Kyiv will switch to Moscow time

Ukraine in the night of 25 March daylight-saving time: at three o’clock the inhabitants of the country will translate arrows on an hour forward and will be in one time and uncontrolled part of Donbass.

“March 25, 2018 three (3) hours Kyiv time summer time is introduced. In the night from Saturday to Sunday, the hour hand must be translated into 1 (one) hour ahead,” says website the Ministry of economic development and trade of Ukraine.

In Russia, daylight saving time was abandoned in 2014. During Soviet times, in Moscow and in the Baltic States, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova coincided. In 1990, the neighboring Republic RSFSR have abolished daylight savings time is in effect since 1930 (zone time plus the hour) and restored the time corresponding to your time zone.

in the Fall of 2014 the leadership of the unrecognized DNR and LC decided to switch to Moscow time and to refuse transferring the spring and autumn.

March 18, simultaneously with the presidential elections in the Volgograd region taken the referendum on changing the clocks one hour forward. Following the vote, it was decided to leave the time zone, which is Moscow. In December 2016 in a different time zone moved the Saratov region.

The Greeks confessed his love for Russia and Putin

About 70 percent of Greeks have a positive attitude towards Russia, while 30 percent believe President Vladimir Putin is the perfect leader. These are the findings of a survey conducted for an independent, nonprofit research organization Dianeosis.

a Nationwide survey was conducted in January and February 2018, with a sample of 1250 people. It turned out that 67 percent of the words “Russians” and “Russia” evoke positive emotions. A third of respondents believe that Russia is a good alternative to the European Union. Of the United States said only 10 percent.

30 percent of Greeks believe that Putin is the best President in the world. Followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (about it said that 14 per cent) and the President of France Emmanuel macron (13 percent). U.S. President Donald trump think is the best leader only two percent of the respondents.

In December 2017 Thracian University named after Democritus adopted the decision to award Putin the gold medal for outstanding work for the benefit of regional stability and prosperity.

The man who sold the moon

the Annual South by Southwest festival (SXSW), devoted to music, film and technology and this year was traditionally visited by many famous personalities. Elon Musk and CTO of Google ray Kurzweil argued, threatens humanity if artificial intelligence, and guests of the event were able to discuss the rewrite of the human body, augmented reality, the fight against Internet terrorism and Russian trolls, blockchain, robots and strengthening the position of women. The Correspondent Of”.ru” visited the festival and shared their impressions.

a vague Discussion of the future of humanity began with the unexpected appearance of Elon musk in a meeting with the Director and actors of the futuristic television series “the Wild West”, the second season of which aired in April of this year. In the “World Wild West” the plot develops in an amusement Park where the members perform intelligent robots. “It’s not a very optimistic series,” admitted his Director Jonathan Nolan.

When the actors told us that do not have the slightest idea about the content of future episodes and plot twists filming them annoying, appeared on stage Masks. “The earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot eternally live in a cradle” — he quoted Tsiolkovsky and admitted that these words really inspire him, because “life can’t be just a series of solutions to small problems.”

the Audience showed that Nolan created a movie about the launch into space of the red sports car Tesla. It turned out that the Director of “World Wild West” and the Masks childhood friends, and the next day of the festival for Nolan played the role of interviewer during the hour-long panel with a billionaire.

In line “on the Mask” was standing behind me an elderly mathematician working in Palo Alto, California. “I want to understand whether Musk is the hero of Heinlein, which I read in childhood. If he really is “the Man who sold the moon””, — he explained his presence.

“I don’t have a business plan. I tried to follow it before, but always everything was different, so I gave up” — once again answered the curious Musk on the question of how exactly it works and why it all turns out. Then he uttered a memorable sentence: “Artificial intelligence is far — and, I repeat, is much more dangerous than nuclear weapons”.

it Turned out that in the first half of 2019, the businessman intends to test the interplanetary spacecraft to fly to Mars. “I think Mars will be direct democracy, and all the issues will be resolved by vote of the colonists,” he said.

On the Westworld set with my bro @kimbalmusk

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In the final meeting came on the scene the brother entrepreneur Kimball Musk. All the participants were wearing cowboy hats — the ones that before for promotional purposes, distributed, HBO on the site of the “World Wild West”. The whole company, not too hitting the right notes, but with feeling sang to the guitar the song My Little Buttercup.

an hour later, the speech Mask has been discussed in all the corridors and the margins of the festival.

“He answered the questions as easy as could be answered by a nine year old boy! It’s refreshing,” said one of the contestants of IT.

William Harle, known online as whurley, founder of several startups, including Chaotic Moon Studios, my statement about quantum computers began with correspondence dispute with Musk.

