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Comment: Re:Well, of course (Score 4, Insightful) 359

And what is the actual situation? The searching for terrorists is probably not the only thing the data is used for. I'm sure the data is used for various nefarious purposes, such as industrial espionage, political espionage, blackmail. Maybe figuring out the sentiment of the population and their likelihood to breakout into mass protest. I'm sure they're doing some non-evil research too. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a database identifying people who are against the status quo of the Democrat/Republican duopoly, and feeding that data to the media outlets so they run stories smearing any third party candidates. That's a bit farfetched, but everything the NSA was confirmed to be doing was also farfetched before Snowden leaked those documents.

Comment: Re:Or we could just stop racing to the bottom (Score 1) 274

by purpledinoz (#47312931) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US
While I agree, the problem is power. Unions gain too much power and they abuse their situation, and become just as corrupt as the government. There always need to be a balance of power. I find unions in Germany operate far better. They actually work with the companies to make things better for everyone.

Comment: Re:I've seen it. (Score 1) 51

by purpledinoz (#47292231) Attached to: Endorphins Make Tanning Addictive
Most of the Canadian population isn't that far north. Toronto for example is at 4342N, which is about the same as Florence, Italy (4347N), and southern France (Marseille, 4318N). Calgary is at 5103N, which is around London, England (5130N) and the middle of Germany (Dresden, 5102N). Stockholm is much farther north, at 5920N, similar to Whitehorse at 6043N. It's really interesting to compare the latitudes between North America and Europe. Europe has great weather considering how far north it is.

Comment: Re:Where are they going to fab the chips? (Score 1) 340

by purpledinoz (#47288137) Attached to: Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors
As far as I know, the Russians didn't buy an entire fab, maybe bought a bunch of used equipment from the Qimonda bankruptcy. You might be referring to AMD spinning off its fabs into Global Foundries, which is now owned by investors in Abu Dhabi. Building a modern semiconductor fab is extremely expensive. The cheapest piece of equipment costs a minimum of $1M. Lithography tools costs over $20M a piece (and you can't just buy one). You're looking at dumping at least $3B into a new fab. The operating costs are also really expensive, like maintaining a clean room, equipment maintenance. Before its deminse, Qimonda was losing 100M Euros a month! The only way chip making is economically feasible is to produce huge volumes. If you're not producing huge volumes, then you have to go to a foundry like Global Foundries or TSMC. If Russia is really going to do this, they would probably go to a foundry.

Comment: Re:How will history judge the F-35? (Score 1) 417

by purpledinoz (#47177479) Attached to: Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

There's no reason why the F-35 shouldn't work well. Just drop that stupid vertical takeoff requirement and tell the US Marine Corps to work together with the Air Force. That would have dropped the development costs significantly.

The real question is, what are actually the Canadian Air Force requirements? I seriously doubt that Canada needs stealth strike fighters to patrol the remote north. Who's radar do they want to evade? What really irks me is that the so called conservative government wants to blow a shit load of tax payer's money for some military toys, and without properly evaluating all the options. I'm pretty sure the Super Hornet is better suited for the Canadian Air Force, and is half the price! Win win right? I thought the conservatives were supposed to be conservative with money too? I guess conservative now means, cut spending on social programs and science, cut taxes for the rich, reduce environmental regulation, increase military spending, increase the deficit. I do realize there might be some political pressure from the US to buy into this disaster. Harper should just grow some balls and tell them to fuck off.

Comment: Re:Badly run company does badly... (Score 1) 288

by purpledinoz (#47081791) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs
HP makes great laptops. Both for home and business. However, their laptops look like cheap knockoffs of MacBooks. They also need to lower their prices. Consumers aren't going to shell out $1K for a laptop anymore (except Apple consumers). What's really shitty is that HP spent a ton of money in stock buybacks. Why did they do this and then fire a ton of employees? It seems to me that the executives in the company are gutting it and running away with the cash.

Comment: Re:For those of us not in the US (Score 1) 465

by purpledinoz (#46898923) Attached to: Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs
How have you Americans not realized that your democracy is a farce?! The mere existence of Super PACs flies in the face of democracy. Why aren't you Americans, with all your 2nd amendment guns, taking down your tyrannical government with force?! This is exactly what the 2nd amendment was for. Without a change for the better in the US, I see that the rest of western world marching down the same path.

Comment: Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (Score 1) 869

In other words, the change in atmospheric composition is roughly .02%. That's it.

Yes, that is a small change in composition relative to the atmosphere, but what is the effect? Adding a few grains of salt to a glass of water will pretty much have no noticeable effect. But adding a small drop of food colouring to that same glass of water will affect the colour significantly. A small change CAN have big effect.

Comment: Why so much resistance to climate science? (Score 4, Insightful) 869

I don't get it, after reading the comments here, why is there so much resistance accept that man is causing climate change? Just thinking logically, it makes sense. We're taking carbon that's been buried for millions of years, and then burning it, on a huge scale. How can this not affect the climate? I actually hope that the climate skeptics are right.

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