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Comment: Re:Why use ISP email? (Score 1) 269 269

But then that's like saying why are we using iPhones or Android devices, they might go away in the future. Just because in 2035 you wouldn't want to use the services/product doesn't mean you should avoid them now. Anyway, Gmail is part of Google's Apps for Work platform, so it will be supported long after we stop caring about it because there will be companies paying for it.

Comment: Why not let him know what to do (Score 4, Insightful) 279 279

If he is not a disgruntled worker just work with him to set up expectations from the IT side of things. Do you expect him to turn his computer in? When? Should he delete files off? Yes/No? I think most people would be happy to work though an exit checklist and it would make you seem really organized. But if the employee has it in for you, then you may want to do more than that. But it looks like you've already made back ups of things that you think may be important. In any case, I would formulate a standard policy for people leaving the firm. So that they have clear expectations on what needs to be done on the IT side of things.

+ - Google's DeepMind developing artificial intelligent video game players->

misosoup7 writes: Smart programs have been beating humans are various games since the early 90's. The problem is that these programs are specialized and can only do one thing. The Deep Blue chess computer can only play chess, not even tic-tac-toe. The Google DeepMind team now has made a breakthrough against this "narrow" intelligence problem by creating an AI that can perform well across a variety of games. Published in Nature, the team describes their new algorithm. And you can watch the program play Space Invaders and Breakout at the bottom in the attached videos.
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+ - New DDoS Attack And Tools Use Google Maps Plugin As Proxy

An anonymous reader writes: Attackers are using Joomla servers with a vulnerable Google Maps plugin installed as a platform for launching DDoS attacks. A known vulnerability in a Google Maps plugin for Joomla allows the plugin to act as a proxy. Attackers spoof (fake) the source of the requests, causing the results to be sent from the proxy to someone else – their denial of service target. The true source of the attack remains unknown, because the attack traffic appears to come from the Joomla servers.

+ - New Icons of Windows 10 Do Not Please Users Aesthetically-> 2 2

jones_supa writes: A lot of people got nauseous about the flat looks of Modern UI presented in Windows 8. Recent builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview have now started replacing the shell icons, and to some people they are just too much to bear. Basically, Microsoft opted to change the icons in search of a fresh and modern look, but there are plenty of people out there who claim that all these new icons are actually very ugly and the company would better stick to the previous design. To find out what people think about these icons, Softpedia asked its readers to tell their opinion and the messages received in the last couple of days pretty much speak for themselves. There are only few testers who think that these icons look good, but the majority wants Microsoft to change them before the final version of the operating system comes out.
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Comment: I don't think it's really a security audit (Score 1) 114 114

The Chinese is most likely doing this as a response to the US banning ZTE and Huawei telecom products in the US. The US government is accusing ZTE and Huawei of building backdoors and other security concerns into their hardware, so China wants to hit back with something equally annoying. China is basically saying that's cool, we can screw with your companies too. Especially since China is a huge market to cell phone makers that most US companies have yet to really tap into. And with a huge growing middle class, the amount of profit for products like iPhone and Android based phones is huge. China is basically holding the iPhone hostage to get better treatment of its companies outside of China.

Comment: Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (Score 5, Informative) 217 217

... a notoriously difficult language to learn and particularly, to speak

If the Chinese language is really such a notoriously difficult language to learn (and to speak) there ought to be no one using it anymore, right?

I dunno about you, but I do think /. has gone way too hyperbole !!

Actually, it is considered a notoriously difficult language for westerners to learn. I don't think that is hyperbole. "The hardest language and nearly impossible to learn" would be hyperbole. As someone who did learn Mandarin and spent a couple years in Asia speaking Mandarin with people on the streets pretty much all day every day, I can tell you it's about as different from English as you can get. Having also studied French, I can tell you it's much more difficult than picking up a Romance language. If you wanted to pick apart a section of the quoted text as inaccurate, it would be "particularly, to speak". You could pick apart the fact misplaced comma, or you could just look directly at his meaning. That implies that of the parts of learning the language, speaking is the most difficult. This couldn't be more wrong for Chinese. If you break language into four tasks: speaking, listening, reading and writing, then speaking is by far the easiest. Reading an writing in Chinese is something that most foreigners I met in Asia never even attempted.

Totally agree. It's the same in reverse too. If you started with Chinese as your native tongue, then romance languages are very difficult too. This is due to the way sentences are constructed. I was doing some translation the other day and found that I often had to reverse the order of different phrases in the sentence to get the sentence to flow. There is one upside of starting with Chinese first and that is understanding the different tones within Chinese. Most of the westerners that I know who is learning or trying to learn Chinese struggle with tones. The words for mother, numb, horse, and to insult have very similar sounds as they are simply the 4 different tones for the same pinyin combination. Most of the time, if a native mandarin speaker says those for words (in mandarin) in quick succession, most westerners wouldn't be able to tell which is which. I know someone will now point out that a lot of Chinese can't distinguish between r and l, so learning Chinese first is not any better. But I want to point out that's because they were taught incorrectly and they think it's the correct pronunciation. Both the r and l sounds exist in mandarin so there is really no reason to get them wrong except if they weren't taught correctly.

Of course, if you learn both languages young enough then both languages are "easy". It's all perspective and when you are trying to learn each of the languages. Therefore, the statement aimed at the western audience is correct, it is notoriously difficult. But if the same statement were aimed at the Chinese, they will laugh mercilessly at you because it's pretty darn easy.

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