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  1. Oh dear: The Seinfeld quote you are referring to is a joke. Seinfeld is pretending that Tolstoy originally wanted to name his book after Edwin Starr’s song, “War (What Is It Good For),” which came out in 1970. There was a different original name for War and Peace, though. Like many novels in the nineteenth century, Tolstoy published War and Peace serially through magazines in which he first named his growing story The Year 1805. He later renamed it as All’s Well That Ends Well before settling on War and Peace.
  2. Motorists and motorcyclists in Thailand are being reminded that they face a fine of up to 4,000 baht, instead of 1,000 baht, if they fail to stop for a pedestrian to cross a road on zebra crossing, under an amended land traffic law which has recently come into force. Also enforceable under the amended law is the licence point deduction system, under which a motorist or a motorcyclist will have points deducted from the full 12 points, in accordance with the traffic violation committed. The fines for other violations are now: 4,000 baht for speeding, up from 1,000 baht 4,000 baht for jumping red light 2,000 baht for driving in the opposite lane, up from 500 baht 2,000 baht for not wearing a seat belt while driving, up from 500 baht The tougher penalties, especially for failing to stop at a zebra crossing for pedestrians, were introduced after a tragic incident last year, when a doctor was killed on a zebra crossing on Phaya Thai Road by a big bike. https://www.thaipbsworld.com/heavy-fines-imposed-for-failing-to-stop-for-pedestrians-at-zebra-crossings/ I seem to remember, when the first zebra crossings were put on Sukhumvit, a truck, mowed down a couple of farang lady diplomats out shopping. I could be wrong, but the story was that, or of a similar nature.
  3. ..become immune to obscure rants, on the semantics of protocol and language, as they relate to the modern communication systems, umbrella-ered by the term "Internet".
  4. ... the continuance, of allowing folk to express themselves, this :: Adam Graham, raped two women, decided to transition from a man to a woman while awaiting trial. Why? So as, to go to a women's prison, and get some more... before after https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-64413242 and bending over backwards to not offend the transgender vote... "The first minister also stressed it was careful that people "do not, even inadvertently, suggest that trans women pose an inherent threat to women", adding: "Predatory men, as has always been the case, are the risk to women." Nothing anti male about that....
  5. Asteroid to pass Earth closer than some satellites At time of posting 06:38 to go. The time of lowest altitude is calculated to be 1.27pm NZT on Friday (00:27 GMT). https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/483183/asteroid-to-pass-earth-closer-than-some-satellites _____ You definitely shouldn't panic but there is a biggish asteroid about to pass by Earth. About the size of a minibus, the space rock, known as 2023 BU, will whip over the southern tip of South America. With a closest expected approach of 3600km, it counts as a close shave. It illustrates how there are still asteroids of significant size lurking near Earth that remain to be detected. This one was only picked up last weekend by amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov, who operates from Nauchnyi in Crimea, the peninsula Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014. Follow up observations have refined what we know about 2023 BU's size and, crucially, its orbit. That's how astronomers can be so confident it will miss the planet, even though it will come inside the arc occupied by the world's telecommunications satellites, which sit 36,000km (22,000 miles) above us. The chances of hitting a satellite are very, very small. The time of lowest altitude is calculated to be 1.27pm NZT on Friday (00:27 GMT). Even if 2023 BU was on a direct collision course it would struggle to do much damage. With an estimated size of 3.5m to 8.5m across, the rock would be likely to disintegrate high in the atmosphere. It would, though, produce a spectacular fireball. For comparison, the famous Chelyabinsk meteor that entered Earth's atmosphere over southern Russia in 2013 was an object near 20m across. It produced a shockwave that shattered windows on the ground. Scientists at the US space agency NASA say 2023 BU's orbit around the Sun will be modified by its encounter with Earth. Our planet's gravity will pull on it and adjust its path through space. "Before encountering Earth, the asteroid's orbit around the Sun was roughly circular, approximating Earth's orbit, taking 359 days to complete its orbit about the Sun," the agency said in a statement. "After its encounter, the asteroid's orbit will be more elongated, moving it out to about halfway between Earth's and Mars' orbits at its farthest point from the Sun. The asteroid will then complete one orbit every 425 days." There is a great effort under way to find the much larger asteroids that really could do damage if they were to strike the Earth. The true monsters out there, like the 12km-wide rock that wiped out the dinosaurs, have likely all been detected and are not a cause for worry. But come down in size to something that is, say, 150m across and our inventory has gaps. Statistics indicate perhaps only about 40 percent of these asteroids have been seen and assessed to determine the level of threat they might pose. Such objects would inflict devastation on the city scale if they were to hit the ground. "There are still asteroids that cross the Earth's orbit waiting to be discovered," Prof Don Pollacco from the University of Warwick, UK, told BBC News. "2023 BU is a recently discovered object, supposedly the size of a small bus, which must have passed by the Earth thousands of times before. This time it passes by only 2200 miles from the Earth - just 1 percent of the distance to the moon - a celestial near miss. "Depending on what 2023 BU is composed of it is unlikely to ever reach the Earth's surface but instead burn up in the atmosphere as a brilliant fireball - brighter than a full moon. "However, there are likely many asteroids out there that remain undiscovered that could penetrate the atmosphere and hit the surface to cause significant damage - indeed many scientists think we could be due such an event."
