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- China Blacklists Billionaire Actress, Cracks Down On 'Unruly' Internet Fan Culture | zerohedge.com
- China Has a Grand Strategy to Displace US: China Expert | Frank Fang | Epoch Times | zerohedge.com
- Enterprise Software Projects Killed the Software Developer (javahippie.net) | HN
- 2021-08-30 How I avoid deleting large parts of Org buffers accidentally | mbork.pl | why Textmind avoids in-buffer depth
- China Introduces "Xi Jinping Thought" Into School Curriculum For All Age Groups | zerohedge.com
- Starting Sept 1 China Will Require Foreign Vessels To Report In Its "Territorial Waters" | zerohedge.com
- Cool Russian racial world map from 1978 | August 8, 2020 | shows modern racial distribution
- Monero to explode after BTC-XM atomic swap attracts Bitcoin whales | warosu.org
- Birth control pills halve size of women’s ovaries | sciencenordic.com
- kycnot.me | non-kyc crypto exchanges
- China on the Cusp of a 'Profound Transformation' (asiatimes.com) | HN | Xi's ego | 2nd Cultural Revolution
- Sacklers granted lifetime legal immunity in opioid settlement (arstechnica.com) | HN | pet judge enables pharma evil
- Mayor suggests Helsinki declare itself an English-language city (theguardian.com) | HN
- Gab.com’s Response to Congress (gab.com) | HN | commenters | US free speech declining | good debate
- MindForger | interesting PIM | Cyborganize candidate
- "Holy F*ck This Person Is A Sociopath": A Former Theranos Interviewee Tells His Story Of Meeting Elizabeth Holmes | zerohedge.com
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China Blacklists Billionaire Actress, Cracks Down On 'Unruly' Internet Fan Culture | zerohedge.com
China Has a Grand Strategy to Displace US: China Expert | Frank Fang | Epoch Times | zerohedge.com
CCP badly misread the populist signal. That was the time to fall back and avoid provoking.
It's folly to always advance.
Enterprise Software Projects Killed the Software Developer (javahippie.net) | HN
Enterprise Software Projects Killed the Software Developer (javahippie.net)
132 points by javahippie 16 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 109 comments
mirekrusin 7 hours ago [–]
The best enterprice architects I worked with don't know shit. They can plot 3 boxes with 4 arrows and call it a day. They can take credit for working system, it doesn't matter. What really matters is that they don't waste time on useless preplanning, don't give you (as tech lead/senior dev) solutions to implement, but problems to solve. They don't know how to solve integration problems, but they know how to click to schedule teams meeting with people who take care of those systems. Solution is usually easily agreed between tech people during those calls/folloups. Architect is able to wrap it in power point presentation with 2 boxes and 1 arrow and call it integration solution. It sounds like a joke, but I'm serious.
HillRat 2 hours ago [–]
Speaking as a — now former — architect, I’d agree! The best use of my time always turned out to be dealing with scope and feature risk, areas of ambiguity, and governance. Part of this is because very few software projects hinge their success on complex and elegant solutions to thorny conceptual problems, but also because competent developers generally don’t need an architect doing much more than sketching out the broad contours for them to get in and design/build the system; what they really need from the architect is client alignment, well-defined feature scope and dependencies, locked down RACIs, realistic team sizes and schedules, and just enough governance to keep everything on track without overmanagement. A successful architect, in other words, is technically-competent enough to figure out what has to go into the solution (which crosses many disciplinary boundaries) and what the overall project size roughly looks like, but the second they try to create detailed technical plans they’re wasting time and money.
2021-08-30 How I avoid deleting large parts of Org buffers accidentally | mbork.pl | why Textmind avoids in-buffer depth
2021-08-30 How I avoid deleting large parts of Org buffers accidentally
This is why Org's heavy nesting is too risky, and why Textmind's flat approach is much safer.
China Introduces "Xi Jinping Thought" Into School Curriculum For All Age Groups | zerohedge.com
Starting Sept 1 China Will Require Foreign Vessels To Report In Its "Territorial Waters" | zerohedge.com
Cool Russian racial world map from 1978 | August 8, 2020 | shows modern racial distribution
Monero to explode after BTC-XM atomic swap attracts Bitcoin whales | warosu.org
Birth control pills halve size of women’s ovaries | sciencenordic.com
Birth control pills halve size of women’s ovaries
Birth control pills can reduce women’s ovaries upward 50 per cent in size.
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non-kyc crypto exchanges.
China on the Cusp of a 'Profound Transformation' (asiatimes.com) | HN | Xi's ego | 2nd Cultural Revolution
China on the Cusp of a 'Profound Transformation' (asiatimes.com)
56 points by DocFeind 20 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 128 comments
adventured 18 hours ago [–]
If Xi was so unconfident in his legacy that he could not find a worthy successor in the usual amount of time, what did that say about him?
