* Posts by llaryllama

200 posts • joined 7 Jul 2010

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In Rust We Trust: Microsoft Azure CTO shuns C and C++

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Declaring that C is dead and we should all be using X is a little silly. I guess now I understand what old COBOL programmers felt like when the computing world moved on.

Honestly Rust is a good language and I can't wait to see what a younger generation of programmers will do with it, but I don't see myself writing any serious Rust applications.

Like many programmers in their 40s and 50s I have 30 years of experience with C and I can definitely write much higher quality code in C/C++ than I could in a completely unfamiliar language, even if the language happens to be fundamentally better/safer.

Taiwan chip magnate pledges cash for defense against China: 'I'm telling everyone to oppose the CCP'

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Re: Another Rich Corn Flake?

I'd like to see how your "blockade" works in an actual hot war when your boats are being attacked by Taiwan's very advanced domestically made land to sea missiles.

In Taiwan nobody cared about the whole recent Chinese show of force and we just let you get on with it like a parent ignoring their 3 year old's tantrum. You were being laughed at by most of Taiwan the whole time.

Tibet, South Korea, India, Soviet Union.. it's almost like the history books you read are missing some parts hey?

The PRC stated that it doesn't steal intellectual property, wasn't going to militarize its artificial islands, doesn't interfere in foreign politics etc. etc. Well that's me reassured.

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Re: NEWSFLASH CHINA HAS NUKES... THE US WILL NEVER GO TO WAR WITH CHINA

What relevance does this comment have to do with the article?

Nobody mentioned the US, we are talking about Taiwanese defending Taiwan.

Off topic tangent notwithstanding

1) Taiwan is nothing like Vietnam

2) Taiwan also has cruise missiles (devastatingly good ones, in fact), what's your point?

3) Taiwan's trade with China is rapidly becoming irrelevant as our current administration has been expanding trade with SE Asia, North America and the EU. We are not just exporting chips either, Taiwan has a massive export trade in general electronics and industrial machinery. A very large percentage of high end quality tools sold around the world are currently made in Taiwan.

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Re: Another Rich Corn Flake?

I have recently been to a similar civil defense course here in Taiwan, the focus is mostly on first aid (which very few Taiwanese are trained for), urban survival techniques and generally dealing with emergency situations. There is some very basic handgun training - bear in mind almost all adult males have done compulsory military service so already have some experience with rifles.

If we did end up in a hot war it can only help to have an extra few million people able to use a gun and administer first aid. In peace times this kind of training is still very useful for car accidents, earthquakes, floods etc.

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Re: Another Rich Corn Flake?

We get universal healthcare in Taiwan for an average of around $40/month per household and hospitals are pretty much US standard so yeh, it's a pretty efficient place.

Newport Wafer Fab sale to Chinese company held up again by UK.gov's probe

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Re: Do not sell to the enemy

Once again, nobody mentioned the US. Go take it somewhere else.

Apple tells suppliers to use 'Taiwan, China' or 'Chinese Taipei' to appease Beijing

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Re: Can anyone answer the question, logically...

Many people in Taiwan including me are fighting to change the constitution, but the PRC has explicitly stated that any change in Taiwan's constitution is an act of war.

If a group of very large men with guns followed you around and insisted that you need to wear a sign saying "I am a dickhead" but otherwise let you go about your life normally I think most people would put up with some minor humiliation if the other choice was fighting the big men with guns.

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There is a very big difference in perception for the majority of westerners who know little to nothing about the Chinese civil war and this is part of the cognitive warfare China is waging against Taiwan.

Republic of China (Taiwan) is clearly disconnected from the PRC even if you know nothing of the geopolitics or history. "Taiwan, China" is a lot more murky as most people would read this as "Taiwan, the province/City/region of (PR) China".

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Re: CHINA IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY...

1) from the same article: "Broad Sustainable Building spent four and a half months fabricating the building’s 2,736 modules before construction began. The first 20 floors were completed last year, and the remaining 37 were built from 31 January to 17 February this year, Xiao said. "

2) calling the Hainan/Guangxi landing vessels aircraft carriers is perhaps something of a stretch. For those interested in making up your own minds look up the PLA type 075 assault vessel.

