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August 31st, 2016
08:57 pm
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Ул. Пестеля. 1989 г.

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08:10 pm
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Дуэт сложился замечательный
- Из России уехали самые лучшие люди, - делятся наблюдениями эмигранты из России.
- The United States is an exceptional nation. I believe we are still Lincoln’s last, best hope of Earth. We’re still Reagan’s shining city on a hill. We’re still Robert Kennedy’s great, unselfish, compassionate country, - отвечает им миссис Клинтон.

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August 30th, 2016
06:58 pm
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Хорошая новость
Глава МИДа Сергей Лавров заявил, что Россия будет продолжать бороться в ООН с желающими отстаивать тезис о полезности легких наркотиков, передает ТАСС. «Немало желающих (в ООН) продвигать нарколиберальные идеи и размывать ныне существующую систему, пытаясь отстаивать тезис о том, что легкие наркотики, мол, не только для рекреации полезны, но и для того, чтобы наркозависимых постепенно выводить из опасного состояния, а то и для того, чтобы другие болезни переносили пациенты легче. Мы бьемся за то, чтобы нормы, которые отражают бескомпромиссный подход в решении проблемы наркотиков, не размывались», — сказал Лавров.

Глядишь, на основе всеобщей ненависти к России эти немалые желающие в ООН получат, благодаря усилиям Лаврова, дополнительные козыри. Хорошо бы еще мистер Трамп его поддержал.

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06:52 pm
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Умные полицейские
filin был прав: на улицах Москвы появились штрафующие аппараты, оснащенные машинным зрением. Они выписывают штрафы водителям-людям за вылезание тенью от машины или пятнами фар на встречную полосу (http://www.gazeta.ru/auto/2016/08/30_a_10167329.shtml).

Кстати, экс-гендиректор НПО «Призма» Сергей Ласкин поясняет, что в незаконных штрафах, которые стали приходить московским автомобилистам, виноваты программисты, написавшие алгоритм фиксации новых нарушений. Это, конечно, глупости. Программисты просто нажимают на кнопки. В незаконных штрафах будут виноваты судебные исполнители, если применят силу для их взыскания.

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August 29th, 2016
09:23 pm
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Политический процесс
прекрасен. Губернатор ЛеПейдж сидит, думает: что-то никто про меня давно не постит, пора сделать скандальное расистское заявление. Леваки будут следующие две недели возмущаться в своих нью-йорк-таймсах и вашингтонских постах, энтузиасты республиканской партии разоблачать их клевету и требовать прослушать, что я сказал НА САМОМ ДЕЛЕ, а не что мне приписали, и проч. и проч. Дела пойдут на лад. Ну-ка про негров, что нибудь наиболее оскорбительное. Итак: негры наладили инфрасктруктуру и логистику для снабжения нашего штата наркотиками. Работает как часы. Наркотики дешевые и качественные.
Леваки, со своей стороны: поклёп!! возмутительная расистская клевета!!!

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06:09 pm
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am_food
В США создана искусственная смородина. Случайно в мороженом нашел. Будьте осторожны.

http://fanaledrinks.com/blogs/blog/18322291-how-is-popping-boba-made

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05:37 pm
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Феминизм ОК
As part of a responsible and sustainable business model, we here at CatLABS have worked hard to reduce our carbon footprint out of an understanding that it is part of our social responsibility as a business.

We now hope to take this further by examining the gender gap. As a whole, our industry is largely dominated by men, which creates even without malice, a challenging environment for all those who are not, or do not identify as men. Add to that a substantial wage gap and it becomes even more detrimental to diversity.

CatLABS is excited to offer a Gender Wage Gap discount starting January 1st, 2016. With this offer, extended to all non-male buyers, we are providing a 10% discount off list prices of all used (and in stock) large format camera kits, and Jobo processor kits. While we know that this offer will not change the gender imbalance in the photography world, we hope that it at least creates more awareness of it and encourages other retailers to consider how they might be able to be part of the conversation about this topic.
http://www.catlabs.info/gendergap

Оркин не дожила, но, может, Крейг заинтересуется -- http://www.today.com/id/44182286/ns/today-today_news/t/subject-american-girl-italy-photo-speaks-out/#.V8S4laKKR0w

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August 28th, 2016
09:12 am
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Понятие размерности в ритейле
psilonsk любезно пояснил, что "сетевой магазин" это отнюдь не internet store, как я раньше думал, а chain store.

