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News 2021-08-30 | Taiwan invasion | Textmind Q&A | supernova mutants | Telegram insecure | myopia, sunshine | IQ: religion, devs | zettelkasten | AI racist | clot shot | Roundup ruin | Russian math | stealection | Taliban triumph | easy earning

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  1. About: Objective Contrarian news
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  2. most pro investors can't beat market | but nearly all congressmen can | obvious corruption
  3. knowledge workers | 70-80% burnout 2x+/year | HN
  4. 10-Bins | file real people as objects, not names
  5. US Air Force Plane Makes Unannounced Landing In Taiwan, Outraging Beijing | zerohedge.com
  6. Textmind Q&A | org archive command deprecated | REFACTORED and Git instead
  7. Org Mode link to open directory in Dired | emacs.stackexchange.com
  8. Cyborganize Q&A | 10-Bins
  9. The Flying Crowbar: The Insane Doomsday Weapon America Almost Built | jalopnik.com | funny
  10. my health | downturn this winter | methylfolate recovery
  11. Textmind Q&A | archiving
  12. don't talk to cops | accuser/arresters only, not exonerators
  13. Textmind Q&A
  14. Textmind Q&A
  15. Textmind | org-ids | duplicates
  16. Exploding Stars May Have Assaulted Ancient Earth | Slashdot | supernova super-evolution?
  17. Right or left, you should be worried about big tech censorship (eff.org) | HN
  18. Cryptographers unearth vulnerabilities in Telegram's encryption protocol (cyberscoop.com) | HN | BS | Telegram's main mode insecure
  19. caffeine | addictive | harms sleep, increases fatigue
  20. Textmind | variant of Org mode | cognitive cyborg
  21. Despite the hype, iPhone security was no match for NSO spyware. | newslanes.com | duh. MNCs don't offer security vs state actors
  22. Daily covid deaths hit zero in Sweden, which never shut down, just as other nations are bracing about new lockdowns | fee.org
  23. Edward Snowden | fled to Russia | cuz passport revoked en route to Ecuador
  24. myopia | lack of sunshine, not closeness
  25. In Vitro Antiviral Activity and Projection of Optimized Dosing Design of Hydroxychloroquine for the Treatment of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) | useful
  26. The Generational Divide in Software Developers (hackernoon.com) | HN> | industry matured, entry barrier lowered, IQ still matters
  27. New paper out: The Negative Religiousness-IQ Nexus is a Jensen Effect on Individual-Level Data: A Refutation of Dutton et al.’s ‘The Myth of the Stupid Believer’ | Clear Language,
  28. What if my note-taking system could think for me? | RMinto | zettelkasten failure
  29. A Step Closer to General AI | Marginal Revolut | training AI on many 3D game worlds
  30. Bipedal Robot Becomes First Robot To Run 5K Race | iflscience.com
  31. We Have The First Trillion Dollar Reverse Repo | ZeroHedge News
  32. Olympic Gold… Is Silver | SchiffGold | clown world
  33. Seeds of war in the South China Sea | by Mark Valencia | July 27, 2021 | asiatimes.com
  34. France, US losing civilian control of their militaries | James Carden | July 28, 2021 | asiatimes.com | Trump's policies thwarted by brass
  35. I should navigate lines with M s s helm-swoop
  36. The sacking of a crypto mecca | theverge.com | Feds raid New Hampshire Bitcoin Libertarians
  37. Why don't tech companies pay their engineers to stay? (marker.medium.com) | HN@ | because employees coast after year 2-3 | solution: rotate internally
  38. "People Slept In Airports" - Spirit, American Cancel Hundreds of Flights Amid Staffing Shortage | ZeroHedge News | clot shot
  39. What’s a low effort job with a surprisingly high salary? | r/AskREddit | Business Intelligence / Data analyst | 100k, 150 with programming
  40. AI can predict race from x-rays through massive obfuscation | lukeoakdenrayner.wordpress
  41. [flagged] I’m an ICU Doctor and I Can't Believe What Unvaccinated Patients Are Saying (huffpost.com) | HN | amusing Statisticsville perspective on COVID19 civil wars
  42. Informed consent disclosure to vaccine trial subjects of risk of COVID-19 vaccines worsening clinical disease | pubmed | damning
  43. Party Over in China as Communist Party Takes Back Control | globalresearch.ca | Aug 4 2021
  44. Facebook executive helped Cuomo smear sex-harassment accuser: AG report (nypost.com) | HN | Cuomo killed grandma | Fed-corp corruption
  45. In Praise of PostgreSQL (drewdevault.com) | HN | Dbmind should be SQLite? | supports VC?
  46. “Yes, He Was Infected In The Lab!” – New E-Mails Confirm Origin Of Chinese Lab Director’s Infection. | thenationalpulse.com | Beijing had a COVID19 lab leak, kek
  47. Why Did China Crack Down On Its Ed-Tech Industry? | zerohedge.com | reduce inequality | attacking private market
  48. US Intel Gains Access To ‘Treasure Trove’ Of Hidden Data On Wuhan Lab Viruses | Michael Ginsberg | August 05, 2021 | dailycaller.com
  49. China vs West in Dueling South China Sea Exercises | August 06, 2021 | gnews
  50. Hong Kong Tightens Rules To Stop Delta Variant From Mainland China | August 06, 2021 | gnews
  51. A cocktail of pesticides, parasites and hunger leaves bees down and out (nature.com) | HN | insect life devastated
  52. World Bank pushes scamdemic | loan, crisis, crash, repo | Great Reset | r/WuFlu
  53. success secret | do obvious long time humbly
  54. unambiguous date and time notation | nn = noon
  55. Xi’s tech clampdown signals end of a capitalist era | William Pesek | August 3, 2021 | USD 1 trillion stock losses
  56. What is the worst advice you’ve ever received? | r/AskReddit | bullies | crawdad pinch
  57. Israeli Study: Ivermectin Could Treat Covid-19 For Under $1/Day | HAF
  58. Commentary: Chinese Entrepreneur Sun Dawu’s Final Statement after the Sentence at the Court | gnews | outrageous and tragic
  59. Ask HN: What tiny purchases have disproportionately improved your life? | good thread | double-sided doc scanner
  60. American parents are sending their kids to 'Russian math' (2017) (wbur.org) | HN | vastly superior | US equalitarian, magnet schools rare
  61. ads do work. mass advertising is spaced repetition for normies.
  62. Prediction: Data in Lindell’s South Dakota Reveal NOT Shown Fake | Deep Capture | PByrne
  63. “I’m a Real Doctor, not a Medical Doctor….” | Deep Capture | US doctors declined from scientists to hacks | COVID19 | Ivermectin etc
  64. From CCP’s Mouthpieces: Fake News, FAKE Biologist | gnews | shameless COVID19 propaganda
  65. Chinese State Media Used Fake Swiss Scientist To Criticize COVID Origins Probe | gnews
  66. An old hacker's tips on staying employed (madned.substack.com) | HN | good tips
  67. Taiwan Prepares For 'Mega Live-Fire' War Games As Tensions Soar | Dave DeCamp | via AntiWar.com
  68. Report: Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Has Given the Feds “Years of Venmo Transactions” and “Thousands of Photos and Videos” | By Bess Levin | August 12, 2021 | vanityfair.com
  69. [flagged] The American diversity meat grinder (thepullrequest.com) | HN | FAANG hates that white men best
  70. Cyborganize Textmind endorsement | good thinking and organizing identical
  71. Report: ‘Confidential’ Documents Reveal Pfizer Does Not Mandate Vaccines for Employees | Wendell Husebø | 12 Aug 2021
  72. How did China end up with so many people? | Marginal Revolut | Confucian clan shares risk
  73. Babies born in the Covid pandemic 'have lower IQs', research says | dailymail.co.uk | 20 point drop!
  74. State Collapse and Nation Building in Afghanistan | by Peter Turchin
  75. lab rats | cocaine addiction | only when deprived of social interaction and exercise |r/AskReddit
  76. Astronaut Gordon Cooper: I Witnessed A UFO Landing In 1957 | HAF | credible
  77. USA | Afghanistan debacle | joke | Russia hold my beer
  78. Hu Xijin: 30,000 U.S. Troops Stationed in Taiwan!? China Will Immediately Liberate Taiwan by War! | gnews
  79. Pentagon preparing to house 30,000 Afghan refugees in U.S. | citizenfreepress.com
  80. A secret terrorist watchlist with 1.9 million records, including classified “no-fly” records was exposed on the internet. | bleepingcomputer.com | list not leaked
  81. GT Online: The U.S. Military Held Its Largest Military Exercise in 2021 Shifting Its Strategic Focus to the CCP | gnews
  82. Dyson spheres | practicality of | defended
  83. How to get rich in 10 years | NDoherty> | MJDeMarco> | good to see
  84. Cyborganize Q&A | hoarder goat path
  85. Textmind Q&A
  86. Police helicopter's 100mph chase with 'super sophisticated' drone near Tucson (thedrive.com) | HN@ | suspected ET
  87. Cyber Attack, Possible Serious Breach, at U.S. State Department (twitter.com/jacquiheinrich) | HN | most of USG's cybersecurity a joke cuz underpays IT
  88. Pentagon contradicts Biden minutes later | deranged administration | Afghan debacle | dailymail.co.uk
  89. mainland China quarantine | 21 days of misery
  90. UK Government: Biden Just Made China the World’s Most Powerful Superpower | August 23, 2021
  91. I served in Afghanistan as a US Marine, twice. Here’s the truth in two sentences | By Lucas Kunce | kansascity.com | occupation was a joke
  92. Fighting Like Taliban (scholars-stage.org) | HN | Kabul debacle no surprise | failure institutional, not individual | can rent an Afghan, can't buy
  93. Jack Ma "Behaved Too Much Like An American Entrepreneur" For The Chinese Communist Party's Liking | zerohedge.com
  94. American, built contractor company in Europe | avoids onerous European employment law | which kill startups | HN@nickfromseattle
  95. Tokyo Medical Association recommends ivermectin to all doctors for all Covid patients 🚨 (twitter.com)
  96. The FDA is virtually controlled by Pfizer. | DTrump>
  97. Taliban sharing USMIL hardware with Iran->Russia, China | andmagazine.com
  98. Radio host Hal Turner was an FBI informant, as hackers claimed a year ago | federaljack.com
  99. Exclusive: Samples From Early Wuhan COVID Patients Had Genetically Modified Henipah, One of Two Types of Viruses Sent From Canadian Lab | theepochtimes.com
  100. WH official reveals chilling info that Jill Biden, not Joe, is in charge of Afghanistan decisions. | en-volve.com | exaggerated headline
  101. Putin has banned forcing Russians to get vaccinated and firing them for refusing to get vaccinated (twitter.com) | ga.w
  102. Chinese authorities say overtime '996' policy is illegal (reuters.com) | HN | 996 inefficient | Chinese corps hierarchical, brute force, inefficient | crackdown symptom, not cause | laws fake | labor union never sues | Chinese personnel absolutely replaceable
  103. For First Time, Half of Americans Favor Defending Taiwan If China Invades (thechicagocouncil.org) | HN
  104. Arm China Has Gone Rogue (semianalysis.substack.com) | HN | standard Chinese operating model

