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Comment: Does not compute (Score 1) 140

by aepervius (#48939063) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels
Firstly inneficient does not matter. What matters is : are we above 1 in energy production(i.o.w. the energy produced is above the energy consumed by the process) and that can in some country actually be the case : Brazil for example with sugar cane alcohol. Secondly the "other country do not have enough food" is not a good argument, as we already have *enough* food for an even bigger population, but that food does not reach those famished, (political factors, monetary or economical factors) and food produced in rich country sold cheap to famished country tend to torpedo/destroy the local farming economy in some cases. Furthermore the trick about biofuel is that we are not *removing* carbon from the atmosphere, the trick is that we attempt to replace fossile carbon with carbon from an atmospheric cycle. Those are two different problems. If that's the quality of the discourse at that institute.... Then I understand now why representative tend to ignore those groups.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 355

by T.E.D. (#48932589) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

They are only mostly in circulation. Pretty much all retailers have some place at checkout to stick your unwanted pennies, and most people won't even bother to bend over to pick one up off the ground any more. Some people have been known to throw them in the nearest trash can. I tend to solve the problem by using my bank card for all purchases.

I think the basic problem is that getting rid of them would require an act of Congress. That's a place filled with old guys who fondly remember using pennies to pay for bottled cokes back in the '50's.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 2) 355

by T.E.D. (#48932529) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

I can somewhat vouch for this. I went to Holland on a spur of the moment business trip last summer. While pretty much everyone there takes credit cards, they all have to be chipped. Of course with 1 day notice for the trip, I didn't have time to acquire such a card. My only salvation was that some of the currency-exchanging bank ATMs (particularly in the train stations) would take my magstripe Visa bank debit card.

As an aside, I was also pretty startled by the amount of English knowledge there. I think I was hampered by knowing only English in exactly 2 places the whole month. I even had a train station panhandler switch right to English when I tried to fob him off because I didn't understand his pitch. I was tempted to say "No Habla Englez", but he probably knew Spanish too. :-(

Comment: Because you can get the pin thru social engineerin (Score 1) 355

by aepervius (#48930973) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States
US card can be more or less copied at will and have no security whatsoever. In which case you can copy the card, leaving the user thinking he still has it and will not report it stolen, and using pads, or social engineering or plain peeking, get the pin. results : since there is no encryption chip and the card can be copied, the ONLY security is the pin. With encrypted chip the additional security is the encrypted chip is far harder to copy.

Just a guess.

Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 1) 327

by T.E.D. (#48926711) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

You def have no idea at all. Look at Finland, and THEN say cutting expenses is not the way to go.

Interesting. I took you up on that challenge, and even a simple Googling of Finland Recession tells me Austerity has been a nightmare for them.

Hit 1 title: "Finland: Double-Dip Recession or Depression?"

Hit 2 title: "Finland's Economy is headed for a 'perfect storm'"

Hit 3 title: "Finland Economy falls back into recession", digest: "Finland entered its third recession in six years, preliminary data showed, as government efforts to halt debt growth collided with the longest ..."

My personal favorite, the title of hit 7: "Pro-austerity Finland falls into triple-dip recession"

Yeah. Gotta get me some of that in my country!

Comment: Re:Yanis Varoufakis (Score 1) 327

by T.E.D. (#48923731) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

...and its not like it was a secret this was going on at the time, and only coming out now. Everyone knew these countries were lying, and still let them in with a wink and a nod (unless of course that country happened to be majority Muslim, in which case the rules were applied stringently, but that's another rant for another day). So countries like Germany do not really have a right to act "Shocked, Shocked!" about it now when its convenient for them to do so.

The only thing particularly special about Greece is that they happen to be the weakest member, so all the crap gets dumped on them first.

Comment: Re:This doesn't sound... sound (Score 1) 327

by T.E.D. (#48923553) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

And about the USA, you see, they are one country. The EU isn't. As such, germany can give money to greeks, but it can't tell them how to spend it.

Exactly. That's why I said their current middle ground isn't working. The United States started out in that same wishy-washy decentralized manner with the Articles of Confederation. After about 12 years it was clear to everyone that it wasn't working, and the Constitution was written which created a stronger central authority. The EU is most likely eventually going to have to either go that direction, or disband.

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