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Comment Re:Fees == false advertising (Score 3, Insightful) 81

Yeah, US badly needs an "advertised price is actual total cost" law. We take these kinds of laws for granted in the rest of the world, but I for one only really learned to appreciate it after visiting the US (for IEEE 802.11 working group). Hotels want a "resort fee" on top of the advertised room rates, lots of things have sales tax added on top of the listed price, there's the dreaded tipping game, i.e. underpay workers so we can list artificially low prices, and count on customers paying extra. It really needs to stop, as it creates anything but an open and transparent market.

Comment Re:Taikonauts (Score 3, Insightful) 265

In casual speech in Hong Kong and Taiwan, astronauts are often called "taikong ren" (literally "space people") - this is probably where "taikonaut" comes from, a weird portmanteau of that with "astronaut". But no-one actually uses the word "taikonaut" besides novelists as far as I can tell. English releases from Chinese companies always use "astronaut".

Comment Re:Taikonauts (Score 2) 265

Can you stop posting this bullshit on every article about the Chinese space program? The Chinese for astronaut is "yuhang yuan" (literally "space-navigating personnel") and official English-language media releases from the Chinese space program use the word "astronaut". "Taikonaut" is some bastardised Chinglish abomination invented by English-speaking novelists during the cold war.

Comment Re:What's the reason for reason? (Score 3, Informative) 76

HK Octopus predates London Oyster. The name comes from the Chinese name of the card "Baat Daaht Tung", literally "Eight-Arrived Passage" but figuratively "Access All Areas", eight referring to the cardinal and semicardinal points of the compass. Octopus is a catchy English name with a reference to eight in it.

Comment Re: They just now added 802.11n support? (Score 3, Interesting) 121

Trouble is, whatever I get with pkg never has the options I need enabled, so I have to go back to using ports, then I get messy dependency issues "X needs Y to be newer than version B, but Z needs Y to be older than version A". With RHEL and similar, the binary packages tend to have kitchen sink enabled by default, which is better suited for my use cases.

Comment Re:"Now available to download" link (Score 3, Interesting) 175

Yeah, but it's like "90% of people use 10% of features" - everyone uses a different 10%, so 100% of features are used. Similarly, everyone needs a different combination of languages, so if you're going to use one family of fonts, you want to have massive coverage.

Comment Re:What?! (Score 0) 50

For reliable network services, you need to be at least half-decent with your calculus and limits, or you'll end up with algorithms that suffer run-away and eat up all available memory or CPU time before they successfully resynchronise. You need to have an understanding of limits to do big-O complexity estimation and assess whether an algorithm is suitable for an application, too. It may be possible to program without more than basic arithmetic and logic, but it makes writing stuff that performs well a lot harder.

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