“criteria does not include any proof of actual academic or behavioral student progress”

David Blaska:

Small solace that he can’t be worse than Jennifer Cheatham, who presently is cloning herself over at depends-on-the-context Harvard U. Can anyone tell the Werkes why, say, a Tommy Thompson would not do a bang-up job as superintendent of Madison schools? Or a Scott McCallum, whose degree is economics? Who else could produce tangible results? Why not a Barry Alvarez, Judith Faulkner, Kevin Conroy, Zach Brandon, Kaleem Caire, Paul Soglin, Mike Gallagher, or Paul Ryan — all successful managers of complex institutions?

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Ernest Hemingway, Henry Ford, Harry Truman, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg never got college degrees. Never futzed up Madison’s public schools, either!


The data clearly indicate that being able to read is not a requirement for graduation at (Madison) East, especially if you are black or Hispanic”

My Question to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Teacher Mulligans and our Disastrous Reading Results

2017: West High Reading Interventionist Teacher’s Remarks to the School Board on Madison’s Disastrous Reading Results 

Madison’s taxpayer supported K-12 school district, despite spending far more than most, has long tolerated disastrous reading results.

“An emphasis on adult employment”

Wisconsin Public Policy Forum Madison School District Report[PDF]

WEAC: $1.57 million for Four Wisconsin Senators

Friday Afternoon Veto: Governor Evers Rejects AB446/SB454; an effort to address our long term, disastrous reading results

Booked, but can’t read (Madison): functional literacy, National citizenship and the new face of Dred Scott in the age of mass incarceration.

When A Stands for Average: Students at the UW-Madison School of Education Receive Sky-High Grades. How Smart is That?


The ACLU, once a free speech organization, is arguing it was justified in firing a whistleblower, not because she was actually being racist, but because her words caused harm.

The US, for political reasons, has proven incapable of imposing similar discipline on the healthcare market. Prices are negotiated in a medical marketplace where the sellers of healthcare hold significant market power, and this process is intrinsically inflationary. This inflation has been far more intense in the employer-insurance market than in the public sector, particularly since the mid-1980s; Medicare and private-insurance prices have diverged to the point where commercial insurers pay on average 254% of Medicare for the same procedures.

Thank you for your interest in attending a historical tour of the Nevada National Security Site. Free monthly historical tours of the Site are offered to help the public learn how the Site has evolved over the years.

Of course, relying on Toyota to honor my opt-out is a matter of trust. I’m really not a trusting guy. So, I also pulled the fuse for the Data Communication Module(DCM), which connects the car to the cellphone network. No DCM, no phoning home. No DCM, no interior microphone either, since that runs through the same fuse in the 4Runner (check what’s affected before trying this with your own vehicle). But I don’t want my phone and its data synced to the vehicle anyway, so that’s no loss to me.

Starlink constellation.

BYD Takes On EV Laggards Toyota, VW With Steep China Price Cuts

We are now in a position to expose the identity of the most senior Capitol Police official in that meeting and the man who reportedly presented congressional officials and staffers with the absurd excuse that the Capitol Police and Secret Service allowed a group of children to walk in front of the bomb so as not to cause panic—a baffling explanation for such a flagrant breach of protocol as to be unbelievable to the point of offense. That Capitol Police official is Ashan Benedict, currently Assistant Chief of Police of the Capitol Police in charge of Protective and Intelligence Operations. Yes, you read that right. A man who would excuse the flagrant violation of security protocol as depicted in the footage of the DNC bomb discovery is the head of Protective Operations at the Capitol Police.

This system seems like it was accelerated last fall post the BRICS meeting in August which exacerbated the US bond selloff. This is what scared the Treasury and the Fed to pivot in October/November in an attempt to buy time to weaken the dollar and lower interest rates to help the US government’s finances out. We know that China and India are already doing this buying of oil in their local currency. I am starting to think that Japan is doing this as well and over time, Europe is likely to begin too.

This morning I tweeted that the cargo owners would have to pay for the damages to the bridge under the principle of maritime law known as general average. I was wrong. It appears they will only have to pay for the damage to the vessel and the cargo, split pro rata based on how many containers they have the ship. The damage to the bridge, compensation to the victims and other damages will be born by the ship operator and their P&I insurance carrier.

There are tens of thousands of genes in the human genome: minuscule twists of DNA and RNA that combine to express all of the traits and characteristics that make each of us unique. Each gene is given a name and alphanumeric code, known as a symbol, which scientists use to coordinate research. But over the past year or so, some 27 human genes have been renamed, all because Microsoft Excel kept misreading their symbols as dates.

The grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.

“Since few weeks we have Sansa Oil,” one staffer wrote, referring to the low-grade oil made from olive pulp that generally retails for half the price of extra virgin, and is so unappetizing it is apparently often used as fuel for biomass boilers. “This for me is totally crazy,” the staffer fumed.

“To the [NY Times] Editor:
A Supreme Court decision preventing the Biden administration from deciding what can and cannot be said on social media would also prevent a potential future Trump administration from [doing so].

The NYT refused to comment until last week, and did so in the most Times way possible… by burying a mention of my story 52 paragraphs down in an article about how concerns around censorship are somehow a plot to help Trump.

It’s hard to gauge the harmful effects of LLMs on the field as a whole from the perspective of a single developer testing the tools directly. The risks only become obvious once you look at studies that look at the effects across a sample size that’s larger than a single person, and from that perspective LLMs look like a Y2K-style code quality disaster in the making.

The amount of maple syrup in the national reserve – stored in tens of thousands of barrels in several warehouses across Quebec – has dwindled significantly since 2020. That year, the reserve had more than 103 million pounds of the sticky product.

The belief that software can solve problems of human conflict has a long history in U.S. war-making. Beginning in the late Sixties, the Air Force deployed a vast array of sensors across the jungles of Southeast Asia, masking the Ho Chi Minh trail along which North Vietnam supplied its forces in the south. Devised by scientists advising the Pentagon, the operation, code-named Igloo White, and designed to detect human activity by the sounds of marching feet, the smell of ammonia from urine, or the electronic sparks of engine ignitions, relayed information to giant IBM computers housed in a secret base in Thailand. The machines were the most powerful then in existence; they processed the signals to pinpoint enemy supply columns otherwise invisible under the jungle canopy. The scheme, in operation from 1967 to 1972 at a cost of at least hundreds of millions a year, was a total failure. The Vietnamese swiftly devised means to counter it; just as Hamas would short-circuit Shin Bet algorithms by feeding the system false information, the Vietnamese also faked data, with buckets of urine hung in trees off the trail, or herds of livestock steered down unused byways, which were then dutifully processed by the humming computers as enemy movements. Meanwhile, North Vietnamese forces in the south were well supplied. In 1972, they launched a powerful offensive using hundreds of tanks that went entirely undetected by Igloo White. The operation was abandoned shortly thereafter.

Getting rid of textbooks was a mistake.

Perhaps it was. For seven years, from 2010 to 2017, assigned to the company’s South Carolina assembly plant and appalled by the lax controls, Barnett had tried to persuade his managers that the mistakes they were letting slide could one day be fatal. In 2019, Barnett told a journalist at Corporate Crime Reporter that his managers “started pressuring us not to document defects, to work outside the procedures, to allow defective material to be installed without being corrected. . . . They just wanted to push planes out the door and make the cash register ring.”

The feds are refusing to make any further installments of Bulger’s case file public, saying the records are “investigative” and no longer subject to the Freedom of Information Act. “The records responsive to your request are law enforcement records; there is a pending or prospective law enforcement pro .

Three core providers dominate the market for core banking systems for depository institutions (DIs). These providers also have a large presence in vertically related markets, such as card network services; payment processing services for DIs, merchants, or governments; and banking-as-a-service. This market structure may make it difficult for DIs to switch their core providers, affecting their ability to offer new services and stay competitive.

Where does Cuba go after it loses faith in Marx? What happens to intellectuals, when after rejecting God, they reject atheism? Where is there left to go?

What Boeing did to all the guys who remember how to build a plane?

I would recommend just writing one (simple site generator) yourself. It’s not very hard, and the process of writing it will make you intimately familiar with how it works, so you won’t feel overwhelmed.Just writing simple software feels way better than reading docs for an arcane tool that will change on you over time due to updates.

