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Teen Killed At Chinese Internet Addiction Camp

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the symptomatic-overreactions dept.

The Internet 334

eldavojohn writes "Sixteen-year-old Deng Senshan was tragically beaten to death by three of his instructors in an internet addiction camp in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China. Reportedly it was for not being able to run fast enough. An article in the Wall Street Journal says that, 'China's netizens have played a key role in drawing nationwide attention to recent cases of deaths in prisons and detention centers, so it should be no surprise that they are up in arms over the fate of one of their own. Many questioned the fairly new diagnosis of "Internet addiction" as a mental disorder.' You may recall electroshock treatment being banned from use on internet addicts in China. According to Xinhua, more than 100 juveniles remain in 'treatment' at the camp, which has stayed open. Perhaps for Senshan it would have been better to let him endure his cruel affliction instead of having his parents pay over $1,000 to have him beaten to death?"

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Don't worry (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28956979)

Don't worry, he'll respawn in a few seconds

Re:Don't worry (0, Redundant)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957131)

Troll? Stupid mods, that's +5 hilarious.

Re:Don't worry (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957537)

He only last 1 day. Poor kid got ganked. Damn pvp.

Re:Don't worry (2, Funny)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957921)

PvP? Sounds more like he got banned for failure to follow an ever-changing ToS.

Re:Don't worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957673)

Nah, he probably is now transferred to another server.

Re:Don't worry (4, Funny)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957719)

Ah, so you're Hindu?

Do worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28958211)

At least until the cowardly barbarians running China are deposed.
Proof they are cowards: Only they are allowed to have guns.
Proof they are barbarians: See Main Article above.

er...uh...okay (-1, Troll)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957011)

Look people, tragedies happen all the time. For every poor kid beaten to death in China at a "gaming addiction recovery camp", there's thousands more dying of starvation and illnesses in other parts of the world.

This isn't news. This is China. Do you expect differently?

Re:er...uh...okay (5, Insightful)

Guse (1283076) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957119)

Wow. Not to let me heart bleed all over the place here, but... what? This was a needless death in a camp that didn't need to exist run by instructors who used "punishment" that wasn't appropriate. He had an "internet addiction"... he wasn't a murderer. You don't think this is somehow newsworthy on a site devoted to geeks and geek-related stuff? I just love these "so what people die every day" type posts. So, just to be clear, it's overkill to mourn a school shooting because more people are dying in Darfur, right?

Re:er...uh...okay (-1, Troll)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958043)

No, I didn't say that. What I said was, IT'S FUCKING CHINA! What do you expect? For every kid that dies in a gaming camp, there's thousands more that simply "disappear".

C'mon. NO, IMO this isn't news for nerds. This is news for politicians.

Re:er...uh...okay (2, Insightful)

Skillet5151 (972916) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958163)

Just because China has a "communist" government doesn't mean they murder children at random. The Cold War is over, you can come outside now.

Re:er...uh...okay (4, Insightful)

DrLang21 (900992) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958149)

This is especially sad to me because I'm not really against the idea of an "Internet addiction camp" in general. Real addiction can come in many forms, and it deserves being considered for treatment. But this just shows once again how (in this case very ironically) out of touch Chinese officials are with the concept of moderation.

Re:er...uh...okay (5, Insightful)

Dr.Merkwurdigeliebe (1055918) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957155)

A larger tragedy doesn't make this one any less important. It is more relatable, too: ./ers probably feel more in common with this kid that 3 year olds dying in Somalia, so it's news here. I think the shocking thing is *why* he died - someone killed him. He didn't just starve or get malaria or something - he was murdered.

Re:er...uh...okay (1)

ViViDboarder (1473973) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957275)

Especially since many /.ers would probably qualify for Internet Addiction along with all of 4chan. :P

Re:er...uh...okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957853)

./ers probably feel more in common with this kid that 3 year olds dying in Somalia, so it's news here..

