Re: An Instagram super-star
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Economist magazine does the rankings of democracies. Not perfect but pretty much the gold standard. You are welcome to come up with an alternative.
Countries split into leagues with top 2 considered to be a democracy. This comprises 75 countries. UK is league 1 mid table, slightly below Germany and above France.
USA iirc is league 2, mainly due to gerrymandering, lack of limits on campaign spending etc.
Until Xi came along China was heading in right direction. Democracy usually driven by middle class, the only non democracies richer that China were oil states that do not have income tax.
iirc my aws asked for no hard to falsify identifiable information other than credit card details.
KYC is imperfect but adds to a hackers hassle...usually deters people if the competitor is easier to sign on to.
From my insurance days we used to find a phone call was a great way to deter fraud (the surname and accent could trigger an alarm for any semi experienced call centre handler) ...although no doubt hackers with their social engineering skills may not be as vulnerable to this.
Plus a knock on impact to construction, transport and leisure/catering workers if people commuting less and fewer conferences.
Offices outsourcing non core activities overseas will also no doubt get a boost along with loss of jobs in call centres & admin as the move to online got a 5 year acceleration in 5 weeks
This regiment could really benefit from having additional territorial regiments.
Many civvies have immense hacking talents and would like to give back something.
Also and believe me or not I am being serious, many geeks who may not be the most macho, would love a pic of them in uniform to impress their family (and discretely on dating sites), even if the only time they wore the uniform was for the picture. Maybe a uniform with some sci fi touches.
Ammonia can be generated from renewables and in a fuel cell create no pollution
Has very high energy density compared to batteries, when considering its greater efficiency in an electric motor on a par with kerosene.
Drawback is has to be handled very carefully, however that level of competence is a given at the larger airports.
Currently the technology for the fuel cell not good enough but a little tinkering...
USA a democracy, saved UK and West 3 times in last century.
China a tyranny
As Orwell nearly said
" It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of acknowledging help of USA than of stealing from a poor box. All through the critical years many left-wingers were chipping away at English morale, trying to spread an outlook that was sometimes squashily pacifist, sometimes violently pro-Russian, but always anti-American.”
Tosh , zero evidence that President Trump is under Russia's thumb.
Last year he put a stop to the Nord2 gas line which has caused Russia no end of problems.
Also USA is a democracy , China aint. To me it is always democracy right or wrong. Democracies rarely go to war (yes be a pedant and publish the wikipedia entry of the democracy wars, most of which only happened because one side did not hear that a peace deal had been agreed).
Your Whataboutism is the enemy of peace and freedom.
Oxbridge has solvency issues as while very wealthy their pension assets currently guarantee the pensions of all other UK universities pension funds, many of which are probably broke if an unbiased actuary did the calculations.
The calculations used currently are somewhat similar to a stats model beloved by Imperial college
No because Intel (to be fair most companies) pick and choose what to compare. Everyone different.
However basically the table is AMD yes INTEL no
To be fair Intel can still be slightly faster at single core which some gamers prefer and have bribed some games companies to allow their games to look a bit better on their chips. Doubt most people would even notice and to get the performance INTEL far more expensive and runs hot.
Ammonia in a fuel cell is efficient and no doubt with extra engineering even more.
It has zero pollution if made from renewables. This will soon be cost competitive too in places like Australia.
Ammonia has similar bang per buck as current jet fuel but unfortunately requires double the volume. This disadvantage is offset by the greater efficiency.
It is a well known liquid and while needing careful handling so does jet fuel.
Elelctric planes are quieter, less complex (cheaper, more reliable, easier to maintain) and more powerful meaning runways can handle considerably more takeoffs at higher angles minimising disturbance.
My main irritation with current electric engines is they lack elegance. Having 8 or so propellers just does not seem the future.
Creates a market for the software, especially the most popular apps, so that developers will develop Native ARM apps greatly reducing the need for legacy x86 software and over a year or two will make an ARM based power laptop more viable. They might even offer a cloud service for some legacy x86 software.
Until then they can enjoy the renewed AMD competition in laptop chips.
This is excellent to reduce fraud especially if advertisers have to prove personal ID and not just company documents.
Looking forward to it being rolled out globally. I expect its impact over next few months will be surprisingly positive at reducing frauds.
Yes there will be loopholes but not too hard to gradually tighten them up.
Hopefully Facebook will follow suit
Websites should have to prove identity of advertisers. Makes frauds more hassle. Tighten loopholes that allow them to receive payments too. Yes I know there are workarounds for both but the more hassle the workaround the less people bother.
His approach is a perfect hybrid to get self driving vehicles working. A remote driver simultaneously monitoring a few cars for the edge cases. As a more experienced driver they may even be able to handle emergencies better than a driver.
As the Software gradually improves the remote driver can handle increased number of simultaneous drives (each drive may be monitored by more than one remote driver providing redundancy)
A first use might be delivering fast food.
The service might only cost £5 an hour so popular with commuters who would rather play on the internet than drive
If the $5B of ads are not going through UK that is $1B a year of VAT the UK not getting in additon to maybe $0.5B of Corporation tax. Assume similar for Facebook and not too far behind for Amazon Ads which are a growing part of their revenue.
Not sure of the rules for Streaming Video and games but if they are billed outside UK by Spotify, Netflix, Disney etc then that is Billions more we are losing
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