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intelshill ,

David Cameron is in support of genocide.

intelshill ,

I thought that the Philippines were explicitly denied the Spratly Islands in their treaty for independence with the US because the Philippines did not hold sovereignty over the Spratlys when they were a Spanish colony? I can understand China and Vietnam's conflicting claims, but the Philippines sounds like they're ignoring the first rule of UNCLOS: UNCLOS does not resolve issues of sovereignty and does not supercede existing sovereignty claims.

The Filipino claim on the Spratlys is completely nonsensical. By the same argument, Kinmen should also be Chinese. It's stupid, insane, and just an opportunity to deflect from the very real territorial dispute between China/Taiwan and Vietnam.

intelshill ,

Spying from within public educational institutions feels rather counterintuitive. Chinese students weren't getting security clearance anyway, so the only goal of their research is to be published in publicly viewable journals or conferences. This is a witch hunt.

intelshill OP ,

Holy shit we might actually have a chance of beating back climate change. I never expected the sheer scale of Chinese photovoltaic expansion.

Regardless of what you think about the impacts of this on the economy, it's undoubtedly good for the environment to have cheap electricity available to supplant expensive fossil fuels.

intelshill ,

This is either a state actor operating under a fake name or it deserves to be one.

The perpetrator, "Jia Tan," let's assume has last name 陈. In Mandarin, this is pronounced as Chen, in Hong Kong as Chan, while in Minnan this is pronounced as Tan. Minnan is prevalent in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other southeast Asian countries as well as in parts of Fujian, China (where it originated).

A common feature of early Chinese expat communities was that they were overwhelmingly from Guangdong (think Gold Rush era). However, more recently, there's been a massive wave of Taiwan and Hong Kong emigration... The relevant takeaway here is that Tan is much more common of a pronunciation in expat communities than it is in China.

Of course, they could also have the last name 谭, but that's a good bit rarer. 陈 is the most common Chinese surname overseas and the 5th most common in China, while 谭 is something like 54th most common in China. Odds are high that, if this was a persona constructed by a state actor, it did not come from China but from an overseas actor for which Tan is a more common romanization.

intelshill ,

Way too big of a target for a black hat group imo. It was only sloppy because they got caught.

The length of this project points to external funding.

intelshill OP , (edited )

Overlegislation of the financial sector will lead to financial collapse. An upper crust of obscenely wealthy bankers is essential for the proper function of the financial system and thus the economy.

Edit: /s fuck y'all are ruthless

intelshill OP ,

How many Uyghurs are dead because of Chinese government action? Give me a number. Doesn't have to be concrete, just within an order of magnitude.

intelshill OP ,

Have you ever been to Xinjiang? Claiming that Uyghur culture and history is being eradicated sounds like some sort of joke.

Did you watch Chunwan? Chunwan is the most watched televised program in the world and the pride and joy of CCTV. Every year, every single year there is a display of traditional Uyghur dance, dress, and music. This year, a part of it was filmed in Kashgar, Xinjiang.

Dilraba Dilmurat, of Uyghur descent, is recognized by many as the most popular celebrity in China and commonly performs in traditional dress with traditional music:

Do you consider it genocide when Western fashion swept through the world, unseating traditional forms of dress? Do you consider it genocide when communities in North America default to English, losing their mother tongues? Do you consider it genocide when French people learn English to participate in the British economy? When Quebec forces Canadians to learn French?

No, you don't. You regard culture as a static element rather than a dynamic, constantly evolving entity. You regard language in the same way. You consider indigenous people as though they are some hapless treehugger or casino operator rather than what they really are: people.

You're the type of people who will write on and on about the rights of First Nations people but, when the Squamish decide to build a 10000-unit apartment complex on their land, you'll be the first to protest it. Cultures evolve. People evolve.

intelshill OP ,

Oh look it's the consequences of my actions

intelshill OP ,

Please recall that Patten was the same person who went from:

Russian soldiers are supplied with Viagra to rape Ukrainian women and 'dehumanize' them, claims UN official

Russia using rape as 'military strategy' in Ukraine: UN envoy


No solid evidence of rape accusations against Russia, admits UN official

Patten has a history of misrepresenting reality to spread a political agenda. With that context in mind, I'll be taking a closer look at the "evidence" Patten uses to make her claims. Are her sources reliable? Are her sources unbiased? Is there forensic data?

intelshill OP ,

Call me when Zen 5 launches. Zen 3 is one generation behind AMD's current flagship.

intelshill ,

EU bans China cotton imports for "human rights"

EU shocked when China ends cotton exports to the EU and the EU can't produce gunpowder (which needs cotton)

I know this may seem unusual, but actions have consequences

The New York Times should not be considered a reliable source of journalism.

The New York Times is one of the newspapers of record for the United States. However, it's history of running stories with poor sourcing, insufficient evidence, and finding journalists with conflicts of interest undermines it's credibility when reporting on international issues and matters of foreign policy....

intelshill OP ,

After the fact, it's being revealed that their "sources" are consistently wrong and consistently in line with US foreign policy objectives.

You can say it's a coincidence, but...

intelshill OP ,

Literally any outlet that doesn't spin bullshit sources to justify warmongering?

Any outlet that doesn't get an ex-IDF official to write an article on Israel's war against Palestine?

Just basic journalistic integrity.

intelshill OP ,

These are some of the most important and impactful stories since 2000. If the NYT can't keep their journalism robust for these, what does it say about everything else?

Oh wait, we already know: "Palestinian family collides with bullet discharged from Israeli weapon"

intelshill OP ,

Most fact checkers don't know shit. Fact is, these two stories have been used to justify conflicts where hundreds of thousands of people have died.

intelshill OP ,

I agree on this. For better or for worse, the NYT is representative of US news media to the world.

intelshill OP ,

You're saying... A member of BRICS is an unreliable source of news for news about BRICS membership?

