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  1. Comment on US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirms TikTok is under review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US following national security concerns in ~tech

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    Cookies can't verify if a user is real person or a bot. A real user can register thousands of accounts and then spam the API calls to manipulate "likes". So extra information had to be gathered.

    cookies, or some other software source

    Cookies can't verify if a user is real person or a bot. A real user can register thousands of accounts and then spam the API calls to manipulate "likes". So extra information had to be gathered.

  2. Comment on US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirms TikTok is under review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US following national security concerns in ~tech

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    I discussed the params they collect on HN https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23686320 tl;dr identifying real users from bots is hard.

    going as far as to compare the data they do transmit

    I discussed the params they collect on HN https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23686320

    tl;dr identifying real users from bots is hard.

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  3. Comment on At a loss for words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers in ~misc

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    You may find my reply very interesting. Spoken aloud is not necessary in other languages.

    How would a person learn to read words they haven't heard spoken aloud?

    You may find my reply very interesting. Spoken aloud is not necessary in other languages.

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  4. Comment on At a loss for words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers in ~misc

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    This is an extremely interesting article because as a ESL speaker, my native language is Chinese (some people mistakenly call it "Mandarin"), we had a somewhat opposite experience. Guessing words...

    This is an extremely interesting article because as a ESL speaker, my native language is Chinese (some people mistakenly call it "Mandarin"), we had a somewhat opposite experience.

    Guessing words from context is pretty common when reading Chinese and it's very easy to guess because Chinese ideograms are basically stylized and formalized pictures.

    Guessing the meaning of English words from context does not work for most Chinese ESL learner, simply because all those variations and conjugations and shit. So everyone heavily relies on vocabulary.

    The Chinese language makes new words from contexts, contrast to English where independent phonetic words are more common. For example computer is literally called "electric brain" in Chinese, bus is called "public wagon". If you do not know the word "public" but you can guarantee it has something to do with wagons. Pork is called "pig meat" and "goat" is literally called mountain sheep. The "pony" vs "horse" situation in OP's article does not exist in Chinese, because pony is literally called "little horse". LMAO.

    There is the Chinese periodic table. A reader with zero knowledge of Chinese language can easily guess which ones are metal, which ones are rock and which ones are gas.

    Also Chinese is an analytic language while English is fusional language makes the context guessing work easier? IDK

    Then there's the issue of phonics. It's very interesting, because "reading" in English, can be translated into two distinct activities in Chinese, you either "voice out" the book, or "comprehend" the book, I found that Chinese speakers have to ability to understand a paragraph of text without even knowing if the pronunciation was correct or not. So the Mapping the words part in OP's article does not necessarily apply to Chinese language. We have pictures of the world mapping directly into ideograms, the characters are the primary "language, different speakers can interpret the "language" into different dialects like Mandarin or Cantonese.

    By getting rid of the "voice" part is very important, it's also the secret of most speed reading technics. You have to get rid of the subvocal activities in your brain to achieve better performance.

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  5. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    I bought an ear canals cleaner with fiber cam. The price is about $2.5 USD. Can be mounted on Android or PC with USB.

    I bought an ear canals cleaner with fiber cam. The price is about $2.5 USD. Can be mounted on Android or PC with USB.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Do we really want a new Cold War with China? Corporate media is laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check in ~misc

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    Communism is indeed an alien concept, that's why millions were starved to death when Mao tried to push "People's Commune" during great leap forward, however, today's authoritarian China was has a...

    Neither is more of a 'native concept' to Chinese culture than the other imo.

    Communism is indeed an alien concept, that's why millions were starved to death when Mao tried to push "People's Commune" during great leap forward, however, today's authoritarian China was has a strong tradition trait since ancient emperors unified the middle kingdom and centralized power 2.2k years ago.

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  7. Comment on China has imposed a massive eighty per cent tariff on Australian barley imports from today, saying the product has been imported against trade rules in ~news

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    So the weapon was lock n' loaded in as early as 2018?

    Barley is considered one of Australia's top three agricultural exports to China but since 2018 has been at the centre of dumping allegations.

    So the weapon was lock n' loaded in as early as 2018?

  8. Comment on Do we really want a new Cold War with China? Corporate media is laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check in ~misc

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    Taiwan's democracy was introduced by Chiang's dictator son Chiang Ching-kuo in the 80s, by force. An authoritarian ruling party can force any ideology upon its population. In mainland china the...

    democracy is incompatible with the culture--just look at Taiwan.

    Taiwan's democracy was introduced by Chiang's dictator son Chiang Ching-kuo in the 80s, by force. An authoritarian ruling party can force any ideology upon its population. In mainland china the term "democracy" already has a bad rep.

