* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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There is not even a need to "hack the phones" as everything passes through switches tapped by TLAs.

This "transcribing" business sounds schizophrenic.

Reminds me of the antiwar protests of 2010 or so where "micro-drones" the size of dragonflys were spotted. No use explaining to the "seers" over the 'net that technology for this is about 20 years away or so, They were probably dragonflys if they existed at all.

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Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Re: Park Service cutbacks?

> And no billionaires with some pocket cash to spare?

One could even ask Obama The Droner Prez. He's currently raking in promised kickbacksspeaking fees and not even spending anything. (Plus a ghostwritten "book deal" at 65 million, the mind boggle)

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Re: Back Lot

I have this quote which I wanted to post:

"We reached the Onion Singularity years ago; kind of like the Turing Test, it’s when the average reader can no longer reliability differentiate between “serious journalism” and satire"

(This was written in cotext with Congratulations to the Red Cross for Beating Donald Trump at His Own Game: Racism, but it applies here.

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China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

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In China, "draconian" means burning down cities to shut up revolting citizens of dubious ethnicity.

But I'm not gonna get worked up about enforced surveillance of the Muslim Far West of the PRC. Actually, I let the NGOs take care of that.

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Find your happy place: Fedora 26 has landed

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Re: Happy place

Grin and bear it.

It's like the New Deal: A total catasrophe implemented by crazies bringing nothing but pain & destruction that everyone will laud as the best idea ever after some time.

And truth be told, I am starting to appreciate it as it simpklifies life a lot in certain cases. It is the right direction to take. Not sure whether it is the right way to take it.

Let's do this. Installing KDE spin now...

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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"I blanda'd up"

Hoorrorific if true.

But why is all that information even IN a single database?

And what happens now? Free credit monitoring??

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China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

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Re: It's disgusting that regimes like this still exist in this modern world.

more money than God

Everyone has more money than God.

Unfortunately that's the sort of "money" that is falling off the printing presses like dog turd.

If the West (or the "Western Elites") would stop their pretend-rich Keynesianism and would stop borrowing from the future (at "zero interest", hah!) it would quickly become clear that people are selling their house for cheap tat from Shenzen.

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Re: re: BBC article on New Silk Road

Also here

Pepe Escobar in: "The New Silk Road Will Go Through Syria"

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Most interesting

Anyone know wheter the person in charge of information management is a young and eager lion ready to prove his chops? (Not likely to be a she, right?)

If so it is likely that he will be told to stop having dumbass attacks soon.

Information management is best when applied sparingly. Become crass and people will be pushed to the tipping point and start to complain about it.

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Why you'll never make really big money as an AI dev

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Re: "Backward chaining is appearing as a “new” technique"

Yes, that struck me too.

Plus backchaining and forward chaining is now merging in LPS.

It's about time.

Yes, I know, a very primitive version of this existed in PLANNER in the 60's as Carl "I invented everything, but earlier" Hewitt keeps saying.

Also, "Blackboard Architectures". These are VERY 80s. Basically a device useful when you don't really know how to attack a problem and the solution is "throw specialized agents at it that shall communicate via a common database know as a blackboard". How exactly the inter-agent communication should be formalized was never really spelled out. I still have the Addison-Wesley Fat Book "Blackboard Systems", maybe I should have it scanned and put online. I would imagine that today problems would be more often solved by additional fat injections of appropriate mathematics in search and optimization so that one knows what one is computing and can even get performance stats.

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Re: Prolog IPA

PROLOG'S LIVE MATTERS!

May I interest the Gentleman in Mercury (Haskell as Prolog), Answer Set Programming, Lambda Prolog (see also: Uniform Proofs as a Foundation for Logic Programming or even the experimental Bedwyr?

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DeepMind says it's given AI an imagination. Let's take a closer look at that

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Old school stuff?

I remember an article from 1996 in NewScientist:

The creativity machine

(paywalled! and I have no longer a subscription!)

AFAIR, it was based on neural networks being rejigged at random to "generate creative ideas".

The "Creativity Machine®" is actually a registered trademark of Imagination Engines Inc. There are also patents and stuff: IEI's Patented Creativity Machine® Paradigm

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While El Reg editors analyze my post for Badthink tendencies regarding Trump etc.

IEI's Patented Creativity Machine® Paradigm

"The simple, elegant, and inevitable path to human level machine intelligence and beyond, the Creativity Machine Paradigm, US Patent 5,659,666 and all subsequent foreign and divisional filings."

It is a depressing thought that the "simple, elegant, and inevitable path to human level machine intelligence" can actually be patented.

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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Judge is 100% retarded

This doesn't even pass the smell test. Any smell test.

Plus, there seem to be laws demanding that people protesting do so in declared "free speech zones" (directly behind the dumpster, down that alley). Apparently these are ok?

