It will be the bestest siesta of your life though.
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It will be the bestest siesta of your life though.
$8,000 buys lunch with the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke at a restaurant of his choice
Probably money that he lovingly printed himself a bit earlier!
And lest we forget:
“Bernanke Enjoys the ‘Fruits of the Free Market,’” or so we’re told in a Reuters headline from March 4 about the former Fed chairman’s 40-minute speech in Abu Dhabi for which he received, ahem, $250,000. In the Reuters author’s defense, he was only quoting a DC lobbyist who was defending the amount, and added, Bernanke “will personally experience supply and demand.”
Well, yes, it’s just supply and demand and all that. No big deal and if you don’t like it, you must have something against markets. Still, it would be nice (and a bigger deal) if these reporters would quote someone outside of the accepted intellectual class of the Boswash corridor so compromised by being among the primary beneficiaries of all the new money Chairman Ben and his comrades created, ex nihilo, when he wasn’t shooting baskets in the Marriner Eccles building. If they did, they might hear some healthy skepticism about these events in which top officials cash in on their “public service” via contacts with the very industries they benefited while in office.
George Stigler explained such paybacks in his capture theory of regulation for which he received (rightly) the Nobel Prize in Economics, although I’d say they are better explained by the phrase, “quid pro and here-you-go!”
Less-beholden observers might pause during Bernanke’s victory lap and note that the dollar has lost almost 30 percent of its value since he joined the Fed in 2002, and that’s only if you accept the lowball metrics used in official CPI statistics. It is likely twice that amount if price inflation is measured in more traditional ways, including forgotten factors such as the full inflation for out-of-pocket expenses or the cost to maintain a constant cost of living. Americans of 1977 may have had to suffer through bad hair and disco music, but at least they didn’t suffer discrepancies between (a) what they experienced the value of the dollars in their pockets to be and (b) what the government said it was. We do.
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Stanislaw Lem - Ananke (from "More Tales of Pirx the Pilot")
Such was the brain, so overburdened with spurious tasks as to be rendered incapable of dealing with real ones, that stood at the helm of a hundred-thousand-tonner. Each of Cornelius’s computers was afflicted with the “anankastic syndrome”: a compulsion to repeat, to complicate simple tasks; a formality of gestures, a pattern of ritualized behavior. They simulated not the anxiety, of course, but its systemic reactions. Paradoxically, the fact that they were new, advanced models, equipped with a greater memory, facilitated their undoing: they could continue to function, even with their circuits overloaded.
Still, something in the Agathodaemon’s zenith must have precipitated the end—the approach of a strong head wind, perhaps, calling for instantaneous reactions, with the computer mired in its own avalanche, lacking any overriding function. It had ceased to be a real-time computer; it could no longer model real events; it could only founder in a sea of illusions… When it found itself confronted by a huge mass, a planetary shield, its program refused to let it abort the procedure, which, at the same time, it could no longer continue. So it interpreted the planet as a meteorite on a collision course, this being the last gate, the only possibility acceptable to the program. Since it couldn’t communicate that to the cockpit—it wasn’t a reasoning human being, after all—it went on computing, calculating to the bitter end: a collision meant a 100 percent chance of annihilation, an escape maneuver, a 90-95 percent chance, so it chose the latter: emergency thrust!
Not true. Because it *isn't* Java, it just looks like one.
would have just extended Debian
Bletch no. Also you have to get everyone writing in Go.
MySQL is in no way killed
I guess it must be resting.
Anyway ... PostgreSQL!
If you bothered to look at the APIs in question you'd have noticed they were plainly copied.
In this thread: Eejits who don't know about APIs and didn't bother to read the article.
If anything, this is probably one of the few high-profile sane decisions rendered recently
In this thread: Eejits who have no idea what they are talking about.
Two different people or teams developing the same functionality independently would never end up with the same class hierarchy, the same method signatures, the same variables. Never.
In this thread: Eejits who have no idea about coding.
I cannot be better in the first place because there isn't even a specification. Like trying to metricate Chtulhu, the closer you look, the madder you get.
Well, frankly I have had it.
The whole bunch of leeches and sucking cancers can't end soon enough. Everyone in his own proprietary little silo, throwing shit against the padded walls.
Gisela had never heard of Athena, but ninety minutes per person sounded ominous. Everything meaningful about an individual citizen could be packed into less than an exabyte [160,000 LTO-6 compressed (6.25 TB) tapes], and sent as a gamma-ray burst a few milliseconds long. If you wanted to simulate an entire flesher body — cell by cell, redundant viscera and all — that was a harmless enough eccentricity, but lugging the microscopic details of your “very own” small intestine ninety-seven light years was just being precious.
Hasn't anyone ever come up with FLOPPY RAID where a bad sector on disk 23 could have been compensated with the checksums from disk 06 and 28?
