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Comment Mirror Noir (Score 1) 204

We are also seeing A Chinese Elite fleeing China.
Either because most of their wealth is based in Taiwan or Hong Kong, or because they simply don't like Authority Figures outside of their own family.
We are also seeing them staying, because things like Security is far easier to operate in a segregated 2nd world state.

>"The power elite"
Which one? Wall Street Co? Parts of the Bildenberg group? Tax Heaven Swindlers?
I don't think there is what you think there is.
There is also a legitimate risk of The Powerful Elite being unable to set its foot inside China after some point, because the economic infractions might stack up.
Then again, this is China, families already have some form of Citizen score.

Comment Re:You get what you pay for (Score 1) 624

Unless the paper edition is better, The Guardian is pretty shit. It seems limited to top level national news, but no digging or investigation.
Le Monde looks like a shitty global Tabloid.
And the trend seem to follow for most of them: Pages long articles with little to no content, and mostly reprints/elaboration from a core source. I.E Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, etc
The same is especially true of the various National News Agencies around the world, which serves as a spring board for everything else to get... stories

I am not sure which I blame more. The 24 hour news cycle, meaning no research. The daily newspaper, meaning only current events can be "news". Or the tabloid getting profitable enough, that Regular News didn't just condemn it and move on.

Its a sad point when the best news source is your state funded news agency(I.e NRK), but you can still spot that there is lots of shitty translations of foreign articles, and many raw reprints of statements.
It saddens me when I see reprints of stuff like the EM drive, or Cold Fusion, and its just a raw reprint instead of bothering a PHD in some university until they got a reasonable article.

Comment Re:Never Got It (Score 1) 227

I guess its a combination of media, and breaktrough.
Some of the shorter stories feels like something out of a Light Novel, or reading a better paced comic(i.e Donald Pocket). And I don't mean anything by that: The pacing is just pretty high, and things happen at a radical rate.

A lot of the short stories is 20-30 pages. In contrast, a lot of books quickly use 200-400 pages to do the same thing.
The general formula for the more sci fi stuff seem to be:
1. Some introduction page
3. Background objects is described, exactly as fantastical and mundane as they are
4. More amazing stuff
5. Raw cynicism if the final part of the story is short, where what has played out is explored indirectly

The reading style is also rather enjoyable, which is further amplified by the pacing.
Some of the slower books, like Starship Troopers: still has a extreme pacing.
And if you watch older Sci Fi, or Non American Sci Fi, you can see the influence: There is a good amount of effort put into having background objects be background objects, even if they are described. Its very contrasted to the Hollywood way of "if you describe a object, its a important foreground object".

Comment Re:Turkey and Kurds (Score 1) 94

>It's inane to pretend that today's Russia has the same global geopolitical goals as did their Soviet predecessors.
Is it now? The same leaders that basically led the Soviet lead into its fall, also got to lead Russia when it rebuilt post Soviet. We are entering a era where Russia is starting to finish its Cold War Recovery.
We already had a Crimean war, where we got a "axaaxaxaxa" as a passager plane was shot down.
We had Soviet pilots come on record with their Soviet stuff, and what is essentially bullying in International Waters praying US won't just open fire and deny it.
In International space, something like was left behind on Svalbard, mostly due the Post Soviet economic crash. Its neighbor, , is still alive, and one of the few places where Russia exports its.... imperialism.

The Russian International trend so far since Post Soviet has been to Bully, but back down if Bully has no effect. You can see this in effect if its about Nuclear subs, air territory, International fishing waters. Or the gigantic department of foreign trolls, to exist to AstroTurf foreign communities.
Or on wars it has fought, where the entire strategy is that the enemy will not shoot back properly.

Just remember: Russians do not respect Public Space. The world is their for the taking, and then poorly maintained. It doesn't matter if its Crimea, Sweden, Svalbard, International Fishing Rights, or Putins 2nd wife.

