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Cash slump a Seagate problem, or a hard disk industry problem?

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On the other hand, the NSA/Amazon/Facebook/etc. datacenters should still grab a fat disk pie.

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Amazon veep: We tweak our cloud code every 16 seconds – and you?

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Re: 1999

I was with you, but then...

> unlike Agile

gb2 waterfall horror

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Demanding this story with an XBox-kidded Bezos

"The great thing about Amazon tweaks isn't rolling them out every 16 seconds, it's showing everyone online that we did"

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ITU says IT industry must become 'resilient' in face of climate change

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Wow more verbs for my compliance statements.

Luckily Miss Yellen will print up the dollars needed for all that to happen. Hyperdrive when?

Seriously, aren't people coming up with these things ashamed of getting paid?

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FBI floats $5 MEELLION bounty for alleged Chinese WMD purveyor

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Yet another...

...AIPAC engineering smokescreen to get Iran back into the news now that Neocon Nuland and speaker of the dead Merry Kerry are busy engineering the takeover of Ukraine, thus sucking all the oxygen out of the newsrooms?

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Twitter investors squawk as user growth, income disappoint again

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Re: constant growth

"constant growth the holy grail of capitalism"

You are pretty much totally fucking off the mark.

"*Positive* growth" is the holy growth of humanity because it means that next year just might suck less than this one.

" Come on, you can't expect indefinite growth"

There sure is still lots of room.

Meanwhile, the Government-WallStreet mafia will try to make you believe as long as possibly that "growth" is an end in itself and that you better hurry and give them your votes and your increasingly worthless funny money lest you lose out on their next super-duper scheme of unadulterated goodness (which interestingly and increasingly often may include wars; no I don't get that either.)

...Meaningless GDP numbers which conveniently include everything that goes onto the national credit card (debt which we luckily "owe to ourselves", phew!) are analyzed and discussed ad infinitum.

..."Everyone shall have prizes" schemes like Obamacare, irrealistic promises for pensions and low, low retirement ages and wages in no relation to productivity are sold and put into law by master snake oil salesmen. Like we are really super rich and everything can be fixed by that final, small, additional tax increase. Which will only hit someone else, promise!

...Malinvestments are sustained and kept alive by money printing and bailouts. Keynesian Hail Marys are heard from the churchlike buildings of the central banks while the the futzed interest rate gives people the impression that "money is cheap now, so hurry".

...The rising stock market is touted as a sign of rude economic health as opposed to the consequence of the fact that all the money sloshing around does not go to productive enterprises that promote real growth (these are rare because establishing them needs time and quite a lot of the existing capital infrastructure has been dragooned into the production tree of warfare goods anyway) but into speculative venues kept alive by illusion of future profits.

This will result in enormous pain (and possibly a dictator or two) down the road but immediate riches to politicians, their cronies and assorted hanger-ons. Any problems then get lazily blamed on "capitalism" and taxfeeding ivory tower denizens like Picketty then get rich bestselling meaningless drivel.

The end of the road is now approaching fast and might well be there by the end of the year. Twitter is just another dying canary.

selling someone a fridge with built in obsolescence

Oh, the never-dying superfridge made of unobtanium which exists somewhere where people actually want to pay for it ... yet again. Carry on.

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

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Re: I have a bad feeling about this...

"And then he wired $8000 to Star Qaeda"

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Re: Light blue touch paper?

1 monolith will do.

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Re: PC

But it's frankly difficult to toss.

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

"No. It's a read-buffer overrun"

Downvotes.

It's like stackoverflow where you have to fight nameless self-appointed wikinazis who don't even understand your question but want to remove it as a "duplicate".

THE INTERNET - A GAME OF DRONES.

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Backup biz CommVault to Wall St: Cheer up, lads. We just need MORE SALES REPS

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Totally unrelated: Pop, pop, pop?

The Accelerating Momo Reversal: Crashing Like Its 2000 All Over Again

by Wolf Richter • April 28, 2014

The debacle has become part of the public debate even on NPR, which is a terrible sign. And KQED, one of our radio stations in San Francisco – a city that had been particularly impacted by the implosion of the dotcom bubble and isn’t naive about it – aired a one-hour show Friday morning, titled, “Are we in another Tech Bubble?” The discussion between the host and the guests didn’t leave much room for the title’s question mark.

The Fly posted some of the biggest losers that once had been among “2013′s favorite stocks.” Biotech company Exelixis tops the list, down 61% from its 52-week high. It’s also down 93% from its all-time high shortly after its IPO in early 2000. In second place on the list: another Biotech outfit, Halozyme, down 60% from its all-time high in early January. It’s back where it was in mid-2013. Imperva, a Big Data security products maker, crashed 64% from its peak last year. And so on.

