So, why China is building and deploying its own carriers?
China has been constantly accused of not "following international norms". Now China can follow "international norms" and use its carrier(s) to bully the crap out of weak countries?
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China has been constantly accused of not "following international norms". Now China can follow "international norms" and use its carrier(s) to bully the crap out of weak countries?
Can you have exclusive tweets? That's where the BBC seem to be getting their news these days.
"I'm pretty sure they could have just weighed them to arrive at a count with an acceptable level of accuracy."
They should have been able to. I don't know about now, but Barclays used to weigh the notes that were paid in to them. If they can trust the accuracy of the weight of notes then coins shouldn't be a problem at all.
"... clean water and electricity ..." and indoor toilets.
When you receive your content free email you're supposed to login to your
account to see the content.
"Panama is just a state of heightened tax avoidance".
That Panamanian law firm is only acting as a middle man. The real tax avoidance takes place in the offshore tax havens, many of which are under British jurisdiction.
Maybe the "good" guys should set an example by ... playing by the rules?
"There's a very simple question that needs to be answered: Do you believe that an American Citizen has the right to defend their life, their property, and the lives of others anywhere they have a legal right to be?"
Have there been any studies into the number of lives saved by American Citizens exercising their right to "defend their life, their property, and the lives of others anywhere they have a legal right to be" versus the number of lives wasted by the abuse of firearms?
"it seems odd for foreign nations to think they get a vote on it."
If foreign nations don't get a say then those with sufficient motivation and means will just say fork it and set up alternative institutions and mechanisms.
"You sure about that? My ebook library[*} is will over 50GB. And that's a small sub-section of all the books I own[**]"
- your books are mostly novels with few illustrations and pictures
- formatting/drm and other cruft bloats the books' size by 10 times its basic ascii versions
- average word length is 5 characters
- you read at 3 words/second, and you spend 8 hours each and every day reading
(((((50 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024) / 10) / 5) / (3 * 3600)) / 8) / 365 = approx. 34.04813
it will take you over 30 years to read all your 50GB of books.
"We should also recall that 20% corporation tax was lost on most of the 3G license proceeds as they were massively written down with the associated tax write-off when those losses were declared. ... So short term ('OfCom') gain must be balanced against lost revenue, lost investments and lost taxation."
If company A spent £10 billion on spectrum the government pockets the £10 billion. If company A didn't spend the £10 billion on spectrum (or anything else) and declared it as profit then they would have to pay the 20% corporation tax (assuming that's the going rate) and the government gets £200 million. So where is the lost taxation?
Well it doesn't - it only censors the part within its own borders.
Whereas the US doesn't respect borders.
"To be fair the British government has so far found very few "terrorists" at which to fire those missiles, whereas the Russians have had no difficulty."
To the Russians, terrorists are terrorists. To the British government (and other "Western" countries) there are "good" terrorists and "bad" terrorists.
How come the FTC aren't looking out for Windows users? Security problems at MS are orders of magnitude more serious but the FTC are doing diddlysquat.
When messing around with ssh on a remote machine always keep at least 1 ssh connection alive, that you can stop/restart the sshd on the remote machine and if there are any problems you can use your existing connection to correct it.
"No one that cared about security would want to use a product without commercial support."
The only commercial support worth having is for the case when the encryption key is lost/forgotten and they can use their backdoor to decrypt your data for you.
Getting countries to sign up to a new treaty is the easy part. Getting them to abide by it is somewhat harder. If countries can redefine torture as "enhanced interrogation", then the invasion of privacy can also be redefined to sound more friendly and less threatening.
"If you accept that freedom is sometimes worth dying for (the premise behind pretty much every war ever fought),"
If by freedom you mean the freedom for one side to loot and plunder another side, and the freedom for the other side to defend against being looted and plundered, then yeah, pretty much every war is about dying for freedom.
On EE now, the dns lookups are atrociously slow. Websites take 1-2 seconds before they even start loading, and when they do start loading they don't do so as fast as I would like them to (I'm using firefox with ad blocking and noscript and ghostery so a lot superfluous would have been filtered out and not loaded). And on average there's a dns lookup timeout every one and a half days. Previously was using Sky, they're OK, and before that used Plusnet - of the 3, Plusnet was the most pleasurable to use, even though its line speed wasn't as fast as Sky and EE websites loaded as soon as the url was entered.