4) I don't know what a scotsman argument is but it doesn't change the fact that China is still massively behind Japan, Taiwan and Korea in the top end of high-tech industries.

5) I'm Taiwanese living in Taiwan and I can tell you categorically that no Chinese expressway has even broken ground anywhere on Taiwan.

Saying that the Beijing-Taipei expressway is partially completed is like saying the US-UK expressway is partially completed because both countries have roads.

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Re: CHINA IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY...

Sigh. I'm not sure what Chinese kool-aid you've been drinking but..

1) China has not built any skyscrapers in 60 days

2) China's aircraft carriers are all Russian hand-me-downs except the Fujian which is a copy of the Russian hand-me-downs

3) The US does have hypersonic weapons along with several other countries, it's something of a nonsense buzzword in military terms

4) China does not have any truly capable 7nm fabs yet, making one simple chip with 7nm features does not make you a true 7nm fab

5) China is not building a road to Taiwan. Chinese state media have pushed out articles stating that China is going to build a tunnel to Taiwan but Chinese state media says a lot of things that are untrue. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Nancy Pelosi ties Chinese cyber-attacks to need for Taiwan visit

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As a Taiwanese who would absolutely love to normalize our status the sad fact is that it's complicated and we have to be somewhat pragmatic.

I can travel (at least I could pre-covid) with my green Taiwan e-passport visa-free to most of the world including Europe and the UK. We vote directly for our representatives and presidents. We have our own currency, military, political system, banking network, postal service, phone prefix etc.

Yes, it's pretty annoying when you book a hotel or flight and have to click "Taiwan, Province of China" in the dropdown box but if the only option to scrap that is going to war I guess we can deal with it. Apart from that we are already a 100% independent democratic nation and a pretty damn fine one if I may say so.

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Re: China's just testing the waters

^H^H united - just a reminder that Taiwan has never for one second been a part of or controlled by the PRC.

Chipmakers warned: US CHIPS Act funds are not for 'stock buybacks'

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Re: Capitalism

Youngone made a very polite and reasonable request, I see no ad hominem argument but I do see a strawman reply...

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Re: Capitalism

I run a small manufacturing company so I have first hand experience that says yes, having access to domestic supplies of critical components is a massive competitive advantage against similar businesses in other countries. It doesn't matter if your product is for export or domestic consumption so this is a moot point.

This leads into your other point about offshoring - which by the way is the first time I've heard described as a "populist term". There are not too many countries around the world that have a large well educated populace, excellent transport links, reliable electrical/gas/water supply and domestic supply of essential high-tech components. The US happens to be one of these countries so establishing high-end chip fabs there does make sense. Salaries, labor laws, EPA regulations etc. in Taiwan are not massively different from the US and the EPA laws are actually stricter than most US states but Taiwan still manages to be a chip manufacturing powerhouse.

Africa is a nonsense comparison because the infrastructure just doesn't exist to set up a large high tech manufacturing base. If at some point the infrastructure is built I'm sure that offshoring to Africa will start to happen.

As far as the Chinese Market goes this is a grossly misunderstood and over-hyped beast. Western companies are very slowly understanding that there may be a lot of potential Chinese customers but it's very difficult to actually make any money in the mainland China market and even very large businesses are likely to get screwed at some point. I personally know of several American businesses who are pulling out or already pulled out of China and are moving back to the US.

China seems to have figured out how to make 7nm chips despite US sanctions

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Re: Chess. (says it all)

And they just beat us all with that hand of five kings.

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Re: Another shoe of the US Clyddsdale falls.

I was with you up until the "Taiwan, China" crap.

China 'must seize TSMC' if the US were to impose sanctions

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Re: As in the days of the pharoahs

Anyone who has visited Taiwan for longer than 2 weeks will realize these comments are just silly.

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Re: As in the days of the pharoahs

I know quite a few people who work for TSMC and they get paid very well. You might be confused with another company.

