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Comment India just tried to go almost completely cashless (Score 4, Informative) 241

Overnight and without warning, the government banned bills worth more than about $1.50. The result has been an absolute disaster:

97% of the Indian economy is cash-based. With 88% of all outstanding currency no longer usable, the economy is coming to a standstill. The daily-wage laborer, who leads a hand-to-mouth existence in a country with GDP per capita of a mere $1,600, no longer has work, as his employer has no cash to pay his wages. His life is in utter chaos. He is not as smart as Modi — despite the fact that Modi has no real life experience except as a bully and perhaps in his early days as a tea-seller at a train-station. He has no clue where his life is headed from here.

These people are going hungry, and some have begun to raid food shops. People are dying for lack of treatment at hospitals. Old people are dying in the endless queues. Some are killing themselves, as they are unable to comprehend the situation and simply don’t know what to do. There are now hundreds of such stories in the media.

Small businesses are in shambles, and many will probably never recover. The Hindu wedding season has just started and people are left with unusable banknotes. Their personal and family lives are now an utter disaster.

Banks and ATMs are running out of what little cash their is shortly after they open.

Submission + - International Authorities Cooperate To Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet

plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named 'Avalanche', estimated to have involved as many as 500,000 infected computers worldwide on a daily basis.

"The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, five individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. In addition, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked."

Submission + - Not one, not two, but three undersea cables cut in Jersey (

An anonymous reader writes: Sometime before midnight Monday (UK local time) a ship dropped its anchor and broke, not one, not two, but three undersea cables serving the island of Jersey in the English Channel. Jersey is part of the Channel Islands along with Guernsey and some smaller islands. These things happen and that’s not a good thing. The cut was reported on the venerable BBC news website. For the telecom operators in Jersey (JT Global) this wasn’t good news. However looking at the traffic from Cloudflare’s point of view; we can see that while the cable cut removed the direct path from London to Jersey, it was replaced by the backup path from Paris to Jersey. The move was 100% under the control of the BGP routing protocol. It's a relief that there's a fallback for when these unpredictable events happen.

Comment Now one trusts the mainstream media anymore (Score 1, Informative) 212

The major media outlets went all into the tank for Hillary. The New York Times abandoned even a pretense of objectivity to editorialize against Trump on their front page. Wikileaks proved that CNN and the Washington Post (among others) actively colluded with the Clinton campaign against Trump.

And you know who this hurt most of all? Democrats. Because the MSM was so in the tank for Hillary, the Clinton campaign couldn't get the information it needed to make tactical choices on what money and effort to spend where. Wouldn't it have been more valuable for them to hear "Hey, Hillary may have a problem with previously Democratic blue collar voters in the rust belt" than "Campaign Inevitable is going to crush all puny obstacles between her and the White House! You go girl!"?

Instead they tried to drag the most corrupt candidate ever to run for President of the United States over the finish line, and now they wonder why no one trusts them anymore.

Comment The Liberal Search for Scapegoats Continues! (Score 0, Flamebait) 68

The was the most unbalanced election news coverage in history, with major outlets (NYT, WP, ABC, NBC, CBS) so far in the tank for Clinton and against Trump that it embarassed many old time journalists:

This is all symptomatic of modern journalism’s great moral and intellectual failing: its unbearable smugness. Had Hillary Clinton won, there’s be a winking “we did it” feeling in the press, a sense that we were brave and called Trump a liar and saved the republic.

So much for that. The audience for our glib analysis and contempt for much of the electorate, it turned out, was rather limited. This was particularly true when it came to voters, the ones who turned out by the millions to deliver not only a rebuke to the political system but also the people who cover it. Trump knew what he was doing when he invited his crowds to jeer and hiss the reporters covering him. They hate us, and have for some time.

And can you blame them? Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

It’s a profound failure of empathy in the service of endless posturing...We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.

And, after all that, Trump still won. So now liberals will look everywhere for a scapegoat to pin this "inexplicable" failure on. Everywhere, that is, except their own attitudes and actions.

The left is responsible for this result, because the left has now decided to any other opinion, any other way of looking at the world, is unacceptable. We don't debate anymore because the left won the cultural war, so if you're on the right you're a freak! You're evil! You're racist! You're stupid! You are a basket of deplorables! How do you think people are going to vote if you talk to them like that? When has anyone ever been persuaded by being insulted or labeled? So now if you're on the right or even against the prevailing view you are attacked for raising your opinion. That's why people wait until they're in the voting booth, where no one's watching anymore, there's no blame or shame or anything, and you can finally say what you really think, and that is a powerful thing.

Comment " typical liberal, with expansion of police state" (Score 1) 412

"When Obama got into power, I assumed he'd be the typical liberal. Little did I know he'd get very friendly with the expansion of the police state."

That's like saying:

"When Tom got into banking, I assumed he'd be the typical banker. Little did I know he'd like to work with money."


"When Paul got into boxing, I assumed he'd be the typical boxer. Little did I know he'd really enjoy hitting people."

When have liberals (the modern, government expanding kind) ever been shy about expanding the power of the police state?

Remember all those liberals decrying using force to make Christian bakers bake gay wedding cakes?

Me neither.

You haven't been paying attention.

Comment Sounds like Supercritical Water Oxidization (Score 1) 181

Basically, put water at 4000 PSI and you can dump loads of heat into it without it turning into steam. Now dump Oxygen into it and it will basically break down any organic molecule.

The problem has always been how to scale a reactor vessel large enough and strong enough to make it suitable for commercial use.

The big question is whether it can economically scale.

Comment Just ask his wife, Morgan Fairchild! (Score 3, Interesting) 44

Go to the actual article and you see not a prototype, not a mockup, but concept art.

Could a single trained technician with the proper tools (hoist, lift, etc.) assemble a truck from modular, prefabricated parts in four hours? Maybe, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it. Especially when a typical kit car requires 80-100 hours to build yourself.

This is pie-in-the-sky fluff to pimp to investors.

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