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As I travel to the UAE frequently these days, it is obviously of interest to me when I read about an American facing a felony charge in that country for a Facebook post he made in the US. It is true that the UAE is not a democratic country. There are no political freedoms there, and opposition activists are sometimes incarcerated. However, the country is by no means a police state. On the contrary, they are proud to have found ways to reconcile ...
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Five days ago, I was sitting on an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai to Budapest. Our flight took an unusual route. Normally (well, at least within my limited experience) such flights take a route north of Iraq, flying over Iranian airspace towards Turkey. Not this time: We flew across the Saudi desert instead, then turned north over the Sinai peninsula before entering Turkish airspace and turning northwest again. I was wondering about that kin...
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Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States, in his unusually (and rather inappropriately) partisan address to Congress, that Iran's nuclear ambitions represent an existential threat to Israel. How many times do you cry wolf before others stop taking you seriously? Back in 1993 (!), Netanyahu told the world that Iran would develop a nuke by 1999. That, of course, was 16 years ago. Just to be clear, I have no illusions nor delusions about the Ira...
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I am back from another round of globe-trotting. I spent a week in the UAE, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, followed by a very brief detour to Budapest to visit my parents. On arrival to Dubai, we landed nearly an hour late. The reason: a massive sandstorm, which still blanketed the city the next day. Sandstorms can be just as scary and dangerous as snowstorms here in Ottawa: they can reduce visibility to near zero, and the sand can cover roadways in no t...
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Vaccinations are not without risk, some say. Why should the evil government compel me to expose my child to a known risk, they ask. Why is it my problem if someone else's child is not vaccinated, they argue. Well... it boils down to simple math, really. Suppose that once infected, a person remains infectious for a period of time denoted by \(\delta t\). The virulence of the disease is measured by the number of people that a single patient can inf...
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I wish I could disagree, Craig. Really do. But I cannot.
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In the article, you say "Last year, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the start of the War to End All Wars.". I think you mean "commemorated", not "celebrated". Few people celebrate the start of needless wars.
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Tonight I came across yet another cartoon questioning what some see as Western hypocrisy, manifested in our response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre vs. the lack of a strong response to the massacre of civilians by Boko Haram in Nigeria. But it's not hypocrisy. Part of it is pragmatism, part of it is something much worse. The pragmatism part is this: When people kill each other in gruesome ways in a far-off country, we feel sorry, we sympathize, b...
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I am a software developer and author of computer books. I also work on some problems in theoretical physics. For more information, please visit my personal Web site at http://www.vttoth.com/.
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  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
    electronics engineering
  • Fazekas Mihály Gimnázium
    high school
  • Visegrádi Általános Iskola
    grade school
  • Lovag Utcai Általános Iskola
    grade school
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TIME BANDITS - The New Yorker
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In 1933, with his great scientific discoveries behind him, Albert Einstein came to America. He spent the last twenty-two years of his life i

LOWERTOWN EAST: 'YOU WILL HAVE TO MOVE.'
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Perhaps no other urban renewal episode in Ottawa is more bitterly remembered by the community it uprooted than the Lowertown East project of

Likely footprint of spiky dinosaur has NASA’s Md. campus on cloud nine
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A prolific tracker uncovers what he says is a huge dinosaur footprint on NASA’s Greenbelt campus.

rskey.org
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RSKEY.ORG is an online "museum" devoted to the past (and present, and future) of portable programmable calculators.

A simple question, a blizzard of emails, and a peek inside how Canada's ...
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The Citizen asked the National Research Council a simple question back in March: What’s this joint study that you and NASA are doing on fall