Syria: de-escalation with “devil in detail”

Syria: de-escalation with'teufel im detail'

Ahrar al-Sham in Hama. Image: propaganda, Twitter

The U.S. And Russia are said to have come closer again on the issue of air safety. In the support of the "De-escalation Zones" U.S. Defense Secretary Matthis pays attention to distance

The USA wanted safe zones, "absolutely", as President Trump affirmed in late January. Russia, Iran and Turkey reached an agreement in Astana on four de-escalation areas parts of which are said to have already entered into force. Since 1. May, the Russian Air Force stopped flying attacks in the designated zones, General Sergei told Tass.

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The reputation of microsoft sinks at the american computer users

Antitrust procedure has no damage to Microsoft

Microsoft continues well. The profits are still increasing. The value of the Group has absorbed the brand of half a trillion of dollars. Bill Gates is the richest man in the world with Uber $ 100 billion. But what about the benefit of the fast monopolist in the field of operating systems for PCs?

In a telephone survey carried out two weeks ago in the United States on behalf of the New York Times and CBS, at least 60 percent of those who use the computer at home or in the work, a positive opinion on the Group. In a survey one year earlier, however, there were still 67 percent, and with a gallup survey with the same question, there were still 73 percent. So it seems to go with the reputation of Microsoft, although the number of 60 percent with a positive opinion despite all the criticism of software defects, safety hoists or business jumps is worth the most other companies Microsoft certainly envy. Microsoft itself, of course, had permanently found in its own questionnairing that 75 percent of computer users have a positive opinion on the Group. So a burglary should not be determined.

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Doing democracy

Reflections on the 10 year Anniversary of the Publication of "The Net and Netizens"

This is a period marked by serious political dissatisfaction around the world. There is the promise of democratic societies, but the promise too often is far removed from the reality of people’s lives. Yet there is the widespread yearning for a better world, for a society where democracy is practiced, not merely pretended. In this situation the question is raised: "What does democracy look like? How does it function? Are there any operational models to observe and learn from?"

Fortunately, there is a model to be examined, a practice to be investigated. Ten years ago, on July 6, 1993, a student, Michael Hauben, who died two years ago (Death of a Netizen), posted a paper on the Net. The title of the paper was "Common Sense: The Net and Netizens". The first sentences:

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Humans are more complicated than threadworms

How complex an organism is can hardly be determined by the number of its genes – researchers propose the interactome as a new yardstick for this

What really makes an organism? "It’s in the genes", it was said for a long time – not least the Human Genome Project in the 90s of the last century gave rise to the hope of deciphering all the little aches and pains in the human genome, the functioning or non-functioning of the human body, not least cancer, and finally achieving eternal life.

In the meantime, science has become disillusioned. The genome is obviously not the map to the fountain of youth that had been hoped for. The sequence of base pairs in the DNA also says little about the complexity of an organism: Otherwise, the common cabbage, with about 100.000 genes, humans are among the most complex creatures on earth, with 25,000 genes.000 genes in the midfield, somewhere between threadworm (19.000) and thale cress (25.500). Of course, we can’t take this lying down, so researchers have been looking for other criteria for a long time, at least partly in the hope of bringing the human species closer to the crown of evolution.

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Defender 2020: manover as an infrastructure stress test

Defender 2020: manover as infrastructure stress test

Entrance to NATO’s Bergen military base on the Luneburg Heath. Photo: Fiorellino. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

The U.S. Is sending more soldiers to Europe next year than it has in a quarter century

Next year, 19 NATO member countries will host the military exercise "Defender 2020", abbreviated: DEF 20. The management of this maneuver will be taken over by the USA, which will deploy a total of 37 soldiers.000 soldiers to be seconded. Of these, 17 are.000 already stationed in Europe. The rest, along with additional tanks and other equipment, will be flown in from North America and shipped in, U.S. Forces in Europe announced yesterday. With 20.000 men, more than have been brought across the Atlantic for a single military operation in a quarter of a century.

