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Re: The News Corner

Postby TheDude51 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:39 pm

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Re: The News Corner

Postby Zanaikin » Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:43 pm

Great news! That means when large chunks of the US gets sold to China, I can start pulling strings in hopes you of being the first man to get sent towards Mars, with minimum propellant to reach escape velocity and 2 days of life support.
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Postby Mr_Praetorian » Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:48 pm

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Re: The News Corner

Postby beejazz » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:33 am

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Re: The News Corner

Postby TheDude51 » Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:30 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100113/ap_ ... bama_unity

'"That's what's been lost this year ... that whole sense of changing how Washington works," Obama said in an interview'

Gee, I wonder how that happened. Its a mystery!
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Re: The News Corner

Postby Zanaikin » Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:40 pm

http://www.thedoghousediaries.com/?p=186

I thought of Dave immediately...

yeah I know... kinda lame string of thought.
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Re: The News Corner

Postby Laharl » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:04 pm

[facepalm] The comic is right, however, pizza and sushi do come from the same animal: humans.
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Re: The News Corner

Postby TheDude51 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:25 am

Did you guys see that Google is threatening to completely pull out of China unless the government stops censoring them?
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Postby Zanaikin » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:01 am

Quite the shitstorm it created too.

I welcome their decision, but not because of their 'moral fiber'. Actually I agree with the Baidu guys, google is being a hypocrite here. However, this will get the Chinese govt thinking, cause many of their internet policies are getting obsolete. Counter-propaganda, not information hiding, is the way to go (=D).
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Re: The News Corner

Postby Zanaikin » Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:28 pm

Here's an interesting perspective on the google shitstorm, and in many parts, they're right:

http://www.time.com/time/business/artic ... 84,00.html
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Re: The News Corner

Postby TheDude51 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:41 pm

Looks like a perfect example of regulatory capture to me. Entrenched companies effectively control regulations and actively use them to prevent competition from arising.
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Re: The News Corner

Postby Zanaikin » Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:59 pm

A two way entrenchment too. The Chinese companies using their backdoor contacts (which is HUGE over there, I've seen this firsthand) to keep foreign competition down, while the established western superindustries use this as a propaganda attack to consolidate their own markets. Even though Baidu doesn't promote censoring any more than google does, their oversea reputation just got hit pretty damn hard, especially as most westerners haven't even heard of them before now.

The US civil war proved it once before - changing anything into a 'War of Morals' gains the initiator side massive advantages.

and hence why I say, Google is a hypocrite.
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Re: The News Corner

Postby Zanaikin » Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:38 pm

Lol BBC:

Threatening to pull out of China is like threatening to spit on a whale...

Perhaps the senior management team at Google are simply guilty of believing all the stories in the media that paint them as all-powerful and supremely important, or perhaps they just don't know as much about real politics as they do about building better search or targeting adverts.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8456622.stm
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Re: The News Corner

Postby Laharl » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:33 pm

So...why is China pulling the 2D version of Avatar and not the 3D or IMAX versions? Are those versions somehow less anti-authority?

Source: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/01/19/2241229/2-D-Avatar-To-Be-Pulled-From-Theaters-In-China
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Re: The News Corner

Postby TheDude51 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:20 am

Google's decision is obviously not seriously meant to change Chinese policy, no matter what BBC-man thinks.

It makes perfect sense if Google is, in fact, guided by morals and dedication to freedom in its business decision. It comes to China thinking to exert influence on the system and slowly increase freedom and openness. It realizes that this is impossible, and it cannot change the system, and so with the final outrage of the hacker attacks it decides it can no longer be part of a system of oppression, makes one last-ditch effort with its crazy demands, then leaves.

If Google is purely profit-maximizing, it could also make sense. Suppose Google's analysts concluded that China was a lost cause and Baidu was going to clean up the market, making further investments unprofitable. The attacks provide a perfect opportunity to gracefully exit, while at the same time building its brand in its home markets with a massive wave of free and positive media attention.
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