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Comment: Re:Never going to happen (Score 5, Insightful) 125

That's the thing about harmonisation of disperse markets, for every simple example of a drawback someone will come up with an example of an improvement. Regulations typically don't just magically appear, but are rather a reaction (often a knee jerk reaction) to a specific problem. Your example is good because it highlights some serious issues at both sides. For instance the increased overhead now placed on farmers, but at the same time the increased assurance placed on the customers and the government that everything is done as it should be. I.e. you know the bottle was cleaned properly before you used it, the government knows the measured quantity of goods changing hands for taxation purposes. The poor may be hard done, but they are also the ones reasonably protected.

Now this may or may not be the case here, but in a general sense this is where these ideas often come from.

Comment: Re:caveat emptor (Score 1) 249

This notion that people have perfect access to information to make perfect choices is completely bullshit when the only sources they have available to them are dishonest

I would go one step further. I don't believe we have perfect access to information in the west. Nothing is without bias, even if it's the unintentional bias introduced by human behavior in a perfect review system, e.g. 10 dissatisfied customers will speak out for every 1 satisfied customer which dramatically skews review systems.

Perfect information does not exist in the West even with lots of access.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 785

by thegarbz (#49341717) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

you're in favour of slavery

Nice try, but being subject to non-discrimination is not the same as slavery. Slavery would be forcing the printer to do something that he wouldn't otherwise do for anyone else under the same conditions. If the picture of George Washington is the same when given by the KKK member as it is the local black kid, then forcing you to do business with one and not the other is nothing at all like slavery.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 246

by thegarbz (#49341679) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

It's not my responsibility to keep up with internal corporate policies for retailers.

And in that regard there's no responsibility placed on you, but if someone has gone to reasonable effort to make you aware of their policies before you enter then by entering you are in fact bound by them. I.e. a sign at the door saying your bag will be searched on the way out. I'm not sure exactly where you live but this type of condition has been enforced legally in every country where it's been used.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 246

by thegarbz (#49341669) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Nope. I paid for the products and they have no right to search me.

Actually the law disagrees with you depending on what efforts the store went to to inform you that you will be searched on the way out.
If they did inform you with for instance a sign on the doorway on the way in, then your rights end with choosing not to go in the store.

You only ever need a choice. But the choice only needs to be provided once with reasonable notice.

Comment: Re:LEGO$ (Score 4, Insightful) 50

This. Well sort of. At least they are still putting personal effort in, but it does kind of remind me of the gigapixel war of a few years ago.

The first gigapixel photo was made by amateurs who used their own cameras built their own motorised tripod, wrote a lot of custom software to handle the stitching, let their PCs slave away for weeks on the processing and were hailed as pioneers.
The second significantly larger gigapixel photo was made by amateurs using camera gear gifted by Sony, off the shelf software, and processed on computers gifted by Microsoft in return for displaying the result in a Silverlight web app that ran from Microsoft's servers. Then they proclaimed how awesome they were.

It's a good effort they've gone to, but I don't see the $100000 investment in the result and somehow I get the feeling they could probably have achieved similar with less, or quite possibly even did achieve it with less and the money is just the book value.

Comment: Re:Google wants a monopoly... (Score 1) 132

by thegarbz (#49334177) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

this is about China and spying on their own citizens.

Yes but this doesn't fit in with any other of China's methods which block google completely at the great firewall. All software that bypasses the firewall is done via proxy or VPN and using public DNS so you wouldn't even end up intercepting the connection to use the certificate.

If this was done with the intention of spying on citizens then it won't amount to much at all.

Comment: Re:Are the CAs that do this revoked? (Score 1) 132

by thegarbz (#49334171) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

Similar for HTTP/2.0, which in large parts are based on SPDY, and written largely by the same people.

Except for the bits which would suit your argument. HTTP/2.0 does not mandate encryption of any kind and that was one of the biggest complaints of slashdot discussions on the topic in the past.

Comment: Re:And now why this can not be done in the USofA (Score 2) 312

by thegarbz (#49319379) Attached to: Costa Rica Goes 75 Days Powering Itself Using Only Renewable Energy

Hydroelectric for some reason is never talked about for green energy

Hydroelectric is not usually talked about for the same reason that geothermal is not usually talked about, and that you won't find people talking about wave power in the middle of the Sahara, it's a fantastic technology, if and only if you have the geology to use it.

Many dams are used for drinking water where you don't want to run out turbines, those that aren't already have turbines. It's not a very good green technology compared to say wind or solar which can be used practically anywhere.

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.