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The U.S. minimum wage should be

koxkoxkox Re:What all members of Congress should lve on. (1106 comments)

That doesn't work that way, you just invite corruption. Some countries try paying their politicians very low wages (China for example), but that just doesn't work.

about 2 years ago
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Should the Start of Chinese New Year Be a Federal Holiday?

koxkoxkox Re:No, it shouldn't (307 comments)

Except of course if the employee wants to rest during the holiday, for some petty reason like the fact that all his family is free this day. The whole point of these holidays is to remove the choice from the employer.

about 2 years ago
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Details of Chinese Spacecraft's Asteroid Encounter

koxkoxkox Re:Changed Orbit (89 comments)

And when launching the probe, they changed the orbit of the Earth ! Why is it that no one showed us the calculations proving it is safe ?!

about 2 years ago
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Android Botnet Infects 1 Million Plus Phones

koxkoxkox Re:Excellent fact-checking as usual (92 comments)

Chinese users often have no choice, as Google Play is often not present in the phone. Manually installing it is quite complicated.

about 2 years ago
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All New Homes In China Must Have Fiber Optic Internet Connections

koxkoxkox Re:Another attack on anonyminity (202 comments)

And you need to show an ID to go to an internet cafe, so no difference here...

about 2 years ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

koxkoxkox Re:Would that not be protected information? (1435 comments)

Read more about the way World War II set in motion. Hitler had the people's support, an armed citizenry would have changed nothing.

about 2 years ago
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Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women

koxkoxkox Re:Apartheid (591 comments)

That's not true, except maybe for some government officials and other activities "involving the national security" (which can be pretty vast and arbitrary in China). Regular citizens do not need this exit visa and can leave the country whenever they want (it is the entry visa to any other country which can be hard to get).

about 2 years ago
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DuckDuckGo - Is Google Playing Fair?

koxkoxkox Re:Nobody plays fair (178 comments)

No, when you are on www.duckduckgo.com, you show the list of search engines by clicking the small arrow, you see "Add DuckDuckGo" at the bottom, you click it and you are done. Admittedly, that's two clicks.

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Advocates For 2560x1600 Standard Laptop Displays

koxkoxkox Re:Damn it, Torvolds! (661 comments)

I think you should think about this again, a little bit harder this time ...

more than 2 years ago
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Shanghai Hosts Its First Maker Carnival

koxkoxkox Where is it advertised ? (20 comments)

I live in Shanghai. Where should I go to know about this kind of event (if possible before they happen, not like this one) ? What are the good local websites or resources ? English and Chinese both OK.

more than 2 years ago
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Prime Minister to French Government: Favor FOSS Wherever Possible

koxkoxkox Re:Water/Sewer Utilities (112 comments)

Let me guess, WaterGems and co ?

more than 2 years ago
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Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

koxkoxkox Re:Strange (456 comments)

What a coincidence ! The plant we are talking about is in China.

more than 2 years ago
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Three Mile Island Shuts Down After Pump Failure

koxkoxkox Re:No redundancy (247 comments)

You are right and I sure hope they are running like GP says they are. If you have backup pumps, of course you do not run them like the others. You shouldn't forget about them for twenty years hoping they will just wake up when needed, but running them full-time would be nuts.

more than 2 years ago
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No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires

koxkoxkox Re:Expect more of the same (383 comments)

So because it is worse elsewhere we shouldn't say anything ? An ad on a bus may be bigger and more distracting than an ad on a Kindle, but I have much less power over the bus company than over the device I bought myself.

And to answer your question: I can't drive or walk without seeing ads. And it does bother me.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Students Say They Are Being Forced To Build Your Next iPhone

koxkoxkox Re:It's an internship. (481 comments)

That's the reason half the population lives in towns, because most of them were forcibly moved to be become a ready source of labor.

You got it backward. People want to go to cities for any kind of job because life in the countryside sucks so much. The Chinese government is very careful about this and has basically set up an internal passport to control movement from countryside to city and province to province. People still move but they have less rights than real urban residents.

The democratic alternative is India, where people also go to the cities and also don't have much rights ...

more than 2 years ago
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Bruce Willis Considering Legal Action Against Apple Over iTunes Collection

koxkoxkox Re:Nonsense (570 comments)

I found this kind of mistake is mostly made by native speaker. People who learn English later make a lot of mistakes but rarely like accept/except, would of, their/they're.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

koxkoxkox Re:Join the army (789 comments)

Actually, to speak French is not a requirement to enter the French Foreign Legion. A lot of the soldiers learn French during their training.

more than 2 years ago
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For Much of the World, Demand For Water Outstrips Supply

koxkoxkox Re:speaking of which (318 comments)

50% losses is much too high. A normal network in a developed country would be around 20%, and that is including all water losses (i.e., undermetering, illegal water use, etc.). Only physical losses represent a real waste of resource and these should not be more than 10-15%.

I do not know the situation in the US, but if you really have 50% physical losses, you are worse than places like Indonesia or India.

more than 2 years ago

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Youtube and Blogspot unblocked in China

koxkoxkox koxkoxkox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

koxkoxkox (879667) writes "Youtube was blocked in China since march 2009, but is now freely available. Contrary to the previous period of limited access, it is not filtered for keywords like Tibet or Tian'anmen and everything seems available. The blog publishing system Blogspot was also blocked but is accessible now. However, the situation did not change for Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress and the myriad of other websites blocked by the Great Firewall of China. Did the Chinese Government manage a deal with Google ?"

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