Thanks to BeiJingCream for this one!
Thanks to BeiJingCream for this one!
Watching today’s episode of Security Now, and they were talking about this story:
A US-based software developer has been caught outsourcing his work to China for less than a fifth of his six figure salary – while he spent his day browsing Facebook, LinkedIn, Ebay and Reddit.
In a case study outlined by the team, Verizon said: “The company’s IT personnel were sure that the issue had to do with some kind of zero day malware that was able to initiate VPN connections from Bob’s desktop workstation via external proxy and then route that VPN traffic to China, only to be routed back to their concentrator.
Holy shit, if all you had to do to outsource your job was give them an RSA key and pay 20% of your salary, that’s awesome! I hate my daytime job, but this guy totally Tim Ferriss‘d his job! It all went so well… Until you got caught.
TV station female reporter mistakes men’s masturbation toy as lingzhi mushroom
On June 17th, Xi’an TV’s “Xi’an Up Close” program broadcasted a piece of local news. At first the anchorperson claimed that an old Xi’an farmer was digging a well in his hometown, and when the well reached close to 100 meters depth, a strange plant was uncovered and dug out. The correspondent on camera said the villagers told her they had dug out a fleshy plant-like object, and the nearly 80-year-old elderly man also said he had never seen such strange a thing. The villagers interviewed said they too didn’t know what it is, that the fleshy thing even had a nose and an eye. When the female reporter saw the object, she described it as something very much like a fungus, with both ends being in the shape of mushroom heads. Then she picked it up pinched and prodded it over and over again, saying the top end of the mushroom head was a mouth, and the bottom end had a small hole. She even said it felt very smooth and slippery. Local villagers said that they had searched online and discovered that this ting was called Taisui, a kind of lingzhi mushroom, upon which the reporter immediately gave an introduction and explanation about lingzhi mushrooms, before saying she would go find experts to have it identified.
The programme team apologizes that the reporter is too young to understand worldly affairs.
For this, Xi’an TV’s “Xi’an Up Close” program team made an apology to all netizens on their official Weibo microblog, claiming that the female reporter was too young, and was ignorant of worldly affairs, so they were very sorry for any discomfort and misguidance they caused for viewers, and hoped that people could forgive them this time for their oversight. “Xi’an Up Close” wrote: “An open letter to all netizens and viewers: Dear folks! Last night a segment of our news was widely laughed at and ridiculed. This incident has gotten wide attention, been widely forwarded and commented on. Owing to our reporter being still very young, not yet versed in the ways of the world, she brought audiences discomfort and misguidance in this piece of news! Here, we sincerely thank all netizens for their criticisms and corrections of our program. Folks, please forgive us for this instance carelessness!”
So how did this get pass all the other reporters and editors, and people above her in the first place? You mean there’s no way of checking her work? Or was this all a cruel joke?
Yeah, banjos and China.
My first impression of the idea was “Ick… a banjo?!” But then I watched the video, and thought, “OK, it’s not a bad idea!” It was very interesting, in that her style of singing reminds me of 山歌 (Songs sung by people who usually live up in the mountains, typically embodied by a uniquely high-pitched, varying vocals).
To see how this ended, watch the video in this post…
Wait… Bluegrass from the Appalachian Mountains, 山歌… I guess it all makes sense!
So my friend sent me an e-mail, describing how he was fascinated with a recent GPU:
Yes, that is in fact a 4000 dollar graphics card.
448 64-bit cores, at 1.2Ghz apiece
about 538 Gflops
so, for probably about 9k, for two of these cards, and a motherboard that supports them, with a processor that can keep the hell up, you could be in possession of your very own Tflop machine.
I’m willing to bet that the heat coming out the back of that machine would quite literally be enough to cook with.
To which I replied:
That is indeed interesting. That means we can do 구이, while computing. The best of both worlds!
On a slightly sad note, we might be beat to the punch, as far as opening up a North Korean vegan restaurant. At least, the products are already available in the Korean markets in the states:
But it’s OK, because you too, can relieve your stress by joining the Chinese in “Occupy Obama’s G+ Account”. Obama will hear our cry for help for sure:
But I should have waited before replying to that, because shortly after that, I found a way to cook on your Apple iPhone:
Picture taken from http://adamcathcart.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/%E5%88%B6%E5%81%87-wuhans-iphone-manufacturer
So I can have 구이 and 打甂爐 for a fraction of the price of those graphics cards, with these awesome iPhones! SWEET! Forget Obama’s G+, I’m gonna’ go back to watching the latest and greatest in Apple IP issues!
New Sex-Ed book for the “youngens” is condemned as pornography:
If you want to see the common layman’s reactions and arguments against this book, go ahead and read the above article. Which is worse: A book that actually teachers young adults and children early on about natural things that happen in the body? Or 10-year-olds who join a bikini fashion show, modeling with masks, and helping bikini designers with free advertising?
COROLLARY September 2, 2011:
Shanghai lady publicly undresses to change clothes in subway. Maybe the clothes she was wearing were really THAT uncomfortable?
Normally, when it comes to China, we’re ridiculed, and even looked down upon for eating them. Normally, I say, “Screw you!” To those people, because these same people are normally cultural supremacists who believe in spreading American-style democracy all over the world, and everyone else is just inferior to them. All I have to ask is, “How’s that working out in Iraq and Afghanistan, for you?”
China is changing, and many people are even starting to talk about animal rights in China itself. And as the China Law Blog puts it: It’s very complex. One comment that struck me was,
“I grew up in a poor village. We raised one dog to watch the door and one to be killed in the Lunar New Year because we were too poor to buy pork. I don’t understand what’s wrong with that.”
Despite this, upon hearing that a local government official in Guangdong was bitten by a dog, and ordered dogs to be exterminated and beaten to death:
That’s where I draw the line. It’s one thing to say, “Hey there, you mangy mutt living outside in the wild, I’ll give you a home –in my belly!” But it’s another to go around, and just beating them senselessly. There are definitely a lot of social illnesses that the people are experiencing and seem to be taking out their frustrations in the wrong direction. This is no different than the guy who massacred a bunch of kindergartners.
Clearly, this official was probably bitten for the right reasons, and from what I see, has every right to die.