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most pro investors can't beat market | but nearly all congressmen can | obvious corruption

Jeftovic> What’s interesting is that statistically most professional hedge fund managers and financial advisors can’t beat the S&P500 (or whatever their benchmarks are). And yet pretty well everybody in Congress, who ostensibly are not professional traders or investors, consistently beat the markets. Weird.
https://unusualwhales.com/i_am_the_senate
[2021-07-14 Wed 10:13]

knowledge workers | 70-80% burnout 2x+/year | HN

HN

danieliversen 14 hours ago [–]

There were a few comments here throwing shade at the findings and also people who said that software developers are burning out way more than other occupations. I can't speak for this study in question, but the WHO did classify burnout as an occupational phenomenon a couple of years ago [1] and our own research (I work for Asana and we yearly survey 10K+ knowledge workers) suggests that indeed between 70-80% of knowledge workers in general experience burnout two or more times a year! Sad really. I've experienced it quite severely a long time ago and it can truly rock your world and take a very long time to recover from.
[1] https://www.who.int/news/item/28-05-2019-burn-out-an-occupat
[2] https://asana.com/resources/anatomy-of-work

They need Cyborganize.
[2021-07-14 Wed 14:37]

10-Bins | file real people as objects, not names

I suppose real people should really be filed as objects, not names, shouldn't they? Sigh. Because they have bodies, which are objects. Of course, they are not limited by those bodies; they have spirits. But those spirits are also objects. Bah.

Meanwhile a corporation does not have a body.
[2021-07-14 Wed 21:10]

US Air Force Plane Makes Unannounced Landing In Taiwan, Outraging Beijing | zerohedge.com

REDACTED

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-air-force-plane-makes-unannounced-landing-taiwan-outraging-beijing

Hotter and hotter.
[2021-07-16 Fri 11:44]

Textmind Q&A | org archive command deprecated | REFACTORED and Git instead

I don't use org's archive command. It conflicts with Textmind, causing headings to be misplaced.

Instead I add "ARCHIVED" to the headline. Not as a tag either; I don't want the tag clutter.

But I rarely use the "archive" concept anyway. It's too difficult and arbitrary to decide when info is truly archived.
[2021-07-16 Fri 12:12]

Instead I often use the "REFACTORED" label, which means I've already decomposed the heading using treefactor-org-refactor-heading

This makes no judgments about future use, but informs of past process.

From there, the next step in obsolescence is typically deletion, with no ARCHIVE stage.

It's redundant with Git history.
[2021-07-16 Fri 12:14]

Org Mode link to open directory in Dired | emacs.stackexchange.com

Org Mode link to open directory in Dired
https://emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/10426/org-mode-link-to-open-directory-in-dired

To open directory links in Emacs on Macos, use C-u C-c C-o
[2021-07-16 Fri 18:32]

Cyborganize Q&A | 10-Bins

there's an implied "by" before each one. By name, by object, by location. Practically, a person can be categorized by his body, impractically by his spirit. It's a little awkward though, perhaps, to have fictitious people in a separate category. So maybe filing people under 7-Name should continue, as an unprincipled exception.
because mentally we categorize people by their names
yeah, forget I said anything
[2021-07-15 Thu 09:06]

The Flying Crowbar: The Insane Doomsday Weapon America Almost Built | jalopnik.com | funny

The Flying Crowbar: The Insane Doomsday Weapon America Almost Built
https://jalopnik.com/the-flying-crowbar-the-insane-doomsday-weapon-america-1435286216

Dark humor, I love it.

We should have some of these just in case of an alien invasion. If we can't have Earth, no one will.
[2021-07-15 Thu 11:38]

my health | downturn this winter | methylfolate recovery

My health took an ugly downturn this winter, but I've recently bounced back bigly thanks to methylfolate. Accutane is a folate antagonist, and I have the semi-bad MHTFR gene. Guess I got too old to do without direct supplementation. I should now be able to tolerate many supplements; I'm no longer borderline viable.
Really enjoying putting my weight back on, and eating tasty food.
[2021-07-15 Thu 17:31]

Textmind Q&A | archiving

"Archiving" can mean multiple things. If I don't even bother to sort it into 2-Linked, then it goes in
1-Textmind/3-Non/Z-Deferred
which contains an Archive and a Glacier.

Archive is for stuff that I've consciously archived. Glacier is a giant mass of stuff in "cold storage", meaning it isn't important but hasn't been evaluated. Some of it would probably go to 2-Linked if I went through it.

I can also "archive" anywhere in 10-Bins, simply by labeling it as such. It's fine to label something "Archive" if it is already properly filed. However, when refiling archived material, the label "archive" isn't sufficiently descriptive, unless it means "to Z-Deferred/Archive". So call it "foobar-archive" instead.
[2021-07-15 Thu 17:28]

don't talk to cops | accuser/arresters only, not exonerators

KhanKrum 🇧🇬
@KhanKrum
3h

@kittylists I've done a lot of criminal defense investigation and they are right. STFU, the cops are not your friends.

People don't get it - the cop gets a call, pulls you over, etc., their job is to figure out if there is enough to detain or charge someone and once they have that, they do it. If they have 5 people to interview and the first two say you did it, they stop investigating and start arresting. I've seen it happen a lot. Doesn't matter if there are a dozen people who say you didn't do it, the cops are told "leave that to the courts, you're work is done".

It used to be different, but so were a lot of things.

[2021-07-17 Sat 16:50]

Textmind Q&A

Whangdoodle> don't understand the second sentence. Nothing stops one from refiling a headline with an ARCHIVE tag where ever.

IIRC the default Org behavior is to refile the heading to an archive file, which is unwanted.

One can set a list of tags for auto-completion, which serves as a controlled vocabulary, if concerned to limit tag variety.

I see no use for an ARCHIVED tag. I want to keep tag use limited, in both number of tags and number of tag uses.

That seems inconsistent with your description of "1-Textmind/3-Non/Z-Deferred which contains an Archive and a Glacier."

That which is REFACTORED is already processed, not deferred.

How does this differ in practice from Archiving with org's built-in tools?

The command treefactor-org-refactor-heading is very different than org-archive-subtree. Refiling is still manual.

Do you use REFACTORED as a TODO keyword, a text string in the headline, or a tag?

Text string.

And with git history, perhaps. I have not tried it. I expect the context switch between the outline commands and the magit porcelain to cost more attention than the archiving mechanism. What have you tried and what did you find?

In practice, I haven't needed to resurrect text from the Git archive. It's a combination of backup and archive.

Also, vertical ellipsis works well in place of vertical bar in headlines. Speedbar and clock tables play nice now.

Unicode Character “⋮” (U+22EE). ⋮. Name: Vertical Ellipsis.

Nice find. Perhaps I should bind that to s-\ and make it a canonical part of Treefactor.
[2021-07-17 Sat 11:16]

Nah. I don't want to lose Org table rearrangement of headlines, so I'll merely mention vertical ellipsis as an alternative to vertical bar.
[2021-07-17 Sat 11:22]

Textmind Q&A

Whangdoodle> I bound it to C-S-\ to avoid clobbering | (S-). This also needs font support. Noto family works fine.

Whangdoodle — Today at 10:28 PM
See #SETUPFILE and #+TAGS in https://orgmode.org/manual/In_002dbuffer-Settings.html#index-SETUPFILE_002c-keyword-1

Together allow tab-completion or fast tag selection keys over a set of files.
Requires the following.

  1. #+SETUPFILE in buffer-setting pointing to a "tag list file"
  2. a "tag list file" with a #+TAGS: line listing tags and optional fast tag selection key.
  3. discipline when selecting tags. Pick only from the controlled vocabulary, and if typing in a novel tag, add it to the list.

Yeah, it's just not something I want in my Textmind. I'd have no algorithmic control over the tags. If it were a separate repo, some kind of T2 for some specialized text pseudo-database use, then sure, I could figure out a way to algorithmically control the tags. That's database design.

Whangdoodle> Useful in practice. Tags include initials of co-workers and other abbreviated names (locations and objects). Allows agenda views and clocktables based on tag search. E.g., "how much time did I spend working with person X at location Y on project Z?" or "what do I need to provide to or get from person X?"

Sure, that could go in a specialized work Textmind/Agenda.

Whangdoodle> Consider writing a command toggling between vertical bar and vertical ellipsis in the current headline.

Whangdoodle> I have needed to pull text from ARCHIVE headlines or *.orgarchive. From your description I cannot tell whether org's archives would make a useful intermediate step between meta-outline and .git/.

I just pulled a credit card number out of my daylog archives with a grep regexp. I've no use for the archive function. Archiving is done manually with Treefactor.

Whang>Do you prune empty directory trees after refiling?

Always, unless it's a 10-Bins directory.
[2021-07-17 Sat 23:01]

Textmind | org-ids | duplicates

Position saved to mark ring, go back with ‘C-c &’.
Duplicate ID "5CC2295C-2FD9-41CC-9163-26B3BCE6D527"
Duplicate ID "1EA5F6FA-C5E7-42AE-9685-306A8789AA18"
Duplicate ID "F76CDE39-6B86-4839-A6AF-AEFA2B015920"
Duplicate ID "33B6F0B0-A073-4A2A-B979-6106C312C4B8"
Duplicate ID "0DBFB4CB-B65D-4C87-BAA2-AE9B52203ABC"
Duplicate ID "4BC1D719-E4F9-4CAC-A792-A2D3D6A7EF52"
Duplicate ID "4339F88F-4E87-4AA8-9053-07911A6C1030"
5468 files scanned, 949 files contains IDs and in total 1591 IDs found.
org-id-open: Cannot find entry with ID "41abc95a"

Exploding Stars May Have Assaulted Ancient Earth | Slashdot | supernova super-evolution?

Slashdot [] Exploding Stars May Have Assaulted Ancient Earth

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Over the past 2 decades, researchers have found hundreds of radioactive atoms, trapped in seafloor minerals, that came from an ancient supernova explosion marking the death of a nearby star. Erupting from hundreds of light-years away, the flash of x-rays and gamma rays probably did no harm on Earth. But the expanding fireball also accelerated cosmic rays – mostly nuclei of hydrogen and helium – to close to the speed of light. These projectiles arrived stealthily, decades later, ramping up into an invisible fusillade that could have lasted for thousands of years and might have affected the atmosphere – and life. In a flurry of studies and speculation, astronomers have sketched out their potential effects, including a depleted ozone layer, cancer-causing particles, wildfires, and a cooling of the climate that could have helped initiate the ice ages 2.5 million years ago. Most paleontologists are yet to be convinced, but astronomers argue that such supernovae could explain some extinction events that lack customary triggers like volcanic outbursts or asteroid impacts.