I hope this black robe donner gets corrected.

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Re: Amend this!

They are not laws, they are changes to the constitution, and, being in effect, articles of the Constitution.

Read it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitutional_amendment#United_States

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Shut up and take my money! AI luminaries go gooey for Graphcore's smart chip tech

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Doctor Miles Kenneth Dyson, I presume?

Hassabis said: "Building systems capable of general artificial intelligence means developing algorithms that can learn from raw data and generalise this learning across a wide range of tasks.

I do think that reaching General Artificial Intelligence as opposed to task-targeted Artificial Intelligence (whoich immediately is relabeled "automation" once it hits the real world) is a rather extreme goal. Also, farther away than a few funding rounds.

Unless there really is hardware from the future in the vault...

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Uber, Twitter's legal eagles gather to wring claws about bro culture

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Muh diversity cargo cult

Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde said that lack of diversity is a vicious cycle and discourages women from advancing in their fields.

“They’re withdrawing from the process, because they’ll walk into the room and the interview panel is all men,” she said.

But what of they are culturally diverse men and members of the LGBT "community"? Would that help?

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$30 million below Parity: Ethereum wallet bug fingered in mass heist

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"Maybe not best practice"

Probably not a problem.

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We're all saved. From the killer AI. We can live. Thanks to the IEEE

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Bonanza

Havens said the IEEE P7000 Standards aim to allow organizations to demonstrate that their products conform to a high level of ethics.

This excursion into nonfunctional requirements will lead to rampant "badgering" (from "Fairtrade AI" to "This city is ETHICAL AI managed"), irate mobs of dumbs proclaiming "Someone's Lives Matter", lawsuits by no-win no-fee attorneys, special patrolling by auditors / state outfits / profiting not-for-profit organizations, and from the religious corner and extremist political spectrum fatwas and other assorted declarations if not burning of factories or people.

Further afield, the IEEE missed the occasion to call these the "H9000 Standards".

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Targeted, custom ransomware menace rears its ugly head

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Re: Sigh...

Even air-gapped systems can fall prey to targeted attacks.

Well, you know, there are targeted attacks and then there are Targeted Attacks which demand a large investment up-front that even cybermobster are unlikely to deploy.

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: LMAO!

Well, it might be, but it will hopefully be hardcore germanic with a strong link to Russia and plugged directly into the New Silk Road.

And, you know. Not ethnomasochistic.

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Re: wtf ??

It's a law about companies on Earth dealing with mining in space, in particular property and taxation aspects.

This is just standard.

Unfortunately we are very far away from having viable space mining tech.

The way things are going, maybe infinitely away. Well, I have confidence the Chinese can pull something off eventually.

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Re: Dodgy Picture

Replaced shortly before 16:58 by the sandy version.

Come on El Reg.

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> climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

Yup, but not in the next 600 millions years.

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Re: Dodgy Picture

It's actually a picture of Anti-Rakis, where everything is reversed, sand is water, the Harkonnen are the good guys and the Atreides are evil terrorists that need to be defuned/sanctioned.

A bit like in the newspapers.

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This assumption is correct.

The problem is that there is correctly zero tech to do any sort of space mining whatsoever, and you will have to touchdown in China or the US or the Africa-reformatted-by-China, and thus pay "landing taxes"...

It also doesn't agree with Luxembourg's anti-nuclear stance. Chemical rocket space mining? I laugh. Now, if the next law allows plutonium reprocessing to begin in the industrial wastelands of its southern part, I will change my current sarcastic stance.

Interestingly, Peter Marquez served as director of space policy under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama

Looks pretty junior. I don't know what he got paid for his efforts, pretty sure it must be a 7-number figure. It sounds like he has one of those close-to-State revolving door jobs that are amply rewarded for emitting Word documents.

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Of course it was a Grey area.

And it will stay that way, goddammit.

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Re: Existing Sentient claims

You better hire the United States Space Corps to protect your claims.

Looking forward to seeing actual Space Marines in action.

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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I have no problems and I must scream!

"I have exposure to the most cutting edge AI and I think people should be really concerned about it,"

Stop talking to Eliza, dude.

Meanwhile actually content-holding discussion:

Human-Level AI Is Right Around the Corner—or Hundreds of Years Away

Ray Kurzweil, Rodney Brooks, and others weigh in on the future of artificial intelligence

Rodney Brooks (Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics) says (and that's a guy who REALLY sees cutting-edge AI):

"When will we have computers as capable as the brain?"

Rodney Brooks’s revised question: When will we have computers/robots recognizably as intelligent and as conscious as humans?

Not in our lifetimes, not even in Ray Kurzweil’s lifetime, and despite his fervent wishes, just like the rest of us, he will die within just a few decades. It will be well over 100 years before we see this level in our machines. Maybe many hundred years.

