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Comment: Re:Yanno (Score 5, Interesting) 102

by moondawg14 (#42758055) Attached to: Air Quality Apps and Bottled Air Thrive On Beijing's Pollution
As is very often the case with China, the issue is much more complex than that. China does have emissions regulations, but the selectively enforce them. Most Chinese companies don't have the technology to create compliant products(automobiles and trucks, in this case) Nor do consumers have the money to purchase compliant products. So, rather than spend $$$$ on developing compliant products, companies will spend $$ to get the right person to sign off on their non-compliant product. This has a double-benefit of making Chinese products MUCH cheaper than foreign products (most foreign companies will not make a non-compliant product) and putting more Chinese manufacturing workers to work.

Here in China, we use 80/20 as a rule of thumb: 80% of the products in a given market will be "fake." In my case, we find that about 80% of the competitors in the engine markets are selling non-compliant engines. One example: One of our competitors was selling an aftertreatment "catalyst" at retail for less than our material cost. So, we bought one and cut it open. Iron. No platinum or other catalysts. Well, pretty hard to compete on price when the other guy doesn't have to follow the rules.

After living here for a year, I can tell you that "Money is King" in China. Nearly every single person is constantly on the hunt for where they're going to get their next infusion of cash. Putting enough money in the right hands can get you nearly anything, ANYTHING that you want. Until that cycle is somehow broken, China is going to continue to run headlong into the future with little concern for the long-term well-being of its environment and citizens.

Comment: They are readily available, if you really want one (Score 5, Interesting) 67

by moondawg14 (#42715011) Attached to: China Reviewing Game Consoles Ban
I currently live in Beijing. I can have a new console in my living room in less than a half an hour. They're for sale in every major market here. And not really marked up much more than the US price. It was a piece of cake to get a 220V power supply for the Wii when we moved. I think I got it for 40 kuai (about $6) Sure, they'd sell a ton more of them if I could go to Gomez or Sunning..... but the "ban" is surely not keeping them out. Like most regulations here... not enforced at all... or selectively at best.

Comment: Re:No appreciation for subtlety in China (Score 5, Interesting) 213

by moondawg14 (#34502498) Attached to: China Blocks News Websites In Protest of Nobel
If you were a Chinese citizen, you'd be so used to the idea, it wouldn't even make you flinch. I visited China during the run up to the 2008 Olympics. I was watching CNN international. The reporter started talking about China's "increased tranpsarency to the press" or whatever term they were using then. The screen went black for about 2 minutes. When the picture came back, the reporter was done. This happened several times over the 2 weeks I was there. I was dumbfounded. It's just a way of life. The Chinese just shrug their shoulders and go on.

Comment: Re:Mountain Edition ? (Score 1) 102

by moondawg14 (#33985324) Attached to: Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

Jeep has a New Mountain Edition with 32" rubber and decals. Change the decals and maybe the badging, and you've got the [description of the] CoD model. In other news, all get estimated 15mpg city and 19mpg highway. I get like 15 mpg in my ~6600 lb. 1992 F250 while towing a trailer and I have more ground clearance too what with the 4" lift. Jeep fail.

You also get better fuel economy because you don't meet the same emissions regulations, the same crash protection rating, or the same interior ammenities. And if you're getting 15mpg in a 92 F250 with a 4" lift towing a trailer, I'll bet you dollars-to-donuts that it's a diesel. Comparision fail.

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