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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: Restrictions (89 comments)

Fact is, phones or not people talk on airplanes. But current American culture being fearful and intolerant and all about "me" will result in yet more disputes. Want to sleep in a public place? Earplugs or noise cancelling head phones. And no one needs to shout at 85 dB to be heard with a person in the next seat or for a phone conversation.

2 days ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: Restrictions (89 comments)

Aircraft interior 85 dB
Speech: 65-70 dB

Ask the pilot to switch off the engines while you sleep.

2 days ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: I'd pay for a non-phone flight (89 comments)

I've sent iMessages at 5000 meters over Ghana. Record. Kenya was 2500 meters. Heathrow sucks. Nice is ok. Zurich terrible - 600 meters

My trivial hobby.

2 days ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

kevinbr Re: And has been a fact ever since the beginning. (89 comments)

People already sit with other and blabber. They even bring kids that ..... Cry. Music leaks out of headphones. Fact is an airplane is not an optimal place for quiet. Oh yeah people scream in air pockets.

2 days ago
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400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin

kevinbr Re: Amazing comments from all the "Mandarin expert (562 comments)

Well I'm on a project with a very large Chinese network supplier. Their team with Cantonese and Mandarin use English to communicate. It's only via English they can communicate. So they tell me.

1 year,22 days
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Jonathon Fletcher: The Forgotten Father of the Search Engine

kevinbr Re: archie (95 comments)

Veronica?

1 year,24 days
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

kevinbr Asynchronous ? (628 comments)

Unlike a phone call, a text message has the expectation to be read when the receiver chooses. I send text messages to people I know are driving so the message is there when they stop.

about a year ago
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Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001

kevinbr Re:10 years later (804 comments)

Thank you, well said. I myself went to Afghanistan in 2003 but to help not to kill. Since the CIA created and funded Osama, would it not have been cheaper to bomb CIA headquarters? 99% of Afghans want help from anywhere - they will accept the Taliban ( as they did ) to get minimal security. The Taliban had nothing to do with 9/11. The ongoing struggle between Pashtun and Northern Alliance has nothing to do with us. Osama was our chicken coming home to roost.

about 3 years ago
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Sony To Sell 3D Head-Mounted Display

kevinbr Optimized ... (153 comments)

For solitary porn viewing, incase you need BOTH hands free.

about 3 years ago
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Chinese Written Language To Dominate Internet

kevinbr Re:Quantity, not quality. (535 comments)

cockroaches are dominant in numbers, but this is no reason that they will dominate the internet. The intnernet is about power as much as anything else. A billion poor Chinese do not wield enough influence yet to change the world.

This is not just about raw numbers.

more than 3 years ago
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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

kevinbr Re:And if you (688 comments)

Iran is favored in Afghanistan, except the US with their aid budget precludes buying for example farsi software. We like to ship them English Windows. Mac OS X could be used with a pashtun and dari and uzbeck but no wat in 2003 was the US going to buy Mac's.

Pakistan is pretty much hated by the average Afghan. They had to escape to Pakistan but they don't forget how badly they were treated.

China has been all over Afghanistan for 8 years now seeking to win tenders and gain influence.

fact is you can gain influence by bribing people.

Corruption is endemic.

more than 4 years ago
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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

kevinbr Re:CNN said this could make it the saudi arabia (688 comments)

".....The sharing of family wealth has been a critical component in maintaining the semblance of a united front within the royal family. An essential part of family wealth is the Kingdom in its physical entirety, which the Al Saud view as a totally owned family asset. Whether through the co-mingling of personal & state funds from lucrative government positions, huge land allocations, direct allotments of crude oil to sell in the open market, segmental controls in the economy, special preferences for the award of major contracts, outright cash handouts, and astronomical monthly allowances, - all billed to the national exchequer - all told, the financial impact may have exceeded 40% of the Kingdom's annual budget during the reign of King Fahd. Over decades of oil revenue-generated expansion, estimates of royal receipts have varied, ranging as low as an unlikely $50 billion and as high as well over $1 trillion. [5]. This method of wealth distribution has allowed many of the senior princes & princesses to accumulate largely unauditable wealth and, in turn, pay out, in cash or kind, to lesser royals and commoners, and thereby gaining political influence through their own largesse.
During periods of high oil prices as were the late 70s, early 80s, and again, immediately after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, national income has outpaced the developmental needs & social obligations of the Saudi government and the effects of royal skimming were diminished. From the mid 80s through the 90s, when international crude oil prices dropped to the teens and below, the subsequent shortfall in income, and the availability of surprisingly limited financial reserves (when compared to such countries as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates which continued to grow during crude price droughts because of dividends generated from years of prudent investments.)[6]. According to well-publicized but unsubstantiated reports, King Abdullah has intentions to reduce the Al Saud share of the budget, an act which may sow discontent within the royal family, but would be popular with the Kingdom's citizenry."

