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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

hjf Re:think globally (190 comments)

Or, you know, I could use Indiegogo which doesn't have bullshit 'USA ONLY' policies.

BTW: Why are all americans so sensitive? A foreigner says "US" and you all bitches start squealing like pigs. What the fuck is wrong with you? Did I dare insult your beloved country? What a douchebag.

yesterday
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

hjf Re:think globally (190 comments)

Oh, sure. Myself, alone, I am responsible for my country's monetary policies.

Are you retarded or just plain fucking retarded?

yesterday
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

hjf Re:think globally (190 comments)

"I'll believe it when I see it".

And, no, "other countries" being "The nice part of the EU" is still bullshit.

When I see someone from India, Bangladesh or Cambodia being able to raise money I'll believe it.

But... you know... those people are dark skinned... there is a high chance that they'll be scammers. Better stick to the white part of the world where everyone are good citizens and obey the rules.

yesterday
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

hjf Re:How to refund if the money's gone? (190 comments)

I think the whole concept is plain bullshit.

You're risking your money. Period.

There should be no guarantee that, if the project fails, your money will be returned. What the hell? That's not how real life works. Ask any of the dot-com investors if they got any of their money back.

How is this any different from eBay where you could order an iPhone 6 PLUS, and get a brick in a box instead. And there's nothing you can do about it.

yesterday
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Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

hjf think globally (190 comments)

Hey Kickstarter,
When are you going to make your service available worldwide? Why is your service only available for the US & allies?
You've been in the game for years and you haven't even tried to go outside.

I refuse to support projects based on this bullshit policy. When I see that someone in a developing country actually has a chance to raise funds for his invention I'll believe you. But when I see that someone can play with the system and raise funds for "potato salad" just for being a US citizen, well, FUCK YOU kickstarter.

Like all your web 2.0 friends: You suck.

yesterday
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SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

hjf edison? (75 comments)

Edison? boooo everyone knows Tesla was much better! The man almost invented wireless power! It's Edison's fault we have to use power cords! I read that in a factoid image so it MUST BE TRUE!

about a week ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

hjf Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Hmm... I have this feeling we have a verbal contract for me to help you die. It's just that you can't deny it, since you're, you know... dead. This should definitely be a written and notaried contract.

A written, notaried contract doesn't say what the dead party's mood was at the time. It doesn't say if I bullied and blackmailed her for years and and broke her will. If I fucked up her mind so badly that she "freely" agreed to sign said contract.
If there are no laws on how a contract should be written, there will be no "notaries" to verify it, and there will be no legal framework to say that neither party can be drunk, or that a psychiatric test should be performed to prove that both parties are sane.
Government exists because evil people exist, and can do harm. It's there to protect us from these people. But us, the "good citizens", shouldn't let that good people get in government positions. The problem is: we don't care. And the evil people get in charge... and we all lose.

about a week ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

hjf Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Oh, you're an idiot. You don't understand. It's not the Government God Damn Business to interfere on what I do!!! Any person should be allowed to engage into any sort of transaction with anyone else! It's a private contract between two entities!
If I want to pay my neighbor for mowing my lawn, why should the government get in the middle?
If I want to buy from comcast, I should have the right to do it if I please! I also have a right to terminate said contract whenever I please, and I can negotiate the price too.
If my neighbor wishes to die but she cannot kill herself, I could kill her provided we both agreed to!! It's our LIBERTARIAN RIGHT! If the cops find her dead, I should NOT be investigated. All I need to do is explain that we both had a VERBAL CONTRACT and that should be enough!
Cops shouldn't exist! Government shouldn't exist! I am a person and I should have the right to do anything I please with anyone, if we both wanted to.
Jesus. I don't understand the "extreme" libertarians like that. What will they do once they find out you can't really have a fair contract against a corporation (or anyone else) if there aren't laws or an arbitration system AKA "the judiciary system"?
Ah yes: The Free Market Will Solve All Those Issues®
(oopsie, no ® there. There's no government to ®)

about a week ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

To ALLY countries!

Argentina isn't an ally of the US. And, of course, that means Argentina is an enemy of the US. The US has "allies" and several levels of enemies. The US doesn't have "neutral" relationships with any country. Either you do what they say or they pretend not to care, but screw you later on.

Assange says Argentina's problem with holdouts is because of our "agreement" with Iran (to investigate the bombing of AMIA). Initially the US said they would support Argentina's cause, but now they've changed completely and trying to push us into bankruptcy.

