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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Nuclear is obvious, an energy surplus is desire (423 comments)

Nuclear waste disposal from conventional fission reactors is a solved problem. Unfortunately, the storage of said waste kicks the NIMBY crowd into high gear. Here's an idea...how about converting it to relatively inert ceramic blocks (already available tech) and sink it at some remote subduction zone fault where it gradually gets folded back into the mantle? That ought to suffice until the perpetually "50 years from now" fusion energy generation crowd catches up.

3 days ago

China Cracks Down On Bitcoin, Cuts Off Exchanges' Bank Access

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Chinese getting uncomfortable... (100 comments)

I think their real fear is that it's a perfect vehicle to circumvent capital controls and allows people to transfer significant amounts of cash OUT of the country.

Many of those doing the transferring are part of the government. So how to reign it in without any official "enforcement?" Eliminate the ability to deposit cash into the exchanges. Solves their immediate problem without any embarrassing prosecutions.

about two weeks ago

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

Ritz_Just_Ritz It all winds up on a dinner table (188 comments)

So I'm shocked....just shocked, I say, that there was no scientific objective .

Perhaps the science part was developing more efficient harpoons.

about two weeks ago

China Prosecuted Internet Policeman In Paid Deletion Cases

Ritz_Just_Ritz Corruption in China (26 comments)

Corruption in China is a fact of life. It's systemic and pervasive. As much as the government talks about stamping it out, they only inflict pin pricks. They make WAY too much money through corruption and it's widely known/accepted in Chinese society. One need only look at the sheer numbers of government functionaries who send their kids overseas to school and who keep huge sums of ill-gotten money in foreign bank accounts. These are kids who have parents with official salaries are often less than US$15k a year and they're parked in posh apartments (paid for in cash), studying at top 20 universities (paid in cash), driving around in fancy cars, living a lavish lifestyle, etc. There's very little effort made to hide it.

The people who benefit from this system are shitting their pants about potential discontent from those who aren't benefiting from the game. One of Mao's rallying cries was stamping out corruption. Once he got into power (by force), those folks were systematically rooted out, jailed, and often killed. Small wonder more and more of these "government officials" are sneaking money and family out of the country and applying for foreign passports. They know there will be a purge following this binge.

Fasten your seatbelts.

about two weeks ago

New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Ritz_Just_Ritz People's Republic of New Jersey Strikes Again (342 comments)

NJ has demonstrated time and again that corrupt politics rule the day. The state car dealer association controls a substantial amount of kickba...er...political contribution budget.

Hopefully, Tesla doesn't knuckle under and just encourages NJ purchasers to head over to NY or PA and buy their cars there.

about a month ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

Ritz_Just_Ritz The transactions are public...follow the money (704 comments)

So how exactly does one "steal" the coins? The blockchain is public. If you know the wallet ID of where the funds went TO, it's not that hard to follow those coins around until they (someday) exit the system as hard currency entering someone's bank or being spent on goods/services that are delivered to a physical human being.

about a month and a half ago

Former Second Largest Linux Distributor Red Flag Software Has Shut Down

Ritz_Just_Ritz Corruption (92 comments)

Corrupt company in a corrupt country succumbs to the free market. I'm shocked...just shocked, I say.

Slow news week?

about 2 months ago

Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Cellular is the business model (424 comments)

What about those of us that want to use the Internet but have no use for TV programming? Of the several hundred channels available to me, I probably watch maybe 3 or 4 more than once a month.

If all the TV programming fell into a chasm in the Earth tomorrow, it would likely be a week or so before I noticed. So why should I have to subsidize it for the rest of the boob tube crowd?

about 2 months ago

Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Wait... (81 comments)


This is a few months ago, but they've been circling the drain for a while.

Nice cameltoe on the portly Mark Karpeles (MtGox's owner)... :)


about 2 months ago

Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Wait... (81 comments)

Indeed. MtGox has been tainted with (at best) incompetence or (at worst) fraud for quite some time now. It could potentially be both.

