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Osama bin Laden: Unprotected, Unarmed, Delusional, Cowering

Google Cache (because the original site is down from traffic): The Killing of Osama bin Laden

‘They knew where the target was – third floor, second door on the right,’ the retired official said. ‘Go straight there. Osama was cowering and retreated into the bedroom. Two shooters followed him and opened up. Very simple, very straightforward, very professional hit.’ Some of the Seals were appalled later at the White House’s initial insistence that they had shot bin Laden in self-defence, the retired official said. ‘Six of the Seals’ finest, most experienced NCOs, faced with an unarmed elderly civilian, had to kill him in self-defence? The house was shabby and bin Laden was living in a cell with bars on the window and barbed wire on the roof. The rules of engagement were that if bin Laden put up any opposition they were authorised to take lethal action. But if they suspected he might have some means of opposition, like an explosive vest under his robe, they could also kill him. So here’s this guy in a mystery robe and they shot him. It’s not because he was reaching for a weapon. The rules gave them absolute authority to kill the guy.’ The later White House claim that only one or two bullets were fired into his head was ‘bullshit’, the retired official said. ‘The squad came through the door and obliterated him. As the Seals say, “We kicked his ass and took his gas.”’

So all of Zero Dark Thirty is a government cover story?

In North Korea, it’s called propaganda.

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What A Xiaomi F-Code Looks Like

Weibo:

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MIUI forum:

Q: What’s F-code of Xiaomi Phone?
A: The full name of F-code is Friends Code. It’s born to provide priority with important users who’ve greatly contributed to Xiaomi at first. They can directly buy Xiaomi Phones or other items from Official web without ordering in advance. It can only help buy, cant be used or exchanged as money!

I’ve never seen one generally given out in the clear on Weibo before.

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Xiaomi Exec Disses Apple Watch Design

Xiaomi TV Operations Director, Operations Director Li Xiaomi community, disses the Apple Watch on Weibo:

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The trouble with saying something like that is Xiaomi now has to reveal a better design.

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Xiaomi’s Lei Jun: A Time Magazine 100 Influencer

Weibo:

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(Interesting that Jun is posting with a Mi 4 and not the new Note Pro …)

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Xiaomi Sets Company Sales Record

I have had no time to follow the Weibo-by-Weibo excitement but I knew it was leading up to something big.

Previously here:

Xiaomi Is Five Years Old

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Xiaomi To Add USB-C In New Products

Weibo from Lei Jun:

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Lei Jun/Xiaomi In American Time Magazine

Weibo:

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See the article after the break.

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Xiaomi 2015 Goal: 80-100M Phones Shipped

Weibo:

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You know what would help Xiaomi reach that ambitious goal? Phones that had radios that worked on every damn cellphone network in the world! I look at the upcoming Xiaomi Note Pro with lust. But I don’t think it works with American 4G bands, dammit.

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Cyanogen OS Boast

Hunting with the hounds

Samsung and HTC are not great software companies. We don’t think Xiaomi is great either, because even their MIUI was (originally) built atop Cyanogen. We don’t have a legacy, we don’t carry inventory and we don’t make radiators. We have 50 million users globally, and if you aggregate our China users, 95 million. MIUI has 72 million. We support 250-plus devices in 90-plus countries, while they support 4 devices in a few countries. And we’re doing all of this with just over 80 employees and $30 million in funding so far compared to their 3,000 plus and they’ve raised nearly $1.5 billion. Shows how you can do much more damage when you’re a pure-play software company.

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Sony: Still Out Of Their Damned Mind

I went to the SonyStyle Store in NYC yesterday.

I’m very curious about the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra that Best Buy is selling for US$249 (note that the website price of US$299 is incorrect).

But all they have are dummy units. I really wanted to experience that TriLuminous screen.

So, to their store.

It was a miserable experience.

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