Michel2Bec

Michel2Bec

  • Commented on No comment necessary
    How long untill english immigrants are as badly considered as ... say italians in the 1930s ? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/brexit-fuels-brain-drain-as-skilled-britons-head-to-the-eu "Co-author Daniel Tetlow added: “We’re observing a new social migration phenomenon and a redefining of what it means to be British-European. In...
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    "the DNC VP choice has become about checking certain boxes and rewarding factions in the DNC with a total disregard for actually winning" In french : "Vendre la peau de l'ours avant de l'avoir tué"...
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    I cannot agree more. But the number of people that prefer ideological purity over practical progress is always worrying....
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    Some people are less than happy about the potential candidates : https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/07/kamala-harris-or-susan-rice-the-veepstakes-appears-to-have-kicked-out-two-truly-terrible-choices.html What's your take ? I kind of like this site, but they are also often not shy of pushing pie in the sky "solutions"....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Try getting an american or englishman pronounce the "vre" in french "lièvre". (not that I'm any good with "th" in english)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Not to worry: England is collectively saying "hold my beer"" The proud Americans won't be one-upped : "Here in Texas, political leaders have been at odds with one another, and residents sharply disagree about the danger the virus poses and...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    " What's the PROFIT in dismantling the Mid Class? What's in it for them?" : The same reason people try to be on top in supposedly classless "socialist republic" societies : power, privilege and mostly the pleasure of seeing other...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I haven't tried the RPG, maybe this setting may interest you : https://killsixbilliondemons.com/ https://killsixbilliondemons.com/kill-six-billion-demons-rpg-full-release/ So far, nobody in the story has a clean slate....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The level of outright incompetence and/or corruption in German banking is truly unbelievable. Whenever i take a look at English edition of German newspaper or at https://ftalphaville.ft.com/ I find a new tall tale. And I do not read these papers...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Apparently, if the story is juicy enough, it can survive a looong time (or it may be mere coincidence and clicbait) : https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2378-6 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/science/irish-archaeology-incest-tomb.html...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Well these kind of assets are relativelly hard to move around, and keeping them on station for long time is quite expensive, if only in personnel. My main worry is how cheap and effective spying has become, if it's still...
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    I can imagine mobsters doing that. Anyway nowadays, you cannot have a secure meeting anywhere if you are against any kind of actor that can fork a few 10000 €, the spy gear has become too good and is often...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I saw your re-twit of the encrochat breach. ( https://twitter.com/FLAnderson/status/1274239266722381825 ) In our extreme surveillance societies, I'm starting to think that the only way to securely transmit secret informations between plotters is to do a modern take on cold war's...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "As you say though, an irony of the last 20-30 years is that we're more afraid of violence on the streets at a time when violence on the streets has never been lower." I believe it is CNN and other...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Artificial Intelligence or Automated Incompetence ? Replacing human curation with AI, what could have gone wrong, I ask you ? https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-is-struggling-with-their-new-microsoft-news-ai-picking-stories-which-embarrass-them/...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    @Graydon 130 " the Mammonites have greater relative social standing than would otherwise be the case" Precisely. It has never been about money, it is, and it always was about power. Money is a mean to an end and that...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Hey, we devious frenchies managed to *sell* most of our slavery problem to USA in 1803. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Purchase ( and we are also the proud creators of the "code noir" ) ( and we forced haiti to pay for their hard...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "They seem to be around what's going on in someone's head... but what happens outside of their head isn't interesting." That's a significant part of french literature since World War II. Intellectuals probing the depth of their navel....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    "They're going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg, but, I mean, the ROI this quarter!!!" I believe it is part of the "pure mercenary business manager" trend of these last 40 years. People, usually MBA, who are...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Hey, you got Hacker Newed, expect a steady stream of anti SJW people in your spam filter....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    WE may *yet* get and American version of the Zombie movie : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/us-sales-guns-ammunition-soar-amid-coronavirus-panic-buying The level of stupid is strong in these people....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Yes, that's the general story I read, but whenever Darwinian selection is involved, I always add a *lot* of "possibly" and "probably" because it is easy to get into circular reasoning. Especially since this is not my specialty....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    @756 (Charles H) : "That may depend on something genetic, or it might be a custom that you believe in." There is this genetic affection known as "favism" or deficit in G6PD : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glucose-6-phosphate_dehydrogenase_deficiency There is a marked ethnic origin,...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    "The problem with launching a nuke is that it escalates rapidly." : It can be *much* worse than that. Launch a single missile nuke at North Korea, how does China decides that it is *not* a decapitation strike aimed at...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    I like this essay, how was it received by the audience ? How much feedback did you get ?...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yes ! My advanced math are now 30+ years old....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Half remembered math here : any arbitrary (but finite) sequence of numbers can be found in any transcendental number. pi and e are transcendental. gasdive may have been facetious here....
  • Commented on Story time!
    "Other than "because MBAs and/or marketing people" why do they even bother to pretend to be different?" I think the marketing concept you are looking for is "premium mediocre", as far as I know the naming of it originates in...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    "One day Calibre will support multiple index entries for authors properly." I have a big love-hate relationship with Calibre. It does so many things right and at the same time so much of the ergonomy is beyond stupid (specially on...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    How are the famous english bookmakers doing ?...
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