"When there is an unscheduled emergency stop, airplanes and so on should enjoy the same status as an embassy of the country in which they are registered."
Are there any international agreements that says a host country must allow an "embassy" to take-off after it has made an unscheduled emergency stop?
The international law is yet to be designed where a country sufficiently endowed with exceptionalism is unable to flout.
What I would like to see in a phone are hot-swappable battery. USB power packs have their uses but are no substitute for removable batteries.
"Lawyers are not supposed to make any moral judgements on their clients, they are supposed to fight for their clients' side."
Maybe not. But they can make a moral judgement on themselves as to whether or not they accept certain clients.
"I've looked for, and never found, a pair of quality Bluetooth speakers that can do stereo without a wire connection between a 'master' and 'slave' unit."
Not sure whether they still make them anymore but I have a pair of Nokia Play 360, they work pretty well both own their own or as a pair. And a very useful feature that few bluetooth speakers have is removable/replaceable batteries. The only complaint I have about these is that the battery compartment needs a screwdriver/coin to open.
"Is it only me who would like someone to explain why the Chinese like keypads when they don't use an alphabet?"
I can't explain why the Chinese like keypads. However I can point out that it is a NUMBER keypad - geared for dialling phone numbers not for typing in letters of the alphabet (although you could do that as well if you had to). Also there are a myriad of different methods to input Chinese characters, one of them, the "Stroke" method only requires 5 keys - each representing one of the different strokes that makes up a character - which fits on a number keypad with plenty to spare.
"At least at LHR and most airports outside of the USA you can connect with another flight without having to go through local customs and immigration.
Written sitting waiting for a flight in the Duty Free Megaopolis that is DXB"
DXB is one of those where you have to go through customs to get to your connecting flight. The security people there are very sharp. I had accidently left a "swisscard" in my wallet, it contains a small blade and a pair of scissors. The guys at DXB spotted it, asked me what it was, after I showed it to them they let me through. I had been carrying that swisscard in my wallet for a good number of years and have been on more than a dozen flights with it but no other airport's security peeps have complained about it (or maybe they thought it was less a threat than my bottle of water).
'And of course, those growing "sand islands" in the South China Sea have nothing to do with territorial aggression ... after all, it's called the South China Sea for a reason, right?'
Of course not, otherwise the US would have accused Vietnam and the Philippines of territorial aggression already because they have been building "islands" and outposts years before China got in on the act.
"And I've taken great comfort in Putin's reassurances that Russia has nothing whatsoever to do with the rebellious discontent in eastern Ukraine."
And so you should because Russia has as much to do with the rebellious discontent in eastern Ukraine as the US had to do with the overthrow of the previous democratically elected government of Ukraine.
'are committed to the idea of "Might makes right," "history is written by the winners," and "the end justifies the means."'
This completely describes the US military and US foreign policy. IOW the US faces a familiar enemy.
Staff seem to spend more time on paperwork than on patient care. Each member of staff that comes along asks the same questions and fill in the same forms that had already been answered to the previous member of staff. There's little coordination within a ward and less between wards and departments, and practically none between sites of what is nominally the same hospital.
"We have carefully considered the protection of customer information and this remains our highest priority"
So they did a high priority consideration and decided no protection was needed.
"Some credit to the USA for getting Cuba off the State Sponsors of Terrorism list though"
Is this the same USA that contemplated carrying out terrorist attacks across the US, blaming it on Cuba then use that as a pretext to invade?
"using your own people as dirt cheap labour"
You seem to imply that this is a bad thing. Their wages may be dirt cheap in comparison to yours, but to them it may very well be adequate or generous even. As long as they're not being mistreated or abused then it's fine. For at least the past decade wages (in the coastal provinces and cities) have been rising at over 10% a year in line with the growth in GDP. Labour laws are updated all the time to provide increased protection for workers, eg overtime work must be paid, there's also a limit to the total amount of overtime worker can do per week, people working outside in hot weather are paid a special allowance, workers are entitled to redundancy payments etc.
"Because we're unwilling to make things like ..."
Nah, we only like to sell them opium.
"Because as Cisco has found out, China are blocking US tech companies from competing as they want to build up their own IT industry."
