Monthly Archives: January 2015
Because they promote ignorance. And ignorance leads to all other evils and ills.
When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.
Residents say the extremists smashed the locks that had protected the biggest repository of learning in the northern Iraq town, and loaded around 2,000 books — including children’s stories, poetry, philosophy and tomes on sports, health, culture and science — into six pickup trucks. They left only Islamic texts.
“These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned,” a bearded militant in traditional Afghani two-piece clothing told residents, according to one man living nearby who spoke to The Associated Press.
We need a worldwide program to digitize every damn library.
No exclusive numbering on back …
… this is a for-sale unit. The pattern on back is ceiling tile reflection from protective plastic still on.
The background to this attack: Apparently yesterday on Weibo, Xiaomi published a map that showed some incorrect Chinese territorial borders (the map might have or might not have also shown Tibet — which is highly forbidden). The map was quickly deleted. But it was noticed and raised hell with some people. CUBE here is taking cheap advantage of that error — in order to pimp their lower-priced game controller that competes with one Xiaomi recently introduced.
Yeah, that’s how the Chinese roll on Weibo.
Same-day update after the break.
And the Weibo war is on! Onda lobs more than one missile back at Teclast.
That goes to a QQ page where Onda says Teclast’s accusations are “fabricated” and that users aren’t stupid, have praised the V919 3G Air they’ve purchased, and that the tablet is outselling other brands [Google Translate]. Let me say that’s a somewhat weak defense. Even in America we know of sockpuppets leaving paid-for “reviews” on sites. And sales say nothing about returns.
But there’s more.