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Comment Turkey vs. China? (Score 1) 102

If Facebook is so willing to bend completely to the Turkish government's demands for censorship, I wonder why, then, it remains banned in China - being that the key (publicly accepted) reason circled around censorship.

I know that the Chinese government isn't so keen on allowing Facebook to operate in China at all, given that they are in support of local competitors, but in order to legitimately prevent Facebook from competing if they wanted to - they'd need to essentially abide by the same rules as the local competitors. They'll bend over for Turkey, but not China? Surely China is far more profitable if they had bent earlier while it was still available and making headway in the market.

Comment Re:I heard this days ago..and (Score 1) 233

Nobody, other than maybe ISIS, is complaining about the NSA monitoring ISIS communications. They're complaining about the NSA illegally monitoring innocent civilians communications and strapping it under the "stop terrorism" banners.

Since ISIS is a stated enemy of many governments around the world - and many governments around the world are actively fighting against them, it's hardly an apples to apples comparison you're making. What would be an apples to apples comparison - if some hackers took down ISIS websites, do you think their respective governments would put any effort into charging them with computer crimes? I'd sure as hell hope not. The fact the victim is an enemy of your state sworn to destruction, death, and chaos - displaying beheadings and shit on the internet hoping to strike fear in civilian lives - absolutely changes the fact that they 'broke the law', and if it doesn't, it should.

Comment Re:Regarding computing power.. (Score 1) 67

The same could be said for so many revolutionary next-gen leaps in technology, based on what is known at the time. Before they sent people up to space and to the moon, I don't think anyone was like "Yeah it's easy give us X and Y and it's done son." That's sort of part and parcel with discovering something new.

Comment Regarding computing power.. (Score 1) 67

The 'next big leap' is the important thing. Not relatively small incremental jumps over competition by fine tuning and addition of 'more of the same' - what I mean is, whether it's an entirely new architecture or more likely quantum computing, the leap is what will make the difference in competitive technology not the crawl.

I have no idea where China sits with quantum computing (or entirely new architectures), however, with Google banned and their investment in quantum computing and relationship with the 'western nations' I don't know if it matters.

Comment I'd be interested in some values on scalability... (Score 0) 117

"enough energy to warm up your breakfast burrito for two full seconds"

*stunned in awe*

So, since the experiment is effectively useless, some information on whether the same technology scales and what sort of energy would be required to heat a burrito for like, 2 minutes. Or does it not scale, so conveniently leaves that type of information out?

Comment The boy, or the docs? (Score 1) 59

All the love in the world for the boy who has hands due to medical science, that's wonderful for him - and his entire life, there are few things greater than providing a child with opportunities that they had lost before even coming to the age of reason or self-identification.

That being said, I don't get the title - why is it the boy who 'makes history', and not the wonderful doctors? It seems to me that it is the doctors responsible for this amazing transplant rather than the boy who received it.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

"Once they go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." -- Werner von Braun