• Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 AM
    The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel's latest proposed fix for the Meltdown/Spectre issue: "the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE." As a potential line of inquiry, he suggests: "Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane?" (asterisk his.) These and other kind epithets are awarded by Torvalds in a public email chain between him and David Woodhouse, an engineer at Amazon in the U.K., regarding Intel's solution as relating to the Linux kernel. The issue is (as far as I can tell as someone far out of their depth) a clumsy and, Torvalds argues, "insane" implementation of a fix that essentially does nothing while also doing a bunch of unnecessary things. The fix needs to address Meltdown (which primarily affects Intel chips), but instead of just doing so across the board, it makes the whole fix something the user or administrator has to opt into at boot. Why even ask, if this is such a huge vulnerability? And why do it at such a low level when future CPUs will supposedly not require it, at which point the choice would be at best unnecessary and at worst misleading or lead to performance issues? Meanwhile, a bunch of other things are added in the same patch that Torvalds points out are redundant with existing solutions, for instance adding protections against an exploit already mitigated by Google Project Zero's "retpoline" technique. Why do this? Torvalds speculates that a major part of Intel's technique, in this case "Indirect Branch Restricted Speculation" or IBRS, is so inefficient that to roll it out universally would result in widespread performance hits. So instead, it made the main Meltdown fix optional and added the redundant stuff to make the patch look more comprehensive. More at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/linus-torvalds-declares-intel-fix-202431449.html
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    Today, 01:08 AM
    United Nations Security Council will convene Monday upon France's call for an emergency meeting over Syria following the launch of Turkey's anti-terror operation in northern Syria's Afrin province. "Ghouta, Idlib, Afrin — France asks for an urgent meeting of the Security Council," French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on his Twitter feed. He added that he had spoken with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Sunday morning. The foreign ministry said Monday that the U.N. meeting on Syria initiated by France under the framework of "Any other business (AOB)" will address latest developments in the country, according to a message sent by French officials to representatives of U.N. member states. More at: https://www.dailysabah.com/diplomacy/2018/01/21/un-security-council-to-convene-upon-frances-call-over-turkeys-anti-terror-op-in-syrias-afrin
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:07 AM
    In the video, Hughes also mentioned his plans to run for governor of California.
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    In November of 2017, Hughes announced a plan to ride his home-made rocket into the sky with the ultimate goal of proving that the Earth is flat. His first launch never got off the ground due to government regulations, but on Friday, he announced that he's going to try again, sometime around February 3. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/man-hopes-prove-earth-flat-213624305.html
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 AM
    Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) on Monday signed into law House Bill 511, which legalizes the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and removes penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants. Although other states have legalized cannabis through ballot initiatives that have left the decision up to voters, Vermont does not allow for such a process. Over the past few years, lawmakers in the state have instead been working to address marijuana reform through legislation. A similar legalization bill made it to Scott’s desk in 2017, but the governor vetoed it, citing concerns with weak language on punishment for the sale of marijuana to minors and its establishment of a commission to study how a regulated cannabis market would work in Vermont. The final version of H. 511 clarified civil penalties for the sale of marijuana to individuals under 21 years old and removed the commission entirely. Scott has instead created his own marijuana task force, which is examining the state’s involvement in recreational cannabis sales and focusing on developing comprehensive education, prevention and highway safety strategies. “There must be comprehensive and convincing plans completed in these areas before I will begin to consider the wisdom of implementing a commercial ‘tax-and-regulate’ system for an adult marijuana market,” Scott said on Monday. “It is important for the General Assembly to know that – until we have a workable plan to address each of these concerns – I will veto any additional effort along these lines, which manages to reach my desk.” Some state officials say the composition of that commission looks to be biased against marijuana, which means recreational weed faces an uncertain future in Vermont. “There is frustration that the governor’s panels appear to be predetermined in opposition versus the sentiment of the House and Senate, which was to move forward,” said Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, a Progressive/Democrat. The governor’s commission is expected to deliver a final report to lawmakers by the end of the year, which would guide them on future legislation to establish a market for cannabis. Under Vermont’s two-step process of legalization, it could be a while before the state sees its first legal marijuana sale, said Matt Simon, the New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, a non-profit organization that advocates for cannabis reform around the country.