[2021-07-18 Sun 13:03]

Right or left, you should be worried about big tech censorship (eff.org) | HN

Right or left, you should be worried about big tech censorship (eff.org)
586 points by DiabloD3 19 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 447 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27874527

Imagine if Mao and Sun Yat Sen were duking it out, and nerds blamed Facebook for the resulting social polarization.

Yeah man, and the printing press too. Those Protestant Reformation wars were no joke!
[2021-07-19 Mon 20:23]

Cryptographers unearth vulnerabilities in Telegram's encryption protocol (cyberscoop.com) | HN | BS | Telegram's main mode insecure

Cryptographers unearth vulnerabilities in Telegram's encryption protocol (cyberscoop.com)
353 points by wglb 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 202 comments

lucb1e 20 hours ago [–]

Do Signal, Wire, or Matrix do this transcript consistency thing, or is there some other way by which they prevent message reordering? From what I know, encrypted messengers almost never implement that. At least in Wire I noticed reordering at some point and it uses an implementation of what is now called the Signal protocol.
And that's the most severe vulnerability from the article. The second one is "mostly of theoretical interest" according to the researchers themselves, the third requires "an attacker [to] send many carefully crafted messages to a target, on the order of millions of messages", and the fourth "requires sending billions of messages to a Telegram server within minutes". So while this is not bad research, not at all (it's really great that people take this close a look!), the title sounds rather more severe and people will obviously jump to the conclusion that "See, MTproto is bad like we said all along!" without reading anything. Good research, bad article?
«Obligatory notice in Telegram comment threads: the real issue in Telegram is that end-to-end encryption is optional and made extremely inconvenient to use: no implementation at all in TDesktop, can't use it across multiple devices, doesn't work for group chats at all… That is the main reason Telegram isn't secure: they can read all your chats except when you use this stupid inconvenient mode.»

[2021-07-19 Mon 20:30]

caffeine | addictive | harms sleep, increases fatigue

CBlakemore

It is bad stuff. I have been trying to quit for years. Like all addictions it is self-sustaining. Sleep disruption requires you to drink coffee to stay alert. Coffee disrupts sleep. Etc.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140908162020-50578967-caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-success/
7 YEARS ago (??)
Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success
This week's tip for improving your performance is the most simple and straightforward method I’ve provided thus far. For many people, this tip has the potential to have a bigger impact than any other single action.

[2021-07-21 Wed 16:33]

Textmind | variant of Org mode | cognitive cyborg

it is commonly accepted that emacs has the worlds most powerful pim org mode. textmind is merely a small addition of code and a radical departure from the orthodox GTD method, which was developed for paper and filing cabinets, not compiters. Textmind unleashes the potential of emacs org mode and touch typing to achieve sync between brain and plaintext directory tree. The result is the first cognitive cyborg, a transhuman in the most meaningful sense. the human weaknesses of lossy memory and sloppy thinking are eliminated, changing human nature as fundamentally as the invention of writing.
[2021-07-21 Wed 17:10]

Despite the hype, iPhone security was no match for NSO spyware. | newslanes.com | duh. MNCs don't offer security vs state actors

Despite the hype, iPhone security was no match for NSO spyware.
https://newslanes.com/2021/07/19/despite-the-hype-iphone-security-no-match-for-nsospyware/

Duh. If you want security from state actors, you cannot get it from MNCs. Apple is the best one, though.
[2021-07-21 Wed 19:38]

Daily covid deaths hit zero in Sweden, which never shut down, just as other nations are bracing about new lockdowns | fee.org

Daily covid deaths hit zero in Sweden, which never shut down, just as other nations are bracing about new lockdowns
https://fee.org/articles/daily-covid-deaths-in-sweden-hit-zero-as-other-nations-brace-for-more-lockdowns/

Edward Snowden | fled to Russia | cuz passport revoked en route to Ecuador

Snooptwo 29 points 5 hours ago +29 / -0
Now you know why Snowden fled. He did the right thing IMO

– BigIronBigIron 2 points 19 minutes ago +2 / -0
It's important to note that he was only in Russia because his plane landed in Russia. John Kerry revoked his passport en route to Ecuador.

[2021-07-24 Sat 11:00]

myopia | lack of sunshine, not closeness

People who read a lot are often nearsighted, so people assumed myopia is caused by reading too close. But moving books further away did nothing. Only sunshine exposure worked.

https://www.aao.org/editors-choice/sunlight-exposure-reduces-myopia-in-children
[2021-07-24 Sat 21:16]

In Vitro Antiviral Activity and Projection of Optimized Dosing Design of Hydroxychloroquine for the Treatment of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) | useful

REDACTED

https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/71/15/732/5801998
[2021-07-27 Tue 15:56]

The Generational Divide in Software Developers (hackernoon.com) | HN> | industry matured, entry barrier lowered, IQ still matters

The Generational Divide in Software Developers (hackernoon.com)
145 points by daverol 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 144 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27947157

gilbetron 17 hours ago [–]

This is an awful article that does not articulate the vast majority of past software development. I'm largely of the same era as the author, becoming a paid software developer (as a teenager) in 1986. The vast majority of software development was bloated and slow and largely horrible. The waterfall method ruled the world, and projects struggled to complete even though they weren't anywhere near the complexity of today's projects.
Responding to some of the points from the article:

  • Insulating developers from interruptions was management’s Prime Directive.

Not even remotely, that concept didn't exist until the 2000s. The managers job was to micromanage those under them and people had to create ridiculous estimates and then put in crunch time to try to meet them. Management processes were based on managing manual labor. It was, in all ways, a horrible era.

  • Projects were planned and designed. We had documents we were expected to read.

Sure, there were all kinds of docs that were incorrect, poorly thought out, and just plain wrong.

  • Code is illegible.

The "golden days" were not golden. Code is far more legible now. "it was hard to write, it should be hard to read" was the predominant mantra of the 90s. Code these days is generally reasonably legible and clean.
The only aspects about the article that do ring true are some of the comments about testing - we did do testing and QA is great at least for complex domains.
This article is about 90% old man yells at cloud, and this coming from an old man ;)

irrational 23 hours ago [–]

I work for a Fortune 500 company. Through a strange set of circumstances I ended up as a developer embedded in a business unit for 18 years. It was very much like the “then” described in the article. No ceremonial meetings, no sprints, given offices with doors, etc. Then the company decided to consolidate all tech people. For the past 2 years I’ve had an IT manager. I am absolutely astounded how much time is wasted in the modern IT world. Ceremonial meetings, recurring meetings, sprints, etc. I’d say I’m 10% as effective as before. I seriously have weeks were I spend a single hour writing code. And the IT managers are perfectly okay with this! It blows my mind how utterly inefficient they have managed to make coding and the results are definitely not any better. Oh, and the QA thing. Anyone that thinks test driven development can replace a dedicated QA person, clearly has no business working in the world of software development. But, I’ve found that I can’t actually say any of this out loud at work. The IT managers are so brainwashed that they can’t see the reality of what is going on. I’m convinced all of this is for the purpose of giving IT managers something to do to justify their existence.

Sounds like the industry matured, and the IQ bar lowered, with mixed results.
[2021-07-27 Tue 20:17]

New paper out: The Negative Religiousness-IQ Nexus is a Jensen Effect on Individual-Level Data: A Refutation of Dutton et al.’s ‘The Myth of the Stupid Believer’ | Clear Language,

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https://emilkirkegaard.dk/en/2021/07/new-paper-out-the-negative-religiousness-iq-nexus-is-a-jensen-effect-on-individual-level-data-a-refutation-of-dutton-et-al-s-the-myth-of-the-stupid-believer/

The big story here is the rejection of racial and educational confounds, proving this is an intelligence effect, and it operates on beliefs not behaviors. Agnosticism is an inherently more intelligent position, because uncertainty is more mentally complex than binary belief.

Religious beliefs are negatively correlated with IQ among contemporary Westerners. This is because the Cathedral is anti-Christian, and compelling apologetic rebuttals are difficult to find. Also, the Cathedral has launched a comprehensive critical attack on Christianity, which has responded ineffectively. Longstanding flaws in the Western Church have been successfully exploited. The fundamental problem is that the scale of postmodern society favors corrupt secular institutions over both Church and individual believer. A prerequisite to the solution is to increase individual info processing capacity, via Cyborganize.

Anyway, religiosity is mainly negatively correlated because the Cathedral isn't counted as a religion.
[2021-07-29 Thu 19:58]

What if my note-taking system could think for me? | RMinto | zettelkasten failure

REDACTED

https://reallifemag.com/rank-and-file/

Excellent critique illustrates that the personal exomind industry is broken.
[2021-07-30 Fri 11:23]

A Step Closer to General AI | Marginal Revolut | training AI on many 3D game worlds

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https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/07/a-step-closer-to-general-ai.html

Ominous.
[2021-07-31 Sat 15:41]

Bipedal Robot Becomes First Robot To Run 5K Race | iflscience.com

Bipedal Robot Becomes First Robot To Run 5K Race
https://www.iflscience.com/technology/bipedal-robot-becomes-first-robot-to-run-5k-race/

Legit bipedality achieved.

The robot has more personality than the masked nerds pacing her. Dystopia cometh.
[2021-07-31 Sat 16:01]

We Have The First Trillion Dollar Reverse Repo | ZeroHedge News

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https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/we-have-first-trillion-dollar-reverse-repo

Fake money, clown world.
[2021-07-31 Sat 16:13]

Olympic Gold… Is Silver | SchiffGold | clown world

REDACTED

https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/olympic-gold-silver

If there's not enough money for a gold medal in it, it shouldn't be an Olympic sport. Fake medals, fake Olympics.
[2021-07-31 Sat 16:18]

Seeds of war in the South China Sea | by Mark Valencia | July 27, 2021 | asiatimes.com

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https://asiatimes.com/2021/07/seeds-of-war-in-the-south-china-sea/?mc_cid=749e8e82f6&mc_eid=1c9602e54e
[2021-08-02 Mon 23:31]

France, US losing civilian control of their militaries | James Carden | July 28, 2021 | asiatimes.com | Trump's policies thwarted by brass

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https://asiatimes.com/2021/07/france-us-see-a-fray-in-civilian-military-relations/
[2021-08-02 Mon 23:34]

I should navigate lines with M s s helm-swoop

WOw, I should navigate lines with M s s helm-swoop!
[2021-08-04 Wed 03:42]

The sacking of a crypto mecca | theverge.com | Feds raid New Hampshire Bitcoin Libertarians

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https://www.theverge.com/22599932/bitcoin-raid-keene-new-hampshire-ian-freeman-libertarian-prosecution

How the USD is enforced on the world.
[2021-08-04 Wed 11:18]

Why don't tech companies pay their engineers to stay? (marker.medium.com) | HN@ | because employees coast after year 2-3 | solution: rotate internally

Why don't tech companies pay their engineers to stay? (marker.medium.com)
403 points by mattydoincode 13 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 425 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28049254

Kranar 12 hours ago [–]

To chime in with my own anecdotal opinion that is likely to anger some people… in my experience most developers do their best work after about 6-8 months of starting a job at a new company, and that comes to an end after about 24-36 months of working at the same company. After that the vast majority of people just stagnate, get complacent, the job stops being interesting to them and they move on.