This sort of wholesale destruction makes the biggies look practically tame: Twitter is down only 44% from its high late last year, Amazon 26% from earlier this year. Amazon has the dubious distinction of having been an early warning signal during the blowup of the dotcom bubble. It started crashing in early December 1999 and was down 40% six weeks later. The bubble officially burst in early March 2000, after which Amazon continued to eviscerate traders and investors alike. Unlike many of its brethren, however, it survived and a decade later made new highs.

Internet-radio miracle Pandora has plunged 42% in six weeks, taking it back to where it had been in September. This is the nature of momentum stocks that get unhinged from reality and soar without even the sky being the limit. When the hot air hisses out of them, they plunge at three or five times the speed. Escalator up, elevator down.

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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

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Gonna reserve ".depression"

Maybe they will give me a discount.

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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Re: This one is new!

You are dividing it wrong!

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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Hey Gringo...

No bodies left over from a cartel pro cleaning?

I thought this was Mexico?

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

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"The judge's reasoning is based on an efficiency argument"

Ah efficiency. So beloved by the effectuators of the third reich.

The "rule of men, not the rule of law", indeed.

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Yes, there is now BITCOIN-MINING MALWARE for Android

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Re: @ d3rrial (was:Strangely enough ...)

I'll use virtual currency when I see value in virtual beer.

The dollar is 100% virtual, yet you can get beer.

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Re: Nothing to see here

Yes, recently the US constitution seems to fall under "restricted access for children under 60".

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Re: Data collection

I do wonder how they are coping with so many distractions

Ritalin.

And the not-clearly formulated idea that money printing will solve their future problems.

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Re: MS & Scroogled ?

Did you REALLY need to remind me of SCROOGLED?

Now I need to drink even more.

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Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

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Re: Standards of Service

But what happens if you take your butler to the genius bar to serve you bburbon while you wait for the Apple Genius to perform his de rigeur backroom shuttle?

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Re: Typical Wannabee Hack....

Not sure whether sarcastic. Still, 9/10.

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Re: Don't get too excited ...

"Oh, we can't tell you that. You have to book an appointment."

Phobamacare soon!

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Re: Genius Bar

Teenagers usually know far more about current tech than anyone else.

LOLNO.

Kids Can't Use Computers... And This Is Why It Should Worry You

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: Reading into that

> The iPad was nearly a decade in development

Working on it since before 9/11, have they?

> Apple usually do it right

Serial blunders and market failures omitted

> and usually do it first as well

Generally they are at best second

Also, Microsoft invented Internet, Apple invented Ethernet etc..

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

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Re: Calling Elon? He's busy fighting ULA

No-one is interested in cheap launchers. Everybody is interested in wealth transfer.

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Event Horizon II: "International Sun/Earth Explore - The Awakening"

It went through the tail of a comet

No-one had any idea of what it saw there

....until Ancient Evil was reawakened by technoarcheologists

A MOVIE BY UWE BOLL!

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

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Helping existing businesses hurts consumers, say trade regulators

Is this subheading coming from the progressive wing of El Reg?

"Helping" = forcing people to go through bizarre middleman shenanigans.

The not-so-hidden handout to new car dealers (I won't talk about the nuking of the "exisitng businesses" selling used cars) via the "cash for clunkers" program has already been forgotten, I see.

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Fuck year!

IEEE JOB SHITE's bland reguritation made my blood boil. Employer memes, nostrum and rank bullshit with nary economic understanding in sight.

If there actually WERE a skills gap, salaries would finally be reaching the level reserved for civil servants or bankers -- for some reason they are not?!

Couple with the complete omission of the fact that people WITH MOBILITY AND BRAINS just WILL NOT STAY IN THE OVERTAXED ENTREPRENEUR-UNFRIENDLY SHITHOLE that is Yurop. In particular the french-speaking regions seem to survive on the cargo cult idea that you just have open a "startup incubator" then tax and syndicalize the fuck out of any retard who opens up shop therein and this will mean IMMEDIATE SUCCESS AND TAX EUROS. Then entitled idiots go in front of the camera and demand MUH TAXATION for their favorite pet projects while subsidies are pumped into Big Ag or Lybia is bombed for the LULZ...

I think we should liberalize gun laws. NAOW.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Re: Andy's digitals ain't dandy

It's about marketability.

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880 KiB on the 3.5'' floppy

My first box of ten floppy was Nashuatec-branded....

It's like it was yesterday.

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Microsoft beats cloud drum as revenues remain solid but flat

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Nyah Nyah.