None of these issues seem lost on management and insiders, who have been awarded compensation based on manipulated AFFO metrics and have cashed out $476 million since the company’s conversion to REIT status, including over $100 million since 2023.

Rather than using its rotary engine to power the vehicle directly, the MX-30 R-EV uses the engine to drive a generator. The electricity produced is then used to power an electric motor, in a configuration generally referred to as a “series hybrid” or “extended range electric vehicle.” Examples of this that are already in production include the Nissan e-Power range and the Honda e:HEV. (In the Honda vehicle, the engine can also be made to drive the wheels directly.)

At least an interview. Except that that isn’t how the job market works these days. Instead, the world’s bedrooms are full of lonely young people wading through websites that promise their efficient algorithmic filtering will take them straight to the dream job. In fact they do no such thing.  Employers may imagine the system is efficient. In fact, it is a wasted opportunity. Every time someone applies for a job, there is a chance to build that company’s reputation. Those young people (and their parents) are also consumers. So this is a moment to polish a brand, not tarnish it. Kids will remember who helped and who treated them as disposable. No amount of advertising will persuade them that the companies that never replied will ever care, about people or the planet or customers

Today, China Experts and China Watchers flourish once more. A once nearly-defunct claque of people working in government for national political ends, journalists, academics, ne’er-do-wells, as well as the talented curious and literary dilettantes jostle and contend with each other in the New Epoch of Chairman of Everything Xi Jinping. The long-overlooked, or underestimated, skills of being able to read, listen to and understand the bloviations of the Chinese party-state are even somewhat in vogue. Although Xi Jinping has been a boon for strategic thinkers, think tanks and academic opinionators in Euramerica, China’s own market for strategists — ?????????????????, and so on — has fallen under the sway of the Communist Party. [Note: The colourful and wildly imaginative efforts of the previous ‘hundred schools’ have been reduced to a far more modest and grey palette of opinion. Those on both sides of the divide do, nonetheless, share similar ambitions: to serve ideological interests, to make a name, curry favour and influence while enjoying a slice of the cake that through their efforts is ever bigger. One of the time-honoured ways of grabbing the discursive spotlight is to formulate an expression or catch-phrase that gains currency.

Who has the best source of links to debunks of hoaxes”?

Worried about hospitals closing and higher costs for patients, state lawmakers are increasingly tangling with hospitals over potential health care mergers, in some cases derailing deals they think don’t serve the public interest.

The German auto industry faces a perfect storm of challenges as it navigates the shift to electric mobility, with major implications for jobs, trade, and the country’s industrial future. Adapting quickly and strategically will be critical to avoid the fate of other once-dominant manufacturing hubs.

This provocation, published yesterday, is overwhelmingly likely aiming to feed into those prevailing active measures (“ops”) meant to drag Christians into a positions of fruitful reaction that the Regime can use to clamp down on them. Again, Christian reaction is their real action, and we know for certain that Christian circles are deeply infiltrated with a chest-beating and growing radicalism that is being baited toward and associated with a growing antisemitism. The responses to this post will almost certainly prove this out, btw. Your evil government wants this to happen. They are baiting you into it.

Shiba Inu’s price at the beginning of 2021 was very low ($0.00000001) until Elon Musk tweeted about Shiba Inu (in March 2021), and its price rose 300% in the hours following Musk’s tweet. Since then, “Shiba Inu has grown as one of the biggest shitcoins in the cryptocurrency space.”

I composed the following prompt for Claude 3, where I pasted in both of my code examples and then added some instructions about what I wanted it to build at the end:

Adopt a brutal new conflict of interest policy that prohibits NAR leaders and the association from benefiting from opaque relationships with industry vendors and outside business interests.


Industry pros sweat the possibility that many digital files will eventually become unusable — an archival tragedy reminiscent of the celluloid era.

A rejection is exactly what it sounds like. Your proposal is rejected, with no explanation why. In this case – ask for specific reasons why. One you know the reason, you can address it.

Apple Inc. is in talks to build Google’s Gemini artificial intelligence engine into the iPhone, according to people familiar with the situation, setting the stage for a blockbuster agreement that would shake up the AI industry.

This capability opens up exciting possibilities for MLLMs to tackle more complex, real-world tasks that require integrating information from multiple sources. However, the computational challenges associated with processing multiple high-resolution images remain an area for further research and optimization.

After being pressed by conservative sites like Breitbart News, AP admitted that a claim of having “geolocation data” implicating Moreno is untrue and Moreno’s counsel has shown that an intern admitted that the posting was a prank. Moreover, the AP knew and reported on the admission from the intern but still ran the story and claim of geolocational data support. The article is being denounced as a political “hit piece” and AP has reportedly brought in a major defense attorney to handle the legal repercussions.

Image and especially video compression is a problem of obvious real life significance, with video traffic taking up over 60% of all internet traffic. Increasingly better lossless and lossy codecs have been developed over the years to combat this problem. Relatively recently, a nascent research domain on using auto-encoder style neural networks for compression has emerged. This post goes through the evolution and highlights where the field might be heading.

Why cash is a cutting-edge technology for maintaining a balance of monetary power.

Fueled by private equity and a subscription-based business model, the auto wash industry is flooding the US with new outlets. Some towns and cities have had enough.

One reason for the slow rollout is that Apple’s design team has to work with carmakers to create a bespoke interface and style for each model. Even without a fully integrated approach, the new CarPlay still needs to be customized.

“It probably will cost about 30 cents per person in the United States to find out if we can mass produce this home. Doesn’t that seem reasonable in view of [the] public benefit that will accrue?”

Why didn’t this library work in conjunction with the latest version of AWS? Who knows? Not even the developers of the library might know, because the JavaScript ecosystem is so badly interconnected that everyone relies on blindly trusting each other’s code and infrastructure. It’s not even close to the experience of using robust package managers like Cargo (Rust), NuGet (C#), or others.

“Effectively what we’re doing is diverting tonnage from landfill”

Direct Solar Power: Off-Grid Without Batteries
Using solar panels without backup infrastructure makes renewable energy production much more affordable, efficient and sustainable.

This BMW i4 customer likes its hardware.
he’s got a few choice thoughts about the software though, and BMW’s pettiness in its customer treatment. The video is in German, but I summarized it for you:

This is actually happening!

Up to 10 informants managed by the FBI were embedded in anti-pipeline resistance camps near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation at the height of mass protests against the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016. The new details about federal law enforcement surveillance of an Indigenous environmental movement were released as part of a legal fight between North Dakota and the federal government over who should pay for policing the pipeline fight. Until now, the existence of only one other federal informant in the camps had been confirmed. 

Vulnerabilities in common Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) required in US commercial trucks could be present in over 14 million medium- and heavy-duty rigs, according to boffins at Colorado State University.

Pursuing GMT for fun (and funding) has positively affected other areas of my scientific interests, and my new research modules continue to be added to GMT. The future holds many promises but will require formation and leadership of communities to steer and maintain the essential science tools that have served us well for many decades.

And as Brandon points out above, these incompetent, unethical, and unprofessional agents harm consumers every day. It isn’t the professional agents who provide great service to buyers who are causing consumers to turn against the industry; it’s the hobbyists who ruin it for everybody. The trouble is that we have far, far, far too many non-professionals in the industry today. Cui bono? Who benefits from having so many hobbyists, so many part-timers? It ain’t the professional working REALTOR. It ain’t consumers. It isn’t first-time homebuyers or military veterans or minorities or anybody else who gets trotted out all the time as examples of people that REALTORS serve. They are hurt far more by having incompetent non-professionals handle their home purchase than is the hedge fund billionaire or the doctor buying his third investment property.

$pending o counter ‘elitist’ perception

Andrew Bahl:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison plans to launch a statewide marketing campaign to change public attitudes that the school is too “elitist” and “leftist” in hopes for more state funding, documents show.

In documents seeking applications from private vendors to produce the initiative, UW-Madison said it wanted a campaign that would combat “misperceptions among state residents about the university and higher education in general.”

The chief goal, however, would be a favorable outcome next year, when the Legislature’s budget writers and Gov. Tony Evers will negotiate a new budget to cover Wisconsin’s state government until 2027.

“Primary mark of success will be a positive state budget for UW-Madison in the next budget biennium,” a university document answering questions about the project said.