  6. And when Microsoft's cloud goes missing, that's a large number of warehouses and transport hubs that are closed to traffic and access to the contents therein is lost.
  7. Microsoft cloud outage hits users around the world https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/483126/microsoft-cloud-outage-hits-users-around-the-world And my multi-terabyte system, including back ups and redundancy is still going, at least whilst I have electricity and turn it on. I've found that I haven't been hacked, cracked or compromised when it's turned off.
  8. West of Liberty TV Series 2019 Based on the novel by Thomas Engström, a former Stasi double agent is asked by his old CIA contact to work one more case. With a lead named Wotan Wilke Möhring, what more do you need? No spoilers - 6 episodes - binge worthy. Look for an Assange-like character, . Well worth the watch
  9. https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/thailands-dsi-probes-on-missing-money-and-bribes-in-exchange-for-release-of-11-chinese-nationals-422238 The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has dissolved a newly established intelligence team after discovering that five of its officers allegedly took a total of 9.5 million baht during a raid on the former home of the consul-general of the Republic of Nauru in Sathon district on December 22. Acting DSI Director, Pol Maj Suriya Singhakamol, said the order is effective immediately. According to a DSI statement, the residence was raided by a team of officers from the DSI and Patrol and Special Operation Division (191 police) after the DSI received a request from the Vice Consul-General of Nauru on December 9, saying suspicious individuals had been using the property. The search led to the seizure of 2.5 million baht and the arrest of a Chinese maid, while news later broke that there was an inconsistency with the amount of money that was reportedly seized. Pol Maj Suriya said the search team is now under investigation over a missing 5.5 million baht that was found at the house and another 4 million in bribes in exchange for the release of 11 Chinese nationals found at the site, including one with an arrest warrant. The team consisted of five DSI officials, including secretary of former DSI chief Traiyarit Temahiwong, under an intelligence team created last year, nine policemen of the 191 unit, a military police officer, and a Chinese-born interpreter. All are accused of being involved in extortion and bribery. Pol Maj Suriya stated that he has since instructed a police disciplinary panel probing the five officers to speed up their work for the sake of the organization’s reputation. The five officials have been suspended, while Traiyarit was abruptly transferred on Wednesday to the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) to serve as acting director. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin has stressed the need for the DSI to fully cooperate with all agencies looking into the alleged embezzlement case and to get the internal investigation done as soon as possible... Of course...
