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Trump on Jeff Bezos: ‘How Can I Fuck With Him?’

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Gabriel Sherman, writing for Vanity Fair:

Now, according to four sources close to the White House, Trump is discussing ways to escalate his Twitter attacks on Amazon to further damage the company. “He’s off the hook on this. It’s war,” one source told me. “He gets obsessed with something, and now he’s obsessed with Bezos,” said another source. “Trump is like, how can I fuck with him?” […]

Even Trump’s allies acknowledge that much of what’s fueling Trump’s rage toward Amazon is that Amazon C.E.O. Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post, sources said. “Trump doesn’t like The New York Times, but he reveres it because it’s his hometown paper. The Washington Post, he has zero respect for,” the Republican close to the White House said. While the Post says that Bezos has no involvement in newsroom decisions, Trump has told advisers he believes Bezos uses the paper as a political weapon. One former White House official said Trump looks at the Post the same way he looks at the National Enquirer. “When Bezos says he has no involvement, Trump doesn’t believe him. His experience is with the David Peckers of the world. Whether it’s right or wrong, he knows it can be done.”

Josh Marshall, earlier this week, in an excellent column at Talking Points Memo:

Having a sitting President launching scathing personal attacks on a federal law enforcement officer and demanding his firing or imprisonment for personal and political motives is wildly outside the norms that govern the American system. Similarly, a President who routinely threatens prosecutorial or regulatory vengeance against private companies because they are not sufficiently politically subservient to him personally is entirely outside of our system of governance. At present, Donald Trump is an autocrat without an autocracy.

Can you even imagine the reaction from Republicans if Barack Obama had gone after, say, Rupert Murdoch in this way? And of course, Trump’s main beef with Amazon, that the U.S. Post Office is losing $1.47 on every package they deliver for Amazon, is complete bullshit. How anyone supports this president at this point is beyond my comprehension.

Amazon’s stock is taking a hit as a result of Trump’s rhetoric, but if I were an Amazon investor, I wouldn’t worry. Jeff Bezos is very, very smart. Donald Trump is not.

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petrilli
17 days ago
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Trump believes Bezos uses it as a political weapon because HE would use it as a political weapon, and he's incapable of imagining that anyone could possibly make better decisions.
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Vulture interviews Quincy Jones

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every line of this interview is unreal, a man who truly has no fucks to give

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petrilli
73 days ago
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*head spinning*
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rosskarchner
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whut
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Just watch this

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It’s a good, no, great talk about principles of leadership by Bryan Cantrill. At turns hilarious, angry, and poignant, it is quite simply one of the best talks I have ever seen about what we’re building in tech and why and how to do better. We need to move forward, take responsibility and begin to tear down a culture in which “always be hustlin'” is a leadership principle. A frank, harsh look at Amazon, Uber, and techbro thinking, with some eulogy to Sun baked in. It’s a great talk. Please watch it.

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petrilli
134 days ago
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Worth a watch.
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jonwreed
133 days ago
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could be good
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Why Didn’t Twitter Delete the Anti-Muslim Tweets Promoted by Trump?

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Ivana Kottasová, reporting for CNN:

The anti-Muslim videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the far-right party Britain First. They depict violent assaults and the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

They also appear to violate the terms of use published by Twitter. It warns users: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

Asked why the original tweets have not been deleted, a Twitter spokesperson said:

“To help ensure people have an opportunity to see every side of an issue, there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability.”

Translation from PR Weasel-ese to English: Twitter is afraid of pissing off Trump.

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petrilli
139 days ago
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I wish Twitter would be more honest about the fact that what keeps it from deleting Trump's account is the (very real) fear that the sociipathic narcissistc in chief would use his cadre of incompetent criminals and hangers-on to persecute Twitter constantly and likely would bankrupt the company.

Be honest.
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rtreborb
136 days ago
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Translation: it drives revenue
martinbaum
142 days ago
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Maybe, but more like Twitter is still relevant because Trump's the best traffic driver their platform has ever had.

Intel Performance Libraries and Python Distribution enhance performance and scaling of Intel® Xeon® Scalable (‘Skylake’) processors on GCP

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Google was pleased to be the first cloud vendor to offer the latest-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable (‘Skylake’) processors in February 2017. With their higher core counts, improved on-chip interconnect with the new Intel® Mesh Architecture, enhanced memory subsystems and Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions-512 (AVX-512) functional units, these processors are a great fit for demanding HPC applications that need high floating-point operation rates (FLOPS) and the operand bandwidth to feed the processing pipelines.
New Intel® Mesh Architecture for Xeon Scalable Processors

Skylake raises the performance bar significantly, but a processor is only as powerful as the software that runs on it. So today we're announcing that the Intel Performance Libraries are now freely available for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Compute Engine. These libraries, which include the Intel® Math Kernel Library, Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library, Intel® Performance Primitives, Intel® Threading Building Blocks, and Intel® MPI Library, integrate key communication and computation kernels that have been tuned and optimized for this latest Intel processor family, in terms of both sequential pipeline flow and parallel execution. These components are useful across all the Intel Xeon processor families in GCP, but they're of particular interest for applications that can use them to fully exploit the scale of 96 vCPU instances on Skylake-based servers.

Scaling out to Skylake can result in dramatic performance improvements. This parallel SGEMM matrix multiplication benchmark result, run by Intel engineers on GCP, shows the advantage obtained by going from a 64 vCPU GCP instance on an Intel® Xeon processor E5 (“Broadwell”) system to an instance with 96 vCPUs on Intel Xeon Scalable (“Skylake”) processors, using the Intel® MKL on GCP. Using half or fewer of the available vCPUs reduces hyper-thread sharing of AVX-512 functional units and leads to higher efficiency.
In addition to pre-compiled performance libraries, GCP users now have free access to the Intel® Distribution for Python, a distribution of both python2 and python3, which uses the Intel instruction features and pipelines for maximum effect.

The following chart shows example performance improvements delivered by the optimized scikit-learn K-means functions in the Intel® Distribution for Python over the stock open source Python distribution.
We’re delighted that Google Cloud Platform users will experience the best of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors using the Intel® Distribution for Python and the Intel performance libraries Intel® MKL, Intel® DAAL, Intel® TBB, Intel® IPP and Intel® MPI. These software tools are carefully tuned to deliver the workload-optimized performance benefits of the advanced processors that Google has deployed, including 96 vCPUs and workload-optimized vector capabilities provided by Intel® AVX-512.”  
Sanjiv Shah, VP and GM, Software Development tools for technical, enterprise, and cloud computing at Intel
For more information about Intel and GCP, or to access the installation instructions for the Intel Performance Library and Python packages, visit the Intel and Google Cloud Platform page.
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petrilli
156 days ago
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The improvements on scikit-learn are pretty staggering.
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Thermostat

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Your problem is so terrible, I worry that, if I help you, I risk drawing the attention of whatever god of technology inflicted it on you.
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petrilli
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The future we create.
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daanzu_alt_text_bot
155 days ago
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Your problem is so terrible, I worry that, if I help you, I risk drawing the attention of whatever god of technology inflicted it on you.
DaftDoki
160 days ago
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STEVE!
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snm77
152 days ago
Now you know why I don't have one.
brico
163 days ago
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Too real
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Covarr
166 days ago
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I have a friend who is regularly on both sides of this.
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diannemharris
166 days ago
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This is the stuff that happens to me all the time. Luckily most of the time it is because I'm QA.
chrisminett
167 days ago
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This is the sort of crap that happens to my Dad
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