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Comment Re:Classic Cars (Score 1, Insightful) 496

I just wish they showed the cars up close afterwards. While both are trashed, it's clear from the video that the A pillar just collapses on the Bel Air and the driver is probably crushed to death. Showing that (or whatever you can film) versus the still mostly intact cockpit of the Malibu would have driven the point home really well.

It isn't really a fair comparison. Years of rust, fatigue, grinding and polishing. The Bel Air is a graceful but very old lady. Then you put it against a newer Malibu is like having a 17 year old go after the 95 year old grandmother. Who do you think will win?

But in any case, pretty safe bet not many of today's Malibu vehicles, if any at all, will make it 51 years in running order. It certainly doesn't have the class.

Comment Re:G-Mail? (Score 1) 594

The repackaging of subprime mortgages into valued securities was one problem but it might not have caused a collapse had the banks not also willingly massively over leveraged - at 30 to 1 it only takes a 3% downturn in the market and your bank is insolvent...

You should be mod-up as insightful.

People conveniently forget that it is government sponsored leverage that started this whole mess for cheap easy debt. And government did it so interest rates could be artificially low, no checks and balances for run-away debt. Because government is the largest default debtor going, over $12T for the US government, many trillions more at the state, county and civic level.

The government does this as not GM, but the US government is in fact the largest defunct debtor out there.

Comment Re:G-Mail? (Score 1) 594

When the families are told by the bank that they will be able to repay the loan and are given very low initial rate, AND the bank knows they will not be able to pay it back, AND the bank knows they will bundle it up the mortgage and sell it off, AND regulators that actually promote this THEN you have banks that are evil, greedy bastards, and you have families that are stupid, and a government that is incompetent, greedy, and stupid.

AND supported by a Democrat Congress and Senate.....for fast easy cheap money the government needs for its liberal debt-corruption spend ponzi scheme.

Hell, the government can't pay it's bills without more debt.

Good post.

Comment Re:Missing option (Score 5, Funny) 641

I much prefer workbone.

As in:

{man;look;for;cat;nice;gawk;find;whois;init;sed;talk;date;grep;touch;finger; flex;unzip;head;tail;mount;workbone;fsck;yes;gasp;fsck;more;yes;yes; eject;umount;makeclean;zip;sort;done;cu;split;exit:xargs!!}

Comment Re:The World is America? (Score 2, Insightful) 139

How many of these scams and hack originate in the US anyway? Will their customers really have information to share?

Lots actually. If I wanted to hack you my first step is to hack someone in a country where their police can't be bothered to look nor cooperate. Next, I launch the attack on the local USA target using the foreign system as a proxy. Some who do this even work for the same company. I have no way of qualifying this, but I am sure it is a major constituent of "foreign" hack jobs.

More sophisticated hackers might use 2 or more proxies making it a real PITA to chase them. But sloppy ones with savvy security types often get caught. But the savvy hackers, they often never get caught.

The best advice I can say is that never assume the origin of the hack, it could be anywhere. Often command misspellings, names used and packet latency is a better guide but even they are suspect.

Comment Re:Groklaw coverage (Score 1) 330

that McBride and Co. were involved in a pump and dump scheme.

They did it once, and got away with it. I would also bet too if one looked at non-causal relationships you could find some sleaze motivation in all this. SCOXQ.PK moved up on 15 times volume on a 34.6% gain.

Given the GM dealings to bond holders by the US courts, I would say USA is quickly becoming a corrupt country right out in the open. Where who you know, bribes and favors rule. Between legal extortion, corruption and the threat of higher taxes.... not an attractive place for a new business.

Might be a good time for the CEO of Novell and IBM to get together and ask Obama if this is the future of American business? Then pull out of the USA if it isn't fixed right in 60 days.

Comment Re:And the solution...? (Score 5, Insightful) 812

Fucking idiot! This has been happening for the last decade, before Obama even came into the picture. The problem is greedy short term investors who drive companies to short term profits over long term profitability and quality. That's what unregulated capitalism does it drives towards the lowest common denominator - fastest profit with the highest cost at the lowest possible quality until a company implodes and can be sold off piece meal in order to put even more profits in the hands of the investors.

I differ, to do business in the US is now too legally complex and too tax expensive. INS is too meddlesome, keeping the good people out... why tolerate it any more? Just like my investments, most of my trades on the NYSE are in companies with a healthy offshore content as with even more liberalism and associate loss of freedoms and more increases in taxation promised there is no way US is going to lead a recovery.

Now if you believe the recession/depression is over, go ahead, the evidence says not with 550,000 job loss in a traditionally good month of July says different.

Americans can compete, but the environment of more bigger expensive dominating government is a load too big to do it. Get the moneys off the workers backs, and recovery will occur. That includes making corporate welfare to banks and GM a federal criminal offense as it should be. Nothing in the constitution says people coast to coast should be subsidizing banks and corporations.

Get the parasites and corruption out of the system and prosperity will return.

Comment 2.5" drives or think differently (Score 1) 495

Problem is those methods of dropping the weight, also increase the cost (TFA assesses both). In the case of 3.5" SATA HDDs, that weight/cost should include a storage system that renders all the data available at the same time. 140 Lbs for 48 Hard drives is reasonable.

Off the wall idea but how to store a petabyte for near very few kilos and it scales up. Place mirrors in space, from a satellite fire a laser for 10 light seconds of 1 PB of data into space at the mirror. When it comes back send it out again. While 1 PB goes out, the other PB comes back. Create as many steams you want. Near infinite storage. Only hitch is if the relay loop is broke, there goes the data as your not likely to catch up to it. Next issue is random access is 0 to 20 seconds. That is, use light in outer space.

Comment Re:Canadian astroturfing, eh? (Score 1, Informative) 84

If the average person suddenly became aware of how much deception goes on and how many underhanded tactics are routinely and daily used to manipulate mass media, let's just say that the outrage and protesting would make the Vietnam War look like a a small uncontroversial subject.

Is that an understatement or what? Once you realize it, then watch the news after a current event, you see the media in an entirely different light. If I had mod points I would be assigning one right now.

Comment Re:As a Canadian let me be the first to say (Score 1) 324

DO NOT WANT

Well, I do want. Having democracy evolve using on-line electronic voting, and perhaps voting more often is a good thing. The fact that Diebold screwed up was likely sponsored to deter it. Our masters as it stands get 4-5 year dictatorships and the last think they want is integrity in voting and a higher frequency of voting. It is harder to corrupt 33M voters than than to corrupt 3 or 4 party leaders.

We need electronic voting. Say a vote is electronically cast to 7 sites simultaneously. Maybe include a few national TV stations, a university and different levels of governments. Maybe even a taxpayer funded organization not answering to government. Then when the poles close at 8pm, they reveal their vote counts at the same time. All should agree. And no chad under the electoral peoples desks as quite frankly I don't trust today's closed door counting system.

Then perhaps we could have elections every year. That is so the politicians don't treat it like a term dictatorship only worrying about the constituents once every 4-5 years. Or perhaps go once step further, let the people vote directly and have our representatives advise us. It is much harder to corrupt millions of voters on say a GM bailout vote.

Comment Re:What languages? (Score 1) 1359

But being a Canadian myself, learning Spanish and thinking Brazil, Chile or Argentina.

Taxes in BC are a real killer of wealth and not really reflected to cost of living as much as other cities. If you are going to move, pick a place where utility bills in the winter are not $500+/mo. Its popularity is only due to the fact that for many Canadians it is the most temperate part of Canada without leaving the country. But compared to the US, a cold place none the less.

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