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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

Kartu Re:nationality/race of wife (216 comments)

She speaks Cantonese.
She has close relatives who speak only Mandarin (and Zuckerberg wanted to communicate with them).

So it makes perfect sense to call her Chinese in this context.

about a week ago

Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Kartu Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

Ok, it might be cheap, but "safe", seriously?

Chernobyl? 200 thousand square kilometers affected. Then, maybe that happened because it's a former communist country, right.
Is Japan, perhaps, industrial enough? Fukushima, cough?

The REAL negative thing about nuclear power is, that it's too damn RISKY to run the damn things. Benefits are not worth it (for many people, including me), THAT'S why it's being shut down in many countries.

There ARE better alternatives, in the first half of 2014 30% (thirty percent, yep) of electricity in Germany was generated using renewable sources (mainly wind, biogas and solar). (up from 6.3% in 2000)

They don't plan to stop at it either, current goals in Germany:
Renewable electricity - 40 to 45% by 2025, 55 to 60% by 2035, and 80% by 2050

There are countries which are far ahead. For instance Sweden was at 50% back in 2005.

about two weeks ago

The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

Kartu What exactly has Elon Musk innovated? (181 comments)

I'm glad you didn't mention iPad. Remember the expensive devices Microsoft was pushing in late 90th?

For me, and I'm pretty sure for most owners of the pocket PC's in early 2000-s transition from "Pocket PC" => "Pocket PC + Phone" was more than obvious.
The only thing that was missing, was cheap enough tech.
Apple was not the only company working on it.

Multi-touch => pitch to zoom and the likes is obvious too, we had that back in 90th.

Musk, however, managed to create electric car market, when car manufacturers were saying, nah, maybe a decade later.

about three weeks ago

Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Kartu Quality of life in Sweden (346 comments)

Lower crime rates, mandatory health insurance, larger middle class.

about three weeks ago

NASA Eyes Crew Deep Sleep Option For Mars Mission

Kartu Re:What will happen to their physical condition (236 comments)

Well, yeah, but it's still a valid concern.
Weightlessness is a major problem, muscle atrophy, skeleton deterioration, both at rapid rate.

about a month ago

Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Kartu It's true (267 comments)

So Porsche, which sells about 80 000 cars annually, is "a fringe brand"? Seriously?

about a month ago

Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Kartu Re:Risk management? (200 comments)

What makes F35 better or faster than F22?

about a month ago

Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

Kartu Re:Lil' Putin (197 comments)

Less than a half of "South Ossetia" was within joint Russo-Georgian peacekeeping forces mandate, so very kind of Russians to stop at the borders of entire "South Ossetia" a "country" with whopping 35 thousand population, which was offered wide autonomy and vice-president position with veto rights by Georgian authorities.

About 27 thousand Georgian internally displaced persons certainly appreciate the kindness of Russians.

I'm pretty sure they've also welcomed recent bulldozing their houses on "liberated" territory, it's certainly was done just to build new, more comfortable houses for them and not to cement ethnic cleansing.

Or, say, Abkhazia, with pre-war population 97 thousand Abkhazians and 246 thousand Georgians, no wonder Georgians wanted to flee the territory to let it become Russian protectorate.

about a month ago

Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Kartu Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

No, it it doesn't necessarily end with "healthier content" unless you consider "dead" to be a healthy state.

about a month ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:How to Deal with a Mad Dog (789 comments)

Care to name all those "small countries" which are "broke anyway" dear friend?

about 2 months ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Putin cannot use nukes in the Ukraine, even Russia's skilled propaganda machine won't be able to justify it.
He can't stop the West from arming Ukraine.
He can't prevail militarily in a county with 46 million people, which used to have 1 million men army back in USSR times, if it gets support from the West.

about 2 months ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Isn't Kiev still a pre-dominantly Russian speaking city?
Exactly what makes Poroshenko a "nazi"?

about 2 months ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Kartu Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

'Cause this very statement, which will piss off even its European allies like Germany/France/Italy isn't irrational enough...
A couple of days ago he insulted Kazakhstan ("it was never a state"), the only former USSR republic he never had tensions with.

Putin is simply trying to re-create Soviet Union (according to him, its collapse was "the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of XX" you know), which isn't possible if Ukraine "goes West".

He's just yet another war veteran, who suffered mentally from the lost war syndrome and managed to come into power. We have seen them about 85 years ago. His actions are as "Machiavellian" as those of Adolf Aloisovich back then.. Aloisovich didn't have nuclear weapons though, so let's see, how this turns out.

about 2 months ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

Kartu It's called "hydro power plant" and it is already (245 comments)

It's called "hydro power plant" and it is already used as "battery" e.g. in UK.
(they literally pump water up, in non peak hours)

about 2 months ago

Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Kartu Re:G'Day Valve, (139 comments)

If (DRM free forever,, offline install) DOES support refund, why can't Valve?

about 2 months ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Kartu Are we learning from history? (848 comments)

In 1939 the west thought Hitler would stop in Czech Republic...
In 2008 the West thought Putin would stop in Georgia...

about 2 months ago


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