You can send as many Teslas as you like to the UK or Canada. To south america? No chance. Too dangerous. These jungle monkeys are actually smart and they might use this to build an ICBM. (See: Condor project. Argentina's missile, shut down by US pressures).

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Try Lazarus Form Recovery.

As for "guerrilla" shows, that's pretty much how it works. Other countries resort to "content", but American shows can have content AND be super-productions (HBO shows), so it's hard to compete.

Argentina is able to give you a high profile movie, for example. See "The secret in their eyes" by Juan Jose Campanella. Fantastic movie, and rare as it had VFX and shots from an helicopter, something rarely seen in low budget stuff like what we're used to. (Disclaimer: Campanella worked in Hollywood. He directed several "House" episodes. So he does things "hollywood style")

Governments offer subsidies to local productions but it's still a hard sell.

The only way to really regulate is being in a position of power AND pass laws. It's worked great for Canada: they require a certain quota of local production and they've "forced" many US TV shows to be shot there. Also, they managed to sneak canadian actors into US shows too (since Canada is a large enough market for US to care about pleasing them).

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

I'm talking about international taxes (Import tariffs)

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

You still have to go through customs. 10 teslas is a lot of money (you can't walk into a country with $50K in cash).

Texas Instruments sends me free samples sometimes. Last time I tried to order a DAC (Analog to digital converter) for AUDIO. Since it was considered, by US customs, a "data processing" device, i had to sign a statement swearing I'm not a military entity and it wasn't going to be used for military purposes.

Getting INTO the US is a whole different story. Read up on the VISA application program and you'll see. (it starts with $180 that you don't get back if you're rejected).

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Yeah, that's not how the world works. Sorry.

You see, you live in the USA. Your country is the biggest piece of shit when it comes to fair trade.

Why? Because you CANNOT compete. So you create bullshit regulations and trade barriers. But you go around the world bullying other countries to sign free trade agreements with you. So you can dump our countries with your crap - but we can't sell to you.

I'm from Argentina. We can't sell lemons to you (even though our lemons are cheaper than yours), and we can't sell beef to you (even though or beef is perfectly healthy). The US claims our beef is contaminated with Foot-and-mouth disease, so they won't accept it. All it takes is ONE case in my country for you to completely block us for years. Think about it for a little and figure it out. Have you? Let me explain: all it takes is for someone from the US to infect ONE of our cows - for the US to completely block trade for one of our main industries.

And the US works ACTIVELY so other countries CANNOT develop. For example, when Argentina was working on a 4K video codec, the US government, by way of "export controls" didn't allow nVidia to sell us more than 4 (four) Tesla units - for the whole country.

See? THAT is how the world works. Not with your libertarian free market theory.

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Actually Buenos Aires is trying to get Netflix to pay a 3% tax.

Argentinian netflix does have local movies. I watched Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens) there (if you're a netflix subscriber, would you please check for me if that's available in your region? If so, I'd also suggest you watch it).

The problem, as you say, if you buy a car and have it shipped, you pay tax. But services aren't taxed (I'm not saying they should or shouldn't, i'm just stating a fact). And, as you say, if they don't have offices, they shouldn't pay anything. And this is where it gets interesting: why should any american company have offices outside the US? Everything they do is online or over the phone. You don't go to a netflix office.

As for the quota of local content: yes, I don't want to see crap shows on TV to meet a quota, but, as you say, the production value is different. The US has a huge advantage: they have their own market, which is gigantic. And they own the distribution too. They don't make their shows to "export", they do because it doesn't cost them more money.

But other countries don't have that advantage, and they have to play in a completely unfair game. How do you expect your country's productions to get better if they just simply can't because they have to compete with TV shows?

A TV show in the US has a budget of millions of dollar per episode. High profile shows even have millions of dollars in salaries, per actor, per episode. You can't really expect a TV show made in Suriname to have a $2M budget per episode. Not even for a whole season. No other country shoots their TV shows on FILM like the US does (or used to do - probably now it's all 4K video). All other countries shoot on SD video - that should give you an idea of how much the americans can spend for production - and also: now they can re-release all their old shows in HD (because their source material is able to give you that resolution). Try that with European shows - oopsie: they were shot on video. Good luck competing with that.

