...going commando in a skirt is now indecent exposure?
Personally, I would have opted for adamantium.
Well, not to be rude, but you're guess couldn't be more wrong. I never said that I hadn't heard of them, in fact, I have been aware of their existence for many years, but as far as I know, Red Flag never saw success anywhere near that of QQ or Baidu, and I almost never heard it mentioned among my Chinese Linux using associates, of which I have quite a few. Granted, none of them work in government, but still, unless I'm a statistical anomaly, it's pretty good evidence that my assessment of Red Flag as a joke is spot on.
But if I am wrong, I'd love to hear about any major deployments of Red Flag or any awesome contributions to FLOSS that could be attributed to them.
Red Flag always seemed to be a joke to me. I am not aware of anyone in my social circle that has used their products, much less put any Red Flag systems into production. Were any major software projects or code contributions even driven by Red Flag? Even the name Red Flag just sucks, it sounds like a Chinese nationalistic shanzhai version of Redhat. The marketing genius who came up with that one should just go jump off a building. Maybe black hole software would have been a better name, because that's where all their funding went.
Just program in a lock with a progressive time interval for each failed attempt. Each failed attempt causes you to have to wait longer to try again. If you limited failed attempts to say, 50 consecutive failed attempts per day, then you could easily stretech out the time to brute force crack the key to months.
What could possibly go wrong?
That is just the tip of the iceberg. The real benefit to the companies is not just the money they make from one individual customer, but by making contracts standard behavior, it makes the market less fluid and competitive. Customers can't easily switch to a slightly cheaper carrier before the contract is up, and so the carriers can continue to gouge the customers and keep profit margins from thinning out over time.
This bill would have never passed when it actually meant something to consumers. With the plethora of unlocked devices available on the market, T-Mobile has already begun offering favorable deals on no-contract plans where you pay for your own device, so it's only a matter of time before the rest follow suit. If this actually does pass, it just means that the financial incentive to the phone companies was simply too small to justify the cost of supporting a lobby against it.
I disagree with this at this point in time. First, Chinese is not a European language. A native speaker will require many years of study to achieve a level that will be even remotely useful in the workplace. I personally have spent about 6 years actively studying, more than 10 passively studying, and am just now at a level where I would feel comfortable functioning in a Chinese work environment. And I apologies for blowing my own horn, but people often tell me that my Chinese is the best of any westerner that they know. Guess what? I have yet to see any development jobs come my way because of it. There could always be a change in the future. That said, most of those types of jobs could just be given to a Chinese person with a high level of English. If you learn Chinese, do it because you are interested in learning Chinese because the ROI is pretty lousy. I suppose this could change in the future, but I kind of doubt it.
If anyone knows a job for someone with a CS/admin + Chinese background, feel free to message me.
It's estimated that 1/2 of all pregnancies in the US are unplanned. Really, every child should be wanted by both parents. Willing parents are the best parents. If this world only had children that were wanted, the quality of child rearing that each child gets is going to be far better. Population explosion could possibly come under control as well.
You clearly have never seen Return of the Living Dead. Just destroying the brain is not enough. You must ether be cremated or at least have an ample supply of brains to eat, otherwise you will be driven mad by the pain of your own flesh rotting.
Sorry, but you're wrong. 1500 characters won't get you much unless you're working vocabulary is much bigger. First, I know a little over 3000 characters and about 11,000 words, but I can barely handle newspapers without the aid of a dictionary, much less doctoral thesese. My reading speed is painfully slow. Second, because of my inability to process newspapers, newscasts, etc., I would not comfortably call myself fluent. Maybe a low level of fluency, but that is really pushing it. I'm hoping that once I get to around 15,000 words and 3500 characters, that I will be just about there.
While I do call in to question the GP's figure of 50, I would say that true fluency is a rare thing among westeners. A near native proficency can still make you a clebrity here.
The author states that he intends to be fluent by 2016 by studying in his free time. I don't think this is likely to achieve fluency unless you're living full time in a Chinese speaking enviornment. Of course 'fluent' word that tends to get thrown around indiscriminantly and rarely used in the linguistic sense of true fluency. If he means functional or conversant, then it's definitely doable. If, however he means C2 on the CEFR scale, then 5 years of full time study might be enough to achieve that, but it's not guaranteed.
I will say that he's on the right path using Pleco & spaced repetition. These tools mostly appeal to us engineering types, but I can tell you that they truly exploit the power of your memory.
Chinese is just a harder language than others. It presents numerous challenges for non-native speakers, especially westerners. These include:
* Difficult writing system
* awkward pronunciation
* difficulty distinguishing tones
* numerous characters associated with any given syllable which makes it diffulcult to infer meaning of new words that you haven't heard before.
* abbreviated forms, (i.e. huan2bao3 - huan2jing4 bao3hu4)
* Larger vocabulary. To understand 90% of all content in English, you need to know about 5000 terms, with Chinese, that number is about 9000.
So, if you're the type that likes a challenge, then it can be very rewarding, but just realize what you're really up against. Most folks who take it on give up before reaching true fluency.
Depends on your goal and circumstances. If your goal is to be conversant, I would say go with simplified, unless you plan to live in a country where traditional is used heavily. If your goal is to be fluent, that is a very very long road, so to study both forms requires less than 5% additional effort if you do it the right way.
Yes, they apparently needed a foreign expert to teach the locals how to stand in line. Those of you who have been to China will know that standing in line is a skill that is in short supply among local Chinese.