They're talking about the border checkpoints - San Diego has the world's busiest border crossing, handling about 50 million people each year.
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@Prevaricator: possibly, but it turns out the EU's auto emissions standards are too lax, you'd need to toughen them up if you want to join us. (Hey, we're already run by an Austrian.)
@anonymous coward1: Actually wasn't most of the power deal negotiated while Gray Davis was still in office?
@anonymous coward2: I've never had my utilities go over $100 in California. Maybe you need to turn a few things off.
Mine's the sweater, for wearing in the winter...
Actually by default ubuntu uses your country-selected mirror (us.archive.ubuntu.com for example) to download normal updates, but security.ubuntu.com for security updates. I assume this is to speed deployment, but it also makes everyone dependent on one server for security updates.
For the past four years, I have been using T-Mobile prepaid as my only telephone. If you add your minutes in units of $100, you get 1000 minutes, so $0.10/minute to make or receive normal domestic calls - no monthly balance deduction, and the minutes are good for a year. It doesn't matter what network they're on or whether it's a land line or a mobile - it costs me $0.10/minute either way. Over that time I don't think I've gotten a single "spam" call. Charities and politicians _can_ legally call you, but they tend not to since calling people and costing them money tends to elicit a hostile reaction, which isn't generally what they're looking for.
The carriers have a pretty good incentive to go after people who are spamming their customers - they might make a bit in per-minute charges on it, but they'll lose a lot more in time spent dealing with irate customers demanding something be done about it, and calls to 611 (customer service) are free. :)
Even when the systems are on their home turf, many academic centers operate their clusters (especially those based on commodity hardware) with no UPS protection at all - sometimes it comes down to being able to buy a cluster+UPS or being able to buy a cluster that is 2x as big. Assuming you've got even remotely reliable power, for this application the tradeoff is easy. Yes you'll lose jobs in progress when the power goes out, but even if that results in a few days of lost compute time the numbers are still in your favor if you can double your compute resources.
Some sites have a dynamic UPS (otherwise known as a "big spinning heavy thing attached to a generator") which provides a few seconds of power via inertia--enough to ride out 99% of power outages at a much lower cost than a "real" UPS. This sort of device would be kind of impractical to bring along to a trade show, though the potential for things to go horribly wrong might add to the excitement and increase attendance.
First, in response to one point: I think regardless of where the company is based, if you are a citizen of country A and are sitting in country A when the the police come knocking with a warrant, you're going to be expected to comply with that warrant, and pointing to the flag of country B under your corporate logo isn't going to carry a whole lot of weight with the friendly sgt. at the ministry of public security.
But there might be a positive long term effect of this idiocy: as Americans become a smaller and smaller percentage of total internet users, maybe we'll get to the point where a few of the big net players don't bother doing business in the states at all. Who was it that said the internet views censorship as damage and routes around it?
> In the end of the most dangerous criminal cartel in the world: The RIAA/MPAA.
Perhaps you've never encountered a real criminal cartel? You know, the ones that kidnap, assassinate policemen, blow up airplanes, or kill 100,000 Iraqis (but I digress).
Get some perspective. From a global perspective, the RIAA/MPAA are only relevant to the wealthy few who have a profitable amount of money to blow on content.
The Virgin Mobile lady in the US is just as annoying. She's young, she's hip, she's bubbly, she makes you want to cram the telephone down her throat and throw the two of them off of a very tall building.
On top of that, it's one of those menus that you have to talk to rather than pressing buttons. I'm a native (US) English speaker with no particular regional accent and sometimes she doesn't understand me. I can only imagine what she does with people who are speaking their second language.
@j: Central America is not a continent. It is generally considered to be a part of North America, although the actual geological situation is somewhat more complex than this.
@Gary: my mistake, I added when I should have subtracted.
@Dan: my mistake on the population density, but I still consider Bush a Texan (he was governor, after all), and hope that one day the Texan nationalists will secede and take the whole family with them. Besides, the Pacific time zone will grow when the governator decides he needs more "lebensraum" and annexes all of the nearby states.
And I stand by my statement that the name of the country is the fault of the Englishmen who created it.
Speaking of not knowing things:
- The last time I checked, the Americas included *two* continents ("North America" and "South America") plus quite a large number of islands. Perhaps that nice young lady from the youtube video can find you a map.
- The Eastern and Pacific time zones (the two with the largest populations) are +5 and +8, respectively. Nobody wants to go to +7, because that is where George Bush lives.
- I agree, the Englishmen who named the country probably could have made a better choice. But what's done is done, and even saying "United States" instead isn't perfect, both because it results in having to use really stupid words to describe the citizens (United Statesians? Estadosunidenses?) and because the Estados Unidos Mexicanos also have fair claim on that name. Thankfully, their country was named by more sensible folk who understood the importance of scope and unique identifiers. (See, even an IT angle.)
If somebody can get a credit card with the information in my resume, than the people giving out the credit need to fix their procedures. I'm not going to waste my time trying to keep my whole life a secret because they can't set up a better verification system...
Other than trying to protect a nonexistent revenue stream for the telcos, what's to stop a handset being able to show dvb-t broadcasts? Would the power consumption be too high?
Seems such a model could work for a handset manufacturer here in Europe, where people are more likely to pick up their phone separate from their plan...
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