  10. at first I thought this was a joke, but then it appears widely reported, Bangkok Post and Nation amongst them. _____ For only 7,000 baht, the RTP will make sure you get safely to your hotel ... In a move representing true state-of the-art policing, top cop Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas was stimulated into decisive action after viewing a video clip posted on TikTok. Damrongsak has ordered an investigation into claims by the Chinese tourist that she received “special services” from Thai police. The woman was on a visit to Pattaya – goodness only knows why – with her mother. So just what kind of “special services” does the RTP offer in Pattaya? Strict discipline, at the very least, one would hope, and obviously there is the uniform thing. And the torture. While booking transport from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya, says the young woman on the video, she was offered a police escort for a “small” extra charge. There is no English translation of the video, but you get the point. A police escort from the airport to the popular seaside resort apparently costs 7,000 baht (US$215) for a car and 6,000 baht for a motorcycle. The actual taxi costs another 1,200 baht. Damrongsak has ordered an investigation to find out if the people in the video clip are genuine Thai police officers and he wants the results on his desk pronto! Perhaps he wants to recruit them? “I had never seen anything like this so I decided to try the service,” explains the cute little lady. She seems to have been delighted by the service, as would be many others. It’s a red letter, gold star, blue riband service which will surely please all visitors to the kingdom. Damrongsak would be wrong to put an end to the entrepreneurial spirit of his loyal men. And these days, this might be the only way you can get to your hotel in Pattaya without being punched by a Russian or robbed by a ladyboy. ... https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/tourism/police-airport-pick-up-service-delights-chinese-tourists
  11. The Take - TV Mini Series 4 episodes - 2009 Based upon the novel by Martina Cole, this TV series is mostly about Freddie Jackson, portrayed by Tom Hardy, who is just out of prison. He has the right connections and now he's ready to use them. Tom Hardy, what a brilliant actor, when most actors do the low life, gangster/thug swagger, they have to work on it. Mr Hardy does it so naturally and easily, that it's like sweat on his brow, almost unnoticeable. A truly great performance by Hardy as an East End London low life, gangster/thug. No spoilers, just very good as a binge watch.
  12. One of the unintended consequences of having a stroke (2017) is that the memory loss, is handy for movies. I know I'd watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy before, and needless to say, it was much better than I remembered, quite different and a lot better, in fact. Well worth a watch, and again later on. So I got all John le Carré and dialled him up in Kodi and watched the following: Our Kind of Traitor 2016 - excellent - A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust. Very good. A Most Wanted Man 2014 - also good - A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror. Well worth a watch. The Constant Gardener 2005 - I'd never wanted to watch this before, because I have a dislike of Rachel Weisz. But it turned out to be a good movie. Ralph Fiennes is vey good. The Tailor of Panama 2001 - Some very good performances and a lot more to this movie than it first appears. Great watch! I've few more to see, I'll report back when I've done so.
  13. yes, a common sentiment amongst some of NZ's male contingent
  14. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/the-whole-truth/131023325/the-whole-truth-do-female-politicians-get-worse-abuse
  15. As is prolly known - Jacinda Ardhern has quit. There y'go Stick, ask and you shall receive. humour: Stephen Colbert wants to be a flower girl at Jacinda's wedding. “I’m saving the date, put me down for fish, because you two have found your flower girl.” “She’s leaving because it’s the right thing to do? She didn’t lose an election or steal classified documents or have a Boris Johnson sex party? Are you Kiwis sure you know how democracy works?”.... https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/131029082/stephen-colbert-wants-to-be-flower-girl-at-jacinda-arderns-wedding fair comment
  16. I don't even use gmail's proggies I use IMAP from gmail and others, to Apple's Mail on most of them some are POP Jeez I just realised, I'm still running 20 + email addresses, I should rationalise those.
  17. Yes, and many liken the internet and the resultant "democratisation of information" to the time, of the invention of the printing press. At that time, as soon as the presses got rolling, every man and his dog, was producing pamphlets and flyers and leaflets and books of all kinds. Freedom to speak, so to speak... These, were espousing, whatsoever was the opinion of anyone. Prior to this, information was generally the property of Religion and Royalty, Universities or the like, being effectively, branches of Religion or Royalty. Over the next 600 years we arrived at ways, of disseminating information, wherein publishers of same, are liable for such, and it's truthfulness or veracity. I think, we're going to come to a crossroads, where having a gazillion people agreeing with you, is not going to be a ticket to world domination. This is where Science and Truth and Policing will play a part. Sound effect: Whoosh! Exclamatory Speech: 'No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!' Take it away
  18. https://aardvark.co.nz/daily/2023/0119.shtml Worth a look, a tech nerd from down here. I don't necessarily agree with him, but it's an interesting perspective
  19. Shoulda dunnit like I do, I go to space all the time, in my head. Cheap, simple and I don't have to share it. On the other hand, can't make money from it.