This quarter's results demonstrate the strength of our business, as well as the opportunities we see in a mobile-first, cloud-first world,

Currently studying Microsoft solution for large-scale deployment.

There is nothing there except licensing omnishambles, unclear and muddy technological contraptions, anecdotal evidence that "it worked for other companies", proprietary interfaces for no good reason, and extortion. And fear of Microsoft suddenly bringing unpalatable changes to "Improve their technologies".

It's like an expensive model train set, but you don't get to have model train - just a license ensemble which expires in 3-4 years.

But it's on because "everyone is already using Microsoft" and the numbers, though big, can be absorbed.

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Facebook: Need help click-farming? Check out our NEWSWIRE

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Just as planned

One particularly dismal future is FB Newswire highlighting a story that a multitude of journalists write about.

From the NYT "Russians disguised as Babushkas in Gdansk" to "Munich/New Hitler" WH proclamation to a bombing run in 15 minutes, stat!

The future is Stand On Zanzibar.

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

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I am pretty neutral about this.

Net Neutrality always was a bizarre idea, like socializing prices to a scare resource. Looking at healtcare, this results in lousy service and long waiting queues.

Now, will Big Content fug things up or will there be better networks for appropriately moneyed customers? It could go either way.

Anyway, the next big crash is coming, we will see how the landscape looks after that.

Or not.

My time preference is currently rather low, so I shall opt for buying popcorn.

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Bevy of tech behemoths aim to plug the next Heartbleed with DOLLARS

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Re: Apple would have thrown in a few bucks

Well, it's not like it is SITTING there.

Unless Apple really wants to see it nuked by the central bank's printing presses.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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Packing Some Heat

But why would it go off?

The NAA .22 Long Rifle is the most popular Mini-Revolver ever produced. With the many current accessories, it is versatile for many applications and is the standard by which other Mini-Revolvers are judged.

Yes, I see.

As with every NAA Mini-Revolver, the hammer need not rest on an empty chamber. Using the original half-way notch cylinder, the hammer may rest safely and securely without chance of accidental discharge.

So that's ok. then.

On the other hand, some unfriendly molecules may leak onto the mucuous membrane.

Still, how DID she come up with that idea? Women these days...

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Euro recession over as sales rebound for mega distie Ingram Micro

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That crack pipe sure is hot stuff, mon. We rollin'!!

"Economic recovery on both sides of the Atlantic"

Meanwhile, in the real world:

Tales FromThe Chinese Ponzi: An Orgy Of Borrowing, Building and Speculating Like Never Before

Much has been said here and elsewhere about not only China’s ghost cities – that final resting place where trillions in Chinese GDP “fixed investment” goes to quietly die but not before contributing to over half of China’s GDP – over the past five years, but also about the bursting of the Chinese housing bubble in the past several months now that the Beijing Politburo has drastically slowed down the pace of loan creation and the country has shocked its bond investors by admitting failure is an all too real possibility...

This Is Crazy! Current Leveraged Recap Binge Is Clone Of 2007 Mania

This eruption of late cycle bubble finance hardly needs comment. Below are highlights from a Bloomberg Story detailing the recent surge of leveraged recaps by the big LBO operators. These maneuvers amount to piling more debt on already heavily leveraged companies, but not to fund Capex or new products, technology or process improvements that might give these debt mules an outside chance of survival over time.

No, the freshly borrowed cash from a leveraged recap often does not even leave the closing conference room—it just gets recycled out as a dividend to the LBO sponsors who otherwise hold a tiny sliver of equity at the bottom of the capital structure. This is financial strip-mining pure and simple—-and is a by-product of the Fed’s insane repression of interest rates.

Rudolf Havenstein Draghi Speaks: Debt Default Is Our Aim; Hidden Wage Depreciation Is Our Means

I always thought that Mario Draghi was a complete dunce on fundamental economics, but he has now sealed the case in his own words. The reason the ECB is about ready to unleash its own version of QE, it seems, is that “moar inflation” would facilitate a creeping default on euroland’s massive public and private debts—-an albatross that ranges from 350% to 500% of GDP for most of its member states...

"Yo mon, you hear that rumble? Figure we have rolled onto train tracks? Have another toke.."

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Dorian Nakamoto gets $23,000 payout over Bitcoin invention saga

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Re: and in the near future

"You heard it here first :)"

No.

But is there a special meaning to "Nakamoto" or not?

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Re: This is America Man...

"IF YOU WANT TO THROW PRONOUNS AROUND WILLY-NILLY, YOU REALLY HAVE NO-ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELF"

Somehow I find this statement politically uplifting.