It would probably have made it to a Chaos Manor entry in Byte Magazine.
That one's from BOFH #1
Seriously? There are people who don't know? Next you want me add attributions when I quote from the Ancient Testament.
4 MEG IN TOTAL!
Another user rings.
"I need more space" he says
"Well, why don't you move to Texas?" I ask
"No, on my account, stupid."
"I'm terribly sorry" I say, in a polite manner equal to that of Jimmy Stewart in a Family Matinee "I didn't quite catch that. What was it that you said"
I smell the fear coming down the line at me, but it's too late, he's a goner and he knows it.
"Um, I said what I wanted was more space on my account, *please*"
"Sure, hang on"
I hear him gasp his relief even though he covered the mouthpiece.
"There, you've got plenty of space now"
"How much have I got"
Now this REALLY *PISSES* *ME* *OFF*! Not only do they want me to give them extra space, they want to check it, to correct me if I don't give them enough. They should be happy with what I give them *and that's it*
Back into Jimmy Stewart mode.
"Well, let's see, you have 4 Meg available"
"Wow! Eight Meg in total, thanks!" he says pleased with his bargaining power
"No" I interrupt, savouring this like a fine red, room temperature "4 Meg in total"
"Huh? I'd used 4 Meg already, How could I have 4 Meg Available?"
I say nothing. It'll come to him.
I kill me; I really do
If they detect large, vehicle shaped things coming toward the building they deploy and lock in place
Isn't that racist against US customer who happen to fall into the upper quartile of US-adapted body mass?
Unless there is a dead hand persistently pushing the "print" button at the federal reserve.
Which is the case.
As a cabbie might put it, Uber can go shove their cut-price offering where the sun don't shine, sunshine.
Must be the most self-defeating addie for QUALITY cab services ever.
But thanks for the astroturf.
Union bosses claimed the use of Uber is tantamount to installing a taximeter – which is illegal in minicabs.
And why is it illegal, there must be a good reason for ... oh!
it is probably worth considering as a economy stimulating activity
Unfortunately 40 years of relentless bullshit and economic destruction (with the best yet to come) should have taught us that Keynesianism of all kinds is a pipe dream.
No such luck.
China is currently at the top of the S-curve of its building boom. It has empty cities standing around, rotting. All that energy, time, materials and lifes locked up in infrastructure never to be used and never to generate any ROI whatsoever. Lost.
It needs a new monster project fast to justify printing more money unless the whole Ponzi scheme collapses like a Universe living through its big crunch.
However, the light at the end of the transatlantic tunnel turned out to be the Horseman of Futzy Accounting.
Ron Paul Doom.jpg
It was /b/ before moot.
You must be living in Sweden.
Radio Assange FTW!
And an old story on alt.tasteless
Let's see your government control-rays get through that!
They can get latex-covered fingers up various orifices whenever you look at them wrong, why would they need control rays?
What's with the overexposure of "Wifi kills better than $THREAT and more insidiously" meme lately? In the last couple of days two persons talked my ear off bleedingly about the nefarious effects of digital microwave energy in the ether. Said nefarious effects being all well known to the sciency circles which are, however, unable to speak because their righteous voices are being ruthlessly ballgagged by "industry power".
On the other hand, I have been spared such nonsense the whole last year.
Creeping Califonization or Something in the Daily Mail?
TETRA merely uses the old carriers for digital instead of analogue signals
I tried to explain something about digital signalling in the time domain being exactly the same as analog signalling in the time domain if they are mapping to x GHz in the frequency domain, but to no avail. This digital shit is DANGEROUS with all these sharp corners, man!
This involved closing door (1) in an airtight manner (2) then releasing (3) gas pellets (3b) from safe enclosure (4), finally putting fire (5) to the building after a suitable period of mourning (6). Although "Zyklon B" is mentioned hereunder, this is just done for illustration purposes and nothing in this patent shall be construed to mean that other chemicals may not be used.
Prior art you say?
"Crawling in my skin. These wounds they will not heal."
Essentially a lifetime guarantee, then?
Or ACs from Redmond's basement. How is the Azure Cloud coming, guys.
Pissing off customers, telling them that they better buy support in perpetuam or else they get the gloved hand treatment or need to go somewhere else.
Looks like Oracle is now eating the seeds.
You will also remember the Ron-Paul Doom Level Economic Crash which is increasingly looming over the near future horizon like real-life version of The Thing On the Doorstep.
"I can't complain about the arrest if the police regard them as real guns."
That's not the kind of spirit that will keep that country going.
"We at S.A.M.S.U.N.G. are not happy with your performance, Mr Dong. Your Galaxy S5 was not exactly ... a success!"
[A Worldmap with highlighted FAIL points appears out of nowhere]
"Do you expect me to add more rounded corners?"
