The Death of Democracy in Hong Kong

Four years later, it’s clear that the reforms advocated by 2014’s youth-led, pro-democracy protest movement won’t take shape.

The Death of Democracy in Hong Kong

 當我提到我對持續收緊對香港的控制感到有多擔心時,我經常回想起這些問題,而且往往是一片空白的盯著我。我不會責怪我所說的人不知道。新聞周期一直是無情的,分散注意力,令人痛苦。我學到了不要感到驚訝的是,來自中國的新聞似乎對我來說非常緊迫和重要,並沒有在美國深度登記,或者需要很長時間才能給人留下深刻的印象,就像有關灌輸陣營網絡不斷擴大的報導所發生的那樣在中國的新疆省。而對於香港來說,城市特殊地位的最終消失很容易成為舊消息,既成了既成事實。然而,不要感到驚訝而不是感到悲傷不一樣。我對三個佔領組織者的消息感到難過。 “和平與愛”的中心,隨著時間推移進入繖形運動的2014年鬥爭正在接受審判。三位二位資深教授和一位74歲的高級教授…

Four years later, it’s clear that the reforms advocated by 2014’s youth-led, pro-democracy protest movement won’t take shape.

The Death of Democracy in Hong Kong was published in The Atlantic

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The Friendship That Made Google Huge

Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.

The Friendship That Made Google Huge

2000年3月的一天,谷歌最好的六位工程師齊聚一個臨時的戰爭室。該公司正處於前所未有的緊急狀態。 10月,它的核心系統已經停止工作,它們爬上網絡來構建它的“索引”。雖然用戶仍然可以在google.com上輸入查詢,但他們收到的結果已過期五個月。比工程師意識到的更多的是利害關係。谷歌的聯合創始人拉里佩奇和謝爾蓋布林正在談判為雅虎的搜索引擎提供支持的協議,並且他們承諾提供的索引比他們當時擁有的索引大十倍 – 一個能夠跟上時代的索引萬維網,前一年的規模翻了一番。如果他們失敗了,google.com將仍然是一個時間囊,雅虎的交易可能會崩潰,公司將冒著資金被燒毀的危險。在一個樓梯的會議室裡,工程師們在鋸木架上鋪設了大門他們的電腦。克雷格…

Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.

The Friendship That Made Google Huge was published in The New Yorker

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Quantum computers pose a security threat that we’re still totally unprepared for

Some US experts think it could take at least 20 years to get quantum-proof encryption widely deployed.

Quantum computers pose a security threat that we’re still totally unprepared for

            世界依賴加密來保護從信用卡交易到持有健康記錄和其他敏感信息的數據庫的所有內容。美國國家科學院,工程部和醫學院的一份新報告稱,當超級強大的量子計算機破解傳統的加密防禦時,我們需要加快準備工作。為您推薦今天發布的報告的專家表示,量子抗性密碼術的廣泛採用“將是一個漫長而艱難的過程”,“可能無法在不到20年的時間內完成。”它可能具有很強的能力量子機器將在此之前出現,如果黑客得到它們,結果可能是安全和隱私的噩夢。今天的網絡防禦很大程度上依賴於這樣一個事實:即使是最強大的經典超級計算機也需要幾乎無法想像的時間來解開保護我們的加密算法…

Some US experts think it could take at least 20 years to get quantum-proof encryption widely deployed.

Quantum computers pose a security threat that we’re still totally unprepared for was published in MIT Technology Review

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The Foreign Policy Genius of George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush entered the presidency better prepared to lead the United States’ relations with the world than any U.S. president before or since.

The Foreign Policy Genius of George H. W. Bush

 喬治·H·W·布什(George H. W. Bush)進入總統職位時,更準備好領導美國與世界的關係,而不是任何美國總統。像理查德尼克鬆一樣,布什曾在國會任職,並擔任過兩屆全職副總統。但他也是美國駐中國特使和中央情報局局長。這種經歷使他能夠重新構想美國政府制定和實施外交政策的方式。布什與他的國家安全顧問布倫特斯考克羅夫特一起制定了一個國家安全進程,最大限度地發揮了內部合作的作用,避免了那些玷污尼克松,卡特和里根政府的高級官員之間的衝突。這個過程經受住了時間的考驗。布什總統接受了布什在其上任第一天的備忘錄中提出的正式程序,並且每位國家安全顧問都明確地試圖在斯考克羅夫特的榜樣上建立自己的任期。

