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Old 2011-08-25, 05:19   Link #5441
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Do governments actually support the DeBeer's monopoly on diamonds?
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Old 2011-08-25, 05:21   Link #5442
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Do governments actually support the DeBeer's monopoly on diamonds?
If the cut they give the governments are large (read : corporate tax), why not?
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Old 2011-08-25, 10:16   Link #5443
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Do governments actually support the DeBeer's monopoly on diamonds?
Actually, no, not in the US anyway. There have been all sorts of anti-trust issues with them, and for a while their executives wouldn't even come to America for fear of being arrested on sight.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/10/bu...l?pagewanted=2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Beer..._fixing_prices
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Old 2011-08-25, 13:03   Link #5444
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At this point in the US.... diamonds almost have a sort of "hey, you're wearing real fur" taint to them in the general public because of the blood diamond issues. People buying diamonds are tending to ask where they came from, jewelers try to at least pretend, and many people (like us) have never even purchased one -- they were all inherited.
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Old 2011-08-25, 13:09   Link #5445
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We get diamonds out of Arkansas as well.
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Old 2011-08-25, 18:37   Link #5446
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Canada and Australia are also big producers (and they have traceable labels).
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Old 2011-08-25, 20:34   Link #5447
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Speaking of Diamonds: A Planet of Diamonds

It would be silly to try and get it though, since it is moving so fast...(aside from it being 4,000 light years away.)
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Old 2011-08-25, 20:49   Link #5448
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Speaking of Diamonds: A Planet of Diamonds

It would be silly to try and get it though, since it is moving so fast...(aside from it being 4,000 light years away.)
i think some scientist theorize that the core of Jupiter is made entirely of diamonds.
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Old 2011-08-25, 21:08   Link #5449
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Pardon me for being uninformed on the matter, but can someone explain to me the "blood diamond issues"?
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Old 2011-08-25, 21:19   Link #5450
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Pardon me for being uninformed on the matter, but can someone explain to me the "blood diamond issues"?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_diamond
http://www.un.org/peace/africa/Diamond.html
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Old 2011-08-25, 21:20   Link #5451
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... oh. That kind of diamond.
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Old 2011-08-25, 21:26   Link #5452
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... oh. That kind of diamond.
and all the water of Yangtz won't be enough wash the blood form DeBeers diamonds.
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Old 2011-08-25, 22:18   Link #5453
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and all the water of Yangtz won't be enough wash the blood form DeBeers diamonds.
That or all the PR they could pay...
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Old 2011-08-25, 22:29   Link #5454
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I seem to recall the subject of a diamond core came up in the novel 2010 (or if not, 2061 for sure). The blood diamonds didn't quite come up in 2061, but the diamond trade and South Africa came up involving terrorism in space due to the speculation of a mountain of diamond in the "former" Jovian system.
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Old 2011-08-26, 22:13   Link #5455
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Was killer whale hit by boat _ or is she pregnant?
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Old 2011-08-27, 17:53   Link #5456
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Old 2011-08-27, 22:54   Link #5457
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Somehow, I don't think it's such great idea. A good initiative, but something like a group might be better.
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Old 2011-08-29, 23:28   Link #5458
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How to hack like a News of the World reporter (3:10)

Sometimes, when all you need is to enable a password protection to prevent your VM from being spoofed, it is strange to understand why people still get their phones hacked.
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Old 2011-08-29, 23:46   Link #5459
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How to hack like a News of the World reporter (3:10)

Sometimes, when all you need is to enable a password protection to prevent your VM from being spoofed, it is strange to understand why people still get their phones hacked.
I assumed that most of the "hackees" had left their voicemail boxes in factory defaults. Hell... the number of "linksys" clouds I wander through (no encryption) never ceases to amaze/amuse me.

Technology is becoming less "clueless survivable".
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Old 2011-08-29, 23:48   Link #5460
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I assumed that most of the "hackees" had left their voicemail boxes in factory defaults. Hell... the number of "linksys" clouds I wander through (no encryption) never ceases to amaze/amuse me.

Technology is becoming less "clueless survivable".
As I have checked just now, there are 4 people in my block who did not encrypt their wireless and I can pick up their connections.

Seriously, all the software security companies can set up all the most complex parameters to secure your data, but ultimately, the person running the server is still the weakest link. I remember reading about an article where NSA spooks left thumbdrives in the carpark for their staff to pick up, and see which idiot is dumb enough to plug it into a secure network.
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