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    Today, 12:31 AM
    MbS's Corruption Crackdown Nets $100 Billion For Saudi Statehttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-22/price-freedom-mbss-corruption-crackdown-nets-100-billion-saudi-state
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 12:26 AM
    Some have suggested that the FBI losing five months of text messages between anti-Trump investigators is a coverup of an "insurance policy" to smear Donald Trump with claims of Russian collusion in the event of a win. Others have suggested it's simply bureaucratic incompetence. Paul Manafort's attorneys, on the other hand, are likely chomping at the bit see if they can argue for a dismissal of the federal charges against their client due to Robert Mueller's increasingly tainted probe. Look for Paul Manafort to jump all over this. He’s already fighting his indictment, claiming that Mueller is overstepping his authority and shouldn’t be running the investigation. Throw in this evidence that the investigation may have been tainted before Mueller even took over, and that the DOJ could be covering up damaging information, and a motion to dismiss alleging prosecutorial misconduct is a near certainty. FBI Agent Strzok was reportedly heading up the Manafort investigation before he was taken off the Mueller probe. Manafort’s attorney might try to say that the missing text messages could contain exculpatory evidence (or evidence favorable to the defendant) and therefore the court should get to the bottom of what the two said. However, two former federal prosecutors who spoke to Law&Crime both contend it would be difficult to get the entire indictment dismissed based on the text messages alone. -LawandCrime.com “It depends on what FBI’s retention policy is for text messages. It does certainly raise questions as to how these five months came up missing,” explained former federal prosecutor Bill Thomas, adding “However, the court is not going to just dismiss the case. If it comes to it, the judge may hold a hearing to get to that information through calling witnesses. Dismissal is the nuclear option, it would have to be something very very egregious for a court to dismiss the case.” More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-22/will-missing-texts-save-manafort-muellers-probe
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 AM
    Congressional investigators learned from a new batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI investigators that a "secret society of folks" within the Department of Justice and the FBI may have come together in the "immediate aftermath" of the 2016 election to undermine President Trump, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) who has reviewed the texts. The new texts were included in a 384-page DOJ document release to Congressional investigators last Friday - during which Congress was notified in the cover letter that that five months of text messages from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 have gone missing (If only the NSA had copies). Ratcliffe was joined by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to discuss the latest developments with Fox News host Martha McCallum, when Ratcliffe said: What we learned today in the thousands of text messages that weve reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that (checked their bias at the door). There's certainly a factual basis to question whether or not they acted on that bias. We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president. We learned today from information that in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok to be working against him. Watch: .@RepRatcliffe on 5-month gap discovered in new FBI texts: "For former prosecutors like @TGowdySC & myself...it makes it harder & harder for us to explain away one strange coincidence after another." https://t.co/jTCsiBqaVi pic.twitter.com/yPKVEJoG91
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    Today, 12:21 AM
    Congressional investigators learned from a new batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI investigators that a "secret society of folks" within the Department of Justice and the FBI may have come together in the "immediate aftermath" of the 2016 election to undermine President Trump, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) who has reviewed the texts. The new texts were included in a 384-page DOJ document release to Congressional investigators last Friday - during which Congress was notified in the cover letter that that five months of text messages from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 have gone missing (If only the NSA had copies). Ratcliffe was joined by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to discuss the latest developments with Fox News host Martha McCallum, when Ratcliffe said: What we learned today in the thousands of text messages that weve reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that (checked their bias at the door). There's certainly a factual basis to question whether or not they acted on that bias. We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president. We learned today from information that in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok to be working against him. Watch:
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 AM
    I think arming the Kurds was done to give Turkey an excuse to invade and start a war with Syria and Iran.
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    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    I smell the US deepstate behind "Olive Branch", the Kurds were armed to give Turkey an excuse to invade Syria and start a war with Syria and Iran. Never trust a Turk or the Empire.
