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Submission + - China Launched Manned Space Flight (spaceflightnow.com)

hackingbear writes: China just successfully launched Shenzhou-11 with two astronauts abroad heading to the Tiangong-2 space lab launched last month. General Zhang Youxia, chief commander of China's human spaceflight program has declared today's launch a success. "According to the report of the Beijing Central Control Center, the rocket is flying according to its original plan, and the Shenzhou spacecraft has entered into its preliminary orbit," Zhang said. "The solar panel has been unfolded, and the crew is in great condition. Hereby, I announce the launch of the Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft is a complete success." The two astronauts will spend upto 30 days in the space lab and then return to earth.

Submission + - Uber and Didi Face Regulatory Challenges Throughout China Zacks (yahoo.com)

hackingbear writes: Contradicting to the central government's wish to boost employment from peer-to-peer economy, the Chinese cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing, who have invested big interest in traditional taxi services, are all looking to pass municipal regulations on ride-hailing businesses that could wipe out many of Uber and Didi’s drivers and cars. “There will be a sharp drop in market supply of rideshare vehicles. In Shanghai, for instance, less than 20 percent of existing rideshare vehicles meet the proposed (wide) wheelbase requirements. There will be significant decrease in the number of rideshare drivers. Of over 410,000 activated driver accounts in Shanghai, only less than 10,000 are residents with Shanghai residency registration.” said Didi on its social media outlets. In China, ridesharing drivers are usually migrant workers who have few other choices of employments, and rich urban residents are not interested in such jobs. Given the sore state of economy in China, high unemployment would mean social unrest; the ridesharing economy may prevail at the end as it has become too big to be strictly regulated. Separately, the Chinese government opened an antitrust probe into Uber’s sale of its China operations to Didi in September after the announcement of the merger.

Submission + - China Launches Second Space Lab (space.com)

hackingbear writes: China's next space laboratory, Tiangong-2 launched from the country's Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center today at 10:04 a.m. EDT (1404 GMT) on a Long March 2F carrier rocket. Like its predecessor Tiangong-1, Tiangong-2 is an orbiting space lab – but this latest model has made several improvements in the series. Among the advances: astronauts can remain on the station up to 30 days; New systems allow in orbit refueling of propellant; and 14 new experiments in a wide range of sciences including composite material fabrication, advanced-plant cultivation, gamma ray burst polarization, fluid physics, space-to-earth quantum communications. The space lab is also equipped with a cold atom space clock, that has an estimated precision of 10 to the power of minus 16 seconds, or a one-second error every 30 million years, enhancing accuracy of time-keeping in space by one to two orders of magnitudes. This exactitude will help measure previously undetectable fluctuations for experiments conducted in zero-gravity.

Submission + - Alibaba Engineers Fired for Mooncake Hacking (wsj.com)

hackingbear writes: On the eve of Mid-Autumn Festival, some people will go to great lengths to get mooncakes, the traditional gift for family, friends and colleagues. At Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., four engineers tried to rig the distribution system of the e-commerce giant’s mooncake selloff—and were fired for their effort. Alibaba confirmed it fired the four this week, after they hacked into the internal website that allows employees to purchase the company’s signature mooncakes, with an orange fluffy Alibaba mascot inside.On Chinese social media, however, the now dismissed engineers were praised with job offers for their entrepreneurial instincts and technical competence.

Submission + - Panda Removed From International Endangered List, China Disagrees (latimes.com)

hackingbear writes: The International Union for Conservation of Nature said in a report released Sunday that the panda is now classified as a "vulnerable" instead of "endangered" species, reflecting its growing numbers in the wild in southern China. It said the wild panda population jumped to 1,864 in 2014 from 1,596 in 2004, the result of work by Chinese government and agencies to enforce poaching bans and expand forest reserves. However, China itself disagrees with the reclassification. China's State Forestry Administration said that it disputed the classification change because pandas' natural habitats have been splintered by natural and human causes. The animals live in small, isolated groups of as few as 10 pandas that struggle to reproduce and face the risk of disappearing altogether, the agency said. International groups and the Chinese government have worked to save wild pandas and breed them at enormous cost, attracting criticism that the money could be better spent saving other (less cute) animals facing extinction.

Submission + - China Tests Quantum Radar That Detects Stealth Aircrafts (defenseworld.net)

William Robinson writes: According to some reports, China has tested its first single photon detection technology quantum radar which could detect objects, including stealth aircraft, within the range of 100 kilometres, somewhere is mid August. The radar uses quantum entanglement photons, which means it has better detection capabilities than conventional systems. This means it can more easily track modern aircraft that use stealth technology or baffle enemy radar. The report also suggests that "The system was able to detect a target at a range of 100 kms in a real-world environment".

