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Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

Rick in China Next to come... (174 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.

2 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Rick in China Re: Astronomy, and general poor night-time result (539 comments)

I believe the 4D revision has been available since the 50's and 60's... it's called Lysergic Acid. It just doesn't last as long (usually) as the lesser D's.

4 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

Rick in China Only a few hundred billion dollars.. (184 comments)

It'll win all the dog fights US engages in these days! Priorities people, come on.

  Benghazi. Deathpanels. Look over there!

4 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Rick in China Re:Fair Comment (424 comments)

Actually she was not vulgar or malicious at all, didn't mention anything that stands out as mean even.. just descriptive of mostly extremely poor service and mediocre food. You can read her (french) blog post here:

http://web.archive.org/web/201...

about two weeks ago
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Brazil Nut Effect Explains Mystery of the Boulder-Strewn Surfaces of Asteroids

Rick in China Re:That's how I clean my cat's litter box. (58 comments)

Ah - litter box is on a deck outside and I use crystallized cat litter, so there is little to no dust. :D

about two weeks ago
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Brazil Nut Effect Explains Mystery of the Boulder-Strewn Surfaces of Asteroids

Rick in China That's how I clean my cat's litter box. (58 comments)

I shake 'er up. The big pieces float to the top. I scoop them out. Brazil nut effect. Asteroid problem solved. It took an international team to sort this out? Come on! :D

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

Rick in China Not unheard of. (131 comments)

There have been worse stories than this - one gaming addicted couple (maybe 2 years ago) sold their child to pay for their gaming, and got pregnant with the intent of selling their new one to pay for gaming as well.. they were also arrested. I can't remember what happened with the baby. There are also stories of parents selling their children for Apple products. People here are seriously sick in the head for money - it's a common problem with a lot of younger people especially... there is so much 'new wealth' around, typically not hard earned, and I suppose it influences a lot of people who, in a society where their self-worth is largely determined by how much money they've got in relation to those they went to high school/university with, I guess it's inevitable. If you do some research on child abductions and missing children - also - there are tens of thousands of new children going missing every year, at least. That's not including the ones who were intentionally sold. Farmers can sell their children into essentially slavery at just a couple years old, and do so for as little as 5000rmb (less than 1k USD). These children are often put out on the street while they're that young to panhandle, carrying cheap little flowers to harass people outside of clubs to buy the flowers for their partners, or at restaurants, or wherever. When they're older, the boys typically go into thieving, and the girls a far worse fate. It's truly a terrible circumstance, and if you live here, you can _ABSOLUTELY_ see it first hand.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Rick in China This 'news' and the twitter storm to follow.. (242 comments)

Even though it's not a big deal or deserving of 'news' (as many others point out, it's very normal) it does sound bad, and I'm expecting lots of these, mostly from Republican Texans: Now I'm drinking piss and shit water, THANKS OBAMA!

about two weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Rick in China Re:This is the beginning of the end... (530 comments)

I should clarify - there are riots (or huge protests..what China calls "mass incidents") daily, although this doesn't mean that it's daily in the same place, it means there are lots of places which frequently have these mass incidents and some are really crazy brutal. If you think about the main catalysts for these type of riots they include things like: anti-Japan protests turned ugly, factory bosses mistreating or not paying their workers, gov't officials family members getting off on very serious criminal charges due to corruption sparking huge community rages, chengguan (the city management people) starting incidents with say, fruit sellers on roadsides, and it gets so out of hand it ends up in death and vehicle destruction, minorities starting huge ruckus due to oppression and mistreatment, etc.. there are SO many reasons, and there are SO many people, yeah - shit happens all the time over here, I've seen a lot of craziness first hand also, even though I'm in a relatively quieter relaxed area (Chengdu). The minority-rich towns and east-coast factory towns are much closer to rioting hellholes.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Rick in China Re:This is the beginning of the end... (530 comments)

In a way.. there is of course huge domestic industry, however, there is still a huge reliance on manufacturing for jobs. Lots of people without work = social unrest, which is why the CPC has such a huge land army..they know that. When those manufacturing jobs dry up, which seems that it'll be a very abrasive and swift change over to robotics just like most changes in China, there isn't enough other industry to absorb all those low-skilled workers, it'll be chaos. GPU, yes, but specifically, an ISA GPU. Unfortunately when the technology advances, there'll just be no use for the ISA GPU and it'll end up disassembled for parts.

about three weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Rick in China This is the beginning of the end... (530 comments)