Not to mention dotslashers.

Re:er...uh...okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957965)

4chan?

My addiction has reached 12chan levels.

Re:er...uh...okay (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957179)

Look people, tragedies happen all the time. For every poor kid beaten to death in China at a "gaming addiction recovery camp", there's thousands more dying of starvation and illnesses in other parts of the world.

This isn't news. This is China. Do you expect differently?

So because the numbers are small, we should ignore it? If you were raped and murdered we could go to the police with your logic and say, "Look, for every person raped and murdered thousands die in automobile accidents on the streets so don't waste your time with this case."

The fact that 'internet addiction' is ill defined and that this was a CHILD not an adult and the fact that it's government run should cause alarm bells to ring even if it is only one case. How do you know the action of beating children is not commonplace and applied to thousands of so called "internet addicts"? How do you know this isn't an attempt to weed out would-be dissidents at an early age?

Your compliance amazes me. Yes, hunger and starvation is a problem but so is this we can report about this on Slashdot and read about hunger and food shortages on CNN.

I'm sorry but "this is China" does not cause me to close my eyes to unalienable human rights that every human being in the world deserves!

Re:er...uh...okay (0, Troll)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957293)

The fact that 'internet addiction' is ill defined and that this was a CHILD not an adult and the fact that it's government run should cause alarm bells to ring even if it is only one case.

If your alarm bells weren't ringing about China long before this incident then I'd say that you haven't been paying much attention to the last 40 years of Chinese history.

Your compliance amazes me.

You are throwing stones about compliance? You fucking hypocrite. You are sitting on /. typing your rant on a computer that was largely made with Chinese parts/labor, probably wearing shoes/clothing that were made in China and god knows what else. I'm sorry but you don't get to throw stones when you live in a glass house.

Re:er...uh...okay (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957417)

So you're saying we should all just sit down and shut up? That the only people who have any right to be pissed off about what happened fab'ed their own chips, washed their own PCB, and are currently packing up to fight the PRC with their own bare hands? Up yours, you cock. Go shove your feigned righteous indignation.

Re:er...uh...okay (1, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957441)

No, everybody has a right to be pissed. They just don't have the right to call out others as being complicit in Chinese crimes when they themselves are buying products that prop up the regime.

Re:er...uh...okay (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28958009)

Are you stupid or dumb? The Chinese government will continue to hold power whether or not you buy products from Chinese companies.

Did trade sanctions remove Castro, Kim Jong Il, or Saddam Hussein from power?

Re:er...uh...okay (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957507)

You fucking hypocrite. You are sitting on /. typing your rant on a computer that was largely made with Chinese parts/labor, probably wearing shoes/clothing that were made in China and god knows what else. I'm sorry but you don't get to throw stones when you live in a glass house.

I submitted this story in an attempt to raise awareness in our community about a death in an internet addiction camp. Who knows how many others there have been prior to this? And what, stone thrower, have you done?

And now you're criticizing me for purchasing Chinese products? What the hell does that have to do with this? You think the solution is for us to band together and boycott Chinese products? Do you really believe that causing their economic structure to collapse would be the answer? Did trade embargoes work for North Korea and pre-war Iraq?

I'm an American citizen, I have no control over the sovereign nation of China. All I can hope to do is get word out to everyone around the world and hopefully spread news to the citizens of China so they take action. A revolution from the outside is meaningless and often dangerous/deadly/destructive.

I don't want Chinese people to suffer, that's it. I don't care if their system is Communist, Capitalist, Dictatorship or Democracy. Get the word out so they fix it. Go ahead and call me a hypocrite but I'm doing what little I can by spreading facts and news ... not pushing my ideals and isms on the sovereign people of China. Basic human rights are the only thing I push and I'm prepared to argue that.

Re:er...uh...okay (1)

LoyalOpposition (168041) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957599)

If your alarm bells weren't ringing about China long before...