Because as Huawei has found out, the US are blocking Chinese tech companies from competing as they want to protect their own IT industry.
"Until they try and cash those T-bill IOU's and find that the dollar is worthless?"
The day the US defaults on government debt is the day the US economy will go tits up. It will mean the end of cheap credit for them and the end of the global USD hegemony and with that the end of the leverage and control that they use to bully other countries to toe the US line. So it would be an extremely foolish US government to even contemplate a default.
"more and more understand that there's alternatives to corrupt one party government"
The advantage of a corrupt one party government as opposed to a corrupt two party government is that in the former (as least in the case of China) they can afford to plan and implement long term coherent policies.
"but if you've just been given a kicking by state goons for using Facebook to mock the party"
Anybody using facebook deserves a kicking, period. But seriously, state goons have better things to do than to kick people who mock the party (those days have long gone). If you don't pose a credible threat to the government then you can mock away.
That's because India changed the way their GDP is calculated, one of the changes being eg the amount of cow dung produced is added to the GDP (I kid you not). It could be that cow dung is an important component of the Indian economy as it's often used as cooking fuel.
"Banks' gambles are generally less risky than other options"
Not when they take the assets of their retail division to fund the speculation of their gambling division (euphemistically called "investment"). Once upon a time banking was free and banks made an honest living by lending money. Now you get charged for the privilege of putting money into a bank and for the bank to gamble your money on speculative "investments".
"And banking requires flexibility because economies can change"
Flexibility such as the ability to game interest rates and currency exchange rates, offer tax evasion services, and whatever other criminal activities banks have been found guilty of that I have missed.
"Speculation? This is the "ring fencing" that everyone is talking about. Can't use retail deposit money to finance investment banking."
The only way to stop it is a complete separation of retail banking to any other type of banking. The so called ring fencing will only last until the greedy bastards find a way around it.
"Does the device have a battery that allows the light's other functions to carry on for a limited (maybe a few days) period? Or do these have to be constantly left on to work?"
Light light bulbs incorporating a battery has been available for years. Fully charged it lasts for about 5-8hrs. In a power cut or other emergency you can remove it from the fitting and use it as a torch (you can extend the screw thread part to use as a handle). Some models come with an IR remote control complete with dimming functions.
"Why is the US not wading in to protect the people of X from being liberated by Y and rather make sure ..."
When has it ever waded in to protect the people of X? It only ever waddles in when its interests are at stake and if it means that as a result the people of X are protected then so be it.
"The reason they fight over it is because most of the major rivers in both Pakistan and India have their water source in Kashmir. Whosoever controls Kashmir controls the water supply."
Actually most of the major rivers in continental South/South East Asia have their source in the Tibetan Plateau. The major river having its source in Kashmir, the Karakash, flows into China.
"Stop carrying water for the Islamonazis."
Are these the Shia hating (and by extension Iran hating) Sunni fanatics like AQ, IS, the various groupings fighting in Syria etc. The ones funded and equipped by Saudi Arabia and other GCC states?
"The truth is the only difference between Saudi Arabia and Iran is that Saudi Arabia doesn't use government money to fund Islamonazis."
The truth is that the "West" says Iran funds terrorism, and doesn't say Saudi Arabia also does the same.
And because the "West" says so it must be true.
The biggest organisations that Iran supports and funds are Hezbollah and Hamas. I assume that these are the "terrorist" groups that Iran is funding. May I remind you that Hamas had also been funded by Saudi Arabia?
"While that isn't much of a difference in absolute standards, in the Middle East it is enough to earn Saudi Arabia a pass on their internal treatment of citizens."
The "West" don't give a damn how Saudi Arabia (mis)treats its citizens, sure they'll make noises and wring their hands now and again, but Saudi Arabia earns their "get out of jail free" card by maintaining an elastic supply of oil that they can turn the taps on and off as required to support US policy. They are also a useful consumer of weaponry, most coming from the US. How long the Saudis can keep their GOOJF card remains to be seen given the US's reduced dependency on Middle East energy resources.
'And like it or not, a policy of "we won't interfere in your internal politics no matter how many people you are killing so long as you aren't killing any of ours" is a reasonable realpolitic position."'