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August 27th, 2016
07:58 pm
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Сегодняшние фотки
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05:56 pm
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Е-мейлы
Ну что же, оказалось, что Клинтон хранила е-мейлы дома не только из-за своего нонконформизма и ненависти к тотальной слежке и правилам документооборота как таковым, а заодно и скрывала махинации своей коррупционной империи. Должны ли мы как-то изменить свою точку зрения на её хранение е-мейлов дома? Да нет, не должны. Это по-прежнему проблемы между ней и её министерством иностранных дел. Нас эти странные проблемы не касаются, мы за нее не будем голосовать по другим, содержательным причинам.

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07:41 am
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Возможна ли наука без государственной цензуры в форме заданий и заказов?
На странице 124 Уоррен откладывает праксеологию и переходит к жанру мемуаристики. И вот тут-то становится очевидно, какая она безнадёжная дура. Как будто зажглась электрическая лампочка. Вернее, потухла.
   Mrs. Clinton thrust her hand forward. "You must be Professor Warren. I read your op-ed in the New York Times about women and bankruptcy, and I want to talk with you." [...] Before I could respond, Mrs. Clinton snapped her head sharply to the side and called to no one in particular, "Where's lunch? I'm hungry."
   We were ushered to a small office with cracked leatherette chairs, carefully set out with lunch for the First Lady—half a hamburger, French fries, Diet Coke—and an iced tea for me. The small army of aides and security agents were left behind in the hallway; there were just the two of us in the tiny room.
   Before she had taken a single bit of her hamburger, Mrs. Clinton tore into the business at hand: "I have two questions for you: How are women affected by the bankruptcy laws, and how did a women get to be a chaired professor at Harvard Law School?"
   For the next twenty-five minutes I pounded Mrs. Clinton with graphs, charts, and projections. She ate fast and asked questions even faster. I have taught bankruptcy law to thousands of students—but I never saw one like Mrs. Clinton. Impatient, lightning-quick, and interested in all the nuances. In just half an hour, she went from knowing almost nothing about the bankruptcy system to grasping the counterintuitive twist that [...].
   At the end of our discussions, Mrs Clinton stood up and said, "Well, I'm convinced. It is our job to stop that awful bill. You help me, and I'll help you. We talked university politics for a bit, then walked outside.
Всё, эту конкретную макулатуру я больше не читаю. Как выражаются в русских сетевых магазинах, в корзину!

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August 26th, 2016
10:24 pm
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Триумфальное шествие диетологии
Несчастная Россия тщательно копирует самые омерзительные американские порядки:
Минздрав рекомендовал россиянам есть меньше картошки и хлеба

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09:30 pm
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В этой работе фотографу особенно удалась гнетущая атмосфера безысходности


"Площадь Восстания. 1976 г."

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08:49 pm
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В помощь покупателю
Здесь удобная сводная таблица для сравнения нескольких моделей губных гармошек со свитчем на 24 порта.

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06:36 am
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Про марихуану
Пишет Уоррен:
   Just a generation ago, the average family simply couldn't borrow very much money. High-limit, all-purpose credit cards did not exist for those with average means. There were no mortgages available for 125 percent of the home's value and no offers in the daily mail for second and third equity loans. There were no "payday lenders", no "live checks", no "instant money," and certainly no offers to "consolidate" all that debt by moving it from one credit card to another.[...] Instead of running debt anonymously, a prospective borrower was forced to meet a stern-looking banker, face to face.[...]
   The reason for the lender's cautious approach was not that the bankers of yesteryear were thriftier or that Americans hadn't yet developed a taste for "unbridled consumption". The reason was a far more powerful one, and it affected every lender and every borrower in the country: The law was different. In those days, the banking industry was highly regulated, and usury laws created ironclad limits on how much interest a bank could charge on a loan. As a result [...] families that wanted to borrow money had to prove they had a very high likelihood of repaying it. The judgement was not moralistic; it was supported by stubborn financial reality. Unlike today, bank vaults were firmly closed to families already in financial trouble.
   From the founding of the Republic through the late 1970, interest rates had been a matter of states to determine, and the states had imposed limits on the amount of interest that could be charged on consumer loans. [...] In 1978, a Supreme Court opinion interpreting some ambiguous language in a little-known federal statute (попробую угадать: interstate commerce) opened a door for banks to "export" interest rates from one state to another. This meant that a bank with lending operations in South Dakota—where the interest ceiling was 24 percent, at a time when the rates in most states were capped at 12 to 18 percent—would have a distinct advantage.[...] The race was soon on. Local politicians across the country quickly figured out that all they had to do was raise the interest rate ceiling and lending institutions would flock to their states. Suddenly there was a new way for states to attract clean, white-collar jobs, and even grab a share of corporate taxes in the process.
   By way of analogy, consider America's drug laws. Suppose that South Dakota passed a law (and the federal government permitted it) that made it legal to grow marijuana inside the state and to sell it anywhere in the country. South Dakota would bear only a tiny fraction of the total social cost of marijuana use, while reaping 100 percent of the profits for sales elsewhere. Suddenly the downside of marijuana use that once made the legalization unthinkable—drug addiction, health problems, traffic accidents, and so forth—might start to look pretty insignificant next to all those dollars the state could rake in.
Кажется, первый раз в жизни читаю развёрнутые праксеологические аргументы в пользу тотальной несвободы!

