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oGsBumder commented on a post in r/worldnews
Comrade_writer 2 points

it’s not ancient Chinese territory

I’m not saying it is ancient Chinese territory. I’m saying that a great deal has happened since the 1600s and if we were to roll back on that...

was formed as a result of violent illegal revolution with no legal basis

Ah yes. Wonder if Mao also started his revolution by dumping Chiang’s tea off a ship.

ROC lays claim to the entirety of China. They would be stupid to not maintain a force to defend themselves.

I am not saying a military operation against the KMT is right. On the Taiwan issue, the government has been put in chains by the people. The government really isn’t keen to take responsibility for developing the province (hence why an attack to restore the federal government has not been attempted in 60 years), but they will be lynched if they dare say so in public.

Therefore it becomes a deadlock. It also doesn’t help that like 30/30/30% of Chinese in Taiwan want secession/status quo/return the federal govt.

I say it’s best to let the status quo run it’s course. If a province wants to negotiate secession, I think the govt should let them negotiate but the govt also needs to make sure secession is in the interest of all people.

But only one of them is threatening to invade and annex a thriving democratic island of 20 million people

Firstly Beijing has clearly stated that they will only answer attacks, not start them.

Secondly, the other country might not be threatening any islands right now, but they have killed not “threatened” a ton of people and are threatening multiple other nations with more than 20 million people as of right now.

oGsBumder 1 point

I’m not saying it is ancient Chinese territory. I’m saying that a great deal has happened since the 1600s and if we were to roll back on that...

The guy I replied to literally said it is "ancient historical Chinese territory". You've just decided to barge into the conversation trying to start an argument with me for no apparent reason.

ROC lays claim to the entirety of China. They would be stupid to not maintain a force to defend themselves.

Indeed they would. Not sure why you mention this though. Of course I agree Taiwan would be stupid to not maintain their self defence capability like they do.

I am not saying a military operation against the KMT is right. On the Taiwan issue, the government has been put in chains by the people. The government really isn’t keen to take responsibility for developing the province (hence why an attack to restore the federal government has not been attempted in 60 years), but they will be lynched if they dare say so in public.

Developing the province? Taiwan has been more drastically more developed than the mainland for decades and even today is still better developed. The lack of an invasion from the mainland is entirely due to China being afraid of American intervention. Mao wanted to invade it in the 50s and the Americans stopped them, which prompted Mao to throw his weight behind North Korea in the Korean War.

Therefore it becomes a deadlock. It also doesn’t help that like 30/30/30% of Chinese in Taiwan want secession/status quo/return the federal govt.

Return to federal government? Taiwan has had a continuous government since before the communist PRC ever existed. They can't return to something they've never been a part of. If anything, a "return to federal government" would be the PRC deciding to dissolve itself and hand control back to the ROC.

If a province wants to negotiate secession, I think the govt should let them negotiate but the govt also needs to make sure secession is in the interest of all people.

Taiwan (the ROC) can't secede from something it's never been a part of. They aren't a province wanting to break away from China, they are an independent country and have been since 1912. The interests of the people in the PRC are irrelevant since they have been living in separate countries for 70 years. Besides, the PRC has no democracy, so what their government says cannot be regarding as representing what the interests of the people actually are.

Firstly Beijing has clearly stated that they will only answer attacks, not start them.

No they have clearly stated the exact opposite. They have stated they will initiate a violent armed conflict and bloodshed to try to seize the island if it becomes clear they cannot annex Taiwan using other means.

Secondly, the other country might not be threatening any islands right now, but they have killed not “threatened” a ton of people and are threatening multiple other nations with more than 20 million people as of right now.

Why are you attacking the USA when we are talking about China? I haven't defended the US anywhere in this thread and I won't defend them, because they've done some awful shit. But over the last several decades the US has voluntarily given up sovereignty over various territories. They haven't annexed anything and they generally favour democracy and human rights. Yes I know there are exceptions to that last point hence I said "generally". They favour those values unless there are other concerns or geopolitical priorities that trump them. China on the other hand is an active enemy of democracy that has no ideology except the perpetuation of Communist Party rule and the ascent of their one party dictatorship to a leadership position in the world, with all smaller countries bending to their will.