After observing this I don't really mind hiring people to work for 2-3 years and then have them move on to another role, and most people I hire I do so with the expectation that I'll get a good two years of work and not much more.

A very small percentage of people continue to improve over the long term, and those people I am happy to continue increasing their pay, but I don't really go out of my way to retain employees and I don't think it's particularly worth it to do so.

This blog post mentions a kind of impact based compensation structure, and while I can respect the idea behind it, I am skeptical that they've managed to find a deterministic and impartial way of measuring "impact". I don't presume to have such a system so I pay based on what I observe in the market and let the market decide what the value is of software developers. For example, I genuinely don't know if software developers have more of an impact than the product designers, or the legal department even though I pay software developers much much more. What I do know is that it's much easier for me to hire a competent lawyer or UX designer than it is to hire a competent software developer and there are many more competent lawyers and designers out there… so I pay them less, regardless of whatever objective measure of impact may exist.

wpietri 10 hours ago [–]

I would look at inverting the causality there. If your data is accurate, I think it's better to say, "Most companies create developer jobs that get boring for people after 24-36 months."

I was chatting with a Trader Joe's cashier Sunday. It turns out they change jobs every hour. That was a surprise to me; when I long ago worked in a grocery store, I was assigned to one position for 8 hours for every shift. Why does Trader Joe's do it? To keep things interesting: "She tells Money that the change in jobs during shifts helps to keep things interesting for employees. 'It's perfect because it breaks down your shift. You don't get tired doing one repetitive thing,' she told them." https://www.mashed.com/175743/workers-reveal-what-its-really

If Trader Joe's can do it hour by hour, I think tech companies can do it at least every year or so.

I'm hiring right now and one of the major draws for the good people I'm talking to is the chance to do something interesting. If that's why their coming, it's unsurprising that I'll have to keep giving them that over time. For us, and for most places I've worked, I think that's doable.

Justsignedup 8 hours ago [–]

I worked with an engineer. She told me that when working at her previous company they permitted you to switch teams every 2 years. Every 2 years she would take that opportunity and got to work on a huge variety of projects with lots of different people. Some of them good, some of them not.

It kept her there for 12 years or so.

maxbreaker 7 hours ago [–]

I've worked at a (giant well known) company/bank in New York that basically mandated that people switch jobs internally every 18 to 24 months. It was part of the expectations. I was there for 4 years. I had 3 different roles in 3 different teams.

It helped a lot in fact in doing quality work. Thinking that you will inherit things you didn't do. That some other people will inherit your work / decisions. And always learning new things / keeping best practices in mind.

It's something I've kept in mind everywhere I've been.

[2021-08-04 Wed 11:56]

"People Slept In Airports" - Spirit, American Cancel Hundreds of Flights Amid Staffing Shortage | ZeroHedge News | clot shot

REDACTED

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/people-slept-airports-spirit-american-cancel-hundreds-flights-amid-staffing-shortage

The clot shot goes hot.
[2021-08-04 Wed 12:03]

What’s a low effort job with a surprisingly high salary? | r/AskREddit | Business Intelligence / Data analyst | 100k, 150 with programming

level 1
Goddamnpassword
10h

Business Intelligence/ Data analyst. Do you know how to use excel, can you write basically sql, are you able to express yourself clearly and deal with getting variations of the same 10 questions for the rest of your career? Congrats welcome to making 100k.

520

level 2
ekonine
9h

Yup, doing this as well. If you have programming (processing data in python using pandas or implementing some kind of regression) or project management skill, you'll eventually be making 150k+.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/ox5d2q/whats_a_low_effort_job_with_a_surprisingly_high/
[2021-08-04 Wed 15:05]

AI can predict race from x-rays through massive obfuscation | lukeoakdenrayner.wordpress

https://lukeoakdenrayner.wordpress.com/2021/08/02/ai-has-the-worst-superpower-medical-racism/

Next we tried to pin down what sort of features were being used. There was no clear anatomical localisation, no specific region of the images that contributed to the predictions. Even more interesting, no part of the image spectrum was primarily responsible either. We could get rid of all the high-frequency information, and the AI could still recognise race in fairly blurry (non-diagnostic) images. Similarly, and I think this might be the most amazing figure I have ever seen, we could get rid of the low-frequency information to the point that a human can’t even tell the image is still an x-ray, and the model can still predict racial identity just as well as with the original image!

Kek
[2021-08-04 Wed 20:49]

[flagged] I’m an ICU Doctor and I Can't Believe What Unvaccinated Patients Are Saying (huffpost.com) | HN | amusing Statisticsville perspective on COVID19 civil wars

[flagged] I’m an ICU Doctor and I Can't Believe What Unvaccinated Patients Are Saying (huffpost.com)
67 points by mcguire 21 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 134 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28065040

umvi 20 hours ago | unvote [–]

Once upon a time there was town called Statisticsville with a population of 1000 people. Every year around 8 people die. Sometimes 7, sometimes 9. One year, a new infectious disease came along and killed 2 additional people (both elderly). The population nearly had a civil war over these additional 2 deaths because some people thought the additional 2 deaths could have been prevented with better enforced public health practices while the other group thought it wasn't worth the social/economic costs. Looking forward to the next year, the people were still divided into two groups - those who were worried that the infectious disease might kill another person, and those that didn't really care much. The discord and contention between the groups escalated with each side increasingly rigid and unable to empathize with the other side until violence broke out and Statisticsville descended into anarchy.
The End

[2021-08-06 Fri 00:27]

Informed consent disclosure to vaccine trial subjects of risk of COVID-19 vaccines worsening clinical disease | pubmed | damning

Informed consent disclosure to vaccine trial subjects of risk of COVID-19 vaccines worsening clinical disease
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33113270/

Abstract

Aims of the study: Patient comprehension is a critical part of meeting medical ethics standards of informed consent in study designs. The aim of the study was to determine if sufficient literature exists to require clinicians to disclose the specific risk that COVID-19 vaccines could worsen disease upon exposure to challenge or circulating virus.

Methods used to conduct the study: Published literature was reviewed to identify preclinical and clinical evidence that COVID-19 vaccines could worsen disease upon exposure to challenge or circulating virus. Clinical trial protocols for COVID-19 vaccines were reviewed to determine if risks were properly disclosed.

Results of the study: COVID-19 vaccines designed to elicit neutralising antibodies may sensitise vaccine recipients to more severe disease than if they were not vaccinated. Vaccines for SARS, MERS and RSV have never been approved, and the data generated in the development and testing of these vaccines suggest a serious mechanistic concern: that vaccines designed empirically using the traditional approach (consisting of the unmodified or minimally modified coronavirus viral spike to elicit neutralising antibodies), be they composed of protein, viral vector, DNA or RNA and irrespective of delivery method, may worsen COVID-19 disease via antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). This risk is sufficiently obscured in clinical trial protocols and consent forms for ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials that adequate patient comprehension of this risk is unlikely to occur, obviating truly informed consent by subjects in these trials.

Conclusions drawn from the study and clinical implications: The specific and significant COVID-19 risk of ADE should have been and should be prominently and independently disclosed to research subjects currently in vaccine trials, as well as those being recruited for the trials and future patients after vaccine approval, in order to meet the medical ethics standard of patient comprehension for informed consent.

Trust the science – a worthy maxim.

Trust the scientist – more dubious.

Trust the lobbyist, administrator, MNC, billionaire, Democrat, pedophile, Communist – dare you?
[2021-08-06 Fri 00:45]

Party Over in China as Communist Party Takes Back Control | globalresearch.ca | Aug 4 2021

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https://www.globalresearch.ca/party-over-china-party-takes-back-control/5752021
[2021-08-06 Fri 01:10]

Facebook executive helped Cuomo smear sex-harassment accuser: AG report (nypost.com) | HN | Cuomo killed grandma | Fed-corp corruption

Facebook executive helped Cuomo smear sex-harassment accuser: AG report (nypost.com)
416 points by snomad 15 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 256 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28072189

thepasswordis 14 hours ago [–]

Cuomo also sent thousands of elderly people to their deaths by forcing them back into nursing homes.

And yes, I mean forcing.

Do you remember the hospital ship? The field hospitals? Javits center?

Did you know the hospital ship went home after being almost completely unused? Did you know it treated IN TOTAL 182 people? With a crew of 1200 and 1000 available beds?

Did you know that javits center never even got remotely close to full? In TOTAL in treated about 1000 patients and had 4000 beds.

And yet he’s forcing these elderly back into nursing homes because it makes him look in charge, and fuels his idiotic feud he had going with the federal government over who was more leadery. He won an Emmy for it!

Cuomo should be facing prison. The people who have been helping him cover up killing thousands of elderly people as a political play should as well.

The fact that he was transferring state employees around so he could kiss them on the cheek and touch their face should get him disgraced and fired. It is absolutely a distraction from the horror he has inflicted upon thousands of people. Imagine him sending your grandmother to her death so that he could look good on television. Absolutely evil.

sandworm101 14 hours ago [–]

Dani Lever — who had worked in Cuomo’s press operation since 2014 but left in August 2020 to join Facebook as a communications manager

This is the sort of hire that drives me nuts. I'm sure this person is a fully capable communications manager, but what Facebook really purchased was political access. Is it no surprise then that long after beginning work she was doing favors for her former employer? Maintaining a connection to powerful politicians might well have been in her job description.

Prior to joining Cuomo’s office in 2014, Lever worked as a press assistant for President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign and worked in press relations at the Clinton Foundation, among other roles, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Which is more valuable to Facebook: her skills as a "communication manager" or the fact that she probably has the personal numbers for half of Washington?

After some quickly googling: she appears to be the daughter of a prominent NYC attorney, which might have something to do with her previous work, as a student, for NY's attorney general. And for NYC's comptroller general. I would have killed for such jobs during law school. She seems to have bounced between them while an undergrad.

"Lever, who grew up in Quaker Ridge, graduated from [redacted] and the University of Wisconsin-Madison also worked for state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, President Obama's 2012 campaign, and Clinton Foundation. She is the daughter of Joel and Debbie Lever of Bradford Road."

https://scarsdale10583.com/about-joomla/the-project/5776-sca

I love that "Bradford Road" reference. That is New England code for an old and well connected family. (The implications of her highschool are just inappropriate and so I redact it.)