In any case, bitcoin owners/miners have voted with their feet to the extent possible and MtGox has gone from the largest to one of the smaller players in the bitcoin exchange arena. There are still quite a few unfortunate folks with their funds trapped within MtGox. We'll see if those funds are eventually released or become part of an eventual bankruptcy proceeding. That might be great in the longer term since the courts will eventually sort out the role of BTC in the world of finance, but it might be bad for people who put their trust in one of the early exchanges.

Time will tell.

about 2 months ago

US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Ritz_Just_Ritz "Is this a money play by Comcast/NBC to get..." (578 comments)

Do you honestly think a "cord cutter" is going to spend any cycles contemplating "plugging back in" just to watch the winter Olympics?


As a cord cutter, I could care less.

about 2 months ago

Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:They're not even trying... (271 comments)

Not particularly realistic. Every tax...er...."fee" is being glommed to band-aid the yawning budget deficit. Prying those funds away from the pork salesmen just isn't a realistic goal. Once fees/taxes pass through the US government's fiscal event horizon, it just disappears.

about 3 months ago

Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt

Ritz_Just_Ritz Hire locally (271 comments)

If I had a nickel for every "consultants by the pound" pitch where they sent in just barely competent coders for me to review, I'd be a millionaire (all of the big subcontinent body shops are guilty of this). Then they've got the balls to pay these poor saps peanuts and attempt to bill me $100-200/hour (depending on how many hours they've spent in front of an Idiot's Guide to C## training video). Then you see all the even poorer saps who are going through 2 or 3 layers of additional consultancies before they make it to our HR dept's door. I feel bad for them, but...I'd rather just recruit at local universities and get people who have identifiable skills, already speak English that most folks can parse, and won't get rotated back to the subcontinent randomly as one or more of their handlers has "visa issues."

Talk to your local university with a decent Engineering or Comp Sci curriculum and start recruiting. Save time, money, aggravation, and help our own college grads get into the game. I refuse to even take calls from the body shops anymore even though my corporate overlords are trying to force the issue. It's just not worth the hassle.

about 3 months ago

Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

Ritz_Just_Ritz Another reason not to fly (unless you HAVE to) (466 comments)

I've more or less stopped flying because of all the nuisance fees combined with the delay/hassle of security screening at the airport. If I need to get somewhere REALLY far away, I'll bite the bullet, but for the most part I've switched to trains and driving.

about 6 months ago

Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (302 comments)

Re: the value of an education does not reside solely in earnings potential

Maybe for the independently wealthy, that's true. For most people, we borrow money to go to that fancy university and then we've got to pay it back plus interest. Spending years in hock to attend a school that has limited potential to aid me in getting a job to pay off that nut is not particularly useful regardless of how much I might enjoy that semester studying the works of Euripides.

about 8 months ago

MasterCard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers

Ritz_Just_Ritz Use Amex? :) (353 comments)

Surely there are other forms of payment that are acceptable to this Swedish VPN provider? Vote with your feet.

Who knows if they're under pressure from the NSA or other bad actors...perhaps it's just related to CC fraud? In either case...see above.

about 9 months ago

Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:We need a real tax revolt in the US (327 comments)

OK, you go first. I hear they've got 3 hot meals, free boarding, and cable TV in the joint.

about a year ago

Amazon, Google and Apple Won't Need To Pay Tax, Despite Goverment Threats

Ritz_Just_Ritz Ya don't say... (327 comments)

Megacorps hiring legions of lawyers, accountants and lobbyists to limit/eliminate their tax liabilities. And politicians sucking up to the money bags whilst feigning outrage for the little guy. I'm shocked....just shocked, I say.

about a year ago

Nokia Officially Lists Patents Google's VP8 Allegedly Infringes

Ritz_Just_Ritz The tethering patent is about to expire (180 comments)

...if it hasn't already (in the US) Assuming it's a valid patent to begin with. 1995 was a long time ago.

1 year,24 days


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