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Comment Conflict would also be bad for China (Score 1) 1

If there's stoppage of flow in the South China Sea, it would impact not just electronic exports causing big job losses in China, it would also impact all exports causing massive job losses. It would also impact all IMPORTS including oil which would bring China to a halt. Try running an authoritarian government when population is jobless and hungry.

Submission + - South China Sea conflict could be IT's Black Swan ( 1

dcblogs writes: The vast majority of the world’s electronics — its servers, PCs, mobile phones — are now manufactured in China. This means any inadvertent escalation over the on-going South China Sea territorial dispute could do more than raise geopolitical tensions. About 84% of the world’s electronics are made in Asia, and about 85% of those goods are made in China, said Michael Palma, an analyst at IDC. “All that product flows through the South China Sea,” said Palma. Headlines about military activities in the region appear frequently. Just this month, Vietnam moved rocket launchers within striking distance of China’s military positions. Recent photographs show new aircraft hangerson China’s islands that are believed to be for fighter aircraft. “The South China Sea dispute is indeed a serious security issue of global significance because it has the potential to lead the world into war,” said Linda Lim, a professor of strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a China and Southeast Asia expert.

Comment Re:I agree somewhat (Score 5, Insightful) 288

Taylor Swift, U2 and others talk about looking out for the small guy, but it's self enrichment that they are really after. These 'artists' were happy with DMCA when people like Jamie Thomas paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for downloading a song. They weren't signing petitions then. Now that YouTube is making money, they want a bigger piece of the pie. Nothing wrong with wanting more money, but "consumer benefit" is a lie.

YouTube has done more to bring music to the poor, by being free, than these clowns.

Comment Re:Is it just me? (Score 1) 328

Just when you think MS cannot go any lower, they come and surprise you.

If people want to keep using MS, that's their problem. For 90% of users, who's computer experience is limited to internet surfing, email, facebook, youtube, music, and occasional documents (google docs, pages, libreoffice) - guess what, either osx or linux work. For these users, they are better off having their next hardware be mac or linux-compatible (ubuntu has a list of hundreds of desktops and laptops by vendors such as dell and hp here:, .

For those with proprietary software that only runs on windows, you should at least shoot an email to the software vendor. It's voices like yours that will give them the incentive to invest resources in making cross-platform software.

That's the pragmatic approach.

Comment Re:I am a sockpuppet (Score 4, Informative) 110

A traitor to what exactly?

Yeah, traitor to what exactly? Is he a traitor to United States by telling American public how the government is harming the country by secretly running an unconstitutional police and surveillance state?

Well being of a country comes from strength of the people, not of the government. Where government is far more powerful than the people, you get countries like Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. If that's your ideal form of government, try living there first.

Comment Re:Why is enforcement the ISP's responsibility? (Score 1) 263

Unlike what seems like a large portion of Slashdot, I don't think there's an ethical defense for piracy. However, the punishment ought to be proportional to the egregiousness of the offense committed. The massive settlements against people who weren't infringing a lot of content is absurd. And there's no reason to disconnect people from internet access for piracy, either temporarily or permanently. That's ridiculous.

I'd suggest that for the casual offender, the maximum settlement should be the larger of 1.3*(retail price)*(number of proven downloads) or, 10*(retail price). Let the much larger settlements only apply to the most egregious offenders.

There is an ethical defense of copyright infringement as well. That is unreasonable copyright terms made into laws by lobbyists, that do not take into account public interest. How is the duration of copyright for 50-100 years AFTER author's death acceptable? Even patents last just 20 years. Where is public interest in the insane $150,000 penalty for copying a single movie? So if the industry has no shame in abusing the legal system through bribes to make profits and intimidating citizenry, then public likewise should have no shame in invalidating such abuse.

Comment Long term answer (Score 1) 62

This situation demonstrates an opportunity for us geeks to envision a system where signed public key is used to communicate between you and your business. For example, if my address book entry for XYZ Bank or other institution had the bank's public key, and the bank had mine, then we could authenticate the communication whether it be email or voip or even ATM. Technologically we can do it.

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