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Air Quality Apps and Bottled Air Thrive On Beijing's Pollution

moondawg14 Re:Yanno (102 comments)

As is very often the case with China, the issue is much more complex than that. China does have emissions regulations, but the selectively enforce them. Most Chinese companies don't have the technology to create compliant products(automobiles and trucks, in this case) Nor do consumers have the money to purchase compliant products. So, rather than spend $$$$ on developing compliant products, companies will spend $$ to get the right person to sign off on their non-compliant product. This has a double-benefit of making Chinese products MUCH cheaper than foreign products (most foreign companies will not make a non-compliant product) and putting more Chinese manufacturing workers to work.

Here in China, we use 80/20 as a rule of thumb: 80% of the products in a given market will be "fake." In my case, we find that about 80% of the competitors in the engine markets are selling non-compliant engines. One example: One of our competitors was selling an aftertreatment "catalyst" at retail for less than our material cost. So, we bought one and cut it open. Iron. No platinum or other catalysts. Well, pretty hard to compete on price when the other guy doesn't have to follow the rules.

After living here for a year, I can tell you that "Money is King" in China. Nearly every single person is constantly on the hunt for where they're going to get their next infusion of cash. Putting enough money in the right hands can get you nearly anything, ANYTHING that you want. Until that cycle is somehow broken, China is going to continue to run headlong into the future with little concern for the long-term well-being of its environment and citizens.

about 2 years ago

China Reviewing Game Consoles Ban

moondawg14 They are readily available, if you really want one (67 comments)

I currently live in Beijing. I can have a new console in my living room in less than a half an hour. They're for sale in every major market here. And not really marked up much more than the US price. It was a piece of cake to get a 220V power supply for the Wii when we moved. I think I got it for 40 kuai (about $6) Sure, they'd sell a ton more of them if I could go to Gomez or Sunning..... but the "ban" is surely not keeping them out. Like most regulations here... not enforced at all... or selectively at best.

about 2 years ago

NASA To Demonstrate Largest-Ever Solar Sail in Space

moondawg14 Re:"spanning a whopping 409 square feet..." (91 comments)

We need to know which "ton" you're speaking about. Is it a shit-ton, a metric shit-ton or a butt-ton?

more than 3 years ago

China Blocks News Websites In Protest of Nobel

moondawg14 Re:No appreciation for subtlety in China (213 comments)

If you were a Chinese citizen, you'd be so used to the idea, it wouldn't even make you flinch. I visited China during the run up to the 2008 Olympics. I was watching CNN international. The reporter started talking about China's "increased tranpsarency to the press" or whatever term they were using then. The screen went black for about 2 minutes. When the picture came back, the reporter was done. This happened several times over the 2 weeks I was there. I was dumbfounded. It's just a way of life. The Chinese just shrug their shoulders and go on.

about 4 years ago

Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

moondawg14 Re:Mountain Edition ? (102 comments)

Jeep has a New Mountain Edition with 32" rubber and decals. Change the decals and maybe the badging, and you've got the [description of the] CoD model. In other news, all get estimated 15mpg city and 19mpg highway. I get like 15 mpg in my ~6600 lb. 1992 F250 while towing a trailer and I have more ground clearance too what with the 4" lift. Jeep fail.

You also get better fuel economy because you don't meet the same emissions regulations, the same crash protection rating, or the same interior ammenities. And if you're getting 15mpg in a 92 F250 with a 4" lift towing a trailer, I'll bet you dollars-to-donuts that it's a diesel. Comparision fail.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework

moondawg14 Re:5 page paper? (539 comments)

These are the ones that are also commonly used as "pull out and wait to merge" lanes by the aforementioned stupid drivers.

more than 4 years ago

Dog Eats Man's Toe and Saves His Life

moondawg14 How about snapped off at a party? (207 comments)

I believe it was Sir Chris Bonington that has his necrotic frost-bitten toe snapped off at a party by a curious nurse. He talks about it in his account of surviving the climb of Annapurna's south face.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

moondawg14 Re:Not statistically significant! (242 comments)

I don't think anyone is calling this "research." This is "journalism." Much lower standards for printing your "results" IMHO.

more than 4 years ago

Why Intel Wants To Network Your Clothes Dryer

moondawg14 Re:Clothes dryer? (330 comments)

Then he's just using heat that would otherwise be present inside his home..... which will likely be replaced by some sort of HVAC system.

more than 4 years ago

J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System

moondawg14 Re:Govern == Hegamony? (773 comments)

Hell, the internet has made it impossible to SPELL "Hegemony"

more than 4 years ago

US Intelligence Planned To Destroy WikiLeaks

moondawg14 Ummm... isn't this what we pay them to do? (555 comments)

Wikileaks could potentially pose a threat to US intelligence, for many reasons including "Tipping our hand" to the enemy. So, the Government develops a strategy to mitigate the threat. News at 11?

more than 4 years ago

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Grinds "Cool" Rock

moondawg14 Re:Opportunity Rocks (70 comments)

If you'd be willing to accept some Opportunity-sized solar panels, we could remedy that for you.

more than 4 years ago

Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

moondawg14 Re:Print Screen (806 comments)

Not on my Latitude. Prnt Scrn is the main key, Fn + Prnt Scrn = SysRq.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Lets Radar Company See Through Walls

moondawg14 Re:"Go 'way, 'batin!" (179 comments)

"Go 'way, 'batin!" "Sir, Imma let you finish, but this radar is the best device of all time, of all time."

about 5 years ago

Developing Nations Crippled By Broadband Costs

moondawg14 Re:Heres the thing... (239 comments)

On the other side, in FRANCE for example when they started to build the indigenous aircraft, they missed their deadline by 5 years, its still not done ( supposed to be done by 2004 I think) and overshot their budget by a few billion dollars. Its just an example of how projects are handled differently in different nations. Such inefficient execution can also increase the price of the end product.

There, fixed that for you.

more than 5 years ago


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