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WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system

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Re: Actually

What kind of Tory downvotes an eminently reasonable statement?

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Livermore lab opens Catalyst super to industry users

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What I want to know is...

...why has core #7777 gone AWOL.

"I will not be briefed, debriefed, filed, index, virtualized, allocated or throttled! I am a free core!!"

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Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

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Re: I'm not worried

Internet Explorer, Maginot Edition?

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Deflation hits Tim Cook – date with him now costs only half as much

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Did you mention DEFLATION??!!!!

That will panic the Yellen and may risk causing the printers to be spun up to yet higher rates.

I still have around 1000 USD left under the mattress, please ....

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ULA says to BLAME SPACEX for Ruski rocket rebuff

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Re: So the KGB not as good as the NSA

Of course not. But it hadn't yet escalated into a tit-for-tat butthurt contest.

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: While people moan about "Net Neutrality"...

ELECTED BUSH. FOUR TIMES. BUT IN VARYING COLORS.

MUH NET NEIEUTRALITY!!! MUH DEHERREMMM.

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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Go to Europe and see that not.

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Re: Gouging

OTOH, if they charge for usage, these problems may be alleviated.

With cable, there simply *are* problems.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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You need to pay more taxes, because....

The Regulatory State Goes Parabolic - 79K Pages Of New Rules; $1.9 Trillion Cost; Impact Per Family Exceeds Minimum Wage Job

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has just released its annual report on the growth of the regulatory State in the US, entitled ’10,000 Commandments’ (the full report can be downloaded here, pdf). If only it were just ’10,000 commandments’! In reality, there are far, far more, and they are growing like weeds year-in, year-out.

A few statistical highlights from 2013:

...Combined with $3.454 trillion in federal spending, Washington’s share of the economy now reaches 31 percent.

...Costs for Americans to comply with federal regulations reached $1.863 trillion in 2013. That is more than the GDPs of Canada or Australia.

...This is the 21st edition of Ten Thousand Commandments. In that time, 87,282 final rules have been issued. That’s more than 3,500 per year or about nine per day.

...The “Unconstitutionality Index” is the ratio of regulations issued by agencies compared to legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the president. The ratio stood at 51 for 2013. That means there were 72 new laws and 3,659 new rules – 51 rules for every law, or a new rule every 2 ½ hours.

...Regulatory costs amount to an average of $14,974 per household – 23 percent of the average household income of $65,596 and 29 percent of the expenditure budget of $51,442. This exceeds every item in the household budget except housing – more than health care, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel, services, and savings. Some 63 departments, agencies and commissions have regulations in the pipeline.

...The 2013 Federal Register contains 79,311 pages, the fourth highest ever. The top two all-time totals are 81,405 pages in 2010 and 81,247 in 2011, both under Obama.

...The top six federal rule making agencies account for 49.3 percent of all federal rules. In 2013, these were the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

...Small businesses pay more in per-employee regulatory costs. Firms with fewer than 20 employees pay an average of $10,585 per employee, compared to $7,755 for those with 500 or more employees.”

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In short, the monetary costs of regulations as calculated by CEI above probably don’t even come close to representing the actual costs in terms of lost opportunities, knowledge that has never been gained, and consumer satisfactions that will never be attained as a consequence. The statement that regulatory costs devour 29% of all household income is sobering enough as it is, but it cannot possibly convey how much economic progress has already been forever lost due to regulations.

I sure hope people are getting their money's worth. It is probably "unemployment" though.

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Re: Cue the usual (mis-informed) post...

Indeed. The only one condemned to succeed is YOU - when the taxman rings you up.

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Yep, it means the progressive doublethink that says "more taxes == something good occurs" can even be found where it shouldn't be found. "Something good" should probably be something different than bombs dropping on brown people, although recently, checking on Hillary, the Rices and Samantha make me think that this also counted as "good" by the progressives. So let's just say "something good" is not bridges to nowhere, roach motel hospitals, lavish resorts for Congressmen or a USPTO that hands out patents for confusing cats.

It's not like problem childs of a similar kind aren't already convinced that the public debt is not a problem because you can always print more money, so I fails to see what the hurry is in destroying wealthpaying more taxes. I guess when you don't have a model on how an economy works in the first place, anything goes.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: shame

You forget about Bob!

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I'm sorry Bill, I can't just let Sony do that...

The Japanese firm is spanking Redmond's console in the US market that Xbox considers its own

Hell hath no fury than True AI spanked!

