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東京五輪、21年に開催無理なら中止 IOC会長が意向 (写真=ロイター) :日本経済新聞  

written by 日経ニュース. added 7 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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バッハ氏は「(東京五輪の)大会組織委員会でずっと3000人とか5000人といった(多くの)スタッフを雇用することはできない」と言い切った。「毎年、主要なスポーツ(イベント)のスケジュールを変更するのは不可能だ。選手たちを不安なままにすることもできない」と強調した。
Modi must not extend lockdown. Economy won’t survive on ventilator for long  

written by R Jagannathan. added 22 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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First, while the advice of the health establishment cannot be dismissed lightly, the political demands from states for extensions are partly self-serving. Politicians love a pandemic for many reasons, and the main one is that they get to play benevolent uncles to the masses by doling out this freebie or that. Additionally, a lockdown shifts unprecedented power to the bureaucracy and law enforcement agencies, which makes politicians feel safer on their political perches
Bye, Amazon  

written by Tim Bray. added 23 days ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

amazon capitalism whistleblowers    

May 1st was my last day as a VP and Distinguished Engineer at Amazon Web Services, after five years and five months of rewarding fun. I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19.
Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto: A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings - The Citizen Lab  

written by Bill Marczak, John Scott-Railton. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

zoom security privacy encryption crypto    

Unfortunately for those hoping for privacy, the implementation of call security in Zoom may not match its exceptional usability. We determined that the Zoom app uses non-industry-standard cryptographic techniques with identifiable weaknesses. In addition, during multiple test calls in North America, we observed keys for encrypting and decrypting meetings transmitted to servers in Beijing, China. An app with easily-identifiable limitations in cryptography, security issues, and offshore servers located in China which handle meeting keys presents a clear target to reasonably well-resourced nation state attackers, including the People’s Republic of China.
Under Modi, India’s Press Is Not So Free Anymore - The New York Times  

written by Vindu Goel, Jeffrey Gettleman. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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No TV channel has come under more pressure from Mr. Modi’s government than NDTV, an influential network that airs in English and Hindi. Mr. Modi’s grudge goes back to 2002, when he was chief minister of Gujarat State, and NDTV journalists reported that his government stood by while hundreds of Muslims were massacred in religiously driven violence.
Susan Fowler on the Aftermath of Speaking Out Against Uber | Time  

written by Susan Fowler. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

uber silicon-valley whistleblower    

Speaking up comes at great personal cost. Being a whistleblower is not easy. It is not glamorous or fun. It will terrify you and scare you and forever change your life in ways that will be beyond your control. But, despite all of this, shining a light in the darkness is the right thing to do. In some cases, like my own, it is the only way to leave the world better than you found it.
‘We’re in a Petri Dish’: How a Coronavirus Ravaged a Cruise Ship - The New York Times  

written by Motoko Rich. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Experts have questioned whether those passengers truly pose no risk to the general public. Some could develop symptoms later after having tested negative. Just two days after leaving the ship on Wednesday with a negative test result, a woman in her 60s developed a fever and tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
Opinion | Coronavirus Will Test Our New Way of Life - The New York Times  

written by Charlie Warzel. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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“It’s common when thinking about networks to talk about the trade-off between efficiency versus resilience,” Jon Stokes, a founder of Ars Technica and a deputy editor at The Prepared, an emergency preparedness site, told me recently. “Computers enable us to dial in the efficiency and complexity to insane degrees but we lose resilience in the system.”
A Psychiatrist and an Artist Walk Into a New York Bar | The New Yorker  

written by Mona Chalabi. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Row 1 (from top): photographers: 1.4 times more common in N.Y.C.; fitness trainers: 1.4x; writers: 2.5x; taxi-drivers and chauffeurs: 1.3x; home health aides: 3.9x. Row 2: lawyers: 1.9x; laundry and dry-cleaning workers: 1.3x; refuse collectors: 1.3x; fine artists: 1.8x; jewellers: 2.8x. Row 3: bussers: 1.3x; crossing guards: 2.6x; architects: 1.7x; manicurists: 3.7x. Row 4: fashion designers: 5.9x; psychiatrists: 2.3x; financial analysts: 2.8x; bailiffs: 2.3x; art directors: 3.3x. Row 5: janitors and cleaners: 1.3x; hairdressers and cosmetologists: 1.2x; clergy: 1.6x; airline pilots and flight engineers: 1.7x; flight attendants: 2.0x.
Lack of testing kits, understaffed hospitals: COVID exposes India’s crumbling healthcare system  

written by Vidya Krishnan. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

india 2019-ncov contagion    

Even if testing is quickly expanded, there is an additional rub: errant private sector hospitals will turn away all pneumonia patients—COVID-19 or not, because they cannot test for the virus and they cannot risk infecting other patients. “I feel pretty certain pneumonia patients, even those without COVID-19, are going to suffer in the coming days,” Jain said. “The government can keep denying the extent of transmission but that’s not going to save the patients. Private hospitals will turn them away, just as they did with the Kalaburagi patient.”
The Pitfalls and the Potential of the New Minimalism | The New Yorker  

