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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

daremonai Re:Surely, that's no pun (156 comments)

Yuen-Ren Chao was not protesting against pinyin (which didn't yet exist) or any other romanization scheme when he wrote the Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den. In fact, he was a key proponent of "National Romanization" (Guoyu Luomazi), one of pinyin's precurors.

He mostly intended it as a linguistic joke - if you've ever read any of his works, he can be quite amusing - and as a demonstration of how Chinese has changed over the millenia. In ancient Chinese, the poem would be more or less comprehensible (although still a little odd here and there), but in modern Mandarin, so many sounds have converged together, that it just sounds like gibberish.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

daremonai Re:A probing question (127 comments)

I don't know if incontinence here was a Freudian slip or not, but it sure was an accurate one.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

daremonai Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

Windows Phone has 6% market share in Germany, the iPhone around 12-15%. Though both have been dropping of late.

Do you work at Microsoft Deutschland, by any chance?

about 3 months ago

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

daremonai Re: ECC? (155 comments)

No wonder the last quarter-pounder I had tasted a little odd.

Odder than usual, I mean.

about 4 months ago

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

daremonai Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

The 1 child law is being eased somewhat, but still, with unmarried parents, there would have been very strong pressure to get an abortion. Which is why I'm a bit skeptical about the story myself.

I watched the Chinese news broadcast, but, while it did feature prison interviews with both supposed parents, didn't really have a lot of details. Of course, there probably wouldn't be too many details given even if the story were true. Still, I found it less than convincing.

about 5 months ago

Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

daremonai Re:Cool time capsule (133 comments)

Uh-oh. So when they try to ship the stuff to the U.S., this might happen.

about 6 months ago

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

daremonai Re:Where's the article? (304 comments)

Fish discover fire!

Admittedly, they face a few more logistical problems than bears ever did.

about 6 months ago

Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

daremonai Re:Or rather, Hachette stopped shipping to Amazon. (218 comments)

Along those same lines, it should be noted that the paperback edition of "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" will not be out until October 7, 2014, so it's not too surprising it was shown as "unavailable." Actually, if you go to Amazon right now, it does list the paperback edition (http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Store-Jeff-Bezos-Amazon/dp/0593070461/) as available, but it looks like it's only from third-party sellers, who may have mixed up their hardcover and paperback listings. The hardcover edition is available from Amazon, and at a cheaper price than, say, Barnes and Noble.

about 7 months ago

Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

daremonai Re:I think... (406 comments)

Legal vs. illegal isn't particularly cut and dried in general. But arguments alone normally aren't illegal, provided they avoid weaponry and stay within reasonable volume limits. Admittedly, the second of these seems hard to achieve on the Internet.

about 7 months ago

Physics Students Devise Concept For Star Wars-Style Deflector Shields

daremonai Ignore me ... (179 comments)

Posting to undo weird mismoderation.

about 8 months ago

Astronomers Determine the Length of Day of an Exoplanet

daremonai Re:Geffen + Oprah + Eillson = Clippers ? NOT (34 comments)

I think he was on Beta Pic b, and the rotation was so fast it made him a little dizzy. He meant to post on Deadspin, but it ended up here instead.

about 8 months ago

Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

daremonai Re:Riiiiight (358 comments)

True. It's just that, judging by the average presentation I've seen / paper I've read, you're probably doing those jobs poorly.

about 8 months ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

daremonai Re:Wikipedia ruined the internet (517 comments)

It's an encyclopedia, so one hopes there would be an article on string theory - which article, it should be noted, does have a "criticisms" section.

And there is an article on "Emotional Freedom Techniques" which looks to be fairly factual, as well as critical.

about 9 months ago

Why Are There More Old Songs On iTunes Than Old eBooks?

daremonai Re:Hey (77 comments)

A month of Top Ramen is more painful than all of Spinoza's works.

about 9 months ago


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