* Posts by Schultz

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Just a quickie, then: Boffins' 11 picosecond spontaneous emission

Schultz

"They would also like to use electricity rather than light to excite the nanocube"

And therein lies the catch: They excite a system containing quantum dots and silver nanoparticles with a 150 femtosecond laser. The laser pulse has extraordinarily high intensities (up to 10^7 W/(square cm)) and they get some light back out on the picosecond time scale. The emission time is some 2 orders of magnitude slower than the laser pulse duration.

It is not clear at all how they want to electrically excite the system. Illuminating a controlled area with high intensity light is easy (if you have a >>10^5 $ laser), but getting the same amount of energy into the system electrically and within a few 100 femtoseconds is a completely different problem.

So don't get your hopes up, somebody still has to crack a lot of hard problems before you can buy a 100 GHz optical computer.

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Blessed are the cheesemakers, for they have defined the smidge

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Boffin

Does this mean ...

that I have to replace all my non-standard teaspoons with proper 5 ml ones? How come those non-standard teaspoons are sold anyways? Somebody should regulate this issue -- but maybe the standards body is a tad preoccupied with repairing their meth lab.

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Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

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"Sinofsky will need to be rehired to demo Windows 10, and once again show how it runs Internet Explorer, with a majestic sweep of his arm."

I like the moment where he declares that you get '30% more' at the end of the video. It sounds like the latest laundry detergent special.

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ACLU wants to end NSA mass spying forever – good luck with that

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Black Helicopters

Nothing to worry about ...

Only 5.1 million Americans have a security clearance to read your slurped data, so chances are that your neighbor still doesn't know what you are up to in your private life. Or does he?

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OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

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Lacking deterrence

I wonder if they should think about their own role hacking China. Maybe switch the word deterrence with mutual understanding of what are legitimate targets on either side?

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Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

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Perfect for me!

I was a bit disappointed by my latest attempt to keep the ThinkPad form with the x230: too wide, already broke a battery hinge and a screen hinge, and if it weren't for the great keyboard I would have gotten rid of it quickly. Fortunately it's easy to repair, took me just 15 dollars on Aliexpress and 20 minutes with a screwdriver to replace that screen hinge. Now if they could make one that lasts like the old ones (x40 comes to mind)!

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Boffin

Causation versus correlatooncorrelation

I wonder about your example on water supply via private or public entities. You relate improvements in England > Wales > Scotland > NI to privatization. But if I am not mistaken the former had growing economies and populations and the latter had less of that. Maybe your numbers just show that investment occurs in growing regions?

Is here any indication about causation in this or other examples of privatization? Or is it just wool over all our eyes?

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Re: The problem isn't "spin". The problem is lying.

Those two words aren't synonyms yet?

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Giving the user what he wants...

How come it took MS years to find out that the big unified touch interface is a piece of S**T when it took me only 2 hours to come to the same conclusion? And I am usually not fast to make up my mind. Now if they'd consider removing the Ribbon I might even return to a halfway modern version of their office software. Best hand it over with that complimentary copy of Windows 10, thank you very much.

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Screw you, ISPs: Net neutrality switches on THIS FRIDAY – US court

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Will this affect the code injection tools ...

...that seem to be so fashionable in some places?

(http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/10/israeli_ad_slingers_gagging_order_indian_techie/)

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Boffin

"Have it as a Lunch club, or after school club fines, but a core skill? Really?"

I think you underestimate the potential usefulness of coding skills in the real world. Computers are now more ubiquitous than pocket calculators and allow to address problems at a much higher abstraction level. Just as with the pocket calculator, you might argue that most people don't really need it (what's wrong with multiplication tables?). But if people have the skill they might use it. The python interpreter definitely replaced my pocket calculator and a good number of other tools.

When you look hard at any subject taught in school, you can always argue that most of it is wasted on most of the pupils. But some of them may be inspired by what they learn and go on to do great deeds.

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Go

You say yes, I say no.

You say impossible, but I say impussyblah-blah-blah ...