The UW said it is looking to double its media spending as part of the campaign, with the total cost of producing and airing the ads expected to be around $1 million. UW-Madison spokesperson Kelly Tyrrell said the campaign will be privately funded.


Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio each have big annual rodeos. So why doesn’t Dallas have a big to-do, too? 

Now, let’s attempt to solve the task of finding nearest neighbors using PostgreSQL. Using our datasets, we will try to identify ten fires that occurred near the factory in russia, where Iranian Shahed drones are manufactured. For more detailed information about the plant, you can refer to the researchconducted by the Molfar team. The factory is located in the special economic zone Alabuga in Tatarstan, where previously cat food and automotive glass were produced, and mushrooms were grown. However, after sanctions against Russia, its priorities shifted, and now it plays a key role in russia’s plans for drone production.

I spoke with FT Group CEO John Ridding soon after he’d returned from Japan, where he’d been meeting with Nikkei leadership. Our conversation, edited and condensed for clarity and to remove brief asides about household pets, is below.

Kind of, but not quite. A key difference is that in the courtroom there is some reasonable chance that the opposing lawyer or the judge will notice that the key case has been overruled, so that your argument that hinges on that case will fail. You have a clear incentive to not rely on overruled cases. In science, however, there’s no opposing lawyer and no judge: you can build an entire career on studies that fail to replicate, and no problem at all, as long as you don’t pull any reallyridiculousstunts.

Back in the Fall of 2022, I watched the 2018 documentary The Bleeding Edge1, which investigates the FDA’s medical device clearance process. I was surprised to learn that for many devices, clinical trials are not required. The documentary scrutinizes the FDA’s 510(k) clearance process, through which some devices can be fast-tracked for use if they are “substantially equivalent” to an existing device, even without a clinical trial.

For those following the increasingly tense row between Big Tech and the creative industries over copyright, here’s the Publishers Association letter to AI companies in full:

The winds of change are whistling through the global financial system. The BRICS alliance, a formidable economic force comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and newly added members, is revving up its engine for a revolutionary new payment system. This system, fueled by the cutting-edge technology of blockchain, promises to disrupt the current dollar-dominated landscape, potentially altering the course of international trade and finance.

Today the Pentagon is at 12.6% and health and human services is at 28%.

This is hands-down the best explanation I’ve heard on why sanctions on Russia backfired, and why they were never going to succeed in the first place.

I continue to be convinced that the Japanese camera companies simply don’t understand their customers. The source of that problem derives from cultural, language, and geographic barriers. These companies have all evolved to be too paternalistic in their product approaches (e.g. “these are the cameras we’re making, take them”) when they really need to be more embracing (e.g. “help us understand your needs and desires”). But as I note above, their paternalism seems mired in fear of smartphones now, and they race to other arenas in which to play. Meanwhile, the customers are left in the same venue with only smartphones to use. 

I have nothing against the recipients of Social Security. I’m just saying that that DC will not pay them in real terms. Probably they’ll soft default with inflation.

The acceptance of the case, filed by Democratic law firm Elias Law Group, marks another significant shift between the current, liberal-controlled court and the previous, conservative high court, which banned drop boxes two years ago.

What Gawande didn’t know (being charitable) — Academic centers that gained monopoly position in their market charged commercial payers multiples of what they charged Medicare. The future wasn’t some utopia where academic health systems had patient outcomes as their 1º incentive. It was ruthless monopoly that sought to replace physicians with “providers” that would order lots of tests and send patients to academic specialists who specialized in doing lots of unnecessary procedures.

Recently, the Swift project began developing a new embedded language mode to support highly constrained platforms. This mode utilizes generic specialization, inlining, and dead code stripping to produce tiny binaries, while retaining the core features of Swift.

Pilots using personalized reminders for all sorts of tasks in the cockpit is extremely common, but the post-it note cue underscores the lack of detailed alerting in the master caution system aboard all generations of the 737, relying on pilot memory to switch off the potentially hazardous anti-ice system. “Easy to get distracted with other duties and miss turning off,” said Tajer, who has been sharply critical of Boeing. “That’s why I use a decades-old technique.”

What made the biggest impact on me, however, were the Italian neorealism films of the post-WW2 era, especially Luchino Visconti’s La Terra Trema [1948] (The English translation is The Earth Trembles).

DMCA Notices Took Down 20,517 GitHub Projects Last Year.

This started as blog post and became an essay before too long, so I’ve structured my writing in multiple sections each with a clear lead to make it a bit easier to digest — peppered with my own ‘takes’. I’ve tried to stick to original thoughts for the most part and link to what others have said where applicable. Some of the topics I touch on:

  • Why I believe Vision Pro may be an over-engineered “devkit”
  • The genius & audacity behind some of Apple’s hardware decisions
  • Gaze & pinch is an incredible UI superpower and major industry ah-ha moment

Four decades after its debut, Inverse tracks down the ragtag crew behind one of the greatest indie films ever made. “If it was a Hollywood movie that had been made about punks and stuff, it would’ve died.”

But no space agency or company has dazzled us more in the last 10 years than SpaceX. The company produces moments of wonder and originality that are both breathtaking and full of promise. What SpaceX does best is provide us a glimpse into a tantalizingly close future. And that happened again on Thursday with the third Starship launch.

Observability is the process through which one develops the ability to ask meaningful questions, get useful answers, and act effectively on what you learn. – Hazel Weakly

Overall, current drones seem to increase the vulnerability of fixed assets such as tanks or troop formations, or for that matter oil refineries or Moscow or Ukraine fixed landmarks.  A very large and sophisticated U.S. aircraft carrier might be able to repel the drones (albeit at high dollar cost), but a bunch of tanks in an open field will not have comparable protection. In the abstract, “mid-valued assets become more vulnerable” could favor either offense or defense.


Damn right! How does rule of law and press freedom help all those starving kids in Canada, Sweden or New Zealand? See how North Koreans all worship the Kim Dynasty for ‘delivering full stomachs‘.

However, the spokesperson for the Elkanns said “there are categorically no missing paintings, these artworks were the personal property of Marella Caracciolo Agnelli and at her passing they were all fully accounted for in her estate by the Swiss court-appointed administrator”, adding that Margherita seemed “determined to inflict emotional pain on her three eldest children”. With seven legal cases under way that will take years to conclude, friends and relatives say the chances of a settlement are slim and the family is “unlikely to find peace” soon.

5) The Left feels barring Trump from the presidency is worth destroying 235 years of American jurisprudence.

$4,335 at “Nathan’s Luxlifestyle” on Martha’s Vineyard last August? Mmm hmm.

This is the story of Osborne’s spectacular rise and fall. It is based on contemporary articles in publications such as the New York Times, Business Insider, Infoworld, Dr. Dobbs Journal,and Byte; published accounts from those who were there; books such as Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Fire in the Valleyby Michael Swaine and Paul Frieberger; and, finally, on the words of Adam Osborne himself.

I spend £8,500 a year to live on a train.

Now while you’re doing your taxes online, there are AI chatbots on the right side of the screen to answer your burning questions.

High efficiency raw—is because the still side is using a compression algorithm originally intended for the video side. 

Hear firsthand how 5 FBI assets—Dan, Steve, Jenny, Mark, and Red—accelerate the vague plot in Sept 2020 and push their targets to do something before the election. As I’ve written many times, straight up election interference again by the FBI. Also more confirmation Whitmer and her team were aware of the operation.

The affiliate claimed BlackCat/ALPHV took the $22 million payment but never paid him his percentage of the ransom. BlackCat is known as a “ransomware-as-service” collective, meaning they rely on freelancers or affiliates to infect new networks with their ransomware. And those affiliates in turn earn commissions ranging from 60 to 90 percent of any ransom amount paid.

The Japanese marque blames the phasing out of the UK’s 2G network as the main reason for dropping its Android and iOS NissanConnect EV app services, with some 3,000 Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 commercial vehicles manufactured before 2016 affected in the UK, according to the BBC. Much of the disappointment from owners surrounds the sudden loss of key functionality, such as the ability to remotely heat or cool the vehicle, as well as the option to set up charging schedules that allow batteries to be brimmed when energy tariffs are at their cheapest… all from the convenience of a smartphone.

This has been 100% wrong.