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August 25th, 2016
08:34 pm
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Пришел комикс про Клинтонов


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07:58 pm
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Помните согласованного кандидата от Демократического Выбора России и Яблока?
Аналогичный случай произошёл в городе Кутаиси! Johnson could directly engage Green-leaners, employ the issues where he shares common ground with the left and say bluntly: “The truth is Jill Stein is not going to get into the debates, whereas I might, but only with your help. If you stand with me, I will ensure that there is a voice on the main stage calling for an end to the drug war, the abolishment of the NSA and a halt to drone strikes.”

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06:05 pm
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Cher Says ‘My People Will Not Believe’ Donald Trump’s Pro-LGBTQ Rhetoric.
При чем тут армяне вообще?

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05:46 pm
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Операторское искусство

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August 24th, 2016
07:06 pm
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Америку погубили детские сады. Надо больше детских садов!
Продолжаю читать весёлую Элизабет Уоррен. На всякий случай, если кто плохо различает, она отнюдь не старшая исследовательница в институте Мизеса и институте Като, а вовсе массачуссеттский сенатор от демократической партии и специалист по защите потребителя.
   Preschool has always been a privately funded affair, at least for most middle-class families. What has changed is its role for middle-class children. Over the past generation, the image of preschool has transformed from an optional stopover for little kids to a "prerequisite" for elementary school. Parents have been barraged with articles telling them that early education is important for everything from "pre-reading" skills to social development. As one expert in early childhood education observes, "In many communities around the country, kindergarten is no longer aimed at the entry level. And the only way Mom and Dad feel they can get their child prepared is thрough a pre-kindergarten program"[66].
   Middle-class parents have stepped into line with the experts' recommendations. Today, nearly two-thirds of America's three- and four-year-olds atttend preschool, compared with just 4 percent in the mid-1960s [67]. This isn't just the by-product of more mothers entering the workforce; nearly half of all stay-at-home moms now send their kids to a prekindergarten program [68]. As Newsweek put it, "The science says it all: preschool programs are neither a luxury nor a fad, but a real necessity".
   As demand has heated up, many families have found it increasingly difficult to find a kindergarten with an empty slot. [...] Once again, today's parents find themselves caught in a trap. A generation ago, when nursery schools was regarded as little more than a chance for Mom to take a break, parents could consider the economics in a fairly detached way, committing to pay no more than they could afford. And when only a modest number of parents where shopping for those preschool slots, the prices had to remain low to attract a full class. Today, when scores of experts routinely proclaim that preschool is decisive in a child's development, but a slot in a preschool - any preschool - can be hard to come by, parents are in a poor position to shop around for lower prices.

Ситуация настолько ясная, что коммунисты в констатирующей части не отличаются от анархистов. Можно читать много страниц, пока наткнёшься на первое отличие.
The solution here is pretty obvious: Extend the scope of public education. If Americans generally believe that educational programs should begin at age three, why should public education wait to kick in at age five or six? [...] The absence of publicly funded preschools is an anachronism, one that could easily be remedied. A host of politicians, including 2000 Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore and Congressman Richard Gephardt, have proposed publicly funded, universal preschool. [75]. We agree—it is high time.

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06:13 am
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Хорошая новость!
Учёные доказали счётность множества вещественных чисел [1]. Правда, немного обидно, что не на матмехе, а на ПМ-ПУ.