Submission + - Hot Debate Raging on The Proposed Super Particle Collider in China (scmp.com)

hackingbear writes: Chinese high-energy physicists proposed four years ago to build a particle collider four times the size of the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. On Sunday, Dr Yang Chen-ning, co-winner of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1957 and now living on campus at Tsinghua University in Beijing, released an article on WeChat opposing the construction of the collider. He said the project would become an investment “black hole” with little scientific value or benefit to society, sucking resources away from other research sectors such as life sciences and quantum physics. Yang’s article hit nearly all social media platforms and internet news portals, drawing tens of thousands of positive comments over the last couple of days. The first stage of the project was estimated to cost 40 billion yuan (US$6 billion) by 2030, and the total cost would exceed 140 billion yuan (US$21 billion) when construction is completed in 2050, making it the most expensive research facility built in China. Yang’s main argument was that China would not succeed where the United States had failed. A similar project had been proposed in the US but was eventually cancelled in 2012 as the construction far exceeded the initial budget. Yang said existing facilities including the Large Hadron Collider contributed little to the increase of human knowledge and was irrelevant to most people’s daily lives. But Dr Wang Yifang, lead scientist of the project with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of High Energy Physics, argued research in high energy physics lead to the world wide web, mobile phone touch screens and magnetic resonance imaging in hospitals, among other technological breakthroughs.

Submission + - China Probing Didi, Uber Deal on Anti-trust Concerns (yahoo.com)

hackingbear writes: China's commerce ministry is investigating the planned acquisition by ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing of U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc's China unit over anti-monopoly concerns. The ministry's spokesman, Shen Danyang, told reporters the Ministry of Commerce would look to protect fair market competition and consumer interests in the deal, which will create a roughly $35 billion giant dominating China's car-hailing market. It is unclear how the investigation could affect Didi's planned acquisition and subsequent integration of Uber's China unit, already the top two players in the market. That had raised monopoly concerns as Didi claims an 87 percent market share.

Submission + - China Launches World's First Quantum Communication Satellite (theverge.com)

hackingbear writes: China’s quantum network could soon span two continents, thanks to a satellite launched earlier today. Launched at 1:40pm ET, the Quantum Science Satellite is designed to distribute quantum-encrypted keys between relay stations in China and Europe. When working as planned, the result could enable unprecedented levels of security between parties on different continents. China’s new satellite would put that same fiberb-based quantum communication system to work over the air, utilizing high-speed coherent lasers to connect with base stations on two different continents. The experimental satellite’s payload also includes controllers and emitters related to quantum entanglement.

Comment Re:Pure Propaganda (Score 1) 90

The parent claimed this is propaganda because it violates the principle that LEO altitude has no air for an air-breathing scramjet engine. But he's apparently trolling since the engine could be a serial combination of the different ones in a neat way; or it could have a separate rocket engine; or whatever, but nobody claimed its scramjet mode operate all the way to LEO.

Submission + - China Start Development of Hybrid Spaceplane (popsci.com)

hackingbear writes: While SpaceX is making news with its recoverable rockets, China announced that it is working on the next big thing in spaceflight: a hypersonic spaceplane. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is beginning advanced research on a high tech, more efficient successor to the retired Space Shuttle, with hybrid combined cycle engines combining turbofan, ramjet, scramjet and rocket engines, that can takeoff from an airport's landing strip and fly straight into orbit. CASTC's rapid research timeline also suggests that the reports in 2015 of a Mach 4 test flight for a recoverable drone testbed for a combined cycle ramjet/turbofan engine were accurate. And China also has the world's largest hypersonic wind tunnel, the Mach 9 JF-12, which could be used to easily test hypersonic scramjets without costly and potentially dangerous flight testing at altitude. Its nearest competitor, the British Skylon in contrast uses pre-cooled jet engines built by Reaction Engines Limited to achieve hypersonic atmospheric flight, as opposed to scramjets. Both spacecraft will probably first fly around the mid 2020s.

Submission + - New State-Sponsored Spyware Detected Targeting Russia, China (yahoo.com)

hackingbear writes: A previously unknown hacking group variously dubbed "Strider" or "ProjectSauron" has carried out cyber-espionage attacks against select targets in Russia, China, Iran, Sweden, Belgium and Rwanda, security researchers said on Monday. The newly discovered group's targets include four organizations and individuals located in Russia, an airline in China, an organization in Sweden and an embassy in Belgium, Symantec said. "Based on the espionage capabilities of its malware and the nature of its known targets, it is possible that the group is a nation state-level attacker," Symantec said, but it did not speculate about which government might be behind the software. Previously, China and Russia were usually accused as the initiating end of these hacking activities.

Comment Re:When? (Score 1) 173

the Chinese see that as attempts from western colonizers to control, and humiliate China... Again, they don't realize we've moved on from colonization, and we're happy to be partners with them

And how do you know if that (to control or colonize) is not true? Do you work for the CIA?

Look around the world, the only real competitor to the US (and its puppet Western allies) is China. Just think about that if one day Chinese Yuan succeeds becoming a real competitor to the USD and that most other countries are willing to trade everything include petroleum in RMB and accumulate RMBs as reserved, we would be much more like Greece. And all our allies would become theirs.

That's why we care about their political suppression so much. If China is irrelevant, we would care them as much as we care about Zimbabwe. If we truly want them to be our partner, we would care as much as we care about those same issues in Saudi Arabia or now Vietnam. (We did, back in 1970s, but not now. See below.)

it's foolish for China to try to force Taiwan to join them (the Taiwanese don't trust China

Yeah, Taiwan should forget that we betrayed them back in the 1970s when we made China, along with Afgan and bin Laden, allies to fight the Soviets, and start trusting us again, so they can be our puppet too.

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