Verizon says the cell phone poles are needed to boost its Deer District signal. That’s especially important with Fiserv Forum hosting the Republican National Convention in July. Meanwhile, the Bucks are adding cell equipment for the same reason. The basketball club says Verizon can use its system ? for a $10 million upfront fee and additional monthly payments.

“The City Council affirms remaining a Non-Sanctuary City and asserts the City does not currently have the financial capacity to fund new services related to this crisis and demands that other municipalities and entities do not systematically transport migrants or people experiencing homelessness to the City.”

It must be noted that Milwaukee is home to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which has produced bobbleheads of Biden, Harris, Trump and Republican former Vice President Mike Pence. Baldwin and Hovde have yet to make the cut.

Jonathan Kaplan, a major Dem donor, had no gov’t experience before Biden tapped him as US Ambassador to Singapore.

One nugget on a key swing state not voting today: @JoeBiden’s campaign is launching an effort to open 31 offices in Wisconsin by April.

PwC’s US election rules set limits on using partner meetings and electronic communications to campaign so that the race would not distract from the normal operations of the business.

“The aviation sector is massively undertaxed, and this long overdue change?.?.?.?it is the tax equivalent to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic,” said Matt Finch, UK policy manager at Transport & Environment UK, a non-government organisation

“the reason why Singapore spends so much less on health than other developed countries is its low hospital utilisation.” Instead, Singapore has invested in highly productive polyclinics and low-cost telemedicine. The result is that Singaporeans can visit their GP more often than English patients. In their polyclinics they also improve productivity by separating chronic and acute care.

The challenge with LLM-based code generation as described below is that it starts from a poorly defined natural language input.

Judgement day.

You’ll also hear Nilay try to convince me that the fediverse isn’t just happening but that it’s also going to be important and that we should be paying attention to it and that it is going to make the internet better. And I think I maybe even got a fediverse-related Verge scoop in here. 

The project was also a failure, at the highest levels of the company, to settle on one thing and do it. “There are a lot of roads you can take when you have a lot of really smart people and a very big budget,” says Reilly Brennan, a partner at the transportation technology venture fund Trucks VC. “But Apple never had the ability to make a bunch of specific decisions to lead them one way or the other.”

The U.S. military risks repeating history unless bureaucratic impediments are removed and the right organizations are empowered to make significant changes regarding the acquisition and distribution of small drones for infantry units — drones need to be proliferated, decentralized, and familiar to the units employing them. To do this, it must be made easier for infantry units to acquire and train with them. Failure to do so leaves the U.S. military unprepared for the modern battlefield.

Tuesday the FL Senate passed HB 1365 with DeSantis expected to sign. The main takeaway is that IF municipalities want to allow camping on public property, they have to follow certain rules, like providing 24 hr security and bathrooms. But it gets better.

When Trump raised the idea of using the National Guard, they called it tyrannical. When a Democratic governor now uses it, they call it a “public safety measure.”

For 100 years, the Nakoma League has put on an annual musical comedy revue for the neighborhood. This Saturday’s hour-long show at Nakoma Golf Club (sorry, it’s sold out) is the culmination of months of hard work and inspiration from over two dozen participants, most of whom haven’t sung or performed live since high school (and sometimes not even then).

“Tap the fuck in,” a message posted to a large crime-focused Telegram group chat in October read. The user included a photo of a Macbook Pro in a darkened room with a hand hovering above the keyboard. On the screen were blue and white boxes; a dashboard used by doctors and other medical industry professionals to order prescriptions. The panel displayed various pieces of information, such as the prescribing physician, the patient’s required dose, and the patient’s name.  In the middle of the screen read the text “oxyCODONE (oxyCODONE 5 mg oral tablet).”

Boeing isn’t an American company. They are a globalized, finance driven company focused on management team payouts and short term profits. That’s why they can’t make products that work anymore.

Your Doctor Replied to Your Email. That’ll Cost $25.
More doctors are charging fees to respond to patient messages

This site explains how to travel comfortably & affordably by train or ferry where you might think air was now the only option. Select an option below…

Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock: If you’re in a country where you’re fearful of your government and maybe this is one of the reasons China has banned it, if you’re in a country where you’re fearful of your future, fearful of your government of you’re frightened that your government is devaluing its currency by too much deficits, you can say this is a great potential long term store of value. And as I said its like a digital gold…

“I think that’s a good lesson for everybody: never use hotel internet if you want to do a secure call,” Germany’s ambassador to the UK, Miguel Berger, told the BBC this week. Some may feel the advice came a little too late.

Should we move to Kansas? What stuff should we throw away? Are we too worried about money? Readers have plenty to say about our monthly concerns.

Not just Affirmative Action. It can’t get off the ground without being specifically exempted from environmental regs (which is effectively command-economy-by-stealth; can’t build things without explicit political favor).

California calls electric cars “zero emissions vehicles” because they don’t have tailpipes. That is deceptive. Generating the electricity that powers those cars creates particulate pollution, and of course electric cars still use tires, which are made from petroleum. Electric cars weigh far more than gasoline-powered ones, so their tires degrade faster, as electric car buyers are learning. The same analytics firm cited earlier compared two cars—a plug-in electric and a hybrid. The electric car weighed about one-third more than the hybrid and emitted roughly one-quarter more particulate matter because of tire wear. Total direct emissions went up, not down, when the electric car was driven.

Part of that success lies in Porsche’s quality standards. 911s don’t break too often, and when they finally do, it usually doesn’t take a rocket scientist to fix them. That’s why 70 percent of all 911s ever built are still on the road, and that’s why you can find unicorns like this 930 with more than 725,000 miles on the clock.

Subsidies intended to boost our semiconductor production come with a tangled web of strings attached.

With the opening of China in 1972, a young John Kamm embarked on his China venture, starting in Macau and then Hong Kong. In 1976, he began attending trade fairs in mainland China in the waning days of the Cultural Revolution. A journalist and trade promoter during a period of political upheaval, Kamm’s work took him throughout the largest cities and surrounding countryside, including Guangzhou and the Pearl River Delta. Kamm saw aspects of Chinese life largely unknown to those living in the West. This instalment of John Kamm Remembers details some of Kamm’s experiences during this period. In early March, we will release a companion piece, “Nothing Starts Without a Sale: Learning to Sell in Cultural Revolution China,” focusing on the bi-annual Chinese Export Commodities Fair held in Guangzhou.



With hundreds of thousands dead or wounded and still no end in sight, the conflict has revealed that U.S. battlefield calculations must evolve.

Bill Clinton 1995 immigration clip

That media blackout obfuscates the reality that unfettered immigration into the US presents an innate threat to citizens. Since the 2021 fiscal year, Border Patrol has arrested 43,674 criminal non-citizens. US Customs And Border Protectiondefines the term criminal non-citizen as any individual who has been convicted of one or more crimes either in the US or abroad before behind interdicted by immigration officials. The metric also discounts criminal convictions abroad for crimes not illegal in the US. Of those 43,674 criminal non-citizens arrested, violent crimes accounted for over of their 8,000 preexisting convictions. Murder convictions related to 165 of those arrests, while sex crime convictions comprised nearly 10 times that amount with 1,210 having been documented by Border Patrol. Despite being on the books, these figures have received as little coverage by legacy media outlets as Riley’s murder has.

Less well known is the company’s sideline of accepting money to help authoritarian governments put out positive messages about their record-breaking achievements. This week, GWR certified ten new records for Saudi Arabia, which is condemned by human rights groups as a repressive state that is holding two people on death row who were children at the time of their alleged offences.

At $US15,000, BYD’s new Qin EV is already being touted as a “Corolla killer”, as the world’s second largest EV maker continues to disrupt the global auto market.

Dean Phillips’ presidential campaign denounced the alleged actions of one of its consultants and said it may take legal action against him.

The governor has been raising money for Democrats in other states ahead of the November election and actively campaigning for President Biden’s releection bid. On Sunday, he returned from Washington where he attended a meeting with other governors and the president and participated in national television interviews as a surrogate for the Biden campaign. 

One reader made a comment I’m going to steal: Sony should really be named Sony*, because all the details you need to know end up in footnotes.

There are simpler ways to gain exposure to the growing Tequila category than building a quant strategy tracking rap songs lyrics in real time. And yet. The brokerage’s consumer team has taken an awe-inspiring look into the world of alcohol references in rap and pop music, to see if cognac — rap’s favourite imbibable leitmotif — still reigns supreme.

