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Comment Watch your tone young one (Score 1) 94

look, if you want to act like wesley snipes and put your faith in some completely made up bullshit, have fun. but stop trying to sell insane here, nobody is buying it

It's Mr Wesley Snipes, and the guy is too badass to put faith in anything but his skydiving skills. He's so dangerous they had to unfreeze Cobra Stallone to stop him from killing the guy who produced Don't Fear The Reaper, and on his way to save the UN by winning a street basketball game he even stopped to jam with the boys at the jazz club. He's a true Renaissance man, he's up there with Steven Seagal (the blues singer sharpshooter cop who broke James Bond's wrist just for kicks).

Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 1) 137

It's too bad China (who will easily be out-polluting us in years to come) doesn't give two shits about our energy policy

Did you know that last year, China investments in renewable energy was bigger than that of all European countries combined? They accounted for more than 60%of the world's investment in that sector. And it's even bigger in other "green" areas (forest and wildlife protection, etc).

Nobody in China is thrilled by pollution. But over the last decades they had to deal with insane urbanization rates, the constant threat of starvation and other problems that are completely foreign to us, so yes, fighting pollution did not come first, but that doesn't mean they don't care. They just have to juggle many impossible priorities.

How much of that investment is actually planned for use in China versus how much is investment for manufacturing product that will be sold elsewhere?

China is very good at investing in whatever they can then export. I suspect that very little of that product will actually be used in China itself.

The economy of China has changed a lot over the last 5 years. Now the majority of the products they manufacture is for the Chinese market. Same goes for recycling - electronic scrap from the USA used to represent 95% of their recycling/refurbishing market, now it's less than half.

It is expected that by 2020, about 60% of the world's middle class will be Chinese. This is a huge market. When poor workers come to the city to get low-paying jobs doing menial labor (which is much better than starvation on bad farmland), someone gets a bump higher in the food chain and use their new income to buy dishwashers and computers or move to a nicer home. Multiply that by billions and you get an economy that has a spectacular growth.

Meanwhile, the economy in the western countries is stalled.

Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 5, Interesting) 137

It's too bad China (who will easily be out-polluting us in years to come) doesn't give two shits about our energy policy

Did you know that last year, China investments in renewable energy was bigger than that of all European countries combined? They accounted for more than 60%of the world's investment in that sector. And it's even bigger in other "green" areas (forest and wildlife protection, etc).

Nobody in China is thrilled by pollution. But over the last decades they had to deal with insane urbanization rates, the constant threat of starvation and other problems that are completely foreign to us, so yes, fighting pollution did not come first, but that doesn't mean they don't care. They just have to juggle many impossible priorities.

Comment Charlatans (Score 3, Interesting) 137

By 2050, about 99.8% of the species studied will have eaten plastic

This sounds a lot like the "one in three women around the world will get raped in their lifetime" bullshit figure that has been repeated ad nauseam over the last 10 years by people who couldn't calc.exe their way out of a paper bag.

Comment Re:Cloud Users (Score 1) 62

It's not the same at all. When you use a cloud provider, you give up physical ownership (and therefore full control) in exchange for the benefits of commodity computing. Large providers have a level of security and resilience that most organizations could never afford on their own, just like they couldn't afford the level of services provided by their DWP for the price they pay.

Just look at AWS RDS. For $15/month you get a small instance of SQL Server that you don't have to patch, monitor or backup - it's all done by AWS, and you can access your backup files 24x7. I guarantee you that the level of security you get with that instance is orders of magnitude better than what you could achieve on your own with $15 per month.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 1) 263

Did you read the article before answering? And did a bit of research to see who posted it? The guy is an award-winning Scottish novelist that used to be a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He spent months with Assange, trying to write his biography, and ended up disgusted by him like anyone else who has spent enough time with Assange.

If that guy is a US agent created to discredit Assange, they really did a good job, starting his reputation and literary creds years before WikiLeaks existed. Top notch Scottish sleeper cell, that's for sure.

