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Comment: Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (Score 1) 188

by jrumney (#48639997) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

No, this is wrong. No permit is required.

Since 2003, you no longer get beaten to death in a jail cell for failing to show one on demand, and obtaining one is easier and less expensive, but the temporary urban residence permit still exists. It seems I was wrong about them being tied to employment though.

Comment: Re:Pegatron vs Foxconn (Score 1) 188

by jrumney (#48631009) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

In a labor camp, you can't say "I quit" and walk out.

If I understand the situation correctly, workers from other provinces require a permit to live in a different part of China. And that permit is most likely tied to their employment. So it isn't the same as you or I walking out on our employer - the choice is made a lot more difficult for them.

Comment: Re:signal blocking (Score 1) 110

by jrumney (#48624297) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft
The wireless cards have ample protection against copying of the complete information to make clones. RFID Passports have sufficient protection against someone being able to get useful personal data without seeing the same info on the inside of the passport first. EMV cards however will cough up all the information from the front of the card unencrypted (or if not, encrypted using a fixed publically known key at least) to anyone within range.

Comment: Re:Classic pricing problem (Score 1) 322

by jrumney (#48616371) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Set a flat price for all users, residential, commercial, industrial. No reason that some users of water should get it more cheaply than others.

On the other hand, tiered pricing based on usage helps those who made the effort to reduce waste when you get to step 3 in your scheme. But of course, when you have tiered pricing, the biggest industrial users will all negotiate for a lower rate anyway. Probably most of them can use grey water anyway, since they're using the water for cooling, irrigation or other use which doesn't really require clean, treated, tap water.

Comment: Re:Check your math. (Score 1) 874

by jrumney (#48606425) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

That's probably because Christianity does not require believers to spread the faith

I don't know what bubble you're living in. I live in a Muslim majority country, and I still encounter Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses on their mission to spread the faith. I've never encountered such zeal from the local Muslims (when I lived in the UK, there were evangelical Muslims with a table in the town square every weekend, so they do exist, but it seems to be more about recent converts taking an aspect of Christianity over into their new faith than anything fundamental to Islam itself).

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 874

by jrumney (#48606343) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

This incident is classified as a terrorist act however even the top Muslim Cleric in Australia has condemned this

I'm not sure what the word however is doing in that sentence. Doesn't the top Muslim Cleric in Australia consistently condemn every terror attack performed in the false name of his religion, like top Muslim Clerics all around the world?

Comment: Re:Hope it won't happen in USA, again ! (Score 1) 158

by jrumney (#48606257) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

I would prefer to be taken hostage by someone who (is a hostage taker AND is a wack-job) to someone who (is a hostage taker AND is a Muslim)

I'd rather be held hostage by a whack job with an obvious motivation than one with unknown motivation. At least with a Muslim whack-job, you know that sending in a Muslim cleric to talk him down has some chance of success.

Comment: Re:Valid release (Score 1) 158

by jrumney (#48606135) Attached to: 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order

It would be super deceptive in my opinion to get actors in roles, then have them "saying" all sorts of craziness

Craziness is one thing, if you've ever seen foreign films dubbed into English, you'd know it is standard. The issue in this case was a specific kind of craziness that could get her on some whack-job's hitlist. I'm not supporting the crazies that would want to kill her, and I would defend anyone who willing stood up and said those things, but I don't think the ideal of "Free Speech" should trump her personal right to not be associated with this particularly inflammatory way of making a point.

Comment: Re:Sounds Better? (Score 1) 433

by jrumney (#48597825) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand
Actually the Loudness war is a reversion to how things were before CDs, when recording engineers were trying to squeeze more out of cheap thin vinyl on ever longer albums. With CDs, they suddenly had dynamic range to play with, but the novelty wore off when they realized that pop music was mostly listened to in noisy environments with cheap in-ear headphones.

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 1) 433

by jrumney (#48597221) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

Perhaps an increase the amount of bass or mid-range may get the effect you're looking for.

Definitely midrange. As the linked article states, vinyl is pretty awful when it comes to reproducing high end treble or low end bass. But I don't think an equalizer is going to give you the distortion, which is also part of the "quality" of the vinyl listening experience.

Comment: Re:Really... (Score 1) 190

Yes, saying that Sony might have the second amendment on their side is like claiming that vigilante groups in white hoods that go around shooting anyone with dark complexion because one guy who they think was probably black robbed a store in their neighborhood once, have the second amendment on their side. The second amendment is not about that at all. It is about the maintaining the ability of the people to form a militia to overthrow a tyrannical government if the need arises. The funny thing is, the constitution will have long since been thrown out the window when that scenario eventuates.

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