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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Dahan Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (170 comments)

If you break language into four tasks: speaking, listening, reading and writing, then speaking is by far the easiest.

I'd say that depends on what you consider "reading and writing". For Westerners, Mandarin is difficult to speak and listen to because of the tones--it takes a lot of practice for them to pronounce the tones properly, and also a lot of practice to distinguish the tones. Reading and writing is difficult because of the large number of characters that need to be memorized. However, if you're allowed to have computer assistance, reading and writing becomes much easier; I'd say easier than speaking and listening. You can easily look up a word in an online dictionary, and when typing, the IME will present you a list of possible characters, and you choose the one you want. The latter is a huge simplification, since you don't have to remember exactly how to write a character; you just need to have a general idea of what it looks like, and the IME will take care of the details. This is even affecting the current generation of Chinese people... it's not uncommon for even a college-educated person to draw a blank on how to hand-write a character: "Character Amnesia"

9 hours ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:21 day incubation period... (487 comments)

Nope, no skyrocketing, and his own fiancee and family, who had the closest contact with him other than healthcare providers, are out of the 21-day window and are confirmed to be Ebola-free. You were wrong :)

2 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Dahan NetBSD CVS repo already converted to git (242 comments)

So is ESR trying to convert the NetBSD CVS repo in some weird and special way or something, and that's why it failed? Because it has already been converted and is on Github; if he needs info on how it was done, there's probably someone on the tech-repository mailing list that can help. It's been converted to Fossil too.

3 days ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Dahan Re:1st or 2nd transmission within the US? (421 comments)

But last week it was reported that Sgt. Michael Monning contracted ebola while trying to get the quarantine order signed.

No, it says a possible second Ebola victim. He didn't actually have the symptoms of Ebola, but felt sick, and since he had been in Thomas Duncan's apartment, he went to get checked out just in case. But his test for Ebola was negative.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:Barney (487 comments)

There are New York Times and CNN and Texas local media outlets that carried the story. I just picked the first two google results.

I knew that, but did you? If you did, why didn't you link them instead of some random Google results? Results that contradict the BS you wrote.

The Dallas News says that he went in unprotected and that he was accompanied by people in protective gear.

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews...

Does it say that he was offered protective gear, but refused it? Because that's what you claimed: "When offered protective gear, he declined, and entered the man's apartment without gloves, or even a facemask." The Dallas Morning News article you linked just says, "Dyer said that the deputy and four other deputies accompanied Dallas County health director Zachary Thompson into the apartment, most without protective gear." It does not say that he was offered, but refused protective gear. Also, the Dallas Morning News blog post contradicts this WFAA report that says, "No one who entered the apartment that day wore protective gear." And a different Dallas Morning News article also says, "Monnig was one of several deputies who went to serve the warrant. None wore protective gear." In any case, none say that Monnig refused protective gear.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:Barney (487 comments)

The second person you're referring to does not have Ebola.

Well, you can understand the confusion, since Texas TV stations national news sites and newspapers were reporting exactly the story I relayed.

http://www.wcnc.com/story/news...

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/1...

I think you need to work on your reading comprehension there... for one thing, wcnc.com isn't a Texas TV station, national news site, or a newspaper. It's a local Charlotte, North Carolina TV station. While just about every TV station has a web site these days, accessible from around the world, WCNC still a local station, with news geared for a local audience--it's no CNN or New York Times. And secondly, neither site reported "exactly the story [you] relayed". You claimed that there was a "second Ebola patient"--one of the sheriff's deputies. However, neither site says that the deputy contracted Ebola--just that he was feeling sick to his stomach/having stomach issues, and since he had been in the Ebola victim's apartment, the hospital wanted to observe him "out of an abundance of caution." FYI, the test results are back, and he doesn't have Ebola. You also said, "When offered protective gear, he declined." However, the articles never say that he was offered protective gear, or that he declined it. One simply states, "No one who went inside the unit that day wore protective gear."

