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Comment: Re:Great alternative to rural areas (Score 4, Insightful) 59

by retroworks (#49354389) Attached to: Facebook Successfully Tests Laser Internet Drones

No, they should mod you up. It is easy to write snarky and cynical comments... they can generate them without having to RTFA. Obviously Facebook makes its money on eyeballs / participants. Why can't this just be a win-win? By expanding access to higher speed internet, Facebook increases its potential market. What's the difference between that and increasing distribution of any product a segment of the marketplace needs?

The USA Highway system was built in part by the distribution needs of corporations. But we are all free to drive our cars and motorcycles on it. Should we not have built the roads because a corporation was going to profit from it? It's called "development".

Comment: Hillbilly Hare in Java (Score 1) 211

Looking forward to squaredance instructions in public boolean

"whop him low and whop him high, stick your finger in his eye, kick him in the shin, hit him in the head, hit him again if the critter ain't dead"

(I grew up in northwest Arkansas and am allowed to make this joke /= trolling)

+ - #EWastegate: Nigerian ExPat TV repairman still in UK jail despite retraction->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "What could possibly be worse than dumping 75%-80% of obsolete used "e-waste" in African dumps to be burned by children scavenging wires? What could be worse than violating international law?

How about lying that the crimes occurred in the first place?

Ghanain Emmanuel Nyaletey, an electronics repair technician who grew up a few blocks away from Agbogbloshie, has published an editorial questioning why the press has failed to correct its false reporting on the "e-waste export crisis". In April, Nyaletey will fly back to Ghana, with reporters, working on a documentary of the "e-waste hoax".

Seven months after the prison sentence for UK-based, Nigerian born TV repairman Joe Benson, the original source (Basel Action Network) of the "world's largest e-waste dump" story (Agbogbloshie scrapyard in Accra, Ghana) denies ever, ever stating that it has knowledge of foreign dumping in Africa. After the Guardian and the Independent and BBC ran stories claiming to follow "cut wires", UNEP studies of the "seized containerloads" found a range of 85%-93% of used electronics imported to Ghana and Nigeria were repaired or reused. The UN funded study found that the used electronics were more likely to be used than brand new product (raising questions of how much ESD "waste" is being resold after warranty return), that cities in Emerging Markets were generating up to 1/3 per capita as much electronic scrap as OECD nations (which would make them a larger net source than the West). Further, the study found that "geeks of color" like Nyaletey who repair and repurpose western imports earn six times more than the national average wages for their home nation (Nigeria, Ghana studies). Nyaletey painstakingly documents the findings from the 2011 and 2012 UN funded studies, and questions why white environmentalists are still trying to "save Africa" from reuse and repair.

2012 Study of Nigeria "E-Waste Assessment"
2011 Study of Ghana "E-Waste Assessment"

While the environmental organization BAN now denies being the source of the "80% waste" statistic, Memorial University researcher Josh Lepawsky has tracked the organizations orphaned statistic through peer-reviewed reports on "e-waste exports" over the past 15 years, and found it to be one of the most frequent citations in scholarly research on the topic.

If not from western "waste ships", what IS the source of the electronics shown at the African dumps? Cities like Accra and Lagos have millions of households with television (and refrigerators, and computers, etc.). World Bank estimated in 2003 that Nigeria had over 6 million households with television. Twenty six percent of Ghana households had televisions 15 years ago.

Meanwhile, 3 separate documentaries are in the works based on interviews with "Hurricane" Joe Benson. Benson has provided documentation that his cost of shipping, per unit, was much greater than scrap value, and has documented how he returned unrepairable appliances back to UK recycling centers free of charge, saying there is no earthly motive to ship waste. A petition to #freejoebenson will be circulated by Nyaletey in Ghana, and is now available online"

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Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 1) 230

by retroworks (#49247265) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines
World is really big. When a neighorhood becomes too rich, the repair jobs grow across the tracks. In fact Foxconn was originally a repair/upgrade operation, which eventually grew to accept contract manufacturing. Of the 7 billion people on earth, 1 billion are about as rich as you are, and of the other 6 billion, about 3 billion of them have access to knowledge of transmission motors.

+ - Instant Powdered Acohol: Approved for Sale->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "From Motherboard.vice:

"The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has given the greenlight to Palcohol, a powdered alcohol that you mix with water to make, well, liquid alcohol. The TTB had already approved the product for sale last year but almost immediately backtracked on that decision, saying the approval had been “issued in error.”

"TTB spokesperson Tom Hogue today said the approval is only based on whether or not the label on the product matches what’s actually inside, according to the Associated Press. Palcohol sorted out the labelling issues since last year and so four flavors of Palcohol are now approved for legal sale.""

