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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

Rick in China Re:Nice contrast.. (111 comments)

Medical advice in China is extremely cheap. Like a few RMB (less than a dollar).. the problem is, it's often wrong, and it's often intended to get you to buy medicines which is where their profit is. :D

2 days ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

Rick in China Nice contrast.. (111 comments)

with the story about 'doctor visits' over Skype, and how many posters were railing against how they were afraid of eavesdropping/decrypting of their Skype conversations. Where are they now! :D

3 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Rick in China Re:Will Apple sue ? (179 comments)

Apple *should* sue Xiaomi in any country Xiaomi is selling, except China..where they would waste a ton of money on a lawsuit that is pretty much guaranteed to fail, for reasons other than the company's HQ being in Beijing city proper's CBD with close gov't support. Xiaomi's entire concept, at the beginning, was to duplicate an iPhone at a far lower price point..wait, not just an iPhone, but *all* of the products Apple puts out there, look at their line-up. They have copied presentations, commercials, even Jobs himself, so UI similarities are to be expected.

I am curious whether Apple even cares. Xiaomi competes in the 'shanzhai' level of pricing, very low priced devices aren't really in the same park as Apple's premium priced devices, even though the Xiaomi's actually have reasonably valued hardware for what you're paying....so, while Apple *should* be suing them from a principal standpoint, maybe Xiaomi just isn't competing for the same customers in a significant enough way yet or something?

3 days ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

Rick in China Yum. (180 comments)

I've eaten this fish quite frequently in China, and it's actually quite tasty. I didn't realize it was so highly invasive, but some other fish (like Lionfish) seem to really f' up huge populations/ecosystems when they start to flourish where they don't belong, and I definitely agree that *eating them* is by far a better method than some other fish invasion control methods, like poisoning bodies of water and all adjacent bodies of water to kill everything.

These m'f'rs can actually wriggle over land for a few days out of water to expand their territory. That's badass.

4 days ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Rick in China Re:Not just China (92 comments)

Hey quick! Look over there! (Governing 101: utilize distraction/fear-mongering.)

about a week ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Rick in China Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

Um?

You clearly don't know much about the country. There are only several providers of internet services, how do you think people's personal information gets from one place to another? Magic? Or through China Telecom?

about a week ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

Rick in China What's the problem... (92 comments)

They're storing mainland customer data on mainland servers. I don't see the problem with this - if the Chinese gov't wants data, they have SO many means at their disposal to capture it regardless of whether it's stored on a domestic server, or external. This is a good move, imo, as storing data in any country other than China would mean heavy latency passing through the GFW and having it likely captured elsewhere anyways.

about a week ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

Rick in China Re:8 years or 125k miles (174 comments)

I don't think you understood the comment. I had the same question...

The point is, people are driving these cars an average of almost 5k miles a month in order to get out of warranty? That's a LOT of driving.

about a week ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Rick in China Re:Record every call (364 comments)

The question was "can anyone recommend a good app", and your reply is, "I've been using a good app".. I think your post would serve better had it posted the suggested app that you're apparently happy with, no?

about two weeks ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Rick in China Re:Its nonsense (391 comments)

I'm actually impressed by people who can, in this age, create even questionable fabrications this elaborate.

about two weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

Rick in China Re: nope (97 comments)

Street smart? How about technologically outdated and lacking any sort of insight into how the world actually works? I never said B&E. If you are *targetting* someone's medical records, what's more likely: find their/their doctors skype IDs, find the systems or networks they connect from, and somehow track/decrypt their encrypted skype conversations...and listen to what they are *talking about at the time*, which ultimately means a very small amount of insight to what you're obviously trying to get ahold of....

Or, accessing a MRDB and capturing some data?

I'd change your signature, I would only agree with the latter half.

about two weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

Rick in China Re: nope (97 comments)

If someone wants your medical information, do you really think they'd have a harder time getting it from your doctor's office than say, eavesdropping your encrypted skype chat?

about two weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

Rick in China Re:Prostrate Testing (97 comments)

That'll be a common excuse, when caught.

*walks into room*.. *sees person with fingers in butt*.. "I'm in the middle of a medical exam, get out!"