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:21 day incubation period... (487 comments)

Are you kidding me? You are saying that it won't spread in your very fucking post. Look below at what you fucking wrote. And yes, it has spread, due to exposure to the first guy.

I'm an official? And no, it hasn't. Netcraft confirms it, the guy doesn't have Ebola. You're uninformed and ignorant.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:Numbers are meaningless these days (487 comments)

This deputy walked into the apartment after the patient had left

Yeah, 4 days after.

And he caught it.

Nobody knows if he caught it or not, especially not you. But he's not showing the classic symptoms of Ebola at the moment; he's just being monitored.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:21 day incubation period... (487 comments)

Well, ten days ago, these guys were saying it could never spread beyond the original source patient, because this is America.

Who said that? And it hasn't spread beyond the original source patient, so if anyone actually did say that (which is unlikely), they're correct for now.

Ten days before *that*, these guys were the ones saying it could never even reach America, because... I don't know.

Who said that? I never heard anyone in an official position say that. In fact, I heard some say that it could, and probably would reach America, but that it would be contained. E.g., this article from back in July 29: "Why Deadly Ebola Virus Is Likely to Hit the U.S. But Not Spread"

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Dahan Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

Says the guy in the Slashdot thread about the LEO who go infected just by walking inside the house.

What? The only infected person in the US died earlier today--that's what this Slashdot article is about. Where does anything say that the LEO is infected? He doesn't even have the classic symptoms of Ebola, and neither do any of the people who the Ebola victim was staying with. The LEO just felt a bit sick, so he decided to go to the hospital just in case, but it's extremely unlikely that he caught Ebola--he was in the apartment 4 days after the Ebola victim was taken to the hospital, and he didn't touch anything in there. The linked news article sucks--why link to some place in North Carolina when the situation is going on in Dallas, TX? It's a heavily-edited version of the original WFAA article, which says, among other things, "'He's doing exactly basically what we told him to do: If at any time you don't feel well, go seek some medical attention,' Dyer said. 'I'm being told that he's not exhibiting classic signs of the Ebola virus. It's just a matter that he doesn't feel well, and because he had contact with Mr. Duncan's apartment, they're taking every precaution.'" And, "Denton County Health Department director Dr. Matt Richardson said Monnig is not currently classified as having had 'contact' with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. 'Because of the absence of contact to the Ebola patient or anyone symptomatic with Ebola, we see no threat to the public's health regarding this individual,'"

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Dahan Re:Bullcrap (349 comments)

That is only via some Java API, which does exactly what I said above, which is turn the actual internal version into some higher-level OS name.

So what do you think that Java API would return on Windows 9? Don't you think Oracle would have it return the string "Windows 9"?

Trust me, MS doesn't give the slightest concern about any broken Java apps.

Perhaps you should read some of the stories on The Old New Thing about the hoops MS jumps through to maintain compatibility. Here's one (of many). In that one, we find that MS changed the internal implementation of critical sections in Vista, but found that some programs were looking directly at the internals instead of using the API. So in order to not break those programs, MS made sure the value in the internal struct people were peeking at had the value those programs were expecting. Keep looking back through the archives and you'll find dozens of examples of MS doing crazy stuff just to keep programs working in newer versions of the OS. And with many Java apps being big and enterprisey, you can be sure that MS is going to do whatever it can to keep them from breaking on Windows 9^H10.

about three weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Dahan Re:I share the opinion of a Wikipedia IP editor (349 comments)

While that code exists in the wild (with modifications), none of it is remotely modern. They're using JDK6/7 internal test tools and code from a 13 year old version of jEdit as an example as to why "Windows 9" was skipped."

