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Comment Re:"It's not totally clear why that occurred" (Score 2) 327

It's easier than you think you put warez on iOS devices. Just go to any shop and pay like 10 bucks, and the shop will login using their App Store account, and you can then download anything you want, and these shops advertise openly that they don't sell warez and everything is "genuine". The shops don't give out their passwords, so you just go back once in a while and let them update the apps, for free.

Comment Firmware upgrade? (Score 1) 203

They need to release some kind of upgrade for existing elevators. At my office building of 35 floors with Otis elevators. When an elevator is already stopped at a certain floor. Instead of opening the door immediately when you press a button, the elevator leaves immediately and you need to wait forever for another elevator to arrive since the other elevators think you've already left. The solution is then to press both up and down buttons, irritating the hell out of every one in the building.

Comment Thailand (Score 4, Interesting) 369

Thailand used to have a huge graphical image on a special server for censored websites. Any access on a censored URL would be forwarrded to that image. Apparently the load was so high the server would constantly crash, and eventually they deleted the image, so you get a 404 error. Now they got smarter and just display a text message telling you the website is censored by the government.

Comment Nothing about censors (Score 1) 154

Since no one ever bothers to read the source, the original statement actually says TV dramas should not have plots that are pure fantasy, such as time traveling drama; made-up mythologies; or encourage superstitions, such as believing in fate or reincarnations. There's nothing in the statement about censorship or banning.

Chinese TV have always been quite dry for me, since a lot of it are historical drama that talk about revolutionary heroes, but my Chinese friends love them, maybe growing up in China helps.

Comment Re:First Post (Score 1) 154

It's your ears, or your pronunciation of C that makes them think you're saying she. Chinese people have no trouble pronouncing "C", since the (Mandarin) Chinese word for "west" is pronounced "C". If you have trouble teaching the C sound, just ask them to say west. On the other hand, there's no Mandarin sound that directly corresponds to "she".

Since I speak both Mandarin and English, and I work with a lot of language learners and speakers, I discovered most Westerners have trouble differentiating Chinese people pronouncing C vs. She, while Chinese people themselves have no trouble. There are other examples of this in other languages too, it's as if the listeners' ears aren't trained to distinguish those sounds. It's just one of those strange things.

Comment Re:Intuit (Score 1) 272

That's a lot like the Siemens PLC we have. The software on the PLC, the firmware on the PLC, and the PC software must all match. And different versions of PC software can't be installed simultaneously on the same computer. So we have a whole series of computers with different versions installed to support the different PLC's.

And they charge crazy prices on "PLC memory downloading unit" to my company until I realized they're just regular CF cards.

Comment I'm fast (Score 1) 186

I don't know about others, but reading e-books on LCD screens is much faster for me since there's no pause in having to flip the page, just touch/press and go. I'm much slower when reading on the Kindle since the page refresh takes so long and I literally have to wait for the next page to come up. I really like the Kindle's e-paper display but the page refresh, the color inversion, and waiting drove me nuts.

I don't quite understand why the Kindle needs to invert to black and back when flipping pages but the web page can scroll and update without inverting. It would have been really nice if there was an option to flip pages without the color inversion.

Anyway, my favorite reading device right now is the iPod touch since it's easy to hold in one hand and "flip" with my thumb. I can read really fast and I've already read hundreds of books with it. It's not so good for technical reference though, probably an iPad...

Comment Other industrial devices (Score 1) 460

Serial may be dead on the PC. But besides routers and switches, there are thousands of other industrial devices that still use the serial port. At my work place, we have weigh scale indicators that use the serial port, and we even have motor controllers that still use ISA bus cards. We looked into replacing those motor controllers, and the replacements use the *parallel port*, another dead port.

I have a ThinkPad with the Ultrabay serial/parallel port adapter. No one's gonna care to pry it from my hands, but I'm keeping it anyway.

Comment Re:We use Nod32 (Score 4, Interesting) 359

I don't know about other people, but around where I work, the joke is that whichever computer has Nod32 installed, it also has tons of viruses installed. Nod32 never seems to work in real life, eventhough it consistently scores high in reviews and have lots of recommendations.

(We use avira.)

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