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Whatever people do in China, it's almost none of the things punishable by law, so most of them may actually feel just as much free, as people in the USA or anywhere else in the world, even more free, if they actually believe, that the political and economical system in their country is better, than elsewhere.
But when we speak about people's freedom in a political sense, usually it means very distinct things like freedom of press, freedom of self-expression, freedom to hold meetings and such, which requires one to actually do something like that to 'test' their freedoms.
There is a difference between an individual's sense of the amount of freedom he has ("the silent mass" is mostly ignorant) and the actual status of general freedom in a state (i.e. the amount of limitations of certain freedoms to its population as a whole).
When working with music on, I've found that whatever the style of music I listen to (from ambient to afrobeat to folk rock to heavy metal), it tends to put me into a trance-like state, where I am able to do good designing or a lot of routine coding work, or debugging, which makes me much more productive. But what I've also noticed is that every kind of music sets a different working rhythm, so different kinds of programming work need a different type of music for the best results.
Nice ambient, lounge, trance for example, tend to be somewhat good for designing and implementing new stuff, or cracking hard debugging issues (i.e. they stimulate abstract thinking and imagination). Hard rock, afrobeat, drum'n'bass make it easier doing some routine coding (I mean, coding which is routine) and simple routine debugging and testing, increasing your raw productivity.
I have also found, that just putting on big noise-cancelling headphones decreases the amount of effort needed to concentrate, while still allowing you to quickly respond to anyone asking you about anything. This is detrimental though, since closed earphones tend to make your ears more susceptible to catching cold, when you're using such headphones too much, something I have found out myself the hard way.
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Actually, it says that while support of Russian developers, stimulation of domestic software development and use of Free Software is a strategic benefit for Russian economics and it is a government priority, there will be no "National [Computer] Program Platform", because government officials believe it will not solve the problems of IT development in Russia.
So yes, there will be no Russian Windows alternative. And, really, I do agree with these Russian government officials -- there is no need for an official Operating System beyond having existing ones (Linux, BSD) to be properly supported by the government.
Hey, where can I sign up to open another "Performance Rights Agency" and collect royalties for any copyrighted material over there? =) Sounds like a great business plan: just go around collecting royalties and pay yourself a nice hefty salary. Pay a couple of cents for artists that happen to ask for a cut of those royalties.
What's so special about that PRC, that entitles them to do that on behalf on all artists? Why can't a man from the street start his own agency?..