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The big difference is that you can go to one of the very poor areas in the US, film it, upload to a US based platform like YouTube and not have to worry about any legal consequences for doing so.

In fact, many people do this and it can be a powerful force for change.

It is absolutely forbidden to film any "unpleasant" parts of China and people have been disappeared or thrown in prison for doing so. This way the discussion never happens and neither does the change. Everyone just smiles and says how great the CCP surely is.

China started getting out of poverty after being allowed to join the WTO. The country became wealthy due to a) hard work of the Chinese people and b) access to foreign markets, all of this despite the CCP trying to jam a spanner into every attempt for reform.

The PRC was founded in 1949 but study historical GDP data and you will find China was economically stagnant until accession to the WTO in 2001. So what exactly were the miracle CCP doing for 52 years?

llaryllama

If you are told from birth that you live in the greatest country in the world and it's all thanks to the great Spaghetti Monster you would probably love the great Spaghetti Monster.

I think you are somewhat unfair to the general Chinese populace by suggesting that they are able to revolt against their government if they would just get up and do it. The CCP has had 100 years along with plenty of lessons from the USSR to develop and fine tune their internal propaganda and control machine.

The Chinese love to mock Taiwanese with the phrase "you are a frog in a well", meaning that they are the enlightened ones who see the world around them while we are stuck in a well unable to see the truth around us (presumably due to Western media/propaganda/whatever). A large majority of Chinese firmly believe this with absolute conviction which shows you how deep the brainwashing runs.

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Re: China / Tiawan is a bit more complicated

Taiwan was an ignored and unloved province of imperial China from the late 1600s to late 1800s. There is a much, much longer history of prior settlement by indigenous peoples and the ROC is a few decades older than the PRC.

Chinese and Taiwanese share some common language - like the US and Britain - but are culturally very different - also like the US and Britain.

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For someone who loves to praise China and crap on western democracy I'm 99% sure you have never actually been to China. Abject poverty is rife in China but it's swept under the rug.

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Unification - not reunification. Taiwan has never been under control of the PRC.

Amazon’s Kindle bookstore to quit China

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Re: -> USA issues

It's always fun listening to mainland Chinese people rant at me for ten minutes solid about how I was responsible for the opium wars because I look white and have a British English accent, until I point out I'm Taiwanese.

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Re: -> USA issues

This comment has absolutely nothing, zero, nada to do with any part of the above discussion. If you want to discuss the USA may I politely suggest finding a discussion about the USA?

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Re: All too slow

Actually I think you'll find that entry into the WTO is what brought millions of PR Chinese out of poverty, despite the best efforts of the CCP. For a supposedly communist country the PRC is horrifically capitalist with rife inequality and corruption. I have data to back this up, you show me yours and I'll show you mine.

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Re: All too slow

Taiwan shows you what China could be without the CCP. We pretty much kept all of the traditional Chinese culture that was destroyed by Mao in China and added liberal democracy into the mix.

California Right-to-Repair bill quietly killed in committee

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Re: Doubt it was Apple

What an absurd reply. Louis has been providing in depth repair videos and entertaining commentary on New York in general for years. In fact he has been one of the main engines behind the whole RTR movement and deserves a fair amount of respect.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux

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I had been trying to move my main desktop to Linux on and off for the last 30 years. Each time I would stick with it for a while then find some critical piece of hardware that just wouldn't work right or some other quirk that forced me to dual boot with Windows. When I was younger I always had the weirdest/smallest distro I could find just to be different but now I just want an easy life (Slackware was actually pretty great as a daily driver).

I have Ubuntu installed on most of the PCs at work and even the non technical types don't seem to have any trouble with it, so the last time I replaced my laptop a few years ago I went 100% Ubuntu and haven't missed Windows at all.

Linux desktop is absolutely ready for prime time, in fact it's a much more pleasant user experience overall than Windows or Mac. No forced updates, minimal spyware, absolute control if you want it.

TurboTax to pay $141m to settle claims it scammed millions of people

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Re: Paper tax returns

What I love about the system here is that you (mostly) feel like the people charged with tax collection are genuinely trying to help you and just trying to collect a fair amount of tax.

