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Saturday, January 31, 2009

A human mistake have caused a temporarily "black out" for Google


I've just learnt from my facebook news widget about the news related to a "black out" in which today has incurred Google due to a human mistake. http://tinyurl.com/dzxcbe

I've come across the bug, too, wondering what could have been
happened. (I even tried three different browser, but always with the same negative result!).
Now that I've just learnt the news about how things seems have been going on, I'm thinking that it's really true that error and mistakes (at least with respect to a technological point of view) are (almost) always to be imputed to the human being,(http://tinyurl.com/d8apqz) cause machines do nothing more than execute what they've been told to do, therefore every mistake is (almost) always to be reconducted to man's fault.
Sometimes also bigs can fail !
Anyway Google remains always the top among search engines.

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Prosperity is full of friends.

Euripides

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Friday, January 30, 2009

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Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

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Being powerful is like being a lady.
If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

Margaret Thatcher
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Russia and the West. New cold war ? Putinism and threats to the West



Yesterday, the 27th of January I've attended the Round Table "Russia and the West. New cold war?" held at ISPI on the occasion of the italian release of the book by Edward Lucas "The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West", published by "Università Bocconi Editore".

Attended as speakers: Aldo Ferrari, from ISPI and Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the author Edward Lucas from The Economist and the ambassador Sergio Romano from Corriere della Sera.
Intolerance of dissent, open hostility towards the closest more democratic countries and a selective use of energy in order to divide the West are making Russia a danger, according to Edward Lucas.
Putin's Russia has been on a collision course with the West, but Europe and America seem to have not realised that. Under the label of "sovereign democracy" is developing an authoritarian system, the bearer of an antidemocratic and anti western ideology, not free from imperialist temptations, as demonstrated by the attack on Georgia in August 2008 and the trial of strength with the ' Ukraine for gas supplies. The murders of Anna Politkovskaya and Aleksandr Litvinenko, relevant due to the echo that they had in the West more than for their singularity, rather demonstrate the determination of the Russian regime not to tolerate dissent.
Much of the developement of these delicate relashionship will greatly depend on the President Barack Obama and the US orientation....


Some other presentations of the book by Edward Lucas


Edward Lucas visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book, "The New Cold War". This event took place on May 2, 2008, as part of the Authors@google series





Edward Lucas -- The New Cold War: Putin's Russia and the Threat to the West

Lecture at Watson Institute



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Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.

Charles de Gaulle

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Monday, January 26, 2009

OBAMANOMICS - Economic and social challenges of the new presidency



Today, on the occasion of the release of the italian edition of the book by John R. Talbott "Obamanomics" published in Italy by "Università Bocconi Editore", has been held a Round Table at ISPI, where took part Boris Biancheri from ISPI, Tito Boeri from Bocconi University, Alberto Martinelli from Milan State University, Fabio Ranchetti from Pisa University and Corriere della Sera and John R. Talbott himself in a teleconference communication.


Talbott, bestselling author, is considered as one of the first to predict the current housing and mortgage crisis, has been focusing his attention to the economic and social challenges of the new presidency, as well as to economic possibilities achievable under a Barack Obama presidency.



Preview of Obamanomics



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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison

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Say no to further State subsidies to italian auto maker FIAT !

Once in a while, the author of the so called "Legge porcata", the dirty trick italian electoral law, says something right !


Calderoli: «Se arrivano gli aiuti alla Fiat ci sarà la rivolta popolare»
Il ministro leghista boccia l'ipotesi di soldi dello Stato alla casa automobilistica torinese


«Se ci sarà una considerazione, non sarà per la Fiat ma per il mondo dell'automobile»
Calderoli: «Se arrivano gli aiuti alla Fiat ci sarà la rivolta popolare»
Il ministro leghista boccia l'ipotesi di soldi dello Stato alla casa automobilistica torinese
ROMA - La Lega mette le mani avanti. E dice chiaro e forte il suo no a qualsiasi aiuto alla Fiat possa arrivare dal tavolo in programma mercoledì. «Abbiamo pagato abbastanza volte per la Fiat per reintervenire». Il ministro della Semplificazione Roberto Calderoli boccia senza mezzi termini l'ipotesi di un aiuto di Stato indirizzato specificatamente alla Fiat.
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AIUTI - «Se così fosse ci sarebbe la rivolta del popolo. Non si possono condividere i debiti e tenersi gli utili - ha detto il ministro della Semplificazione a «In mezz'ora» la trasmissione condotta su Rai3 da Lucia Annunziata -. Le aziende devono essere considerate nel loro insieme. Il governo ha aiutato le famiglie e le imprese e la Fiat rientra tra queste. Se ci sarà una considerazione, non sarà per la Fiat ma per il mondo dell'automobile. Non si può considerare una singola azienda per un singolo Stato, non sarebbe accettato dall'Europa». A proposito dell'imminente tavolo sul settore auto convocato dal presidente del Consiglio, Calderoli ha detto: «Non potrà essere un tavolo per la Fiat, ci sarà il mondo dell'auto a livello europeo. Anche Berlusconi ha detto che riguarderà tutta l'Europa, altrimenti si tratta di aiuti di Stato e l'Europa non lo permetterà».

