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Comment who wants boring stress jobs? (Score 1) 660

While many on /., including me, do engineering because we are geeky and love the challenge, that's not the case for average people. For average people, programming or tinkering with computers are boring and stressful jobs. They might choose to do it because the field has brighter employment future. That's why Americans don't want to take up the jobs. Even in China, the newer generation would avoid engineering and opt for finance or entertainment, because as the newer generations grow up a richer economy and so no longer under stress for survival.

Once you have a lot of people entering the fields, there will also be sufficient number of good practitioners produced.

So if the employment prospects of other fields are dimmer, Americans will rush back into engineering. They already started the shift, witnessing all the talks about computer science classes for kiddies.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

Another omission pointed out in this Hongkong news pager, translation: the location, while international water, are within the "economic zone" of China; the international law said the owning country has the right to manage commercial activities but does not really say if military survey is allowed. So US takes use of this loophole while China can claim they don't know if it is commercial or military until it retrieved and examined the object.

After all, this is just extension of the SCS game of words in order to fool each country's (American and Chinese) citizens to support their respective government and spend more money on the military industry complex.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

[editing error in previous comment; here it is again]

Except that China did agree to arbitration.

Citation needed. No, they have never sent any official delegate (see my quora link) and their official spokesman had repeated many times that they were not participating.

An arbitration panel is a form of judgement forum, not a court. A court is something you have to follow but arbitration is not unless you agreed to beforehand; that's why you signed contracts agreeing to arbitration but never a contract agreeing to court ruling.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

Except that China did agree to arbitration.

Citation needed. No, they have never sent any official delegate (see my quora link) and their official spokesman had repeated many times that they were not participating.

An arbitration panel is a form of judgement forum, not a court. A court is something you have to follow but arbitration is not unless you agreed to beforehand; that's why you signed contracts agreeing to arbitration but never a contract agreeing to court ruling.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

That's what the courts told China.

Except that's not a real international court, something you are usually not told by the West media. It is a basically an arbitration panel paid for by Philippine (who now falls to China.) Guess how will such a panel rule. you don't abide to arbitration ruling unless you first agree to; and China never did agree to abide such arbitration.

Comment Re:Key omission from American media (Score 1) 199

Difference is that there isn't an island an no one recognizes their claim.

That's what you have been told, just like you were told Iraq had WMD.

1) the interpretation "island" comes down to who pays the "judge"; (for example, one of Taiwan's claim -- a very big island, forgot the name -- was ruled non-island since the ruling party earlier this year was KMT who is more pro-China;

2) The initial claims are not made up by the PRC; they were made up by the ROC (the Taiwanese government) when they still ruled China after WW2 and those claims were agreed to in international treaty signed by US, Russia, UK and nobody has made much a big deal until now. Why now? Because China is becoming the biggest economic competitor of the US. (Back when China was a backward communist country, we betrayed Taiwan and befriended with China, OK'd with their claims and opened our market, just so we could partner with them to fight the Soviet.)

Comment Key omission from American media (Score 4, Informative) 199

If you read the Chinese news report, the statement says it "seize the unknown object because it posed safety concern to the passing sea traffic". Of course, it is an excuse. But given we use the excuse of "freedom of navigation" to intrude within the 12 nm of their claimed island, it is a fair game.

Submission + - Chinese Scientist Found Breakthrough Vaccine/Cures for All Viral Infections (scmp.com)

hackingbear writes: Chinese scientists may have found the key to creating effective vaccines for the world’s deadly viruses including bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and HIV. An experiment by a research team at Beijing University was hailed as “revolutionary” in the field in a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine on Friday. The live virus used in the vaccine used by the researchers had its genetic code tweaked to disable the viral strains’ self-replication mechanism. But it was kept fully infectious to allow the host animal cells to generate immunity. Using live viruses in their fully infectious form was considered taboo, as viruses spread rapidly. Vaccines sold and used widely today generally contain either dead or weakened forms of viruses. The animals infected with virus were cured after receiving the injection, according to the paper. This breakthrough promises to simplify the process of producing vaccines, which may help scientists develop effective vaccines or even cures for various viruses – such bird flu, SARS, Ebola and HIV – within weeks of an outbreak.

Submission + - Neuroscientists Say Simple Mathematical Logic Drives Complex Brain Computation (sci-news.com)

hackingbear writes: According to Dr. Joe Tsien, a neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, the brain’s basic computational algorithm is organized by power-of-two-based logic. He and his colleagues from US and China have documented the algorithm at work in seven different brain regions involved with those basics like food and fear in mice and hamsters. “Intelligence is really about dealing with uncertainty and infinite possibilities,” he said, “It appears to be enabled when a group of similar neurons form a variety of cliques to handle each basic like recognizing food, shelter, friends and foes. Groups of cliques then cluster into functional connectivity motifs (FCMs) to handle every possibility in each of these basics. The more complex the thought, the more cliques join in.”

Submission + - China Criticizes Trump Plan to Exit Climate Change Pact (forbes.com)

hackingbear writes: In a sign of how far the world has shifted in recognising the need to tackle global warming, Beijing — once seen as an obstructive force in UN climate talks — is now leading the push for progress by responding to fears that Mr Trump would pull the US out of the landmark accord. “I believe a wise leader would understand that policies should conform [to] global development trends,” said Xie, who is also China’s lead negotiator for the U.N. climate change conferences. With its capital often choked by smog and its people angry about the environmental devastation that rapid development has wrought across the country, China has become a proponent of efforts to halt global warming rather than a hindrance. “China is acting on climate for the benefit of its own people,” said Erik Solheim, executive director of the U.N. Environment Program. “I am confident China will take a lead role.”

Submission + - China Launches World's First Pulsar Navigation Satellite (indianexpress.com)

hackingbear writes: After launching the world's first quantum communication satellite this year, China today successfully launched the world's first pulsar-based navigation satellite which will conduct in-orbit experiments using pulsar detectors to demonstrate new technologies. The X-ray pulsar navigation satellite — XPNAV-1 — was sent skyward at 7:42 AM (local time) atop a Long March 11 solid-fuelled rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s northwest. China's new system is expected to be a significant improvement over the earth-based systems currently used by spacecraft as it would eliminate the time delay with sending signals back to Earth and processing.

Submission + - China Launches New Heavy Lifting Rocket (space.com)

hackingbear writes: China launched its second new rocket in the year. The Long March 5 rocket, lifted off from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan Island, off China's southern coast, at 8:43 a.m. EDT (1000 GMT; 8:43 p.m. Beijing time), carring to orbit an experimental satellite called Shijian-17, which is designed to test electric-propulsion technology. Capable of 25 metric ton payload to LEO, LM 5 is among the most powerful rockets in service. Besides scheduled launch of China's upcoming space station, the Long March 5 will also loft Chang'e-5, a robotic sample-return mission to the moon. Chang'e-5 is currently scheduled to lift off sometime next year, Chinese space officials have said.

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