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Comment: Re:Hypocrits (Score 2) 199

by ebno-10db (#47866451) Attached to: China's Island Factory

My "I haven't checked Google to be sure" guess is the waters within 100 miles of the US west coast and a 100 mile circle around Hawaii are the only waters declared as US waters.

The US claims territorial waters only up to 12 nautical miles from the shore, which is the maximum allowed by international law.

Comment: Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (Score 5, Informative) 199

by ebno-10db (#47866285) Attached to: China's Island Factory

US warships really shouldn't be anywhere near China

They're not. The Spratly islands (map here) are hundreds of miles from China. They're much closer to the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. Should we avoid sailing near any of those countries in case China's next claim is that those countries are all historically part of China?

Comment: Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (Score 1) 199

by ebno-10db (#47866151) Attached to: China's Island Factory

Was the water contested before the island was build?


After the island ws build it certainly was not ... international laws, regarding sea coasts and sovereignty are pretty clear.

International law on these issues is anything but clear, and are subject to a great deal of argument, which is why there are always contested areas.

As for the UK, it's a natural island that has been inhabited by the same peoples for centuries (at the least - you can argue about 1066). Now that's clear.

Comment: Re: Bets, anyone? (Score 1) 431

by ebno-10db (#47256719) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Good god it is the Japanese car vs. American car thing again. Guess who won the last time?

America, at least as far as the workers are concerned, which is the only thing I give a damn about. In 1985 "voluntary export restraints" were adopted, and much of the "Japanese" car production came to the US. A dollar from a Toyota paycheck is the same as a dollar from a GM paycheck. Of course that was before every "sophisticated" idiot starting screaming "free trade" as tough it was an unquestionable principle.

Comment: Re:Bets, anyone? (Score 3, Insightful) 431

by ebno-10db (#47256665) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

As opposed to the US assembled vehicles made with those same Chinese parts?

That's why I only buy solid American cars like Toyota. My Camry is 80% value added in the US, and my wife's Sienna is 85%. That's total value added, not just assembly, so most of the parts are US made. They're a lot more American than most so-called American cars. I'm quite happy having the engines and trannies built in WV, and having the car assembled in Kentucky.

Comment: Re:Bets, anyone? (Score 4, Interesting) 431

by ebno-10db (#47256421) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Care to specify which older cars, or at least how old they are? Pre-emissions (i.e. 1960's) you may have a point. At least your basic cars were bog simple, and the old Detroit iron was such overkill that you really didn't care if a cylinder or two wasn't working. They also needed more maintenance and handled like pigs. Then somebody decided that opaque city air was a bad idea. 70's emissions compliant cars were such insane nightmares of vacuum tubing that you couldn't see the engine. Ever try to trace down a leak in a vacuum system? Then there was that nightmare of things that controlled or were controlled by the vacuum system. It was basically a cobbled together mechanical computer.

The best thing to ever happened to cars was fuel injection and ECU's. Later they used computer control for those decadent automatic transmissions and that was a good idea. They also vastly increased tire life, made spark plugs that lasted over 100k miles, and all kinds of other stuff to reduce maintenance. The problem is that, especially in the last ten years, they've introduced all sort of unnecessary crap that kills the reliability and increases maintenance costs. How many networked unnecessary electronic boxes do you need? I want the engine and the tranny to run, and screw everything else. Power sliding doors on mini-vans? I cursed it and predicted it would be a problem when my wife bought her 2006 Sienna. The chickens have now come home to roost and the one good thing is I think I can completely disable the power crap by cutting a cable. Imagine people having to use their hands? Power seats? Unless you have a physical handicap you should be able to adjust your seat position without electro-mechanical assistance!. No really, I've heard old-timers talk about it.

Comment: Re:How much more can we squeeze? (Score 1) 78

by ebno-10db (#47247231) Attached to: EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

We have had schemes to hit the shannon limit for as long as the limit has been known.

Practical schemes are much more recent, but yes we do have ones now that are so close it makes very little difference. Then there is the finite BW issue:

different than bandwidth or spectrum

Which is where our old buddy Nyquist comes in. Of course you can overcome that with more complex constellations, but then Shannon becomes more of a problem. Between these two guys they've really got us constrained.

Comment: Re:The world... (Score 1) 236

by ebno-10db (#47231529) Attached to: Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Oops, forgot about the obvious #2 (#1?) S. Korea. But what about the 600lb. gorilla - China. Not to mention the S.E. Asian countries, Philippines, Malaysia, etc. So the US is more than holding our own in analog/RF chip design. At the rate "American" companies like to ship our expertise overseas, that might even be true for a few more years.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982