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Alessandro Cripsta

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When superpowers collide

A US show of support for Hong Kong's protesters... President Trump is expected to sign bipartisan legislation to set up regular reviews of Hong Kong’s special status with the possibility of sanctions, Bloomberg reports.

Trump Expected to Sign Hong Kong Bill Despite China Threats

This is a very complex issue which I have addressed before, having been a resident of Hong Kong since 2006. This is one issue (the only issue?) where Trump has bipartisan support - that is taking a hard line with China. In fact Congress might be even more hardline than Trump now as so many are concerned

This is a very complex issue which I have addressed before, having been a resident of Hong Kong since 2006. This is one issue (the only issue?) where Trump has bipartisan support - that is taking a hard line with China. In fact Congress might be even more hardline than Trump now as so many are concerned about the national security ramifications of a rising China. It was obvious that such a bill would have good momentum.

Looking at the Hong Kong protests: the one hand the youth of Hong Kong have much to complain about with extortionate property prices and an ultra competitive environment upon graduation. Many Hong Kong Chinese also feel that their own unique culture is slipping away because of the influence of mainland China. And the government of Hong Kong doesn't seem so empathetic to their plight: some say its because government is controlled by the wealthy real estate tycoons. And there are a lot of articles about this including a blog I wrote. In fact in some ways Hong Kong shares many of the characteristics of other cities around the world which are suffering from civil unrest (including Paris) due to historically high gaps in wealth and income. Regarding the push for 'democracy,' of course I think it's a noble cause. However, it's not all black and white. The Hong Kong government and bureaucracy has been competent in many areas. I've never encountered a civil service which is so efficient - and friendly. And when Hong Kong was a colony of my country, we did not grant it democracy. In fact, it is more democratic today than under the British! So I think the underlying causes of all of this are more economic than regarding democracy. Look at many other countries around the world which don't have democracy, the West barely comments. Why are we making such a big deal of it now (and in some ways helping perpetuate the conflict)? Some might argue that it's because China is in the cross hairs. When I forecast that Donald Trump would win the US Presidency I warned that his administration would be ultra aggressive with China, and would go much further than anyone would imagine. I also warned just before the Hong Kong protests flared up that Hong Kong was about to have a crisis. I could see the stress building up in society (as well as looking at a lot of data) and I knew that the West would probably take a strong anti China stance. For the record, I am not a blind pro China analyst. I think we should always be (constructively) critical of government actions and hold them accountable. However, I think the trajectory we are currently on is dangerous.

The Chinese government has its faults, but living in China is not anywhere nearly as bad as some journalists describe. It is true in some areas freedom of speech is curtailed (some people would say the same of Singapore) but without the political correctness the West has, in many areas there are even greater freedom of speech. I've heard many people say that, including a famous Silicon Valley VC who wrote about it in a blog. If you look at governance from the perspective or creating a society which is growing in abundance , harmonious and happy, then China might be said to be doing a good job. I interviewed Parag Khanna 2 years ago after he write his book Technocracy in America and he certainly subscribes to that view. Now is a good time for the West to examine its own system and ask profound questions - and stop intervening in other nations. If journalists went on to the streets of Hong Kong and spoke with a lot of the long term foreign residents, they would find that many of them are not happy with the actions of the extremist protestors (throwing petrol bombs and assaulting women and even children who disagree with them). We should be looking at our own system now. Personally I think its a good time to go back to the drawing board. I happened to pick up a copy of Plato's Republic this week, and somewhere it describes the events in Sparta and Greece, saying that democracies can result in senseless overseas wars and oligarchies can result in civil wars. (He recommended philosopher rulers - ironically something that the Chinese have always aspired to). The West might be oscillating between the two systems. As we move to a multipolar world and the American Empire ends (I don't think its the end of the US, just a transformed US), I think we need to move back to a more pragmatic form of geopolitics and diplomacy. I call it live and let live. If we allow a peaceful rise of China, we could actually be enter a very peaceful time of human history.

Confronting inequality

Women remain deeply underrepresented in aviation. But a shortage of trained pilots is offering more opportunities than ever for women to make fresh gains in the high-skilled profession.

Why are there so few women in aviation?

Diversity is good for our industries. Across aviation, we need women in tech roles, leadership positions, and in the air.

I've been taking flying lessons (for fun) for several years and have been amazed at the lack of gender diversity in the air. We don't encourage young women and girls to take enough risks in general, so it shouldn't be a surprise unfortunately. We need to change this across industries.

