Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?
libaba is tightly woven into a complex fabric of personal, corporate and government organization relationships
Tim, before you post that article, have you run a thorough check on the submit ?
I am not in anyway affiliated with Alibaba and do not own even one share of Alibaba, but TFA has gone overboard with its accusation that Alibaba of having "governmental organization relationships"
Although I am no longer a Chinese citizen, I did come from China and am very familiar with China
If you say Huawei, another Chinese company, have "government organization relationship" with the Chinese Communist Regime, then I agree. But not Alibaba
The truth is that Google, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco and many more American companies have MORE "governmental organization relationship" with the US government - especially with alphabetic agencies such as CIA and/or NSA - than Alibaba with the Chinese Communist regime
Just because Alibaba happens to be a company from China doesn't give anyone the right to spread all kinds of baseless accusations - and I am really sick and tired of the mindless anti-Chinese bashing that has been going on since the listing of Alibaba
Do you know that the more you guys bash all things Chinese the more you guys are showcasing your idiotic/racist side to the world?
This world isn't only USA vs China as there are other players - and your childish display will only convince those third-party players that America is not a trustworthy party
The more you guys bash the Chinese online the more you guys are ruining the whatever reputation that is left of the United States of America
Video Released, Crowdfunding Underway For Axiom Open Source Cinema Camera
I tried to read the linked page but somehow I still do not understand how that camera be " Fully Open Sourced"
Can someone enlighten me a bit on that, please?
Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout
Writes the submitter: "The evidence includes emails that show Obamacare officials more interested in keeping their problems from leaking to the press than working to fix them
BTW, this is emblematic of the Obama administration - they simply do not have any clue to anything that they are involved with
It is not only the Obamacare - everything else, from Syria to ISIL to Afghanistan to Europe to Islamization of America to you name it - everything that Obama has touched on it turned into a mess
Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US
What a racist comment. You must be a Republican
I am a Chinese. I was born in China but has been an American for almost 4 decades
I can tell you one thing about America --- The average Democrats are more racist than the average Republicans
The Republicans might be more conservatives but they are also pragmatic. On the other hand the Democrats may call themselves "liberals" but their so-called "liberalism" is laced with a very strong anti-Chinese sentiment
The perfect example is Hillary Clinton - that broad is an all-out anti-Chinese racist --- even when she was still the "First Lady" her first visit to China (attending a "women conference" in Beijing, back in the mid 1990's) her first speech (she gave a keynote speech for that conference) was lambasting the Chinese people, the host of the conference, with all the vile racist diatribe she could find
I am not saying that there are no racist in the Republican camp, but if compare to those from the Donkey party, there are fewer racist Elephants
Europeans Came From Three Ancestry Groupings
... but the intermarriage and population growth and travel will commingle DNA in a century or two ...
Here we are, in year 2014, talking about a society some 7,000 to 8,000 years ago, and we project the society then, using what we have now
Dear Sir, I would hope you realize that even in our society today we still have barbarians enjoying slitting other people's throats and cutting off people's heads, and in societies 7 to 8 millennia before us, I reckon there would be even bigger proportion of human population who enjoyed cutting off other people's heads
In other words, the so-called "intermarriage", if occurred at all, did not happen like what we are enjoying today
Most of the events that led to the "exchange of genetic materials" and the "commingle of DNA sequences" most probably happened via brutal wars and gang rapes
In other words, all of us, no matter which racial background we came from, we are the descendants of those who were strong, intelligent, or lucky, or the combination of 2 or even all three of the above, for the weak, the low-minded and/or the unlucky, didn't get the chance to pass on their genetic material down through the millennia
Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
The huge machinery behind the NSA / CIA / FBI and all those alphabet agencies wants total control, and it has the enthusiastic support of private companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, amongst others
Obama? That one is but a puppet
When the term of this puppet ends, by 2016 they will have another puppet installed. But of course, they will give us an "illusive election", whereby no matter who we vote for, it will be their puppet who will be installed inside the Casa Blanca!