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Asteroids as powerful as NUCLEAR BOMBS strike Earth TWICE YEARLY

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Re: yeah, well

It'll happen very quickly _after_ the first city gets levelled.

That was the idea in "Rendezvous with Rama" where Italy gets righteously flattened from above.

But isn't there a risk that some automatic nuke launch system will be triggered, at which point the next asteroid is the least of our worries? Are these things off hairtrigger autoresponse? I am not sure...

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Re: yeah, well

If the causal connection can't be established, then how can we know with any certainty that the big bang occurred?

I don't even know that YOUR MOM occurred, so what are you on about?

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Fake

Grinding: The Aiki Way!

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Re: More Concerned About Safety Gear

Considering how clothing much many builders wear in the summer, she's quite well covered up really.

That is because THOSE TORSOS are basically sun-dried shrapnelled leather hide covered under a matting of MANLY FUR!

Not the case hear.

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OpenBSD founder wants to bin buggy OpenSSL library, launches fork

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C - the leech theraphy of coding. It will never go away!

Let the witch doctors speak!

C is good, very good.

It doesn't even have Modules, FFS.

Can you suggest a language that A: solves all the possible programmer errors that are possible in C while running on the bare metal and not inside of a virtual machine

"I want to have FTL travel, meanwhile I will defend my Zimmer Frame equivalent of coding for no particular reason!".

21st century: Programming applications "to the bare metal" and other retardations of the conservative or ignorants.

You can write bullet proof code in assembler, you just need to know what you're doing.

You also need a very large team, lots of time and lots of money in that case. Nope, you won't get them.

C does not have the exclusive license on bad or insecure code.

"WIth that kind of plus, we can only win."

Code which needs to run particularly quickly and efficiently may require the use of a lower-level language, even if a higher-level language would make the coding easier

Surprising generalities from Jimbo's Bag Of Trivia!

Seriously, WTF? I anything being tought in schools today?

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Madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome

Color me pessimistic but...

"Too busy coding"

"Writing in C"

Those are not good words.

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Github cofounder resigns after clearance in sex-harass probe

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Re: Is it just me...

"It's the Octocats. There are OCTOCATS EVERYWHERE!!"

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In fairness, I have been for some time in this business and I *have* seen the case where a superior went completely off-base, dishing out the complete harassment menu. Then the guy's wife called up and accused her. When the lady tried to get a hearing at the posh office level the old boys network just closed ranks and she was basically shunted to the basement and things were being sat on until she resigned.

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PWOAAARR!

Julie Horvath ... had her code pulled by a staff member

...but was the code any good?

when she refused to sleep with him, and after female staff hula-hooped in the office while being ogled by male coders

While I do understand the sleeping bit, I do not understand why her code would be pulled "after female staff hula-hooped in the office while being ogled by male coders".

It sounds like a weird conflation of the Monty Python "job interview" and a standard Benny Hill production.

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WiLAN files appeal in Apple WiFi case

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A “complex multiplier"

Yeah, those numbers from ℂ are a well-kept secret.

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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GOOD!

A rollback to 1953 or so.

Can the Americans now go and look after their own problems before this gets really out of hand?

And please take the stupid NATO general secretary with ya. Time for a visit to the Fletcher Memorial Home.

Amateur Hour in Ukraine

President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history and refuse to accept Russia as a great power- and certainly not as an equal.

Recently, Sen. John McCain, the voice of America’s ignorant right, sneered that Russia was merely “a gas station masquerading as a country.” Gas stations do not produce the likes of Tolstoy, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev, or the very smart Vlad Putin. They do, however, produce puny intellects like McCain.

The US and NATO are now trying to impose a second Brest-Litowsk on Russia. Without Ukraine, Russia can not return to being a world power. Stalin undid Brest-Litowsk. Vlad Putin is determined that the punitive eastern version of the “Versailles Treaty” will not be again imposed on Mother Russia. Pity the poor Ukrainians caught between the crushing millstones of East and West.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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THAT'S NOTHING

"Our" politicians believe that UKRAINE IS OURS ("we’re going to lose eastern Ukraine", Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN)) and that WHAT'S GOOD FOR ISRAEL IS GOOD FOR THE US (no citations needed) and "our" economists (as well as the Fed Chairman) believe that PRINTING MONEY UPS GDP AND THERE WILL BE FULL EMPLOYMENT BY 2016. This is what Yellen actually said!

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, agreed with Lefkowitz that such campaigns are a challenge, but suggested that they could be overcome with sufficient public pushback, as was done with smoking and its link to cancer.

Please not. I have had it with the progressive social engineering experiments. They always end in tears and unintended consequences.

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