There are still a lot of elderly people or individual with complex tax affairs who choose to go to the tax office in person. The (usually) friendly staff will go over your files and help you fill out a paper return in the most beneficial way possible for you as the tax filer.

It's the same with our e-filing, all provided by the government and the software is very good at calculating the most efficient way to file so you pay the minimum amount of tax. It just makes the whole yearly process so much less painful. Anything else just seems madness to me. You let a private company make billions off tax filing to what end?

llaryllama

There's a lot I love about the USA but the healthcare and tax situation is so maddening that I don't think I could ever live there.

The UK is almost as bad on the tax front with HMRC originally promising that free tools will be available for filing under the new MTD regime. They back pedaled on this forcing many small businesses to pay a monthly fee for terrible accounting software that doesn't suit their needs just because it supports MTD.

Here in Taiwan we can fortunately still choose to file personal and business taxes in person or by mail, or use any of the free web/Windows/Max/Linux/phone apps provided by the government. My tax situation is fairly complicated and it took maybe 5 minutes to file this year.

China wants its youth to stop giving livestreamers money

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Re: Good is good

The source is important because democratic countries would allow such a law to be debated by the public, argued in the courts, publicized by a free press and considered by its merits.

In China such a law would often be the decision of one man and it doesn't matter if it's good for the people, only if it's good for the politburo.

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Re: Living under Chinese rule would suck

Xi and Putin are both career politicians, they are no better than the Bojos and there is zero chance to replace them through peaceful means. So be careful what you wish for on internet forums.

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The problem with behaviour control and censorship for a seemingly laudable goal is it's only a matter of time before your own behaviour and speech is censored.

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You know, you can get a visa and residency in China if you are feeling so oppressed by <imperalist Western country> that you have to post about it constantly here. Put your money where your mouth is.

RAD Basic – the Visual Basic 7 that never was – releases third alpha

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I remember back in the day it was very hard and time consuming to build visual interfaces in C so I would often program all the complicated logic in a couple of C libraries then if needed a Windows VB application could be hacked together in a few hours. As a bonus the C code was very portable so you could easily make a Linux/Mac version and in fact I did almost all of my Windows development on Linux with a cross compiler to build Windows libraries.

VB might have been sneered at by a few programmers but it got the job done especially for very niche things and it's better to have a working application written in VB than no application at all!

Taiwan to dominate chipmaking market for foreseeable future

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Re: Pork barrel politics

"Voice of Truth", is that kind of like "People's Democratic Republic" or "Customer Service"?

Internet backbone provider Lumen quits Russia

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They're not sanctions, they're special economic actions.

Cloudflare, Akamai: Why we're not pulling out of Russia

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I have a fascination with the Soviet Union and spend a lot of time reading about history of Ukraine, Russia and the USSR in general. Any idea that "this mess" can be conveniently blamed on the US is ridiculous.

Ukraine has been bullied and pillaged by Russia for a long time. The Ukrainian people eventually said they have had enough and started looking westward to Europe. Let's face it, would you rather work with a neighbor who promises high quality of life, individual freedoms, rule of law and trade - or another neighbor run by a dictator wielding a big stick who basically wants to use you as a giant shield against some imaginary enemy?

Russia complains constantly about NATO hardware being close to its borders, but what about Russian hardware being close to everyone else's borders? There are no instances of actual aggression started by NATO states against Russia but oh boy, there sure is a lot of the reverse.

Taiwan cracks down on China spying on tech firms

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Re: FREEZE IT !

You seem to have a slight error in your understanding of history. The ROC on Taiwan has never been part of the PRC, not even for a day. The ROC has been de facto independent since 1912 while the PRC was not founded until 1949.

I do not subscribe to the "might is right" policy you seem to be inferring and I fear you may have swallowed China's Kool Aid, comrade.

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Re: Taiwan is the typical US cesspool

For sure you can find unpleasant articles about things happening in Taiwan, that's the great part about living in a free, open democracy. Plenty of government funded organizations and NGOs studying and publishing societal issues so we can learn from them and improve: https://data.gov.tw/en

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Re: Taiwan is the typical US cesspool

I grew up in central Taiwan and this is total nonsense.