It takes a long time to elaborately enshrine yourself into the history of a nation as old and massive as China. Xi - as with essentially all dictators - lies whenever he pretends it's not about him. He has persistently taken actions all along the path to glorify himself at the expense of others (including past Chinese leaders). Xi isn't interested in the sort of legacy you build in a mere two terms, that's why he was unwilling to give up power. It had nothing to do with being concerned about finding a worthy successor, that wasn't a consideration at the time (Xi had no intention to give up power at two terms, regardless of successors). I think ideally he'd like to surpass Mao in historical importance, although he'll settle for being perceived a peer. If Xi is assessing what that will take, there's little question in entails conquering Taiwan and overall it'll take decades of imprinting himself onto the nation. National cultural transformations derived from your vision of how things should be are long processes.
onecool 19 hours ago [–]
“The US has also launched biological warfare, cyber warfare and public opinion against China.”
This is quite some projection. China's role in the virus/biowarfare will never be affirmed with certainty due to their information suppression; however their cyber warfare and public opinion efforts are at full throttle.
If you look at any major news website, YouTube, Reddit, Slashdot, Facebook, Twitter, etc, the paid "shills" and "useful idiots" touting pro-Chinese, anti-America propaganda are everywhere. If you don't think you see it, the common talking points repeated are:
- Amerikkka is full of white supremacists - this is an effort to change public opinion and have people believe that everyone in America is racist and hates Chinese people.
- Nothing is happening in Xinjiang.
- COVID disinformation in the forms of 'it started in Fort Detrick', disparaging Pfizer/Moderna/vaccines, etc.
- The Imperialist/Colonial America is responsible for all the bad things.
- Without Capitalism, the world would be a perfect place.
And many more
Sacklers granted lifetime legal immunity in opioid settlement (arstechnica.com) | HN | pet judge enables pharma evil
Sacklers granted lifetime legal immunity in opioid settlement (arstechnica.com)
154 points by samizdis 19 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 149 comments
iforgetti 17 hours ago [–]
Highly recommend Empire if Pain about the Sacklers and how they got away with these crimes.
Longer story short they piped the earnings from the opioid crisis out of company for decades and then when the net was finally closing on them, they filed for bankruptcy in a court of their choice with a very favorable judge. It is this same judge who granted the full immunity.
Mayor suggests Helsinki declare itself an English-language city (theguardian.com) | HN
Mayor suggests Helsinki declare itself an English-language city (theguardian.com)
128 points by neverminder 23 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 200 comments
checkyoursudo 23 hours ago [–]
I lived in Sweden for a couple of years. I would not be surprised if (at least some of) the Nordics eventually made English an official language within my lifetime.
When I was going through my migration process, someone at the tax office said in response to my statement that my Swedish was pretty bad (paraphrasing here): "I think you could live the rest of your life in Sweden pretty easily speaking only English."
I lived in way northern Sweden, so not like a cosmopolitan/metropolitan area like Stockholm/Gothenburg/Malmö. After a couple of years, my Swedish barely improved, and I think the tax office agent was probably correct.
My very young kids were in public school there. Probably almost all of the Swedish kids wanted to be friends with my kids, because my kids could speak English just like these kids' parents and older siblings. Almost all of the kids in my rural town were excited to learn English, and I met many fully Swedish kids whom at 7 or 8 years old were already gaining a good level of proficiency in English.
irrational 16 hours ago [–]
Not Sweden, but I spent 2 weeks in Iceland and was astonished that everyone there spoke pretty much perfect English. We ate dinner one night at a restaurant in a tiny village in Northern Iceland. Our server was a young man who spoke absolutely perfect American English. We asked him if he had spent much time in the States. He responded that he had never left his village - not even to go to Reykjavik. He had learned all his English just from watching American media and listening to American music. I was absolutely floored.
On another note, my daughter spent 9 months in Sweden as an au pair. I asked her, when she came home, if she learned any Swedish. She said she learned a few words, but everyone spoke really good English so there was not really an opportunity to learn Swedish.
Gab.com’s Response to Congress (gab.com) | HN | commenters | US free speech declining | good debate
Gab.com’s Response to Congress (gab.com)
176 points by waynenilsen 22 hours ago | hide | past | favorite | 229 comments
fragileone 22 hours ago [–]
American citizens may have freedom of speech, but they find themselves with vanishingly few public forums in which to exercise it fully.
Well put. As we've also seen from numerous leaks and incidents over the years, big business and government often works hand-in-hand, with revolving door policies and barely legal indirect bribes happening regularly.
That the government is now seeking to curtail the First Amendment by exerting pressure on these companies should be alarming to anyone.
drewrv 22 hours ago [–]
It seems to me like there are more forums for free speech now than ever before. When in our history has it been easier for the average citizen to find a platform to host their views?
prvc 21 hours ago [–]
Yesterday. After that, last week, easier; then last year, yet easier; 5 years ago, easier still, and so on. I will not speculate as to when the maximum was reached, but it was somewhere between the creation of the internet and the present.
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Here's the current CybSpec. I'll periodically repost this to reflect new information.(edited)
Uh, it is created with MindForger and probably is most smoothly used with it.
"Holy F*ck This Person Is A Sociopath": A Former Theranos Interviewee Tells His Story Of Meeting Elizabeth Holmes | zerohedge.com