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Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 1) 230

by retroworks (#49244551) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines

My grandfather was a subsistence farmer and carpenter who grew up in a log cabin in the Ozarks. He explained to me how a transmission works. If my grandfather knew how a transmission worked, why should I disbelieve that assembly line workers at Ford know how a car's transmission works?

You on the other hand appear to have inside dope on the knowledge (or lack thereof) among 650,000 Foxconn employees, and aircraft assemblers, and Ford employees must be much greater than mine. I could only have presumed it varied by employee, based on their time working in the factory or their curiosity about their employment.

Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 1) 230

by retroworks (#49243027) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines
Being barely able to explain something which you now understand is progress if you began knowing nothing. I agree with Hodet, it seems like you are struggling for a negative comment when if you aren't interested you could perhaps just close and go read another story. Myself, I feel only better informed by knowing the number of parts in the Toyota transmission, and seeing them in a functioning scale model than I was before watching the film, but could not explain how it works. As for one of the 650,000 workers at the Foxconn factory, I didn't know they all had the same level of understanding how an iPhone works, but I would presume the average employee knows better than most Chinese people do.

Comment: Re:Just recycle the energy! (Score 1) 221

by retroworks (#49209573) Attached to: New Concept Tire Could Recharge Car Battery
In fairness, when a part of the car creates friction by design (brakes), it's a legitimate idea to capture energy from the friction. There is not enough detail in the article whether they are creating friction to harvest it (silly). Tire treads however are designed to create traction and friction, so it could be a legitimate direction.

Comment: Re:FEO (Score 2, Interesting) 375

by retroworks (#49163731) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

Exactly. Fighting misinformation posted widely is the most important form of journalism there is.

CBS 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, CNN, John Stossel, everyone unanimously republished a stat in 2002 about "e-waste" exports which stated that 75%-80% of these exports were dumped and recycled in primitive conditions. Science Daily even reported that Agbogbloshie (city dump in Accra) was the "most toxic place on earth". And it was all bullshit, came from one ass-pulled stat in 2002 which the source actually now denies even saying. How would a correction to this bullshit ever happen? I guess if you were careful to cite the bad stats, Google would find them on your page and you could correct them. But if you simply provide correct information (2012 UNEP study 279 seized used electronics sea containers in 2009 imports found 91% repair and reuse), you'd be out of luck.

Please sign the petition btw #freehurricanebenson

+ - Craig Brittain (Revenge Porn King) Sues for Use of Image->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "Washington Post reporter Caitlin Dewey leads with "Revenge-porn impresario Craig Brittain is learning the hard way that karma is a real witch."

The report states that the Federal Trade Commission has settled a complaint against Brittain, whose defunct site, "Is Anybody Down" was accused of unfair business practices. TFA: "The site paid its bills by soliciting women’s nude photos on Craigslist and/or from their exes, publishing the photos without the women’s permission (and often with their names and phone numbers attached), and then charging fees of $200 to $500 to take the photos down."

Brittain agreed to destroy the image and never operate a revenge porn site again. However, On Feb. 9, "Brittain filed a takedown request to Google, demanding that the search engine stop linking to nearly two dozen URLs — including a number of news articles, and files on the case from the FTC — because they used photos of him and information about him without his permission."

Ars Technica explains. “In this instance,” writes David Kravets, “fair use and general First Amendment principles are on Google’s and the media’s side.”"

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Comment: Re:No More Blacksmiths, CRT Repairmen, John Henrys (Score 1) 257

by retroworks (#49135931) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken
I think the point is that current results have never been predicted accurately in the past. Sure, it could all go horribly wrong this time, but just watch Hans Rosling's video and try to see how everyone is going to go backwards for the first time in a century. More efficient production makes more affordable product which makes for higher consumption which creates more jobs. I keep seeing people are suspicious and concerned it's going wrong, but that's also explained in the video. Terror sells papers.

Comment: Re:What part of "Consent" Don't You Understand? (Score 1) 311

by retroworks (#49134979) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
I agree, but having viewed the sheer number of "nekkid selfies" we can only guess at the percentage which are truly involuntary. Even if 90% are involuntary, the Bureau of Labor Statistics should downgrade its employment projection for porn models. Reddit does the right thing with the policy, but unless they ban the imagery outright, consenting or not (like Blogger), "adolescent's demand for self-gratification", by definition, only defines the demand side of the equation. Paris Hilton film lives in perpetuity, and you cannot eradicate it without censorship of voluntary photos.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.