Google has seen this torrent of British activity and flagged our public IP address as British

A British Airways supervisor has gone ‘on the run’ in India after being accused of organising a ‘£3million immigration scam’ from his check-in desk at Heathrow airport.

A record 93.4 per cent of all in-store card transactions up to £100 were made with ‘touch and pay’ in 2023, cementing it as the UK’s most popular payment method.

The FCC originally awarded CostQuest $44.9 million to create the broadband maps. Everybody I know who works with mapping thinks this is an exorbitant amount, but if this was the end of the mapping story, then congratulations to CostQuest for landing a lucrative federal contract – lots of other companies have made hay doing so over the years. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning of the mapping story because the FCC gave CostQuest the ability to own the rights to the mapping fabric, which is the database that shows the location of every home and business in the country that is a potential broadband customer. This is a big deal because it means that CostQuest, a private company, controls the portal for data needed by the public to understand who has or doesn’t have broadband.

The biggest threat to the Big Three comes from a new crop of Chinese automakers, especially BYD, which specialize in producing plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles. BYD’s growth is astounding: It sold three million electrified vehicles last year, more than any other company, and it now has enough production capacity in China to manufacture four million cars a year. But that isn’t enough: It’s building new factories in Brazil, Thailand, Hungary and Uzbekistan, which will produce even more cars, and it may soon add Indonesia and Mexico to that list. A deluge of electric vehicles is coming.

Seventy-seven years later, when Mayor London Breed confirmed the closure of Macy’s San Francisco flagship on Tuesday (among 150 “underproductive” Macy’s stores across the country), the news was not just the shuttering of the centerpiece of Union Square shopping. It was the end of a San Francisco cultural icon. The store started, according to early Chronicle reporting, on a chance 1945 meeting by two tycoons walking their boxers in Central Park. Macy’s executive Wheelock H. Bingham of New York and department store executive Joseph V. Costello of San Francisco talked about their dogs, then their jobs, then a potential business deal.

As I continued to piece together Benioff’s land purchases in Waimea, a colleague at NPR got an out-of-the-blue text from him. Word had gotten back to Benioff that I was poking around town. He wanted to speak with me.

Newsom has been an empty vessel for rich special interest friends since his time as San Francisco mayor. Pathetic that some see him as the future of the Democratic Party. Or a perfect fit perhaps…

The politics of Compliance: The target is You!

At the time, the company was dealing with questions from its top engineers about its next project, according to three people familiar with the project’s origins. It had just finished the Apple Watch, and many engineers were restless to begin work on something new. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, approved the project in part to prevent an exodus of engineers to Tesla.

An underreported feature of the Reddit IPO is that they’re decentralizing ownership. Early users can get in on the same terms as institutional investors, which is unusual:

How to Get to Orbit Cheaper than SpaceX’s Starship. Ian Brooke has developed a new kind of jet engine that can act as the first stage of a rocket.

“Palm Beach is the only place where people care that I’m a duchess,” she says, laughing. “They think I’m the Queen here.”

What do I mean? Well, in 2023 alone, Letitia James spent over $28,500 on hotels. Over $15,000 of that was spent on luxury hotels in Puerto Rico. Then there’s the airfare. In the 5 years she’s been the New York State AG, James’ has spent over $84,000 on airfare to fly herself all over the country. This includes private jet rentals.

The rental company — which had a 1.86 rating out of five based on 59 visible reviews made prior to the email — raised its score to 2.3 stars since Tuesday. Many of the new reviews call out the company for “bribing” their tenants for good scores. Google user Jonny Semington left a review alleging the company is “a little shady when it comes to paying for gas and electric.”

Joe Lockhart, Bill Clinton’s former press secretary, once referred to Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman as “one of the most ruthless killers in the world.” That could prove awkward for the Democratic operative, who this week registered as a foreign agent of a sovereign wealth fund controlled by the Saudi leader.

Zak Koga told the bankruptcy court that by 2019, Karben4’s gross revenue was nearly $4 million. “Before the pandemic, the business essentially broke even on an operating basis,” Koga said in a court filing. But the pandemic temporarily shuttered the taproom and wiped out keg sales, one of Karben4’s most profitable offerings. The company adapted by holding drive-thru sales, and it received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The first step to a Zero-day war is a profound penetration of the target country by a small number of infiltrators, bypassing defenses and security precautions. For best effect, this is done slowly and with care to minimize detection. There are three types of infiltrations:

Potsdams a nice place – but it’s just not quite as cool as its younger brother Berlin. Whatever Potsdam does it’s always seemingly second class to Berlin. Its got the original Brandenburger Tor (Potsdam 1770, Berlin 1788, Königsberg 1860), the Stadschloß they restored is cheaper (and was finished quicker) than Berlins (120 million to 590 million) and they’ve got less dog shit on the streets, but for reasons that be – Potsdam has the dubious honour of just being a 1 day tourist destination – reduced to Sans Souci and a coffee at the Brandenburger Tor.

The great advantage of co-processors is that, when they’re not being used, they use little or no power at all. However, when running at full load, their power use may well exceed the total of all the CPU cores.

Last month, DePaul University warned its community that three people affiliated with the school had recently had their electronic payment apps hijacked by street performers around its Loop campus. Chicago police warned about men operating a similar scheme along Clark Street in Wrigleyville and on the Magnificent Mile in January.

Traditionally, perovskite cells have struggled to match the durability of their silicon counterparts, which can reliably function for over two decades. Perovskites, on the other hand, have shown a tendency to degrade after just a few months to a few years of operation. Furthermore, replicating the high efficiencies achieved in small-scale laboratory samples over larger, commercially viable panels has proven to be a significant technical challenge.

 Imagine how this article would be written if it were a Republican President who didn’t read books and confined himself to official briefings.

I like to think of it it with the question: what is to reading what a text-editor is to typing?

I’m about to finish my CS degree this May and I’m already sick of the tech industry. I’m at a loss. I know the job market could get better soon, but there’s no guarantee that it will, and things are looking bad for us with less experience. There are multiple things that are demotivating me and making me feel hopeless, it’s not just the constant news about layoffs.

Ah, Doonesbury. Now for more perspectives…

IFoundYourCamera.net has proved that a lot of people lose their cameras and many people are willing to help out total strangers in getting their lost items back.

*NEW* Canada’s GDP grew by 1.1% between the 4th quarter of 2022 and 2023, while its population grew by 3.2%. That means GDP per capita is now falling at 2% annually (roughly the difference). Zero economic growth in more than 6 years. 


Many people in the West have been surprised by the events of the last week in which American TV presenter Tucker Carlson followed his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin with a series of increasingly bizarre videos. Tucker discovers that Moscow Metro stations are grand and impressive, that Russian supermarkets have shopping carts that can be rented with a coin that you can retrieve on returning the cart, and that food is cheaper in Russia. I don’t wish to bore the time-starved reader by addressing this silliness but if you’re interested, read this footnote1. Instead, let me explain why I am not surprised. I appeared on Tucker’s show twice during his tenure at Fox News. On both occasions we discussed subjects on which we agree: the erosion of freedom of speech in the West and the dangers the woke left poses to our society.

The people who are the most likely to attend religious services weekly are those with graduate degrees.

The Royal Canadian Navy is trying to fix a series of problems on its new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships including anchors that aren’t effective, a refueling system that’s too heavy to use, and areas on the vessels that are leaking.

The Republican and Democratic parties have distinct strengths within different subgroups of the U.S. population. However, Democrats have lost ground among some of their traditionally stronger support groups while gaining ground with others. This is based on analysis of Americans’ party preferences, which includes those who identify as Democratic or Republican and those who are independent but lean toward either party.

What’s more, says Frank, if car designers could draw better, cars would look better. The creative flow from mind to medium is less constrained using pen and paper than with a computer: more human and more inventive. ‘Using pen and paper, you’re less inhibited. You’re expressing your inner thoughts in the purest form.’ | Only one student, sponsored by a Chinese car maker, challenged his championing of paper and pen. She said that, in China, sketching was unnecessary. They increasingly use AI. ‘And it shows,’ said Frank.