Comment Re:But climate change is a myth!!! YODA GREASE (Score 0) 206

In Norway, its reaching the 25% mark because unlike a lot of other countries, Electric Cars is exempted from quite a few regulations, which makes them significantly cheaper.
That still do not change that if the genie is in the bottle, its not out: Before Tesla, Leaf and a few other brands arrived to the marked, the electric segment where electric scooters converted to small city cars

Comment Re:It's because the game has no long term goals (Score 1) 194

>Unlike Ingress, where there is a continuing story line influenced by how well the two factions are doing,
Doesn't this just make it unlikely for people to want to play Ingress?
I get the point of Ingress, but it seems extremely pointless.

Go really doesn't have anything going for it either, but it has 1 core goal: To catch them all. Thats your long term goal. Everything else is a part of the fun journey.

Comment Re:Ignorant fools (Score 1) 190

The fuck is a plant? Cabbage? Cornflower? Apples? Grains? Weed roots?
I admit i skimmed the link, but it doesn't really say anything. "So humans don't get full benefit from eating cellulose, but they can still eat it", or at the least that is what it seems to be talking about.

I understand that we live in a era where the knowledge of what weeds is edible is resurrecting slowly, but one needs to be more specific.
I.E What ancestors of plants is eaten? What has been domesticated? What weeds did we eat back then, but didn't domesticate?
Its also worth noting that we eat meat differently today. Today we eat the prime meat, and who knows what happens to the blood or skin. Our ancestors would eat or preserve the whole animal, if possible. Eating the whole animal is a trend, that stopped close to modern times too.

Comment Re:Obvious? (Score 1) 108

I am not sure I agree the value is in the IP. You could argue SEGA, for a while, by copying the times trends during the age of the Megadrive and its succesors, had many strong IPs.
It turns out IPs are worth almost nothing by themselves. They need to be backed by released, commercials, and SOME SUCCESS. The latter is the hardest.

So what do I mean by this? Well, during the early 90s, Nintendo did license out some of their IPs over low threshold. The results is things like CD-i Zelda(3 shit games), Mario Teaches Typing(MS-Dos, developed by INTERPLAY !!!).
As we sorta can see, IP's are not worth shit by themselves. They need to be backed up by current or former media, to even exist.
And so far, even if Nintendo is a backwards company led by old Japanese men, with foreign sub branches filled with weird people, the fact is, they do own their IPs. But since the IPs are not worth anything by themselves, a Nintendo game tends to be a game that has some threshold of better production value.
It could be anything from smoothing over the mechanics, to removing tons of story elements to smooth up gameplay, or it could be raw quality.

I don't think Pokemon GO is a bad use of the IP.
Even if GO is in many ways a total converison of Ingress, the point still stands: GO has better goals than Ingress ever had. And GO's goal synergy enough with what Pokemon as a IP is, to allow GO to become the current hit.
I've seen installation projections for Android, that claims GO has a install base of over 5%, compared to 2-3% for other very popular apps(Twitter, Snapchat, etc). Go is insanely popular.

Comment Re: The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 1) 1145

> In the meantime my parents are earning 5 figures.
This tells us something about the lie you are presenting us. The truth of the matter is that effort is hard, and there was effort.
But the "lie" is to use the word " refugees with almost nothing" which is demonstratedly false. Going by the wage figure, and the story, all they needed was the language. What they came with, seemed to be trade experience in a high value trade. The fact is that a high value trade would equal "refugees with extremely wage earning skills" not "nothing".

I get that the story is fancy, and that working towards a goal under your families support was "harsh". But the fact is, it wasn't.
There is a good chance the entire "high wage career" is fueled by very good proxy support, combined with good support mortals.

Submission + - ARM Holdings to be taken over by Japanese firm (bbc.co.uk)

Retron writes: One of the UK's leading tech companies, ARM Holdings, has been the subject of a hostile takeover bid from the Japanese firm Softbank. The bid values the shares at £17 each, a far higher price than the £11.88 they were worth at the close on Friday.

Chips using ARM technology are used in all sorts of gadgets and devices, from washing machines to iPads.

Comment Re:News at 5... (Score 1) 451

Brake failure?
Then you apply ALL the backup systems.
1. Engine braking,
2. regenerative braking,
3. air friction,
4. stop accelerating,
6. etc.

And this will be a important hall mark of safety: If a auto car is unmaintained, at which maintenance level will it brick itself to stop going on the road? The car will after all check its backup systems, maybe on each start up.

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