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China's Island Factory

ebno-10db Re:Hypocrits (199 comments)

My "I haven't checked Google to be sure" guess is the waters within 100 miles of the US west coast and a 100 mile circle around Hawaii are the only waters declared as US waters.

The US claims territorial waters only up to 12 nautical miles from the shore, which is the maximum allowed by international law.

about a week ago
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China's Island Factory

ebno-10db Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

US warships really shouldn't be anywhere near China

They're not. The Spratly islands (map here) are hundreds of miles from China. They're much closer to the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. Should we avoid sailing near any of those countries in case China's next claim is that those countries are all historically part of China?

about a week ago
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China's Island Factory

ebno-10db Re:Might want to tighten the bolts on those sabers (199 comments)

Was the water contested before the island was build?

Yes.

After the island ws build it certainly was not ... international laws, regarding sea coasts and sovereignty are pretty clear.

International law on these issues is anything but clear, and are subject to a great deal of argument, which is why there are always contested areas.

As for the UK, it's a natural island that has been inhabited by the same peoples for centuries (at the least - you can argue about 1066). Now that's clear.

about a week ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

ebno-10db Re:It's a question that WAS relevant (161 comments)

easier to compile assembly to assembly in multiple ways than to compile high level languages to multiple assembly languages.

In other words, they don't want to be bothered writing real compilers.

about three weeks ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

ebno-10db A little late (202 comments)

Isn't this suggestion for a design modification just a little late?

about three weeks ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

ebno-10db Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

Bullshit. Any social structure that diminishes personal responsibility is suspect.

You mean like how a country diminishes personal responsibility for wars of aggression?

about three weeks ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:No Slaves (431 comments)

No, even the Chinese government can't bring themselves to tell that big of a lie.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Whelp... (431 comments)

What whargoul said.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re: Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

Good god it is the Japanese car vs. American car thing again. Guess who won the last time?

America, at least as far as the workers are concerned, which is the only thing I give a damn about. In 1985 "voluntary export restraints" were adopted, and much of the "Japanese" car production came to the US. A dollar from a Toyota paycheck is the same as a dollar from a GM paycheck. Of course that was before every "sophisticated" idiot starting screaming "free trade" as tough it was an unquestionable principle.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

As opposed to the US assembled vehicles made with those same Chinese parts?

That's why I only buy solid American cars like Toyota. My Camry is 80% value added in the US, and my wife's Sienna is 85%. That's total value added, not just assembly, so most of the parts are US made. They're a lot more American than most so-called American cars. I'm quite happy having the engines and trannies built in WV, and having the car assembled in Kentucky.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

It's one thing whether the car can roll off the dealer's lot under its own power, and quite another how far you can drive it before it craps out. I expect cars to last 150k miles with standard maintenance and a few small repairs. I used to do that all the time, but it's getting harder and harder.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

ebno-10db Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

Care to specify which older cars, or at least how old they are? Pre-emissions (i.e. 1960's) you may have a point. At least your basic cars were bog simple, and the old Detroit iron was such overkill that you really didn't care if a cylinder or two wasn't working. They also needed more maintenance and handled like pigs. Then somebody decided that opaque city air was a bad idea. 70's emissions compliant cars were such insane nightmares of vacuum tubing that you couldn't see the engine. Ever try to trace down a leak in a vacuum system? Then there was that nightmare of things that controlled or were controlled by the vacuum system. It was basically a cobbled together mechanical computer.

The best thing to ever happened to cars was fuel injection and ECU's. Later they used computer control for those decadent automatic transmissions and that was a good idea. They also vastly increased tire life, made spark plugs that lasted over 100k miles, and all kinds of other stuff to reduce maintenance. The problem is that, especially in the last ten years, they've introduced all sort of unnecessary crap that kills the reliability and increases maintenance costs. How many networked unnecessary electronic boxes do you need? I want the engine and the tranny to run, and screw everything else. Power sliding doors on mini-vans? I cursed it and predicted it would be a problem when my wife bought her 2006 Sienna. The chickens have now come home to roost and the one good thing is I think I can completely disable the power crap by cutting a cable. Imagine people having to use their hands? Power seats? Unless you have a physical handicap you should be able to adjust your seat position without electro-mechanical assistance!. No really, I've heard old-timers talk about it.

about 3 months ago
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EU, South Korea Collaborate On Superfast 5G Standards

ebno-10db Re:How much more can we squeeze? (78 comments)

We have had schemes to hit the shannon limit for as long as the limit has been known.

Practical schemes are much more recent, but yes we do have ones now that are so close it makes very little difference. Then there is the finite BW issue:

different than bandwidth or spectrum

Which is where our old buddy Nyquist comes in. Of course you can overcome that with more complex constellations, but then Shannon becomes more of a problem. Between these two guys they've really got us constrained.

about 3 months ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

ebno-10db Re:The world... (236 comments)

Oops, forgot about the obvious #2 (#1?) S. Korea. But what about the 600lb. gorilla - China. Not to mention the S.E. Asian countries, Philippines, Malaysia, etc. So the US is more than holding our own in analog/RF chip design. At the rate "American" companies like to ship our expertise overseas, that might even be true for a few more years.

about 3 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

ebno-10db Re: This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

Is it possible that the average GOP voter doesn't like illegal immigration from a fairness perspective?

Irrelevant. The only people who count are the ones shoveling money to the Republicans, and they love the cheap labor that comes from illegal immigration. By contrast, Democratic money suppliers openly admit to liking illegal immigration. Isn't it nice to have a choice?

about 3 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

ebno-10db Re:This will hugely backfire... (422 comments)

Only half true. They didn't give a flying fudge until a Democrat was in office, then it became a "big gov't conspiracy".

Well at least somebody made some noise about it. I'd rather have hypocrisy than silence.

about 3 months ago
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FWD.us: GOP Voters To Be Targeted By Data Scientists

ebno-10db Re:That's just a bad idea... (422 comments)

This is a dangerous precedent

As disgusting as it is, it's not a precedent. Party apparatus, political consultants, PAC's, lobbyists, etc. have been doing this for years, and have plenty of money to throw at it. Other than that it's the usual Silicon Valley hype. Since it comes from SV they (and people who fall for it) go ooh, ahh if it's from SV it must be some brilliantly innovative idea. It's an open question whether or not the SV hype artists believe it themselves. Scarily, I suspect they do, but if you want actual expertise in this area, get thee to D.C.

about 3 months ago
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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

ebno-10db Re:The world... (236 comments)

Good analog/RF chip designers are ... They're all Asian.

Bull. You're taking the "everything is done in Asia" line and assuming that it really is true of everything, including analog/RF chip designs. I'm currently working (as a system engineer for the application) with a group of absolutely top notch RF chip designers in the Midwest. I know SV types just know it's impossible for real engineering work to be done in the Midwest, but fact is stranger than fiction (I'm not pushing the Midwest either - I'm on the East Coast). Qualcomm does much of their RF design in California, and Infineon does it there and in Germany. Analog Devices does much of their design work in Massachusetts, and to the extent it's gone offshore, it's to Ireland. There are also a bunch of smaller RF chip (and discrete) manufacturers in North Carolina, like RFMD.

So where are these Asian analog/RF chip design centers that you're talking about? Japan, and maybe Taiwan (obviously they have TSMC, but that's different), have some good stuff, but what about the rest of the very large continent you're talking about?

about 3 months ago

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