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Comment Re:Real News (Score 1) 609

I'm not saying that they shouldn't, it's just the timing is not considerate. If it's now a few weeks after the disaster and the rescue effort has been mostly completed, I wouldn't object at all. (And it would be a better article anyway since they would have more facts.) I would perhaps still personally find it condescending and prejudiced (the latter's from the none-earthquake stuff he referenced), but at least political commentator's superiority complex is prevalent everywhere in the world.

I'm not singling out NYT. I take offence at any media, foreign or Chinese, trying to focus on the politics at the current moment as well, as do many people in China. It's cold-hearted just the same.
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Submission + - Pirate Bay earns 20,000 Euros a day ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: controverisal pro-piracy website the piratebay likes to portray itself as an innocent hobby site that provides a free index without censorship, but recent facts show that the site is earning up to 20,000 Euros per day from its advertising. Taking in money on this scale puts a different slant on the motives behind the Swedish filesharing site, and could open up the runners of the site to prosecution for profiting from copyright infringement.

Submission + - Google's Viral Marketing Campaign for Its IME

An anonymous reader writes: It appears admitting guilt is not the end of it. The criticism for Google Pinyin's plagiarism of Sogou Pinyin had yet to wear off, a new scandal already broke out for the young IME. Posts such as this one are now appearing on almost all major Chinese forums and blogs, with the exact same content, despite many of them being tagged as "original". Searching for "I decisively uninstalled Sogou Pinyin IME, which I used for the last half year" on Baidu shows all the repeated postings, which attempt to smear Sohu with words such as
  • "Google Pinyin's quality is actually quite good, but people no longer pay attention to its functionalities ever since the 'dictionary-gate' incident broke out. Their focus is now only on the war of words between Google and Sohu.",
  • "It's not that (Sogou Pinyin) is bad, it's just I can't stand the shameless actions of Sohu.",
  • "Everyone with clear eyes would know that this is all a publicity stunt pulled by Sohu.",
  • "Truly unfortunately, Sohu seized this tiny flaw, and attempts to use this opportunity to increase media explosure for its own product.",
  • or "Compared to (Sohu's) disgusting attention-grabbing behavior, I repect Google more for its honest and pragmatic approach."

The posts earned comments ranging from "I blush with shame for you" to less polite responses involving female reproductive organs. There are reports that Google hired Ogilvy & Mather for this viral marketing campaign.
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Submission + - `.eu' Domain Names Top 2.5M in Year One

VictoryDone writes: More than 2.5 million ".eu" Internet addresses have been registered since the European domain name launched just over a year ago, the European Commission said Wednesday. Many worldwide brands — from companies like Air France and Versace to environmental campaigners Greenpeace — now have a ".eu" address, officials said, singling out non-European brands Sony Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus for also choosing an ".eu" address in ad campaigns.

Submission + - Single human gene gives mice tri-color vision

maynard writes: "Scientists from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute working in collaboration have published a study in the peer reviewed journal Science showing that mice transgenetically altered with a single human gene are then able to see in full tri-color vision. Mice without this alteration are normally colorblind. The scientists speculate that even mammalian brains from animals that have never evolved color vision are flexible enough to interpret new color sense information with just a simple addition of new photoreceptors. Such a result is also indicated by a dominant X chromosome mutation that allows for quad-color vision in some women. From the article:

The experiments were designed to determine whether the brains of the genetically altered mice could efficiently process sensory information from the new photoreceptors in their eyes. Among mammals, this more complex type of color vision has only been observed in primates, and therefore the brains of mice did not need to evolve to make these discriminations.

The new abilities of the genetically engineered mice indicate that the mammalian brain possesses a flexibility that permits a nearly instantaneous upgrade in the complexity of color vision, say the study's senior authors, Gerald Jacobs and Jeremy Nathans.

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