Big "if". Or maybe I should say "really big 'if'". It's like that Twinkie(TM) in Ghostbusters. It's thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.

You are sitting on /. typing your rant on a computer that was largely made with Chinese parts/labor, probably wearing shoes/clothing that were made in China and god knows what else. I'm sorry but you don't get to throw stones when you live in a glass house.

Objection, your honor. Assumes facts not in evidence. Strawman. I've always been amazed at the assumption that a culture should be made to starve and otherwise live in abject poverty just so that someone else can have the privilege of criticizing.

-Loyal

Re:er...uh...okay (1)

Manfred Maccx (1365933) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957693)

/. seriously need to find another way of distributing the mod points...Why is this guy modded Troll?? My guess is that most people who get points don't even know what moderating means. A shame..

Re:er...uh...okay (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957823)

Why is this guy modded Troll??

Probably because he was trolling.

Re:er...uh...okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28958159)

If you've been paying attention to the last 40 years of Chinese history, you'd know China is better off now than it has ever been.

Re:er...uh...okay (1)

rxan (1424721) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957353)

What is more interesting to slashdot users: someone dies at Internet addiction camp, or people dying from starvation in third world countries? Just saying, the context is slashdot, and in this context it is news.

Re:er...uh...okay (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957435)

This isn't news. THIS! IS! CHINA!

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Filter error: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Re:er...uh...okay (5, Insightful)

jandersen (462034) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957469)

This isn't news. This is China. Do you expect differently?

From you? Not really. From people like you, I expect braindead nonsense whenever the subject contains the word "China" or other related subjects.

For the rest of us - I think it is worth noting that TFA mentions that "a police officer" states that "We are investigating a case where a high school student was beaten to death by his camp supervisors. The case is still under investigation" - IOW, a representative of the local officialdom talks openly about this case to a newsagency, in much the same way as a London police officer would, and refuses to give further details because they are still investigating, just like elsewhere in the world.

The reason I feel the need to draw attention to this is, that it seems to escape the attention of some. Do I need to spell it out any further? There is no "Government Coverup" here; no reasons to hate the Chinese for being Chinese.

i am addicted to the ineternet (0)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957015)

i would quit but the withdrawels are fatal

Re:i am addicted to the ineternet (3, Funny)

vintagepc (1388833) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957145)

Solution: Greasemonky script that retrieves a list of updated goatse-style sites... and at random intervals redirects you to one of those pages instead of the link you clicked. Granted, a different kind of shock therapy, but I'd imagine its pretty effective. (or at least, you won't browse if there's someone else in the room!)

Re:i am addicted to the ineternet (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957855)

Solution: Greasemonky script that retrieves a list of updated goatse-style sites... and at random intervals redirects you to one of those pages instead of the link you clicked.
Granted, a different kind of shock therapy, but I'd imagine its pretty effective. (or at least, you won't browse if there's someone else in the room!)

Solution: Greasemonky script that retrieves a list of updated goatse-style sites... and at random intervals redirects you to one of those pages instead of the link you clicked. Granted, a different kind of shock therapy, but I'd imagine its pretty effective. (or at least, you won't browse if there's someone else in the room!)

STOP WASTING TIME ON /. AND GO TO THE GYM, PORKY.

This post is not a troll or flamebait, it is shock therapy

Re:i am addicted to the ineternet (1)

vintagepc (1388833) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958157)

I said SHOCK, not INSULT.

Upshot (4, Funny)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957019)

On the upshot, that kid is no longer addicted to gaming...

Re:Upshot (1)

Zantac69 (1331461) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957073)

Funny - sounds like the way some places deal with homeless people. Round them up, ship them out - BINGO - noone is homeless!

Re:Upshot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957109)

i don't see a problem with that.

Re:Upshot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957283)

That's because you're not homeless yet. Just wait until you lose your job and cant afford rent or your house payment.
 
...Wait what am I saying? I guess I meant just wait until your parents lose their jobs.

