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Bullet Train Derails In China

wan9xu Re:Collision (184 comments)

some updates on the incident, if you guys care to know. sources are in chinese.

a train rider confirmed that operator of the second train apparently did his best to brake the train manually. (source: http://roll.sohu.com/20110724/n314348071.shtml). according to a microblog, the operator was found in the badly deformed cockpit, impaled by the brake lever. (source: http://weibo.com/michaelwangsg)

from official xinhua news: another train, D3212 was struck by lightning a mere 5km away from the derail site under discussion here (the two trains involved are d3115/d301). d3212 lost power and stopped, too.

source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/society/2011-07/24/c_121711520.htm

more than 3 years ago
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More Windows Phone Update Problems

wan9xu to be fair though (103 comments)

this update problem seems to be as much samsung's as msft's.

more than 3 years ago
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China Switching To Home-Grown Chips For Supercomputers

wan9xu china's track record on cpus (198 comments)

past claims of chinese indigenous cpus have been nothing short of blatant scams. it's seriously a national shame. so count me a skeptic on this mips processor.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Mobile Updates

wan9xu Re:Windows Phone 7 (257 comments)

well let's see it from my point of perspective. i bought a WP7 phone, fully knowing the lack of certain key features, and erred on the promise that said features will be added in a prompt and timely manner. i also counted on the promise that carriers will not be able to mess with the OS thru version fragmentation, bloatware and update blocks.

so far the only solid return i got was the bloatware exclusion (they uninstall without leaving discernible traces). everything else is, for all practical purposes, down the crapper. aside from that, can you imagine having an app store that you seriously DREAD to use but have no choice? yeah, the WP7 marketplace is really that bad.

i don't give a cow's rear end about how great it is for developers to write WP7 apps. i didn't pay for a phone to appreciate that. and i'm pretty sure i'm not alone in my rant above.

more than 3 years ago
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The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis

wan9xu Re:decomission more nukes (185 comments)

that 75kg was calculated from the 225kg total mfr'd since 1955. the way you calculate he3 price, you assumed the decayed tritium lost. it's not. it exists as he3 in nuke heads. this decayed he3 cannot be "harvested" until the nuke is decommissioned.

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The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis

wan9xu Re:decomission more nukes (185 comments)

no, we don't need to. there already is enough of this stuff floating around in the form of nukes. all that needs to be done is to take the nukes apart and repurpose it. iirc this is exactly where most he3 came from in the last few decades, i.e. since the end of cold war.

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The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis

wan9xu decomission more nukes (185 comments)

and you end up with more than enough he3 and a better probability that earth survives the next world war.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone 7 To Get Multi-Tasking, IE9, Xbox Integration

wan9xu Re:Windows phones did that in the past (266 comments)

maybe they tested some features thoroughly, but completely forgot the app marketplace. or the landscape display. disclaimer: i have a WP7 phone.

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Hackers Strike Energy Companies

wan9xu Re:Stay classy, China (124 comments)

i'm a chinese mainlander, and i endorse this message.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon iPhone Also Haunted By the Death Grip

wan9xu antenna revision (191 comments)

i believe the antenna has been revised. from a 3 piece to a 4 piece. i thought the extra break along the perimeter would allow at least part of the antenna to work normally while the rest gets grounded by the finger.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

wan9xu i don't know who to blame (2254 comments)

front page looks scrambled on native wp7 browser.

more than 3 years ago
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Ballmer Says 90% of Chinese Users Pirate Software

wan9xu Re:Which means lower costs. (313 comments)

if the chinese adjusted RMB rate so that they pay the same price for the products you mentioned, walmart and target would be closing their doors and americans who used to shop there would have to pay double or triple for everyday items. guess who's gonna be complaining then? you can't expect factory countries like china to pay the same price on high tech products when you source cheap stuff from them.

more than 3 years ago
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DSL Installation Fail

wan9xu like they say (371 comments)

if you want s**t done right, do it yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft's Draconian DRM Patched?

wan9xu how many people... (233 comments)

...actually buy a game and run a cracked version just to get around the DRM? i confess to be one of them. not ashamed to be one.