How do you figure the jEdit code is 13 years old? It may have been written 13 years ago, but if it's still doing the same bogus check today, that still counts. As of the time of this post, the current version of that file was last modified September 29, 2013 -- only a year ago -- and it's still doing the if(osName.contains("Windows 9")) check.

about three weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Dahan Re:Why not create a new API version function? (349 comments)

MS already basically did that... In Windows 8.1 and later, GetVersionEx() lies about the version number (it returns Windows NT 6.2, aka. Windows 8.0) unless the developer has specifically marked the EXE as compatible with Win8.1: Operating system version changes in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

But this probably won't help with broken Java code though, since I'm sure Oracle will mark java.exe as compatible with Windows 9/10, and had MS not decided to jump to Win10, it would've returned "Windows 9" for os.name.

about three weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Dahan Re:How bad is the Microsoft API? (349 comments)

Windows does return integers. See the dwMajorVersion and dwMinorVersion members of the OSVERSIONINFOEX struct. This seems to be a Java-specific issue, or at least specific to Java programmers--for whatever reason, a lot of Java code checks the "os.name" property to determine the OS version instead of "os.version".

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Dahan Re:Catching up with Fedora (644 comments)

Which is pretty cool for scripting; I write pretty much all of my Windows scripts in PowerShell these days, instead of .bat or .vbs. But PS isn't good for interactive use... While filtering for large files isn't something that I do often, I do like to sort ls output by date, or by file size. This is quick and easy to do with Unix-style ls:

ls -lt or ls -lS

But with PowerShell?

ls | sort -property LastWriteTime or ls | sort -property Length

Not something quick and easy to type. Which is too bad--I was hoping for an interactive shell a bit more modern than CMD.

about three weeks ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

Dahan Re:I measure taste like a food critic (103 comments)

"krueng therm" (literally "engine fillup")

While "engine" is one possible translation of "khrueang", that's not the sense that's being used in "khrueang toem". There, "khreuang" means "ingredient" or "item" (sense 2 at this dictionary)--you wouldn't literally translate "khrueang duem" (beverage) as "engine drink", right? :) So, a better literal translation of "khrueang toem" is "additional ingredient".

about three weeks ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

Dahan Re:overthinking the problem (138 comments)

They're overthinking the problem. It's in Georgia.

TFS talks about not being able to get an export license, so we know it's not in Georgia (unless you mean the country). And TFA says it's in the UK (which is where Pinewood's main studio is... they did recently open a location near Atlanta, Georgia though).

about a month ago
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Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

Dahan Re:Spoon (134 comments)

I can view Apple iTunes video content on ... Apple devices and Macs.

There is a Windows version of iTunes, you know... but it is true that there's no iBooks for Windows.

about a month and a half ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

Dahan Re:Same reason blu-ray didn't take off (204 comments)

On the 35" the text is too small to read comfortably for any length of time

Text size has no relation to the display size. Text size is generally specified in "points", where one point is approximately 1/72 inch. If you find the text too small to read, the obvious solution is to increase the size. Display size affects how much text you can display given a certain text size. E.g., you might get 40 lines of 10 point text on a 24" monitor, and 45 lines of 10 point text on a 32" monitor.

I don't see how reading on a 27" is going to work unless you increase your font size which reduces the benefits of the higher resolution.

Why wouldn't reading on a 27" work? A long time ago, I had a 15" CRT and was able to read text on it without any problems. And even further back, there were 9" screens, and even smaller ones. You just couldn't get as much text on them (e.g., 40 columns across).

The benefit of higher resolution is that text is sharper, since you can use more pixels to draw the characters while keeping the same point size. E.g., instead of using 8x12 pixels to draw a character, you can use 16x24, which looks a lot better. It's even more noticeable if you work with Chinese/Japanese/Korean text, where the characters are much more detailed than the Roman alphabet. Some characters (such as this one) turn into an indistinct mess if you have to squeeze it into a 12x12 pixel cell, but if you have 24x24 to work with, it looks a lot better.

In any case, this Dell monitor sounds interesting... I was considering their previous 4K 24" monitor, but the way it faked being two half-screens (to work around HDMI limitations?) seemed annoying and glitch-prone, and I heard that the next generation of monitors wouldn't have to do that. I currently have a 24" monitor, and am looking for something the same size, but I suppose 27" isn't too much bigger.

about a month and a half ago

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