Comrade_writer 1 point

It’s not Xinjiang tier undeveloped but the govt will still have to spend tons of money on integrating the south. Some cities in the north can fit in along with major coastal cities, but mainland is already enjoying most of taiwan’s produce (through brain drain) despite it not being directly controlled by the federal government. To assume direct control would be a big gamble for a negligible gain.

Mao was most definitely not afraid of America. He started a war with them and won. If they wanted to dethrone the ROC through military means they would have done so already.

China’s territory is not defined by where offcials have set foot, it is defined by treaties, international recognition and maps. When KMT took the helm, they were recognized as the government over all of China despite not having control over every province. In fact the ROC still lays claim to Mongolia despite Beijing abandoning this claim.

Whatever the method of voting in offcials used, PRC’s government has a higher approval rate than ROC’s. Does that mean they get to speak for their own people more?

I strongly suspect an one person one vote referendum would not see PRC secede Taiwan either, but whatever. You have a fair point. Maybe Chinese don’t actually want it and it’s just the govt. Then we should do a referendum to settle it.

No they have clearly stated the exact opposite

Source?

the USA

You started with the comparisons. All I was saying is that if you want China to walk back on something that has been part of it since the 1600s, America (and every other nation) should walk back too. Why should one standard apply to China and another apply to others? This is just an excuse to take over Chinese land and not founded on history

generally favor human rights

Remember when China assasinated democratically elected leaders and invaded nations killing millions? Remember when China used chemical weapons because they were getting their asses kicked in war?

Me neither. But if China went ahead and did these things, maybe some people on reddit will say that they “generally favor human rights” too.

In what way is China an enemy of democracy? The word literally means “rule of the people” and China’s govt has a majority approval rate compared to the sub majority approvals on many self declared democracies. In the OG democracy in Athens, only 10% or so of people voted. In China, the 89 million political workers make up the voting base.

oGsBumder 1 point

It’s not Xinjiang tier undeveloped but the govt will still have to spend tons of money on integrating the south. Some cities in the north can fit in along with major coastal cities, but mainland is already enjoying most of taiwan’s produce (through brain drain) despite it not being directly controlled by the federal government. To assume direct control would be a big gamble for a negligible gain.

Have you even been to Taiwan? It's lovely. It beats the mainland in basically every metric of development. And "negligible gain"? No way. Annexing Taiwan would give the PRC so much more space to exert power over the sea of Japan and South China Sea, and also be a massive propaganda victory for "reuniting the motherland". The reason they haven't tried to do it isn't because the gain is small, it's because the potential for failure is high and the cost of failure could be as serious as the utter collapse of the PRC regime.

Mao was most definitely not afraid of America. He started a war with them and won. If they wanted to dethrone the ROC through military means they would have done so already.

What war did he win? The Korean War was not a victory for China. It was a stalemate. The North Koreans invaded South Korea and pushed them almost down to the coast, then the Americans intervened and pushed the NKs back near the Chinese border, then the Chinese intervened and pushed the SK/US back to the inter-Korean border, and then continued attacking further into SK, then SK/US pushed them back out again and everyone gave up and settled on the current DMZ. For the whole of the 20th century China's military ability was absolutely pitiful compared to the US in the context of an amphibious invasion across the Taiwan Strait. They had a 0% chance of a successful invasion. That's why they didn't do it. Even today with their massively improved navy and air force, I don't think China could take Taiwan successfully as long as the US was committed to protecting it. The US navy and pacific elements of the air force are too strong.