"Choose your next witticism well, Mr. Dong. It may well be your last...."
It's hard to admit that one is only being used as a conduit to hoover up loose cash coming from suckers and badly managed pension schemes, all driven by the relentlessly burning heat of our socialistic money printing policies.
As is well-known, one of Tobin’s first students to be conferred a PhD after he repaired from his Washington follies to Yale was Janet Yellen. That was 1971. If Keynesian economics in a national bathtub that was not at all a closed system was nonsense even then, it surely is nothing less than a laughingstock in the blooming, buzzing, churning global economy of today—-a place where the source of the marginal supply of labor and capital cannot even be pronounced in Washington, let alone be measured, calibrated and factored into a policy equation.
Yet here is Janet Yellen at a Congressional hearing yesterday faithfully lip-synching professor Tobin. She has not even learned any new jargon in 43 years!
“In light of the considerable degree of slack that remains in labor markets and the continuation of inflation below the (Fed’s) 2 percent objective, a high degree of monetary accommodation remains warranted,” Ms. Yellen said.
This was all by way of justifying the lunatic proposition on which the Fed is now operating: Namely, that for the 68th consecutive month it kept the money market rate at zero—a condition that has never previously occurred in all of human history. Well, outside of post-bubble Japan anyway, and its evident how well that’s working.
It depends on the workplace.
"Haram started kidnapping the daughters of West Coast executives and selling them into slavery, attitudes might change."
I don't know how more
retarded incoherentyou can get. "Responsibility to protect" progressive bombing runs and all that jazz come to mind. What do you want to express with this kind of stupdidityunclear proclamation?
"If random violence were perpetrated by random obscurantists right here, attitudes might change."
"If victims were blonde white girls instead of brown-skinned ones, attitudes might change."
"If these things were happening right here in whitey land, attitudes might change."
I dunno, please enlighten me.
You can also specify HOW things would change. Consider that I do not consider the maintenance of a "kill list" by black presidents as "change".
I wonder if that french software house from last week "outrage of the week" section was up to something?
Wide open, eh?
Say no more, say no more!!
Hush! Just put him on the President's Personal Kill-List (updated every Wednesday!)
If the basket is very strong, I am sure we can justify SIL 4
Fukushima is EVERYHWERE!!!
If Apple is still "top dog" in 2020 either a major nuclear war occurred or the competition is asleep at the wheels and serially driving off cliffs.
That prediction is not exactly about putting one's credibility on the line.
I, for one, predict that the USA will be a burnt-out economic basketcasket suffering increasing tendency at defederalization by then. P = 0.7556
You can say it was because you were LGBT, but "they" will say you were fired (or not hired) for some other reason.
Having a job at company X is not a birthright, even if this idiotic and self-defeating idea has grown on some people.
C ... oh!
It was Putin's own biker gang (Night Wolfes) wot done it!
> HTTPS isn't secure from a "man in the middle" attack.
U WOT M8?
It is - if the certifcate chain has not been compromised. Don't use COMODO or DigiNotar shit. Preferably use your own CA.
"Neo. This may be hard to believe but... The Matrix was created based on open-sourced worm simulations...."
Meanwhile, the real problems pile up.
Needed: Obama-Putin Summit on Ukraine -- Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, May 04, 2014
The buck stops with you, Mr. President. If you want to stop a bloody civil war between east and west Ukraine and avert Russian military intervention in eastern Ukraine, you may be able to do so before the violence hurtles completely out of control. You need to take the initiative and do it now.
We recommend that you publicly disavow any wish to incorporate Ukraine into NATO and that you make it clear to Moscow that you are prepared to meet personally with Russian President Vladimir Putin without delay to discuss ways to defuse the crisis and recognize the legitimate interests of the various parties.
Let us suppose you are confronted with the following scenario: Tokyo provokes armed hostilities with China over the issue of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and then invokes Japan’s mutual defense treaty with the U.S. to draw the United States in. At that point, Russia weighs in on China’s side. What do you do? And, more specifically, what do you do when you cannot get through the Kremlin switchboard and are reduced to having to leave Putin a voicemail?
“if also addresses alleged currency manipulation by Japan”
Abenomics, the fêted idea of banishing deflation forever, and which has not truly destroyed the Japanese economy is based on printing money like you have a special paper diarrhea. Ditto the US which Quantitatively Eases like a roadtrip to hell to hide any unbecoming problems at least till pas the midterm elections. If that is not currency manipulation on both sides of the Asian pivot I don't know what is.
Well, it seems there are very large chickens coming home to roost presently and very quickly. MORE POPCORN, PLEASE!
Just because something is intelligent does not mean it necessarily wants to do anything
Picture AIs streaming endless archives of football games to their data centers while they stroke their chips&beer perceptrons.