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Comment Re: Yup (Score 1) 516

So the statement is true that several owned slaves. Your obsession with what colour (slavery is wrong whatever colour), and baseless insults on education and "worldview" appear irrelevant, and disappointing IMHO. I'll take the relative mod points as a sad lesson in how well worded nationalist diatribe has for a while beaten the logic that I hoped I saw rise to the top when first here.

Submission + - Documents Show How Russia's Troll Army Hit America (

An anonymous reader writes: The documents show instructions provided to the commenters that detail the workload expected of them. On an average working day, the Russians are to post on news articles 50 times. Each blogger is to maintain six Facebook accounts publishing at least three posts a day and discussing the news in groups at least twice a day. By the end of the first month, they are expected to have won 500 subscribers and get at least five posts on each item a day. On Twitter, the bloggers are expected to manage 10 accounts with up to 2,000 followers and tweet 50 times a day.

They are to post messages along themes called “American Dream” and “I Love Russia.” The archetypes for the accounts are called Handkerchief, Gay Turtle, The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Left Breast, Black Breast, and Ass, for reasons that are not immediately clear.

According to the documents, which are attached to several hundred emails sent to the project’s leader, Igor Osadchy, the effort was launched in April and is led by a firm called the Internet Research Agency. It’s based in a Saint Petersburg suburb, and the documents say it employs hundreds of people across Russia who promote Putin in comments on Russian blogs.

Submission + - Extreme Galactic 'Rainstorm' Feeds Monster Black Hole (

astroengine writes: The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile has, for the first time, spotted million solar mass clouds of cold, dense molecular gas condense inside the Abell 2597 galaxy cluster, around one billion light-years from Earth. These massive clouds are now speeding their way toward a supermassive black hole, providing some compelling evidence as to how the monster black holes in the centers of galaxies get so incredibly big.

Submission + - Astronomers used network science to explain star formation (

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, scientists have used methods of network science to solve a fundamental astrophysical problem — explaining the so-called "stellar initial mass function", a distribution of stars by mass in galaxies and star clusters. Andrei Klishin (MIT/U.Mich) and Igor Chilingarian (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA/Moscow State University) described star formation using the "preferential attachment" aka "rich get richer" formalism.

Submission + - Bilderberg Leak: Secretive Group to Discuss Internet ID, Global Tax (

schwit1 writes: The secretive Bilderberg Group is set to discuss plans to implement an Internet ID to eviscerate anonymity on the web as well as a global tax on financial transactions and air travel, according to an inside source who spoke to Infowars.

The clandestine organization is set to begin its annual meeting tomorrow at the Taschenbergpalais Kempinski hotel in Dresden, Germany.

I would guess that they plan to exempt their private carbon-spewing jets and hedge funds from the taxes.

Submission + - SPAM: Drone Taxi Gets Green Light To Test In U.S.

An anonymous reader writes: A passenger drone has been given clearance to commence testing in Nevada, following its unveiling earlier this year at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. Chinese firm EHang claims that the battery-powered drone is capable of transporting a passenger through the air for up to 23 minutes. Named the EHang 184, the autonomous vehicle has eight propellers on four arms, takes off vertically, can travel at altitudes as high as 3.5km, and has a top speed of 100 kmph. EHang proposes that a rider would simply jump into the vehicle, enter in a destination on the integrated tablet, and sit back and relax while the taxi drone completes their journey for them.

EHang, which is based in the Guangzhou region of southern China, has teamed up with the state-backed non-profit group Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to help get the drone through regulatory procedures. It confirmed that testing would begin later this year.

Comment Re:you wanted capitalism (Score 1) 582

As opposed to every other system whereby the most powerful are the government and have no need to "consolidate" power as they already have all of it and can readily siphon off government money for their own purposes. No amount of ideology about how some economic system is supposed to work will change humans from how they actually behave.

There are more than two ways. that is all.

Comment Re:Firing in US (Score 1) 582


The evolutionary fitness argument of markets is nice and all, but the reality is as above, and it impacts on many lives and wastes resources every day. Surely we can consider ways to improve this, perhaps by more democratic or crowd-sourced monitoring of key decisions. Egos can sometimes be dissolved by many eyes.

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