Re:Upshot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957413)

Don't worry, I am sure he is a productive member of society rather than trying to leech off of society while still claiming to be a poor victim.

Re:Upshot (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957427)

Shut up you right-wing nigger.

Re:Upshot (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957611)

Well THAT's an interesting juxtaposition of terms!

Re:Upshot (2, Interesting)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957639)

Yeah, that sounds exactly the same as killing someone.

In New York City, you can get an airline/bus/train ticket out of town if you are homeless, so long as there is something awaiting you at the destination. This seems like common sense to me... send people back to where their support structure is. Even the most fucked up people usually have SOMEONE who still cares about them.

Re:Upshot (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957377)

He obviously forgot to use his speed buff.

Re:Upshot (1)

ChefInnocent (667809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957815)

Yeah, but I think the "cure" is worse than the disease in this case.

Beware (5, Funny)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957047)

If internet addition is now punishable by death, Slashdot is going to become a very, very lonely place.

Re:Beware (2, Funny)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957113)

suddenly it is playing in my head:

I'm so ronery
So ronery
So ronery and sadry arone

Re:Beware (1)

nozzo (851371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957317)

maaan you made me laugh out loud at work with that one.

Re:Beware (0, Offtopic)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958003)

He's not ronery anymore, he has Bill Crinton visiting to keep him company!

Re:Beware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957651)

If addition is punishable by death, what for the multiplication or exponentiation ?

Meet the new China...same as the old China (5, Interesting)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957083)

Perhaps for Senshan it would have been better to let him endure his cruel affliction instead of having his parents pay over $1,000 to have him beaten to death?

And knowing China, they probably also charged his parents for the cost of the stick used to beat him.

Also, I don't know much about these "internet addiction" facilities. Are we talking about people who spend too much time playing WoW, or dissidents who use the internet for communication? Somehow I'm seeing this as being a gulag for political prisoners, but maybe that's just me being cynical.

Re:Meet the new China...same as the old China (2, Insightful)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957189)

The sad thing is, I don't think they're even a gulag for political prisoners -- if they were, the beatings and such would at least make a modicum of sense (a perverted one, but sense nonetheless)... it seems they're doing this for their own valued citizens. Fun, hmm?

Re:Meet the new China...same as the old China (0, Flamebait)

jc42 (318812) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957627)

I don't think they're even a gulag for political prisoners -- if they were, the beatings and such would at least make a modicum of sense (a perverted one, but sense nonetheless)...

Ah, but there are lots of parts of the world where nerdy kids are routinely beaten up by the local gangs of jocks. It's socially acceptable in much of the US and the UK, and any number of other countries.

Of course, they usually don't kill their victims. That's usually reserved for kids that are suspected of being "gay".

Dunno how that dynamic works out in China, though.

Re:Meet the new China...same as the old China (3, Insightful)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957939)

Of course, they usually don't kill their victims. That's usually reserved for kids that are suspected of being "gay".

I love this, because some of us here actually broke the barriers, and straight guys are actually standing up for gay guys. It's awesome, because when you see some kid getting hit and beaten until he's bruised and bleeding, you can pretty much walk up, grab a nearby metal stick, and start busting people in the face for being assholes. It's always fun to rip the shit out of people for being total dickwads, you don't have to be gay to enjoy that!

Actually it's funny, people might still think you're a faggot for standing up for a faggot; but you can beat them into a bloody mass, so who gives a fuck what they think anyhow? If they want to do something about it... well, they can't, there's that whole beaten-to-a-bloody-mass thing when they jump you in the alley.

Not being an asshole has many advantages.....

