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Comment Re:Open-plan floors (Score 1) 61

"Designed to suit the free-range working ways of software developers" my ass.

It's designed (a) to save on costs (one big room as opposed to many small ones) and (b) to keep you and what's on your screen under the watchful eye of management at any and all times.

It is in no wise intended to foster worker productivity. And it doesn't.

Comment Re:You have no rights when applying for entry to a (Score 1) 205

Different setup in Beijing where any meaningful interpretation of "moving about the airport" involves going out of doors between terminal buildings.

Shanghai/Pudong seems like a much nicer airport, though (only been through there once). I particularly enjoyed the calligraphy shop and getting to watch and have a chat with the chief calligrapher as he worked.

Comment Re:Why is this bad?? (Score 3, Insightful) 160

Let me spell it out for you:

1. Google created and maintains at its own expense a mechanism for redirecting users to your site and Google doesn't charge you anything for it.

2. Now you're demanding that Google pay you for what you're already receiving at no charge to you.

If, given (1), it sounds like (2) is pretty fucked up, that's because it is.

Comment Re: America = lame (Score 1) 354

Jedidiah, you're normally pretty astute, but on this issue I must inform you that with all due respect you have not got a single fucking clue.

*Neither* of those things happened to me when I was hospitalised in China a couple of years ago.

What I did get was prompt, professional, and effective treatment by very qualified doctors and staff using the latest equipment in a very modern and well-maintained facility.

I also received a bill for 1600RMB, because I'm not a Chinese citizen and I informed them that I was able to pay.

Can you remind me which US hospital it is that only charges $250 for ER admission + overnight stay? I can't seem to recall...

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