Comment Re: jullian really should have thought harder (Score 1) 263

you manipulative piece of government-paid scum

I'm thinking about submitting a patent to the USPO: "detecting Asperger syndrome and/or autism in Slashdot contributors by looking if they accuse the other party to be a paid agent for the government, Microsoft or another organization perceived as evil by the said contributors."

Comment Re: jullian really should have thought harder (Score 1) 263

Can you provide one link to support your "facts"? Of course not. You just rehash the same bullshit and when you get called on it you try to spin things around.

Did you read this account from the guy that was supposed to help him write his autobiography?

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n05/a...

And as expected Assange already started to turn against his last allies.

He told me about a failed siege by the police and about some projects they were getting off the ground, but quickly, as always, turned to demolishing one of his supporters. He continued with his habit of biting the hand that fed him, satirising or undermining those who came to his aid. He said the Ecuadorian ambassador was mad and ‘stalked the corridor’. He said she thought she was fat and went on a ludicrous diet because she didn’t like the way she looked in the photographs taken by the Daily Mail.

But of course this is yet another plant by the CIA or something.

Comment Re: jullian really should have thought harder (Score 1) 263

I know it's all groovy and exciting to think of this whole story as a conspiracy led by the US intelligence agencies. But why don't you document yourself before taking sides?

The guy *sold* most of these cables to the newspapers and other media (including stuff that sent OTHER people to prison). Just the copy he sold to Al-Jazeera brought in $1.3 million. How much do you think the New-York Times or Guardian paid? While he's promoting "information without border", releasing private documents that endangered the lives of informants (and selling them to countless news organizations), he's making his employees sign NDA that include a clause saying they'll get sued for millions if they release information about what is going on inside WikiLeaks.

That guy is a total fraud, a self-centered megalomaniac that consistently threw his allies and collaborators under the bus. I can tell you the next chapter in his story. As it happened with previous people who helped him, he will turn against the Ecuadorian ambassy (or country as a whole) when they stop treating him like royalty (the pig doesn't even pick after himself being too busy being a rockstar), and he will come out with outrageous accusations that probably involve the Ecuadorian ambassador having his mind infected by American propaganda and by Scotland Yard or some other ludicrous bullshit. And yet again idiots who have no clue what a fucking fraud he is will defend him on message boards and promotes the lies and bullshit that he built his fortune on.

I know it's hard to admit that your emperor has no clothes but really, move on.

 

Comment Re:What is UNUSUAL (Score 1) 263

Both the women in question are adults and both have said that they do not wish Assange to be prosecuted.

Can you provide a link to support this? This is one of those things that floats around on message boards but that strangely doesn't seem to have factual basis.

All that is known at this point is that some of the charges are dropped (not all) because of the statute of limitation. I have not seen a single reputable news organization publishing a story about the victims not wishing Assange to be prosecuted. I have however seen said victims on video explaining what happened (in the Netflix documentary) and how they've been harassed and threatened by the Assange fans.

Provide a credible link or stop peddling lies.

Comment Re:Yes? And? (Score 2) 263

Fascinating article, thanks for sharing. The guy is a piece of work...

There are few subjects on which Julian would be reluctant to take what you might call a paternalistic position, but over Snowden, whom he’s never met but has chatted with and feels largely responsible for, he expressed a kind of irritable admiration. ‘Just how good is he?’ I asked.

‘He’s number nine,’ he said.

‘In the world? Among computer hackers? And where are you?’

‘I’m number three.’ He went on to say that he wondered whether Snowden was calm enough, intelligent enough, and added that he should have come to them for advice before fleeing to Hong Kong.

Comment Re:jullian really should have thought harder (Score -1, Troll) 263

This is a story about an Australian has-been trying to get some media time by claiming that Scotland Yard has planted agents in a store in front of the embassy where he's hiding to avoid going to jail for raping two Sweden girls.

Yet someone had to mention Donald Trump.

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