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Comment Re:Bad choice of words. (Score 1) 169

Corporate lobbying is corrupt and industry lobbying. A corporation doesn't exist and is made up of individuals but the corporation cannot claim to represent those people without their consent. It is the same logic as union lobbying is corruption and both are. Individuals lobbying is not corrupt, organised group lobbying where the group has not got the consent to lobby on behalf of those people is corrupt and misrepresenting those peoples opinions who are usually the workers in the company or the members of the unions.

Comment Re:It's not that serious, really (Score 1) 169

Depends on the departments involved. Governments are well capable of speaking out both sides of their mouth. They are experts at it in fact. It could quite easily happen that the government would oppose it nationally and advocate it Internationally or make a national decision that informs the International position. Usually the government is viewed as a single hive mind but it is far too disorganised to be able to function like that.

Comment Re:Its China. (Score 1) 170

Then maybe China isn't the great opportunity they think it is and they need to reevaluate their plans. Really the only reason people pirate things is because they can't afford them. If the Chinese companies can't afford the product at western prices and western companies can't afford to reduce their prices to what the Chinese can pay then there is no market for the product regardless of whether they pirate it or not.

Comment Re:Its China. (Score 1) 170

Most of the time I read titles like this as "Turning Chinese into Westerners". Applying western values to a Chinese culture (especially business culture) and expecting it to stick is naive at best. Western companies need to adapt to Chinese way of doing things to operate in China.

Comment Your submitting personal info to a mass... (Score 1) 1

marketing machine. You don't really care about the privacy of your actions if you are doing such things. And Facebook never cared about privacy. If you enter your password incorrectly on the Android app (twice I think), it then puts it in plain text mode for password entry so you can see what you type.
Facebook

Submission + - FB change from https 1

tmdc writes: How worried should users be about FB default switch away from https? Thanks
Government

Submission + - Private planes, private no more (chicagotribune.com) 3

chill writes: The Department of Transportation, which used to allow anyone with a private plane to choose not to have their flight plans made available for public consumption, has decided to eliminate that option. So if you want to snoop into someone else's travel itinerary, you can do it. [Note: The filing of general aviation flight plans with air traffic control is strictly voluntary, but strongly encouraged. Their primary use is if the pilot doesn't arrive within an hour of schedule, where to start looking for the wreckage.]
Businesses

Submission + - Tesla CEO Lying About Model S? $1,000,000 Says Yes (greencarreports.com) 1

thecarchik writes: Elon Musk, CEO of electric-car startup Tesla Motors, sometimes says things that later prove not to be quite true. In that, he's like many entrepreneurs, who spend a portion of their time persuading the unconvinced and painting pictures of the rosy future, despite inconvenient facts that may contradict that vision of the future.

And in the case of the 2012 Tesla Model S all-electric sports sedan, which Tesla says it will launch before the end of next year, skeptics abound. Pulitzer Prize wining Journalist Dan Neil said the schedule promised by Musk was "an audacious timeline that makes many in the car industry roll their eyes." And, he added, "Even people inside Tesla are leery." The implication was clear: Neil didn't believe Tesla would be able to deliver on Musk's promises.

A week later, Musk e-mailed Neil and told him--in no uncertain terms--that he was wrong. After several lively rounds of e-mail he challenged Musk to a $1 million bet on the outcome based on the Tesla Model S hitting 4 targets. If the Tesla Model S misses any of the targets, Neil wins the bet.

Comment Re:Typical microsoft... (Score 1) 168

I don't think it would, I have all the consoles and a Pc and just buy games for Pc now. Got the 360 first, kind of regret it now. It is loud, slow, the interface is terrible unless your using it all the time in which case your probably use to it and overall it is just a poor experience compared to Pc gaming. The much touted evolving System Requirements have pretty much stopped since the companies started supporting consoles so well and the only actual remaining issue is sometimes poor control scheme in some Pc games and just poor console ports sometimes.

Comment Great now if ticketmaster can... (Score 1) 58

make the fucking website usable, I might be able to buy tickets. I've only tried to buy from it once and it was like getting kicked in the face a few times and I got about as much out of it.

Log in at 9 for tickets going on sale at 9, website fails to load, website eventually loads, tickets sold out. Its not even 5 past 9. Why not just use a bloody email sign up lottery system? Enter email, you can sign up and enter your friends emails to ensure you get seats together because the system can process it that way once all entered on same form. If your submission number gets picked in lottery then you all get the seats unless there is not enough seats left for your group in which case it picks a new number until it finds a match.

Why can't such a system just be put in place over the current everybody rush for the doors and see if you all fit through mechanism? Isn't this the sort of moronic real world problem that the Internet allows us to solve? Why replicate the real world problem onto the Internet?

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