Swastikas drawn on Polish embassy in Israel
- Jerusalem (CNN) - Poland's embassy in Tel Aviv was daubed with swastikas on Sunday, a day after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki caused outrage by claiming Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.
- The law, which, which makes it illegal to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust, also bans the use of terms such as "Polish death camps" in relation to Auschwitz and other such camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland.
- Poland was the center of Ashkenazi Jewry before the Holocaust, with around 3.5 million Jews living in the country before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
- According to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, between 30,000 and 35,000 Polish Jews were saved with the help of non-Jewish Polish citizens.
Russia Warns U.S. Not to ‘Play With Fire’ in Syrian Conflict
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the Trump administration not to “play with fire” as he lashed out at the U.S. over what he described as its “provocative” support for autonomy-seeking Kurds in Syria.
- An armed clash earlier this month in which U.S. strikes may have killed more than 200 Russian mercenaries attacking American-backed forces inflamed a standoff between Moscow and Washington in Syria.
- The U.S. is setting up a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border protection force in the northeast of Syria, which Assad’s backers Russia and Iran have condemned as an attempt to carve out an American zone of influence.
- Zarif said Iran is concerned about a “new wave” of foreign intervention in Syria led by the U.S. after the defeat of Islamic State.
- He said Turkey has no right to intervene in Syria, amid reports that Kurdish forces have asked the Syrian army to help them fight Turkish troops.
Fire damages Tibet's hallowed Jokhang temple
- Beijing (CNN) - Fire appears to have engulfed the gilded roof of Tibetan Buddhism's holiest temple, though details on the extent of the damage are scarce even two days later.
- Chinese state-controlled media confirmed a blaze broke out Saturday at the Jokhang Temple in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and reported that it was quickly brought under control.
- CNN could not independently confirm the authenticity of videos being shared online showing the fire, and could not reach authorities for comment due to the Lunar New Year holiday.
- The temple was also open Sunday but will be closed for the next few days as monks celebrate the New Year holiday, Xinhua reported.
- The square outside the temple has seen a number of anti-China demonstrations by Buddhist monks over the years, protesting what they say are consistent attempts by the Chinese government to suppress Tibetan culture and religious freedom.
Mute crickets can’t chirp but rub their wings together anyway
- Male crickets woo females by “singing”, which they do by vigorously rubbing their wings together.
- However, in the early 2000s researchers noticed that up to 95 per cent of male Hawaiian crickets (Teleogryllus oceanicus) on the islands of Kauai and Oahu had lost their voices.
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The secret on the ocean floor
- The spies needed to create a smokescreen so they pretended to be exploring the possibility of deep sea mining.
- As Sharp puts it, the revelation that the deep sea mining project was fake was “a sudden shock” to other mining companies and also to diplomats at the UN who were right in the middle of negotiating future rights to ocean minerals.
- If work starts as planned next year, Kewa will earn himself a place in history as the first person to break rock in the world’s first deep sea mine.
- Run by a Canadian firm, Nautilus Minerals, the project will be managed from a ship in the tropical waters of the Bismarck Sea off Papua New Guinea.
Push to boost spending of US tourists following spoof Crocodile Dundee movie campaign
- New figures released on Monday showed why Tourism Australia launched its $35 million advertising campaign at the Super Bowl earlier this month, with the US market seen as a crucial market for Australian tourism operators.
- The Super Bowl advertising slot – viewed by more than 100 million people – was specifically aimed at the high-yield market, with a follow-up campaign by tourism bodies aiming to open the wallets of US visitors.
- While some in the tourism industry questioned whether $6 million for a 60-second slot during the Super Bowl was good value for money – with travel tech start-up Local Measure chief executive Jonathan Barouch saying a highly targeted, cost-effective online strategy would have been a better strategy – federal Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo said the Crocodile Dundee-theme was right for the times.
ASX strengthens as earnings provide a lift
- Australian shares advanced firmly on Monday, with investors welcoming earnings from a diverse range of companies in what's shaping up to be a solid reporting season.
- The ASX started on the backfoot on Monday following a lacklustre session in the US on Friday but initial weakness soon gave way to gains as earnings took centre-stage.
- Credit Suisse equity strategist Hasan Tevfik took a look at the earnings season so far and pointed out that ASX 200 companies that have reported so far have guided dividend per share estimates higher by 0.7 per cent this reporting season and reported up to $820 million in new buybacks.
- Ministry of Finance data showed on Monday that exports grew 12.2 per cent in January from a year earlier, following a 9.3 per cent year-on-year gain in the previous month.
Why Decentralization Matters
- During the second era of the internet, from the mid 2000s to the present, for-profit tech companies — most notably Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA) — built software and services that rapidly outpaced the capabilities of open protocols.
- The bad news is that it became much harder for startups, creators, and other groups to grow their internet presence without worrying about centralized platforms changing the rules on them, taking away their audiences and profits.
- Cryptonetworks combine the best features of the first two internet eras: community-governed, decentralized networks with capabilities that will eventually exceed those of the most advanced centralized services.
- Early internet protocols were technical specifications created by working groups or non-profit organizations that relied on the alignment of interests in the internet community to gain adoption.
- Cryptonetworks fix these problems by providing economics incentives to developers, maintainers, and other network participants in the form of tokens.
Technological solutions to technology’s problems feature in “How to Fix The Future”
- Larry Downes Contributor Larry Downes is a senior industry and innovation fellow at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
- Larry Downes is a senior industry and innovation fellow at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.
- He is the author of several books on the Internet and business.
- In this edition of Innovate 2018, Andrew Keen finds himself in the hot seat.
- Keen, whose new book, “How to Fix the Future”, was published earlier this month, discusses a moment when it has suddenly become fashionable for tech luminaries to abandon utopianism in favor of its opposite.
- Eschewing much of the over-the-top luddism that now fills the New York Times (“Silicon Valley is Not Your Friends”), the Guardian (“The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia”), and other mainstream media outlets, Keen proffers practical solutions to a wide range of tech-related woes.
- These will handle both v1 and v2 playback nicely, older versions of the recorder, player and server won’t be able to play v2 recordings though.
- While useful in some scenarios, the whole recording had to be read into memory before starting the playback (you can’t easily parse JSON partially).
- When replaying the asciicast in terminal with asciinema play demo.cast, you can now press space to pause/resume.
- (dot key) to step through the recording, a frame at a time, which can be very useful during presentations!
- While asciinema play <filename> replays the recorded session using timing information saved in the asciicast, asciinema cat <filename> dumps the full output (including all escape sequences) of the recording to a terminal immediately.
- It’s not only important for the features introduced with this release, but it nicely prepares the ground for other live streaming options (directly to web player, or indirectly to web player via asciinema-server).