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Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

NekoYasha Re:Except for Mozilla and Colts (128 comments)

That's a lot of popular websites, sure, but how many of these websites are commonly used in China? How many of these websites even have a Chinese version? After all, not everybody speaks English.

LinkedIn has entered the Chinese market, but it's not as well-known as local sites such as 51job, Pokemon games still aren't available in Chinese, and wordpress.org is only of interest to people who self-host blogs (wordpress.com has been blocked for a couple of years). The rest, few have even heard of.

China has its own web ecosystem, so blocking these websites has only minimal impact to the typical user. It would be developers and expats who will bear the most impact.

about a month ago
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Obama Care Requires Java. Shall we call it, "Obama Java?"

NekoYasha JavaScript isn't Java (1 comments)

JavaScript is built into the browser, while Java is a separate download.

It's a stupid name that has unfortunately stuck around.

about a year ago
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How Gamers Could Save the (Real) World

NekoYasha CAPTCHAs and Foldit (145 comments)

IRL's approach seems to be: have gamers to do something they don't want (tagging photos), in order to get something they want (games). Which seems reeeally close to what ReCAPTCHA is doing (read unscannable words, so you can sign up for accounts). (Although tagging disaster areas will need more training than reading mungled text.)

And then there's FoldIt, which challenges players with folding proteins into a minimum energy state. This is key to understanding how proteins work, and important for understanding diseases and creating new medicine. In FoldIt, though, the work (folding proteins) is the game, and training comes as a set of tutorial levels. People can play solo for high score, or try to improve on the solution of others.

about a year ago
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Disney Research Creates Megastereo - Panoramas With Depth

NekoYasha Re:Curious (48 comments)

Yes; search for "super-resolution".

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Accepting Public Comments On Whole Body Airport Screening

NekoYasha Re:Yes but... (223 comments)

I think that's a millimeter wave scanner. Backscatter X-ray machines are like two boxes that you walk through.

about a year and a half ago
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PLA Develops First Person Shooter With US Troops as Targets

NekoYasha Bad summary: No US troops, only a drill (395 comments)

The game is named Glorious Mission, or sometimes Mission of Honor, not Glorious Revolution, and the plot follows a soldier's life through military camp and cumulates in the eponymous large-scale drill, as reported by China Daily. No US Troops anywhere.

It also supports 32 person multiplayer. You can watch footages of the game on YouTube here.

more than 3 years ago
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China Criticizes Google's "US Ties"

NekoYasha Re:Do we have to hear about every piece of propaga (280 comments)

If you look on Twitter, a website banned in China, you might find people who bothered to break through the censorship and speak their daily lives, and occasionally, comment on current events with a different perspective.

more than 4 years ago
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Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers

NekoYasha Re:Context? (671 comments)

Google's censoring results in China is disclosed to users. At the end of each page there's a message "According to local laws and regulations, some results are not displayed."

about 5 years ago
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First Hot-Ice Computer Created

NekoYasha Re:You need a NAND or a NOR gate to make a compute (120 comments)

Ah, but that design does have a XOR gate which can be easily turned into a NOT gate...

I have to admit that an one-instruction set computer implemented in cellular automation is just too awesome to be comprehensible to me.

more than 5 years ago
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Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval

NekoYasha Re:And what's so bad about it? (453 comments)

On other wikis that use the flagged revisions extension like the English Wikibooks, non-logged-in visitors will see a message indicating they are looking at an approved revision, with a link to the newest revision. For pages that don't have an approved revision, it will just show the newest one.

Registered users always see the newest revision by default.

This is just quality control, I don't think adding revision flagging is going to change any Wikipedia policies.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Two Years Into Overhaul of the Google File System

NekoYasha Re:hmm (217 comments)

It's called a " running gag".

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Patents XML Word Processing Documents

NekoYasha Re:Won't hold up (357 comments)

LyX is a graphical "document processor" that uses LaTeX as its file format, supposedly first released in 1999.

RTF also uses text-based markup.

more than 5 years ago

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