    Also Chinese culture without democracy can flourish very well -- just look at Singapore. Deng's open & reform is basically a copycat of Singapore mode.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Do we really want a new Cold War with China? Corporate media is laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check in ~misc

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    There was never such an effort. Pushing ideology like "democracy" on Chinese Interweb is futile because it's not a native concept. It's like advocating the Chinese ideology of 仁 to western...

    The fact is, the idea that interaction especially over the Internet will somehow fix China and cause its people to rise and topple the CCP has failed

    There was never such an effort.

    Pushing ideology like "democracy" on Chinese Interweb is futile because it's not a native concept. It's like advocating the Chinese ideology of to western audience, it will never took off.

    The western media don't even bother translate their articles properly in simplified Chinese. The "overthrow CCP" agenda is laughably obvious to any reader with half a brain. It's like reading cringeworthy tweets from Chinese wumao tweets.

    The "interaction over the Internet" job never failed, it was never a thing, and often looked over.

    However, Chinese geeks on reddit did pull something off, together they successfully turned down a censorship spyware. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Dam_Youth_Escort It happened a decade ago.

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  10. Comment on Keybase, Zoom and Messaging in ~comp

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    I haven't used O365 or Teams, but is it possible to invite outsiders to join Teams meetings with ease? I have Zoom several times and non of the outside participants failed to join. The on-board...

    I haven't used O365 or Teams, but is it possible to invite outsiders to join Teams meetings with ease?

    I have Zoom several times and non of the outside participants failed to join. The on-board rate is 100% for me.

  11. Comment on The West’s incompetent response to the pandemic will hasten the power-shift to the east in ~news

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    You think fighting the virus is broken PPE is hard, think again how the Chinese NHS workers had to deal with with no PPE at all. That been said, the US is no longer the country that repaired the...

    Yes, but the equipment was fucking broken.

    You think fighting the virus is broken PPE is hard, think again how the Chinese NHS workers had to deal with with no PPE at all.

    That been said, the US is no longer the country that repaired the wrecked Yorktown CV-5 in one day and kept the spirit of fighting the war.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on What do you guys think about socialism or other utopias? in ~talk

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    Socialism is not carbon neutral. You can't maintain a realistic sized human society without net consumption of energy from somewhere.

    Socialism is not carbon neutral. You can't maintain a realistic sized human society without net consumption of energy from somewhere.

  13. Comment on Political discussion here seems to be really bad. Is it even possible for it to be good? in ~tildes

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    It's easier to pick sides in politics than discussion the actual matter.

    It's easier to pick sides in politics than discussion the actual matter.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on What is something that you learned/were taught wrong? in ~talk

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    Tons of ideas in biology I learned at school was "wrong" by today's standards. For example there were supposedly 20 proteinogenic amino acids, another one was discovered a few years back, now it's...

    Tons of ideas in biology I learned at school was "wrong" by today's standards.

    For example there were supposedly 20 proteinogenic amino acids, another one was discovered a few years back, now it's 22. The standard genetic code table was updated as well.

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  15. Comment on What browser do you use? How have you customized it? in ~tech

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    I am using Chrome v70 because I need to see what's going on with chrome://net-internals/#events

    I am using Chrome v70 because I need to see what's going on with chrome://net-internals/#events

  16. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    been playing Black Desert. Liked the character design and action combat. Life must grind on.

    been playing Black Desert. Liked the character design and action combat. Life must grind on.

    3 votes
  17. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    For now, the main reason I really, really dislike about reddit is its user base. Yes everyone can vote but it sucks that a brigade of bots can downvote you without much discussion.

    For now, the main reason I really, really dislike about reddit is its user base. Yes everyone can vote but it sucks that a brigade of bots can downvote you without much discussion.

    5 votes
  18. Comment on The Results of the 2019 Census in ~tildes

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    None is a religion? OP must be using Python!

    None is a religion? OP must be using Python!

    6 votes
  19. Comment on Taiwan’s ‘born independent’ millennials are becoming Xi Jinping’s lost generation in ~news

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    I think the bill is irrelevant. HK has been protesting for years the bill just happens to the last straw in the camel's back.

    By stirring up the pot with the extradition bill

    I think the bill is irrelevant. HK has been protesting for years the bill just happens to the last straw in the camel's back.

    3 votes
  20. Comment on I need to talk about The Witcher! in ~tv

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    the timeline of the story telling is very confusing for ESL viewers like me. I had trouble keep track of all the places and names happening everywhere.

    the timeline of the story telling is very confusing for ESL viewers like me. I had trouble keep track of all the places and names happening everywhere.

    3 votes