The NSA demonstrated that it is possible to have breakable unbreakable encryption with elliptic curve cryptography. Now it's just a matter of turning back the clocks and getting the cat back into the bag. (might it then, not, be a bit alive if we stop looking?)

Now if we could just go on pretending that the world is flat, that three letter agencies can do no evil, and that cryptography is a state of mind as opposed to a mathematical concept.

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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National paranoia day

So when is the national paranoia day when everybody says sorry to the paranoid for laughing at their stories of black helicopters, etc.?

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US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

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"collect" – apparently to the intelligence community, it means storing data but not looking at it

I think they already got your brains with their newspeak. As I understand the issue, the sentence should be:

"collect" – apparently to the intelligence community, it means collecting and looking at data. Merely collecting the data does not count if no human eyes looked at it. There are probably other logical AND conditions that they don't yet talk about (it doesn't count if the data come from a different postal code, the looked-at data must be on the screen for at least 1.5 minutes in the same format and order it was collected in, three colleagues must bear witness that the data was looked at, ...) .

Or maybe you got it right and they redefine the data as uncollected if it was looked at?

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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"ye canna change the laws of physics"

Now why would you be saying that? c = 298.35629 m/s. Here, I've done it. We are all liberals here, so stop being so stubbornly conservative.

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Big sales growth nothing to do with NSA fears - Huawei top brass

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Go

Growth has nothing to do with NSA fears...

... so it will be perfectly legit if Snowden moves to China for a nicely cushioned job. Just thinking out loud here.

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US plans to apply export controls to 0-days put out for comment

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Well, they should stop exporting exploits...

so someone tell the NSA to stop meddling with hard- and software that will be exported.

Aah, that was not what they were talking about? Too bad.

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Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

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Re: This sums up the problem:

Still remember Doom as the FPS that did not have 'physics' brakes.

You could jump and turn as fast as your mouse would go, so death-matches would be mostly a test of skills and not just tactics. Those instantaneous 90 or 180 degree turns, the side jump / turn at close range to get out of the opponents vision, the ability to get close enough for the berserk kit to pay off ... happy memories.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Go

"Islamism is [...] a specific variant that indeed is totally incompatible with western values.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary:

Islamism

1: the faith, doctrine, or cause of Islam

2: a popular reform movement advocating the reordering of government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam

I don't like people advocating laws based on religion (definition No. 2), but even that meaning of islamism is not totally incompatible with western society. Indeed I know Christians who advocate very similar things based on their religion and they are no small minority in many western countries. Maybe your interpretation of the work islamism reflects your own not-so-tolerant (dare I say 'western') values?

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Schultz

Impressive, he hit all the liberal keywords and still managed to make it xenophobic

"That means actively promoting certain values [..] Equal rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality. [...] And it means confronting head-on the poisonous Islamist extremist ideology."

Nicely done, separating out Islam. So he is for equal rights regardless of race but not regardless of religion?

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Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

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Nice toy for the kids.

Let's see if it is any better than the gazillion other apps out there.

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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"they went after him because of the "ex-cop" part"

I think they went after him because they want to continue using the lie detector and they want to suppress anything that endangers their toy.

The obvious value of the lie detector is not in detecting lies, but in scaring the people who believe in it. Who cares if it works if the tested subject believes it works (and will change his behavior or quit before taking the test). But maybe they'll get the Streisand effect with this case and more people take note of the ridiculous pseudo-scientific practices in the law enforcement agencies.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Re: Where you using a camera on review?

Probably some dirt on the camera lens is scattering light. I'd bet that a majority of phones have nice fingerprints on the camera lens / window because people grab them wrong when groping in their pockets.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Trollface

"I'm a Conservative voter (of the socially progressive, libertarian, small state variety)"

Maybe you should find another Conservative of the socially repressive, authoritarian, Big-Brother state variety and together you could form a party.

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Pinning a value on big tech's top names. Not as easy as it looks

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Stop

You forgot an important market-distorting factor...

cheating.

