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Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

thoughtsatthemoment Re:And why don't they work? (156 comments)

Because this is just another "put-down" type of article. If people don't wear masks, the an article would say wearing it is better than doing nothing. The purpose is for social influence on its targeted audience. It is not necessarily concerned with really solving the problem. If you go to Chinese sites, there are a lot of articles discussing this issue in a much more constructive manner.

about 10 months ago
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Ancient Chinese Mummies Discovered In Cheesy Afterlife

thoughtsatthemoment Re:More likely is that the reason is... (64 comments)

Incorrect. Among Chinese philosophies, Daoism prefers naturism and promotes following one's own nature while checking one's own will, while Confucianism and Legalism favor central government with different approaches.

about 10 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Where are the ennemies (506 comments)

China just launched its second aircraft carrier

Even if that rumor is true, it means the start of building one, not launching one

about 10 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Finally! (506 comments)

That's how he left Obama with no choice but to shrink it.

about 10 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Dangerous recursion! (664 comments)

I am not familiar with hardware as much as you are, but I think you can still keep a counter of re-entrance as a safety measure. If a function fails this way, action is not taken, like acceleration of the car.

about 10 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Dangerous recursion! (664 comments)

Safe recursion is you check the depth and stop at a certain level. Not totally uncrashable, but safe.

about 10 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

thoughtsatthemoment rounding error (664 comments)

Integer issue that integer overflow or rounding errors could be another potential cause. But if they figured out it is indeed stack overflow, that's excellent debugging.

about 10 months ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

thoughtsatthemoment Re:US Operating System (223 comments)

stop being so angry or you will lose the very last hair on you head.

about a year ago
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What Makes a Genius?

thoughtsatthemoment What's a genius (190 comments)

You call someone a genius after his/her great work is done, not before.

about a year ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

thoughtsatthemoment Re:US Operating System (223 comments)

Ballmer, is that you?

about a year ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Ahem! (223 comments)

Or simply lend money to Bush for him to invade Iraq.

about a year ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Linux? (223 comments)

So you accept the premise that something on top of Linux or another kernel is not something of their own? How about Android or OSX?

about a year ago
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China's Government Unveils 'China Operating System' To Great Skepticism

thoughtsatthemoment Re:US Operating System (223 comments)

Well Linux is considered a piracy by Microsoft already. Can Microsoft drug itself?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

thoughtsatthemoment Maybe words from a classic could help (384 comments)

Forget all the advice about the memory. It is all about the method.

If you write down the steps you do your work and compare that with other people, it's easy to figure out how to improve. But you can also do your own optimization. Once you realize the importance of a good method, the way to do things, you don't need much memory.

The Chinese classical book, Dao De Jing (literally the book of the Way), says "if you learn every day your knowledge/memory increases; but if you understand the law (Dao means the natural ways/laws of the universe), your knowledge decreases (but you can do more).

Every sentence in this book is this profound if you can understand. It also contains concrete advice on how to understand Dao. It is a philosophical book not a religious one (although many read it like a Bible). For those who suffer intellectually, this book is a savior.

about a year ago
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Most of this will be about internal politics (519 comments)

The so called "owner" (ownership recognized by whom?) was reportedly going to sell to a city mayor, who seemed to have ambition for PM. Abe then officially "annexed" all those islands by "nationalizing" the rest of the islands (Japan "nationalized" some years before). Abe got rid of an opportunity for a potential rival while also hoping to get new land without consequences. Of course China knows how to react properly. Japan set up this kind of zone many years before to give it an excuse to use fighters. Now China got the same rights which Japan had enjoyed for many years to bully Chinese fishing boats. So no more bullying, simple as that.

1 year,25 days
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Most of this will be about internal politics (519 comments)

Because they are still trying to glorify their past, especially in their textbooks, hoping their past atrocities would be forgotten. Ever wonder what makes an apologist?

1 year,25 days
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China Creates Air Defence Zone Over Japan-Controlled Islands, Issues War Threat

thoughtsatthemoment Grossly misleading headline (519 comments)

It is actually called "Air defense recognition zone". Even an aircraft carrier has such a zone too while moving. It is more like a surveillance zone (not applicable to the NSA though as it covers the whole world). The war threat was reportedly a response to Japanese threat to shoot down Chinese drones over disputed islands.

1 year,26 days
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Chinese Hackers Steal Top US Weapons Designs

thoughtsatthemoment Re:Internet connection (395 comments)

What you say is true, but Russia can easily become an enemy of China.

Not as easy as you think. Russia needs money and China needs resource and has a lot of labor. China's strategy definitely is to transfer as much Russian technology as possible when Russia either has to abandon it or sell while it still can. Meanwhile American weapon makers are just hyping things up for whatever reason.

about a year and a half ago

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Another well know web site hacked: PHP

thoughtsatthemoment thoughtsatthemoment writes  |  more than 3 years ago

thoughtsatthemoment (1687848) writes "I happened to visit php.net and saw this notice on their site: "The wiki.php.net box was compromised and the attackers were able to collect wiki account credentials. No other machines in the php.net infrastructure appear to have been affected. Our biggest concern is, of course, the integrity of our source code. We did an extensive code audit and looked at every commit since 5.3.5 to make sure that no stolen accounts were used to inject anything malicious. Nothing was found. The compromised machine has been wiped and we are forcing a password change for all svn accounts.""
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