Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"
@AC - I think you might have given us a clue to your name, Alan.
2301 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
@martinusher - "Hong Kong is part of China. Unlike Catalonia it doesn't even have the historical basis to be an independent state"
It depends what you call an independent state, Kowloon was (reputably) named by the boy Emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty around 1278, when the Empire was just this tiny scrap of land. https://www.scmp.com/magazines/hk-magazine/article/2036314/ask-mr-know-it-all-how-did-kowloon-get-its-name
@LucreLout - "hopefully without antagonizing China, while giving a choice to the protesters"
Well, I think China feels very antagonised.
As for the protesters, I'm sorry to say there's a bit of a gap... Boris has offered the route to full citizenship for BNO passport holders and their dependents (Good!), but the last BNO was issued in 1997, so anyone under 23 is not a BNO holder, and anyone over 18 is unlikely to still be counted as a dependent. Many of the protesters have been in the young adult age range, and so most likely to be in the gap.
@PhilipN - To be absolutely accurate, neither of us were in the room when Carrie Lam decided to introduce the extradition bill. The murder in Taiwan was the excuse, but the bill appeared very quickly. It always included the Mainland and Carrie Lam resisted all proposals to change it. My impression was that the bill had been prepared in advance, and they were simply waiting for a case that would get public sympathy. Carrie Lam always denied Mainland involvement in the drafting of the bill, but I can't imagine she would take the initiative to prepare it and keep it secret from them.
Yes, the concept came from Deng Xiaoping, but after the Joint Declaration was signed, the Basic Law was drafted by a committee of 23 people from Hong Kong and 36 from the Mainland. The Basic Law was promulgated in 1990, two years before Chris Pattern became Governor.
@LucreLout - "This manoeuvre from Beijing is a direct consequence of violent protests last year
I agree, and it will end them just as surely as sending in the tanks did in Tienanmen square all those years ago."
I disagree, this manoeuvre is a response to the large peaceful protests last year, and the overwhelming success of pro-democratic/pro-protest candidates in the District Council elections. There has been violence at some of the protests, but the HK Police can handle a few thousand violent people. It's the millions of non-violent people saying what they want that frightens Beijing.
"If I recall correctly the protests were brought about precisely because Beijing interfered with the HK system making it easier to extradite people to the mainland."
"Tienanmen Square was more than a generation ago, China has changed.
Not so long ago in my memory,"
Ditto. Yes, China was opening up. Then Xi Jinping got the top job and rooted out corruption... coincidentally, his opponents in the Party were all found to be corrupt. Now he's leader for life, a position last held by Chairman Mao.
"The World has changed Xi Jing Ping will NOT want to taint his legacy
Then respectfully he should see that the whole world recognizes China's strength and requires no demonstration of same."
I'm guessing Xi wants his legacy to be China as the only Superpower, restored to its "ancient borders" and all other countries subservient.
"To me this feels like a mistake, but I am not Chinese, nor have I even visited HK, so I'll bow out here with best wishes for all involved to find a peaceful resolution."
I tend to agree its a mistake. I'm not Chinese either, but I live in HK, thanks.
 The District Councils don't have a lot of power, they have some budget for local improvements and discuss bus routes and the like. They do elect a block of members to the Election Committee, a topic that would need another footnote. Previously, they've not been hotly contested, and were controlled by pro-establishment councillors. The democrats got their act together and contested every seat at the end of last year, campaigning on the protestor's 5 demands. They won a majority in 17 of the 18 Councils.
@Alan Brown - "the external access code for your PABX should NEVER bear any similarity to the local emergency numbers"
Think of it as a safety feature: you're still likely to get through to the Police when dialing in a panic as an axe murderer breaks down the door to the office and you haven't realised it's a PABX line.
@The man in the pub - "mandate that all devices brought onto the market after a given date only use IPv6"
First, mandate that all ISPs must support IPv6 as a standard (no extra charge) part of their service. If it doesn't include IPv6, you cannot advertise it as an internet service.
"a label given to rocks that have a semi-major axis of less than one astronomical unit" - Isn't that all of them? Though a rock larger than 1AU would also be larger than the Empire State Building, so maybe the distinction is important.
Yeah, I could just assume a missing "an orbit with", but where would be the fun in that?
@Pascal Monett - "I declare this unsolvable"
I came to the comments looking for a detailed post from someone with the same problem who:
a) successfully investigated it
b) lists the code for the fix
c) still has the fix running
It's what usually happens around here...
@Dom 3 - "Saying that the next crew to go to the Moon *will* include a woman is prejudice."
I did say that it was a consequence of the discriminatory selection procedure for the Apollo program. If the Artemis program gets as far as putting anyone on the moon, then the probability of one of those being a woman, assuming perfectly non-discriminatory selection, would rapidly approach 1. When 5 people had landed, if none of them were a woman, then most scientists would reject the null hypothesis, "there is no discrimination against women in the selection" at the 95% confidence limit. Most non-scientists would say there's discrimination if the first 2 were men. The selection will be influenced by the political need to "redress the balance" of past discrimination.
"At that level there is still competence vs. incompetence." Well, I'm sure everyone has the occasional bad day. Maybe the training program doesn't accurately reveal the "true merit" of the candidates, but that doesn't change the fact that the decision was made based on the best available measure of the merit of the candidates.
Anyone who completes the training program will be there on merit. What sort of requirement were you imagining that would disqualify half the citizens of America? The Artemis program will, surely, send more than two people in total to the Moon, so, as a consequence of the discriminatory selection procedure for the Apollo program, a woman candidate will become the first woman on the moon.
Unless, of course, China or India get there faster.
@AC - "They published a handy chart for those who can't be bothered to read:"
Thanks for the chart... but do the rules make sense?
So, the first assumption appears to be that a person only remains infectious for 7 days after they show symptoms... is that true?
Even if that is true, a person can go out again 14 days after the first person in their household shows symptoms. Using the example of Household 2, person D might isolate from the rest of the household, but then contact and become infected from person C on day 19, after they are allowed out. They might not show symptoms for another 13 days, spreading the infection further.
Am I missing something, or is this based on, "well, that's only going to happen in a small percentage of households" wishful thinking?
The HK Government has now admitted that the wristband and app does not work as advertised. “If the person only left their place without their phone, there is no signal from the band [triggered],” Lam (Gov. CIO) said. The only point in using the wristband, Lam added, was that a separate smartphone app, which has location-sharing functions, would randomly request scanning of a QR code from the band.
I guess they haven't considered the possibilities of copying the QR code?
@jason_derp - "Ugh! I really hate being reminded"
I'm sorry I triggered that, I tend to agree with your sentiment, my post was just trying to explain the situation, not cause mental trauma.
Comparing Canada and the UK, the UK's suffered under foreign monarchs for a thousand years or more, but we do get tourist dollars... or would, if the borders weren't closed. When we do travel, there's always a suspicion we should be apologising for invasions our ancestors never got to vote about.
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