Taking the top job

Google vs. Oracle

Democratic...and demographic divisions

A new poll suggests which Democrat could bridge the generational divide in 2020. Three septuagenarians are leading the race to challenge Donald Trump. Their ability to appeal to both young and old voters will determine who comes out on top, and the numbers show Warren's doing the most.

New poll shows Elizabeth Warren could bridge the Democrats’ generational divide

One very interesting finding from our poll is that nearly half of voters under 30 aren't backing any of the three frontrunners, which means young people could be primary kingmakers if they settle on an alternative to Biden.

No specifics on the poll you're touting? It includes Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris and not Andrew Yang despite him beating both of them in several recent polls?

Sustainable agriculture

Toilet wars

Scam season

Victims were targeted with scare tactics. They included ads warning of impending economic crises, the dangers of the deep state, and potential account freezes. All mixed with political disinformation referencing politicians like Trump and Warren and their parties.

The scare tactics used to sell overpriced silver to older conservatives

On reading this story, I reached out to my father-in-law and learned he too had seen these ads in his feed and had been tempted to call. This is fraud, in my view, and reading through the scripts the sales people use was chilling. I encouraged him to reach out to the Quartz investigations team -- and

On reading this story, I reached out to my father-in-law and learned he too had seen these ads in his feed and had been tempted to call. This is fraud, in my view, and reading through the scripts the sales people use was chilling. I encouraged him to reach out to the Quartz investigations team -- and to alert his peers to this ruse. If you have loved ones in their 70s or 80s, it's important for you to help educate them about these sorts of tactics. Yes, the companies should do more, but we also have to take some of the responsibility for not falling for this crap. Sharing this story with them is one good way to start.

Gaming's next frontier

Google Stadia is not the cloud gaming future we were promised. A less-than-perfect launch reveals the limits of streaming games.

Google Stadia is not the cloud gaming future we were promised

I really want the future Google and others are envisioning—where I can play games that used to require me to be tethered to a PC or console—wherever I am. It seems like a no-brainer move gaming into the cloud, much like we've done with music and movies, but streaming games is an entirely different prospect

I really want the future Google and others are envisioning—where I can play games that used to require me to be tethered to a PC or console—wherever I am. It seems like a no-brainer move gaming into the cloud, much like we've done with music and movies, but streaming games is an entirely different prospect. Latency nears to be as close to zero as possible, so that the game isn't jarring and you can actually play it, and networks need to be able to handle the large bandwidth streaming interactive high-resolution requires. Beyond the lackluster games on offer, Stadia seems to fall down on its core technology. But it's still early days. Hopefully Google can work out the kinks.

Not to be a Google defender, but these early hiccups seem excusable. We're only on day 2 of Stadia's public launch and early adopters can help iron out the bugs. If lag ruins the experience, Stadia will lose users, sure, but Google has every incentive to make it work. For now, the platform seems aspirational

Not to be a Google defender, but these early hiccups seem excusable. We're only on day 2 of Stadia's public launch and early adopters can help iron out the bugs. If lag ruins the experience, Stadia will lose users, sure, but Google has every incentive to make it work. For now, the platform seems aspirational but I can get behind Google's vision for the video game industry (even if that means using a wired controller). As a gamer, all I care about is speed, so I hope Google figures it out quick.

If Google can attract gamers from diverse backgrounds, then it might create a different target experience in the interim (until internet speed is not an issue). They can focus on narrative experience based games, such as Until Dawn or Heavy Rain, where you can sit back and think about your choices rather

If Google can attract gamers from diverse backgrounds, then it might create a different target experience in the interim (until internet speed is not an issue). They can focus on narrative experience based games, such as Until Dawn or Heavy Rain, where you can sit back and think about your choices rather than playing on reaction speed. Maybe even integrate simple technologies to ease the gameplay more, like assisted initial reaction or such. Story driven, strategic gameplays have a customer base with great demographics for Stadia: high income with limited time!

Hopefully, Google's iterative approach to product development will iron out the initial kinks over the coming months, while also encouraging infrastructure providers (ISP's etc) to step-up their rollout of improvements to networking in anticipation an increase in interest on online gaming.

Let's talk about the basics: bandwidth, packet loss, and latency as 3 main factors when it comes to network speed on cloud gaming.

So, the minimum bandwidth for Stadia requires 10mbps for download and 1mbps for upload. "The best experience" requires 35mbps, which is not crazy at all in theory. As the

Let's talk about the basics: bandwidth, packet loss, and latency as 3 main factors when it comes to network speed on cloud gaming.