  20. The Crypto Collapse and the End of the Magical Thinking That Infected Capitalism https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/16/opinion/the-crypto-collapse-magical-thinking-capitalism.html At a guest lecture at a military academy when the price of a single Bitcoin neared $60,000, I was asked, as finance professors often are, what I thought about cryptocurrencies. Rather than respond with my usual skepticism, I polled the students. More than half of attendees had traded cryptocurrencies, often financed by loans. I was stunned. How could this population of young people come to spend time and energy in this way? And these students were hardly alone. The appetite for crypto has been most pronounced among Gen Z and millennials. Those groups became investors in the past 15 years at previously unseen rates and with exceedingly optimistic expectations. I have come to view cryptocurrencies not simply as exotic assets but as a manifestation of a magical thinking that had come to infect part of the generation who grew up in the aftermath of the Great Recession — and American capitalism, more broadly. For these purposes, magical thinking is the assumption that favored conditions will continue on forever without regard for history. It is the minimizing of constraints and trade-offs in favor of techno-utopianism and the exclusive emphasis on positive outcomes and novelty. It is the conflation of virtue with commerce. Where did this ideology come from? An exceptional period of low interest rates and excess liquidity provided the fertile soil for fantastical dreams to flourish. Pervasive consumer-facing technology allowed individuals to believe that the latest platform company or arrogant tech entrepreneur could change everything. Anger after the 2008 global financial crisis created a receptivity to radical economic solutions, and disappointment with traditional politics displaced social ambitions onto the world of commerce. The hothouse of Covid’s peaks turbocharged all these impulses as we sat bored in front of screens, fueled by seemingly free money. With Bitcoin now trading at around $17,000, and amid declining stock valuations and tech sector layoffs, these ideas have begun to crack. The unwinding of magical thinking will dominate this decade in painful but ultimately restorative ways — and that unwinding will be most painful to the generation conditioned to believe these fantasies. Cryptocurrency is the most ideal vessel of these impulses. A speculative asset with a tenuous underlying predetermined value provides a blank slate that meaning can be imposed onto. Crypto boosters have promised to replace governments by supplanting traditional currencies. They vowed to reject the traditional banking and financial system through decentralized finance. They said they could reject the purported stranglehold of internet giants on commerce through something called Web 3.0. They insisted we could reject the traditional path toward success of education, savings and investment by getting in early on dogecoin, a meme coin intended as a joke that reached a peak market capitalization of over $80 billion. These illusory and ridiculous promises share a common anti-establishment sentiment fueled by a technology that most of us never understood. Who needs governments, banks, the traditional internet or homespun wisdom when we can operate above and beyond? Mainstream financial markets came to manifest these same tendencies, as magical thinking pervaded the wider investor class. During a period of declining and zero interest rates, mistakes and mediocrities were obscured or forgiven, while speculative assets with low probabilities of far-off success inflated in value enormously. Hawkers pitching shiny new vehicles — like “stablecoins” that purportedly transformed speculative assets into stable ones and novel ways of taking companies public without typical regulatory scrutiny — promised greater returns while dismissing greater risks, a hallmark of the ignorance of trade-offs in magical thinking. For an extended period, many investors bought the equivalent of lottery tickets. And many won. The real economy could not escape infection. Companies flourished by inflating their scope and ambition to feed the desire for magical thinking. WeWork, a mundane business that provided flexible work spaces, was portrayed as a spiritual enterprise that would remake the human condition. Its valuation soared, obscuring the questionable activities of its founders. Facebook and Google reconceived themselves as technological powerhouses, rebranding as Meta and Alphabet, respectively. They sought broad capabilities that they could flex at will in the metaverse or with their “moonshot projects” when, in fact, they are prosaic (if extremely effective) advertising businesses. They are now struggling with many of their fantastical efforts. Most broadly, many corporations have come to embrace broader social missions in response to the desire of younger investors and employees to use their capital and employment as instruments for social change. Another manifestation of magical thinking is believing that the best hope for progress on our greatest challenges — climate change, racial injustice and economic inequality — are corporations and individual investment and consumption choices, rather than political mobilization and our communities. I