We have universal healthcare, extremely high quality of life, very low cost of living, way more political and social freedom than almost all of the free world and a diverse, thriving democracy. I work in industrial manufacturing and the Taiwan EPA is now very strict about emissions, noise, water quality etc.

How and why would "slave labor" or "destruction of labor" be attributed to China anyway?

World's top chipmaking equipment maker claims Chinese rival may infringe IP

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Re: No one steals more IP than USA

There is plenty of Chinese government funded (CGTN, People's Daily) and neutral news (Al Jazeera) so where are these missing articles proving wide scale theft of Chinese IP by the Americans?

Plenty of evidence that Chinese companies - usually with backing and/or funding of the CCP - have infiltrated foreign companies to steal years of research and trade secrets.

Regardless, if you believed that an American entity (including the US government itself) had acted illegally and stole your IP you could safely travel to the US and take action through the American legal system. Try doing that in China.

Motorola stung for £838k after Chinese digital mobile radio biz Hytera wins appeal against UK asset-freezing order

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Re: UK != US jurisdiction (almost perhaps, but not quite)

If you borrow $10,000 on a credit card in Spain then leg it to Australia your creditor is perfectly entitled to chase you in Australia for repayment. This has nothing to do with long arms of the US.

Website fined by German court for leaking visitor's IP address via Google Fonts

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Re: This is quite chilling

This nuanced reply is what I was hoping to see. I understand both sides of the argument but I think criminal penalties against a site for fetching third party resources is out of line.

I manage a few complex sites for our company that use external resources such as jQuery and commonly used Google fonts. We use only two typefaces across the whole site and they don't just make the design more attractive, the sans serif font we chose is very clean and readable when presenting large amounts of data on screen. Nothing breaks in formatting or function if a user wants to disable the custom fonts for any reason.

Google and other search engines penalize slower sites heavily in search rankings so it's considered good practice to use known safe public repositories for commonly used libraries. This way instead of fetching a fresh copy of jQuery or common Google fonts the client can use their cached copy.

I would really like more context about this story to find out how big the site is, what the complainant's motivations are, whether the site was warned in advance etc. but unfortunately I don't speak German.

Worst of CES Awards: The least private, least secure, least repairable, and least sustainable

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Re: "the marginal cost of sharing and making copies of things is pretty close to zero"

The problem with the standard business or brick 'n' mortar analogy is that the Apple store lock-in would be like buying a Samsung TV and only being allowed to watch content curated by Samsung. Or buying an Asus PC and only being allowed to buy software through the Asus store.

If Apple allowed consumers to buy through alternate stores I wouldn't care if they charged 70% or 90%. Competition would mean the best store (for buyer and seller alike) would pull ahead and fees across the board would come down.

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Re: "the marginal cost of sharing and making copies of things is pretty close to zero"

I can install APKs on my Android device or use an alternate store without going through Play, and nobody is forcing me to use Steam or Amazon for PC software. My wife's iPhone on the other hand offers basically no choice except to use the Apple Store.

Pony Ma tells employees Tencent is ordinary and replaceable in company meeting

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This kind of smug self-deprecating whataboutism will be the fall of western style democracy and you'll soon learn that authoritarian pseudo-communism is really no fun.

I've lived in enough places to know that flawed democracy is always better than pretty much any other style of government. Even good people become corrupted after holding power for too long. The liberal democratic model is full of cronies, corruption, bribes and all that good stuff but at its core is a stable foundation that allows the bad apples to be picked off.

Technology can sometimes go from east to west: Ubuntu DDE 21.10 remix ships in 22.01

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Re: 18 character "Password too long"

I use zhuyin input on regular old Ubuntu desktop and it works flawlessly, better than traditional Chinese input on Mac OS X (very clunky with a lot of bizarre auto complete suggestions) or Windows 10 (Chinese IME randomly stops working).

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Re: Still waiting, but optimistic

China is still Windows Land.

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