It is a reasonable position to take, but contrary to the hypocritical public rhetoric issued by the "West".
"The real issue is have they learned from it? If so, that's good. If not, that's bad."
Have any countries genuinely learned from the past? What I mostly see are "Western" countries conveniently wielding human rights as a stick to beat on non-friendly countries. By most measures Saudi Arabia has less respect for human rights and less personal freedom than Iran. Whilst Iran is demonised by the "West", Saudi Arabia is given free reign to bomb civilians in Yemen with the blessings of the "West".
Even if they have learned, does it stay learned? Japan, with the complicity of the US, has effectively cast aside its pacifist constitution and will now allow its "self defence" forces to act unilaterally and preemptively to "defend" Japanese "interests" anywhere in the world.
"However, I hear about it all the time here in Europe. Why are the media, politicians always going on about anti-semitism etc I get the feeling that the media/business/politicians have more to gain than the Jewish people... Is someone profiting from the sitation because it allows them to wave the "humanity" flag ?"
Whenever/wherever Jews are attacked/killed the Israeli PM or spokesperson would pop up and spout the same stuff "anti-Semitism, blah blah, terrorist attack, blah blah".
"Arguably, the Raj was at least neutral and probably beneficial in its overall effect on the Indian subcontinent:"
Native Americans probably think the same too: after the genocide they are now living in the most powerful country on earth.
"Thing is, some people will never be satisfied because how can you beat FREE? And if content creators feel they can't be compensated for their time, well..."
They can PAY viewers, that surely beats FREE. Content creation costs and viewer compensation can be paid for by adverts.
"On exactly the same basis that Joe Hockey is arguing that something designed by Americans in America, built by Chinese in China (an iPhone for example) should have the profit taxed where it is sold in Oz."
Australian ore is sold (and taxed) in Australia then shipped to China. If the entity receiving the ore in China then resells it within China any profits (made by that entity, not the mining company in Australia) will quite rightly be taxed by China. So how exactly does China get to tax a mining company in Australia?
What Apple, Google, Starbucks and others have done is structure themselves so that local sales offices generate very little net income (ie taxable profit), most of the potential profits are sent to a tax friendly HQ in the form of "marketing", "royalties" and other such tax avoidance devices. These kinds of loopholes which deprives the people/government of the host countries of tax income needs to be closed. Maybe Hockey's proposals addresses this (I haven't read it and I don't know), however it doesn't change the fact that Australian ore, sold to China, is already taxed by Australia at the point of sale which is Australia. Nothing in the proposals (even though I haven't read it I can categorically rule out such a ludicrous notion) will suddenly allow China to tax an Australian company for profits on sales made in Australia.
"Corporation tax is to be paid, in theory, where the economic activity that created the profit took place, which isn't just where the sales took place."
I'm not an economist and don't know how economists define "economic activity that created the profit took place". But to me that clearly means where the sale took place. Before a sale takes place, any goods or services produced have no profit attached to it and thus any activity before then has produced no profits. It is only when someone is willing to pay for a good/service that a profit can be realised.
"If it were, then of course all that value from the Pilbarra iron ore mines should be taxed by the Chinese government, which wouldn't go down at all well in Australia."
A mining company based in Australia selling ore mined in Australia to China would normally mean that the sale took place in Australia and will be taxed as such. How does one come to the conclusion that the Chinese get to tax it?
"The tax system really does get its slice, eventually, whatever else happens."
But does it get the same sized slice that the tax-withholding company were obliged to pay at the time the profits were made? When a company repatriates profits will they be taxed at prevailing rates or the rates at the time those profits were made? Plus interest? And late tax penalty?
"One of those bills sought to prevent currency manipulation by China."
So that's the whole point of the TPP.
"Frankly, anyone can program, I'm pretty sure now-a-days most 5 year old with a father in IT/Tech industry can, so this news about a PM in Singapore being able to program a simple program in C++ that only has a couple of hundred lines of codes is frankly not newsworthy, not worth any admiration what-so-ever."
The news factor is not that some random Tom/Dick/Harry can program, but rather a world leader can program. Eg if it were known that you always go to sleep wearing soiled underpants on your head the newsworthy factor would be zero, if a world leader was known to do the same the newsworthy factor would be non-zero.
