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  • Aug 20, 2013 @ 03:32am

    British understatement and idiom very often isn't US. Different critters. Keep trying, you'll get there eventually.

  • Oct 13, 2011 @ 08:41am

    Non-peeks and hidden peeks

    Many peeks are really only for information purposes. Almost like rattling the door knob to check that it's locked. They don't 'exist', while building a picture or a map of activity. If something looks tasty then they add a hidden request, CYA in case the legal beagles need it later.

  • May 06, 2011 @ 06:53am

    Well, it's Walls. Plural


    Even the Great Wall is a set of walls. New and old. Everywhere you go in China walls set things apart. It's related to (see wikipedia) hukou, and Confucian 'control freakism'.

    The wall might start in the building you are living in, inside China. A security guy (who might also play with the doors to keep you out of your own place sometimes, if it's a common electronic door) will adjust things. And change them if a local company having a difficulty with you nudges him a bit. One implicitly asked for double payment in Guangzhou so I bypassed with a cell modem, which had it's own differing electronic walls - they often want to foist a Chinese homepage on you, and market and limit choices from it.

  • Dec 17, 2010 @ 09:08am

    They could sue me naked

    I've lived in China. They, Nike and friends, could sue me naked. Which brings up the shan zhai idea that some of Nike's suppliers might not be completely straight forward. It's possible that Nike could be sued because a supplier swapped in non-Nike stuff in Nike shoes. Eg Nike's logic might be extended to 'hot' non-Nike shoelaces that somebody faked and sold to a supplier.

  • Sep 24, 2010 @ 12:15pm

    No need to involve cops for GPS

    > just so happen to be tracking the GPS on the suspect's car?

    They very much do not do that - well maybe if necessary "we were tracking the cell phone". If they have something with serious short term implications they will see the judge. If they're tracking and building a map of activity to learn what's going on they use a variety of methods. With the right GPS stuff they can track all day and look at the pattern on the computer at night. Then look for matches/overlays between different people. That's just watching, linked to neighbourhood watch.

    Another thing that happens is with charged people. Police often want to avoid trial, so the normal way is to give the accused at "a hard time" so they will give up and arrange something. The GPS allows 'following' without following, and hard time activites.

  • Sep 24, 2010 @ 11:40am

    No need to involve cops for GPS

    GPS tracking only needs to be 'legal' if its used for a legal purpose. I've heard cops say they don't have electronic surveillance equipment - and they use contractors, like from the phone company. You can take your car in for servicing, and while you are waiting somebody has a nice chat with the service guys and you drive away with GPS wired under the dash of your car. No cops involved in the setup.

    They might monitor the signal but monitoring is airwave stuff.

  • Dec 29, 2009 @ 08:04am

    Baidu's pattern

    Baidu's pattern is to create 100's of links to downloadable material then constantly shuffle them. Shuffle actual location names, links, and redirections. The combination of the large scale operation and the shuffling make it very hard to get a handle on things.

  • Dec 16, 2009 @ 10:42am

    Teamwork developing lesson plans, or whatever


    Teachers most often work alone. When developing lesson plans for general use they need to be tested, revised, and used by more than one teacher. They need a development team. Most of the time in my experience various teachers want to be paid for lesson plans and for helping things along. That generates frictions and teachers continue to work alone - with some excellent teaching results and a LOT of indifferent results. If you want a better education system then you need to work on such parts of the system.