One of Britain’s oldest steelmakers has developed a manufacturing technique that it claims could drastically reduce the time and cost to produce mini nuclear power stations, which have been proposed as one way to bridge the nation’s energy gap. Sheffield Forgemasters has become the first to use the so-called electron beam welding method to produce one of the core parts of a small modular reactor (SMR) at scale.

“Finland plans to open more than 300 new shooting ranges to encourage more citizens to take up the hobby in the interest of national defence.”

In the world of corporate medicine, Diamond, who has spent his whole medical career at One Medical, is what is known as a “friendly” or “straw” doctor, a physician who lends his name and license number to corporations seeking to comply with regulations requiring medical practices to be owned by licensed physicians. His name appears on the articles of incorporation for Amazon-owned clinics in Oregon, Florida, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, and about a dozen other states. Separately, a Florida straw doctor in one of Millstein’s other recent cases had attached his name to more than 200 practices.

However, in five years, when we look back, we will recognize that Apple’s Vision Pro, with its powerful spatial computing features, advanced optics, and 3D immersive imaging, was a game changer and a catalyst for moving computing from 2D to 3D. Given Apple’s evolutionary product roadmaps, they will make the Vision Pro more like regular glasses with lower price points when the technology becomes available to allow this to happen.

We’re just over a year into the existence (and proliferation) of ChatGPT, DALL-E, and other image generators, and despite the obvious (and reasonable) fear that these products will continue to erode the foundations of the already unstable economies of the creative arts, we keep running into the problem that these things are interesting, surprising, but not particularly useful for anything.

Been staring at it all morning trying to draw assumptions from it.

Wow. That’s quite a list of illegal activities you’re allowed to do as a CHS (“for investigative purposes”) when “authorized” by the FBI. Sounds exciting. Where do we sign up?

“It takes a rare breed of a leader to not sell to the highest bidder,” he said.

Really good to see this line in the PM’s speech yesterday. Of the 8 former eastern-bloc OECD members, NZ now is less productive than half of them.

Americans were sold the promise that electric vehicles would bring production companies and an influx of jobs to small towns nationwide as part of a modern day goldrush. However, as interest in EVs has slipped, lithium and nickel facilities – metals used in lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles – are taking cost-cutting measures including mass layoffs and suspending operations. The demand for electric vehicles surged in 2022, rising by 76 percent in April of that year, but by the end of 2023, the number of vehicles sold dropped to just 50 percent.

No one who knows anything about America could imagine that it will reelect an administration ostensibly headed by an incomprehensible, senescent, sticky fingered, superannuated servitor. America and the world are on a glidepath to better things, whatever the Americophobic Guardian and the rest of the moronic euro-Left think of it.

Never before in history has a declining empire beaten a rising empire, ever,” he said in a recent interview.

The United States would do well to expand the Civilian Marksmanship Program – for those not aware, you can buy a government-surplus M1 Garand from them for $700 with free shipping!

In other words, they don’t define themselves by their victimization but by their aspiration. Democrats are the party of victims, Republicans are the party of men.

The missile was supposed to have flown several thousand miles before landing harmlessly in the Atlantic between Brazil and West Africa. Instead, it dropped into the ocean near to where it was launched.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen has done a deep dive on “the one percent”—urban dwellers with post-graduate degrees and incomes over $150,000. These, by a four-to-one margin, support Joe Biden and his climate policies and progressive agenda. These professionals, particularly women, are increasingly the base of the Democratic Party. Whether as professionals or the ultra-wealthy, these Democrats may be voting their consciences, but also their class interests. Government, social assistance, and healthcare account for 56 percent of the 2.8 million net new jobs over the past year, notes the Wall Street Journal, and for nearly all employment gains in blue states such as New York and Illinois.

The numbers are stark. Two years ago, in February 2022, GM said it expected to sell 400,000 EVs by the end of 2023. Eight months later, it rolled that date back to mid-2024. (In October, it abandoned the 400,000 number altogether.) But its actual 2023 sales of Ultium EVs were a mere 13,838. Of those, 9,155, or two-thirds were one single model: the Cadillac Lyriq. Sure, GM sold 76,000 electric cars altogether, but a whopping 82% of them were the aging Chevrolet Bolt EV and  EUV—which it took out of production late last year.

Brooke Rollins, a former Trump domestic policy adviser, pitched Dunn in 2021 on a new think tank, America First Policy Institute, with a mission to perpetuate Trump-era policies for generations to come. The West Texas oilman, whose efforts in his home state have been both successful and polarizing, responded with both enthusiasm and money. “He’s a visionary,” said Rollins, who previously worked with Dunn building a political think tank in Texas. “His ability to build organizations and structure and culture is so incredible. I’ve relied on him more for that than his funding.” 

Trump’s attorneys have Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade’s cell phone data. At least 35 visits to Fani Willis’s condo before the “relationship” started. 2,000 calls and 12K texts between Wade/Willis in 2021.

Using big Medicare databases has never been cheap or easy. Under the current system, researchers could have the data transferred to secure university computers for about $20,000–that’s a lot but once the data was on the university computers it could be accessed by multiple researchers, cutting costs. A professor could buy the data and their PhD students, for example, wouldn’t have to pay again. Under the new system it will cost $35,000 for one researcher to access the data which will be held on government (CMS) computers. Moreover, it’s unclear how complex statistical analysis will be performed or how congested the CMS systems may become.

And so as part of that maturation, Marc and Ben—now Silicon Valley elders by today’s standards—decided that the spirit walk was over, and they had to return to the world of political fundraising, too. In December, seemingly out of nowhere, Horowitz wrote in a blog post that he and Marc were back, but this time that they would pledge to be “single issue” donors. “We believe that advancing technology is critical for humanity’s future, so we will, for the first time, get involved with politics by supporting candidates who align with our vision and values specifically for technology,” 

LT, “If the Bank of England governor can’t be sacked and the Prime Minister can be sacked, then the BoE will have more power than the PM. That is a problem in a democracy”

Yes, most Americans want to end the flood. Yet the federal government–that is, America–as a matter of national policy, maintains the frontier open. For example, as I write Washington forbids Texas to use barbed wire to stop the influx. This is official policy. From a Mexican point of view, America’s refusal to protect its borders is a major problem as it draws immigrants from all of Latin America, no favor, and then Mexico has to put up with America’s anger at Mexico’s failure to do what America should do for itself.

Egypt has agreed to a $35bn deal with the United Arab Emirates to develop the town of Ras el-Hekma town on its northwestern coast, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on Friday after weeks of speculations.

Over the past 19 months, a Reinsdorf-connected company has spent $44.7 million buying vacant lots from two politically connected families that have long offered discounted parking deals to fans of the Bulls and Blackhawks, records examined by the Chicago Sun-Times show. A third family has refused to sell its parking lots. More than half of that money has been paid to family-owned companies connected to longtime Bridgeport businessman Joseph Feldman Sr., whose late sister headed the political campaign fund for former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

In demanding these companies’ data, EIA appears to be responding to political pressure rather than a genuine “emergency” implicating public harm. But the Paperwork Reduction Act allows emergency exceptions only in limited circumstances—not including political pressure. So, EIA’s unlawful scheme must be set aside for good.

If the legacy primes can’t figure out how to build high-performance spacecraft at a reasonable cost, new companies like Astranis will have to build them instead.

Gov. Kemp just sent a letter to the White House demanding details, such as the immigration status, of the suspect charged with the murder of a student on UGA’s campus.

For a broader examination of the way Israel has engaged in a systematic propaganda campaign about the events of October 7 and beyond, see my recent piece, “Israel’s Ruthless Propaganda Campaign to Dehumanize Palestinians:”

Addressing industry figures, government officials and dozens of reporters at the ceremony, Chang recounted his very first trip to Japan. He arrived in 1968 as vice president in charge of Texas Instruments’ integrated circuit business to start a joint venture with Sony in Japan. The first person he met during that visit was Akio Morita, the legendary founder of the electronics titan. During their two-hour conversation, Chang recalled, Morita told him: “You will be pleasantly surprised by the yield you will achieve in Japan.”

Requires each county to maintain on its website a list of its policy procedures and expectations for administrative approval of Live Local Act-eligible projects.


But here’s the thing: being able to say, “wherever you get your podcasts” is a radical statement. Because what it represents is the triumph of exactly the kind of technology that’s supposed to be impossible: open, empowering tech that’s not owned by any one company, that can’tbe controlled by any one company, and that allows people to have ownership over their work and their relationship with their audience.

