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The Netflix website is a piece of shit. Their recommendation system is crap. I liked a Robert Redford movie, now even his crap ones show up as five stars. They have decent movies but it's impossible to find. Their search sucks. Their foreign category has everything and the kitchen sink. Their scroll gives about ten movies then is done, even though they have a hundred movies fitting the title. If they had a good system, you wouldnt need instantwatcher and whatdoiwatchonnetflix. It's good to know that the major upgrade involves - ooh I dont have to click anymore, how cool.

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Just about any article about India or China, someone will comment, I wonder if it's due to their population. If you take off your "suspicious" glasses and think about it for a minute, you will realize that not saying please and thank you does not make you socially graceless in any absolute sense. There is no "default" socially graceful behaviour. Cultures differ.

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It's not about saying please and thank you. It's about actions. Chinese mainland tourists stick out like a sore thumb in Tokyo in particular. They are very loud and extremely rude in behavior. They don't seem to give a care about local customs or expectations at all. They are maximally selfish around others shoving their way in, cutting in lines, blocking walkways, ...

Example: It's hard to imagine any way in which just throwing trash in the street it's not an obviously bad thing. Sure it might be their culture to do that but it doesn't take a whole lot of logic to see it's untenable. It also doesn't take a whole lot of logic to see that always acting like you're the most important person and never caring about others is untenable.

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Try to understand for a second why that might be. Is it because Chinese people are inherently rude? I hope you don't answer yes to that. Everything happens for a reason, and just because it violates your fragile ideals of grace and politeness doesn't mean that the behavior is rude.

In fact, I personally think it's pretty rude to characterize 1 billion people as "maximally selfish"

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Yes I know that Chinese and Indians do not have a civic sense and have a resistance to follow queues. This is again not some absolute thing, but a result of their upbringing. Given enough time in the new place, they will earn its social rules. The snap judgements made in such cases do more to harm the case than help it. For example, American waitpeople and airhostesses are often rude to me just because I am Indian. Forget rude, 3/4 times at a restaurant we have to ask for a new seat, because they seat us at the worst spot (near kitchen, toilets), I suppose because "Indians don't tip well". Guess what, if you put us in the worst seat in the restaurant because we don't tip well, we won't!

In any case the comment I replied to specifically talked of social graces mentioned in the article, ie. saying please and thank you.

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I'll never forget my last visit to Japan, waiting in a long hour plus line to go through customs - everyone from any country I observed was well behaved and queued in the proper form, except (some) Chinese - every time a gap opened, they would budge, they would literally even go around you in line if you paused for a moment. And once at the front of the line, they'd try to jump over to another line's open counter. Shameless, blatant opportunism.

If you were generous, you might say "they just don't know any better", but I'm not generous. And if it is "just a few bad eggs" as is commonly claimed by "all cultures are precisely equal" advocates, then why don't some of their fellow righteous countrymen speak up and say something?

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Well, they have. You just didnt notice or havent seen it.

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so, are you implying that Chinese as a people are rude and lack civility? Because that's what your "contribution" to this discussion implies. Not just a few bad eggs, but an entire 1+ billion people.

If I were generous, I might say "you just don't know any better to think critically at a higher level", but I'm not generous. I'm saying "you are a moron".

There we go.

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> so, are you implying that Chinese as a people are rude and lack civility? Because that's what your "contribution" to this discussion implies. Not just a few bad eggs, but an entire 1+ billion people.

No, and you know I'm not saying that. I am stating just one example of the obvious, that cultures are different - it's the topic of this thread after all, remember?

You seem to imply that all cultures are either the same, or at least "equal", down to the individual level (you have a proportionally equal chance of meeting a rude Japanese person compared to a rude Chinese/American/whatever.)

From another thread in this conversation: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9712181

> Ancient China had tons of courtesy in social interactions, and used to consider other countries uncivilized. The lack of courtesy in Mainland China is due to the communist revolution, which promoted tough fighting mentality to break social hierarchy and order, and threw away traditional values. It's an aggressive way of promoting equality. The revolution is over since Chairman Mao left. Now that the Communist Party is the governing party, the emphasis is hierarchy and order, or in a better sounding word -- stability, so that they can stay in power forever. They try to bring back traditional values, but the revolutionary damages are hard to overcome.

Is this commenter also unable to "think critically at a higher level"? Are you of the opinion that the cultural revolutions in China had no effect on culture? When you visit different countries, do you genuinely not notice a noteworthy difference in behaviors?

EDIT: Just by coincidence, came across this comment in a Japanese food thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/food/comments/39qpcn/didnt_fly_firs...

As far as safety, there are 3 crimes per year per 10,000 residents. That compares with St. Louis' 800+ per 10,000 residents. I would like to think that those 3 crimes/10,000 residents in Japan were executed by tourists. No one locks their bikes. $2000 bikes just sitting around. I've never felt safer in my life. Japan is wonderful.

That fellow also seems to detect a cultural difference between countries. 250x higher crime rate in St. Louis vs Japan. $2000 unlocked bikes, and no one steals them. Is he making this stuff up? If we were to look up crime statistics by country, would 100% of the difference be only because of people not reporting crimes where the statistical rate is lower?

The levels of political correctness these days is absolutely ridiculous.

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You did just say this:

If you were generous, you might say "they just don't know any better", but I'm not generous. And if it is "just a few bad eggs" as is commonly claimed by "all cultures are precisely equal" advocates, then why don't some of their fellow righteous countrymen speak up and say something?

You're proposing that it's not "just a few bad eggs" because you are are claiming that no righteous countrymen are speaking up.

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Yes, I am faulting the other Chinese people who were in fact there, and did not in any way attempt to discipline their fellow countrymen.

