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Comment: Public domain compatible with GFDL? (Score 1) 130

by amerinese (#27397689) Attached to: Huge German Donation Marks Wikipedia's Evolution

I've never understood something, which is how information in the public domain is compatible with the GFDL. For that matter, Creative Commons-Share Alike isn't either.

GFDL requires for something to currently be under copyright in order for the share-alike aspect of it to be enforceable and to propagate further on. If Wikipedia continues to accept these incompatible donations or incorporate public domain works, Wikipedia as a whole becomes polluted. Claiming GFDL is claiming a kind of copyright, but the parts that are actually public domain or CC-SA can't be claimed by GFDL and this could lead problems with lack of respect of Wikipedia GFDL...

Or maybe the hell with Wikipedia's license or anyone else's. As long as you're not using someone else's content, no one is going to sue...

Comment: Re:Top Places ... (Score 3, Informative) 229

by amerinese (#27294051) Attached to: Places Where the World's Tech Pools, Despite the Internet

You're absolutely right. In Taiwan, you see the same clustering effects with most of the semiconductor fabs (TSMC, UMC), chip designers, flat panel manufacturers, electronics designers all clustered around Hsinchu and the Hsinchu Science Park. Taiwan's "Silicon Valley" or technology hub is Hsinchu.

In Taipei, about one hour north, there are a growing number of software firms.

In Tainan, in southern Taiwan, there also is a cluster of flat panel and solar green energy firms.

Note though, that compared to many other parts of the world, Taiwan is a fairly small place. On top of that, the high speed rail shrinks the distance between all the major cities so that the whole island in some way could legitimately be considered one large cluster. There certainly has been a spreading out of firms from Hsinchu to Taoyuan (30 minutes north) and Taipei (1 hour north), besides the clusters in central and southern Taiwan.

(Off topic, there are also a bunch of clusters for precision tools, bicycles, and many other industries! But I suppose none of those could possibly be conducted over internet)

Comment: Re:Thanks Intel/Microsoft (Score 1) 379

by amerinese (#26372843) Attached to: OLPC Downsizes Half of Its Staff, Cuts Sugar

they're going to be coming from a half-dozen Chinese manufacturers fighting like mad to outsell each other, not the OLPC project.

Asus is a Taiwanese brand. So is Acer (Aspire One). As you pointed out, US companies Dell and HP are also active in this segment. Everyone outsources to China, almost completely through Taiwanese contract manufacturing firms. But at least for now, the PC/laptop market doesn't have any significant Chinese players other than Lenovo. Minor point, FYI.

Comment: Re:Uh.. (Score 1) 926

by amerinese (#23126622) Attached to: Chinese Blogs, Netizens React To the Tibet Issue

Zontar, your position "not exactly an angel" is basically in other words, that he wasn't great, but he wasn't so bad. If you read about the history of Taiwan, you will see that, actually, he was really bad. That's why I suggested you take a look at those links or do your own research on Taiwanese history.

Let me give you an example. When Chiang and the KMT came to Taiwan, they systematically tried to eradicate all things that weren't "Chinese". This includes Aboriginal culture, Minnan culture (a Chinese culture), Hakka culture (a Chinese culture), culture left behind by Japanese colonialism. The destroyed tons of architecture that they thought wasn't Chinese looking and replaced it with Northern Chinese imitations (funny thing was--a lot of what they destoryed was Southern Chinese architecture!). They tried to eradicate Taiwanese when it is a Chinese language that preserves a lot of vocabulary from the Tang Dynasty and when Mandarin is some kind of weird mix of northern Chinese and Manchurian.

Slave-labor camp is the wrong terminology to be using. If you really know Chinese history, you know that actually they believed in what they were doing at the time. It's like the Nazi's in Germany. The ideology just swept up an entire country that was starving and pissed off and it was how they thought they could make things better.

Mao's China vs Chiang's China is a false dichotomy. The mistake was allowing so much power to be concentrated in the hands of a single person, and I'm no libertarian, but hell, ideology wasn't the problem--it was hero-worship and being all swept up by this idea that government could and should go and change all the fundamental things of people's lives. The mistake was thinking that government should be controlling things like culture and language.

It happened in Mao's China and it happened in Chiang's China and in Chiang's Taiwan. If it weren't for a few key economic reforms (especially by his son, who despite his economic record was overall also an asshole), free "China" wouldn't have been much better off than Communist China.

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