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Ghosts in the machine language

economist.com — HEARTBLEED. Goto Fail. Shellshock. POODLE. These are the inscrutable monikers of this year's crop of overlooked errors in widely distributed software programs. Each represents a little digital thread, the pulling of which exposed vulnerabilities in devices numbering into the hundreds of millions.
Oct 25, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: The latest high-profile software hacks result from benign neglect, and won't be the last econ.st/1wqqf2d pic.twitter.com/BlbDWdFSyM

The loss of a nation

economist.com — MANY of the 3m or so Syrian refugees now refer to their hometowns in the past tense. "There was Deraa and now there is no Deraa", says Safara, a grandmother from the bombed southern Syrian town who now lives in the Jordanian city of Irbid.
Oct 25, 2014

Thousands (or, it seems, more) of Syrian refugees are at risk of becoming stateless econ.st/1sckXlA

On the trail | The Economist

economist.com — "If I had to pick, I'd pick Bush, and not necessarily by default, I know I don't support what the other team is about." Marilyn Manson, rock singer and minister of the Church of Satan, New York Post, October 2nd Disappointment of the week "I don't sign skin."
Oct 24, 2014

RT @ktumulty: Memo to Perdue: Al Gore's rule was: "I don't sign skin." econ.st/JrJF0Q Also, Obama's: wp.me/pmaPt-1ld

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ktumulty: Memo to Perdue: Al Gore's rule was: "I don't sign skin." econ.st/JrJF0Q Also, Obama's: wp.me/pmaPt-1ld

Oct 24, 2014

Memo to Perdue: Al Gore's rule was: "I don't sign skin." econ.st/JrJF0Q Also, Obama's: wp.me/pmaPt-1ld

Obituary: Yuri Lyubimov

economist.com — ALMOST the only piece of scenery in Yuri Lyubimov's production of "Hamlet", in rep at the Taganka Theatre in Moscow from 1971, was an immense black roughly woven curtain bunched with dangling threads. It moved back, forth and sideways of its own accord, sometimes enfolding the actors, sometimes smothering them.

Westminster reimagined

economist.com — What if British politics were more like "Borgen"? This week's edition of The Economist covers the revival of classical liberalism among Britain's young. Our leader,...
Oct 24, 2014

RT @JeremyCliffe: @alexcd88 @paulgoodmanch Thanks Alex. Yes, I had a stab at redesigning the pol parties last year: economist.com/blogs/blighty/…

Oct 24, 2014

@alexcd88 @paulgoodmanch Thanks Alex. Yes, I had a stab at redesigning the pol parties last year: economist.com/blogs/blighty/…

Brazil's presidential election

economist.com — BUSINESS barons and financiers are not known for taking to the streets. Yet on October 22nd thousands turned out in the centre of São Paulo in support of Aécio...
Oct 24, 2014

RT @janppiotrowski: Paulistano rich take to streets in "cashmere revolution" in support of Aécio. Will this elite rally backfire? econ.st/1vTkk6I by me

Oct 23, 2014

RT @EconEconomics: Brazil's presidential election: The cashmere revolution econ.st/1wrGMlF

Oct 23, 2014

RT @janppiotrowski: Paulistano rich take to streets in "cashmere revolution" in support of Aécio. Will this elite rally backfire? econ.st/1vTkk6I by me

Kissing business acquaintances

economist.com — WHEN doing business in today's globalised world, we are forever being advised to empathise with others' cultural sensitivities. That is clearly a sound thing, but it can put your head in a spin. Gulliver came across this map, created by Radical Cartography, while browsing the Jaunted website.
Oct 25, 2014

life is about choices. Kisses or peanuts? You decide. I wld say quality as imp as quantity economist.com/blogs/gulliver…

Oct 24, 2014

A very useful map shows how many times French people in different regions typically kiss one another when they greet economist.com/blogs/gulliver…

Xi makes the rules

economist.com — ONE of the great enduring questions with which the Chinese Communist Party grapples, and that President Xi Jinping has made central to his leadership, is how to use the law to help the party rule the country. The party sees the law as one of its tools; an instrument meant to help strengthen, rather than check, the power of one-party leadership.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @TheEconomist: President Xi Jinping has quickly become the most powerful Chinese leader since Deng Xiaoping econ.st/1uQ4XYy pic.twitter.com/EgWJiJgMo2

Oct 24, 2014

RT @gadyepstein: I blogged plenarily: China's rules, in law and in other areas, belong not just to the party but also to Xi Jinping econ.st/1z47B3y

Oct 24, 2014

RT @gadyepstein: I blogged plenarily: China's rules, in law and in other areas, belong not just to the party but also to Xi Jinping econ.st/1z47B3y

Oct 24, 2014

I blogged plenarily: China's rules, in law and in other areas, belong not just to the party but also to Xi Jinping econ.st/1z47B3y

Oct 24, 2014

China's rules, in law and in other areas, belong not just to the party but also to Xi Jinping | The Economist (blog) econ.st/1z47B3y

The pendulum swings to the pit

economist.com — IT IS a pernicious threat, all the more so because, at its onset, it seems almost benign. After two generations of fighting against inflation, why be worried if the victory looks just a bit too complete, if the ancient enemy is so cowed as to no longer strain against the chains in which it is bound?
Oct 25, 2014

RT @scharlab: Deflation scare—The world isn't getting the inflation it needs; not the case of Brazil. econ.st/1xhzuRl pic.twitter.com/KFmvj8ggtO

Oct 24, 2014

The dangers of deflation: The pendulum swings to the pit econ.st/1pDvR49 via @TheEconomist

Oct 24, 2014

RT @BrazilBrian: Brazil be all lIke: We can help! The Economist | The dangers of deflation: The pendulum swings to the pit economist.com/news/briefing/…

Oct 24, 2014

Brazil be all lIke: We can help! The Economist | The dangers of deflation: The pendulum swings to the pit economist.com/news/briefing/…