I would expect the same of any nationality - if you are abroad, you should be respectful of the local customs, and if any of your own are acting up, you should make an attempt to put them in line. If I saw another Canadian jumping the queue at the airport, you're damn right they would have heard a word or two from me.

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> It's hard to imagine any way in which just throwing trash in the street it's not an obviously bad thing.

Well, you might consider it an "upgrade" from the old behavior of tossing trash into people's open windows as you walked by.

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Dropping trash in the street in parts of China is showing concern that everyone has a job, including street cleaners. The custom's changing in cities where labor costs are higher though.

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Have never understood this attitude, I've heard it before where I'm from.

You're littering to make sure people are employed? Really?

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"I smear feces on the walls in public restrooms. No point in paying city janitors for doing nothing! If nobody committed crimes, we'd lose all our police..."

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Seems like a fairly direct application of the broken windows fallacy.

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Yes really. You just don't understand what it's like to live in such a heavily populated country

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china has a lot of hicks that came up on new money and now travel around acting terribly.

you never notice the upper class tourists that blend in. the problem is they have so many of the lower class ones, nothing else matters.

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I had no idea ABP accepted money from advertisers to be put on their whitelist. I know they have to make money somehow but this just seems suspiciously like extortion to me.

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So the school wanted diversity so they called him for an interview, but they hired him even though he was white. Yeah I don't buy that.

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Maybe he didn't interview in person? Not everyone feels the need to physically meet someone before hiring them. What does it really say about us, that we so deeply feel the need to see someone before hiring them? It's not like their credentials change with visual contact.

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Your statement is ironic considering the school's purported reason for taking in his application.

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He makes the point that the school did indeed 'get diversity' - his upbringing is quite far outside the mainstream. Diversity is not exclusively furthered by hiring people with dark skin.

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For various meanings of diversity different from the canonical meaning that applies here, sure.

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Who would that be? Not Gates surely.

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I would guess Paul Allen, who has done work in Namibia. But take his anecdote with a grain of salt - plenty of journalists have misrepresented stories.

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According to the Forbes list of billionaires: http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/#version:static_sear...

There are currently four Microsoft billionaires (probably fewer at the time referred to in the article):

* Bill Gates $79.2 B

* Steve Ballmer $21.5 B

* Paul Allen $17.5 B

* Charles Simonyi $1.4 B

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paul allen

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I would have guessed Balmer.

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Paul Allen is well known to have one of the largest super-yachts in the world. I'm not sure Ballmer even has one.

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Surely the cost is not adding the image but in making sure there is a difference between glass and non-glass streams (adding additional frequencies and so on), which would have cost quite a bundle.

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You wouldn't need additional streams. Just include in a firmware update a check to see if the smart card in the set-top box has the pub flag set. If the card does have the flag set, show the proper overlay.

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no It is so they can charge pubs more a lot more for showing Football (Soccer) games

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There is also a 1-column pdf (http://kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/paulmck/perfbook/p...) for those annoyed by the 2-column format. The margins are enormous, but at least you dont have to scroll down then up.

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Thanks, my pdf reader can trim margins and make two columns out of one, but it can't make one column out of two.

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Which reader is this?

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Okular

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Only if signer is delinquent. People often cosign because they are family (without stepdad cosigning he wouldnt have got the loan). But also then you dont make them pay because they're family.

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This is utter nonsense. A very few cuisines such as Gujarati use noticeable amounts of sugar. A large majority of Indian curries at most have a small amount of sugar, not enough to be discernible to the palate, but helps blend the flavours together. It is nothing like barbecue/meat sauces in the west where the second major ingredient is sugar.

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Utter nonsense? You seem to misunderstand.

Bread and rice turn into sugar. A lot of the sauces contain stuff that metabolite into sugar.

You can feel the difference in blood sugar between an indian meal and say eggs and bacon, at least I can.

Indian food has so much sugar, that it's hard to eat it and be in ketosis (where your energy supply comes from ketones in the blood)

You need to do more research as you're completely missing that sugar comes in various shapes. I'd say your sentence is utter nonsense, but that be rude.

My experience with Indian food comes from living in Singapore. Yours might be different.

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It is pointless to talk about bread and rice which exist in all cuisines in the world. Certainly you are welcome to prefer Indian breads but don't say that they taste good because they have sugar/starch. All breads and rice have starch: you are making a sugar-related distinction where there's none.

That leaves curries/sauces. Indian curries can have starch; they often don't. You can say a potato curry tastes good because it has potato, but you cannot generalize that to say curries taste good because they have sugar/starch.

Also, my experience with Indian food comes from being Indian.

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He means that potato, rice and bread and equivalent to sugar. They sort of are from a nutritional point of view, and I guess he means from a flavor point of view as well.

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Indian curries do not necessarily have potato or any starch.

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There are indian food that contain potato. A lot of indian food contain naan (bread) and rice. Lets not kid ourselves here. It's your ignorance that assume sugar means sugar alone, but in reality bread (flour or corn) and rice is essentially sugars.

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They aren't "sort of are". Potato, rice, and bread all metabolize to sugar.

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They all have protein too, which makes them "sort of are".

However the carbs in potato especially metabolize very fast to sugar. The others are slower. But even potato has protein.

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Thanks, you get it. The person completely missunderstood it.

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Exactly. Evernote and its clones seem to give you the best of both worlds in one product but in practice they do a half assed job of both. It's sort of like the windows vs unix mentality of having one behemoth do everything vs chaining independent tasks together. When I hit save and dropbox just syncs in the background, that's pretty much the best use of my time and also IMO the simplest solution to the problem.

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