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Comment Re:Collision (Score 1) 184

some updates on the incident, if you guys care to know. sources are in chinese.

a train rider confirmed that operator of the second train apparently did his best to brake the train manually. (source: according to a microblog, the operator was found in the badly deformed cockpit, impaled by the brake lever. (source:

from official xinhua news: another train, D3212 was struck by lightning a mere 5km away from the derail site under discussion here (the two trains involved are d3115/d301). d3212 lost power and stopped, too.


Comment Re:Windows Phone 7 (Score 2, Informative) 257

well let's see it from my point of perspective. i bought a WP7 phone, fully knowing the lack of certain key features, and erred on the promise that said features will be added in a prompt and timely manner. i also counted on the promise that carriers will not be able to mess with the OS thru version fragmentation, bloatware and update blocks.

so far the only solid return i got was the bloatware exclusion (they uninstall without leaving discernible traces). everything else is, for all practical purposes, down the crapper. aside from that, can you imagine having an app store that you seriously DREAD to use but have no choice? yeah, the WP7 marketplace is really that bad.

i don't give a cow's rear end about how great it is for developers to write WP7 apps. i didn't pay for a phone to appreciate that. and i'm pretty sure i'm not alone in my rant above.

Submission + - Beijing to track citizen's cell phones (

wan9xu writes: "This is a real Orwellian development. Purportedly to help alleviate Beijing's traffic congestion, the new initiative, literally translated as "Platform for Citizen Movement Information" proposes to track individual citizen's movement in real time via cell phone signals. Cell phones will be automatically registered at cell towers as soon as they are switched on. The rest is just like the phone tracking you see every week on CSI."

Comment Re:decomission more nukes (Score 1) 185

no, we don't need to. there already is enough of this stuff floating around in the form of nukes. all that needs to be done is to take the nukes apart and repurpose it. iirc this is exactly where most he3 came from in the last few decades, i.e. since the end of cold war.

Comment Re:Which means lower costs. (Score 1) 313

if the chinese adjusted RMB rate so that they pay the same price for the products you mentioned, walmart and target would be closing their doors and americans who used to shop there would have to pay double or triple for everyday items. guess who's gonna be complaining then? you can't expect factory countries like china to pay the same price on high tech products when you source cheap stuff from them.

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