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Sure. They do that with most large institutions from what I've seen when in China. There's a Party office in all of the universities, too. It allows the Party to keep an eye on things as well as serve as a liaison between the institution and the government when needed. Also, since companies are responsible for handing certain things for their employees that we would not necessarily consider companies doing here in the USA, the Party office helps administer those things as well. It's no huge conspiracy or anything like that. It is just a government that has more direct interaction with people's lives than people in the US would think is normal.
I've been to China many times (mostly to universities) and these Party offices are nothing unusual there.
The idea of "keeping an eye on things" may fit into various conspiracy theories. All I know from my many trips to China about those Party offices is what I've been told by my fellow professors, by the graduate students I taught, and by my friends and colleagues over there.
What do you, personally, believe to be the reason why there is not more malware on OS X? While I personally believe it to be a combination of improved security in the OS and the lower market share (thus making it a smaller target than Windows), I would like to know your opinion and beliefs on the matter.
Given the rather open beginnings of the Apple computers, some have seen the turn toward the "Walled Garden" security model in iOS as a step in the wrong direction. Leaving the debate about cell phone security alone, there are theories that OS X itself is moving toward more of a "Walled Garden" approach. While this may be a good thing for the general, non-technical populace, it leaves hobbyists and developers at a loss.
What would you propose as an acceptable solution in order to maintain the hobbyist aspect of computer programming (and even electronic tinkering) alive while taking steps to reduce risk to the proverbial "grandmother who only uses the computer for Facebook and email"?
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Tucson News reported that there are not enough CBP agents to handle all of the Trusted Traveler Program applications that require face-to-face interviews. It works by using sensors "to screen passengers for unusual physiological responses to questioning — which can indicate a subject is lying," according to CNN.
It's not what you answer, but how you answer. Are you upset or fidgeting? CNN reported that it "uses three sensors to assess physiological responses: a microphone, which monitors vocal quality, pitch and frequency; an infrared camera, which looks at pupil dilation and where the eyes focus; and a high-definition camera recording facial expressions.""
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