic conditions. It makes them suitable for a hedge in currency baskets, but not to hold the bulk of value. Besides, its not certain that there is enough of these currencies in circulation to make holding the world's reserves in it practical. Possibly Australia and Canada are just large enough to endure foreign banks either hording their currencies or creating money on paper by lending the another currency against debts in their own, but Switzerland with its half trillion GDP would surely consider this as an act of sabotage.

So what does that leave beyond USD? Pound Stirling, which is in fact a commonly held reserve currency. But the UK does not have the natural resources or the population for rapid growth, so I doubt it will overtake the US.

So what is left? Brazil, Russia and India? Well, the Ruble is a basket case, the Real has 8.5% inflation and the Rupee is in deflation at the moment, leading to concerns about money supply.

I think the USD could get a lot worse before people start thinking about getting rid of it.

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