Source?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Secession_Law

You started with the comparisons. All I was saying is that if you want China to walk back on something that has been part of it since the 1600s, America (and every other nation) should walk back too. Why should one standard apply to China and another apply to others? This is just an excuse to take over Chinese land and not founded on history

So many misleading points here. Firstly, Taiwan has not been a part of China since the 1600s. It was a part of China from that time up until 1949. For the last 70 years, it has not been a part of China. Therefore it's an entirely different situation from, for example, a province like Zhejiang trying to leave, or Hawaii trying to leave America. Secondly, why are you saying there is one standard for China and not for others? I hold all countries to the same standard. This thread and discussion is about China so I'm stating my views on China. That doesn't mean I think China is the only country that should be held to account. Thirdly, even if Taiwan had been a part of China since 5000BC I don't give a shit. It's been independent for 70 years now and the population has the right to decide their own future. Look at the way the UK allowed Ireland to secede 100 years ago, or Canada and Australia, or for a more recent example look at the Scottish independence referendum. This is how a country should act. People have rights. Political entities, least of all those which are not democratically elected, do not. States and borders should naturally reflect the boundaries between different ethnic, cultural, linguistic or political groups of people and be determined by which group each person feels they are a part of. If Taiwanese don't want to be part of the PRC then the PRC should fuck off and leave them alone. It's that simple.

In what way is China an enemy of democracy? The word literally means “rule of the people” and China’s govt has a majority approval rate compared to the sub majority approvals on many self declared democracies. In the OG democracy in Athens, only 10% or so of people voted. In China, the 89 million political workers make up the voting base.

Approval rate doesn't mean anything at all when all information is restricted and controlled by the communist party and everyone is indoctrinated with propaganda from birth. Of course their fucking approval rate is high, they literally exercise deliberate control over the thoughts of their entire population. As you said, democracy means rule by the people, not "rule that the people have no part in but broadly support because the ruler controls their thoughts". I've no idea why you are talking about ancient Athens when by any modern definition it was totally undemocratic. PRC in 2018 beats a 3000 year old bronze age society on voting rights.... yay I guess? What a pathetic comparison.

The members of the communist party have limited voting rights but this does not make China a democracy. Universal suffrage is the entire point in the modern concept of democracy. China is an enemy of democracy because they do not practice it, they crush any attempts to achieve it at home (1989), they subvert it in foreign countries (see Australia), they seek to destroy it in their neighbour (Taiwan), and they refuse to implement it even when they have agreed to in an international treaty (Hong Kong - the "elections" they have allowed only let people vote for one of several candidates pre-selected by Beijing). An additional requirement of an actual democracy is freedom of the press, free access to information, and freedom of speech. The communist party exercise their all-encompassing thought control using a terrifying array of tools and systems with the specific aim to eradicate these things from China. Ergo, they are an enemy of democracy and also basically every other value I hold dear. They're the worst threat to human civilisation's potential for an enlightened future since the Nazis.

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oGsBumder commented on a post in r/europe
oGsBumder -6 points

People pretending Crimea is still part of Ukraine is just as stupid as people pretending Taiwan is part of China.

muratservan 7 points

Enjoy your downvotes.

oGsBumder 0 points

I'm not a fan of Russia or Putin but I just don't see what the logic is of pretending Crimea is still a part of Ukraine. Ukraine had their chance to try to defend it and they didn't bother trying. Now Russia has it. The people there broadly regard this as good. So what are you guys all wanting to happen? Ukraine to invade and retake it somehow, causing thousands of deaths and going against what the population actually want? Or for Putin to decide to randomly give away a peninsula with millions of Russians on it, against their will? Oh and inb4 "they're not Russians they're Ukrainians". No, if they view themselves as Russian then they're Russians. It's not up to you or me as foreigners to assign them an identity they don't feel part of.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/europe
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oGsBumder 3 points

Kinda ironic to wish them a happy independence day when they actually didn't want to be independent. They voted to be a region of the UK but the result was ignored for some reason and the UK basically told them no, we don't want you. Probably because they didn't want to invest the money to develop the island and because they already had Cyprus and Gibraltar as their Mediterranean bases.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/AskReddit
fearthestorm 1 point

what about all the rivers, arnt there any that cross to cut out a chunk of the continent?

oGsBumder 1 point

No because in order to do that, the river would have to originate in the sea. Rivers originate in elevated areas inland.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/CasualUK
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Dogsafe 2 points

It's sort of like 'Sesh-one'

oGsBumder 1 point

Nah, it's formed of two characters "sze" (spelled "si" in modern mandarin romanisation) and "chuan". The latter is pronounced like chwan, pretty easy. The first one is tricky to explain. It's like halfway between "sur" (rhymes with were, but pronounce it like posh people do and drop the r sound from the end) and "sih" (as in "sin").