[2021-08-06 Fri 11:22]

In Praise of PostgreSQL (drewdevault.com) | HN | Dbmind should be SQLite? | supports VC?

In Praise of PostgreSQL (drewdevault.com)
227 points by TangerineDream 11 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 104 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28075204

codesections 10 hours ago [–]

PostgreSQL has taken a complex problem and solved it to such an effective degree that all of its competitors are essentially obsolete, perhaps with the exception of SQLite.

I realize that this isn't the main point, but that aside strikes me as high praise for SQLite — which has also always struck me as exceptionally well built software.

chungy 10 hours ago [–]

PostgreSQL occupies the domain of, and competes with, relational databases in a server-client model, especially those with extremely large datasets. Think of databases to track inventory, manage user accounts on a web domain, and so forth.

SQLite occupies the domain of embedded (possibly in-memory and on low-resource systems) databases in which the subset of SQL unrelated to access control is all that's needed. Think of databases that take the place of application configuration, your browser bookmarks and cookies, a music library database.

They are both excellent pieces of software, yes, but they don't even live in the same problem space despite both having "SQL" in their names.

Sounds like Dbmind should be SQLite. That makes sense and is a relief.

But does SQLite support adequate VC?
[2021-08-06 Fri 11:29]

“Yes, He Was Infected In The Lab!” – New E-Mails Confirm Origin Of Chinese Lab Director’s Infection. | thenationalpulse.com | Beijing had a COVID19 lab leak, kek

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https://thenationalpulse.com/news/foia-emails-reveal-sars-lab-transmission/

Lol China. This is why I was slow to believe it was deliberate. It's the land of industrial oopsie.

Now really, if they couldn't control it in a lab after it already caused a known pandemic, why would anyone believe they could control it before its virulence was known?
[2021-08-07 Sat 12:38]

Why Did China Crack Down On Its Ed-Tech Industry? | zerohedge.com | reduce inequality | attacking private market

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https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/why-did-china-crack-down-its-ed-tech-industry
[2021-08-07 Sat 12:45]

US Intel Gains Access To ‘Treasure Trove’ Of Hidden Data On Wuhan Lab Viruses | Michael Ginsberg | August 05, 2021 | dailycaller.com

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https://dailycaller.com/2021/08/05/wuhan-institute-virology-lab-data-united-states-intelligence/

I expect the data will prove it was a bioweapon.
[2021-08-08 Sun 11:49]

China vs West in Dueling South China Sea Exercises | August 06, 2021 | gnews

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https://gnews.org/1450393/
[2021-08-08 Sun 11:53]

Hong Kong Tightens Rules To Stop Delta Variant From Mainland China | August 06, 2021 | gnews

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https://gnews.org/1449632/
[2021-08-08 Sun 11:54]

A cocktail of pesticides, parasites and hunger leaves bees down and out (nature.com) | HN | insect life devastated

A cocktail of pesticides, parasites and hunger leaves bees down and out (nature.com)
224 points by lnyan 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 102 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28084150

Destruction of insect life an ongoing ecological disaster. Pesticides implicated.
[2021-08-08 Sun 12:31]

World Bank pushes scamdemic | loan, crisis, crash, repo | Great Reset | r/WuFlu

scata90xSuperspreader[S] 19 points 2 days ago

To anyone claiming this is fake news.

According to the president, the World Bank has showed interest in Belarus' coronavirus response practices. “It is ready to fund us ten times more than it offered initially as a token of commendation for our efficient fight against this virus. The World Bank has even asked the Healthcare Ministry to share the experience. Meanwhile, the IMF continues to demand from us quarantine measures, isolation, a curfew. This is nonsense. We will not dance to anyone's tune,” said the president.

https://eng.belta.by/president/view/belarus-president-unwilling-to-accept-additional-terms-to-get-foreign-loans-131164-2020/

Here's a link to World Bank confirming they give out loans in return for COVID measures.

The project aims to help Belarus take effective and timely action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the country’s national healthcare system.

https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/loans-credits/2020/05/22/belarus-emergency-covid19-response-project

“This project will help save the lives of Belarusians by providing critical equipment to the health sector,” said Alex Kremer, World Bank Country Manager. “It will have the most impact when combined with social distancing measures, including preventing large gatherings, reducing physical presence in workplaces and educational establishments, and reducing non-essential movements, all of which will save lives and help mitigate longer-term economic impacts. The earlier such measures are implemented, the better the outcomes for people’s lives and livelihoods.”
https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2020/05/22/world-bank-supports-belarus-covid19-response-with-eur90-million-financing

[–]GroundPole 9 points 2 days ago

It's typical evil bank shit. Cause a crisis, let people take on debt they can't pay back, and then buy assets on the cheap.
No wonder it wasn't moral 500 years ago…

[–]VelvetVellocet 11 points 2 days ago

The IMF = WHO = UN = Great Reset = Klaus Schwab

https://old.reddit.com/r/Wuhan_Flu/comments/oye0w8/belarusian_president_lukashenko_says_imf_offered/
[2021-08-08 Sun 14:50]

success secret | do obvious long time humbly

Farnham Street> Ninety percent of success can be boiled down to consistently doing the obvious thing for an uncommonly long period of time without convincing yourself that you're smarter than you are.
[2021-08-08 Sun 21:44]

unambiguous date and time notation | nn = noon

my deadline is on Monday, Aug. 9, at 12nn ET.
I like it. nn = noon. mn = midnight
[2021-08-08 Sun 21:53]

Xi’s tech clampdown signals end of a capitalist era | William Pesek | August 3, 2021 | USD 1 trillion stock losses

Xi’s tech clampdown signals end of a capitalist era
With over $1 trillion in stock market losses tied to recent regulatory lurches, control is the new name of the game in China
by William Pesek August 3, 2021

TOKYO – China is so keen to maintain control over its sprawling and expanding economy that it’s even willing to go communist. For all the claims from Communist Party bigwigs that President Xi Jinping isn’t on an anti-wealth crusade, the losses are too jarring to dismiss as “capitalism doing its thing.” Indeed, the more than US$1 trillion of market capitalization losses tied directly to Xi’s recent policies has China bulls mutating into China bears. First, it was Jack Ma’s Ant Group getting stomped by Xi’s regulators. Then Didi Global and the $100 billion private tutoring sector got the boot. Next up is Tencent Holdings, China’s top social media and video game platform. On Tuesday, state media derided online gaming as “spiritual opium,” clearly riffing off a

https://asiatimes.com/2021/08/xis-tech-clampdown-signals-end-of-a-capitalist-era/?mc_cid=f3d129b26c&mc_eid=1c9602e54e
[2021-08-08 Sun 22:17]

What is the worst advice you’ve ever received? | r/AskReddit | bullies | crawdad pinch

What is the worst advice you’ve ever received?
https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/oz9a33/what_is_the_worst_advice_youve_ever_received/

starryknight
2d

Just ignore the bully. He'll get bored.
I wish my parents told me, "Fuck that kid up. You're 16. Slap on the wrist."

MamaSajahara
2d

"You should let it pinch you, it won't hurt that much…"

It was the biggest crawdad I ever saw and I was maybe like 10 fishing with my Dad. He didn't think I would be stupid enough to do it, but I wanted to impress him. The chaos that then ensued; I picked it up and let it pinch the soft skin between my thumb and hand promptly scream in pain, Dad laughing his ass off tried to help just to be pinched by the other claw on the back of his hand. This cycle of continuous pinching continues as we stupidity try to help one another then finally we get it removed and my Dad says to body slam it so I throw it as hard as I can back into the lake.

Ah the chaos of having a son. Be VERY careful about what enemy lines you insinuate he might ought to charge. You may find yourself with a Jerubbaal problem.

This is heartwarming because the Dad piled in and they both suffered their crustaceanly defeat together. And also because the heroic crawdad survived to father legions of giantslayer crawdaddies. Truly a Dadly tale, and one he no doubt used to score tremendous tail!

I like how the Dad completely failed to learn his lesson and continued giving preposterously bad advice, which the son wisely decided not to take. Laughing like a maniac, Dadness achieved!

Oh, I guess from the username this was a daughter. Hm… I try not to go that far with mine…
[2021-08-08 Sun 22:37]

Israeli Study: Ivermectin Could Treat Covid-19 For Under $1/Day | HAF

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https://humansarefree.com/2021/08/study-ivermectin-treat-covid-19-cheap.html
[2021-08-09 Mon 21:21]

As Gnews told us long ago.
[2021-08-09 Mon 21:21]

Commentary: Chinese Entrepreneur Sun Dawu’s Final Statement after the Sentence at the Court | gnews | outrageous and tragic

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https://gnews.org/1454418/

Tragic.
[2021-08-10 Tue 22:23]

Ask HN: What tiny purchases have disproportionately improved your life? | good thread | double-sided doc scanner

Ask HN: What tiny purchases have disproportionately improved your life?
194 points by legrande 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 325 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28119393

bxparks 23 hours ago [–]

A Fujitsu S1500 ScanSnap, dual-sided, document scanner (now discontinued, replacement might be the iX1600). Completely changed how I manage my personal documents (e.g. financial, invoices, receipts, product manuals, medical info, business docs, recreation and hobby stuff, etc). Anything remotely important, I scan to PDF, which triggers automatic OCR that is reasonably accurate, then I upload the PDF to Google Drive, which is organized into a hierarchy of folders.

Google Drive's internal search is not good enough when there are 100s of documents with similar titles, so I try to maintain a consistent naming convention "{yyyy-mm-dd} {summary of document}". Electronic documents (e.g. bank and credit card statements) are downloaded as PDF and uploaded to the same Google Drive folder hierarchy.

The originals go into a set of 12 file folders labeled "Jan" to "Dec". The folders become a ring buffer. Every month, I empty out the upcoming month, by shredding the originals from 12 months ago. I got rid of a 4-drawer filing cabinet by incrementally scanning the original paper documents over several weeks.
(Edit: fix typo)

Good thread.

American parents are sending their kids to 'Russian math' (2017) (wbur.org) | HN | vastly superior | US equalitarian, magnet schools rare

American parents are sending their kids to 'Russian math' (2017) (wbur.org)
376 points by b8 13 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 414 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28112797

udev 3 hours ago [–]

Lots of comments asking what is "Soviet/Russian Math" actually like, and how is it different.

I was lucky to get an education in three systems (Soviet Math, Romanian Math School (influenced by both French and Soviet Math school), and finally in a world top 40 university in North America.

I would summarize the Soviet/Russian Math/Physics approach like this:

  • understanding of the mechanism/intuition behind the equations/methods is paramount

  • teachers are astute at spotting students who memorize blindly, and will intervene to correct that

  • while rigorous about notation, the mathematical representation always comes after understanding, not before

  • the progression of teaching (order how material is introduced) is very well thought out

  • the old soviet textbooks are generally less verbose than North American ones (less fancy), but high quality in their expression, typesetting, and ESPECIALLY (!!!) the quality of the exercises

  • the Soviet Math textbook exercises are something to behold: they have funny/memorable setting (like jokes), they are short and easy to express, the numbers are chosen in such a way that the result will be a nice whole number, or pi, etc. Basically as a kid you can read one of those problems, lay down, close your eyes, and work on it in your head.

