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Comment Re:Tell me... (Score 1) 166

You don't just need a GPS, you need a cellular radio, a SIM that works worldwide and the ability (or a strong enough receiver) to get both signals through whatever object they put them in. Given that most electronics have metal casings I find the idea that they pulled this off on the scale they claim to be quite suspect.

As a result I'd be willing to bet that they sent out very few of these devices and "extrapolated" out the data they claim and a proper statistical review of their methods and sample size would likely indicate that their claimed result is laughably wrong. If I had to bet I would wager they sent out less than 20 of these devices and have less than that got data back and used that to claim the percentage when there are hundreds of recyclers in the US.

The second part that bothers me is that similar claims to this were debunked in the past. There was a previous article claiming the US and Europe were shipping all their electronic waste to Africa when it actually turned out that only good working salable equipment was being shipped into Africa where it was re-purposed to be used productively and that the waste the article had photographed as an example was actually Africa's own electronic waste with none of Europe or the US.

Comment Re:Recycling fee (Score 1) 166

Though what you say is true about some materials, there are a large number of materials that can be recycled very easily. My municipality doesn't take those things that aren't economical to recycle but they will take any metal, plastics 1 & 2, cardboard and paper. All of these are very easily recycled, and the value of the material often covers the recycling. Plastic 1 (PET) is very easily recycled into numerous products. Paper products are so valuable these days due to the shortage of lumber for processing into paper that companies can get paid good money for their paper and cardboard (most grocery stores won't give out boxes anymore because of this). Metals are quite valuable, particularly aluminum, copper and steel but even alloys like magnesium and such are easily recycled and the recyclers usually pay per pound for them. Glass used to be included in that list but plastic has replaced most bottles these days and glass has almost no value anymore with very few products outside alcohol using it anymore.

Comment Shows the lengths.... (Score 4, Insightful) 170

This is standard practice nowadays. There are AstroTurfing campaigns and attacks like this going on all the time these days. There is no such thing as playing fair and letting the market decide. Ever since Tesla started plans to produce a mass consumer electric vehicle that's not handicapped and a piece of shit the oil industry has been working against them. This is why every single Model S crash is a massive public affair with news stories all over the wire. Oil companies are funding these types of articles and paying journalists to write them, probably in some cases writing them for them.

I'm glad Musk pursued the investigation and determined the person that made the call so they can get them on the stand. Expect nothing less at this point than the astroturf nonprofit that employs the guy to try to keep him from talking to anyone and when he does they will throw him under the bus and ruin his career to make it look like "one bad apple".

Like I said, standard practice these days. You can't really believe anything you see these days because of how corrupt journalism is, and the internet has only made it worse.

Comment Re:DMCA counter-notice (Score 1) 241

Faking the takedown is punishable.

The only thing that is illegal in a takedown notice is if you claim ownership of something that's not yours. You think that applies but it doesn't, paramount actually owns the transformer movie they claimed ownership of. There is no cause of action for them claiming they own transformers and that X file is transformers when it's not. This is a very big hole in the law that allows these companies to make these fraudulent claims.

To sum up, the only thing that would have bee illegal is if paramount had claimed they own a movie that isn't theirs and then claimed Ubuntu was that movie. It might not make sense to you but this loophole was specifically put into the law to give the companies basically total immunity as long as they claim infringing product is something they actually own.

Comment Re:Laws should be changed... (Score 1) 241

Your number two ignores the damage that these takedown notices cause to independent artists and small businesses. This should be taken into account and significant enough damages against the parent complainer rewarded to make the injured party whole. This would be simple if we simple added an extension to copyright making the copyright holder liable for anything they pay other companies to do regarding that copyright.

Comment Re:Fairy dust and unicorn dreams. (Score 1) 308

You are woefully unaware of how susceptible electronic device, particularly integrated circuits are to EM discharges. A USB port provides 500ma per second at 5V, with a few capacitors and a second or so to charge up you can transform that to 200V at a slightly reduced amperage. This would be enough juice to burn you and have you yelping in pain and you think your cheap IC circuits are going to survive that when they can barely survive a static electricity discharge with no amperage behind it?

You should learn better, go to youtube and watch the video from the homemade device and learn how these things work. It also wouldn't hurt if you actually learned something about electricity as well because you apparently don't know much of anything.

Comment Re:Properly designed (Score 1) 308

The seller notes that the only immune laptops on the market are the latest Macbook Pro's because their power and data circuits are isolated and the data circuits are passed through optical transmitters which essentially eliminate the power issue. There is an somewhat easy solution to a device like this. Isolated protected power paths with optical data transmission. Thunderbird was originally supposed to be optical and Intel still plans optical in the future.

Comment Re:the H1B salary level needs enforcement / direct (Score 2) 338

The simple solution is for Federal ADA's to start prosecuting people that replace a American worker with an H1-B. I believe they could argue quite effectively that employee A was replaced by H1-B performing exactly the same job functions and this violates the terms of the H1-B program. The H1-B holder should be immediately deported and the company(s) involved should all be fined a minimum of a years salary.

Personally I'd like to see the law expanded and have these violations make the CEO personally liable.

Comment Re:Fairy dust and unicorn dreams. (Score 5, Informative) 308

Didn't see the You-tube video of the concept version of this being demoed on a laptop did you? Fried the screen and board in the first pulse and took out the power system and everything else with the second (each pulse takes about a second to charge and release). These things are not pushing a 10V signal on a 5V line, they are pumping a 230V charge into the port with magnitudes more amperage than static electricity, the simple over-voltage protections on current USB ports can't protect against this.

A real solution to a device like this will require a far more robust design on the over-volt protection on the ports. Something that can resist 200V+.

Comment Re:Ugh, Sometimes I hate people (Score 1) 308

There is a solution here, electrical protection on the USB port that should have been there from the start. I'm not an EE so maybe this is actually a hard problem but it would seem to be easier to put a breaker or fuse on the the thing that would protect over-voltage from coming into the circuit boards.

Comment Re:So they didn't? (Score 3, Informative) 226

Cement production doesn't involve power generation so no electricity is used. Worldwide Cement production uses around 20% of the world energy. You have to heat the mixture (a man made combination of several minerals) to about 2,700 degrees F to get Cement. This tremendous amount of heat (every ounce of mineral has to sustain this temp) requires massive expenditures of energy, sometimes electricity but usually something easy like thermal coal. The resulting klinker is then ball milled into a fine powder and sold as Portland Cement Concrete.

Comment Re:Don't ever sign a contract with "arbitration" (Score 1) 104

The thing is, Binding arbitration is good for the company as long as too many don't use it. If all the class members filed Arbitration requests this would cost Uber more than the class action would. The problem is people are more willing to sign up for a class than they are to file their own arbitration. There was a case a few years ago where ATT got a class dismissed then the class members to more than 1000 people to file arbitration requests. The resulting legal fees to ATT topped anything they would have paid out in a class action. The punishment is making it cost more than they gained even if you never see a dime, most people who sign up for classes don't understand that and only want a personal pay day.

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