If you want to hear the actual sound just copy and paste 四川 into Google translate.

Source: been learning Mandarin for a few years

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/Android
wardrich 248 points

Galaxy S5.

  • headphone jack
  • removable battery
  • IR Blaster
  • SD Card slot

It's pretty much the phone that Reddit always circlejerks

oGsBumder 87 points

And waterproofing.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/ChineseLanguage
bluesidez 2 points

这些例子是比上这个讨论区的人的大多数习惯的更高级的,但如这里还有母语为中文的人或说得流利的人或研修生,我就要来请你们帮我了解一下。我最近看了这两个句子,有的部分或全部我就弄不清。你们也许能来试试翻译。

- 其次,再看是否有作者为强调自己的观点而反复出现的关键句,如果有立即将其找出。

- 说“一着不慎,满盘皆输”,乃是说的带全局性的,即对全局决定意义的一着,而不是那种局部性的即对全局无决定意义的一着。

再第一个句子里,我要了解的只是有”如果“那个部分,其余就是上下文。第二个句子呢,我就是要了解全部。

谢啦!

oGsBumder 1 point

如果有 in the first sentence is just saying "if there are any". Whole sentence translation: "Secondly, look again whether or not there are any repeated key phrases the author uses to emphasise his views. If there are any, find them."

Second sentence:

说“一着不慎,满盘皆输”,乃是说的带全局性的,即对全局决定意义的一着,而不是那种局部性的即对全局无决定意义的一着。

The first part is a set phrase meaning "one wrong move and the game is lost". 乃是 means 就是. A 着 is a move in chess. 即 introduces an explanatory clause, similar to "i.e." in English. 决定意义 is "decisive significance". 而不是 means "rather than". With these explanations, are you able to parse the sentence yourself now?

Full sentence translation: "Saying one wrong move and the game is lost is talking about a move with significance to the overall situation, that is, a move with decisive significance, rather than a move with significance to the local situation, that is, a move without decisive significance". (awkward translation because I've tried to preserve the sentence structure)

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/oneplus
oGsBumder 26 points

I'm tempted by a 5T.

nanotothemoon 3 points

Why 5T over a 6?

oGsBumder 0 points

The 6 has a glass back and a really ugly design imo.

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oGsBumder commented on a post in r/starcraft
kemachi 11 points

There's a reason to play barcode for people besides pro gamers. I beat few people in diamond cause they didn't use barcode. Situations where they just beat me and we played second game where I adjusted my start to beat exactly what they just did in the previous game. Simply because I recognized the name.

oGsBumder 10 points

If I face a barcode twice in a row with the same portrait and race and emblem then it's pretty safe to assume it's the same guy. The barcode doesn't help him in this case.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/europe
spotonron 121 points

And then the pope decided to not acknowledge Italy and imprison himself for 6 more successive popes.

oGsBumder 39 points

If he hadn't done that, today's Holy See (the sovereign state that governs the Vatican City) would be much larger. The Italians offered the pope full control over the Leonine City but he refused the offer and shut himself away. Here's a map of what it would have looked like. It would have covered double the area of the current Vatican City and had a population of several thousand.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/europe
MrZakalwe 10 points

Love that they missed the final 'e' on 'inheritance' but just carried on as if nothing happened.

'Nobody will notice, George, just write it in small above it and sent it to print'

oGsBumder 4 points

Well it was handwritten, not printed.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/europe
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JoLeRigolo 3 points

What is that patch of green West of Berlin? I first thought about Magdeburg but it is not in Brandenburg.

oGsBumder 8 points

Brandenburg an der Havel

Edit: I'm being downvoted for answering his question? That town is called Brandenburg an der Havel.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/europe
CriticalSpirit 5 points

It's not that environmentally friendly to cut trees in the Americas and ship them to Europe using one of the most polutting forms of transportation: maritime transport.

oGsBumder 16 points

using one of the most polutting forms of transportation: maritime transport.