Oh, yes, of course.

about two weeks ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

Rick in China Re:Well deserved.. (207 comments)

Well, it's not as simple as that - and probably not worth getting into details (from shoddy memory :P) but I think part of my point here was:

When Lionsgate is using others' copyright property, they end up paying about the cost of what they stole.

When you steal Lionsgate property, they expect you to pay a high 'penalty' fee on top of the actual cost of the property.

I don't hear about anyone being sued for $7 or whatever the movie theatre ticket would have cost.

about two weeks ago
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Lionsgate Sues Limetorrents, Played.to, and Others Over Expendables 3 Leak

Rick in China Well deserved.. (207 comments)

The movie is full of post-talent douchebags for the most part, and Lionsgate is truly a 'lion' when it comes to going after people for the smallest and often unintentional cases of copyright infringement...they once paid out my friend 5k for a 3D gun model he had owned that was used in a DVD cover they produced (through a 3rd party mind you) without consent. Seems they don't give a shit about their own copyright violations and pay/pressure people into tiny settlements, but when it comes to downloading their gear, they go over the top.

Here is the type of line that lets me know the movie is a piece of shit, and deserves *downloading* rather than paying way too much to see at a theatre: "Willis was offered $3 million for four days of shooting in Bulgaria, but Willis wanted $4 million". If the movie were anything other than a cash grab to rape box-office-groupies of their hard earned money, actors would _seek_ roles in the film rather than demand an extra million for *4 DAYS OF WORK*.

about three weeks ago
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PlayStation Now, Sony's 'Netflix For Games' -- Pros and Cons

Rick in China Re:PS4 has been disappointing in this regard .... (75 comments)

I'm on the cusp of upgrading -- currently sitting with my retail PS3, modded xbox, and dusty wii. You make some good points and after reading that, I think I'll wait on the PS4 upgrade.. pay to play online? I think not. Waiting for these issues to be resolved, appreciate your insights.. I'd have modded it up if I had points right now. Thanks! :D

about three weeks ago
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PlayStation Now, Sony's 'Netflix For Games' -- Pros and Cons

Rick in China Re:The market will sort it out (75 comments)

A free market would be allowing competing services to the customers - ran by independent businesses. This is literally the opposite of a free market, it's a SONY market, where publishers can offer their products with 4 options available, their freedom is to set the prices.

about three weeks ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Rick in China Re:Very original (182 comments)

Actually, this is not a new idea. Also, SmartAir has been around for a while - and he has done some events in various cities of China showing the whole DIY thing, and it's absolutely a reasonable and cheap solution for some people. I would argue, however, about the whole "thousands of dollars" nonsense - people pay premiums for high quality products all the time. What does my Philips air purifier do?

1) It has a much larger filtration and fan system, and a well fitting seal between the filter and the fan.
2) I can control the airflow much better than with far cheaper fans.
3) The front panel and filtration system is better than simply strapping an air filter to a fan - especially for people like me, with pets.
4) It looks *way* nicer as something sitting in my house.
5) It advertises a larger amount of airflow - hence cleaning - than the smaller fans.
6) It doesn't cost 'thousands' of dollars, although it's fun to grab the gold plated diamond crusted type nonsensical sell-1-a-month products for comparison, you can buy.. in China.. a mid-level Philips or Panasonic air filtration unit for a couple hundred USD. Entry level ones, about a hundred bucks. This canon unit is cheaper mind you, but the filters/etc are all smaller so obviously cheaper to buy as well, and at a $70 difference - I'd rather go with a unit that looks good and has a few 'convenience' features to go with it, as well as not having to literally strap two things together with a band and figure out where I can hide it in my house.

about three weeks ago
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Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean

Rick in China Re:Astrobiology (39 comments)

*Exactly*. I'd up-vote if I had mod to give :D

about three weeks ago
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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Rick in China Next to come... (175 comments)

So, lets say I lose my right arm, get a bionic arm, and start 'weight lifting' - enter the olympics, and demonstrate ultra strength with my bionic arm. Legit?

It's exactly as legitimate as long jumping from a prosthetic spring-board. There's nothing even remotely fair about allowing him to compete with non-spring-boarded athletes. I wish him luck and applaud his strength and will to try, though.

about three weeks ago

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