confess that this screed reflects my own experience. For the past decade, being a finance professor meant being asked about crypto or about novel valuation methods for unprofitable companies — and being smiled at (and ignored) when I would counter with traditional instincts. Every business problem, I am told, can be solved in radically new and effective ways by applying artificial intelligence to ever-increasing amounts of data with a dash of design thinking. Many graduates coming of age in this period of financial giddiness and widening corporate ambition have been taught to chase these glittery objects with their human and financial capital instead of investing in sustainable paths — a habit that will be harder to instill at later ages. Embracing novelty and ambition in the face of huge problems is to be lauded, but the unhinged variety of these admirable traits that we have seen so much of in recent years is counterproductive. The fundamentals of business have not changed merely because of new technologies or low interest rates. The way to prosper is still by solving problems in new ways that sustainably deliver value to employees, capital providers and customers. Over-promising the scope of change created by technology and the possibilities of business and finance to a new generation will lead only to disaffection as these promises falter. All those new investors and crypto owners may nurse a grudge against capitalism, rather than understand the perverse world they were born into. The end of magical thinking is upon us as cryptocurrencies and valuations are collapsing — and that is good news. Vested interests will resist that trend by continuing to propagate fictions. But rising rates and a return to more routine business cycles will continue to provide the rude awakening that began in 2022. What comes next? Hopefully, a revitalization of that great American tradition of pragmatism will follow. Speculative assets without any economic function should be worth nothing. Existing institutions, flawed as they are, should be improved upon rather than being displaced. Risk and return are inevitably linked. Corporations are valuable socially because they solve problems and generate wealth. But they should not be trusted as arbiters of progress and should be balanced by a state that mediates political questions. Trade-offs are everywhere and inescapable. Navigating these trade-offs, rather than ignoring them, is the recipe for a good life. The post The Crypto Collapse and the End of the Magical Thinking That Infected Capitalism appeared first on New York Times.
  21. The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is one of the main protocols of the Internet protocol suite. It originated in the initial network implementation in which it complemented the Internet Protocol (IP). Therefore, the entire suite is commonly referred to as TCP/IP. TCP provides reliable, ordered, and error-checked delivery of a stream of octets (bytes) between applications running on hosts communicating via an IP network. Major internet applications such as the World Wide Web, email, remote administration, and file transfer rely on TCP, which is part of the Transport Layer of the TCP/IP suite. SSL/TLS often runs on top of TCP. TCP is connection-oriented, and a connection between client and server is established before data can be sent. The server must be listening (passive open) for connection requests from clients before a connection is established. Three-way handshake (active open), retransmission, and error detection adds to reliability but lengthens latency. Applications that do not require reliable data stream service may use the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) instead, which provides a connectionlessdatagram service that prioritizes time over reliability. TCP employs network congestion avoidance. However, there are vulnerabilities in TCP, including denial of service, connection hijacking, TCP veto, and reset attack. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmission_Control_Protocol God that took me back, Computer Science 101, AKL Uni 1981.
  22. The daughter of Thailand's self-exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawatra has declared her readiness to run for prime minister in an election this year, as the main opposition seeks to regain power after being ousted in a coup eight years ago. Paetongtarn Shinawatra, whose father Thaksin and aunt Yingluck Shinawatra both led governments toppled by the army, will run under the Pheu Thai Party, the latest incarnation of a populist movement founded by her billionaire family two decades ago...... Oh Joy... Paetongtarn Shinawatra, 36, the youngest daughter of billionaire former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, attends a Pheu Thai Party news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, December 6, 2022. https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/daughter-thailands-exiled-former-pm-thaksin-seek-premiership-2023-01-16/
  23. You're probably right, I remember the cloud symbol too. But Joe Lunchbox thinks the cloud is somehow, a distributed melange, making any data Joe puts there, more secure. As we know, it's a bunch of servers and storage owned by who ever is selling the service.
  24. There is no Cloud. It's just someone else's computer.
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