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Comment: Why is Alibaba selling IPO in USA? (Score 4, Interesting) 185

by Spy Handler (#47951809) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

It's a Chinese company located in China, and most of its business and customers are in China. So why is it doing its IPO on the US stock market?

Shouldn't NYSE/Nazdaq disallow this? SEC and FTC have no jurisdiction in China or anywhere else outside the USA. If a chinese company listed on NYSE did fraudulent accounting or whatever, SEC can't do jack shit about it.

The whole thing seems like a clever scheme by Chinese companies and Goldman Sachs to sucker money out of U.S. investors.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 2, Informative) 216

by Spy Handler (#47943017) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

What the tree huggers will find even more horrifying than chimp warfare is how lions kill baby lions.

True story. When the alpha male of a lion pride is challenged by another male lion and loses, the new lion takes over the pride. This happens inevitably as the the former alpha lion ages. Now the new head lion will often KILL all the lion cubs in the pride. Not because he's hungry, but because he doesn't like the fact that the baby lions are not his.

Comment: Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (Score 4, Insightful) 313

by Spy Handler (#47939733) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

West, just by the fact of existing, messed up Africa.

Before white men's ships arrived, Africans were living in their tribal villages leading simple agricultural or hunter/gatherer lives. Just as people all over the world have been doing for ten thousand years. It was no paradise, but they had a balance with natural forces where the population wouldn't grow faster than the food supply.

Then comes the white man with his antibiotics and high-yielding maize (which he got from the New World Indians, but that's another story). Suddenly infant mortality went down and crop yields went up and population could grow like crazy. But Africans never developed the institutions and social structures necessary to support a densely populated society that the Europeans and East Asians did. African nations today still run pretty much like they did thousands of years ago, local warlords taking power. Except now it's millions of people instead of a few villages.

Africans would've been infinitely better off left completely to their own devices. Would they still be living in stone age primitive societies? Yes. Would it be preferable to what they have now? Yes.

Comment: Re:Could have been worse (Score 1) 186

It's not a matter of whether Boeing deserves the extra cash or not. Deserve has nothing to do with it.

Boeing simply cannot (and will not) do it for less than the $4.2 billion, otherwise they'd be losing money. But SpaceX can do the same job for less, at $2.6 billion. So you could say SpaceX is much more efficient than Boeing.

So why didn't NASA just give the whole thing to SpaceX and save money? Redundancy, hedging your bets, not putting all your eggs in one basket, etc.

Comment: Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (Score 5, Informative) 291

by Spy Handler (#47915333) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Multiplayer can be and often is what you describe. But it depends on the community.

Some of the best online gaming experiences can be found on private servers (for those games that have them). Since anyone with moderate knowledge and resources can run a private server, there are many of them. A server's community tends to reflect the values of the owner, so just browse GTOP100 or other similar sites and look for well-policed friendly ones.

Most private servers have a very high GM to player ratio compared to official servers. On a friendly private server, the 8-year-old you describe that tells people he fucked their mother in the ass will get banned before his first day is over. It will have clear Terms of Use that outlines what is acceptable behavior and what's not, and how to report abuse to GM. The good ones actually care about your gaming experience and will take griefing seriously.

Also look for one with an active forum. Since the PS community tends to be small, you'll get to know most of the active players after a while. Browsing the forum will give you the flavor of the community.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 617

by Spy Handler (#47911909) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

That's a good attitude to take. Even though I am on the other side of the AGW debate, I'll agree with you there.

Small change I might suggest is that some of the beachfront homes in Malibu are getting hammered now due to erosion (nothing to do with sea levels or AGW, just plain beach erosion). So let's just say a coastal city such as LA or New York. I'll stay in NYC, you move inland.

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?