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Internet demo against arrest of italian globalization critics

The public prosecutor’s office accuses the activists from southern Italy of being members of a subversive organization

Anyone who happened to click on the website of the Italian Ministry of the Interior on Monday had to have a lot of patience. Because at 10 o’clock in the morning on the 18.November, an Internet demonstration lasting several hours, which significantly slowed down the server of the Minister of Internal Affairs. The website was already temporarily taken offline last year because of the virtual sit-in against the official website of the G8 Summit in Genoa (Netstrike.It targeted by the Italian judiciary).

The Internet strike is part of a wave of protests across Italy against the arrest of 11 leading activists of the anti-globalization movement from southern Italy. Other people have been spared arrest, but have not been allowed to leave their homes. 42 people are under investigation.

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Swelling silicone song

Two Japanese tinker with a human voice apparatus

It doesn’t look like that, the speaking apparatus of Hideyuki Sawada. Nor should it. Sawada from Kagawa University in Japan is concerned with the message, and it should sound as human as possible. Let others worry about the humanoid Hulle. New Scientist magazine reports that Sawada, in collaboration with Shuji Hashimoto of Waseda University, has built a speech apparatus that he plans to use to equip humanoid robots.

So far, the vocal tract consists of a thick-walled flesh-colored silicone tube that is squeezed from below by individually movable presses. The apparatus is ventilated by a lung-like structure. A kind of glottis and vocal cords are also present. Teeth, tongue, palate, larynx and the like are still missing, but Sawada and Hashimoto will come up with something. In the meantime, a neural network makes the sounds more and more realistic.

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Normal people at last

Normal people at last

A binary coded gender justice is too little for the Pirate Party

For the reputation of the Pirates, the press and the political class rolled out the blood-red carpet after the election success in Berlin. Many of the hamish and unreflective comments directed at the young party signaled one thing above all: fear. Fear of the squirrels1, fear of those socialized as women or men, and uncertainty about the raspberry-creamant-drinking political enthusiasts, all without eye patches.

The pirates, taken by surprise by a whopping 8.9 percent of Berlin’s electoral votes, with their now additionally acquired bumps, edges and proudly swollen chests, did not fit into any of the drawers that were ready for dwarf parties in TV studios and the other party headquarters shortly after the projections. The weak point of the party was quickly identified: a lack of vitamin F: women. The feed for the parliamentary group in the House of Representatives came too late. Among the 15 new deputies there was only one pirate.

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Afd could become third strongest party

Afd could become the third strongest party

Image: Michael Voss

Yougov presented a new prediction method, according to which the AfD, with 12 percent, loves the left behind it

The opinion research institute YouGov today presented the new method "Multilevel Regression and Post-Stratification" (MRP) to calculate the possible outcome of the federal elections for the first and second votes. For this, 1,200 online surveys are conducted daily and linked to other statistical data such as age, gender, education and voting decision in the last federal election. It should be possible to see how different types of voters are likely to vote. Derived from this, we also determine what the outcome could be at the state and constituency level. Yougov claims to have predicted with this method before all other institutes that the Tories would lose their absolute majority in the House of Commons election.

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Diesel debate: fine dust instead of nitrogen oxides??

Diesel debate: fine dust instead of nitrogen oxides?

Inversion weather situation in the Black Forest. Photo: Mummelteich. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

The traffic scientist Matthias Klingner points out that "a large part of the measured particulate matter emissions is naturally caused and influenced by the diurnal variation of the sun"

Matthias Klingner is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (IVI). In the Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten (DNN) he draws attention to a phenomenon that was or still is unknown not only to many readers of this local newspaper: that by far the largest part of the particulate matter in the air does not come from the exhaust gases of cars, but has quite natural causes, which even after a total ban of vehicles with combustion engines may well ensure that the limit value is exceeded.

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