Tuesday, October 04, 2022

New Peter Thiel talk

 New Peter Thiel talk

A New York University professor has been fired after a group of students signed a petition against him suggesting his course was too difficult.

A New York University professor has been fired after a group of students signed a petition against him suggesting his course was too difficult.

Who is good at prediction and why?

British pound back to where it was before the tax cuts were announced

Those new Japanese service sector jobs?

Should you put your resume on a cake?

Make Use Of: “Want to share a tweet you saw on Twitter to LinkedIn? Whether it is your own tweet, a news story, or helpful job advice, here’s what to know about how to share a tweet to LinkedIn..”

The case for monarchy

Various predictors and their methods and records.

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, September 24, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and online security, often without our situational awareness.

Four highlights from this week: Lens reflections may betray your secrets in Zoom video calls; Multi-factor authentication (MFA) fatigue; How Pig Butchering Scams Work; and Crypto giveaway scams continue to escalate.

Today we honor Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov whose calm actions and general humanity helped to prevent a nuclear war on September 26th, 1983. The NYTimes reported the events on Petrov’s death in 2017.

Petrov Day!

Bob Hawke was unwittingly used by the Chinese Communist Partys intelligence arm, becoming involved with a spy agency front that used foreign 

News Platform and Social Media and News Fact Sheet - Pew Research Center: “The transition of the news industry away from print, television and radio into digital spaces has caused huge disruptions in the traditional news industry, especially the print news industry. It is also reflected in the ways individual Americans say they are getting their news. Today, an overwhelming majority of Americans get news at least sometimes from digital devices. Explore the patterns and trends that shape the platforms Americans turn to for news below. News consumption across platforms – A large majority of U.S. adults (82%) say they often or sometimes get news from a smartphone, computer or tablet, including 49% who say they do so often. This is similar to the 51% who said they often got news from digital devices in 2021, but lower than the 60% of those who said the same in 2020. The portion that gets news from digital devices continues to outpace those who get news from television. The portion of Americans who often get news from television has also decreased, from 40% in 2020 to 31% in 2022. Americans turn to radio and print publications for news far less frequently than to digital devices and television…”

Popular Photography: Whether you’re shooting Android or iPhone, here’s how to get the most out of your device’s built-in camera app. “What could be more fundamental to photography today than our smartphone cameras? They’re ever-present, ready in moments, and the technology behind them makes it easy to capture great photos in most situations. And yet, I regularly encounter people who are unaware of many of the core functions of the built-in camera app. Smartphone camera fundamentals extend beyond just “push the big button.” Some tools help you set up the shot, and some give you more control over the exposure. A few are just plain convenient or cool. However, these features aren’t always easy to find. That’s where we come in.”

Brookings: “Editor’s Note: This post updates with year-end 2021 data the External Wealth of Nations database [Excel download], which assembles data on external claims and liabilities of economies around the world. The database is described in more detail in a series of papers (Lane and Milesi-Ferretti 200120072018), and in a companion post. The data are annual for the period 1970-2021 and cover 212 countries and territories, plus the euro area and the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). The data update to 2021 is currently available for 153 economies (plus the euro area and the ECCU), including the 60 largest economies and 91 of the largest 100. The data will be updated at regular intervals. The 2021 update will be completed for the entire sample at the end of 2022. The year 2021 saw a rapid recovery in global GDP from the depths of the COVID-induced recession, further increases in equity prices across the world, most notably in the United States, and a widening of current account surpluses and deficits. 
The latter development reflected both the strength of the recovery and the rebound in commodity prices, especially for oil and gas, which boosted the external balances of exporting countries at the expense of importers. The combined effect of these factors reduced the aggregate size of global creditor and debtor positions in relation to world GDP. The dominant factor was the increase in the denominator, boosted by strong growth and rising inflation.”

CRS Report – The Bioeconomy: A Primer, September 19, 2022 – “The term bioeconomy refers to the share of the economy based on products, services, and processes derived from biological resources (e.g., plants and microorganisms). The bioeconomy is crosscutting, encompassing multiple sectors, in whole or in part (e.g., agriculture, textiles, chemicals, and energy). Many predict that the bioeconomy will be a key component of the future economy. Specifically, many view the development of and transition to predominantly a bioeconomy as a means to address grand challenges such as climate change, food security, energy independence, and environmental sustainability. 
Advancing the bioeconomy is also viewed as an opportunity to create new jobs and industries, improve human health through the development of new drugs and diagnostics, and boost rural development. Some experts estimate the direct economic impact of bio-based products, services, and processesat up to$4 trillion per year globally over the next 10 years. U.S.competitiveness and leadership in the future global bioeconomy is uncertain.

The King’s behaviour already suggests that we need an Irish style presidency in the UK

We learned two things about our new king yesterday. The first is that Saturday’s rather unseemly indecent in which he angrily demanded that pens and
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A mad, mad world Times Literary Supplement