Edit: That Venezuela and Iran, two nations who are undoubtedly friendly with each other, make inaccurate statements about what each others' leaders are saying? This is Iran reporting on a statement by Maduro about joining BRICS. That is the news.

intelshill OP ,

Surely, then, your fact checkers will mention the NYT's failure of reporting on Iraq's WMDs in their fact checks?

Oh. They don't? I wonder why.

intelshill OP ,

These mistakes led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands. How much more genocide apologism do you want to do?

intelshill OP ,

You think the NYT played no role in drumming up public support for an otherwise incredibly unpopular foreign policy decision? Here's a report by FAIR:

intelshill OP ,

Yeah, that's probably fair. The scale of the US intervention may have been different, though.

intelshill OP ,

We have examined exclusive Al Jazeera video filmed close to that second location at the rear of the convoy, about half a kilometre south of the roundabout.

Volleys of gunfire can be heard and people are seen scrambling over lorries and ducking behind the vehicles. Red tracer rounds can be seen in the sky.

Mahmoud Awadeyah said the Israeli vehicles had started firing at people when the aid arrived.

"Israelis purposefully fired at the men... they were trying to get near the trucks that had the flour," he said. "They were fired at directly and prevented people to come near those killed."

Ukraine Discovers Components of Western and Chinese companies found in missiles used by Russia to hit Kyiv – (see photos & Proofs) - Central24 News ( )

Zelenskyy's True Friends? or just Used to sell Ammuniations? : Unbelievable! As Ukraine Discovers Components of Western and Chinese companies found in missiles used by Russia to hit Kyiv – (see photos & Proofs)......

intelshill ,

You mean, globalization leads to components being shipped and used around the globe?

Tell me more about your startling insights...

intelshill ,

Your claims are that China is 20 years behind and lacks the technological know-how to catch up. My claim is that China is 5 years behind hardware-wise, already knows how to scale fabrication for near-bleeding-edge nodes, that those 5 years are only marginally important because of the end of Moore's Law, and that Nvidia's effective monopoly makes that 5 year lead very tenuous indeed. Essentially, that the West's technology node lead is basically irrelevant.

This entire semiconductor war is operating under the assumptions that China is bound by power and production constraints (due to cost) and thus cannot outpace US AI development. Military/space applications don't care, Huawei's already fucked by sanctions, consumer electronics OEMs are untouched by sanctions, edge devices consider 28nm to be the brand shiny new node...

Basically, it pins the entire issue on the back of Nvidia. Of course, Nvidia is now charging $40k per H100, Facebook holds the bulk of them, and the cost of building a GPU cluster is skyrocketing.

Meanwhile, construction is cheap in China due to oversupply in the construction industry, electricity is cheap in China due to oversupply in the green energy industry, and basically everything 14nm+ is also cheap due solely to already having the equipment to build it. Nvidia's lead in efficiency cannot offset 40k capex, which is what the next few years will show.

So, surprisingly, my conclusion is that China's lack of bleeding-edge node capability does not have a significant immediate geopolitical implication. China is perfectly capable of building 28nm chips, and with that 14nm is rather trivial. This is using either domestic supply chains or unsanctioned foreign supply chains. Should China languish for another decade, we may run into problems, but SMIC is on track to release 5nm this year (widely estimated to be the peak economically achievable by DUV quad-patterning) and SMEE has already announced a domestic ArFi DUV lithography machine. The supply chain is there. The gap towards EUV is twofold: the high-power light source and the photoresist. Reminder that both TSMC 7nm and Intel 7 do not use EUV, and their yields are perfectly acceptable (both nodes took some time to scale, I'll admit). Everything else is a matter of throwing manpower at the problem.

Let's take a step back and assume that China is stuck in their current state indefinitely. That is, they can produce DUV machines absurdly cheaply, but will never have an EUV machine. Even if China is stuck on 7nm while Intel rolls out 18A, so what? $/transistor isn't scaling with node anymore, so the main driver is perf/W. Given that China's green energy transition will pump absurd amounts of electricity into the grid in the near term, the more accurate driver is work/J. This matters solely, solely for mobile applications where reliability isn't a concern.

intelshill ,

More efficient chips do not have emergent behaviours (outside of, say, mobile and autonomous vehicles). More efficient chips make things more economical. Total compute capability is a function of manufacturing capability (which reflects in capital cost), electricity (which reflects in operating cost), and efficiency (which also reflects in operating cost). If your manufacturing capability is obscene and your electricity output is obscene, then you can handwave a lot of efficiency concerns by just scaling the number of chips you have in a system. In terms of aggregate computing capability, 5nm is more than sufficient to keep pace given enough scale.

There's an interesting figure that I saw a while ago: China's % of electricity generation dedicated to data centers is lower than both the US and EU, and due to top line electricity generation growth this proportion is basically not expected to move in the next decade. China has a LOT of freedom to tank efficiency losses that other regions simply do not.

There's a small condition here that scaling usually has some degree of losses, but for LLM training it's basically non-existent and for supercomputing it's supposed to be around 10% losses due to networking/etc.

intelshill ,

SMEE already has an advanced DUV lithography machine. SMIC already knows how to scale foundry operations. China can already domestically produce basically everything needed in a lithography machine

Literally, literally, China's only issues are the gap from DUV to EUV. These include the light source, photo resist, and a few other factors, but it's by no means building from the ground up.

Edit: oh, and Chinese lithography machines are notoriously cheap compared to the competition

intelshill ,

I have one counterpoint: 嗯

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