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North Korea Looking For Friends On Facebook

ndg123 Re:"Trading" With North Korea - Against US Law? (183 comments)

Where's the trade happening ? the business is between Facebook and the data consumers, not the hapless dupes who post all the personal information up there.

And in any case, do you think that the US gov would stop the opportunity to get any information which NK projects to the world, or to capture (and control) public reaction to NK's actions?

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Launches Location Based Product

ndg123 Soylent green is people (130 comments)

The product isn't the social networking service offered to the mostly unwitting registrants. The product is the data harvested from them and sold to advertisers and other human detritus for their nefarious purposes. The announcement is really "we're going to pump this GPS data out of the data cows and you'll be able to buy it from us". see also: a number of pronouncements from Zuckerberg indicating how much he respects the users.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Sucks Up Water Amid Drought In China

ndg123 Re:People, people everywhere (386 comments)

True enough for when it falls out of the sky and onto the catchment area for your locale, but anything further than that starts to involve an energy cost and by extension, a relevance to conservation. Now the water itself still is unlimited for a while on a local or national basis, but eventually your aqueducts and ground pumps are sapping water from places which can ill afford it - see various Middle East countries for examples of this, as well as in the south west USA. The other source is corporations wasting water on our behalf in the pursuit of the cheapest cost approach. Do you really think a 40inch LCD TV would cost as little as it does to buy if the companies were conserving water, energy, and other materials, and cleaning up all their waste afterwards? Guess that's why they don't build them here (N America, W Europe, ANZ) any more.

more than 4 years ago

Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

ndg123 Mmmm, CPMA (658 comments)

Its been a while since I worked a problem queue for a living, but this sev 1 defect which has been raised "Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected" is just going to be closed as "Working as designed".

more than 5 years ago

Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

ndg123 Re:You misunderstand what your degree demonstrates (1316 comments)

To be truely accurate, the college project should have no clear requirements at the start, they should change half way through. No server infrastructure should be in place until you are nearly complete. Then, a week before the end of the project, you should be called into a meeting room and be told the project is cancelled but could you just tidy up the last few loose ends and put them in the document library.

more than 5 years ago

Many Universities Spending $100K/Year Enforcing P2P Rules

ndg123 Mobile broadband (323 comments)

Surely you just get mobile broadband via a USB modem stick? I can get one which runs at upto 7.2Mb/sec for $15/month (equivalent USD cost after rebates), with a 5Gb usage limit. Not sure if that kind of service has reached much of the US yet.

more than 6 years ago


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