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Comment Re:Article or press release? (Score 1) 130

Is the anonymous reader just quoting a press release? It doesn't seem like there's much analysis or original thought in this "story."

I couldn't even get through the summary without choking on the Checkpoint marketing bullshit.

This might be a good product - might not. What I'm sure of is that it won't fix the underlying problems with the layers of ancient code that they're going to stack it on top of.

Comment Re:Need legislation to fix ID theft NOW (Score 1) 71

While you're writing letters the banking lobby is either buying off those same officials one way or another.

That, or convincing them that the economy is too important and too fragile to allow lending institutions to take the hit.

You'd do better to stop borrowing so much and invest in bank stocks.

Comment Already the case (Score 1) 184

It's called 4G (or whatever G) and it's often already available where the cost of deploying fiber or even copper would be too high for the user density and economic means of the users (i.e. the mountains of Nepal, the plains of Africa, etc.).

It's not faster but it's better than what they would have without it (nothing).

Comment Re:WHOA (Score 1) 146

Hold the fucking phone. They're seeking damages that won't financially ruin entire families, and whose effects won't be felt generations down the line?

What the fuck?

What the quick buck more likely. They no doubt figure it's easier (not to mention more realistic) to get 750 than 750,000.

Of course 750 for a single film is still ridiculous.

Comment Re:No government role? (Score 1) 145

Well, generally it's a good thing that we have an independent judiciary. It ensures that they don't get caught up in the mob's favorite punching bag of the moment.

The problem here is that a judiciary is only supposed to hear cases of controversy: That means there has to be two sides, and the case can't go on if there's no one to prosecute.

In other words, if what they are saying is true, this means the Turkish courts are effectively judge AND prosecutor.

Do you mean the independent judiciary whose members are appointed by the politicians it's supposed to be independent from?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 1) 149

It's too bad China (who will easily be out-polluting us in years to come) doesn't give two shits about our energy policy

Did you know that last year, China investments in renewable energy was bigger than that of all European countries combined? They accounted for more than 60%of the world's investment in that sector. And it's even bigger in other "green" areas (forest and wildlife protection, etc).

Nobody in China is thrilled by pollution. But over the last decades they had to deal with insane urbanization rates, the constant threat of starvation and other problems that are completely foreign to us, so yes, fighting pollution did not come first, but that doesn't mean they don't care. They just have to juggle many impossible priorities.

How much of that investment is actually planned for use in China versus how much is investment for manufacturing product that will be sold elsewhere?

China is very good at investing in whatever they can then export. I suspect that very little of that product will actually be used in China itself.

The economy of China has changed a lot over the last 5 years. Now the majority of the products they manufacture is for the Chinese market. Same goes for recycling - electronic scrap from the USA used to represent 95% of their recycling/refurbishing market, now it's less than half.

It is expected that by 2020, about 60% of the world's middle class will be Chinese. This is a huge market. When poor workers come to the city to get low-paying jobs doing menial labor (which is much better than starvation on bad farmland), someone gets a bump higher in the food chain and use their new income to buy dishwashers and computers or move to a nicer home. Multiply that by billions and you get an economy that has a spectacular growth.

Meanwhile, the economy in the western countries is stalled.

All agreed - however you haven't actually answered the question (in bold above).

People who are interested in their first washing machine are not necessarily interested in green technology.

Comment Re:Because we are distracted by "global warming" (Score 1) 149

It's too bad China (who will easily be out-polluting us in years to come) doesn't give two shits about our energy policy

Did you know that last year, China investments in renewable energy was bigger than that of all European countries combined? They accounted for more than 60%of the world's investment in that sector. And it's even bigger in other "green" areas (forest and wildlife protection, etc).

Nobody in China is thrilled by pollution. But over the last decades they had to deal with insane urbanization rates, the constant threat of starvation and other problems that are completely foreign to us, so yes, fighting pollution did not come first, but that doesn't mean they don't care. They just have to juggle many impossible priorities.

How much of that investment is actually planned for use in China versus how much is investment for manufacturing product that will be sold elsewhere?

China is very good at investing in whatever they can then export. I suspect that very little of that product will actually be used in China itself.

Comment Re:At what point (Score 1) 82

"When people think evil abounds, it increases their own temptations."

'Evil' does abound but part of being human is to be able to control one's own animal urges regardless of temptation.

"That applies from here, to the knowledge that there are tons of cops online posing as underage girls to try to capture would-be lawbreakers there as well."

There are probably 'tons' more real underage girls on the net than there are cops posing as underage girls so the police are not 'creating the appearance of evil'.

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