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Why only 2% of Chinese pay any income tax

The government wants to raise that to 15%

Why only 2% of Chinese pay any income tax

「當然不是,我不是白痴」北京司機劉永利在被問及是否曾繳納個人所得稅時說。儘管收入遠高於免稅門檻,劉先生(不是他的真名)輕鬆地解釋說,他從未面臨過避稅的任何後果。像他這樣的騎士觀點可能有助於解釋為什麼去年中國個人所得稅僅佔中國稅收總額的8%,而經濟合作與發展組織(富裕國家集團)的平均稅率為24%。獲取我們的每日通訊升級您的收件箱並獲取我們的每日調度和編輯選擇。財政部估計,1.87億人應該繳納所得稅。然而,一位前財政官員估計,2015年只有2800萬人 – 僅佔人口的2% – 這樣做了。從理論上講,當局正在著手進行的所得稅改革,即人民日報,共產黨的主要口號,是該國歷史上最重要的口號,是關於縮小稅基,而不是…

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George H.W. Bush Is Dead

The former president died at the age of 94. “I want somebody else to define the legacy,” he once told his granddaughter.

The former president died at the age of 94. “I want somebody else to define the legacy,” he once told his granddaughter.

這位前總統在94歲時去世。“我希望別人來定義遺產,”他曾告訴他的孫女。

【利評】傳媒大多強調老布殊的 one-term presidency,但公道一點,無論是克林頓抑或奧巴馬,對老布殊的為人作風都是正面肯定的。

正如他在 2012 年的一次訪問中講到://I want somebody else to define the legacy. I’ve kind of banned use of the ‘L’ word. History will point out some of the things I did wrong and some of the things I did right.//

「一位有風度的好好先生」我想這是歷史對他最中肯的評價。

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George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st President and Father of 43rd, Dies

George Herbert Walker Bush, who led the U.S. to a swift and decisive victory in the first Persian Gulf War and presided over the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union and unification of Germany, before a painful recession cost him a second term as president, has died at age 94.

George Herbert Walker Bush, who led the U.S. to a swift and decisive victory in the first Persian Gulf War and presided over the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union and unification of Germany,…

喬治赫伯特沃克布什帶領美國在第一次波斯灣戰爭中迅速果斷地取得勝利,並主持蘇聯的和平解體和德國的統一,以及他們的努力;

【利評】在1989年的就任演說,老布殊說:

//I come before you and assume the Presidency at a moment rich with promise. We live in a peaceful, prosperous time, but we can make it better. For a new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man’s heart, if not, in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas were blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. A new breeze is blowing, and a nation refreshed by freedom stands ready to push on. There is new ground to be broken, and new action to be taken.//

究竟歷史會如何評價這位「冷戰後」的總統?從近來的國際局勢看來,當年是過份樂觀。

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A Foreign Policy for All

Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, outlines her vision for a foreign policy that works for all Americans.

Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, outlines her vision for a foreign policy that works for all Americans.

來自馬薩諸塞州的美國參議員伊麗莎白沃倫概述了她對所有美國人都有效的外交政策的願景。

【利評】Elizabeth Warren 在民主黨甚有人氣;我認為佢比克林頓太太更有可能挑戰 Donald Trump。呢篇講全球化嘅文章,Warren 形容中國大陸 “Weaponized its economy without ever loosening its domestic political constraints”;可見中美矛盾已經成為兩黨共識,短期難以有望改善。

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YouPorn Responds To Starbucks’ Porn Ban by Banning Starbucks

Starbucks has finally banned porn viewing in its stores, on its free WiFi. So naturally, YouPorn has banned Starbucks in its offices.

Starbucks has finally banned porn viewing in its stores, on its free WiFi. So naturally, YouPorn has banned Starbucks in its offices.

星巴克最終通過免費WiFi禁止在其商店中觀看色情內容。很自然,YouPorn已經禁止星巴克在其辦公室工作。

【利評】「你 Bam 我?我 Bam 返你。」直覺相信,YouPorn 嘅員工都幾反偽善。

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Evergrande feels chill wind of China property market slowdown

Financing conditions tighten for country’s most indebted developer

中國恆大地產本月18億美元的債券交易引起市場關注。《金融時報》指 13.75% 的 coupon 充滿「絕望的氣息」(carried a whiff of desperation) 。

最重要是許家印本人購買了10億美元,另令人感到是市場缺乏信心的表現。

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