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Submission + - Revenge of the Deep State (reason.com)

mi writes: Whether you welcome or are saddened by the embarrassment Trump suffered with General Flynn, you ought to be troubled by how it happened. Apparently, members of the intelligence community — part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections — now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and harm their foes. Their principal foe today is the president of the United States...

Submission + - Ad Blocking Isn't As Widespread As You Yhink

Mickeycaskill writes: Adoption of adblocking software in the UK has remained static at 22 percent, despite widespread concern among online publishers, and even the government, about impact on revenues and the creative industries.

A report believes levels of use could even be lower as 1/5 of respondents to its survey claimed their antivirus software was an adblocker. The Internet Advertising Bureau believes consumers are becoming more aware about the trade off between access to content and viewing ads.

“The continued rise in ad blocking that some predicted simply hasn’t materialised,” said the IAB UK’s CEO Jon Mew. “A key reason is publishers denying access to content to ad blockers which, in effect, has created that ‘lightbulb’ moment for people who realise that they cannot access free content without seeing the advertising that funds it. The industry has worked hard on promoting this ‘value exchange’ and it’s paying off.”

Submission + - First SHA1 Collision (googleblog.com)

ad454 writes: Today, 10 years after of SHA-1 was first introduced, we are announcing the first practical technique for generating a collision. This represents the culmination of two years of research that sprung from a collaboration between the CWI Institute in Amsterdam and Google. We've summarized how we went about generating a collision below. As a proof of the attack, we are releasing two PDFs that have identical SHA-1 hashes but different content.

https://security.googleblog.co...

Submission + - Scientists have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle (bbc.com)

schwit1 writes: In its manufacture, the container must first be coated on the inside with a rough surface. A very thin layer is then placed over this. And, finally, a liquid is added that fills in any troughs to form a very slippery surface — like an oily floor.

The ketchup hovers on top and just glides out of the bottle.

According to Prof Kripa Varanasi, who developed the slippery surface, the technology is completely safe.

"The cool thing about it is that because the coating is a composite of solid and liquid, it can be tailored to the product. So for food, we make the coating out of food-based materials and so you can actually eat it."

The technology's co-inventor Dr David Smith told me that it could also help reduce waste.

Pretty slick.

Comment "both sides of the aisle" is a political statement (Score 1) 380

The phrase "both sides of the aisle" is itself a political statement, and a bullshit one at that. The majority of the US are independent voters. The "first past the post" voting system is allowing this duopoly and false dichotomy to keep gasping for air. We need real chances for other parties and a real representational voting system to allow that. I support approve/disapprove voting.

Submission + - Climate Models Are Warming Earth Two Times Faster Than Reality (dailycaller.com)

schwit1 writes: “So far in the 21st century, the GCMs are warming, on average, about a factor of 2 faster than the observed temperature increase,” Dr. Judith Curry, a former Georgia Tech climate scientist who now runs her own climate forecasting company, wrote in a report for the U.K.-based Global Warming Policy Foundation.

Curry has been one of the foremost critics of climate models, arguing that while they can be useful, there are too many uncertainties and issues to rely on models for public policy decisions.

Curry’s report gives a detailed rundown of why models can be useful for modeling complex climate systems, but also points out that GCMs fail to capture natural variability in the climate.

“The reason for the discrepancy between observations and model simulations in the early 21st century appears to be caused by a combination of inadequate simulations of natural internal variability and oversensitivity of the models to increasing carbon dioxide,” wrote Curry.

Comment Re:Equality of Opportunity, not of Results (Score 1, Interesting) 444

If you are prosperous, the government won't tax you down to the level of a welfare recipient

Yes, thankfully, it will not — not in the US today. But that's what the communists/socialists would like to be happening. And to farther this goal, they'll claim, that in the current situation we do not have "equality" — without specifying, which of the two very different equalities they mean.

TFA, clearly, talks about Equality of Results — catastrophes wipe everything out, making everyone equally poor. When ArmoredDragon questioned, whether this is at all desirable, s.petry replied, that "equality is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence" — and therefore must be desirable. The most delicious part was him, who just substituted one term for another, accusing others of "false equivalence"!..

Your explanation is so black and white

The equalities of Opportunity and Results are completely different — like black and white. Worse, while black and white are merely colors, the two equalities aren't a matter of taste — one is a must for a just egalitarian society, the other is highly oppressive.

And yet, various demagogues routinely use the trick of equivocation to confuse the audience by referring to the two interchangeably. It is this dishonest demagoguery, that my post was aimed to counter — the aim, which gives it value.

Comment Re:USSR from parallel universe (Score 3, Interesting) 444

At least on paper, there was a difference in between cooperatively owned one and government owned ones (kolkhoz).

I am not sure, what your background is, but you are confusing things. "Kolhoz" was ostensibly collectively-owned ("kol" for "Kolletive"), although in reality the government exercised full control. The bona-fide government farming enterprises were named "sovhoz" ("sov" for "Soviet"). There was nothing else...

"Cooperative" was a way to obtain an apartment — for lots of money and additional labor — it had nothing to do with means of production.

Comment Equality of Opportunity, not of Results (Score 0) 444

False equivalency. The push for equality is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence

What the Declaration enshrines is the Equality of Opportunity : we all have the same rights and obligations, our results depend on what we do with them.

What Altantic and other crypto-commies are talking about is Equality of Results — whatever you do in life, your results will be roughly the same as those of everybody else. If you prosper, the government will tax you. If you suck, the government will subsidize you.

False equivalency indeed!

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