"As intelligent and as conscious as dogs?"

Maybe in 50 to 100 years. But they won’t have noses anywhere near as good as the real thing. They will be olfactorily challenged dogs.

"How will brainlike computers change the world?"

Since we won’t have intelligent computers like humans for well over 100 years, we cannot make any sensible projections about how they will change the world, as we don’t understand what the world will be like at all in 100 years. (For example, imagine reading Turing’s paper on computable numbers in 1936 and trying to pro­ject out how computers would change the world in just 70 or 80 years.) So an equivalent well-grounded question would have to be something simpler, like “How will computers/robots continue to change the world?” Answer: Within 20 years most baby boomers are going to have robotic devices in their homes, helping them maintain their independence as they age in place. This will include Ray Kurzweil, who will still not be immortal.

"Do you have any qualms about a future in which computers have human-level (or greater) intelligence?"

No qualms at all, as the world will have evolved so much in the next 100+ years that we cannot possibly imagine what it will be like, so there is no point in qualming. Qualming in the face of zero facts or understanding is a fun parlor game but generally not useful. And yes, this includes Nick Bostrom.

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Re: Of course he had to survive miraculously

Yeah about that,

Self-loathing Murricans butthurt that Mexico lost its territory:

Will Mexico Get Half of Its Territory Back?

Mexico is now a victim ripe for reparations.

Hey, maybe the UK can get some pieces back, too?

I always though that WWII transformed Japan into crazy self-punishing animeland, but apparently this can be bettered.

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Re: Jesus!

> Naming your kid Jesus is not cool, think of going through school being called Jesus and the constant "Jesus" jokes as an adult.

I think that would be borderline anti-semitic.

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Re: The funny side is a bit morbid here

I had to overtake it at 90mph+ with a "lead foot" praying that nothing else flies out of the top of the skip during the 15 or so seconds to do so

Captain Wedge Antilles, I presume?

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

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Re: Signed Integer

Using a signed time_t allows you to use time_t for both datetime, and for a duration. This is useful in procedural languages like C, however most OO languages use a separate DateTime and Duration types.

That has nothing to do with OO vs. procedural.

It's just what you want your bit pattern to MEAN.

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Re: I may have a problem Huston

Download jQuery

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DARPA's robot sat-fixing program survives sueball strike

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So is Orbital ATK suddenly so into "govnm't expenditure watch"

I suppose there is no ulterior motive and its motivations are as pure as driven snow?

I hope they will take up the Afghan "surge" next (laughably, 5000 dudes and dudettes to be shipped over to check whether the local IED industry is still top notch)

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All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

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Sigh!

Referring to the extraordinary news that Donald Trump Jr had taken a meeting with a Russian government lawyer offering damaging information on his father's presidential rival – and then repeatedly lied about it

You see, dear author. You cannot accuse others of cynicism when you yourself are providing "facts" that just aren't, embiggened with fast-breathing partisanship.

> "extraordinary news"

A prior judgement. Is this news "extraordinary"? Really. I doubt it. But adding adjectives is a nice way of penetrating the filters of the target audience.

> a meeting with a Russian government lawyer

Shock! Ties to Russia! Well, let's cite RT (and why not, it's better than Vox and shit along that line)

Natalia Veselnitskaya was almost certainly not representing the Kremlin when she courted baby Trump. Rather she was lobbying on behalf of a client, mixed up in the Sergei Magnitsky case [a very politicised case that seems to be smokescreened by everybody involved]. To that end, the ex-UK tabloid hack Robert Goldstone exaggerated her usefulness to attract Donald Jr.’s attention. By Trump's own account, he quickly sussed this distorted pretext and pulled back. Plus, it’s worth mentioning how she’s also engaged plenty of Democrats as part of her campaign.

So, did she deliver on La Madame? As far as we are being told, she didn't.

> and then repeatedly lied about it

Should Mr. Trump Jr. have accepted the meeting? Heck no. Did he break "campaign finance laws"? Doubtful. Did he lie? It seems so, as he did not correctly disclose the content or the subject of the meeting. But let's be realistic: It frankly sounds like a set-up. Would you really tell world & dog that a russian lawyer has contacted you about oppo, when fingers are already being pointed at you with the accusation that your ties are less clean than they should be?

Meanwhile, triple-A memoryholed: Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire - Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.-.

Weird, eh?

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Should have marketed this at repellent hip-hoppers with money to burn

Also:

> £128m ($168m) in the red.

How is that even possible? Just melt the metal casings and recover most of the value.

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Dark web souk AlphaBay shuts for good after police raids

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Yeah, sounds convenient.

Maybe one wants to look into "services provided but not documented" for various State agencies.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: Tardigrades will Inherit the Earth

This is a teaser for Half-Life 3, right?

