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Comment Re:1000 Yuan (Score 1) 204

As someone that lives in Beijing.....

-5USD will get you a lunch at MacDonalds, it takes 25RMB to get the same thing in Beijing
-1USD will get you a can of Coke, 2RMB for the same thing
-5USD at Starbucks, 25RMB for the same thing

Two boneless chicken breasts are ~15rmb
Butter cookies (the xmas traditional kind) are 50rmb for a tin
New modern paperback novel is 60rmb to 160rmb depending on author
mp3 headphones are 20rmb to 160rmb depending on brand and what store
The other night, dinner for 2, fish hot pot, with veggies and mushrooms was 300rmb

People carry 100rmb notes the way most Americans carry 20 dollar bills. 1000rmb is not that much.

(Of course, Im talking about a city like Beijing, middle class consumers. Not farmers out west.)


Submission + - What do you REALLY think about MS vs Open Source? (harvard.edu)

psychgeek writes: What people believe and what they think they believe can sometimes be very different things. The Implicit Association Test is a tool that psychologists use to measure this type of hidden, unconcious bias and prejudice. Project Implicit, at Harvard university, provides a website with an online version of the Impicit Association Test that you can use to measure your own subconcious associations, and the current "featured" test is "Microsoft vs. Open Source". It would be interesting to know how many slashdotters really feel what they think they do — do you really believe in FOSS, or are you just here for the Kool-Aid?

Submission + - Blair Calls For Chinese Style Net Controls In UK (prisonplanet.com)

QJimbo writes: Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair has savaged online media today in a speech in which he declared war on the free press by hinting at new restrictions on internet journalism and suggested that the media should be brought more into line with the government.
Blair complained that the media was too "feral" (i.e. not tamed by the government) and referring to online journalism stated:
"In fact, the new forms can be even more pernicious, less balanced, more intent on the latest conspiracy theory multiplied by five."


Submission + - Google Custom Site Search may be hiding results (gidblog.com)

crystalattice writes: "Google's Custom Site Search appears to be less than useful for established sites. According to J de Silva's GIDBlog post, not all the pages related to a search query are being returned. From the article: "If I search Google for [site:gidforums.com auto add slashes], i.e. restricting the search to only my web site, GIDForums, I expect it to return this page, but according to Googles Custom Search Engine, that page doesnt even exist! Notice that its not listed at all; not filtered, and not even stuck inside their infamous supplemental results. But its an old page! In fact the page is very old over 4 years old, actually and Google indexed this page very soon after it was written, and even referred people to the page for at least a couple of years, or more. So why did they remove it? What happened?""
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Church Of England Vows to Fight Fall Of Man

Oxygen99 writes: The BBC reports that the Church of England is considering legal action against Sony for featuring the inside of Manchester Cathedral in its Playstation 3 game Resistance: Fall Of Man without permission. The Bishop of Manchester says "For a global manufacturer to re-create one of our great cathedrals with photo-realistic quality and then encourage people to have guns battles in the building is beyond belief and highly irresponsible.". This is especially true Given Manchester's record with gun crime. Sony has not yet commented on the story.

Submission + - Firefox 3 Alpha 5 released

Anonymous Coward writes: "Alpha 5 is now out with a lot of stuff to power some of the planned features for Firefox 3: new JavaScript features, FUEL 0.2, identity management, improvements to the download manager, support for web applications, better integration with Mac OS X and Places, the integrated history and bookmarks interface are some of the most relevant improvements. For some reason the URL is not accepted. Whatever, this is it: http://mozillalinks.org/wp/2007/06/firefox-3-alpha -5-is-out/"

Forgetting May be Part of the Remembering Process 191

CFTM writes "The New York Times is running an interesting article about how human memory works and the theorized adaptive nature of forgetfulness". From the article, "Whether drawing a mental blank on a new A.T.M. password, a favorite recipe or an old boyfriend, people have ample opportunity every day to curse their own forgetfulness. But forgetting is also a blessing, and researchers reported on Sunday that the ability to block certain memories reduces the demands on the brain when it is trying to recall something important. The study, appearing in the journal Nature Neuroscience, is the first to record visual images of people's brains as they suppress distracting memories. The more efficiently that study participants were tuning out irrelevant words during a word-memorization test, the sharper the drop in activity in areas of their brains involved in recollection. Accurate remembering became easier, in terms of the energy required."
The Internet

Online Shoppers are Willing to Pay More for Privacy 106

Caroline Matische writes "People are willing to pay more to buy items from online retailers who make their privacy policies clear, a new Carnegie Mellon University study showed. People were more likely to buy from online merchants with good privacy policies and were also willing to pay about 60 cents extra on a $15 purchase when buying from a site with a privacy policy they liked."

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