Re:Meet the new China...same as the old China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957985)

yeah because jocks beating up nerds is government funded murder

what stupid world do you live in where that is socially acceptable? it happens but its not considered acceptable. and its not the government commiting the acts on an industrial level, it is bad members of the public not being stopped by the government for reasons such as, it flies under the radar.

sorry, china still sucks compared to the us and uk and your crappy comparison didnt help. china is not a great country despite the fact its on an economic upturn.. its quite a shitty country. I'd be willing to bet that the standard of living is still better in america than china for the majority of citiziens despite how we are worse economically because at least our citiziens arent treated like shit by government mandate, just by government fuck up

Re:Meet the new China...same as the old China (4, Interesting)

icegreentea (974342) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957389)

Maybe there are some camps that are gulags. But I think the majority of the cases are 'legit'. My family is Chinese (from Taiwan, pretty much same culture) and we live in Canada, so I got a relatively watered down version of the 'Asian/Chinese Parents' thing. And I can really see parents sending off their kids for spending too much time playing video games. Among my circle of friends, I know a lot of kids who just utterly fucked up school from gaming too much (this is before alcohol and drugs... and forget about girls), and I know a lot of their parents would try to do more. But really, a motivated teenager is going to somehow get around nearly everything their parents will try. I remember when my parents locked up the TV behind a cabinet so my brother and I would spend less time watching TV/playing SNES (yeah, that was a while ago). We just took the cabinet doors off its hinges whenever they were gone (even the best parents can't be there all the time).

So, given conditions in China (those parents are bound to be away working more than the typical parents here), as well as how addicting those games really are, and that Chinese parents generally really do want their kids to 'succeed', I really can see parents sending kids off to Internet (or Gaming) addiction camp. I mean hell, we have Fat Camps in North America to deal with our problem with obese kids, they have Internet Addiction Camps to deal with their problem with kids gaming way too much. This is no excuse for abuse and killing the poor kid. That shit's fucking horrible. Fuckers should be put in jail. And I think they will be. China might be a totalitarian government, but they still have to pretend to care.

Re:Meet the new China...same as the old China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957739)

a 16 year old political prisoner?!

Is he actually the first person who has died? (5, Insightful)

IronDragon (74186) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957087)

I can only wonder if there have been other deaths in this program that did not make the news.

Re:Is he actually the first person who has died? (4, Interesting)

ausekilis (1513635) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957311)

What is truly remarkable about this particular story is they say their son started this training Saturday, and was declared dead on Sunday (3 am was it?). Even worse, the mission statement said their methods were "harsh, but no harm will be done", yet the body was bloody and showed signs of restraint and struggle (handcuff bruising on his wrists).

The poor kid didn't even make it one day, yet the camp took a stand much like the Chinese government, denying that anything happened and that the kid had a fever. Apparently in China fevers involve a bruised/bloodied face and handcuffs. China has had attention called to it's human rights violations before, now that we are seeing the murder of a child that didn't do anything wrong in worldwide news, maybe we'll start seeing global pressure on China to change their ways a bit.

Re:Is he actually the first person who has died? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957549)

The poor kid didn't even make it one day, yet the camp took a stand much like the Chinese government, denying that anything happened and that the kid had a fever. Apparently in China fevers involve a bruised/bloodied face and handcuffs.

If the beating doesn't kill you, the (untreated, fever causing) infection would.

Re:Is he actually the first person who has died? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957731)

That's the Chinese Fever...

Re:Is he actually the first person who has died? (1)

kj_kabaje (1241696) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957957)

doubtful... the market is too big, apparently.

Re:Is he actually the first person who has died? (3, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958017)

Maybe. The problem is that many westerners are comfortable with harsh treatment for people they have mentally classified as 'bad'.

For example, see the blase attitude of many Americans towards prison rape and so forth.

Re:Is he actually the first person who has died? (1)

ZackSchil (560462) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957335)

The father is rich, well-connected to the police, and hellbent on getting the word out, yet he couldn't even get more than the most basic details of the crime. It's an extremely sad state of affairs.

