Well he is due to make a public appearance monday.
The fundamental point is that Putin crossed an unwritten red line in Russia when he got his Chechen buddies to bump off Nemtsov, that line that says political disputes are not settled with lethal violence in Russia. Let's face it, if you are in opposition why are you going to bother to protest openly and peacefully now if you are going to get killed anyway, you might as well go straight to covert rebellious assassination mode. Putin has now exceeded the authority that was given to him by all the fiddled elections that the FSB had engineered for him, he was put in to be a successful strong leader but not a dictator and it would not be hard for a rich oligarch or state department to get someone close to kill him. As soon as Nemtsov died I knew he had painted a big bulls-eye on his back. This is how the Earth's equivalent of the Klingon Empire works.
This is why we in the West have democracy and the rule of law, it allows political disputes to be settled peacefully with nothing more serious than some hot-air blowing on the INTC board in between regular elections rather than openly shooting each other for power. Democracy is inefficient at times but in the long run it is the best system.
The plot thickens ...
mirror co uk/news/world-news/vladimir-putins-girlfriend-given-birth-5329008
'And in another development, Andrei Illarionov, Putin’s former chief economics aide, said that Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev is about to be replaced by former defence minister Sergei Ivanov.
Illarionov said: “In the next few days, we should expect the resignation of prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and Sergei Ivanov being appointed in his place.”
Some Kremlin-watchers say that Western sanctions have created huge tensions inside Putin’s entourage as the rouble has plummeted against foreign currencies.
The murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has only intensified the infighting with blame for his killing blamed on Putin’s close allies in Chechnya.
The latest speculation comes four months after Putin personally brushed aside claims he could be overthrown.
He said at the time: “I can assure you that we don’t have palaces so a palace coup isn’t really possible.
“The official presidential residence is the Kremlin.
"It is well protected.” '
ISIS is not a major threat and does not affect global markets. It is a minor irritant that that could be removed in weeks if NATO or Russia bothered to send a few K troops in. The only attention seeker here is you as my posts are only to inform with facts and considered opinions not have pointless personality arguments like all your clones. An aggressive Russia has the capability to wreak havoc on all the world stock markets and therefore posts trying to work out their next move are not off-topic but prudent DD.
POWER is *NOT* ARM, it is a separate ISA like x86 or MIPS or SPARC. Generally Power servers trade top performance benchmarks with Xeon but are usually more expensive and hotter. They occupy a niche above Xeon and IBM will never sacrifice overall profits on them to purposely get more marketshare but it would be no biggie if they got a bit more marketshare if Xeon's profits kept increasing due to growing overall market or asp. OpenPower which is the Linux software stack associated with Power 8 is more of a serious server proposition than the ARM amateurs attempting the same thing and has already gotten some traction with customers. It should be watched but not overly feared by INTC shareholders. Power and Xeon have co-existed happily for over a decade now both making big profits at times and this can continue because IBM wants the server big bucks like Intel not just a server existence like the ARMy.
This is geo-politics and that generally affects stocks. Worst case scenario, if buttons start getting pressed only the defense stocks will probably be worth a damn.
It is not off-topic as the Ukraine crisis has already adversely affected global stock markets and anything that inhibits this empire-builder would be a good thing for INTC and the rest of the global stocks.
You have been pimping X-Gene for some time now, not quite worth the effort was it ? ;-) Here's a tip, only the Broadcom Vulcan will be worth waiting for and that's only because it is based on their own successful MIPS XLPII design. The rest of the ARMy are just playing.
' The world is headed toward World War III and the liberals (Kerry said it) think AGW is the biggest threat to the world. AGW is no threat at all (as long as you live more than 2 ft above sea level as 99.999999% of us do), but the liberals are going to get us in a horrible war totally unprepared.'
Agree with the sentiment about what is more important and Russian empire-building is definitely the biggest immediate threat to all of us whereas AGW is just a distraction. I actually think the softly softly approach of the Liberals is more appropriate at the moment as long as Putin stops here and now with the threat of further sanctions hanging over him. The US can't really go faster than the Europeans want to go as they bear the brunt of sanctions as well as any future military conflict. The US just needs to back them up.
anandtech link along with my similar comments to Ashraf
Just step back from all the whipped up hysteria from this liberal 'green' consensus and look at the empirical facts, after nearly 200 years of industrialization and the doubling of air CO2 what actual adverse affects have actually happened on Planet Earth ? Have any land masses disappeared under rising sea levels ? Have any peoples been displaced ? Has the crop production of Earth seriously suffered or is it at all time highs ? How many people have died in the US from adverse heat conditions as opposed to adverse cold conditions ?