"Yes, Democracy is what all humanity who doesn't have it at the moment should strive for. ... I would never set foot in Singapore as long as it has a set of draconian laws on free speech."
Democracy is not a panacea that will solve all humanity's problems. There's also the problem of what you mean by "democracy", for me a basic requirement would be universal suffrage - based on the modern definition, which is, that all adult citizens are allowed to vote. By this measure the USA did not become a democracy until the 1960s, but every time India has a general election, US pundits like to boast about the US being the oldest democracy and patronise about India being the largest democracy. The latter maybe true but the former is dubious.
What benefits has democracy brought India? For the majority of people (ie the poor) the only tangible benefit of having elections is that they will receive bribes of basic foodstuffs from politicians wanting to buy their votes (and does it still count as democracy if votes can be bought so freely and cheaply?). Sure they have freer speech than in Singapore, but by itself it will not put food on the table. Food and water security, healthcare, literacy, education, discrimination, corruption - these are all more pressing issues for people in poverty than the notion of democracy. When people in Singapore want more freedom of speech they will know where to "ask", politely or otherwise. There's no need for well meaning or patronising foreigners to say what Singapore should or should not have.
"that two de facto one-party states i.e. dictatorships, decide to cooperate with each other!"
As of now, there are very few dictatorships in the world, the DPRK is one, one or two countries in Central Asia might qualify, that's about it.
"On the other hand, given where the destabilizing effects of the Arab spring has left the middle-east and north Africa, and then given these countries sizeable anti sino-russian populations, what would you do in their shoes?"
Anti sino-russian populations? Really? What are you smoking? And sizeable too? I think you're looking at the wrong region.
On the whole the Arab Spring is characterised by people protesting against their own elite. The "West" initially were caught wrong footed, should they support the aspirations of the people for a freer, fairer, more democratic society or should they carrying on supporting the despots in power. In the end they played the sectarian card, so with the help of Saudi Arabia and using the Shia Iran bogeyman they unleashed the latest round bloodletting in the Middle East and North Africa.
"Is this China or FIFA you're referring to?"
FIFA takes the profits and leaves the host country with the debts and surplus stadiums.
"'Unlimited' is such an easy word to understand for *everyone* except telcos. I blame the modern education system,"
So only the telcos have had the benefit of the modern education system? The blame lies squarely with the telcos and their marketing droids.
"How can you now seek deflection from the original point by insisting that they should have been destroyed rather than admitting first that your denial of WMDs in Iraq was itself a faith-based political convenience?"
You are deliberately blurring the fact that Iraq did have some WMDs and the UN commission headed by Hans Blix had been pretty successful in investigating and dismantling said weapons. The US and the UK falsely insisted that Iraq had more undisclosed weapons and secret programmes, under this false pretence they again invaded and occupied Iraq. During this second occupation no new or significant WMDs had been found. When people say there are no WMDs in Iraq they refer to the situation at the start of 2003, which is that Iraq pretty much disclosed everything of significance about their WMDs, furthermore there is no evidence of any ongoing WMD related programmes.
"people like you just want to insist there never were any chemical weapons ..."
"... so how come you can so easily switch to now insisting those "non-existant" weapons are "harmless" if they were never there in the first place?"
The links you so helpfully provided to backup your shrill claim "that ISIS has taken the area and potentially the stock of 2500 chemical sarin rockets stored there? ", like I said you only read the first paragraph before you blew up your pretty head and did not read the bit which said weapons are basically useless. So I'm pointing out that the links you provided to "prove" your claim in fact does nothing of the sort. It's not me who is switching, but rather you who don't know how to read.
'".....Find me someone who truly believes that...." The reporter and editor at the Beeb.'
I hope you do realise that reporting on something and believing it are two separate concepts. To make it clear, the Beeb have reported what the NSA gave as the reason, they did not make a value judgement as to whether what the NSA said was true or not - and I hope they would never unless it was marked clearly as an opinionated editorial or they had evidence otherwise.
"or that ISIS has taken the area and potentially the stock of 2500 chemical sarin rockets stored there?"
According to the report that you so kindly provided:
"(http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/iraq/muthanna.htm). Please do try and read the whole article without your head exploding."