But perhaps the most memorable piece of advice was from a late-career writer who didn’t mince words. You want to make it in journalism, he said? Marry rich. We laughed. He didn’t.

The theft of a giant radio tower has silenced what used to be the voice of a small Alabama town and the surrounding county, the radio station’s general manager said. A thief or thieves made off with the 200-foot (61-meter) tower, shutting down WJLX radio in Jasper, Alabama. So far, no arrests have been made.

This competition can occur even in the physical world.  There will be many new, AI-generated and AI-supported projects, and they will bid for real resources.  How about “AI figures out cost-effective desalination and so many deserts are settled and built out”?  That will draw away resources from competing deployments, and your project will have to bid against that.

Ireland, Germany, Singapore and China as well as a US county and Amsterdam in the Netherlands have introduced restrictions on new data centres in recent years to comply with more stringent environmental requirements. | Commentary.

Waylon soon grew to be “two hundred fifty pounds of pure protein,” as Austin likes to say—more than an average-sized NFL linebacker. By then, Austin had moved him to a large pen a few hundred yards away from the family home. On particularly beautiful days, he liked to lie on the ground in the enclosure, listening to sports radio and watching the clouds pass by. Inevitably, Waylon would lie down beside him, gingerly resting his enormous, wart-covered head on Austin’s thigh. They could remain that way for five or six hours at a time. 

Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets… Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war.

People talk about threats to democracy in Poland, and I am not happy they have restricted the power of their judiciary.  But consider Germany.  The country has given up its energy independence, it may lose a significant portion of its manufacturing base, its earlier economic strategy was to cast its lot with Russia and China, AfD is the #2 party there and growing, and the former east is politically polarized and illiberal, among other problems.  Most of all, the country has lost its will to defend itself.  That is in spite of a well-educated population and a deliberative political systems that in the more distant past worked well.  You can criticize Trump’s stupid provocations all you want, but unless you have a better idea for waking Germany (and other countries) up, you are probably just engaging in your own mood affiliation.  On this issue, “argument by adjective” ain’t gonna’ cut it.

A serial burglar in Edina, Minnesota is suspected of using a Wi-Fi jammer to knock out connected security cameras before stealing and making off with the victim’s prized possessions. Minnesota doesn’t generally have a reputation as a hotbed for technology, so readers shouldn’t be surprised to hear that reports of Wi-Fi jammers used to assist burglaries in the U.S. go back several years. PSA: even criminals use technology, and more are now catching on — so homeowners should think about mitigations.

They gave local news away for free. Virtually nobody wanted it. 

Call me old-fashioned, but I love reading interesting cover letters. Yes, I understand they’re time consuming to write, but that’s your problem – not mine. If you’re spraying and praying resumes to a bunch of jobs to be efficient, that’s fair. But if there’s a handful of dream jobs that you really want, you need to write a cover letter.

The decision to invade Italy had been made at the Casablanca Conference in January 1943, where Roosevelt granted Churchill’s wish to pursue the war in the Mediterranean further. The US was keener on invading Normandy as soon as possible, and agreed to a limited Italian campaign as long as Operation Overlord retained priority. This is why the armies in Italy were short on resources – not only manpower but shipping and landing craft for amphibious assaults. Furthermore, harking back to the Union’s terms during the Civil War, Roosevelt insisted on ‘unconditional surrender’, which perturbed Churchill but suited Stalin because it precluded the Allies lining up an Axis enemy as an anti-Soviet ally (for the rapidly approaching Cold War), even if it also prevented Stalin from concluding his own peace. The American mentality was that of a heavyweight flexing for a knockout in a couple of rounds: across the Channel, into the Ruhr and Saarland, then onwards to Berlin. The British, bloodied at Dunkirk and Tobruk, and haunted by the ghosts of Flanders, were more cautious: a welterweight contender jabbing for weaknesses. Churchill called Italy ‘the soft underbelly of the crocodile’, and, mixing his animal metaphors, was emboldened after Sicily to ask: ‘Why should we crawl up the leg like a harvest-bug from the ankle upwards? Let us rather strike at the knee.’

Veteran radio broadcaster David Gleason built a nine-million-page archive to set the record straight on what he sees as the medium’s oft-distorted history. The Library of American Broadcasters Foundation is honoring him for the effort.

For me, the most interesting part of visionOS is the input part of the interaction model. The core operation is still pointing. On NLS and its descendants, you point by indirect manipulation: moving a cursor by translating a mouse or swiping a trackpad, and clicking. On the iPhone and its descendants, you point by pointing. Direct manipulation became much more direct, though less precise; and we lost “hover” interactions. On Vision Pro and its descendants, you point by looking, then “clicking” your bare fingers, held in your lap.

Marshfield Clinic Health System has recently halted services, redirected some services to facilities with more resources and furloughed about 3% of its employees. In a statement regarding the company’s furloughs, the health system said the furloughs were necessary to address the challenges of providing health care in rural areas. “Providing health care in our rural geography comes with challenges and it’s imperative we think differently,” said Jeff Starck, a media relations specialist for Marshfield Clinic Health System. “Managing rising supply and labor costs are key to continuing to meet the needs of our patients across the region.”

Drilling down into those individual domain links revealed inboxes for each employee or user of these exposed websites. Some of the exposed emails dated back to 2008; others were as recent as the present day.

it’s almost as if people are just taking words, randomly mixing them together, and christening these new dialogues. Those dialogues have not served US interests well at all over the years.

According to his memoirs, Eugène-François Vidocq escaped from more than twenty prisons (sometimes dressed as a nun). Working on the other side of the law, he apprehended some 4000 criminals with a team of plainclothes agents. He founded the first criminal investigation bureau — staffed mainly with convicts — and, when he was later fired, the first private detective agency. He was one the fathers of modern criminology and had a rap sheet longer than his very tall tales. Who was Vidocq? Daisy Sainsbury investigates.

Many engineers tend to be linear thinkers. They see how X is done today, so they immediately tackle a small, incremental improvement to X using known iteration techniques. I’d call that somewhat lazy engineering in high tech, as understanding Moore’s Law tells us that incremental improvements cascade from that constantly with even only modest additional effort. Process size reduces? Chip complexity and/or speed increases. Speed increases? Data access increases. The list goes on and on. A lot of tech engineering tends to be just trying to keep up with Moore’s Law, not taking new advantages of it or changing something else about how you’re using it. The change from CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computer) to RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), for instance, was a big one that’s still having trickle effects, particularly in the GPU and NPU arenas. But such dramatic shifts tend to happen much more rarely than iteration.

The decline of financial privacy.

John Deaton, prominent crypto attorney, eyes US Senate race against Elizabeth Warren

My organization, American Economic Liberties Project, developed a full suite of recommendations and earlier this month we shared them with the public and lawmakers in Washington. “How to Fix Flying: A New Approach to Regulating the Airline Industry” is a paper I co-wrote with Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt University. We tackle competition, access, regional inequality and underserved communities, pricing, passenger protections, and of course, safety. 

ShotSpotter disaster only the latest example of mayoral incompetence: Chicago suffers from these unforced errors, Mr. Mayor

To that end, Mr. Faury said, Airbus is sticking with plans to elevate production of the A320neo to 75 jets a month in 2026, though probably not more than that for several years after. Boeing had planned to increase production of its 737 model to 50 planes per month by around 2025. But the U.S. company suspended its forecasts last month, as it addresses quality control issues highlighted by an incident in early January in which a door panel blew off an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 plane shortly after takeoff.

Westby said the Apple agent told her that Apple had not contacted her, that the call was almost certainly a scam, and that Apple would never do that — all of which she already knew. But when Westby looked at her iPhone’s recent calls list, she saw the legitimate call from Apple had been lumped together with the scam call that spoofed Apple:

This week, I surveyed members of the White House press corps—reporters, on-air correspondents, photographers, etcetera—and they all emphasized that the symptoms of Biden’s age had become more noticeable in recent months and a frequent discussion topic at the desks behind the Brady briefing room. “Anyone who covers this White House knows he’s showing the signs of his age—he whispers, he shuffles, he misremembers,” one White House reporter told me. “Anyone with an elderly parent knows what this is.”