more than 3 years ago
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China Censors 60,000 Porn Sites, 5,000 Arrested

wan9xu Re:welcome to china (219 comments)

tell them to read more of their own history. oh i am chinese, btw. i'm just one that read a bit more than what the history classes fed us.

more than 3 years ago
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China Censors 60,000 Porn Sites, 5,000 Arrested

wan9xu Re:welcome to china (219 comments)

it's pretty hard to mix up china and the church. but you are mixing up one child policy and sex taboo.

chinese buddhism and confusianism considered sexual lust a, well for lack of a better word, sin. taoism codes also calls for quieting one's lusts. folklore believes that semen is the essence of man, the cream of blood. so sex, the process in which semen was expelled from the body, is a process of losing one's vitality. it should be done out of necessity. this was the traditional chinese mindset on sex before the communist tookover.

after the tookover, the reason for porn ban was written in the party code way before there's internet porn or one child policy. in the early days of the PRC, proletariat/revolutionary morals were enforced. bourgeois luxury such as wine and fine dining and good clothing and, well, sexuality were discouraged. in fact trend for women in that era was to dress as much like men as possible. if you look at the chinese bank note--i believe it's a 10-yuan note--in that era, the woman on it was driving a tractor (to signify that women are as good workers as men), and pretty much dressed like a man. the chinese were told that sex is a means to boost the army of revolutionaries. and woman with many kids were celebrated as hero mothers.

then after the cultural revolution and death of mao the deng govt realized china had a population problem, and one child policy was established. this was in the late 70's. it's a policy of necessity. early enforcements in rural areas were quite brutal because there's fierce resistance from the son-loving peasants. toward the one child goal, contraceptives were given for free or sold publicly, and when it's sold, it's called "equipment for planned reproduction".

one child policy or hero mothers, the moral smear on sex is firmly in place, written in law in the form of ban on porn and prostitution. it's ironic, because though illegal, prostitution is rampant in china right now, and often corrupt officials have a stake in it by turning a blind eye. example, wen qiang case in sichuan. that guy's lover actually ran the biggest prison-brothel establishment in the city of chongqing. google it up.

more than 3 years ago
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China Censors 60,000 Porn Sites, 5,000 Arrested

wan9xu Re:welcome to china (219 comments)

sorry, i'm not going to translate all that news for you. so you'll need to:

step 1: learn chinese.

step 2: search news using keywords "corrupt official" (pinyin: tan1 guan1) and word for "lover" (pinyin: qing2 fu 4). slashdot apparently doesn't take any chinese characters.

step 3: read.

more than 3 years ago
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China Censors 60,000 Porn Sites, 5,000 Arrested

wan9xu Re:welcome to china (219 comments)

the way chicom preaches, sex is for reproduction purposes, and any sexual act not related to reproduction is a bourgeois extravagance. it's further infused with elements of chinese tradition (from confucian/buddhist roots), where sex is considered dirty and degrading, and only to be practiced to maintain the blood lineage.

more than 3 years ago
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China Censors 60,000 Porn Sites, 5,000 Arrested

wan9xu welcome to china (219 comments)

where government officials can openly keep harems but citizens can't even watch porn.

more than 3 years ago
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VoIP Now Technically Illegal In China

wan9xu we chinese are no stranger to greedy gov officials (181 comments)

but even then i'm shocked by the blatant attempt at money grabbing in this.

reminds me of a recent (chinese) movie called "let the bullets fly". there's a scene very fitting to this news. the head of a bandit camp chides his men, who just raped a woman in front of her husband: "even i would put out the lights when i do this!" the chinese government didn't feel the need.

more than 3 years ago

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Beijing to track citizen's cell phones

wan9xu wan9xu writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wan9xu writes "This is a real Orwellian development. Purportedly to help alleviate Beijing's traffic congestion, the new initiative, literally translated as "Platform for Citizen Movement Information" proposes to track individual citizen's movement in real time via cell phone signals. Cell phones will be automatically registered at cell towers as soon as they are switched on. The rest is just like the phone tracking you see every week on CSI."
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