That being said, I did like some of the aspects from the so called "Western Math" (in my case Canadian university):

  • teachers are more approachable, more friendly
  • textbooks can be gorgeous (nice colorful plots, etc)

g9yuayon 4 minutes ago [–]

I used to think that the K12 math education was really bad, but now I have a different perspective. Many public schools in China and Russia are essentially like magnet schools in the US because students need to compete for entrance. So, those schools can afford more challenging syllabus. In contrast, the US has few such magnet schools, and people of different academic capacity go into the same school. As a result, teachers can't really teach too advanced concepts or assign too hard homework. This may sound far-fetched, but you may be surprised that more than 50% of students may never be able to understand Euclidean geometry, let alone analytical geometry or set theory or probability or proof by induction, and etc. And more than 50% of STEM students in college may not truly understand calculus, let alone analysis. Case in point, roughly 50% of middle school students can't get into high school in China, even though the entrance exams are really not that hard as most of the questions are designed to examine a student's understanding of basic concepts. Therefore, we may look at the quality of the math class in the US and feel miserable, but that's only because the class is tailored to the lower 50%-ile. On the other hand, the clubs and gift programs in public schools are still of high quality – all the more reason for not canceling such programs in the name of equity.

[2021-08-11 Wed 02:49]

ads do work. mass advertising is spaced repetition for normies.

Prediction: Data in Lindell’s South Dakota Reveal NOT Shown Fake | Deep Capture | PByrne

REDACTED

https://www.deepcapture.com/2021/08/i-predict-in-mike-lindells-south-dakota-reveal-this-week-data-will-not-be-shown-fake/
[2021-08-11 Wed 09:32]

“I’m a Real Doctor, not a Medical Doctor….” | Deep Capture | US doctors declined from scientists to hacks | COVID19 | Ivermectin etc

REDACTED

https://www.deepcapture.com/2021/08/im-a-real-doctor-not-a-medical-doctor/

Once upon a time, American doctors were trustworthy imperators. Also, America was once Christian, white, and non-Communist, before she earned God's wrath.
[2021-08-11 Wed 10:17]

From CCP’s Mouthpieces: Fake News, FAKE Biologist | gnews | shameless COVID19 propaganda

From CCP’s Mouthpieces: Fake News, FAKE Biologist
英國倫敦喜莊園 Himalaya London Club UK10 hours ago
August 11, 2021

According to the Express report on August 11, 2021, the Swiss Embassy has confirmed no such a citizen by “Wilson Edwards” wrote any academic articles. However, this so-called Swiss scientist has been widely quoted by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) mouthpieces, such as The People’s Daily, China Daily, and the state-run CGTN television network.

The fake biologist was reported to have accused America of pressuring the World Health Organisation (WHO) to investigate the leak theory, which he said was only designed to increase American influence. Unfortunately, the CCP’s propaganda machinery didn’t do enough background checks on the biologist or never want to because they made it up “in an apparent attempt to discredit claims that COVID-19 leaked from one of its laboratories.”

To get the full report, please click Doctor who? China quotes FAKE biologist in attempt to discredit Covid ‘lab leak’ theory

https://gnews.org/1458693/

Shameless.
[2021-08-12 Thu 12:44]

Chinese State Media Used Fake Swiss Scientist To Criticize COVID Origins Probe | gnews

REDACTED

https://gnews.org/1459159/
[2021-08-12 Thu 12:46]

An old hacker's tips on staying employed (madned.substack.com) | HN | good tips

An old hacker's tips on staying employed (madned.substack.com)
713 points by madned 16 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 302 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28141203

canadiantired 15 hours ago [–]

This captures a lot of what I have always wanted to express. I am of same cohort as the author, and aside from being laid off once (which, honestly, was wonderful) I have managed to stay well employed 30 years in tech. I hold no degree. I have no specific super powers. But, yes… everything stated here rings true for me. I would, humbly, add some of my own.

Learn the people patterns. Every where I have worked has at least a few, if not all, members of Typical IT Cast Of Characters. There is the "know-it-all-but-does-not", "wise old sage", "management climber", "new guy", "one-job-and-doesn't-want-to-change", "hockey-jersey-guy-who-smells-but-knows-too-much", etc. Pick your own. Most of these people will avoid, tolerate, get along with, or maybe love the others. Or some combination thereof. I have found being the impartial mediator to be advantageous. Be the "Ferris Bueller".

Know the business as well as the tech. Technologists that can dive into the business language and work with both groups are invaluable.

Diagrams. Work hard on developing the capability to express ideas/concepts/flows in a diagram that fits on one sheet of paper. Do this all the time…even for one-offs. As the author states, it helps build your brand. It's advertising. When I see a one-pager I did 6 months ago on a desk covered with coffee stains, or pinned to the wall above monitor…I know I have made an impression. I worked with a few masters of this craft, and honestly, they are all magic on any team.

Share credit constantly. Don't ever appear that you need validation. Give good ideas away for team members to catch and grow. You will build a community around you that seek you out for guidance. Time passes quickly… that junior dev you credited for a schema re-jig 5 years ago is now a VP at BigCo. She didn't forget. Keep in touch, right?

[2021-08-12 Thu 13:10]

Taiwan Prepares For 'Mega Live-Fire' War Games As Tensions Soar | Dave DeCamp | via AntiWar.com

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https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/taiwan-prepares-mega-live-fire-war-games-tensions-soar
[2021-08-12 Thu 13:19]

Report: Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Has Given the Feds “Years of Venmo Transactions” and “Thousands of Photos and Videos” | By Bess Levin | August 12, 2021 | vanityfair.com

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https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/08/matt-gaetz-joel-greenberg-venmo-photos-video
[2021-08-13 Fri 09:02]

[flagged] The American diversity meat grinder (thepullrequest.com) | HN | FAANG hates that white men best

[flagged] The American diversity meat grinder (thepullrequest.com)
96 points by mpweiher 14 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 82 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28160852#28161344

gengelbro 13 hours ago [–]

I was told, directly to my face by the hiring manager after presumably doing well during a FANG interview:
"Why does it always have to be a white guy with a beard".
I did take the job, but I've reflected on that moment once in a while.

1 point by Cyberthal 0 minutes ago | edit | delete [–]

Sounds like the corporate DNA finds your ethnic DNA deplorably delectable

[2021-08-13 Fri 18:18]

Cyborganize Textmind endorsement | good thinking and organizing identical

liblung — Today at 3:18 PM

The strength of cyborganize is not the system but the process; the identical relationship between good thinking and good organizing. Repetition, classification, categorization, interrelation. Amusingly, I can't find any further questions because all of the answers are already written.

Now that last sentence is a compliment that brings tears to my eyes
I've often been concerned I would sink into total disability before transmitting this.
[2021-08-14 Sat 18:07]

Report: ‘Confidential’ Documents Reveal Pfizer Does Not Mandate Vaccines for Employees | Wendell Husebø | 12 Aug 2021

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https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/08/12/report-confidential-documents-reveal-pfizer-does-not-mandate-vaccines-for-employees/
[2021-08-15 Sun 02:04]

How did China end up with so many people? | Marginal Revolut | Confucian clan shares risk

Marginal Revolut [] How did China end up with so many people?

I cannot judge this hypothesis, but I have always wondered about the question:

We hypothesize that besides technology and resource expansion, risk-mitigation improvements pushed the Malthusian limits to population growth in
pre-industrial societies. During 976-1850 CE, China’s population increased by elevenfold while the Confucian clan emerged as the key risk-sharing
institution for members. To test our hypothesis using historical data from 269 prefectures, we measure each region’s clan strength by its number of
genealogy books compiled. Our results show that prefectures with stronger clans had significantly higher population density due to better resilience
during natural disasters and fewer premature deaths of children. Confucian clans enabled pre-industrial China to sustain explosive population growth.

That is from a new paper by Zhiwu Chen and Chicheng Ma. Via the excellent Kevin Lewis.

The post How did China end up with so many people? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2021/08/how-did-china-end-up-with-so-many-people.html
[2021-08-15 Sun 02:30]

Babies born in the Covid pandemic 'have lower IQs', research says | dailymail.co.uk | 20 point drop!

AC> Babies born in the Covid pandemic ‘have lower IQs’ – Three-month-olds now score around 80 on intelligence tests – compared to 100 before the virus struck, research says.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9890255/Babies-born-Covid-pandemic-lower-IQs-research-says.html

Grim.
[2021-08-15 Sun 02:37]

State Collapse and Nation Building in Afghanistan | by Peter Turchin

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https://peterturchin.com/cliodynamica/state-collapse-and-nation-building-in-afghanistan/
[2021-08-16 Mon 10:35]

lab rats | cocaine addiction | only when deprived of social interaction and exercise |r/AskReddit

level 1
avocarod
4h

Lab rats chose cocaine over sex. So, cocaine.
3.1k

level 2
Phreshlybaked
1h

So, those lab rats only chose cocaine over food or sex when they were deprived of social interaction. When they had healthy social interactions and exercise they actually would usually choose to stop to ingesting cocaine altogether.

Also, from personal experience good sex is much better then good cocaine. You do the best coke you feel great for like twenty minutes and then like shit the rest of the day/night unless you keep doing more. If the sex is good I feel great all day and have no shitty come down lol.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/p57ny9/people_of_reddit_what_is_better_than_sex/
[2021-08-16 Mon 15:24]

Astronaut Gordon Cooper: I Witnessed A UFO Landing In 1957 | HAF | credible

REDACTED

https://humansarefree.com/2021/08/astronaut-gordon-cooper-witnessed-a-ufo-landing.html

Credible.
[2021-08-17 Tue 11:08]

USA | Afghanistan debacle | joke | Russia hold my beer

Russia: I am ashamed to admit that defeat in Afghanistan cost me my empire.

America: That's because it wasn't real democracy. Here, hold my beer.