“Musk is afraid of artificial intelligence, but I don’t think there is reason for it. Let’s start with the fact that the human brain is also a quantum. In addition, artificial intelligence — this is the car. If she will rebel, just wait until she runs out of food,” concluded Harli.

opinion on the safety of artificial intelligence for humanity was supported by the technical Director of Google in the field of machine learning, ray Kurzweil is one of the most famous futurists in the world, predictions which are correct 86 percent. On its current assumptions, by 2029 a computer will pass the Turing test — that is, becomes fully “thinking machine”, by 2045 humanity will reach the singularity, when human intelligence will merge with artificial intelligence. The danger of such a merger to humans, according to Kurzweil, exaggerated.

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“Artificial intelligence is a tool to improve our brain. When we were monkeys, we had a short hand, we used the tools to increase the distance at which we had something to grab. We have the tools, replacing us the physical strength we used them to build this building. When I was a student, we biked to the library of the University, which was the only computer. Now they lie in our pockets. It’s not the invasion of alien computers are from Mars, these are the tools that we create ourselves” — he explained.

Kurzweil has promised that in the next decade humanity will see a breakthrough in biotechnology, in comparison with which the present achievements will seem a drop in the bucket.

“We are moving towards a more sustainable, more democratic world. People believe that the current times are worse than they were before, but statistics show that they are wrong: actually the world has never lived so well,” he concluded.

a much-discussed topic of women’s equality were relevant at the festival. For example, the model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss told it has established free summer camps for teenage girls, where they teach programming.

during the music part of the festival was held dedicated to the fight against sexual violence in the music industry. Network Hulu in honor of the second season of “the handmaid’s Tale,” in which the action takes place in a future where men under the pretext of a return to “traditional values” has turned women into slaves and set up around the Austin glass boxes with red cloaks inside and the inscription “Fight, sister.”

A young maiden start of California are here mobile bus store vibrators and offered to collect sex toy, also telling about the peculiarities of female sexuality. A few round tables with details of vibrators gathered those who had time to take a turn. About half of them were men. “And what you plan to do with your vibrator?” I asked a neighbor. “Keep it for your wife,” replied he, a little porozove.

within the powerful trend under the common tag “robotics”, Sony brought the adorable robot puppy, which allowed visitors to play. On the streets of Austin were also seen prototype robot bus Mercedes and Tesla, slamming the door to the beat of the music.

Several startups presented smart materials — such as fabric that is sweat of an athlete to determine his state of health. And the number brought to the festival by young clever mobile applications it is impossible to enumerate.

From the celebrities attending SXSW was particularly pleased to see the Terminator. Arnold Schwarzenegger, known for his hostility to Donald Trump, did not miss the opportunity to joke about the next President’s tweet: “I don’t know why the Russians forced him to say all these things.” And to the question whether he had voted for a Republican, replied evasively that were “for another candidate”.

Don’t miss my podcast with Isaac Dovere from @politico – link in my bio. We had a great time talking about my governing principles (and kaiserschmarrn!) with a thousand wonderful people at @sxsw.

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Russia and its technological capacity is recalled, it seems that only Elon Musk. More often heard discussions about the Russian trolls and the problem of false news. Judging by the General mood at the festival, these problems are taken seriously and put on the same level with Internet terrorism.

Unexpectedly strong was the impression the poor part of the festival devoted to secondary education. Teachers who came from Asian, Scandinavian and South American countries, exchanged with teachers from USA experience in the use of new learning tools. It was found that some encourage students to write mobile applications for special projects and others organize the whole school.

“And we have introduced the lessons of Orthodoxy and tell the children about telegony”, — could say the representative of the Russian education system, but that the festival was not.


climate Scientists are making depressing predictions for all coffee lovers — through a quarter-century plantation of this plant significantly reduced, and by 2080 because of global warming, he might disappear altogether. The inhabitants of the planet either need to dramatically step up the fight against global warming, or focus on finding alternatives. “” understood, what to expect the fans of an invigorating drink.

Russia has traditionally drinking tea. And, contrary to popular belief, doing it long until the reign of Peter I. And for the last two hundred years, the habit of leisurely tea parties finally and firmly rooted in Russian culture. But in the new Millennium, the tea has a serious competitor, actively displacing herbal drink from the kitchens and from food service establishments.

of Course, Russia in this respect lags far behind countries such as Finland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland or Germany. They occupied the first line in coffee consumption per capita. For comparison: for every Finn has 12.5 kilograms of coffee a year, the Russian — less than two. But the demand for a refreshing drink in our country is growing rapidly. According to customs statistics, during the first seven months of last year the import to Russia of green coffee beans of the Robusta variety grown by a third, more popular Arabica — 66 percent, more also began to import roasted coffee of both types.

