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Book Review: The Chinese Information War

Omniskio You are under attack right now... (139 comments)

...and you've already surrendered everything. The Wu Mao Dang are eating what's left on your plate while you check Facebook.

about a year ago

Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

Omniskio I don't know how to react yet! (758 comments)

Is this research done by Conservatives or Liberals? I need to know before I praise it or trash it!

about a year and a half ago

Islamist Hackers Shut Down Egyptology Research Journal

Omniskio Reopen the Gate of Ijtihad! (564 comments)

Reopen the Gate of Ijtihad using the same critical methodologies to examine the Qu'ran, Hadith, and Sharia that Christians and Jews started using on the Bible over 250 years ago and the problems will evaporate. "Radical Islam" will be reduced to a strange, rag-tag curiosity, like the Westboro Baptists, holding signs "God Hates Yemen!" at funerals.

If Muslims are honest with themselves, they'll realize it has already started. I'm an idol-worshipping atheist (Buddhist flavoured), and get along great with my devout Muslim friends because we all agree that our most profound message is heart-wrenchingly simple: COMPASSION.

about a year and a half ago

India Bars ZTE, Huawei, Others From Sensitive Government Projects

Omniskio Perception is all that counts (160 comments)

It doesn't matter whether or not there IS a backdoor. All that matters is that their MIGHT be a backdoor.

about a year and a half ago

Global Warming On Pace For 4 Degrees: World Bank Worried

Omniskio Only one thing matters now (439 comments)

The Buddha was asked about the origin of the world.

He responded with a parable [well, my paraphrase thereof]:

"A man on a battlefield is struck by an arrow, and is bleeding badly from the wound.

What does he do? Does he calculate the trajectory of the arrow? Does he measure wind velocity? Does he survey and study his enemies' skills in archery to determine who among them could shoot so accurately? Does he analyze the composition of the arrowhead? Does he study the feathers? Does he evaluate the straightness of the shaft?

No, he removes the arrow and quickly binds the wound so that he does not bleed to death."

Global warmng: A, or non-A no longer matters. What matters now is where to move every coastal city, town, village, and port...where to move hundreds of millions of people...where to move agriculture...where to move civilization.

And, of course, how much it will cost you and your descendents.

about 2 years ago

Housewives On Trial In China For Smuggling In iPhones

Omniskio More reality television (150 comments)

"The Real Housewives of Hong Kong"

about a year ago

Tapping Shale Reserves, US Would Become World's Top Oil Producer By 2017

Omniskio Only one thing left to do! (467 comments)

There's only one thing left to do, and it doesn't matter if GW is A, or non-A. Move every coastal city to higher ground, because we all know the fossil fuel cartels will not stop making money off this stuff until there's and more money to be made.

Any estimates on how much it'll cost to move New York? And Los Angeles? Barcelona? Boston? London? Shanghai? Tokyo? Bangkok? Mumbai? The Netherlands? Sydney? Venice?

I'm glad it'll be your grandchildren footing the bill.

about 2 years ago

Telling the Truth In Today's China

Omniskio Re:This is horrible (157 comments)

What could possibly be the motive for the up-modding of such an absurd position?

about 2 years ago

"New Statesman" Pirates Its Own Magazine

Omniskio Re:Torrents != pirating (117 comments)

"Who on earth came up with that headline?" (Errr...the one posting it maybe?) From the WMD Handbook: Divert attention away from the original article, news report, or incident immediately. Guide the discussion towards safer topics, preferably topics embarrassing and controversial to "The West", but any topic will do. If this diversionary tactic fails, insults are you next course of action. Intimate that the commentator is unemployed, hides in his parents' basement, has no girlfriend, is a drug addict, etc.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ideas and Tools To Get Around the Great Firewall?

Omniskio Re:Breaking laws (218 comments)

The are few actions as admirable as circumventing censorship laws.

about 2 years ago

Why WikiLeaks Is Worth Defending

Omniskio Wikileaks: the "Anti-Fox"? (257 comments)

So far, I've only seen Wikileaks zeroing in on one source of the world's shenanigans, and ignoring what everyone else is up to. It gives the illusion of neutrality, but seems just as much a unipolar political tool as Fox News. "Fair and balanced"? Not yet.

about 2 years ago

Chinese Censors Are Being Watched

Omniskio An immoral defence (71 comments)

"You beat your wife, so why can't I beat mine?"

more than 2 years ago

China Erases New Internet Rumors, Shuts Down Sites

Omniskio Re:Do Chinese leaders feel no guilt? (146 comments)

"Do not engage in dialog. Never answer difficult or revealing questions if the answer does not promote the interests of The Party. The path to successfully guiding Internet communications in online forums away from areas damaging to The Party is simple. First, direct the attention of the reader away from China and the original question. For example, if Liu Xiaobo's name is mentioned, immediately bring up Bradley Manning. If they bring up the 6.4 Incident, respond by pointing out Waco and Kent State (see attachments for historical context). If this should fail, resort to insults and name calling. By diverting attention away from uncomfortable questions, questions which have unflattering answers, harmonious dialog will be encouraged." (from The Wumao Dang Handbook)

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Firms Ignore Licensing Mandate For Stem Cell Therapy

Omniskio Re:Compared to the ANTI-SCIENTIFIC BS HAPPENING HE (27 comments)

Perhaps "The Law" in China means one thing for businesspeople (which these people are... they're certainly not scientists advancing research in any meaningful way), but another thing for dissidents like Liu Xiaobo?

more than 2 years ago

How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

Omniskio iSlavery (1303 comments)

Being roused from my sleep in a factory festooned with nets to prevent me from committing suicide would be a close approximation of worker hell. I've got other ethical problems, and don't need to make poor Chinese wage-slaves one of them.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Spying Devices Installed On Hong Kong Cars

Omniskio My 50 cents... (171 comments)

. . . is that, no matter the source, no matter the content, no matter its significance, the Wu Mao Dang will spun it round, round, baby, right round. . . You're being harmonized.

more than 3 years ago

What Can't You Say On China's Social Networks?

Omniskio Here's my 50... (130 comments)

The other factor harmonizing online discourse in China, on Slashdot, and around the world is the Wmáo Dng. If you don't think you're being harmonized here, you are truly naive.

more than 3 years ago

China Pledges To Step Up Internet Administration

Omniskio Re:Authortarian Vomit (52 comments)

ONLY thinks like child porn? ONLY things like mass produced soap operas? I take it you welcome porn for adults, "Return of the Condor Heroes", news of the Jasmine Revolution? BTW, the phrase "information shaping" is a bit revealing.

more than 3 years ago


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