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+ - Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Abby Phillip reports at the Washington Post that that Mark Zuckerberg just posted a 30-minute Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing in which he answered every question exclusively in Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to learn and particularly, to speak. "It isn't just Zuckerberg's linguistic acrobatics that make this a notable moment," writes Philip. "This small gesture — although some would argue that it is a huge moment — is perhaps his strongest foray into the battle for hearts and minds in China." Zuckerberg and Facebook have been aggressively courting Chinese users for years and the potential financial upside for the business. Although Beijing has mostly banned Facebook, the company signed a contract for its first ever office in China earlier this year. A Westerner speaking Mandarin in China — at any level — tends to elicit joy from average Chinese, who seem to appreciate the effort and respect they feel learning Mandarin demonstrates. So how well did he actually do? One Mandarin speaker rates Zuckerberg's language skills at a seventh grader's speech: "It's hard not see a patronizing note in the Chinese audience's reaction to Zuckerberg's Mandarin. To borrow from Samuel Johnson's quip, he was like a dog walking on its hind legs: It wasn't done well, but it was a surprise to see it done at all.""

+ - user ssh key pair creation

Submitted by Brandonski
Brandonski (605979) writes "As linux admins, we've all been asked to setup ssh key pairs for users.
We know that users should do this them selves and I've had more than one manager who has told me to "just do it" for users when I pushed back.
Can you folks help me put together a really good argument why this should not be done with a root account?
If there are citations from Industry experts or research papers to back it up that is even better.

Thanks!"

Comment: Re:Texas Budget Deficit (Score 1) 811

by Brandonski (#35178974) Attached to: Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill
No Offense to Maxo-Texas,
But, I'm sick of prefacing conservative and liberal with "social" and "fiscal".
Let's all start using conservative and liberal to reference all things fiscal.
Progressive and Regressive can be used to reference all things social.

I'm certainly progressive, but never much cared for the liberal label.
Crime

Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs" 571

Posted by samzenpus
from the mr.-terrorist-wizard dept.
formfeed writes "Police were called to a house in Omaha where a 14-year-old made some 'dry ice bombs' (dry ice in soda bottles). Since his mom knew about it, she is now facing felony charges for child endangment and possession of a destructive device. From the article: 'Assistant Douglas County Attorney Eric Wells said the boy admitted to making the bomb and that his mother knew he was doing so. The boy was set to appear Tuesday afternoon in juvenile court, accused of possessing a destructive device.'" She's lucky they didn't find the baking soda volcano in the basement.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun

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