As it turned out, the 2002 NIE was a pioneering effort in a new form of executive mischief, one that wedded selective releases of classified research to suppression of dissent to build public cases for action, with secrecy rules guaranteeing long delays between initial public deceptions and later disillusioning revelations. This practice is at the center of today’s Racket/Public story about how the January 6, 2017 report that “Cooked the Intelligence”to hide that Russia didn’t fear a Clinton presidency, and people of all political persuasions should care about it because the corruption issue isn’t partisan.

The chatbot provided inaccurate information, encouraging Moffatt to book a flight immediately and then request a refund within 90 days. In reality, Air Canada’s policy explicitly stated that the airline will not provide refunds for bereavement travel after the flight is booked. Moffatt dutifully attempted to follow the chatbot’s advice and request a refund but was shocked that the request was rejected.

We asked some of the Michelin Inspectors to tell us about some of the dishes that made a great impression on them this Guide year. This could be something that told a story, something that showcased an unusual technique or something they just found simply delicious.

The satanic globalists have had it all their way for at least the last 79 years. They promised Heaven and they delivered Hell on Earth. But the pendulum is already swinging back, and it is going to swing back hard with a holy vengeance.

This week, I bring you Ford and GM’s “Regrets and Apologies” tour, as both of their CEOs backpedal and make excuses for dumb decisions and flat-out wrong assumptions.


Greens try to flip the script: Blame conservatives, not the Green Deal. ‘The farmers are protesting decades of conservative farming policy,’ one official argued. That case will be a hard sell amid a cacophony of green-bashing.

Bombing is not diplomacy, but politicians like it because it conveys the impression of substantive action. Bombing is neither a strategy nor a simple exercise in virtue signaling. Bombing is an act of war. Bombing does not contain conflict, nor does bombing deter an opponent from future action. If anything, bombing escalates tension and leads to all-out war.

At no time in Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia were American bombings, sea-based operations, or ground incursions truly effective in deterring enemy moves or in preventing more and more destructive war from breaking out. The North Vietnamese simply absorbed the losses and escalated their attacks wherever U.S. forces were weakest on the ground.

These measures of fitness are important because they allow us to make an apples-to-apples comparison of how hard the riders were pushing. The amateur was slower, but was he pushing just as hard relative to his fitness? Not quite—which isn’t surprising, since the pro was racing for his livelihood while the amateur was on vacation, and also since the amateur was spending twice as long on his bike each day. Here’s the distribution of relative time spent in seven different intensity zones:

Even so, the results of consolidation are always the same: less competition and, ultimately, higher prices. And sometimes deteriorating service as well.

There is another alternative and it deals with the way corporations are chartered in the United states. We could go on about this for many pages, but the key points are:
1. The idea of the corporation was invented by the Dutch in 1602 as a way of getting more ships into the water to compete with the larger European countries during the Age of Exporation.
2. The British sorta copied the Dutch idea, blending it with their then old concept of an appointment by the crown to be a supplier to the crown and its ministries. Charters were granted by the king and could be revoked just as easily.

That Protasiewicz was boosted in 2023 by Emily’s List, End Citizens United, and Family Friendly Action PAC is likely to prompt further calls from the GOP for the justice to step away from the Elias Law Group’s motion, which seeks a new congressional map in time for the election this November. Protasiewicz waved away requests from conservatives last year for her to recuse from lawsuits in connection to the state’s GOP-drawn legislative maps, which the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled were unconstitutional in December 2023. Democrats have a 4-3 court majority.

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Workers’ posts online and details from a company Q&A session on Friday, as reported by the Verge, paint an ugly picture of the Mountain View tech giant’s current employee-boss relations. Long known as a bastion for innovation and a cushy environment for engineers, Google and its work culture are now getting skewered as overly corporate and generally aimless.

Saudi Arabia has threatened to imprison the bankers and consultants it works with if they cooperate with a probe by US lawmakers into the planned merger of the PGA Tour with LIV Golf.

A similar opportunity exists today in maritime transportation; all we need to do is ignite it. Optimally, the prize should encourage a radical rethinking of maritime transport, including its form factor, materials, power plant, and crewing. The award should also be large enough to attract many entrants and encourage bold thinking. If successful, the outcome of this prize would be;

It is with great sadness that we announce John’s death on Friday, February 2, 2024. He was born in Maryland, USA to William and Bertha Walker, who preceded him in death. John is survived by his wife Roxie Walker and a brother, Bill Walker of West Virginia.

There is a shortage because our lone factory’s maximum capacity is 28,000 units (i.e. 24 ku) per month in the face of Ukraine asking for 600,000 units (600 ku) per month.

A cryptocurrency firm has lost a bid to force BC Hydro to provide the vast amounts of power needed for its operations, upholding the provincial government’s right to pause power connections for new crypto miners.

A woman in Connecticut suddenly began getting mail advertisements for cremation services soon after she completed chemotherapy, according to a startling anecdote in a new report by the state’s attorney general’s office. According to the report, she was added to a marketing list for the cremation company by a data broker. 

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« These men, and they were all men, kept the faith: they continued to assert that communism was a better system, and though it had disintegrated it would win out in the end. ». An interview w Australian author Anna Funder about her 2003 book Stasiland…

What can be anticipated from #Putin’s #interview with. @TuckerCarlson? Understanding the context is crucial. Putin perceives 2024 as a pivotal year, viewing it as a window of opportunity for Russia to potentially shift the dynamics of the war in Ukraine in its favor. He anticipates a temporary gap in Western military support, with ammunition production expected to ramp up only by early 2025. Concurrently, the U.S. election cycle might lead to a less decisive American geopolitical strategy towards supporting Kyiv, and the European Union, facing its own internal disagreements, is unlikely to compensate for this support on its own. Moreover, Ukraine could be grappling with significant internal political challenges, especially with the anticipated resignation of Zaluzhny.

It’s striking how little of my lived experienced “dealing with health issues” over the past four years really shows up in the broad strokes of the data. Though it looks like clinical notes are missing from my EHI export, so that obscures some of the story.

Biden ghostwriter Mark Zwonitzer deleted Joe Biden’s audio files after learning about the special counsel probe. Zwonitzer wrote wrote extensively about the Biden family and their work in Ukraine and might’ve accessed (classified?) records. The Biden DOJ is not charging him. More.

In its Form 990, In-Q-Tel makes it clear that it does not disclose its financials to the public, so where does the oversight of In-Q-Tel come from? The 990 states that: “IQT receives regular oversight from the CIA and other client agencies, who keep Congress informed of the company’s activities.”

As economist Alan Blinder said at the 1988 Nobel Prize ceremony, “The ideas here seem obvious with the passage of time. But someone had to think of it first.”

I left my VW Polo at home, hopped on a train and made by way to Central London where I met the legendary car journalist and TV presenter James May in London to discuss what made German cars so ‘nice’, what they mean to people in Germany and around the world and where he thinks this is all headed. A history enthusiast as well as a car man, James is ideally placed to give us a whistle-stop tour of German cars from Benz and Beetle to Trabant and TT. Enjoy!

Robinson is one of the greatest living Christian novelists, by which I don’t just mean that she’s a Christian—though she is an active one—but that her great novels (five so far) and her versatile, morally stringent essays (four collections and a book of lectures, on subjects including Darwinism and the Puritans as well as her own childhood) reflect a deep knowledge and love of Christianity. Robinson, who has taught Bible classes and preached at her church in Iowa City, Iowa, is a learned lay theologian of the Calvinist variety. In many of her essays and particularly in Gilead, she makes us aware of a John Calvin who does not at all conform to his reputation as a dour ascetic.

With cloud costs and complexity higher than expected, many enterprises are making a U-turn and putting applications and data back in traditional systems.

Let’s start off by reminding everyone that Elena did not come through qualifying, nor did she appear out of nowhere to win her Wimbledon title. She has been one of the WTA tour’s most promising prospects for the last few years. She’s had a slow and steady climb up the rankings and reached the upper echelon of tennis without the backing of the Russian government (she was born in Moscow). In 2020, right before the pandemic hit, Elena made 4 finals in less than 2 months and was on the fast track to the top 10. She was actually set to reach a career-high ranking of number 5 in the world, but the rankings froze because of Covid. She had a difficult time finding her sparkling form again once the tour resumed.