Re:Is he actually the first person who has died? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957977)

Mind you, when they do figure out what happened, they'll probably line the accused up on their knees and walk down the line putting bullets in the backs of their heads.

for what? (5, Funny)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957107)

Reportedly it was for not being able to run fast enough

If only China had the same attitude towards Windows...

Re:for what? (1)

Zashi (992673) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957337)

C'mon this was funny. Windows is very popular in China and you can bet most installations are pirated.

Yes, it's a little on the troll side of things, but even the cheap shots are worth a laugh. At least there was a degree of wit to it. Not one of the "In soviet China, Starcraft addict beats you!" Wait... the Chinese Starcraft addicts beat me in the US too... I think I screwed up my example. Oh well. Carry on.

Re:for what? (4, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957541)

Windows is very popular in China and you can bet most installations are pirated.

I wonder what the trade deficit would be if they actually respected our intellectual property and paid the going rate for it instead of stealing it? Funny how we pay them for their stuff but not the other way around.....

Re:for what? (2, Interesting)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957689)

I wonder what the trade deficit would be if they actually respected our intellectual property and paid the going rate for it instead of stealing it?

Good point. It's also ironic since most of /. would have you believe that piracy isn't stealing, and yet their own lives might be noticeably better if stated countries paid for, instead of pirated, American software.

Think about what the economy would look like!

Re:for what? (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957835)

are you sure there'd be much difference. The cost of Windows 7 in China is quite low [china.org.cn] at $60. I couldn't comment on how many Chinese will pirate it anyway.

Re:for what? (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958133)

$60 x 1.3 billion = a lot of cash, even for a company like Microsoft.

Re:for what? (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958191)

Windows isn't the only bit of American IP that the Chinese can't be bothered to pay for.

Re:for what? (1, Offtopic)

homer_s (799572) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957787)

There is no question that many Chinese people are not paying Microsoft for the products they use.

But I fail to understand the fixation with the trade deficit that many people have - do you also worry about people in Illinois pirating windows and hence the trade deficit between IL and WA? If not, why should one arbitrary political boundary matter more than another?

Re:for what? (1)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957883)

...because we measure the American Trade Deficit and care about it... and nobody cares about the Washington Trade Deficit, assuming one exists?

Motivational cooking (1)

ZackSchil (560462) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957115)

If a sauce is supposed to run when poured, but doesn't, beating it never helps. Simmering over low heat is a much better option.

Re:Motivational cooking (1)

Shatrat (855151) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957203)

You could whisk in a little white wine over some heat, but I don't see how that stops me from refreshing Woot.com.

Please translate (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957197)

My chinese office mate just peer over his computer screen as said this to me ... can anybody translate? " Ah pe'al nee' run fas'er. 'e no run ve'ee fas now dough is he! "

Did anyone notice the cost? (5, Funny)

Flea of Pain (1577213) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957237)

FTA: "Deng Fei paid the camp 7,000 yuan ($1,024) for one month of training."

Does anyone else see the irony in sending a bunch of computer nerds to camp, and charging them a nice even binary number to do it?

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (2, Funny)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957485)

I don't think 7 is a binary number. Er, a number involved in binary.

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957559)

I don't think 7 is a binary number. Er, a number involved in binary.

0 1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1024 2048 4096

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (1)

Ihlosi (895663) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957901)

0 1 2 4 8 16 32 64 128 256 512 1024 2048 4096

One of these is not a power of 2.

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958171)

None of these is in Yuan....

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (3, Funny)

bcmm (768152) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958181)

He just started with 0, and kept doubling.

Duh.

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (1)

Shrike82 (1471633) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957995)

I still fail to see how 7000 yuan and your highlighting of the number 1024 has any relation. By translating into one of the vast number of worldwide currencies you could probably make any figure into a binary number...

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (2, Funny)

ChefInnocent (667809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957863)

Maybe in his system 7 is a valid symbol for what you think as 1. Think beyond the spoon Neo.