Viva la Maquinaria !!
Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?
90% is a small number, right?
TFA talked about a company in South East Asia and I do have business dealings with companies from that region - and I can tell you that many companies from that region are indeed dysfunctional
They kinda adopt the Western approach of management, but then they add in their own cultural flavor, mainly based on race / religion / language background and when all those things got mixed up, what TFA mentioned wasn't even enough to scratch the surface of the true dysfunctional nature of the beasts down there
College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
Working for others may get you a decent living, but if you really, and I mean, REALLY want to earn a lot of money, working for others won't make you rich
I started by working for high tech companies, some decades ago. Yes, I did earn really decent wages, much better than most of my peers at that time. But I didn't stop there
When I was working, I noticed niche markets that were not being fulfilled. I got out and started my own companies (plural) to do just that
Some of the companies I sold to others, some I kept. A lot of people are working with me right now, but I gotta tell you, no matter how much I pay them (and yes, I do pay my co-workers very handsomely) they still do not earn as much as I
The moral is very simple --- if you really want to be wealthy, stop being a worker, and start being an entrepreneur
NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations
We're having coming up with a definition that means "It's fine when we do it, but an act of war if we want it to be when someone does it to us" that passes the laugh test
Remember it's NSA we are talking about
They do not need to speak the truth, and in fact, they have lied to the congress and nobody could do anything to them
In other words, they can declare "An Act of War" any time they want, even if nobody did nothing, because right now, as we speak, NSA is an entity that no one have any right to inspect - not the congress, not the court, and surely, not the White House
NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations
"We're still trying to work our way through distinguishing the difference between criminal hacking and an act of war," said Rogers
NSA supposed to be a government agency filled with very intelligent folks, and they are telling us that they can't differentiate between common hacking (whether it be criminal or otherwise) and an _Act of War_ ?
I dunno about you, but I find it very hard to believe!
Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
I'm not sure there's even really a market for science fiction
There is always a market for good scientific fiction, inspiring stories that will bring the readers towards a universe which they never experience before
What was that last Star Trek movie? I can't even remember the name of it now. It wasn't science fiction. It was an action flick with more explosions than ideas. It just happened to be set on a spaceship
I am totally with you on that flick --- the flick is a perfect example of how severely the lacking of the ability to imagine, on current crop of writers, has become!
I suspect that the current definition of "sci-fi" is no longer similar to what we are accustomed to. Nowadays the thinking is that if something happens on board of a space-ship it automatically qualifies as "sci-fi". Gone are the days that sci-fi offered the readers a glimpse of what could-be, thus inspiring the readers (many of them young) to strive to make the world that they read in sci-fi comes alive
Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
Used to. No more.
Sci-fi writers of yesteryears used to ask pertinent questions, something like - Can robot dreams?
Nowadays we have the so-called 'sci-fi-writer-wannabes' who produce crappy stories, crappy plots, crappy concepts, craps such as 'twenty-mile-high-buildings"
The current crop of sci-fi-writer-wannabes just ain't got the imagination to inspire
Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
Let me Xerox off a few examples of when similar Noun/Verb phrases lost their trademark in the past
Before Xerox came out with the photocopy machine which uses plain-paper for duplicating purposes, were there any such machine on the market?
Before Google was online, was there any online search engine?
Yahoo, Astavista, ... amongst others
Coke gets to retain its trademark precisely because Coke wasn't the first mass-marketed bottled soft drink either
The one big problem with Yahoo is it cluttered up its interface - even from the start we users already complained about their interface, but they just won't listen, and when Google came out with its back-to-basic minimalist interface users flocked to Google (including me) and since then the only time I go to yahoo is when I need to log on to my yahoomail account
Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts
If someone wants me to type in my account and then my password I won't
I really won't
Common sense tells me that no one has any right to demand me to type in my account name/number and then my password
That is why I do not understand why there _are_ people who are simply void of any common sense
Ain't there enough stories of scams already? Why can't those people learn _anything_ from the mistakes of others?
Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices
I could have used that money as a down payment towards an iHouse or an iCar...
Just be proud that you helped pay for the $100,000,000.00 that Apple gave iU2 for the album
Under the deal between Apple and the band where Bono is one of the members, U2 "gives away" the album on iTune and for that, Apple awards them with a cool Two Hundred Million United States Greenbacks
Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation
Thomas Jefferson was a dangerous fool, this country would do well to forget him
If you are from North Korea, you are right
But if you are an American, take my advice --- get a visa, fly to North Korea, and when you arrive at North Korea, tear that North Korean visa to shred and demand a political asylum !
Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation
The guise of national security ...
If the "five eyes" limit their surveillance on the people of their respective five countries the 'national security" argument could still be applied
But what TFA is describing has gone way beyond their respective national border. Their aim is to extend their authoritarian control over THE ENTIRE WORLD and this is the one thing that the whole world must reject
Not since the dawn of time _any_ one entity has the control of the entire planet - As a comparison, even the largest empire ever was, the British Empire, in its peak, controlled less than 25% of the world
The worldwide hegemony must be defeated, dismantled and destroyed, or our future, the future of the Human Race, will forever be shrouded under a thick layer of very dark cloud
U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data
we understand that it is a normal behavior for totalitarian regime
Has the United States of America become a member of The Totalitarian Club ?
Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?
We were searching high and low in America for that fella he slipped out and went to Greece !!
China's Island Factory
Following those same lines I predict China will build five more carriers amidst rising tensions in the Pacific
I was from China, and have been keeping a very close eye on what's happening in China. Please allow me to chime in
China is not America
Unlike America China does not have any ambition of global control, nor any need to become the world's policeman
China's immediate concern is the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea - open lanes to the Pacific and the Indian oceans
China will do everything it can to ensure that it gets a free passage way in both the abovementioned seas --- and China knows America/Japan are the two entities which will throw the monkey wrench into the clockwork whenever they got the chance
The floating military base concept is a concept started by ambitious countries which want global domination, like Japan, America, Great Britain, and since China does not share such ambition, China actually does not need aircraft carriers
And the fact that China has devoted a lot of research into anti-aircraft carrier weapons, like their scramjet powered missiles tells us that the "Liaoning" is but an experiment
Although China does not need any aircraft carrier it does need to understand how to operate one, and it does need its own military (Navy/Air Force) to be able to fly off/land on aircraft carriers, just in case
And another reason for having the Liaoning is psychological --- like everything else in China, everything is scripted according to the Art of War
China's intention on Aircraft Carriers is to force America into building more, and with more carrier groups, the massive expenditure will only bankrupt America faster
This "aircraft carrier game" is not the first game China plays with USA
When USA came out with its "stealth fighters" in the 1980's China had none, but China somehow gave the impression to the world that they are making their moves in that area (which include having a few photos of "made in China stealth bomber" online) and that essentially forced America to waste even more of its precious resources into obtaining even more advanced versions of stealth bombers/fighters to the tune of hundreds of billions (the hundreds of billions which could, theoretically, be used to improve the falling education system inside America, but I digress)
China knows too well that if WW3 is going to come it will a total wipe out - that is why if you guys pay attention to what China is doing, the aircraft carrier / stealth aircraft things are nothing but a big bluff crafted to lure the enemies into wasting their own resources into things that will turn out to be totally worthless
The Danger of Over-Reliance on the Net
When are you going to tackle the spam problem, Slashdot ?
The thread http://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/08/10/2250205/new-nsa-funded-code-rolls-all-programming-languages-into-one has been seriously spammed, and that troll that does the spamming always spam threads that are related to "NSA"
So what are you going to do with the spam problem, Slashdot ?
If you can not stop that bot from spamming you, at the very least offer us an 'un-friend' feature so that we can make a tick on the box next to that fucker, and forever and ever we won't need to see any more of his spam
Will you do that, Slashdot ?
Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?
In the comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4728375&cid=46105237 I was commenting that the Nobel Peace Prize committee should take back the prize that they have wrongly awarded to Obama.
In the comment I used the full name of Obama, which is Barack Hussein Obama, which in fact, is the LEGAL NAME of the current POTUS.
For whatever reason, a fella "Stargoat" flamed me for using the full name of Obama and specifically accuse me of using the name of "Hussein" !
I was totally floored by the way that knee jerk threw his temper tantrum. I mean, The word "Hussein" isn't my invention, I wasn't the one who "gave" Obama that name.
It was Obama's dad who gave him that "Hussein". Not me.
Is it a taboo to use the full name of Obama ?
If it has become illegal to use Obama's full name, why don't they make an official law from now on, making it a federal offense for any "peon" to call the Emperor/ President / Dictator of the United States of America by his/her full name ?
Comparing Barack Hussein Obama to Edward Snowden
The Smartphone Kill Switch
A chill ran up my spine after I read http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/12/19/2113235/proposed-california-law-would-mandate-smartphone-kill-switch
Right now, as it is, NSA can listen to your telephone communication, can read your sms/email, can know where you are, who you regularly communicate with, can profile your behavior (when you will do what at where), but they still can't shut you off (unless they send in a "cleaner").
With the Kill Switch, they can do that.
Yes, the law as it is, is for people who report to the police that their smartphones were stolen, so that the authority can issue a "kill order" to brick that lost smartphone.
And we also know what NSA is all about - no law on the land can touch them - and with the availability of the "Kill Switch", NSA can effectively KILL THE PHONES of those who they do not like, cutting them off the communication grid, and leaving them out in the cold.
I can foresee the consequential abuses that will accompany this new "Kill Switch" law. It'll only make NSA (and all the other BIG BROTHERS) that much stronger.
When *GENOCIDE* becomes a non-issue
will show you the complete 180-degree change of direction Obama has taken on the Genocide in Sudan.
will guide you to the shameful decision by the Obama White House in refusing to display an 88-year-old rug, despite having promised so earlier, for a Smithsonian Institute project.
I, as an American Citizen, is very shameful to have Obama as my president. Although I never cast my vote for him, millions of my fellow Americans were stupid enough to elect this two-faced liar into the White house, not once, but twice.
If issues such as GENOCIDE can become a total non-issue, what kind of message the United States of America is going to give to the world, that America is a non-principled, rogue country ?
China building its 3rd space tracking station in Argentina
10 year anniversary to an official absurdity
Google has become a stranger to me
I was one of the early investors in google, naturally, when others were still using altavista or yahoo I put my homepage as google.com
Google has always have that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, and will send visitors to random sites (from a pre-chosen, pre-approved bunch, of course, don't want to send children to porn sites) ...
That was the google I knew
Nowadays, everything change
No matter if you start with google.rw or google.com.au or plain google.com, and click on that "I'm Feeling Lucky" button you will end up in the "doodle" page
What kind of fucking crap is that ?
The U.S. Space Program
" I don't know if your listeners or people living in the U.S. understand these changes, but as I observe them from the outside, I feel that America is gradually contracting and closing itself off. It's a very strange thing." "
The person who said the above is Mr. Wu Ji, the director of China's National Space Science Center ( http://cssar.cas.cn/ ), English version @ http://english.cssar.cas.cn/ .
As an American, the above quote left a very bitter taste in my mouth.
What the fuck has gone wrong with my country ?
Do you still trust the United States of America ?
First, it was revealed that America cracked the email of the Brazilian President.
Then, it was Mexico's turn, closely followed by revelation of NSA tapping on France' telecommunication network
Now, it's Germany's chancellor which got the unwelcome tap.
Would you still trust the United States of America as your ally ?
TOR is not safe
If you think TOR (The Onion Router) is safe, if you think that you can get away from the prying eyes of the BIG BROTHER you could not be more wrong.
