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Comment You most certainly can be verbally abused (Score 1) 922

Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can do more permanent damage. Stockholm syndrome, being groomed, being broken down and molded, these are all this that can be achieved by words alone. Maybe Sarah took these things to heart and was incompatible with that environment, and it's healthy for her to express that. Nobody is expecting everything to change over one individual but she is not out of line in speaking her mind.

Comment Good thing we have choices! (Score 4, Insightful) 135

Well the great part is now we have choice! Customers concerned with driver screening and safety can take taxis. Customers who are not can throw caution to the wind. What I don't get is people who *want* a monopoly either way. Of rather have competition and choice, so even if I never use Uber or Lyft, I'm glad they exist.

Comment Re:First projects should be celebrated even if min (Score 1) 662

Exactly, as a kid some of my "inventions" were quite similar. But it gave me experience and encouragement and the *desire* to do something bigger and better. I was just learning how things worked. Taking something apart and transplanting it, without breaking it in the process, lets you observe all the parts inside that you need to make it work. Then you start learning about those parts, maybe replacing them with others to see what happens, taking the parts off and making them work individually, putting them together to make something else... This is all part of the learning process and some people learn more visually and more hands-on than with theory. Your first project ever as a kid won't be the most amazing thing that's for sure.

Comment Only for straight males? (Score 1) 371

"What a ridiculous job, why reduce women to only be valued by their looks and to assist males"

Are they only hiring female cheerleaders, and only to help straight male programmers, and by "cheering" they mean flaunting their body? I guess China doesn't have any laws that deal with sexuality or discrimination in the workplace...

Comment Re:Could Xiaomi take over? (Score 1) 209

Sure, but integrating it into their ecosystem could make everything else they do more profitable by making it a gateway, and just making it easily interoperable with their other devices and services would give people a reason to become loyal to the brand. Xiaomi is doing well wherever they have a presence.

Comment No, that's Machinima Inc. (Score 1) 156

"Machinima Inc" is the one they're talking about, not Machinima in general, which is the creation of cinema using virtual machines, mostly games that let you control or script characters. Everywhere I see this story, the editorial never mentions that it is a particular company called "Machinima Inc". Please don't forget the "Inc" part of the name as this distinguishes it from the concept of Machinima itself.

Comment Could Xiaomi take over? (Score 4, Interesting) 209

I've purchased several of their entertainment and networking products before, they are of extremely high quality and aesthetically pleasing as well, at ridiculously low prices. If they step up their marketing presence in the west they could easily dominate. I'm sure that would be met by legal opposition from Apple, Samsung, etc. though, who knows how they would fare against that.