It is obvious that your head exploded after reading the first paragraph (which mentioned the 2500 rockets) and you didn't get to read the bit which says:
'Speaking in late June about the compound’s takeover, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that while the situation is troubling, the leftover stockpile does not include “intact chemical weapons ... and would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely use this for military purposes or, frankly, to move it."'
It also beggars the question that why is it after invading and occuying Iraq for close to a decade under the pretence of Iraq having undisclosed WMD that there are still supposedly dangerous chemical (maybe weapons) lying around, at a well known site, one which since at least 1996 UN inspectors had worked at before?
"So anything that disagrees with your version of reality has to be discounted out of hand? ..."
It seems you have a febrile imagination (someone less kind than me would say feeble), that you can infer so much from so few words is incredible. I have not said a single word about the veracity or otherwise of that BBC report. What is true though is that the standard and objectivity of BBC reporting has been going downhill. But whether that report is true or not is besides the point, the essence is that you seem to believe:
"[The USA] In this case they respected UN arms and trade embargoes - the searches were for companies in breach of UN sanctions."
Find me someone who truly believes that and I'll find you an idiot. The US cynically exploit UN Resolutions and values as cover to advance their interests in the cases where Resolutions and values coincide with interests. When they do not coincide and the US is unable to bend the UN to its will then they will mock the UN as irrelevant and carry on with their unilateral policies. So much for respect.
"You want to pretend no European companies ever broke UN embargoes?"
Companies and countries the world over have and continue to do so, especially the US, which like to police others but not itself.
"It's called detection and prevention"
It's called blanket surveillance pretending to catch the terrorists created by the policies of the "West". If you think the information gathered is only used for terrorism related purposes then you're more delusional than I give you credit for. Any commercially advantageous information gleaned WILL be put to use to advance US interests.
"By ensuring India develops that tech responsibly the US is ensuring that India does not follow North Korea into being a blackmarket source for Third World dictators."
IF that is really want the US wants then they should be working with Pakistan instead as it would reap far more and immediate benefits. Pakistan is already known to have conducted proliferation activities and may be doing so even now. India is far more stable (insurgencies and rebels notwithstanding) than Pakistan, and is far less likely to proliferate than Pakistan. So if any country needs "help" to prevent proliferation it is Pakistan not India. Rather, the nuclear cooperation deal with India was a ploy to wean India away from Russia and as a part of a long term plan to encircle. Obviously India is too smart to stay firmly wedded to the US but would continue to play China, Russia and the US against each other to and reap any incidental benefits.
"I suppose you're actually upset because the US beat out a deal from the Fwench."
I'm not upset about anything. But I can imagine the outrage and pouting indignation from the US if it was the French or indeed any other country which did the deal. Learn to spell or grow up (I know it's futile to expect you to).
"In this case they respected UN arms and trade embargoes - the searches were for companies in breach of UN sanctions."
Actually they were looking out for US companies, since non-US companies breaking embargoes would be unwanted competition for US companies doing the same.
"Makes you wonder what Airbus has to hide"
Typical nonsense coming from you. What does any person/company in the world have to hide? Why don't they don't they make public every bit of information about themselves?
"especially after all the fuss over the NSA spying on Petrobas seems to have been more than justified by the subsequent Petrobas-Rousseff scandal"
I was not aware that NSA were the ones to spill the beans on the corruption at Petrobras. Let's assume they were, and let's assume that justifies the spying, so what is the justification for the spying on the other 99.999999% of companies for which the NSA has not found any dirt so far?
"BTW, India is not a signatory to the NPT."
You clearly miss the point that the OP is making, namely, the US which is a signatory to the NNPT is flouting the treaty by dealing with India.
Consider us assured.
My upgrade from Kubuntu 14.10 to 15.04 whilst not a complete disaster is certainly a slight disappointment:
- A lot of settings didn't get carried forward.
- Session support is partially broken (some stuff like konsole and kate does not get restored with a session, plus they do not restart with the previously opened tabs/documents), all programs are restored into the first virtual desktop (the old behaviour was that programs were restored, seemingly at random, to the various virtual desktops)
- ibus is partially broken
One good thing is that finally kmail seems to have better network failure recovery. Previously, flaky networks would leave kmail with multiple hanging connections which meant mail checking would be blocked until kmail and its connections were restarted (had to use akonadictl to kill those hanging connections).
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