Russia: You cannot possibly be… Wow. Well, I feel better.
[2021-08-18 Wed 21:17]

Hu Xijin: 30,000 U.S. Troops Stationed in Taiwan!? China Will Immediately Liberate Taiwan by War! | gnews

Hu Xijin: 30,000 U.S. Troops Stationed in Taiwan!? China Will Immediately Liberate Taiwan by War!
秘密翻译组-精翻组 G-Translators/Elite Team6 hours ago
08/17/2021 Hu Xijin, the mouthpiece of the CCP: 30,000 US troops stationed in Taiwan!? Then China will immediately liberate Taiwan by war!

https://gnews.org/1475855/

Unfortunate.
[2021-08-18 Wed 23:53]

Pentagon preparing to house 30,000 Afghan refugees in U.S. | citizenfreepress.com

Pentagon preparing to house 30,000 Afghan refugees in U.S.
https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/pentagon-preparing-to-house-30000-afghan-refugees-in-u-s/

Democrats never mind new voters and domestic terrorists to justify tyranny.
[2021-08-19 Thu 00:40]

A secret terrorist watchlist with 1.9 million records, including classified “no-fly” records was exposed on the internet. | bleepingcomputer.com | list not leaked

A secret terrorist watchlist with 1.9 million records, including classified “no-fly” records was exposed on the internet.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/secret-terrorist-watchlist-with-2-million-records-exposed-online/

Namesearch yourself? Nope not disclosed.
[2021-08-19 Thu 00:43]

GT Online: The U.S. Military Held Its Largest Military Exercise in 2021 Shifting Its Strategic Focus to the CCP | gnews

REDACTED

https://gnews.org/1479043/
[2021-08-20 Fri 12:57]

Dyson spheres | practicality of | defended

[Dyson spheres are stupid]

A Dyson sphere is foolish because one can simply build a small local fusion reactor instead of using the giant free one nearby?

Imagine a sphere of reflective particles around a star. Planets within would never experience nightfall. Free energy would be everywhere. Sounds useful.

Moreover, such a solar system would be difficult to detect. If it is mobile, and uses a low-signature form of propulsion such as UFOs exhibit, then it would be extremely elusive.

This solves the problem of someone launching stealth asteroids at one's base at relativistic speeds.

Moving a solar system presumably requires tremendous power. Using a star as the fusion reactor presumably helps.
[2021-08-20 Fri 13:17]

How to get rich in 10 years | NDoherty> | MJDeMarco> | good to see

NDoherty>

How to get rich in 10 years

An 8-minute video from MJ DeMarco explaining how you can rich in 10 years or less, even if you're starting with no money and no skills.

He outlines a stair-step approach, where your income potential increases at each step:

Foundational job – covers food, shelter, health
Specialized labor – basic self-employment
Specialized skill – learn a rare skill, sell your time
Specialized unit – create an asset that you can sell over and over
But here's the problem:

Many aspiring entrepreneurs want to start out at the top step with a specialized unit. While that is possible, it is very difficult to do without money and without a corresponding knowledge base of a specialized skill.

As the saying goes: skills pay the bills 💰

So make sure you're constantly leveling up your skillset.

Great to see this clarified. I was hammering the BS in MJ's forum, using NDoherty's counterpoints. Now MJ has refined it further!
[2021-08-22 Sun 13:54]

Cyborganize Q&A | hoarder goat path

Whangdoodle — Today at 9:16 PM

"But since processing is just-in-time, why not try to refile stuff to wherever it's really going, just enough to get out of your way as you walk the tree?"

This reminds me of a hoarder creating goat-paths through tottering piles of accumulating junk, and not a river carving a valley.

One could draw up a list of geological metaphors for the processes. That might prove useful for comparing levels of reorganization with the effort and time over which they operate.

At a guess, no one has tried to organize more than fifty years of material. Importing another older person's archive of personal papers might extend that to 9 or 10 decades. Assume a century of accumulation at most. Reference material can extend that much further.

I like that hoarder metaphor.
[2021-08-22 Sun 21:37]

Textmind Q&A

Does there exist a list of "patterns of Textmind dysfunction?"

Filing inconsistencies. Search failures. Executive failures rooted in fixable Textmind inadequacies.

Whatever the patterns of failure in one's life, they will leave traces in Textmind, and thus Textmind is a productive environment in which one may grapple with them.

For most people, I suppose it's a lack of general unifying purpose, worldview, reliable info processing, executive function, etc. There is much to correct.

Think of it as endurance hunting, walking down animals that can't sweat till they overheat. But using your fingers to walk down problems, using a Textmind "buffer" that doesn't overflow like an organic brain does.
[2021-08-22 Sun 22:53]

Police helicopter's 100mph chase with 'super sophisticated' drone near Tucson (thedrive.com) | HN@ | suspected ET

Police helicopter's 100mph chase with 'super sophisticated' drone near Tucson (thedrive.com)
265 points by kordlessagain 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 251 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28261658

jcrawfordor 21 hours ago [–]

There's a lot of interesting material in the ATC recording.

  • Helo pilots felt that it was intentionally staying nearby as it came very close on multiple occasions and did not seem to be trying to evade. They had visual contact most of the time but sometimes had a hard time tracking it against the city lights.
  • Pilots initially describe it as a quadcopter but become skeptical of that due to the performance. No one ever gets a very good look at it to confirm.
  • It's described early on as having a dim green light. A green light on the drone would be odd for a position light (they did seem to see it from multiple angles) but it seems like a lot of drones have nonstandard lighting.
  • CBP pilots say that it is hard to see on night vision goggles and has a low heat signature. NVGs are not necessarily any better than human vision for discriminating dim lights in the city due to dynamic range, so that doesn't necessarily mean anything. The fact that they couldn't seem to pick it out on the thermal camera might mean something interesting if you looked at different drone types.
  • The drone was first described as being at about 4k feet and climbing, to around 12k. That's pretty damn high for anything small.
  • I don't hear the controller indicating that they had it on radar at any point, the altitudes are all estimates by the helo pilots.
  • Pilots felt that it was not being controlled from the ground due to the large distance it covered, beyond line of sight from any one point. By my estimations it covered over 20 miles during the course of the recording. Given the terrain, that it passed over decently high ridges, I don't think it's a sure thing that it was not being controlled from the ground but it would be surprising.
  • The CBP helicopter had a hard time getting it on their camera due to its rapid climbing (the cameras on these helicopters are usually under the nose and can't point up very much) and maneuvering that they seemed to feel was intentionally evasive of tracking. But it sounds like they may have successfully captured it on camera at times.
  • The speed bit is confusing as no one ever tries to estimate it directly, I think because the drone was seldom flying straight. The article's suggestion that it did 105 knots in airspeed is not unjustified but also not a sure thing. It was definitely somewhere in the 100kts range though, I'd say, based on the difficulty the helicopters had in pursuing it.
  • Both helicopters hit their endurance limit as the drone disappeared into clouds. One helicopter was able to stay airborne later and dwelled for a time hoping to see an operator or recovery team on the ground.
  • The TPD pilot, speaking after the fact, seemed confident it was not the size of a light aircraft but appreciably smaller.

My analysis:

  • Perhaps the most extraordinary thing, I think to the pilots as well, was the way it was maneuvering in such close range to the two helicopters. It suggested not just recklessness but also excellent situational awareness, the kind of thing I have a hard time believing an operator on the ground or by FPV could achieve. It suggests that the operator had help from a targeting system of some kind, whether based on open-source radar/TIS-B/ADS-B or radar on the drone. Visually tracking aircraft over a city at night is already notoriously difficult, even more so by camera, and this thing was coming within 100 feet abeam the helicopters and often flying between them.
  • The altitude and speed demonstrated by the drone make me think it's fixed-wing rather than rotor, and fairly powerful. The endurance suggests fuel, not electric. Probably turbine powered.
  • It's not at all surprising that a CBP and TPD aircraft were tracking it despite the proximity to the AFB. Most HN users seem to really overestimate the level of security at most military installations, there probably weren't any Air Force acft up at the time or even pilots readily available. Most of the time stuff like this happens at AF bases the response you get is force protection standing in their truck beds with binoculars, not some elaborate air defense operation. Law enforcement conducts far more patrol activity over cities than the military does, and getting an Air Force aircraft in the air would have taken long enough it probably wouldn't have mattered. These kinds of drone incidents are considered more of a civilian matter than a military one anyway as it's almost always just idiots messing around.
  • The CBP aircraft at least and probably the TPD helicopter as well will have fairly sophisticated camera packages including thermal. I'm not totally clear on whether or not either of them got useful footage but you hear in the after-action call that the FAA is requesting all the video TPD has. The cameras on these helicopters are designed for tracking things on the ground, not moving fast in the air, so it's unsurprising that they had a hard time capturing it.
  • It doesn't mean much that it doesn't seem to have been tracked on radar. Primary radar doesn't consistently detect light aircraft at those altitudes, and this thing was much smaller. In general the US does not have a capability to reliably detect non-cooperative small aircraft, it's just way too expensive to build that out.

These reports keep coming and this one sounds more like UFO ET tech, but not conclusively. Won't read further. UFO activity will keep increasing anyway, until undeniable. Grays joyriding?
[2021-08-23 Mon 11:59]

Cyber Attack, Possible Serious Breach, at U.S. State Department (twitter.com/jacquiheinrich) | HN | most of USG's cybersecurity a joke cuz underpays IT

Cyber Attack, Possible Serious Breach, at U.S. State Department (twitter.com/jacquiheinrich)
154 points by BrianOnHN 1 day ago | hide | past | favorite | 128 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28260313

xvector 1 day ago [–]

The state department, hell, a big portion of the entire government is a joke when it comes to cybersecurity.

This comes with the turf of refusing to pay competitive compensation. I'd personally love to help secure the government, but I'm not going to take a massive hit in QoL just for a sense of patriotism.

During the Black Hat 2021 closing keynote, the Secretary of Homeland Security was begging for more cybersecurity engineers to join the government, but there was no acknowledgement of the compensation problem, which is one of their biggest roadblocks. It makes zero sense to whine about getting hacked while paying a fifth of the compensation of private industry. The government ought to put up or shut up.

At least we have gay niggers.
[2021-08-23 Mon 12:02]

Pentagon contradicts Biden minutes later | deranged administration | Afghan debacle | dailymail.co.uk

Pentagon fact-checks Biden MINUTES after he claimed Al Qaeda IS NOT present in Afghanistan

Biden on Friday declared success in ridding Afghanistan of Al Qaeda, in a speech from the East Room
Flanked by Harris and Blinken, he said Americans had not been prevented from reaching Kabul airport
But both claims were immediately contradicted by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Pentagon spokesman
John Kirby said al-Qaeda remained in the country, but tried to cover for Biden by saying presence was limited
Austin told members of Congress he was 'troubled' by news of Americans being beaten in Kabul
The contradictions will put White House messaging operations under scrutiny as chaos in country continues

By ROB CRILLY, SENIOR U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 17:31 EDT, 20 August 2021

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9913247/Pentagon-fact-checks-Biden-MINUTES-claimed-Al-Qaeda-NOT-present-Afghanistan.html

AC> Pentagon and Defense Sec. contradict Biden minutes after his speech by saying Americans have been beaten by the Taliban on the way to Kabul airport and al-Qaeda is still present in Afghanistan.

Kek.
[2021-08-23 Mon 13:11]

mainland China quarantine | 21 days of misery

This is forced/mandatory quarantine in mainland China. It costs 5000 yuan (about $770 US dollars) to live in this tiny room for 21 days.