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Dogevault praying backups work after confirming attack

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Re: Why

And the final security measure is FDIC insurance backed by the Federal government.

That's the one that undoes all the others again.

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Anonymous: Why we're PICKETING Glenn Greenwald's book tour

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The brand that popularized Pierre-Greenwald's Snowden leaks is only so 'edgy' and 'cool' because heroes like the PayPal 14 took direct action.

I just want /b/ to go away. Please? 4chan is safe now that the hack has been cleaned up, right?

There is ALSO that X-files episode "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space'" (1996) where the following is said by a nerd character:

Well, hey, I didn't spend all those years playing Dungeons and Dragons and not learn a little something about courage.

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

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Re: This is the result of NASA wlaking away from LOX/RP1 engines in the 1970's.

Tricky Dick had no money left, he farted it all out blowing up women and children and random AK wielding peasants in 'Nam (because the french failed to do so a bit earlier even though quite a few recycled german personnel was in their colonial army at that time).

There was so no money left that he went off the Gold standard. The frankly Death-Star sized chickens from THAT are presently coming home to roost btw. Enjoy the guano.

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Re: "Hello, Smithsonian? This is NASA"

"NYET"

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NUH! LAND!

The political standoff between the US and Russia over the latter's antics in Ukraine

Dontcha mean the former's antics in Ukraine?

"Fuck the EU, we will have a nazi revolution emerging from this embassy ... AND GET AWAY WITH IT!"

It's an old US thing, practiced successfully in South America mainly. But now that everything is newly under the survey of the Monroe doctrine, things are a bit changey (though not much hopey).

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: A fool and his money are easily parted.

The problem is that we found spoofs then people wanted to buy them!

A wild Business Case appears!

Do you [I]nvest or [R]un away?

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Oracle tries to get $1.3bn verdict against SAP reinstated

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"It's hypothetical revenue information, which is not the same," she pointed out.

It's 2014. Get with the times, lady. Hypothetical stock revenue, hypothetical tax revenue, hypothetical potential GDP, hypothetical pension payouts and wars which practically pay for themselves... THIS IS SUPERLAND! WE ARE LIVING IT!

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Oracle horns in on Red Hat's OpenStack party with own distro

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MethodNotFoundException in java.lang.String.replace(): No such method ".whoIsInControl_ItsLarry()"

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IETF plans to NSA-proof all future internet protocols

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Re: They'll never beat the spooks

or a warrant

Yeah, but not those written out by the Black Cabal of bureaucrats accountable to no-one except to the Black President who is accountable only to himself.

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The weird and wonderful mind of H.R Giger is no more

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Re: unique

Didcha know that the Swiss border police impounded and destroyed some of his paintings he had in the trunk of his car because they, IIRC, "photography related to child pornography"?

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Re: So sad.

Doubleplussupergood for Beksinski.

He's even more disturbing than Giger. Because he's actually doing 3-D imagery, I think.

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Supposedly secure Dogecoin service Dogevault goes offline

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There is a tick on this Doge

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Re: Apparently it's hard to run a secure currency.

I thought I could do that with my cash too!

Oh my gode!

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Re: Dogecoin?

No, I think it's pronounced like the Venetian Doge.

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Do you use NAS drives? For work? One just LEAKED secret cash-machine blueprints

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Re: Is the NAS box really the key in this story?

However, what on earth is the build like of that undisclosed company, that lets its users of its laptops back up the data to private devices in the first place? Where are the controls around their sensitive data? Why is that laptop able to share with non-regulated networks like at home, at Starbucks etc....

Very young, I see.

You need to realize that not every company can be managed like a bank (cough CDs with depositor data transferred to Frau Merkel for extortion purposes cough) or the NSA (cough our sysop left with the goods cough) as some actually need to pull in money to finance the ultra-fortress behaviour from customers in the first place.

I can remember that even in a certain govern-mentally checked project with fat security requirement binders so terminally dull that your head would melt when you just looked at them, interesting data could be found in inappropriate places ... nothing untoward happened though. GnuPG was indeed applied to the highest security files (I never saw what was in there, probably the IP adresses of the SNMP endpoints)

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Re: Not exactly best practice

Without encrypting it?

FAIL for not comprehending the problem in the first place.

Oh, you keep you files individually encrypted on your disk? Sure you do.

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Also cloudy applications with badly set permissions....