written by Jia Tolentino. added about 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The difference between profound and superficial minimalism may be a matter of conceptual inversion: the question is whether you accept diminishment in order to more efficiently assert your will or whether you assert your will in order to accept the unseen bounty of self-diminishment. This is also where the minimalism of ideas meets the minimalism of things—the latter argues that ridding yourself of possessions means ridding yourself of trouble and difficulty; the former suggests that the end point of stripping away excess is the realization that the world is more troubled, more difficult, more discomfiting, and also more wondrous and full of possibility than it seems.
The Strangeness of Grief | The New Yorker  

written by V S Naipaul. added 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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The first symptom of grief that day was an inability to eat. It was new to me. It made my grief concrete, and it lasted all week, disappearing only after the cremation. One of the attendants at the crematorium, just before the coffin rolled away to be consumed, invited me to place my hand on the coffin. The rites of death were completely new to me; this was the comfort that many before me had instinctively sought. It didn’t work for me. The coffin was a coffin; below my hand, wood was wood.
The Strangeness of Grief  

written by V S Naipaul. added 2 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

new-yorker grief emotion    

The months and years passed. Thirty years passed. I wrote many books; I became a writer. My serenity was like a permanent condition. I became more and more removed from that awful journey to London, and in the moments when I thought of it I didn’t think grief could come near me again. It was a poor way of thinking. We are never finished with grief. It is part of the fabric of living. It is always waiting to happen. Love makes memories and life precious; the grief that comes to us is proportionate to that love and is inescapable. This grief has its own exigencies. We can never tell beforehand for whom we will feel grief. I never thought, after all I had suffered for my father, that I would be laid low, and almost in the same way, by my younger brother. He was not close to me. He wished to appear to be making his own way. I had to let him go, and I got used to the distance.
Twitter-backed ShareChat acquires social commerce startup Elanic  

written by Sujata Sangwan. added 3 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

elanic acquisition    

“The Elanic team brings with them deep insights and expertise in understanding commerce trends and consumer preferences across India. ShareChat hopes to leverage this in areas of content delivery and social commerce and positively contribute to product advancement,” said the company in a statement.
感染確認の50代男性はJR相模原駅勤務 事務作業を担当  

written by NHK. added 3 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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相模原駅が最寄り駅だという65歳の女性は「とてもびっくりしていて、不安がないといったらうそになります。市中での感染が始まっているように感じているので、いつも以上に手洗いをしてなるべく人混みに行かないようにすることが高齢者にはいいのかなと思います」と話していました。
Where’s Xi? China’s Leader Commands Coronavirus Fight From Safe Heights  

written by Chris Buckley, Steven Lee Myers. added 4 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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On Jan. 28, Mr. Xi met with the executive director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and told Dr. Tedros that he “personally directed” the government’s response. Later reports in state media omitted the phrase, saying instead that Mr. Xi’s government was “collectively directing” the response. Since nothing about how Mr. Xi is portrayed in state media happens by accident, the tweak suggested a deliberate effort to emphasize shared responsibility.
Details of the Cloudflare outage on July 2, 2019  

written by John Graham-Cumming. added 4 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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This particular change was to be deployed in “simulate” mode where real customer traffic passes through the rule but nothing is blocked. We use that mode to test the effectiveness of a rule and measure its false positive and false negative rate. But even in the simulate mode the rules actually need to execute and in this case the rule contained a regular expression that consumed excessive CPU.
The Field Guide to Tyranny | The New Yorker  

written by Adam Gopnik. added 4 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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Thousands are better than millions, certainly—though historically thousands have a way of leading to millions. If there is little comfort in numbers, there is even less in words. Auden’s noble picture, in which the poets fight the mute ogre, can’t survive the shock of history. The ogres, it turns out, are part of literary culture and always have been—they speak and write books and read other people’s books. If by protecting the integrity of language we mean upholding the belief that literary culture, or even just plain truth-telling, is in itself a bulwark, the facts don’t bear out the hypothesis. Literary culture is no remedy for totalitarianism. Ogres gonna ogre. Rhetoric is as liquid and useful for the worst as it is for the best. The humanities, unfortunately, belong to humanity.
28 women for every 100 men participate in the labor force in India and Pakistan  

written by Florence Kondylis, John Loeser. added 4 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

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They then show that, while price matters, the effects are primarily driven by the (random) offer of a women-only car. So is this safety or is it stigma? They find that women's perception of safety substitutes for the need of a women-only car, suggesting that this is not just about attitudes ("women should not commute"): safety appears to weigh more than social norms in these women's decision to commute to work. Taken together, these studies highlight the potential of interventions to improve women's safety in public transit to have large impacts on women's LFP in these contexts.
Kafkatrapping  

written by Eric Steven Raymond. added 5 months ago by @icyflame ARCHIVES

kafkatrap SJW arguments causes    

This is almost exactly the way the kafkatrap operates in religious and political argument. Real crimes – actual transgressions against flesh-and-blood individuals – are generally not specified. The aim of the kafkatrap is to produce a kind of free-floating guilt in the subject, a conviction of sinfulness that can be manipulated by the operator to make the subject say and do things that are convenient to the operator’s personal, political, or religious goals. Ideally, the subject will then internalize these demands, and then become complicit in the kafkatrapping of others.




Cutouts is an open source application. Code licensed under the MIT license. Copyright 2018 Siddharth Kannan