Global Chip Shortage Threatens Production of Laptops, Smartphones and More


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The Sinclair C5 was a recumbent bike as well, at least when the battery gave out. And given it was a lead acid battery powering a washing machine type motor that wasn't too long.
 

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The best solution would be to fix the safety problem at the source and have less cars on the roads and/or less roads dedicated to cars.
 

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The best solution would be to fix the safety problem at the source and have less cars on the roads and/or less roads dedicated to cars.
Wouldn’t that be achieved if a significant number of car drivers switched to velomobiles/velocars?
 

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Roads predate cars a long time though; we've had roads leading from the top of the country to the bottom since the middle ages (as evidenced by the canterbury tales amongst more recent tellings). Now you could argue that covering them in tarmacadam was the bad bit, but tarmaced roads are much better if you're a cyclist too, and even on foot I reckon I travel slightly faster on tarmaced roads than unpaved ones; when I'm wandering off road I have to spend more time watching to see if I'm about to wander into a patch of nettles, or there's a tree root I need to step over.

Maybe we could have chosen not to tarmac roads when the railways started, and let the remote inter-town roads grass over due to lack of use, and perhaps it would even be affordable because governments freed from having to maintain roads and subsidise the oil industry could spend the money to make railways better and cheaper, and tickets cheaper.
 

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Actually, if he really is right about roads, then that would be all the more reason for us to have roads. If roads keep people poor by forcing them to get cars then roads also make people more dependent on salary thus forcing them to work more. That would be bad for the people, but good for the bankers & co as it means more productivity to leech from. So it would come down to a choice between wealth and power on the one hand and liberating the people on the other hand, made by the rich and powerful who have oppressed the people for decades.

Regardless, I just posted the video because I like it, not because I agree with it. It is not a crazy idea, but I am on the fence about whether he is right.
 

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I wonder where this will lead.

At the moment, it's pretty annoying as everything has delays (not only parts but also the ships, etc.)
We're also producing the retro games for Strictly Unlimited and EVERYTHING is being delayed.

It also took way longer to get new stuff from GPD, the Aya Neo had delays, etc. It's annoying.

But on the other side, new factories are being made. Chip production is being moved out of China, which is a good thing in my opinion.
So the shortage might have a good side as well.
 

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TSMC is in Taiwan, which is a China but not the China you were thinking of (i.e. it's not the PRC). But yeah, it probably makes sense geopolitically to have a reasonably up to date fab on each continent.
 
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Globalization worked great when the west was significantly richer than the manufacturing countries in the east. We had the upper hand and called the shots. I expect we** will start building lots of factories in Africa, India, Venezuela, etc.
 

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Globalization worked great when the west was significantly richer than the manufacturing countries in the east. We had the upper hand and called the shots. I expect we** will start building lots of factories in Africa, India, Venezuela, etc.
China got screwed over by taking worthless paper and pretending that it is as good as gold. No wonder they want to get rid of their Dollars now.
 

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China got screwed over by taking worthless paper and pretending that it is as good as gold. No wonder they want to get rid of their Dollars now.

Many American and other economic analysts have expressed concern on account of China's "extensive" holdings, as part of their reserves, of United States government debt.[15][16][17]

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 included a provision requiring the Secretary of Defense to conduct a "national security risk assessment of U.S. federal debt held by China." The Defense Department’s report in July 2012 stated that “attempting to use U.S. Treasury securities as a coercive tool would have limited effect and likely would do more harm to China than to the United States. As the threat is not credible and the effect would be limited even if carried out, it does not offer China deterrence options, whether in the diplomatic, military, or economic realms, and this would remain true both in peacetime and in scenarios of crisis or war.”[18]
 
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