From: Corriere della Sera online the 26th of January 2009



Aiuti alla Fiat, la Lega all'attacco"Se arrivano, rivolta di popolo"

ROMA - "Ci sarebbe la rivolta del popolo se ancora una volta si dovessero dare degli aiuti alla Fiat". Il ministro della Semplificazione legislativa, Roberto Calderoli, intervistato a Mezz'ora su Raitre, ribadisce la contrarietà del Carroccio ad aiuti di Stato per l'industria automobilistica torinese. "La Fiat - ricorda Calderoli - l'abbiamo pagata già tante volte per dover reintervenire e non si possono condividere i debiti e tenersi gli utili". "Credo che le aziende - sostiene Calderoli - debbano essere considerate nel loro complesso. Noi abbiamo cercato di intervenire in aiuto delle imprese e quelle automobilistiche fanno parte delle imprese. Se ci deve essere una considerazione non sarà certo rispetto alla Fiat ma rispetto al mondo dell'automobile a livello europeo". Il ministro Calderoli spiega che mercoledì prossimo a Palazzo Chigi Berlusconi avvierà un tavolo dove "non ci sarà la Fiat da una parte e lo Stato dall'altra ma il mondo automobilistico a livello europeo e il governo". "Del resto - conclude Calderoli - Berlusconi stesso lo ha detto perchè sennò ci sarebbe un aiuto di Stato e come tale non è consentito dall'Europa che, oltre a fare tanti danni, qualche volta qualcosa di positivo fa". (25 gennaio 2009)

From: Repubblica online the 25th of Jianuary 2009



CRISI: CALDEROLI, RIVOLTA DI POPOLO SE AIUTI A FIAT

ROMA - "Ci sarebbe la rivolta del popolo se ancora una volta si dovessero dare degli aiuti alla Fiat". Il ministro della Semplificazione legislativa, Roberto Calderoli, intervistato a Mezz'ora su Raitre, ribadisce la contrarietà del Carroccio ad aiuti di Stato per l'industria automobilistica torinese. "La Fiat - ricorda Calderoli - l'abbiamo pagata già tante volte per dover reintervenire e non si possono condividere i debiti e tenersi gli utili". "Credo che le aziende - sostiene Calderoli - debbano essere considerate nel loro complesso. Noi abbiamo cercato di intervenire in aiuto delle imprese e quelle automobilistiche fanno parte delle imprese. Se ci deve essere una considerazione non sarà certo rispetto alla Fiat ma rispetto al mondo dell'automobile a livello europeo". Il ministro Calderoli spiega che mercoledì prossimo a Palazzo Chigi Berlusconi avvierà un tavolo dove "non ci sarà la Fiat da una parte e lo Stato dall'altra ma il mondo automobilistico a livello europeo e il governo". "Del resto - conclude Calderoli - Berlusconi stesso lo ha detto perché sennò ci sarebbe un aiuto di Stato e come tale non è consentito dall'Europa che, oltre a fare tanti danni, qualche volta qualcosa di positivo fa".

From: ANSA online the 25th of January 2009 http://tinyurl.com/c9gr3l

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

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After all is said and done, more is said than done.
Aesop

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

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In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Bill Cosby

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Friday, January 23, 2009

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The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vince Lombardi

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Socrates

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day of the 44th President of the United States of America




The 20th of January 2009 - Obama inaugurates as the President of the United States of America - Congratulations and best wishes, Obama !

..... But when will the "old" italian Prime Minister Mr. Berlusconi leave?

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Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Bernard Baruch

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Monday, January 19, 2009

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Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Sallust

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

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If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
George S. Patton

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Friday, January 16, 2009

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If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Life is a long lesson in humility.
James M. Barrie

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

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A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
Charles Darwin

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.
Carol Burnett

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Monday, January 12, 2009

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Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it.
Edward de Bono

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

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One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.
Antonio Porchia

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

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When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go.
Carol Burnett

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Friday, January 9, 2009

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Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
Paul Tillich

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

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Not admiring a mistake is a bigger mistake.
Robert Half

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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The maxims of men reveal their characters.
Luc de Clapier

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
Marie Curie

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Monday, January 5, 2009

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We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Stewart Udall

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

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Life is like a trumpet - if you don't put anything into it, you don't get anything out of it.
William Christopher Handy

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

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You cannot get ahead while you are getting even.
Dick Armey

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Friday, January 2, 2009

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Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

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Memory is the personal journalism of the soul.
Richard Schickel

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