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Comment Re:MongoDBs (Score 1) 70

sigh, MongoDB. On install 1. no authentication, no passwords 2. default read access to everything for any user 3. no granularity. 4. data sent in the clear 5. no encryption 6. binds to all available interfaces

It's like we've learned nothing

MongoDB forces you to think about security issues from the outset and add those protections via various packages. It is much better than someone assuming their database is secure due to their own ignorance of reality. No technology can protect a developer / administrator from their own incompetence.

You must be kidding, right?

Comment Re:Raises one question.... (Score 1) 106

it's trivial to get a city hukou if you have a college degree.

Riiiight, because the son of a rice farmer, banned from public schools, should have no problem getting a college degree. And if the peasants don't have bread, let them eat cake!

"banned from public schools"? What a joke! You're sickening. Any one who has been to China should know that you're just telling lies.

Comment Re:Raises one question.... (Score 1) 106

Their class has nothing to do with where they were born. It is inherited paternally. So their class is whatever is printed on their father's hukou (identity card). If they are illegitimate, and their father is not identified, then they are screwed, and have no rights to education or healthcare, regardless of their mother's social status.

Stop spreading misinformation. The hukou class of a child can follow either the mother's or the father's.

Comment Re:Raises one question.... (Score 1) 106

Today, about half the children in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, have no right to attend public school, or go to a public hospital.

There are many problems with the hukou system and most people in China do not like it at all. But you are spreading LIES. It may be difficult for a rural hukou child to get public education in a big city, but certainly not impossible. A rural hukou person can get services at any public hospital without any problem. He just doesn't have health insurance to cover his expenses.

Everyone in China is issued a Hukou [wikipedia.org] identification card at birth, that has their hereditary class printed on it.

Saying that hukou is hereditary is misleading. Except for the two megacities (Beijing and Shanghai), it's trivial to get a city hukou if you have a college degree. Also things are changing now. In developed areas, a rural hukou may be more desirable than a city hukou because with a rual hukou you are entitled to many unique benefits provided by your village.

Comment Re:Raises one question.... (Score 5, Interesting) 106

Blocking 99% is good enough. China is not trying to totally block outside information. They are just trying to keep a lid on organized dissent. Western news publications are commonly available at newsstands, although an occasional story on Tibet, or Xinjiang, or Xi Jinping's offshore bank accounts, will be torn out. Most urban Chinese are better informed about what is going on in the world than typical Americans. China is actually more worried about social networks, where people can organize outside of party control. So Facebook is blocked, and instead they have WeChat and QQ, which are monitored and controlled.

Also, the Chinese Firewall is not "stupid". It may be evil, but it is not stupid. It is very effective at accomplishing its goals.

China has never even tried to implement a classless society. In fact, they did the opposite, by strengthening feudalism and binding the poor to the land. Everyone in China is issued a Hukou identification card at birth, that has their hereditary class printed on it. If you have the "wrong" class, as 80% of the population does, then you can be deprived of public education, housing, and even food. 99% of the 30 million people that starved to death during the Great Leap Forward had low class (rural) hukous. Today, about half the children in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, have no right to attend public school, or go to a public hospital.

One reason that the Chinese and outsiders see the Tiananmen Square incident very differently, is that the protesters never called for reform of the Hukou system. Outsiders see the protesters as heroes standing against oppression. Many Chinese see them as spoiled offspring of the urban elite trying to preserve their privileges.

Comment Re:Eliminate git, move back to cvs (Score 1) 87

Mercurial, through its lack of good stashing (with log support!) and index, favors larger, monolithic commits. That's a bad thing to have by design.

I don't know how you got this impression of Mercurial. My experience is the exact opposite. Mercurial encourages small, frequent commits. With "hg rebase" and "hg histedit", a revision history can be edited very easily. Git only makes things unnecessarily complicated by having an index.

Comment People here, on Reddit, and the Western media (Score 0, Troll) 131

were ready to blast China again. But of course it's the American and Western imperialists at work, the CIA/MI6 up to their nefarious ways as usual. But of course, Western hypocrites and Slashdot/Reddit anti-China hate brigade, your team can never commit a foul while everything the other team does is a foul, right?
Google

Google Warning Gmail Users On Spying From China 215

Trailrunner7 writes "Google is using automated warnings to alert users of its Gmail messaging service about widespread attempts to access personal mail accounts from Internet addresses in China. The warnings may indicate wholesale spying by the Chinese government a year after the Google Aurora attacks, or simply random attacks. Victims include one leading privacy activist. Warnings appeared when users logged onto Gmail, encountering a red banner reading, 'Your account was recently accessed from China,' and providing a list of IP addresses used to access the account. Users were then encouraged to change their password immediately. Based on Twitter posts, there doesn't seem to be any pattern to the accounts that were accessed, though one target is a prominent privacy rights activist in the UK who has spoken out against the Chinese government's censorship of its citizens. A Google spokesman declined to comment on the latest warnings specifically. The company has been issuing similar warnings since March, when it introduced features to identify suspicious account activity."

Comment There will never be democracy in China (Score 0, Flamebait) 249

The day there is "democracy" in China, there will be an American flag flying over Tiananmen Square, and that day will never come in a million years. "Democracy", "freedom", and "human rights" are merely code words for American imperialism. They will freely support brutal dictators when it suits their interests, while discrediting and undermining free elections that result in an unfriendly government. Remember Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar were once on the CIA's payroll and lauded as "freedom fighters", while Saddam Hussein was once a staunch American ally. But the American Empire will never succeed in conquering China.

Comment Brin is a useless douchebag (Score -1, Flamebait) 249

How the hell does someone who is 6 years old know anything about what's going on around them anyway, especially issues of politics and governance? All he knows is what his parents told him, and given that they defected they were probably traitors anyway.

Microsoft gets it. You will follow our laws if you want to do business in our country, otherwise you can GTFO. If Brin wants to lose money on purpose for a farcical and irrelevant cause, he can do so by all means. Google's shareholders won't be so happy with him.

Comment Google will never win (Score 1) 368

They will follow our laws, or they won't be doing business in our country. If they want to leave their 30% market share behind, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Baidu has the other 70% and will gladly take the 30%.

If they want to holler "human rights" and make up random junk about hackers, then they can GTFO. We will not knuckle under to a foreign corporation and give them extraterritoriality. The time for that has passed by more than 60 years. Google needs us more much more than we need them, although that's not saying much since we don't need Google at all.

Complaining that China is not "open politically" or other such garbage is simply a code word for saying that China refuses to submit to American imperialism. I support that 150%. China will never again be the lapdogs of the West. Long live the People's Republic of China!

Comment Google will never win (Score 1) 432

They will follow our laws, or they won't be doing business in our country. If they want to leave their 30% market share behind, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Baidu has the other 70% and will gladly take the 30%.

If they want to holler "human rights" and make up random junk about hackers, then they can GTFO. We will not knuckle under to a foreign corporation and give them extraterritoriality. The time for that has passed by more than 60 years.

Comment Google needs China, not the other way around (Score -1, Flamebait) 533

Baidu can just take over the other 30% market share it doesn't have, but Google loses quite a bit of revenue.

I wonder how the next Google stockholder's meeting will go if Google leaves, how can the Board answer the question of why the stockholders' interests (i.e. profits) were blatantly compromised for empty, useless proclamations of "human rights?"

Google will cave because they need us and we don't need them. "Human rights" are a ridiculous non-issue. Nobody in power in the world actually cares at all, they just use it to rile up their own people against foreign governments. When push comes to shove stuff will get done and "human rights" will not get in the way.

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