We left with a very good feeling there would be a new day,” she said. “Well, the new day lasted maybe for a week.
Nil is the world’s first Nihilistic programming language. Essentially, it parses commands of any complexity, and then ignores them.
Highlights from last night’s maintenance effort included correcting 130 third rail defects, scraping and cleaning 2,700 linear feet of track bed under and around the third rail and replacing 30 square feet of sidewalk ventilation grating. The train-free work environment gave workers the opportunity to repair/replace 155 feet of handrail, repair/replace and clean 100 feet of “no clearance” signs and replace 177 tunnel light bulbs. Having tracks that are in good condition is key to a safe and sound operation as workers replaced seven tie blocks, seven sections of track, 312 tie plates and 356 friction pads, and removed 2,102 bags (46,400 pounds) of scrap and debris. In addition, maintenance workers scraped 4,575 linear feet of track bed. Work to enhance the customer experience and employee and customer safety was part of last night’s agenda as workers replaced 10 platform signs, repaired 24 square feet of damaged concrete, and repaired 565 feet and painted 4,900 linear feet of rubbing board – the fiberglass extension attached to the platform edge. Workers also scraped 8,000 square feet of paintable surface area and painted 6,800 square feet and performed maintenance on 25 Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) monitors and 15 cameras.
I believe it will change the world for the better,” writes Sanjuro, who shares his handle with the nameless samurai protagonist in the Akira Kurosawa film “Yojimbo.” (He tells me he chose it in homage to creator of the online black market Silk Road, who called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts, as well Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto.) ”Thanks to this system, a world without wars, dragnet panopticon-style surveillance, nuclear weapons, armies, repression, money manipulation, and limits to trade is firmly within our grasp for but a few bitcoins per person. I also believe that as soon as a few politicians gets offed and they realize they’ve lost the war on privacy, the killings can stop and we can transition to a phase of peace, privacy and laissez-faire.
There is a history of arms-length trusts running newspapers, ironically including the Scott Trust which owns Greenwald’s previous home The Guardian, set up to ensure that proprietors could not mess with editorial independence. Such separation only comes about if you are aware of the dangers. The history of the Omidyar Network suggests that Greenwald, Poitras, and Scahill’s new patron has little such awareness.
What Omidyar missed is that the profit motive actively erodes the sense of communal purpose and collective commitment that both aid work (in the case of microfinance) and community (in the case of Couchsurfing) rely on to succeed. Taking a charity and turning it into a bank is, Sinclair says, a way to build social assets and then capitalize on them.