Take your eyes off Russia for an instant
... and you will regret it.
Unless of course you have something there you do not want anyone else to notice, eh Donny?
916 posts • joined 12 Oct 2010
If I agree it is only on the narrowest of grounds (which means I don't).
In fact, respectfully, you almost make my point for me. If he banked $700M then why were the damages nowhere that much?
The article itself says "prosecutors failed to produce explicit evidence that any of Waymo’s technology had been used". So......?
More to the point :
1. He was a hot shot, with existing skills and knowledge, when he was recruited. Who did he, and Google, rip off while he was there?
2. The IT Security guy who allowed this to happen should be fired.
3. The executive who decided to make the report should be fired : the next time a hot shot turns up in Google HR he is going to think "They do not want me for my looks. They will leech my skills and knowledge then either I am unemployable or in jail. Sayonara."
Lose - lose.
He's throwing a Ballmer "I want Google dead" tantrum (and we all know how that went) as part of the US wetting itself at China's progress in technology.
It was never anything to do with trade. The energy the US spent on attacking Huawei was 100 times more than they spent attacking China's exports.
and especially with the latest poll results and TikTok being used by 100M traitors oops voters.
Similar point and may be apocryphal but when Rolls Royce were asked why, almost half a century later, they were still using a universal joint first developed in the ‘20’s in their cars’ rear axles, they answered sniffily that “Just because something is newer does not mean it is better.”
Just saying, with the abandonment of reasoned debate emanating from the White House be a little more circumspect about news from anywhere now. Western media fell on and adopted with passion and gleefully repeated a damning report on treatment of Uighurs prepared by some guy sitting in Washington named Adrian Zenz. Look him up on Wikipedia and make up your own mind.
I shan't respond to all the other nonsense being spouted here but it is always possible to present legislation - particularly when it has been vilified, long before anyone read it, in the Western press - in a negative light but some perspective is in order lest people continue to think HK was always heaven on earth (it probably was for the British Army who had nothing to do but polish their kit, swim and play tennis) and is no longer. Just as an example one item from the BBC piece :
"Beijing will have power over how the law should be interpreted"
Umm yes - in this case, and tightly circumscribed, and nowhere near as extensive as the situation before 1997 when all laws might have to be kicked up to the Privy Council* for interpretation.
*That was in London, by the way, And go ahead and answer on the basis that we are "fair, clean-minded, decent people" but they are not.
A huge portion of HK trade with USA was in effect products going to and from ....... China.
And apart from the highest end chips and other stuff I would have thought that most US products could easily be replaced with those coming from Taiwan and China. I barely remember the last time I saw Made in USA on a decent bit of kit.
Does anyone know PRECISELY what we are talking about here?
Perhaps someone who actually has an inkling can give us a heads-up as to where the technology will be in 5 years' time.
Frankly I haven't a bloody clue about anything in three months' time never mind 5 years. By then all of this will be irrelevant.
I already have 5G (not in the UK) and I do not care.
By the way, you do know that China - probably the most wired-up (i.e. wireless) country on the planet - is forging ahead on a number of fronts apart from 5G - A.I, for example? The domestic GDP per capita is now such that economic and technological advances are self-sustaining regardless of Trump's attempt to roll the clock back a hundred years,
""If I recall correctly the protests were brought about precisely because Beijing interfered with the HK system making it easier to extradite people to the mainland."
The extradition law was promulgated for the purpose of extraditing from HK to Taiwan a HK citizen suspected of murder in Taiwan, which at the outset had popular support.
Its scope was expanded, fatally, by HK Government trying to be clever but which failed dismally.
The whole thing was misconceived because Taiwan had no corresponding rules to take extradited suspects. A complete joke and doomed to failure from the start.
Please do not rely on the Bar Association whose cartoonish and defective commentary on the extradition law last year missed a perfect opportunity to explain why the law would have been invalid and unenforceable for several reasons.
Yet chose this latest legislation to say it was potentially invalid when it is not.
It matters a very great deal because the law will be a Hong Kong law with prosecutions managed by the Legal Department of Hong Kong Government and administered in turn by an independent judiciary steeped in and applying principles of the Common Law - which includes principles of parliamentary interpretation and "Innocent Until Proven Guilty".
It follows that there is no hijacking of the legal system - any more than - in fact less than - UK legislation once could be applied territorially to Hong Kong by Letters Patent and Hong Kong laws could ultimately fall to be interpreted by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Then purporting to predict the future course of laws is losing the plot completely. This manoeuvre from Beijing is a direct consequence of violent protests last year, in the absence of which there is no reason why the PRC would want to interfere with the HK system - which is where the article is completely wrong - now or even in 2047.
Tossing out a mantra of "freedom" relates back to the first point. None of us is free to the degree implied by such a mantra. Freedom is knowing one's limits with a clear law. If alternatively a person wishes to be free to burn the flag and insult the sovereign power - not even relevant when most people are concerned about their livelihood and their families. As are the expats. Which is why there is no brain drain. Schools have reopened, Shopping malls are bustling - and nobody wants to go somewhere the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic was so ineffectual.
Blood? How silly. Tienanmen Square was more than a generation ago, China has changed. The World has changed Xi Jing Ping will NOT want to taint his legacy - as emphatically proven during the "protests" by the admonition that "Hong Kong's problem. Hong Kong fix it".
Paper money movements. In China some 7-11 style shops (for example) have no staff : the facial recognition system is so good and so extensive that anyone who scarpers without paying goes straight into the miscreant database. You can bet your bottom dollar that China is developing - I reckon already has developed - it’s own digital currency. So much commerce in China is transacted online and pay-by-bonk it is a natural next step to add a few more 1’s and 0’s. The state already controls the banks so there is no need for Bitcoin-like farms on every street : it is an exercise in data-gathering not financial security. It therefore comes as no surprise that they wish to change the plumbing for their own purposes.
Make sense or is one spouting buffalo spoor?
Because it works for a damn long time.
I have almost every generation of Mac Mini filling up one cupboard and get one or other of them out occasionally to power up and play with. That’s just an example. On my experience you get at least three times the usage from an Apple machine/device, which will be years out of date before it breaks down. It’s almost frustrating that with all the latest backup systems available my ancient Time Capsule still bloody works!
Strange no-one mentions the occasions when he has been served a "bad pint". In fact its ages since I heard the expression. Must be something to do with publicans springing for refrigeration in recent decades. Or punters having got used to craft beers tasting like ditch water.
To put it another way, I very much doubt all the beer reckoned to have gone off will go down the drain.....
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