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Comment Reality on the ground.... (Score 3, Informative) 39 39

The reality of gaming in China is this:

The domestic version of the consoles is restrictive, actually, especially for foreigners in China in many cases. The domestic version of the PS4, for example, will only work with a Chinese playstation store ID - so you can't log in to your overseas-created ID from the Chinese console.

That being said, in China - now, as before, as always, you can very easily purchase whichever console you choose from graymarket shops. By gray market I mean fully legally functioning and not hiding anything shops (in Chengdu typically found on the 4th floor of the 'computer city' malls), often legally imported (illegally only if they were brought in without paying import taxes), from a variety of countries. In China, typically it means HK or Japanese models of the consoles and associated games. The shop I get my games from often has US versions of the games also, which I by far prefer because it lets me use the bonus content with my Canadian account.

Consoles and games were only really 'banned' from legitimate channels of mass market entry - never illegal in the sense they weren't allowed to be sold or owned or played, that's a notion that many people overseas simply don't understand when they read articles like this, which are a little bit misleading.

Oh, also, the piracy aspect of all consoles is equally gray market - each of those shops will mod any console they sell and let you transfer games from their game library upon purchase, or bring your HD in for a bunch of transfers, at the cost of about $1usd/game....banned, pfft.

Comment Re:How real poacher-killing goes: (Score 1) 176 176

They're the poacher-killers, not the poachers! The gorillas unfortunately don't respawn their paws, so the poacher-killers camp up in the trees waiting for the invading Congolese poachers (who I presume spawn in Congo) to sleuth about through the thick jungle dropping traps.

Comment How real poacher-killing goes: (Score 2) 176 176

I was on a hike in the Virunga mountains, specifically right on the border between Rwanda and Congo. We were on a Mountain Gorilla trek, and after a few hours of hiking our guide pointed out, with the note, "don't be afraid" - a guy in green way up in a tree with an assault rifle.

They're basically campers.

Comment "Developer" or "Journalist"? (Score 5, Interesting) 727 727

I'm interested in what development languages you excel in and how you mastered them - as head of development for a gaming company, I think that's my first question. Follow-up side-points would be when you transitioned from journalist to game developer, and why game development? Was it related to some of the 'sparks' and 'movements' by some other females 'in the gaming community' - and seen as an easy way to jump on a bandwagon that was clearly going to make waves? Journalist to developer just seems like a very strange transition to me, so I'm curious about the particulars.

Do you have a github account where you publish some of your code?

Comment Hilarious.. (Score 2) 408 408

Like many here, the socially unacceptable portion makes me laugh so hard. I live in China, I'd gladly pay for content I happily enjoy -- but if it's not available legally for me within reasonable methods, then fuck it, VPN first, piracy second. I found myself watching lots of Hulu content at one point and tried to upgrade to their premium service.......had no feasible way whatsoever, even via VPN, because I was trying to pay with a Canadian credit card and mailed them on the topic to see if I could legally pay for it, answer was "no, it's not possible.". If people can't pay for content and watch it legally what do these corporations expect?

I'd say it's more than socially acceptable, it's socially desirable. Many I've met who haven't got the technical means to access particular content wants to know how. That's just how it is. Companies like this and dumb bitches who complain about circumvention tactics in order to access content need to learn to deal with it by making content easily accessible for all..then, perhaps, they'll have at least one leg to stand on when soap boxing.

Comment Re:I'd like to solve the puzzle please. (Score 1) 1081 1081

Essentially an ancient way to kill sheep, with an anonymous guess factor thrown in for the button presser's.... not sure exactly sure what. So, the goal when executing a human is to make it so that whomever provides the approval gets to be anonymous, yet the executors (in doing their job) don't get the individual responsibility, but, who was responsible for the decision that ultimately said "execute him"? I would imagine that if you vote "Yes" to execute someone, or if some person made that decision, they would all be fully willing to flip the switch. If not, then the lack of responsibility in any of those parties should be called into question. How can you say "Execute that person" yet not be willing to execute that person yourself? Why must that be made subject to "I pressed, but don't know if it was me who ACTUALLY did the act, therefor can sleep well..." nonsense? No. If you choose to execute someone in a group or individually, be prepared to perform the act, no?

Comment Re:Hey China! (Score 1) 87 87

The issue isn't about burying heads in sand. People here discuss pollution daily. It's on the news, it's in the media. The premier, last Thursday, made a speech about pollution and how the gov't vows to continue fighting pollution, calling it a "blight on people's quality of life and a trouble that weighs on their hearts". There is a huge effort in China to try to curb the pollution issue, and as someone who lives here and has serious concerns about the air, I can attest to watching the AQI (US consulate sourced) in a variety of cities.. and I believe pollution is *actually* getting a little better in the last couple years compared to airpocolypses that was slamming our lungs in the past. I don't claim to know why this docu. was removed from Chinese media specifically but I would guess it has less to do with the content itself, and more to do with controlling the narrative. Rest assured, though, pollution isn't being 'hidden' from the Chinese public, it's being breathed in daily.

Comment Re:Alternate Bank of Canada Press Release (Score 1) 223 223

In this case the "may be refused" portion could be justified under the case where security measures which are required to identify legal tender are not recognisable or have been damaged, which would be sufficient means to refuse the money as legal tender.

Comment Re:Quality of metal? (Score 1) 58 58

That's not the problem. The problem it it has been done before for rocket engines that have actually been fired up - the metals used were superalloys, in SpaceX case Inconel specifically. Those rocket engines have been in use for some time - and the problem with this story is that it lacks credibility in the "we're first' market for several reasons.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.