Shipping is the least polluting form of international transportation.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/AllThingsTerran
Anton_Pannekoek 1 point

Send two scv’s out at the beginning. Rally your first SCV from CC to your wall. With that SCV build a depot (by now the other two are moving out on the map)

Rally next building SCV to gas, build gas. Next you will build the two barracks, then another gas. Start with the repeats, next will be another depot.

That’s pretty much the opening. You can try build a bunker at your opponents base for extra hurt.

oGsBumder 1 point

I'm pretty sure his build order was rax first, then gas, then 2nd rax, then make a 2nd gas after the orbital starts. It wasn't gas first. But I don't have time to check the vod now.

Going gas first would just delay the rax from starting and therefore make the reaper hit later.

Anton_Pannekoek 1 point

Ok, makes sense. I’m just giving the order that I use which usually I’m limited by gas in terms of 2 rax reaper production

oGsBumder 2 points

A single fully saturated gas geyser mines 170 gas per minute. A reaper takes 32 seconds to build and costs 50 gas. That's a rate of 94 gas per minute for each rax constantly producing reapers. Two rax would be 188 gas/min, so a single gas geyser giving 170gas/min isn't quite enough to produce from two rax constantly. Building two gas geysers at the timings Maru does (watch the vod) gives you way more gas than you need - 340/min income vs 188/min spent on reapers - so you can get a factory quite quickly too and tech up to ravens. And it also means you can go rax first which, as I said before, makes your attack hit earlier.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/Lightbulb
TheBestLettuce11 3 points

Bet you could do this with custom chrome search engines

oGsBumder 2 points

Yeah this would be trivial to set up so you could type for example "r StarCraft" and it would take you to /r/StarCraft. Alternatively if it's a sub you've already browsed before, you just need to type the sub name and then press the down arrow to highlight it in your search suggestions/history.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/Lightbulb
oGsBumder 2 points

That's pretty much how it works in the UK, well, in England. In Scotland university is free. In England, your tuition fees are paid using a loan. After you graduate, you repay the loan in monthly installments. The interest is matched to inflation and also your installments are calculated based on your salary above a certain amount. By that I mean, if you earn less than £18k a year then you don't pay anything at all. Of everything above £18k, 9% is taken towards paying off your loan. If you reach the age of (IIRC) 50 and still haven't fully paid off the loan, any remaining debt is written off for free. The net result of this system is that it's basically a graduate tax since most people, unless they earn very well, will never fully pay off the loan and therefore will be paying installments until they hit 50. But the terms are reasonable and if you never earn more than £18k then you never pay a penny back. So the debt is not a burden.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/starcraft
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d0ink111 0 points

No one should use F2. Not even protoss. How are you supposed to micro banelings, vipers, infestors etc. when using F2.

oGsBumder 3 points

F2 is a tool and if you use it correctly it's very powerful and mechanically efficient. Using it all the time is shit. But never using it is also shit. Optimal play is using it situationally.

oGsBumder commented on a post in r/languagelearning
Bear224 6 points

Thats not introversion, thats social incompetence. Which is the main thing you need to work on. Introversion doesnt mean not socialising, it means not getting energy through socialising and needing time to recover from it. If you cant even interact with people you have deeper problems to address. Perhaps try therapy

oGsBumder 3 points

That's a bit harsh. He said he's not so bad in his own language.

To OP: I can definitely understand what you mean. I went through the same thing when I lived in China. But on the other hand living in a foreign country is a fantastic opportunity to open up and talk to people and you may find it helps you over time with your social skills. Just force yourself to socialise more (try group situations if 1 on 1 makes you nervous). Accept you will suck at first but recognise that socialising is a skill and the more you do it, the better you get at it, and the more relaxed and enjoyable it is.

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