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Comment Re:Bigger Party Size is what I want! (Score 1) 166

I find the game hard to play with 4 players, especially in public games where everyone does his own things. I can't see the freeze and shocking orbs from Elites because there are too many Meteors and Blizzard and Zombie Bears clustering the screen. Low frame rate during intensive fights is already a problem for many. Having 6 in a game will just be chaos.

Comment The launch was smooth (Score 4, Interesting) 166

I was playing Act IV, not knowing the exact time of RoS launch, and was surprised by the announcement that RoS had launched. I left the game after killing the Key Warden and created a new game for Act V. There was no need to log out. The server was stable. I don't think I ever experienced an expansion launch as smooth as this one.

Comment Re:Teach to the test (Score 4, Interesting) 263

Based on my personal experience, students in those top ranking Asia Pacific area are taught at a faster pace and exposed to far more challenging questions in school. When I moved to Canada from Hong Kong, I didn't have to study Math for a year and a half because I learned almost everything already. The Asian students have far more homework. The more anxious parents send their kids to tutors, not necessarily because they are falling behind, but also to get ahead of the class. They don't need to "teach to the test" at all to get far better score. They simply know more and face difficult questions on a regular basis.

Comment Re:Depends on how boring the meeting is... (Score 1) 453

That's fine for your company's internal meetings. You are only sitting with your co-workers and the setting is likely not very formal. But the article specifically says formal business meetings and that's another story. In these occasions you need to be more serious and show respect to people in the room. Texting or talking on the phone (even walking outside to do so) would be something to frown upon.

Comment Re:Aircraft carriers (Score 1) 449

This is only partly true. Battleships were rendered irrelevant by carriers. But nothing has replaced carriers in naval battles yet. All advancements since WWII had revolved around carriers by extending their range, improving their protections, and weapons to sink them.

US carriers can easily strike China from beyond the reach of Chinese missiles. Chinese submarines aren't silent as their US counterparts. Chinese fighters will not easily get within range to hit the carrier before getting intercepted.

But for China, even with a carrier battle group, their navy is still no match for the US navy, and they lack the means to protect it as well.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 154

You see. If scientific journals like Nature publishes the map supporting China's claim to that territory, it lends more legitimacy to their rather ridiculous claim of those islands. The Chinese officials can then argue that their claim is supported by these respected journals. It does not really change much, but China is happy to gain any tiny advantage. This is totally in line with their increasingly aggressive stance in the Pacific.

Comment Re:Kessler Syndrome (Score 1) 105

I disagree that a laser that can destroy space debris is "politically not great" for its potential as weapon. Remember that space debris are very small objects, measured in cm or even mm. A laser powerful enough to destroy these small objects is hardly a powerful weapon, and there are plenty of much more powerful alternatives if harm needs be done. As a destructive force laser is horribly ineffective. With decades of research, the best use of laser in military is still intercepting missiles. I cannot see why other countries will have strong opposition to deploying laser for space debris.

Comment Re:Common Sense, anyone? (Score 1) 788

This does not make sense to me. With tax cuts and deregulations the corporations would have more incentives to stay in the country because of lower cost. A high corporate tax rate would drive them away and encourage them to invest elsewhere. Attracting investments is one of the biggest selling points of lowering tax rates.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 4, Informative) 397

Keep your ignorance away from here. Ice hockey is the biggest sport in Canada. In Vancouver, the Stanley Cup final game 7 is THE biggest sports event. The anticipation for Canucks to win their first Stanley Cup title is huge.

However, the hockey game is unlikely the true reason behind the riot. The rioters were prepared to riot. They brought the tools with them to set fire before the game even started. Many of the arrested were known rioters, who caused problems before the Winter Olympics in 2010.

Comment Re:Social stability (Score 2) 134

From reading this, I get a feeling that you are just repeating propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party. The stability (or in Chinese term, "harmony") over freedom argument is especially familiar to anyone paying attention to Chinese media. Even in Hong Kong we read that all the time from the left-leaning newspaper.

This problem is that this stability is established on suppression of dissents. It does not actually address the cause of instabilities. The unfairness in the Chinese society is well known. Inflation is high again. Government officials are corrupt. Abuse of power is common, often illegally but usually the officials are able to get away with it. All these contribute to the anger of the less fortunate crowd. To make matters worse, the media, usually controlled by the government, tend to downplay or simply ignore their plight. This effectively removes a vent for them to express themselves in the society. People don't protest because they are stupid (an false assumption you base all your arguments on), but because they are expressing their anger in certain way.

Comment Re:No we are not. (Score 1) 174

You are assuming that Google is trying to get Android phones to replace light switches. This is, however, only one of many possible applications. With a smart phone you can do much more complicated tasks than flipping a switch.

Keep in mind that your phone is linked to a network. You can control things at home while you are miles away. You can turn off home heating when you are at work, then turn it on half an hour before going home. You can fill your bathtub up with hot water that you can jump right in after work. I am sure some bright minds out there will think of more interesting ideas.

Essentially this technology allows you to control multiple things with a single remote controller. And with a touch screen, the interface can be much easier than what is available now.

Comment Re:Hilarious (Score 1) 114

This is not the first time China got caught conducting espionage of this sort. But US has no means to deter China from continuing. At best the States Department will complain about it, and a war of words ensues until the story dies down.

No one outside China takes the Chinese media's views seriously as the media outlets are clearly controlled, or at least tightly watched over, by the government. It does not matter though. Their intended audiences are the Chinese citizens who listen to them daily. Only a very small portion of the citizens actually get news from outside. The Chinese media just have to spin the story around so that US is the true villain in this internet war game, that Google is secretly helping the evil empire of US. As long as the Chinese think their government is in the right, that's mission accomplished.

Comment Minority Government... (Score 5, Interesting) 177

...actually works out fine for Canada in the last couple years. Conservatives are concerned about losing votes and decide not to bring most controversial issues to the table (e.g. abortion, same-sex marriage), knowing that the oppositions can bring down the government at any time they like. On the other hand, oppositions do not obstruct legislation or stop the government from getting things done because they are also concerned about the votes. With a majority, the Canadian DMCA would have passed with ease.

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