There are now more American soldiers active in and around the Washington Capitol than there are in Afghanistan. Thousands of national guards — in uniform, heavily armed, and with face masks — have camped in the parliament building’s corridors.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not yet reassured in the aftermath of the storm (6 January) and the run-up to Joe Bidens’s inauguration (Wednesday). Because: what if the next threat to parliament comes from within, from Republican representatives?
On Wednesday, the top Democrate announced that she wants to impose a hefty fine on Congressmen if they continue to ignore or circumvent recently installed metal detector gates. …
The question of whether President Donald Trump should set a political price for his incitement in the prelude to the storming of the Capitol on January 6 is causing growing divisions in his own party. As expected, Trump was indicted by a majority (232–197) in the House on Wednesday.
Unlike in late 2019, when he was the target of impeachment proceedings in the Ukraine affair, multiple Republicans also voted in favor of the Democratic indictment. Ten of them dared to break with Trump, of whom Liz Cheney (daughter of the ex-vice president and №3 of the House faction) is considered a party headpiece. …
We judge few people as harshly as those who do not want to be vaccinated. When nursing home workers have cold feet, they immediately drop in our esteem from “care hero” to “science denier.” At the same time, a bit of hesitation is understandable at this stage.
The RNA vaccines are based on brand new technology; only tens of thousands of people have been vaccinated so far. Compare that to polio or measles vaccine with which billions were vaccinated (difference of five zeros). Immediate rare side effects are unknown, and nothing is known about their long-term consequences.
In Britain, two vaccines unexpectedly developed a severe allergic reaction, which had not been identified in the studies. The authorities were forced to adjust the advice. With that other new type of vaccine, the adenoviruses, everything turned out not to run smoothly, with the result that some of the test subjects were vaccinated with too low a dose. …
That question turns out to be difficult to answer. A recent scientific publication concludes that masks are the most important way to prevent spread. That led to a lot of criticism.
Wearing masks is “the most effective way to prevent virus transmission between humans,” the researchers write in the scientific journal PNAS. “Combined with keeping a meter and a half away, washing hands, quarantine in case of illness and contact investigation, it is our best chance to stay on top of the virus as long as there are no drugs or vaccines.”
The researchers did not study the effect of masks or how the virus can spread through the air. They relied on information about the numbers of infections in certain areas and the mandatory measures taken there. …
Even though Machine Learning algorithms can be of great help in the automation of tasks, many developers are concerned about the acquisition of the “Self-Writing Software.”
This software could theoretically ensure that there are only a handful of software developers who maintain this algorithm.
Today’s programmers and software developers could lose their jobs using this technique.
Is it really possible to replace a human programmer with a self-writing algorithm?
To find out whether these techniques and technologies can actually be used in the future and whether they can replace a person as a software developer, I ask the following sub-questions: