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Comment Re:It only cost GM $11 million so VW did it too (Score 3, Insightful) 85

GM settled for $11M. They didn't actually get fined in a judgement against them, it was a settlement. Nobody knows what would have happened. Part of the settlement was civil indemnity, so it was more like a bribe than a fine. A $45M bribe to make the whole thing go away. And few today remember it, and have to be reminded of it. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

So yeah, the "cost" to GM for the whole scandal was less than $100 per car. Sell a car fraudulently, pay the government $100, and be indemnified from all civil actions due to your fraud. Not a bad deal.

Comment Re:It varries (Score 1) 304

Outside the US, it's cheaper to buy from the US than locally, whether Dell or parts. Though buying from Dell US could be hard for those outside the US. But back to Lenovo, I like the Y70 (touchscreen gaming laptop), but it's almost twice the price outside the US. So I'd have to buy it in the US and ship it to myself (indirectly, as all the places that sell it online in the US refuse to ship it internationally). But US prices are very different than international prices sometimes, especially for comparing corporate prices.

Comment Re:It varries (Score 1) 304

Even building off sites like Newegg, it's hard to match specs with Dell. They build thousands at a time, and buy in bulk. I haven't done it recently, but the last time I tried, I took a Dell, and priced out the parts to buy off Newegg, and the Dell was much cheaper than I could build the same system for. Though, if they don't build what you want, you have to build it yourself. For a while they did more options for customization, and you could get most anything you wanted, but they have baked off that, as the people buying systems prefer it simple.

Though Dell (and others, I just use them as a named example so it can be fact checked) often has upgrades for more than the price. I've bought a laptop from Lenovo with 8G RAM. I paid $20 more for 1 DIMM, so I could put in my own 8G in the other slot, as the price of RAM was about 1/2 Lenovo's price for the upgrade.

Comment Re:Not replaced: serial and parallel ports. (Score 1) 262

The USB serial adapters work fine for doing stuff like that. But for getting one in a laptop, the costs are higher and specs lower, at least what the moron IT manager picked. An HP workstation laptop, no I don't remember the model. I just used my personal laptop for work, at 3 years old, it cost half the one he picked (when new) and was much better (faster, more memory and storage, better screen and graphics, etc.).

All to get a serial port in a laptop.

Israel Meets With Google and YouTube To Discuss Censoring Videos (middleeastmonitor.com) 302

An anonymous reader writes: Various sources report Israel's Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely meeting with representatives of Google and YouTube to discuss censoring Palestinian videos believed to incite violence. Original aricle (in Hebrew) from Maariv The open question is how Google and Youtube will define "inciting violence." Currently, all foreign journalists in the Palestinian territories are required to register with the Israeli military, and all footage must be approved through the Israeli Military Censor's office before being released. However, according to the article in alternet individual Palestinians have been uploading videos showing violence by Israeli soldiers, including execution-style killings, and highlighting the living conditions in the territories, which Israeli authorities consider inflammatory.

Comment Re:Restaining growth (Score 1) 179

The law is based on the same idea as old-fashioned mining claims: Whoever discovers and get their first gets to claim it as their own. It doesn't claim anything in space for the US - it says that under US law objects in space may be claimed as private property.

No I didn't see anything like that,

The Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act gives any American who successfully extracts natural resources from outer space the property rights over the haul.

even one of the critical articles doesn't imply any kind of claim, it's go out there collect some booty and haul ass home; wash, rinse repeat.

Comment Re:Where I live there are no mail trucks (Score 1) 171

Where I lived, the mailman parked on the street, walked a loop, and ended up back at the truck, and drove it 500 ft to the next street, to repeat his 3000 feet loop along the next block. The truck was never on a block the mailman wasn't. In colder climes, the boxes were on the street, so the mailman doesn't leave their vehicle.

The solution would be more fun with spud guns and self driving cars. Shoot the packages the last 100 ft, and have the automated cars get into range.

Real programs don't eat cache.