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Comment: Re:Russian steep price (Score 1) 100

by manu0601 (#49104295) Attached to: ISS Crew Install Cables For 2017 Arrival of Commercial Capsules

"Ukraine is ours. Deal with it."

It is more like "Crimea is ours. Deal with it". Obviously Russia never intended to take over Ukraine, as their army could be in Kiev in less than a week if they wanted to perform a real invasion. We talk about Ukraine, a failed state, versus Russia, a major nuclear power.

But of course, invading western Ukraine, where a lot of people hate russians, would mean dealing with a fierce resistance after the military victory. This is probably the reason why they did not do it. Invading Crimea, which mostly contained russians, made sense, invading Ukraine does not.

Comment: Re:Russian steep price (Score 1) 100

by manu0601 (#49103187) Attached to: ISS Crew Install Cables For 2017 Arrival of Commercial Capsules

And bluntly, whether you think your politicians are greedy, selfish idiots with zero qualification for their job and no well being in their mind aside of their own, or whether you think your boss is like this, where exactly is the difference between public and private sector?

There are huge parts of public sector that operate far enough from unqualified politicians to maintain the ability to actually work. But I guess the situation depends on the countries.

Comment: Re:Russian steep price (Score 1) 100

by manu0601 (#49103039) Attached to: ISS Crew Install Cables For 2017 Arrival of Commercial Capsules

You forgot to take into account the private sector efficiency, which is usually obtained through negative externalities: crushing workers, polluting...

Of course someone will tell me that public sector pollute as much because laws allow it, and has lazy and unproductive workers...

Comment: 1.3 billion (Score 1) 139

by manu0601 (#49102987) Attached to: L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program
1.3 billion USD is a huge amount of money. Wikipedia tells me Los Angeles total population is 3958125 (how precise!). If we use 1.3 billion USD to buy a computer for every resident (which is much more than every children), individual machines can still cost up to 328 USD, which seems to be more than an iPad's price.

Comment: Not already there? (Score 1) 78

by manu0601 (#49098421) Attached to: Australian ISPs To Introduce '3-Strike' Style Anti-piracy Scheme

I am surprised lobbies had not already obtained such a measure in Australia.

It looks outdated now that similar laws are dying in other countries. In France the law was voted but it seems the government is not willing to enforce it. Perhaps it is related to the ruling that considered Internet access is human right.

Comment: Re:I think people do not understand how deep it is (Score 4, Informative) 192

by manu0601 (#49092473) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

But on a smart card, asymmetric cryptography can be used. The private key is generated by the chip on user request. It is not supposed to leak outside of the device.

As I understand, this SIM debacle is only possible because the cryptography used here is symmetric, which means the telephone operator must have a copy of the SIM key.

Comment: Single ecosystem (Score 5, Insightful) 42

by manu0601 (#49092371) Attached to: US To Monitor Air Quality In India and Other Countries

First you deregulate trade, and you use that to pressure your suppliers to have the lowest possible cost. In order to achieve this, the suppliers must crush workers in remote countries and fuck the environment... and suddently you discover that there is only one single ecosystem and that pollution affects you.

It is nice to see a US government that acknowledges there is general interest linked to environment. What will come next? They should push international environmental regulations that trump trade deregulation. I wonder if I will live long enough to see that.

Comment: global intellectual property rights regime (Score 1) 145

by manu0601 (#49083889) Attached to: The Burden of Intellectual Property Rights On Clean Energy Technologies

TFS tells about "global intellectual property rights regime", which is a nonsense: there is no international patents, as a patent is only granted within a national juridiction (EU is the exception). And even huge corporations do not fill in 180 countries, they do it only where they intend to make money.

Counting in octal is just like counting in decimal--if you don't use your thumbs. -- Tom Lehrer