August 13, 2021

A possible future of mine. I'd survive.
[2021-08-23 Mon 19:33]

UK Government: Biden Just Made China the World’s Most Powerful Superpower | August 23, 2021

REDACTED

https://newspunch.com/uk-government-biden-just-made-china-the-worlds-most-powerful-superpower/
[2021-08-24 Tue 18:21]

Brits are furious.
[2021-08-24 Tue 18:21]

I served in Afghanistan as a US Marine, twice. Here’s the truth in two sentences | By Lucas Kunce | kansascity.com | occupation was a joke

REDACTED

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article253641358.html
[2021-08-24 Tue 18:25]

Hm, Trump still would've handled the transition way better. It takes a strongman to negotiate with strongmen.
[2021-08-24 Tue 18:25]

Fighting Like Taliban (scholars-stage.org) | HN | Kabul debacle no surprise | failure institutional, not individual | can rent an Afghan, can't buy

Fighting Like Taliban (scholars-stage.org)
192 points by robertwiblin 21 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 186 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28275197

pphysch 18 hours ago [–]

"Our failure to understand [the Taliban's] dynamic has had consequences."

There was no "failure to understand". This narrative that Afghanistan was a well-intentioned strategic/tactical failure is utterly misleading. The dynamic reality was very clear to every one involved (who cared to know), from servicepeople to 4-star generals, but the military's culture of careerism and corruption prevented these truths from being publicly acknowledged [1].
[1] - https://youtu.be/_bo7P_podIk

tlogan 18 hours ago [–]

British had a saying: you can rent an Afghan but you can't buy one

I heard the above saying during Soviet invasion but I cannot find the origin.

[2021-08-24 Tue 18:35]

Jack Ma "Behaved Too Much Like An American Entrepreneur" For The Chinese Communist Party's Liking | zerohedge.com

REDACTED

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/jack-ma-strayed-too-far-out-his-lane-chinese-governments-liking-now-he-spends-his-days

An evil emperor.
[2021-08-24 Tue 19:03]

American, built contractor company in Europe | avoids onerous European employment law | which kill startups | HN@nickfromseattle

nickfromseattle 17 hours ago [–]

I am an American founder that accidentally built a company in Europe.

I hired my first person there, and through the path of least resistance, most of our 45 person team is based in Europe.

I believe I am playing 'business' on easy mode compared to European founders.

As an American founder it's pretty easy for my US company to pay my European team as contractors.

European founders have to comply with European employment law.

In the country a lot of my team resides, here are the rules:

  1. ~50% tax on W2 employees (we pay none)
  2. Ability to take 1 year of maternity leave, available on day 1 of joining a company. Up to 2 years if there are complications.
  3. 32 days of PTO standard for entry level roles

Here were my rules as an American founder / company hiring in Europe:

  1. No employment tax because everyone is hired as a contractor
  2. Today we have a 2 month paid policy after 2 years in our org. We're hoping to improve this as our company becomes more financially secure, but the liability at this stage of our organization is significant.
  3. We offer 38 days of PTO today, but for the first year we didn't have an official PTO policy.

Building a startup in Europe as a European founder is very, very hard due to the above compliance requirements.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28286194
[2021-08-25 Wed 12:28]

Tokyo Medical Association recommends ivermectin to all doctors for all Covid patients 🚨 (twitter.com)

Tokyo Medical Association recommends ivermectin to all doctors for all Covid patients 🚨 (twitter.com)
posted 13 hours ago by lsdQ +656 / -1

Bren
@brenontheroad
Aug 23

Tokyo's Medical Assoc. Chairman holds live press conference recommending #ivermectin to all doctors, for all Covid patients.

Japan's government is one of the most conservative and cautious in the world. Data is clear. Huge news.

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOFB25AAL0V20C21A1000000/

https://twitter.com/brenontheroad/status/1429624844379824129
[2021-08-27 Fri 17:21]

The FDA is virtually controlled by Pfizer. | DTrump>

Donald J Trump
@realdonaldtrump
12h

"The FDA is virtually controlled by Pfizer. Pfizer has control, not Johnson and Johnson, not Moderna, but Pfizer has control over the FDA."

https://gab.com/realdonaldtrump/posts/106824468635142110

DTrump uncertain about getting the booster shot.
[2021-08-27 Fri 17:24]

Taliban sharing USMIL hardware with Iran->Russia, China | andmagazine.com

AC> The Taliban has reportedly invited Iranian weapon’s technicians to examine US weapons left behind and take them to Iran so they can be reverse engineered, and that intelligence is being given to China and Russia as well.
https://andmagazine.com/talk/2021/08/24/taliban-gives-captured-american-weapons-to-iran-did-the-biden-administration-deliberately-abandon-u-s-weapons/

Deliberate? Nah, screwup.
[2021-08-30 Mon 00:26]

Radio host Hal Turner was an FBI informant, as hackers claimed a year ago | federaljack.com

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http://www.federaljack.com/radio-host-hal-turner-was-an-fbi-informant-as-hackers-claimed-a-year-ago/
[2021-08-27 Fri 18:09]

Exclusive: Samples From Early Wuhan COVID Patients Had Genetically Modified Henipah, One of Two Types of Viruses Sent From Canadian Lab | theepochtimes.com

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https://www.theepochtimes.com/samples-from-early-wuhan-covid-patients-had-genetically-modified-henipa-one-of-two-types-of-viruses-sent-from-canadian-lab_3963836.html

Filthy China. Ebola-chan chilling in the early samples of Corona-chan. Either they were "community testing" it, or they contaminated the samples. Either way, shut down that nightmare lab!
[2021-08-27 Fri 18:21]

WH official reveals chilling info that Jill Biden, not Joe, is in charge of Afghanistan decisions. | en-volve.com | exaggerated headline

WH official reveals chilling info that Jill Biden, not Joe, is in charge of Afghanistan decisions.
https://en-volve.com/2021/08/25/wh-official-reveals-chilling-info-that-jill-biden-not-joe-is-in-charge-of-afghanistan-decisions/

Typical Cabal.

AC> So we have the babysitter Joe was boinking dictating national policy? Nice.
[2021-08-27 Fri 18:24]

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Exaggerated headline.
[2021-08-30 Mon 00:31]

Putin has banned forcing Russians to get vaccinated and firing them for refusing to get vaccinated (twitter.com) | ga.w

Putin has banned forcing Russians to get vaccinated and firing them for refusing to get vaccinated (twitter.com)
https://greatawakening.win/p/12kFGLzDK0/putin-has-banned-forcing-russian/c/
[2021-08-28 Sat 11:30]

Chinese authorities say overtime '996' policy is illegal (reuters.com) | HN | 996 inefficient | Chinese corps hierarchical, brute force, inefficient | crackdown symptom, not cause | laws fake | labor union never sues | Chinese personnel absolutely replaceable

Chinese authorities say overtime '996' policy is illegal (reuters.com)
356 points by hkmaxpro 18 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 266 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28325629

audunw 17 hours ago [–]

I wonder if this will be good or bad for the competitiveness of China if they are able to enforce it.

The company I work in now has no problem competing with Chinese companies working 996, despite us working 7.5h days and having way more vacation days. I believe part of that is that working longer hours doesn't necessarily make you more productive, as has been discussed in tech communities for a while now.

The thing is, to be productive with shorter working hours requires a very different culture. The company I work in now has a very flat structure, and people are encouraged to work on side projects that can improve productivity, and there's a focus on continuously improving methodology. The last company I worked for was Chinese-American (based in US, but 99% Chinese working there), and it was the exact opposite. Decisions on what to work on was made top-down and results were mainly achieved through brute force. Although since we worked in a somewhat independent office in Europe we ended up with a hybrid system.

So the question is, will a shift away from 996 lead to a shift in work culture that increases productivity, or will they just work fewer hours with the same culture?

That seems to be the problem for the CCP in general. They want to make improvements, but they don't really get to the root of the problem. They crack down on after-school tutoring for instance, but they don't change the Gaokao system, so tutoring will just go underground.

nirui 13 hours ago [–]

As a Chinese myself, I've been through a lots of this kind of paper reading club. And yes, you read the law you then you roughly know what is illegal. And clearly, those people in the reading club can read paper text in it's literal means, so that's a cognitive pass, congrats!

However, let's don't forget that you cannot form labor union without blessings from the party. Let's also don't forget that in China, company can fire people really easily, they just hide those unfair or even discriminatory reasons under the table, no one will help you because helping people is too costly.

There is a labor union in China of course, The labor union, called ACFTU, or All-China Federation of Trade Unions. I don't remember when was the last time they actually sued someone/company, maybe never.

Personally, I don't think those paper laws and paper institutions are actually there to serve the general public. So I don't even care what they've said, nothing will change for the better.

[2021-08-28 Sat 11:41]

thecramer 17 hours ago [–]

I once had a chinese colleague who came to europe for a few years. She always thought we were lazy for working so short and every argument i brought up about mental health and work efficiency was met with a: "but it works for us".

What i did not understand back then is the absolute replaceability of personel in the chinese market. You work long and hard or tomorrow someone else does it.

Not only is this a big reason of the economical prowess of china in my opinion, i fear that this work-ethic will come back sooner or later to europe to "stay competitive".

In the face of bankcruptcy or market pressure… managers tend to make irrational and/or unethical decisions. And they will find a way to circumvent the laws. I am also sure that chinese companies will find a way to circumvent the 996 ruling here.

[2021-08-28 Sat 11:42]

illuminati1911 12 hours ago [–]

I’ve been working in software engineering in China for few years now. Never worked for 996 company, but I know many who do.

Most of the 996 companies that I’ve seen tend to be ultra shitty sweatshops delivering less than bare minimum and with less security than what a university CS freshman would implement. There are obviously exceptions to this, but in China culturally speaking, it’s often much more important what things look like than what they actually are. That’s the core essense of 996. As long as you seem to be working hard and long time, everything else is secondary.

I find it ridiculous how random business managers in EU and US say this shit show would be competitive advantage. It’s everything but.

That being said China has several real competitive advantages over western countries, but media rarely speaks about then.

[2021-08-28 Sat 11:43]

For First Time, Half of Americans Favor Defending Taiwan If China Invades (thechicagocouncil.org) | HN

For First Time, Half of Americans Favor Defending Taiwan If China Invades (thechicagocouncil.org)
183 points by jseliger 11 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 222 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28329559
[2021-08-28 Sat 11:45]

Arm China Has Gone Rogue (semianalysis.substack.com) | HN | standard Chinese operating model

Arm China Has Gone Rogue (semianalysis.substack.com)
830 points by xbmcuser 11 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 519 comments
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28329731

barrkel 10 hours ago [–]

This is the standard Chinese operating model, as I understand it. Accept foreign subsidiary investment on condition of 51% Chinese ownership, transfer the technology, then turn around and compete with the parent. It was a similar story with maglev trains.

[2021-08-28 Sat 11:48]

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