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:A tepid defence (184 comments)

Read that as: So, Canada tries to regulate Netflix, since Netflix, being a US company, pay taxes in the US. So, why should the Canadian government defend netflix?

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:A tepid defence (184 comments)

Not only culture. There are economic interests too.

You see, every country sells goods and services to other countries. For this, they receive (gasp!) money, which goes into their reserves. These reserves are what makes that country's moneys worth something.

So, it's not in the best interest of Canadians to be funneling money into the US for something like a streaming service. It is, though, in the best interest of Americans that they do.

So, Canada tries to regulate Netflix, since Netflix, not being a US company, does not pay taxes in the US. So, why should the Canadian government defend netflix? They don't pay any taxes there. And they don't leave any money there. They don't even hire people there. Canada, in fact, loses money because Canada needs to pay Netflix off their own reserves.

Netflix doesn't do anything for Canada. Why should Canada do any favors to them?

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Wouldn't it be nice... (184 comments)

Your libertarian, free market theory says if they do, someone else will start a thriving business because of that.

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

they'd get their ass handed to them in front of a WTO panel.

So? who gives a fuck ? Do you know what country has the most rulings AGAINST them by the WTO? Find out and let me know. (I'll give you a hint: its name starts with UNITED).

about two weeks ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

hjf Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Eh, can you blame them for wanting to "keep jobs in their country"? I mean, you americans (if you aren't american just ignore that part) just don't get it. The problem with Netflix is that they are US based. And their servers too. Netflix, for example, is available here in Argentina. But they don't have any local servers. They just stream straight from the US. The service sucks (international bandwidth is not the same as national. Or even local, as Netflix does in the US with hundreds of caches across the USA).

Netflix collects money from Argentinians and pays zero taxes in Argentina. They also don't invest here. And they effectively block the competition by making it economically impossible for a company to sell here since they won't be able to match their price (capital cost and taxes). This is the same for every other country that's not the US.

Canada has successfully regulated the TV industry, requiring a certain amount of local productions. This is why a LOT of US shows are actually shot in vancouver with canadian actors. Without this, the TV industry in Canada would be tiny. This is the same thing that happens here in south america: dozens of cable channels broadcasting only US shows.

Unfortunately, capitalism tends to centralize things to make it more efficient. The only way to force things to change is by legislation.

I don't like paying taxes either, but I would like if there was an industry of things, not just "arrogance" like "you don't have a right to collect taxes from me, I don't pay taxes in your country. Yes, i sell millions of my product there but i owe you nothing. And you better have a good infrastructure for me to be able to sell"

about two weeks ago
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Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

hjf Re:i found it (134 comments)

OK, OK, let's just say that CIA is the training agency behind the School of the Americas, the masters of torture used in the 70s in Latin America.

about a month ago

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Amazon patents white background photography

hjf hjf writes  |  about 4 months ago

hjf (703092) writes "Photographers hate it. Designers love it. Balancing the right amount of light so that the background is pure white, and the subject is correctly lit is a technique that's been used for decades in photography. Brought to you by the same company that pantented 1-click buy, now we have a patent on white background photos. Never before the term "prior art" has been more relevant."
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Diplomatic crisis with Argentna scales up

hjf hjf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hjf (703092) writes "In an unprecedented series of events, Argentine customs have confiscated US military equipment. The cargo was supposed to be part of cooperation agreements between Argentina and the US. The US had clearance for weapons and ammunition (all specified here), but Argentine customs officers found a little more than that. First reports said the boxed contained drugs (Morfin and others). US reaction to the incident was strange, with several high ranking officers demanding immediate return of the material — pretty odd for a few doses of Morfin. Later, Argentine officers stated that, besides the medication, there was "communications interception equipment" and several other "high-tech" equipment, which wasn't declared. Argentina-US relations have been deteriorating in the last few years, to the point that Obama won't visit Argentina on his south-american tour. Argentina is a member of G-20 Major Economies, currently holds Charimanship for G-77, and has been a member of the UN Security Council for several times since 1948. You can follow the Argentine Chancellor on twitter, @hectortimerman, and the President of Argentina, @CFKArgentina."
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hjf hjf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hjf (703092) writes "A few months after showing interest in buying 1 million "$ 100" computers from the OLPC program, Argentina is now trying Intel's $300 notebook. Intel made a donation of 500 computers to be tested. Argentina's government will choose one of the two computers after pilot testing them. The same announcement was made in Brazil."

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