This "easy share" feature is supposed to make passing information to other users more convenient, although it appears to be a little too convenient: miscreants aware of the "share everything" design flaw are scanning the public internet for vulnerable models, and grabbing sensitive stuff, it's claimed.

HA HA HA! SHOW THEM ONLINE!!

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WWI historical project will catalog eight million life stories

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Al least it doesn't say it was for "Muh Freedums!"

who served in the British and Commonwealth forces

"who were sliced and diced for the benefit of a few and the egos of democratic blowhards in a purely continental brawl" doesn't sound so well, innit?

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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You can buy those, you know...

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$180,000 buys you lunch with Tim Cook as charity auction ending

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Re: Snorefest

It will be the bestest siesta of your life though.

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Do not expect to get economic insights!

$8,000 buys lunch with the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke at a restaurant of his choice

Probably money that he lovingly printed himself a bit earlier!

And lest we forget:

Ben Bernanke Gets His Reward

“Bernanke Enjoys the ‘Fruits of the Free Market,’” or so we’re told in a Reuters headline from March 4 about the former Fed chairman’s 40-minute speech in Abu Dhabi for which he received, ahem, $250,000. In the Reuters author’s defense, he was only quoting a DC lobbyist who was defending the amount, and added, Bernanke “will personally experience supply and demand.”

Well, yes, it’s just supply and demand and all that. No big deal and if you don’t like it, you must have something against markets. Still, it would be nice (and a bigger deal) if these reporters would quote someone outside of the accepted intellectual class of the Boswash corridor so compromised by being among the primary beneficiaries of all the new money Chairman Ben and his comrades created, ex nihilo, when he wasn’t shooting baskets in the Marriner Eccles building. If they did, they might hear some healthy skepticism about these events in which top officials cash in on their “public service” via contacts with the very industries they benefited while in office.

George Stigler explained such paybacks in his capture theory of regulation for which he received (rightly) the Nobel Prize in Economics, although I’d say they are better explained by the phrase, “quid pro and here-you-go!”

Less-beholden observers might pause during Bernanke’s victory lap and note that the dollar has lost almost 30 percent of its value since he joined the Fed in 2002, and that’s only if you accept the lowball metrics used in official CPI statistics. It is likely twice that amount if price inflation is measured in more traditional ways, including forgotten factors such as the full inflation for out-of-pocket expenses or the cost to maintain a constant cost of living. Americans of 1977 may have had to suffer through bad hair and disco music, but at least they didn’t suffer discrepancies between (a) what they experienced the value of the dollars in their pockets to be and (b) what the government said it was. We do.

COUGH!

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We're from the SAME DUST CLOUD, BRO: Boffins find Sun's long-lost sibling

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Re: Let me be the first to say

Log in now to Galactic Hangouts!

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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Stanislaw Lem - Ananke (from "More Tales of Pirx the Pilot")

Such was the brain, so overburdened with spurious tasks as to be rendered incapable of dealing with real ones, that stood at the helm of a hundred-thousand-tonner. Each of Cornelius’s computers was afflicted with the “anankastic syndrome”: a compulsion to repeat, to complicate simple tasks; a formality of gestures, a pattern of ritualized behavior. They simulated not the anxiety, of course, but its systemic reactions. Paradoxically, the fact that they were new, advanced models, equipped with a greater memory, facilitated their undoing: they could continue to function, even with their circuits overloaded.

Still, something in the Agathodaemon’s zenith must have precipitated the end—the approach of a strong head wind, perhaps, calling for instantaneous reactions, with the computer mired in its own avalanche, lacking any overriding function. It had ceased to be a real-time computer; it could no longer model real events; it could only founder in a sea of illusions… When it found itself confronted by a huge mass, a planetary shield, its program refused to let it abort the procedure, which, at the same time, it could no longer continue. So it interpreted the planet as a meteorite on a collision course, this being the last gate, the only possibility acceptable to the program. Since it couldn’t communicate that to the cockpit—it wasn’t a reasoning human being, after all—it went on computing, calculating to the bitter end: a collision meant a 100 percent chance of annihilation, an escape maneuver, a 90-95 percent chance, so it chose the latter: emergency thrust!

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Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Re: What is depressing again...

Not true. Because it *isn't* Java, it just looks like one.

would have just extended Debian

Bletch no. Also you have to get everyone writing in Go.

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Re: RIP java?

MySQL is in no way killed

I guess it must be resting.

Anyway ... PostgreSQL!

