Friday

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Been thinking of doing this for some time. At our own site, there is an intrepid band of ferrets, led by Chuckles, who cast far and wide and find out all sorts of things, gather all sorts of angles. There’s way too much for our site and rather than just condense it to links and post, which no one reads, why not see if OoL likes the notion of a weekly review from around the world. No item here has appeared back there.

Nothing ventured, so here goes:

#  Know your stuff:

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/philip-hammond-clueless-in-syria/#.VtgPfvmLTMo

UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond made a truly alarming statement the other day. He revealed that the British government had disturbing information that the Kurds in Syria were ‘coordinating with the Syrian regime and Russia’.

What is truly alarming is not the news that the Kurds in Syria are working with Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s government. No, it’s that Hammond doesn’t know this already. This is the foreign secretary, one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. That a global player on the world stage doesn’t actually know what is going on in the Syrian conflict really is shocking.

# Shackle the media:

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/elveden-after-the-busted-witch-hunt-the-botched-cover-up/#.VtgPzfmLTMo

At the end of last week, the Metropolitan Police announced the official end of Operation Elveden, the huge police campaign against alleged corruption in public office that led to the arrest and failed prosecution of dozens of tabloid journalists. Yet in a bid to spin the humiliating end of the Elveden debacle, the Met declared that it was ‘certainly not an attack on journalists or free media’ in Britain, insisting instead that it had been a worthy police operation on behalf of victims of crime. Such nonsense might even be funny if the Met had not tried to do such serious damage to press freedom in Britain.

Operation Elveden was the biggest witch-hunt against journalists in a supposedly free society in modern times. Under Elveden, the Met arrested 34 tabloid journalists from the Sun and the defunct News of the World, accused of paying for confidential information, many in floorboard-ripping dawn raids on their family homes. Along with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the police then tried to have these journalists jailed for doing their jobs – that is, revealing information that our secrecy-obsessed authorities want to keep hidden from public view. They wanted to nail tabloid journalists not for telling lies, but for revealing hidden truths.

#  Pirate tech:

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/16/03/03/0215204/pirates-hacked-shipping-firms-cms-to-plan-attacks-find-valuable-cargo

Verizon’s most recent Data Breach Digest includes a curious hacking case. Apparently a group of sea pirates have hired a hacker who uploaded a Web shell to a shipping company’s CMS that allowed them to download cargo inventories and ship routes. They then used this information to attack ships, equipped with a barcode reader (and weapons of course), searching specific crates, emptying all the high-value cargo, and making off with the loot within minutes of launching their attacks.

#  Next always more useless than the last:

https://pjmedia.com/blog/obamas-pc-librarian-of-congress-pick-much-less-accomplished-than-predecessors/

Obama’s PC Librarian of Congress Pick Much Less Accomplished Than Predecessors

In this, the final year of his tenure, President Obama seems as determined as ever to divide America by race and gender, and to push the nation backwards to a past where race and gender were dominating considerations in employment, academia, politics, and culture. Unfortunately, President Obama sees life through the same divisive lens, emphasizing differences of race and gender at virtually every opportunity.

The most recent manifestation of this crimped vision is his nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden as the 14th librarian of Congress.

#  Throw money at ’em:

http://www.turnroll.com/2016/02/1-million-ted-prize-awarded-to-space.html

2016’s Technology, Entertainment and Design prize was awarded to Dr Sarah Parcak, who plans to use the money to start a website which will crowdsource individuals and resource, with the aim of finding undiscovered archaeological sites around the world.

Dr Parcak earned the names ‘space archaeologist’ because she uses satellite imagery taken from above the earth to find potential archaeological sites. She does so by using algorithms that identify subtle changes on the earth’s surface that can signify an underlying human-made structure. Using her satellite imaging technique; she has provided 17 suggestions for undiscovered pyramids, 3,100 settlements and1000 tombs in Egypt.

# First Microsoft:

http://mspoweruser.com/hololens-pre-orders-starting-tomorrow-ships-in-30-days/

Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch the HoloLens. The company will start taking pre-orders for the HoloLens Development Edition tomorrow, and ship it in 30 days (that’s March 30). The company will launch the augmented reality headset with the following games: Fragments, Young Conker, and RoboRaid. Apparently, Microsoft will ship the HoloLens Development Edition with tutorial videos, documentation, as well as some help guides for companies looking to develop apps and games for the device.

#  Then Google:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600889/google-unveils-neural-network-with-superhuman-ability-to-determine-the-location-of-almost

Microsoft is finally getting ready to launch the HoloLens. The company will start taking pre-orders for the HoloLens Development Edition tomorrow, and ship it in 30 days (that’s March 30). The company will launch the augmented reality headset with the following games: Fragments, Young Conker, and RoboRaid. Apparently, Microsoft will ship the HoloLens Development Edition with tutorial videos, documentation, as well as some help guides for companies looking to develop apps and games for the device.

Today, that changes thanks to the work of Tobias Weyand, a computer vision specialist at Google, and a couple of pals. These guys have trained a deep-learning machine to work out the location of almost any photo using only the pixels it contains.
Their new machine significantly outperforms humans and can even use a clever trick to determine the location of indoor images and pictures of specific things such as pets, food, and so on that have no location cues.

#  Crimewatch:

https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2016/03/01/the-hillary-defense/

Greg Sargent, channeling the Democratic establishment’s fear that Donald Trump is unstoppably advancing like the Blob on the capital,  has laid out Hillary Clinton’s defense plan against him.  The first thing Hillary will do is fire up the liberal base and circle the wagons.

Today’s New York Times delivers the most comprehensive report yet on the evolving Dem strategy. It’s worth dividing the Dem approach into two categories: First, there are the attacks that are designed to tear Trump down in the eyes of core Dem constituencies (minorities, single women) and groups of gettable swing voters (suburbanites and college educated whites).

The other component of her defense is to deploy a yet to be announced set of firebreaks in the path of what is now recognized as incandescent angry white males. “The Clinton operation .. and other Democrats are poring over polling data to understand the roots of Mr. Trump’s populist appeal.” From this hope to deduce how best to neutralize the angry demographic they’ve ignored and reviled all these years. Sargent quotes a New York Times article which explains.

#  SJW watch:

https://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2016/03/01/the-hillary-defense/

ALBANY — The allegation set social media ablaze, sowing shock and outrage as it went: Three black students at the University at Albany had been attacked on a city bus by a group of white men who used racial slurs as other passengers and the driver sat silently by.

The Jan. 30 episode, reported to the police, would draw hundreds of people to a campus rally against racism; an emotional responsefrom the university’s president; and even the attention of Hillary Clinton, who condemned the attack on Twitter.

“We are shocked, upset, but we will remain unbroken,” one of the young women who reported the assault, Asha Burwell, said at the rally, on Feb. 1. “We stand here with strength because we value our worth as black women and as human beings in general.”

#  Just a few more:

http://www.timworstall.com/2016/03/02/hmm-32/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/agriculture/farming/12179957/Senior-civil-servants-cost-taxpayer-millions-because-of-childish-turf-war.html

https://cfrankdavis.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/

http://letsexpress.me/2016/03/406/

http://annaraccoon.com/2016/03/02/playing-soft-ball/

https://underdogsbiteupwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/weep-at-the-stupidity-of-the-intelligentsia/

http://davidthompson.typepad.com/davidthompson/2016/03/elsewhere-190.html

#  And finally, to leave you with:

signing the document

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]

 

1 comment for “Friday

  1. Lynne at Counting Cats
    March 4, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I get the distinct impression that Cameron has conquered Merkin’s hem and is kissing a lot far up her than the meejah lets on.

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