So, this 'fear' during the industrial revolution abroad never truly came to pass.. as western countries developed and built automation facilities many new jobs grew to replace them. The difference is, in China - the model is far different. Being the world's factory, the FDI keeps most management and infrastructure abroad and *purely* utilizes China for it's cheap labour and manufacturing output, immediately exporting the goods. In western countries past, as their product manufacturing became more efficient people could expand their roles in the growing companies....that wont happen for many of the factory workers in China. There are already masses of migrant workers out there scrounging around for shitty work, now dump out millions of relatively skill-less factory workers who have no choice but to emigrate back to their farmland, where there also isn't any money to be made, and we'll witness the collapse of civil society on a larger scale. There are currently riots every day in China around factory towns, I can imagine what that'll be like when tens or hundreds of thousands of people are dropped in short time spans due to robotics implementations. I gotta get the f' outta here.

about three weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

Rick in China It's a tragic story, but.. (249 comments)

I don't think it's appropriate to point the finger at a company who denies trademark use requests and say, "Bad!". This is truly a tragic story and it's hard to believe grandparents could treat their own grandchildren in such a terrible and disgusting way, however, just because DC wont grant a trademark request for some dreamed up statue in remembrance of one tortured soul doesn't mean they deserve a finger wagging. It would be great if they allowed the licensing of the trademark to the statue or the third party who is responsible for putting this all together, however, they should be fully allowed to refuse such a request, otherwise we must hold all requests to use all trademarks for all 'awww' stories in equal regard, no? If I loved coffee, and if I died in a car accident or whatever, does anyone really think my parents would be granted the right to use the Starbucks logo on a tombstone with my name on it?

about three weeks ago
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How the NEPTUNE Project Wired the Ocean

Rick in China /.'d too quickly (46 comments)

I think. I can't load the vids. Let me see the stream! Very cool initiative indeed! Great job on the innovation.

about three weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

Rick in China Scalping? China? Say it ain't so! (131 comments)

The only thing about this article that shocks me is the fact that the sellers were naive or ignorant of the fact that this is obviously going to happen, as it has with every device available in any market. There are many Chinese (especially students) who live abroad and have 'side-businesses' where they open up taobao stores and sell 'import goods' which are local purchases for them, they'll get you whatever you want from domestic western/1st world markets and mail them to you in China..

about three weeks ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

Rick in China Re:launch costs are tricky (85 comments)

Or the cost of the 2500 Harijans buried in a pit behind the manufacturing/launch plants.

about a month ago
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India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

Rick in China Start launching... (85 comments)

Dead bodies into space, at least it'll cut down on the disease in the coliform bacterial wasteland known as the Ganges - where people bathe and drink because they're told it's sacred.

about a month ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

Rick in China US Mobile plans are f'd. (110 comments)

In China, I buy a SIM, charge it with a card from a little shop or street vendor - or via electronic bill/payment machine at 7-11 or wherever, and use it til it runs out. I'm on a plan, but can pay for my plan with a charged account in this way. The plan costs I think $15usd/month and I never run over my limits - has a few hundred megs of data, a couple hundred minutes of talk, and I never pay anything for any incoming SMSs.... I can also pay for stuff off my charged phone account by entering my phone # into whatever service, getting a SMS with a code in it, and using that code in the service I'm trying to pay for's interface. It's not magic, but when looking at the fucked up US mobile system, and when I go back to Canada and have to arrange service for whatever length of time and it's always headaches, it sure does seem like it... (20mbit fibre is also a whopping $20/mo)

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Rick in China Re:Hobby Lobby's Minimum Wage (1330 comments)

"even be able to afford your Plan B" If someone is buying enough Plan B that it's hurting their finances, maybe they have much bigger problems than just a shitty job. I'm not in favour of the ruling (I hate religious exceptionisms) however I also think people need to take more responsibility and if there are women out there letting guys fill them up on the reg, while their lives are falling apart, and not taking precautions.. no amount of insurance in the world is going to give them a better life. The ruling itself, though, I believe, is a very slippery slope.

about a month ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

Rick in China Pictures of planes... (198 comments)

Encourage people around you to snap photos with planes or helicopters in sight, call the feds and have them arrested, and CASH IN!!! LG has just been uncovered as another player in the prison industrial complex /conspiracytheoried.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Rick in China Click through.. (561 comments)

Check out the mensa website photos advertising taking the test to use on the match site - there's a woman in the middle. She looks like she is dateable! If you're after fugly butch lesbians.

about a month ago

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