The majority of scientists in the middle ages also followed the consensus back then and supported the wrong flat-earth or sun-orbits-earth false theories, it is no different now with scientists obviously willing to corrupt themselves for financial gain and herd-following as the climategate e-mails clearly showed this unethical illogical unscientific behavior in action. Seriously step back and take a look at the big picture of what has happened already under carbon industrialization/emissions none of which has seriously affected anyone on Earth and stop being brainwashed by this AGW movement which is primarily politically and economically motivated by non-carbon energy industries. This is a complete non-problem and will be just an extra tax on the poor forcing them to pay more for their energy.
Pathetic hand-waving excuses just like the typical ones you posit in favor of ARM. These crooks were caught bang to rights and there is nothing unambiguous about statements like "The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t" and " trick" and "hide the decline". Enough of this off-topic climate change nonsense on the INTC board, you and Wallis may be stupid enough to have been taken in by this scam but I sure as hell haven't and do not want to read this #$%$ on the INTC board any more. There must be some loony green board you can post your environmental scare stories on instead.
They show everything of the sort, supposedly serious scientists acting like mafia hoods ...
"The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate."
"I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline."
“This was the danger of always criticising the skeptics for not publishing in the “peer-reviewed literature”. Obviously, they found a solution to that–take over a journal! So what do we do about this? I think we have to stop considering “Climate Research” as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal. We would also need to consider what we tell or request of our more reasonable colleagues who currently sit on the editorial board…What do others think?”
“I will be emailing the journal to tell them I’m having nothing more to do with it until they rid themselves of this troublesome editor.”“It results from this journal having a number of editors. The responsible one for this is a well-known skeptic in NZ. He has let a few papers through by Michaels and Gray in the past. I’ve had words with Hans von Storch about this, but got nowhere. Another thing to discuss in Nice !”
It just happens to be the 3 per cent that is right and time will prove me right. No heating since 2000 and counting and that original apparent heating was only due to fiddling the temperature readings which can only be done once with a straight face. What excuse will your rabid lunatics come up next with after the ocean one to explain the lack of surface temperature rise according to their wonderful cooked up models which are so accurate that they have a broad plus/minus 2c error band around them lol. The whole thing is a expensive joke and unfortunately it is on mankind.
The ARM X-Gene is a joke just like I always said it was. No more performant than the Atom Avoton server SoC but burns more power doing so. Only saving grace for it is that it is at 40nm so might do better in terms of power consumption at a smaller process size but it's never catching Xeon in performance.
Of course there is a scientific dispute and I have been the one posting most of it here whereas you are posting meaningless numbers plucked out of who knows where. The climategate e-mail leaks which I posted earlier show that any scientists that do not agree with the consensus view are purposely professionally hounded by all the lunatics who believe this modern day religion. They hound them and the people who publish their work so their contrary work is not counted and officially logged. It's a modern day medieval witch-hunt and you should be ashamed to be part of it but then again it's only a party political policy line for you which you slavishly follow without thinking too independently hard about it.
I have already told WW his climate change propaganda posts are off-topic and I am trying to ignore them but when posters actually refer to me my name in them I do need to defend my position. I have no intrinsic desire to post anything about climate change but I did originally want to point out that the science is far from settled and that the motives of those who promote carbon-capping have ulterior motives than just the general well-being of the planet. I have made this point and am happy to let this matter drop as unlike the alarmists/warmists this is not a religion for me just a scientific dispute about the data and its interpretations.
CO2 is rising at a measly 2 ppm as the major increase has already happened (from 200 to 400 ppm). It would take another 200 years for it to double again which is what it would take for any heating effect to be duplicated. There is no time-pressure on this except for the mass hysteria these alarmists are trying to engender in their populations so that they agree to immediately pay more for their energy. This is the biggest financial con ever perpetrated on mankind which will become clearer with each following decade without any serious temperature change.