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Prof, please!

If Tardigrades are Earth's most resilient species, who knows what else is out there?

Well, either nothing or more tardigrades?

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Re: Primitive Life?

You just need a centrally held map on how the hell you are supposed to look like and rebuild rthe organism around that. It would even fix the cancer problems.

Nature is too distributed.

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: Batteries are expensive and take longer than 5 min to charge

How the holy hell do you run on ammonia?

It might be useful as reaction mass for space-going vehicles (like in 2001), but on Earth?

It's highly toxi and volatile, too.

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Re: The man thing...

Lafferty's "Interurban Queen" was a short story with a very Progressive Obamite/Hillarite Outlook:

“Lafferty depicts an America where electric interurban transport had won out over the automobile, which the group-centred interurbanites have outlawed. The picture he paints is of a friendly, idyllic land free of urban blight, agriculture and industry being blended into lovely, evenly-populated “quasiurbia”, unified by convenient public transport. But it is also a land where competition having yielded completely to cooperation, the individualist and the loner are not tolerated; and those who persist in driving bootleg cars are considered incorrigible menaces to society, whom it is the duty of all right-thinking citizens to shoot on sight in approved vigilante manner. What makes “Interurban Queen” so remarkable, though, is the incredible tonal balance with which Lafferty handles the two sides of this question: I cannot tell, even with inside knowledge of Lafferty's personal politics, where his sympathies lie — probably a historic first in s-f of this type.”

—Sheryl Smith, Riverside Quarterly Vol. 7 No. 2 (1982)

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Electric vehicles everywhere

Where's my thousands of nuclear reactors and Plutonium reprocessing plants at, green punk?

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Fake Newspaper steals Reg design to spruik storage upstart

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Re: You're having a laugh?

Come on, you know this was just a 'mercial to put Weka.io on the map.

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Re: The Delirium Brief

Something to read then, but frankly the current news cycle is (Neocon) Delirium Brief enough for me.

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U Vlad bro? Docker accidentally cuts off Ukraine

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S.772: "Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017"

I don't manage to follow US conflict-generating behaviour on a day-to-day basis but apparently an additional sanction bill is winding its way through the legislative digestive system and it has already been accepted by the Senate: Senate passes measure to expand sanctions on Iran and Russia. The Reps House will have to give its opinion on this next.

Well, this bill is a fresh, hardcorer approach at getting rid of Putler:

US SENATE STRIKES FOR RUSSIAN EQUALITY – THE OLIGARCHS TARGETED IN NEW SANCTIONS BILL

Not since the German government arranged for Vladimir Lenin to return to Russia, crossing German territory in a sealed train on April 16, 1917, has a foreign state at war with Russia done something as revolutionary as the US Senate did on June 15, 2017. That is when, by a vote of 98 to 2, the senators began the process of attacking the Russian oligarchs. They are the men who have dominated the Russian economy for more than twenty years, concentrating more national wealth in their hands than can be found in any other major state in the world today.

Unremarked by the senators themselves; unreported by the American press; and unnoticed, almost, in Russia, the new measure — if adopted by the full Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump — will target the oligarchs’ lines of credit to international banks; the brokers, repositories and clearinghouses of their shares and bonds; their trade with the US and Europe; their US companies, bank accounts, boats on the high seas and homes abroad. If targeting the oligarchs is followed by formal sanctions, the aim will be to destroy their power at home and abroad. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation hasn’t contemplated this much.

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S.722 goes much further, codifying the existing Russian sanctions in statute which the White House cannot relieve by presidential decree; imposing new sanctions the same way; and setting up a scheme of reporting of new targets. By itself, the report process will immediately trigger informal sanctions, with or without the formal orders to follow.

In this new Senate bill, the targeting is no longer crimes committed, or even the restraint of competition, but Russian wealth itself, and the oligarchs who have most of it. That is revolutionary. So is the exception in Section 241(a)(1)(A) for “their closeness to the Russian regime”. That’s a call for the oligarchs to join Mikhail Khodorkovsky in open rebellion.

This is going to be tremendous.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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These are the people who are in charge

Top. Men!

In related matters, IMF exhorts Germans to "save less, spend more".

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Re: So what's the use?

You may notice that the Law of Supply and Demand has been legislated away some time ago by the introduction of Central Banking.

Why, you can get credits of 0% or lower these days, while your savings that you hand to somebody to use actually give you negative interest.

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Will the last person at Basho please turn out the lights?

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Re: and the UK NHS thought this was a mature technology to pin the NHS "Spine" on?

Actually Erlang (or Elixir, also running on the BEAM virtual machine) is very cool, although anytyped. These days, you can get the Actor model on the JVM as Akka too (in Scala).

I just want to find the time behind a sofa to study the Phoenix web server ....

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