Fact is no one knows really how much the Royal family keep and how much gets shared.

Saudi Arabia has the wealth to never export oil but to process it all on shore. INstead that potential excess to invest in expensive downstream processing goes in to the royal family.

Afghanistan will be the same.

Have a read of :

http://www.amazon.com/Plowing-Sea-Nurturing-Sources-Developing/dp/0875847617

more than 4 years ago
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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

kevinbr Re:CNN said this could make it the saudi arabia (688 comments)

Have you ever been to Saudi Arabia?

The GDP per capita is 20K USD. But ...... that does not imply the wealth gets spread very evenly.

Yeah the work the Saudi's don't want to do, as if a benign oil corporation and a corrupt government would rather pay high wages to locals or import Filipinos and Indians to live in work camps and work like slaves.

more than 4 years ago
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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

kevinbr Re:CNN said this could make it the saudi arabia (688 comments)

Saudi Arabia is poor, because the downstream value of the oil is lost. The sales values goes to the corrupt ruling family, the ordinary Saudi lives in poverty.

It will be the same in Afghanistan. The raw material will be ripped out at the lowest cost (lowest cost meaning maximum pollution) and the real wealth of downstream value add will take place out of Afghanistan.

Just like the raw opium.

more than 4 years ago
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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

kevinbr Re:And if you (688 comments)

Don't forget China shares a border with Afghanistan

more than 4 years ago
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Military Taps Social Networking To Hunt Insurgents

kevinbr Re:I Don't See the Connection Here (69 comments)

and .....social networks are not places one find truth or accuracy. We seem to be able to waste enough civilians, now we get to do it faster with less analysis thanks to lack of constraint, responsibility and oversight.

"Dude, Just push the fucking button, not my family gonna get wasted ....... don't push the button and I will defriend you"

more than 4 years ago
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James Lovelock Suggests Suspending Democracy To Save the World

kevinbr Re:Um..no (865 comments)

SOME Cubans. Some Mexicans.

more than 4 years ago
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James Lovelock Suggests Suspending Democracy To Save the World

kevinbr Re:Um..no (865 comments)

Except all the people in power and all the people who will be in power are just paid proxies for corporates interests. Boot out this or that politician? The corporations will just pay to have an equivalent replacement. They will ensure the message changes from time to time ( Obama was given a different script to Bush) but behind the scenes there is nothing but a plutocracy. "Democracy" is just the marketing bullshit phrase used to sell yet more plutocratic power grabs.

more than 4 years ago
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New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders

kevinbr Re:Good thing (949 comments)

I agree, I live in France and I can watch Movies over the Internet via Orange, and I do. I pay 2.99, or 3.99 for the abiitity to watch ONE time. However I only get 24 hours. My partner usually falls asleep at the halfway point so she never usually get the times to watch the rest.

I don't want HD, or blueray or other crap definitions. I use piratebay because I can download a film in 40 minutes and watch it that night in bed, and my partner can rewatch it some other time.

I would pay 5 Euros a download for a 1 gig sized version. But no one wants to sell to me, because copyright is A MONOPOLY in distribution. There is no incentive for the distributers to reacts to changing market conditions.

I WILL NOT BUY DVD's anymore. I do not buy CD's anymore.

Cinema? Yes I reluctantly go. I saw Avatar in non 3D. 10 Euros a ticket, 40 euros for the family.

People defending copyright have no idea on the intention of copyright. They have no idea the abusive monopolistic position of copyrights holders.

Their distribution model sucks and is overpriced.

more than 4 years ago

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French Officially Unlocked phone broken

kevinbr kevinbr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kevinbr (689680) writes "French iphones can be actually SIM unlocked, but a stupid software bug causes the phone and SMS apps to crash when using a foreign SIM. Apple hard coded information, and when the phone compares hard coded data to a SIM with a country code not hard coded, the app exits.

http://www.iphoneatlas.com/2007/12/18/french-unlocked-iphones-crippled-cont/

French "unlocked" iPhones crippled in other countries
Posted 18 December 2007 @ 12pm in News

Apple are busy deleting posting referring to this issue, and their pack of friendly posters keep insisting the issue is because the phone is not really unlocked. Anyone who counters this false assertion gets deleted.

iPhones that are sold as "unlocked" through Orange of France (the iPhone's official provider there) are crippled on various wireless carriers outside of France, failing to make phone calls, send SMS messages and perform other critical functions.

Apple may rectify this issue with a future firmware/software update that allows officially unlocked phones to work in countries where the devices are currently crippled. However, the company has not responded to requests for comment or technical explanation of this issue."
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Napster: Music Subsciptions are over-rated.

kevinbr kevinbr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kevinbr (689680) writes "Napster has concluded that PC-based music subscriptions aren't a growth business.....because it's retreating from its core business: Selling all-you-can-eat music subscriptions. Maybe the RIAA can sue someone to save this model."

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