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  • Weston White's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    The laws exempt social justice warriors and their snowflake virtue-signaling constituents. ETA: Oh and DREAMERS too.
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  • Swordsmyth's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    And where did the poverty come from? From bad decisions and/or random events in their history. They are separate but they do affect eachother, environment sets the context and can limit the options and provide a "push" for or against some of the options but the individual then uses his arbitrary will to choose from the available options and in favor of or against the "push". Except culture is a major portion of environment and you asked me how I thought they came by theirs, the answer is it accumulated over the course of their history. If we had the power to create a brand new culture with the same environment (including the same culture) then the answer would be that we created their culture for them and then we would be responsible for it instead of them and their ancestors.
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    The precedent of government control was set a long time ago, until we can stop the government from spending the money it is an improvement to make them do it wisely.
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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    Yep came to post this.
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    Why do those damn ruskies have so many icebreakers anyway? It's not like they have any ice to deal with, they must be up to no good.
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo. 'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    another 'slight' check on executive power is now gone.... House Spending Bill Changes Law to Let Trump Administration Secretly Shift Intelligence Money https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/section-504-house-spending-bill-changes-law-to-let-trump-administration-secretly-shift-intelligence-money/
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    Afrin Iran Calls on Turkey to Immediately End Olive Branch Operation https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201801221060945553-turkey-syria-afrin-pyd-kurds/ Lavrov accuses U.S. of encouraging Syrian Kurds' separatism Syria - Kurds invited to take part in Syria peace congress in Sochi: Lavrov
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    'I wish it need not have happened in my time,' said Frodo. 'So do I,' said Gandalf, 'and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.'
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    I've been to eight of the countries on that list.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    Take that, ice!
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    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    They object to high government spending.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:51 PM
    Poverty, as explained 1. The choices aren't separable from the environment in which they're made. Free will =/= arbitrary decision-making. 2. You don't need to go back very far to explain current behaviors. Human beings act on the basis of their values (which are a product of their environment) and the immediate environment . The fact that the current environment and current decision-making is a product of past environments and past decision-making is irrelevant vis a vis explaining or predicting current behavior. Imagine Mexico as it is, having developed as it did over the past 500 years. Now imagine that there's another, identical society somewhere else, except it just popped into existence yesterday. The residents will behave the same; it's the present situation which affects behavior.
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    covered.
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    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
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    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    Loretta Young was hawt.
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    Yesterday, 07:34 PM
    The United States Coast Guard is preparing to equip icebreaker vessels operating in the Arctic region with high-tech cruise missiles for the first time as Washington escalates geopolitical tensions with Russia. Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft confirmed last week that the Coast Guard’s newest fleet of heavy icebreakers would be designed to carry cruise missiles, the Washingon Times reported. In recent times, the Coast Guard has suggested that it would adopt heavy weapon systems for its vessels operating in the Arctic, but with the latest announcement from Zukunft, he has now confirmed the weapons race between Washington and Moscow has begun in the fight for the Arctic. “If you look at what Russia is doing, there’s almost a mini arms buildup going on in the Arctic,” USCG Vice Adm. Fred Midgette told CBS in December. Russia operates at least 40 icebreakers with six heavy icebreakers, CBS News reported in December. Former Navy Capt. Jerry Hendrix, a senior associate at the Washington-based Center for a New American Security, said, “this is not just about icebreakers; this is part of a broader competition just below the surface.” Opponents believe the Coast Guard is trying to take advantage of the rising tensions between Washington and Moscow so that it can arm its icebreakers with unnecessary amounts of expensive high-tech weaponry. Zukunft has denied these claims, arguing that natural resources underneath the water are a national security threat if waterways open up allowing other countries to tap into cheap energy. Over the years, the Coast Guard has neglected to maintain its Arctic fleet of just three icebreakers. Meanwhile, Russia has a fleet of at-least forty icebreakers, including “four operational nuclear-powered icebreakers and 16 medium-sized craft,” the Washington Times said. It is important to note, the Coast Guard’s new icebreakers will not be ready until 2023 and could cost around $1 billion. This price tag would include six new icebreakers.
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