TOR originated from a research project of the U.S. Naval Research Lab, and currently still receive funding from the states department of the US government, the Swedish government, and others.
And there already have been several cases of the fed successfully cracking the myriad layers of TOR and some people have already been apprehended.
This link outlined how FBI has successfully cracked TOR
The following link outlined the background of TOR
A statement from Edward Snowden
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised â" and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013
Idealist Geeks ?
Just heard the term "Idealist Geeks" over the BBC worldservice
The guy was talking about folks like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden - digital age kids (geeks really) who are really good at the technology that spy agencies (like NSA) just can't do without
Of all the people in the world, why we Geeks have to take all the responsibilities all by ourselves ?
Is Slashdot afraid of the truth ??
The Boston bombers are MUSLIMS
Those who slammed airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York were MUSLIMS
Same with the people who bombed the Madrid train station --- MUSLIMS, --- the those who bombed the London subway --- MUSLIMS
It's the MUSLIMS who have created all these havoc onto us, but yet, if anyone dare to tell the TRUTH in Slashdot, they will be modded down ...
Why is Slashdot so afraid of the truth ?
The truth is very simple --- ISLAM IS VIOLENT
Time and time again THEY have attacked our society, from the World Trade Center to London tube to Madrid train station to Boston Marathon
I am an American, and I am VERY SICK AND TIRED of the ISLAMIC VIOLENCE
If them MUSLIMS want to live in America, they better live peacefully.
If they can't, or do not want to live peacefully with the others in America, they should move out !
We can no longer tolerate people who want to bring their RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE into our society --- if they want to kill, they can go killing their own kind in Iran, or Iraq or Saudi Arabia, or Yemen or Egypt or Turkey
Stop making troubles in America !!!
Persistent problems for open-sourced program
The idea of open-sourcing is great - that everyone gets to see the source code of the program, or even start experimenting with it, implementing ideas / features that were not yet in there.
But there are problems too ...
Case in point ---
I was like typing "pivot table" on a search engine and click away ... and before I know it I ended up on the two above links
The program is Gnumerics - an GNU implementation of spreadsheet
The wanted feature is "pivot table"
The problem is two fold --
1. No one cares enough to code
2. No one wants to include that feature in the official release of Gnumeric
And judging from the date stated, that "pivot table" had already been requested for the past few years.
100 dams to be built in Africa
Coding Android in Assemblies
Link @ http://www.eggwall.com/2011/09/android-arm-assembly-device-set-up-part.html
I just came across it, don't have time to try it out yet.
Very troubling news about what happened to Christopher Stevens before he died !!
There is a report from Middle East claiming that ambassador Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, was raped before he was killed by a bunch of Libyan gunmen.
Additional information disclosed that it was the Libyan security team which revealed the location of Mr. Christopher Stevens to the attackers
From - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57511043/assault-on-u.s-consulate-in-benghazi-leaves-4-dead-including-u.s-ambassador-j-christopher-stevens/
"Wanis al-Sharef, a Libyan Interior Ministry official in Benghazi, said the four Americans were killed when the angry mob, which gathered to protest a U.S.-made film that ridicules Islam's Prophet Muhammad, fired guns and burned down the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
He said Stevens, 52, and other officials were moved to a second building - deemed safer - after the initial wave of protests at the consulate compound. According to al-Sharef, members of the Libyan security team seem to have indicated to the protesters the building to which the American officials had been relocated, and that building then came under attack"
More information at http://www.inquisitr.com/330504/ambassador-stevens-was-raped-before-his-murder-reports-claim/
Very weird display
If I log in my own account, I can't find my own comment - as well as the replies to my comment
But if I log out and access slashdot as an AC, I can see my comment
Case in point -- TFA http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/09/10/0245230/how-spyware-reaches-oppressive-governments
I have a comment - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963
It's just that when I am log in, as Taco Cowboy, comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3105111&cid=41284963 and all the replies beneath it are gone
But when I log out, all of them re-appear
Why is that??