And in the current system the questions no longer seems to be whether it's legal (who can tell with all those rules nowadays), but rather whether it's possible to get away with it. Bubbles, derivatives, hedging, speed trading, it's all about insider knowledge or moving the market with disinformation campaigns and money.

Maybe cheating averages out in the economic models (one person's loss is another's gain), but I'd guess it's greatly involved in the economic bottom --> top redistribution we see internationally.

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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"doing a 1 km deviation up a ravine "

That won't be necessary any longer, because the computer driven car will know the exact speed and angle required to take the shortcut across the ravine and thus avoid unnecessary deviations.

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iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)

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Thumb Up

Just don't forget ...

to take off the case when you want to use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or LTE.

Otherwise, it sounds like a perfectly reasonable idea. Maybe the phone could also feed some power back into the grid via wireless charger during times of peak demand -- harness your phone battery for the smart grid!

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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

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WTF?

Matt / Saddam's chemical weapons factory

Is that the real weapons factory from the good old days when The West supported Irak in its war with a larger neighboring country, or is that the imaginary weapons factory that only American government officials could see when they were wearing their special propaganda goggles?

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

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FAIL

"Sweden and Finland are considering removing handwriting from their curricula"

I think you misunderstand what they plan to do in Finland and Sweden:

They stop teaching a special handwriting script of connected letters and instead tech kids to write ordinary latin script. It doesn't mean that kids cannot write by hand, but that their hand-written text will look more like printed text and less like this or that

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Re: Rather Expensive

But the history of smartphones and tablets has shown that people are willing to buy rather expensive items if they are sufficiently useful and/or fashionable. With the tablet market winding down and the high-end smartphone market lacking groundbreaking innovations, the smartwatch may be just the thing to pull another grand out of the pockets of those who can afford it.

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White House cyber-general says US must be able to cyber-nuke the worst of the cyber-worst

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He point might be taken seriously...

... if the US government still had any credibility in the field of cybersecurity, building an open net, protecting diversity and freedom of opinion, ... As it stands, his statements are just some more noise in the propaganda war for controlling the internet of everything.

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Happy

Beware Microsoft bearing gifts?

The gift for Cyanogen comes in the form of little green pieces of paper. The stuff you can hand to programmers and they'll convert it into useful bits and bytes (or, as it happens, into Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office).

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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WTF?

Re: Good for them

So let me get that right, they buy the most expensive tablets on the market and then they lock them down to run only the educational software from a single firm (probably written for the lowest-common-denominator hardware)? What a waste. Maybe they should have started a trial with some cheap Chinese tablets (currently $40).

The students unlocking the IPads sounds very reasonable. They should make that an assignment!

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Schultz
Facepalm

Lacking detail

I just see tens of thousands of black pixels and a few green ones. Do they worry about the color reproduction cost? They could at least have embossed little HPs in turqouise on the square to make it more entertaining (see: http://kuku-kube.com).

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EU bods Oetti and Ansip: We must digitise EVERYTHING

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Homo Stuttgartensis

He spent most of his career in Stuttgart, so of course it's all about cars.

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This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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"But when the criminals know your tricks, they can hide in plain sight..."

A good argument for surveillance of the police. They know all the tricks, they are truly dangerous! Let's create the popolice to police the police to guard against that. And then we need the popopolice to do surveillance on the popolice.

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Blaze it: US drug cops taken to court to ensure all dragnet snooping records are destroyed

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Holmes

a pattern of partial or somewhat misleading statements on issues of mass surveillance

No shit, Sherlock. But good luck doing something about it. I'd guess they'll have a hard time proving that they were affected by the snooping.

Might as well try to prove that the falling tree makes a sound if nobody is around to hear it. Or that the cat died in the box even though nobody looked for a year.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Good one...

building up all the way to the punchline.

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Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

Schultz
Boffin

Blobs of data

Is that the new official TheRegister unit for data? How to convert blobs to bits, bytes, and encyclopedias? Are we allowed to use milliblobs and Megablobs? Is a blob divisible, is it quantized?