Re:Did anyone notice the cost? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28958125)

1024 is 2^10

hand in your nerd card

The guards should follow the rules (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957281)

Their instruction manual clearly outlines what is proper and improper physical contact. I'm looking in the manual right now. The paragraph about interaction is right after paragraph three on page four.

Oh wait...

Courtesy of /g/ (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957327)

Did he drop any good items?

Communist China... (5, Funny)

Dgtl_+_Phoenix (1256140) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957331)

In America, you can beat internet addiction. In communist China, internet addiction beats you.

The reeducation camp must be proud... (1)

defireman (1365467) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957385)

Curing addiction to life, one beating at a time.

China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957449)

It's China, the totalitarian dictatorship, what else could we expect?

Government has no respect for chinese people, it's oppression after oppression. //kyle, PT

Resisting the urge to make puns... (1)

BlueKitties (1541613) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957577)

I'm unfamiliar with the laws in China regarding how someone gets sent to one of these camps, but I'm sure you probably have serious issues if you end up in one. The problem is that most Internet addicts (the kind who are reading my post right now, instead of working *glare* ) are socially inept -- throwing them into the meat grinder is only going to make them go further into their shell.

Not only as a show of responsibility, I think China should open its methods for evaluation by serious, respected phsychologists. If China makes an honest attempt to improve its treatment, it could probably even help its standing with other countries. As a rule of thumb, politicians aren't what draw countries together, but common goals. China could turn this situation around, and use it to help its people and its standing with the world.

Of course, I'd be surprised if China made this sort of effort (it takes more Democratic Countries long enough to get around to this sort of stuff, what should we really expect from them?)

Re:Resisting the urge to make puns... (1)

The Empiricist (854346) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958169)

I'm unfamiliar with the laws in China regarding how someone gets sent to one of these camps, but I'm sure you probably have serious issues if you end up in one. The problem is that most Internet addicts (the kind who are reading my post right now, instead of working *glare* ) are socially inept -- throwing them into the meat grinder is only going to make them go further into their shell.

The article was pretty clear how the kid was sent to the camp: his parents paid about $1,024 to the camp for one month of "training" for their child. This wasn't a state action. It was a private action.

The PRC government has plenty of problems, but you shouldn't blame every thing that happens in China on the government. China is a huge nation, with a huge population. Things are a no more simplestic there than they are in the rest of the world.

I'm sick, take to to the camp. (1)

kurtdriver (897294) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957613)

This is how the treat the mentally ill? I gotta watch out, cause I'm crazy in about a hundred ways, but yeah that country is abominable.

Option for curing WoW addiction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28957635)

Create a WoW server that you only get access to with a doctor's note about WoW addiction. Your guardian or death camp instructors can even request that all your characters are moved here.

On this server, you start out at level 80 with all quests done. The auction house has all items, for free. All professions are maxed out.

Bing goes the achievement addiction, while still allowing a graceful withdrawal period.

Re:Option for curing WoW addiction? (1)

molesdad (1003858) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958147)

My kids have played on private servers just like that and it had no effect on their enjoyment of WOW.

Thank God I live in America... (-1, Flamebait)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#28957649)

....where a person only get's beaten to death for being non-anglo/anglo/female/gay/transgendered and offending hillbillies/jocks/drunken trailer trash/gangbangers. As an American I will withhold my affront at this most recent beating until Hillary Swank is in a movie about it.

Re:Thank God I live in America... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958075)

it's funny I have a soft spot for cute females, and injuring or threatening one gets you put in critical condition. It's extremely disproportionate and seems isolated from the core sexual urge (doesn't seem completely non-sexual, but doesn't seem to be an "OHNOES I WON'T GET SEX" or "THIS MAY GET ME LAID!" reaction). I don't know why.

Please define 'run'... (1)

motherpusbucket (1487695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958185)

Was it physical running or that his java script failed to execute in the allotted time?

I think... (1)

binaryseraph (955557) | more than 5 years ago | (#28958203)

we call this BSOD.
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