ReHacked #140: Germany Seizes Control of Gazprom's Unit, TikTok doesn't show the war in Ukraine to Russian users and more

ReHacked #140: Germany Seizes Control of Gazprom's Unit, TikTok doesn't show the war in Ukraine to Russian users and more
Red pond of blood near russia embassy in Vilnius. (C) Neringa Rekašiūtė.

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Germany Seizes Control of Russian Natural-Gas Giant Gazprom's Unit

#economy #war

Berlin has seized control of a Germany-based unit of Russian natural-gas giant Gazprom.

Germany's economy minister announced the seizure in a statement on Monday. The move came after the ministry of economic affairs learned that Gazprom Germania had been acquired by JSC Palmary and Gazprom export business services LLC — but it wasn't clear who the owners behind the two companies were, per the statement.

Germany's economy ministry justified the takeover by saying it had not granted permission for the Gazprom Germania acquisition. Permission is required, the ministry said, if the investors are not from the European Union and "critical infrastructure" is involved.

TikTok doesn't show the war in Ukraine to Russian users – Oslo og Viken

#war #socialnetworks

The Influence of Neuromancer on Cyberpunk — sabukaru

#art #culture

Ever wonder how Cyberpunk’s digital aesthetic took form? You’d be forgiven for turning your attention to film or manga when questioning its origins. Blade Runner encapsulated the noir tone and neon-fuelled aesthetic of which Cyberpunk has become synonymous, whilst Akira and Ghost in the Shell popularised techno-obsessed artistry with ground-breaking magnitude.

Project Sapphire: How to Keep 600 Kilograms of Kazakh Highly Enriched Uranium Safe - War on the Rocks

#history #longread

It was 3 a.m. on a freezing November night in 1994. Trucks carrying almost 600 kilograms of highly enriched uranium had just left a nuclear facility in an industrial town in eastern Kazakhstan. They were headed to the Ust-Kamenogorsk airport, where U.S. military planes were waiting to carry their dangerous cargo to the United States. As the weather worsened, the trucks began to slide on black ice.

“I just couldn’t imagine having to report to Washington that [one of the trucks with highly enriched uranium] slid right off into the Irtysh river,” recalls Andy Weber, who at the time served as chief of the political-military affairs section at the U.S. embassy in Kazakhstan. His counterpart from Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee, Gen. Vladimir Bozhko, was equally concerned: “It started raining heavily, and temperatures dropped below freezing. The road turned into a skating rink. And those were huge trailer trucks with containers full of uranium. You can imagine, if one of the containers dropped or a trailer overturned, what would happen.”

Language of fungi derived from their electrical spiking activity | Royal Society Open Science

#science #nature

Fungi exhibit oscillations of extracellular electrical potential recorded via differential electrodes inserted into a substrate colonized by mycelium or directly into sporocarps. We analysed electrical activity of ghost fungi (Omphalotus nidiformis), Enoki fungi (Flammulina velutipes), split gill fungi (Schizophyllum commune) and caterpillar fungi (Cordyceps militaris). The spiking characteristics are species specific: a spike duration varies from 1 to 21 h and an amplitude from 0.03 to 2.1 mV. We found that spikes are often clustered into trains. Assuming that spikes of electrical activity are used by fungi to communicate and process information in mycelium networks, we group spikes into words and provide a linguistic and information complexity analysis of the fungal spiking activity. We demonstrate that distributions of fungal word lengths match that of human languages. We also construct algorithmic and Liz-Zempel complexity hierarchies of fungal sentences and show that species S. commune generate the most complex sentences.

Genie Framework - Highly Productive Web Development with Julia

#software #programming

Genie Framework includes all you need to quickly build production-ready web applications with Julia. Develop Julia backends, create beautiful web UIs, build data applications and dashboards, integrate with databases and set up high-performance web services and APIs.

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  1. Swimming Through

    #standforukraine #rememberBucha

    The performance “Swimming Through” is a call for action in support of the Ukrainian people who are facing genocide committed by Russia.

    It’s a call to not remain neutral in the face of the war. A call to take an active part in protecting the lives, the freedom, and the democracy of Ukrainian people who are being tortured, raped, and killed by Russia.

    It is important not to get numb to the horrific images of mass killings of Ukrainians and their pain. The seemingly never-ending horrors imposed by Russia on the Ukrainian land must not become the norm. With countries such as Germany not stepping up and posing adequate sanctions on the aggressor – choosing money over people, makes it hard to remain hopeful. Therefore it’s crucial that we keep acting – spreading truthful information, volunteering, protesting, donating, and pressuring our governments to take action.

    The bloody pond emphasizes Russia’s responsibility for committing war crimes against Ukrainians. Swimming, performed by Lithuanian Olympian Rūta Meilutytė, symbolizes the need for continuous effort to fight through. (The pond in front of the Russian embassy in Lithuania was dyed with ecological paint which is environmentally friendly and extensively used in biological scientific tests.)

    Idea and execution: Berta Tilmantaitė, Neringa Rekasiute, Rūta Meilutytė, Aurelija Urbonaviciute

    Photo & Video: Neringa Rekašiūtė, Berta Tilmantaitė, Mindaugas Drigotas, Andrius Repšys, Karolis Pilypas Liutkevičius

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