Curious minds want to know...

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Unhappy

schoolboy's posterior...

am I the only one who, after reading the headline, was a bit disappointed that the coin features flowers instead of the schoolboy's posterior?

Well, there is always the front side to redesign in the upcoming republic of GB.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Holmes

...could scan all emails, find any with red flags and then only store those ones

Right, the red flag being that it's not the 538925th copy of some spam mail. This way they can easily claim to not store most of the email traffic. Surely, advanced algorithms can be used to filter out other trivial dross ("I'll be late tonight, darling" and similar) and they'll be left with the truly dangerous original thought crimes.

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Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

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Devil

My favourite moment...

...is when the CEO of Telekom talks about the speed of light being too slow to transmit traffic data to a server (for self-driving cars, I assume). I quote "The speed of light is not enough".

I of course totally agree and I think they should get somebody working on the issue. Going beyond c would really open new markets! Else they have to limit German cars to sub-relativistic speeds, but that would never fly with the voters.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

Schultz

"What was even better is that there wasn't a single bit of difficult maths in the entire piece"

Physics is mathematics applied to describing the world. Leaving the math out simply means that the article has been dumbed down sufficiently to contain no hard physics.

Now what was the point again?

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

Schultz

But data collection is sooo valuable ...

... as in Monthy Pythons 'Stop the Film': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1pcEpSaboo

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CIA re-orgs to build cyber-snooping into all investigations

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That'll be fun in the next James Bond

JB: ... I discovered the evil lair, no personnel on site, make CIA send a team asap ...

Moneypenny: Now where was that new 'assistance under duress' form on the innovatively integrated CIA contact site. Darn, I only find the new leveraged delegate decision-making and accountability rules. Why didn't they intercept JB's message by now? Maybe we shouldn't send them those other exabytes of data every day ...

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

Schultz

Re: "Why anyone would ever want 22 different wash cycles or more is another matter."

I expect that a smart washing machine allows me to play dumb. Why should I waste time thinking about the duration of the rinse cycle if the machine should be able to figure it out without me? After all, it contains all those smart sensors and can make decisions based on the full engineering brainpower of the manufacturer.

I love our LG machine that allows me to fill a 19 kg drum with a few briefs and it'll figure out how much water and time it needs without me second guessing it. That's what I call progress!

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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There is a compromise...

for those stuck with the capsule maker in the office:

http://www.capsules-compatibles.fr/capsule-compatible-nespresso-reutilisable/

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

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Flame

Piece of bollocks

The article blames the common currency for problems that have nothing to do with the currency: Economic bubbles are inflated when reckless lenders lend to reckless investors. It doesn't matter in which currency the transactions are booked. You can only argue that the reckless investors had an easier time to find reckless lenders because the latter failed to recognize that an invested Euro in a German factory might offer different returns from an invested Euro in a vacation apartment on the Spanish coast.

As to recovering from the crises, having a separate currency can be helpful because the debt can be inflated away. But history shows that inflation is rarely painless for a country or its people.

Europe needs smarter banks with better understanding of the different European regions, Europe needs a more flexible budget that puts money where it is needed (independent of national borders), Europe needs free flows of capital and people to smoothen out regional problems. Europe does not need border fences, import taxes and separate regulations for each market.

I live in Korea and just build up a lab. I now waste a lot of time and paper with international orders and customs, much more than I did in Europe. Often we end up paying 20-30% extra to get a company handling the import -- don't tell me that this is an effective way to do business.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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... allegedly, you are not allowed to backup your legit copy…

I guess that strongly depends on where you live.

But maybe the US of A simply anticipates future international laws and preemptively ensures that the world is compliant.

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

Schultz

Boredom factor

The problem with the starter kits is that you can only build stuff that has already been thought through by someone else before you. The real fun kicks in when you build something new. That involves reading datasheets, but I'd claim that's a useful thing to learn.

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