So, the minimum bandwidth for Stadia requires 10mbps for download and 1mbps for upload. "The best experience" requires 35mbps, which is not crazy at all in theory. As the conversion ratio of Mbps and M/s is 8:1, only a 4M/s network speed can support a seamless 4K/60fps cloud gaming experience. However, in addition to bandwidth, network speed has many other parameters, such as packet loss and latency.

In the FPS competition, 1% of packet loss and latency can cause what we call a "non-tactical pause."

Packet loss is common in wireless technology. With extensive coverage of wireless networks, signals interfere with each other causing more data loss in the propagation medium. Therefore by communicating via less popularized networks such as 5G instead, cloud games could solve the packet loss problem.

The latency is a bigger problem in cloud gaming, though. From the live footage of Stadia's launch, one could easily tell that the streaming speed wasn't quite followed the players' action speed when they were playing .

According to Nvidia's co-founder, Jensen Huang, that players could only endure a delay of a few milliseconds rather than hundreds of milliseconds, especially for FPS games.

Now let's do the simple math. So even when a cloud server center is built 300 kilometers away, the communication on the speed of light will inevitably cause a latency around 100 milliseconds.

It is both a physics and hardware problem facing cloud gaming before it becomes a mainstream gaming experience.

Virtual reality is too boring. Fast Company writes that developers haven’t given us a good enough reason to leave our own realities behind in favor of their artificial worlds.

The big problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as boring as real life

I feel like this article only focuses on the enterprise applications of VR, which of course are not for everyday people. In the wake of Valve announcing their first flagship VR game, Alyx, this article is incredibly narrow.

ETFs are eating the market

ETFs didn’t democratize finance. Could they? Over a third of Americans spent more on coffee than in investments last year. Getting people without much money to invest small amounts for their own good is hard. ETFs could help solve that problem. ✦

ETFs didn’t democratize finance. Could they?

Given the obvious volatility of the markets and that the ETF provides no protection convincing the public to invest in stocks should be hard.

Most people instinctively follow two adages. First if you can't afford to pay you can't afford to play. Second there is rule about a fool and money.

Even the

Given the obvious volatility of the markets and that the ETF provides no protection convincing the public to invest in stocks should be hard.

Most people instinctively follow two adages. First if you can't afford to pay you can't afford to play. Second there is rule about a fool and money.

Even the casually interested know the markets are often opaque and recent news about Uber and Wework is not going to support conference.

The ETF marketers also need to explain how they make money. Market intermediaries almost always make money no matter what the market does and small investors need to pay attention to the costs.

Income inequality

Those in the most unequal societies are most likely to accept income inequality. Harvard Business Review highlights research showing such citizens believe they’re living in a meritocracy and take greater pride in their place in it, especially as they move up the income ladder.

Why Do People Tolerate Income Inequality?

We're to "take pride" in what we do. What are we working toward in our work? Is it worth taking pride for without it what he have to take pride in is life being considered worthless by those who take pride in what they do. What be the issue is how easily we're considered worthless by who takes pride

We're to "take pride" in what we do. What are we working toward in our work? Is it worth taking pride for without it what he have to take pride in is life being considered worthless by those who take pride in what they do. What be the issue is how easily we're considered worthless by who takes pride in what they do so much to take pride from another; may be for doing what you do too well according to whom it may concern. Then again not taking enough pride in what you do. Again "what are we working toward in our work?" when money is not the issue. What can we do to achieve all money can buy since money just buys our time so we spen time spending money so others too can spend time doing the same. What can we say & do worth more than all money can buy?

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Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

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  • This growing problem need not be inherent in subscriptions (which, done right, could let more people play more games, and increase provider revenues).

    It is due to excessive use of the flat-rate, all you can eat pricing model. Most of us rarely eat very much, so, as consumers, we face high risk of

    This growing problem need not be inherent in subscriptions (which, done right, could let more people play more games, and increase provider revenues).

    It is due to excessive use of the flat-rate, all you can eat pricing model. Most of us rarely eat very much, so, as consumers, we face high risk of overpaying. Businesses find that easy to love, but it will eventually backfire. Even in the short run it limits their acquisition of customers and causes high churn. Not really very good for the business or the consumer!

    The future of subscriptions is to make them risk-free to the consumer. For digital services, the provider risks little except the opportunity to take money in exchange for no value. That will be less and less tolerated. A simple way to do that is clarified in "’Risk-Free’ Subscriptions to The Celestial Jukebox?” (https://www.fairpayzone.com/2019/03/risk-free-subscriptions-to-celestial.html)