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Comment Re:Will their implementation allow tracking? (Score 2) 54

When banks implement blockchains, will their version allow tracking of all the individuals involved in the whole chain?

Of course it will. They want to use a blockchain for maintaining an efficient high-speed ledger of all bank-to-bank transactions. When you do a funds transfer from, for your account to an account at another bank, they'll write an entry to the block chain and both parties will be able to validate the time at which the transaction occurred. Having an unforgeable ledger is the entire point of the system that they're proposing.

Comment Re:Best selling computer? (Score 1) 269

I'm surprised that it was that few. I remember seeing them for £50 in Argos about a decade after they were first released. They were incredibly popular as games machines and a load of shops had a row of C64 game tapes for around 50p each (NES games were around £10, if I remember correctly, at the same time).

Comment Re:A Lot of Effort to Bury the Lede (Score 1) 107

There's no vast left- or right-wing media conspiracy. There's a small number of owners of the mainstream press, and they will not print anything that directly contradicts the interests of these owners. This has no allegiance to any political party or ideology other than a desire for certain individuals to increase their personal power.

Various governments have allowed mergers and acquisitions among news companies until there's very little independent press. Most countries don't want to regulate press freedom too heavily (for good reason - there's a very fine line between regulating truth in journalism and forcing propaganda and it's incredibly easy for the former to slip into the latter), so we're left with the majority of the population being informed by untrustworthy sources.

Comment Re:Pretty shocking (Score 1) 111

I find the map pretty surprising. Zoom in on the UK, and most of England is yellow (11-15 g/m3), but Reading (dense traffic, industrial areas, lots of diesel trains passing through) is green (<10), yet completely surrounded by yellow areas. I'd probably be inclined to trust the point samples, but their averaging between them looks like it's nonsense. The middle of Wales is pretty green, but with squares of yellow. The green makes sense (it's basically a big space full of hills and sheep), but the yellow doesn't seem to correspond with any human habitation or industry.

Comment Re: don't get your hope up (Score 1) 252

Indeed. Under the Consumer Rights Act and the earlier Sale of Goods Act, you are entitled to a refund for a variety of reasons. Any claims made by the seller that influenced your decision and are false gives you grounds for a refund (or a replacement with a version that meets these requirements). I had the battery on an Apple laptop fail after the warranty expired, but because of the SoGA they replaced it without quibble: their website claimed that it would retain 80% of its charge after 300 discharge cycles and the system monitor showed that it was retaining about 15% of its charge after about 120 complete cycles.

Comment Re:Chinese/Muslim preferences (Score 1) 271

China has the US's balls in a vice, not selling to the US will hurt China, but it will hurt the US far FAR more.

LOL. You obviously do not know American manufacturing and our situation. China does NOT have us. Best thing that could happen to America is for us to raise taxes on consumed goods/services based on where the worst part/service comes from. If they emit a lot of CO2, then high tax. With this approach, we get all nations to clean up their CO2. At the same time, since America actually is low emission (with an intelligent normalization of emissions / $GDP ), it would allow the west to re-build rather quickly.

Comment Re:Chinese/Muslim preferences (Score 1) 271

You are VERY mistaken WRT to foreign policy

And here is what Daesh thinks.
This is interesting in that a daesh expert believes that they will attack us like they attacked Paris to influence their election. And Daesh hopes that Trump wins according to them

Finally, This one sums it all up best.

But hey, look around. You can actually find articles written that will support your position, but, they are very far and few in-between and none by experts on China, Daesh, AQ, Russia, etc.

Comment Re:Chinese/Muslim preferences (Score 1) 271

China, Iran and North Korea want somebody who can be easily manipulated. That is trump. Have you listened to him. He screams about BUSINESS with China and Mexico, but the ONLY one that he speaks of addressing is Mexico. Yet, NAFTA has 1 simple quick fix and it would solve EVERYTHING with Mexico trade, while helping them out. But what does Trump say about CHina's invasion into other nation's territory? NOTHING. What does he say about Iran and what he will do? NOTHING. What does Trump say that he will do with North Korea? He will ask China to invade them (kind of like asking America to invade Puerto Rico, or Canada).

ISIS and AQ HATE hillary and anybody connected to O. He has overall done a good job on AQ, but he somewhat screwed up with ISIS. Hillary will send in troops and finish this. That is why Russia wants Trump. He and the neo-cons/tea* will walk away and allow Russia to own it all.

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