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Comment: Re:Yeah, exactly! (Score -1) 141

by tealover (#35498608) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Launches iPad App With Live TV

I have a really nice TV in the livng room, bu I don't have a spot in which to put one in my bedroom. I wouldnt mind having the optioon of watching the last quarter of a basketball game, or the last half hour of a film while laying on my nice comfy bed. I don't understand why people are hostile to the idea. I'm waiting for my cable provider to annouce something similar.

Businesses

Chinese Intellectual Property Acquisition Tactics Exposed 398

Posted by Soulskill
from the farm-enough-gold-and-anything-is-yours dept.
hackingbear writes "In an interview published in Sina.com.cn, Chinese rail engineers gave a detailed account of the history, motivation, and technologies behind the Chinese high-speed rail system. More interestingly, they blatantly revealed the strategies and tactics used in acquiring high-speed rail tech from foreign companies (Google translation of Chinese original). At the beginning, China developed its own high-speed rail system known as the Chinese Star, which achieved a test speed of 320km/h; but the system was not considered reliable or stable enough for operation. So China decided to import the technologies. The leaders instructed, 'The goal of the project is to boost our economy, not theirs.' A key strategy employed is divide-and-conquer: by dividing up the technologies of the system and importing multiple different technologies across different companies, it ensures no single country or company has total control. 'What we do is to exchange market for technologies. The negotiation was led by the Ministry of Railway [against industry alliances of the exporting countries]. This uniform executive power gave China huge advantage in negotiations,' said Wu Junrong, 'If we don't give in, they have no choice. They all want a piece of our huge high speed rail project.' For example, [Chinese locomotive train] CRH2 is based on Japanese tech, CRH3 on German tech, and CRH5 on French tech, all retrofit for Chinese rail standards. Another strategy is buy-to-build. The first three trains were imported as a whole; the second three were assembled with imported parts; subsequent trains contain more and more Chinese made parts."
China

Lenovo To Launch Chinese Gaming Platform Called Ebox 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the wide-open-market dept.
siliconbits writes "Chinese manufacturer Lenovo will build a video gaming console for the Chinese market and has already spun off a company called Eedoo Technology, including a team of 40 engineers, with the task of developing the platform. It will be called the Ebox, and will be specifically designed to recognize shapes and movement without the need for a dedicated game controller, not unlike Microsoft's Kinect."
PC Games (Games)

Valve Apologizes For 12,000 Erroneous Anti-Cheating Bans 202

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-right dept.
Earlier this week, there were reports that large numbers of Modern Warfare 2 players on Steam were getting erroneously banned by Valve's Anti-Cheat software. While such claims are usually best taken with a grain of salt, the quantity and suddenness caused speculation that Valve's software wasn't operating correctly. A few days later, Valve president Gabe Newell sent out an email acknowledging that roughly 12,000 players had been inappropriately banned over the preceding two weeks. "The problem was that Steam would fail a signature check between the disk version of a DLL and a latent memory version. This was caused by a combination of conditions occurring while Steam was updating the disk image of a game." Valve reversed the bans and gave free copies of Left 4 Dead 2 to everyone who was affected.
Businesses

Chinese Companies Rent White Foreigners 145

Posted by samzenpus
from the token-white-guy dept.
The job market may look bad here, but if you're in China, and you happen to be white, all you need is a suit and tie. An increasing number of Chinese companies are willing to pay any price to have a few fair-skinned faux employees walking around. From the article: "'Face, we say in China, is more important than life itself,' said Zhang Haihua, author of Think Like Chinese. 'Because Western countries are so developed, people think they are more well off, so people think that if a company can hire foreigners, it must have a lot of money and have very important connections overseas. So when they really want to impress someone, they may roll out a foreigner.' Or rent one."

Comment: Re:surrender.... (Score 0) 254

by tealover (#30496784) Attached to: Google Found Guilty of French Copyright Infringement

No one forgets that America's founding fathers successfully used France to help secure America's independence. France of course did not help America out of the goodness of its heart, they just wanted to weaken the Brits. France of course was too cowardly to direct contest Britain at that point and that is a trait that has followed them for hundreds of years.

Comment: Usually It's White People Who 'Reveal' Themselves (Score 0) 451

by tealover (#28856111) Attached to: Real-World Consequences of Social Networking Posts

Anyone else notice this ? It seems that many white people use social networking sites as a way to vent and express their true feelings, as in the case of Lee Landor, a seemingly well-adjusted young, white, liberal female. But, she did go to SUNY at New Paltz, so we all understand she's no rocket scientist.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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