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August 23rd, 2016
08:19 pm
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07:54 pm
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Как обычно
Official website of the Department of Homeland Security
US Customs and Border Protection
Distinguishing Bolts from Screws

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07:14 pm
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Фудстампы
В Чикаго эпидемия незаконного обналичивания фудстампов. Если у вас есть фудстампы на 100 долларов, сколько, думаете, можно получить за них в магазине наличными? Read more...Collapse ) Если узнают, магазин закроют, и ваш район останется вообще без магазина.
Пруфлинк: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-food-stamp-trafficking-0821-biz-20160819-story.html

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06:15 pm
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Андрей Сахаров подвергается гонениям
On August 22, 2016, CME Group’s Market Regulation Department (“Market Regulation”), through its Chief Regulatory Officer, summarily denied Andrey Sakharov (“Sakharov”) direct and indirect access to all CME Group markets by any member or member firm and any non-member firm introducing business to a member firm, including the CME Globex electronic trading platform (“Globex”), any other electronic trading or clearing platform owned or controlled by CME Group, and all trading floors owned or controlled by CME Group. The summary access denial prohibits Sakharov and/or any accounts in which he has ownership or control over from trading, placing orders, and controlling or directing the trading for any person, entity, or account in any CME Group exchange product.

CME Group’s Chief Regulatory Officer’s summary access denial of Sakharov was based upon a Market Regulation Department investigation, which revealed that on multiple dates beginning on July 1, 2016, Sakharov entered orders on Globex that he did not intend to trade at the time of his order entry. Specifically, Sakharov, while trading an account held in another’s name and without an executed power of attorney, repeatedly placed single orders for small quantities on one side of the August 2016 Gold and Natural Gas futures markets, followed by single orders for large quantities on the opposite side of these markets. Generally, less than 100 milliseconds thereafter, the small-quantity orders traded and the large-quantity orders were canceled.

http://www.cmegroup.com/notices/disciplinary/2016/08/COMEX-16-0486-ANDREY-SAKHAROV.html#pageNumber=1

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06:07 am
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Книжное обозрение
Вышел в свет комикс про Clinton Foundation



http://freebeacon.com/politics/clinton-cash-graphic-novel-hits-store-shelves/

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August 22nd, 2016
09:20 pm
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Почему дома и детские сады так подорожали
Читаю ту знаменитую книгу, что электронная дороже бумажной -- The Two-Income Trap -- попадаются весёлые вещи.
A generation ago, the average working wife contributed just one-quarter of the family income. In many families, Mom's earnings were treated as "pin money" to cover treats and extras, not mortgages and car payments. Unenlightened husbands weren't the only ones to foster this attitude. Banks and loan companies routinely ignored women's earnings in calculating whether to approve a mortgage, on the theory that a wife might leave the workforce at any moment to pursue full-time homemaking.
     In 1975 Congress passed an important law with far-reaching consequences for families' housing choices. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act stipulated, among other things, that lenders could no longer ignore a wife's income when judging whether a family earned enough to qualify for a mortgage. By the early 1980s, women's participation in the labor force has become a significant factor in whether a married couple could buy a home. Both families and banks had started down the path of counting Mom's income as an essential part of the monthly budget.

Что и привело американский средний класс к катастрофе, даже интересно, чем книжка кончится. По всему видать, порекомендуют женщинам не работать.

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August 21st, 2016
09:34 pm
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Хочу всё знать
А в чём всё-таки дело с Акробатом? Тут кроется какая-то тайна. Вот надо послать ноты аккомпаниатору. Думаю, ну чёрт с ним, куплю подписку, отсканирую и пошлю.
Купил, вот он, новенький:


Сканирую, ноты большие, сканер берет в legal-формате (для неамериканцев - это такие патологические длинненькие страницы). Сверху и снизу всякая ненужная ерунда, в основном угрозы посадить в тюрьму за сканирование, думаю - сейчас кропну это и пошлю в нормальном letter виде.

На предложение кропнуть получаю вот такое:



Что, правда что ли? Вообще may not be reduced? Для изучающих английский язык на разницу между can и may? Или ни кропаньем, ни пропорциональным уменьшением, ни непропорциональным? Вообще никаких вариантов, только OK? Как может существовать такое диалоговое окно? Откуда взялись олигофрены, которые его запрограммировали, и почему их начальство разрешило им это сделать? И почему такой контраст с Фотошопом?

P.S. окончательный workflow такой: сканировать постранично в Фотошопе, сохранять странички как отдельные tif-ы, после того, как все готово, скомбинировать в Акробате, находясь в Акробате ничего ни в коем случае не трогать. Поразительно.

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08:01 am
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Странное
Оказывается, умные люди всегда выкидывают косточки из помидоров и огурцов.

Лучше бы мне отдавали.

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August 20th, 2016
10:17 pm
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Вот прекрасный вопрос
kondybas: Возможна ли наука без государственной цензуры в форме заданий и заказов? ([1])

По всему видать, что давным-давно нет. А кто сказал, что должна быть возможна? Просто какое-то время невероятно везло.

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