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Re: Probably the death knell of the "industry"

If you bothered to look at the APIs in question you'd have noticed they were plainly copied.

In this thread: Eejits who don't know about APIs and didn't bother to read the article.

If anything, this is probably one of the few high-profile sane decisions rendered recently

In this thread: Eejits who have no idea what they are talking about.

Two different people or teams developing the same functionality independently would never end up with the same class hierarchy, the same method signatures, the same variables. Never.

In this thread: Eejits who have no idea about coding.

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Re: Unintentional humor

I agree.

I cannot be better in the first place because there isn't even a specification. Like trying to metricate Chtulhu, the closer you look, the madder you get.

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Probably the death knell of the "industry"

Well, frankly I have had it.

The whole bunch of leeches and sucking cancers can't end soon enough. Everyone in his own proprietary little silo, throwing shit against the padded walls.

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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Re: here you go

To quote Greg Egan:

Gisela had never heard of Athena, but ninety minutes per person sounded ominous. Everything meaningful about an individual citizen could be packed into less than an exabyte [160,000 LTO-6 compressed (6.25 TB) tapes], and sent as a gamma-ray burst a few milliseconds long. If you wanted to simulate an entire flesher body — cell by cell, redundant viscera and all — that was a harmless enough eccentricity, but lugging the microscopic details of your “very own” small intestine ninety-seven light years was just being precious.

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Hasn't anyone ever come up with FLOPPY RAID where a bad sector on disk 23 could have been compensated with the checksums from disk 06 and 28?

It would probably have made it to a Chaos Manor entry in Byte Magazine.

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Re: 16-page document I was working on last night won’t fit onto a floppy

That one's from BOFH #1

Seriously? There are people who don't know? Next you want me add attributions when I quote from the Ancient Testament.

Whippersnappers.

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Re: 16-page document I was working on last night won’t fit onto a floppy

4 MEG IN TOTAL!

Another user rings.

"I need more space" he says

"Well, why don't you move to Texas?" I ask

"No, on my account, stupid."

Stupid? Uh-Oh..

"I'm terribly sorry" I say, in a polite manner equal to that of Jimmy Stewart in a Family Matinee "I didn't quite catch that. What was it that you said"

I smell the fear coming down the line at me, but it's too late, he's a goner and he knows it.

"Um, I said what I wanted was more space on my account, *please*"

"Sure, hang on"

I hear him gasp his relief even though he covered the mouthpiece.

"There, you've got plenty of space now"

"How much have I got"

Now this REALLY *PISSES* *ME* *OFF*! Not only do they want me to give them extra space, they want to check it, to correct me if I don't give them enough. They should be happy with what I give them *and that's it*

Back into Jimmy Stewart mode.

"Well, let's see, you have 4 Meg available"

"Wow! Eight Meg in total, thanks!" he says pleased with his bargaining power

"No" I interrupt, savouring this like a fine red, room temperature "4 Meg in total"

"Huh? I'd used 4 Meg already, How could I have 4 Meg Available?"

I say nothing. It'll come to him.

"aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggghhhhhH!"

I kill me; I really do

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

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Re: Hasn't El Reg heard of ramraiding before?

If they detect large, vehicle shaped things coming toward the building they deploy and lock in place

Isn't that racist against US customer who happen to fall into the upper quartile of US-adapted body mass?

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: In 2011, HTC invested $309m for a 50 per cent stake in the company

Unless there is a dead hand persistently pushing the "print" button at the federal reserve.

Which is the case.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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Re: AC Cancer. Cancer everyhwere!

As a cabbie might put it, Uber can go shove their cut-price offering where the sun don't shine, sunshine.

Must be the most self-defeating addie for QUALITY cab services ever.

But thanks for the astroturf.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

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Harry Harrison Reference, Hurrah!

it is probably worth considering as a economy stimulating activity

Unfortunately 40 years of relentless bullshit and economic destruction (with the best yet to come) should have taught us that Keynesianism of all kinds is a pipe dream.

No such luck.

China is currently at the top of the S-curve of its building boom. It has empty cities standing around, rotting. All that energy, time, materials and lifes locked up in infrastructure never to be used and never to generate any ROI whatsoever. Lost.

It needs a new monster project fast to justify printing more money unless the whole Ponzi scheme collapses like a Universe living through its big crunch.

However, the light at the end of the transatlantic tunnel turned out to be the Horseman of Futzy Accounting.

Ron Paul Doom.jpg

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