According to the head of the Association “rusteacoffee” Ramaz Chanturia, over the last 13 years the consumption of coffee (including organic, soluble or freeze-dried) in Russia soared by 85 percent, reaching 153 thousand tons of finished products per year. The market growth in money terms with 2000 was 480 percent, to $ 3.6 billion. The Russians, according to him, not only began to drink more coffee and move on to the more expensive varieties — this explains the significant increase in dollar terms.

“once the most popular type of coffee in Russia — instant — gradually gives way to roasted and myotomy, although retains a significant piece of the market,” he said. In recent years the growth of coffee consumption in our country is that the popularity is going to just ground coffee and beans. According to forecasts of “rusteacoffee” in the coming years, instant coffee will continue to take the position. However, Nielsen data suggests that its share is still large — about 72 percent of the grain and ground is just under 28. The so-called coffee drinks (with low content of coffee and the increased barley, chicory or other substitutes) accounted for only 0.1 percent.

the Growing popularity of this drink is due to the spread of coffee houses in Russia and the rapid development of coffee culture as a result it becomes more roasting companies. Increasingly, friends and business partners name is not on tea and coffee.

the Popular drink is growing not only in Russia but throughout the world, especially in Asian countries. Every year the world consumed more than two billion cups of coffee, and their number increases annually by around five percent. Refreshing berries conquered all continents and gained an army of fans even in the twentieth century. That was when he noticed the large industrial conglomerates, and the processing, packing and distribution of coffee have gained unprecedented before scale. As a result, he has taken a worthy place among the world’s most popular beverages — tea, wine and milk.

the role of the modern coffee shops has changed considerably. People come here not only to get a dose of caffeine, a key ingredient in the drink, but for aesthetic pleasure. Today buyers are offered different products using coffee beans, including the popular Americano, espresso, cappuccino and latte. Consumers in the new century require special refinements, new approaches to marketing. And manufacturers are going to meet them. So was born the new philosophy of coffee consumption and special profession — Barista (expert in coffee preparation), once just a bartender and operator of a coffee machine.

However, scientists predict the long decline of the coffee era associated with climate change. In particular, disappointing forecasts doing in the Australian Institute of climate (The Climate Institute): 2050 square coffee fields will be reduced by half, and after 30 years will disappear completely. The fact that the coffee trees need almost ideal conditions for development, they grow in height from half to two thousand meters above sea level, at a certain temperature (15-25 degrees) and humidity. Global warming is shifting to favorable conditions for growing coffee in the mountains, and pests and fungi start to flourish, destroying the plantation. So, 2012-2013 farmers of Central America have lost half of the crop, Guatemala — 85 percent. Total damage for the region’s economy amounted to about half a billion dollars. Negative impact on the plantation is also influenced by soil erosion, landslides and decline in groundwater level. All this creates conditions for the complete disappearance of coffee in the foreseeable future.

the report from The Climate Institute highlighted that the gradual extinction of coffee trees causing serious damage to farmers around the world, depriving millions of dollars. Especially painful the impact of the crisis on small farmers often have no other source of income. They are the main producers of coffee beans. If the apocalyptic predictions of scientists come true, that 20-25 million people in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Guatemala and dozens of other countries may be left without a livelihood. Not to mention the fact that the budgets of some poor African countries dependent on exports of this product no less than Russia or Saudi Arabia of hydrocarbons.

it Should be noted that the coffee market is very capricious and always responsive to any, even the most minor changes. Coffee beans, along with oil and gold, are the so-called commodities — major commodity. Last summer, amid continuous drought in the major areas of growth of coffee trees in South America and India, speculators sharply inflated prices, fear of shortages. As a result, only in one day 10 Aug coffee on the new York stock exchange rose almost a quarter.

In practice, the total extinction of the coffee plantations will mean that by 2050 invigorating drink will either become prohibitively expensive or will lose badly in quality. In the Finnish coffee company Paulig working with 1876, tried to make coffee without using coffee beans. For this, the researchers used the malt, dried figs, tea and powder carob, creating a “Blend 2080. Coffee without coffee.” Unfortunately, the efforts of technologists to recreate more than 800 aromatic compounds that are present in coffee, has completely failed — it is clearly felt only the taste of burnt wood. “I talked to a lot of farmers growing coffee, and almost all suffer from negative climate change. The majority of them — inhabitants of the poorest countries whose incomes are heavily dependent on the coffee harvest,” said managing Director Paulig coffee division ELISA Markula Group.

Scientists have advised farmers today to think about climate change: look for places in the highlands for cultivation of new plantations. In turn all countries of the world, if they don’t want to lose affordable and quality coffee you have to make efforts to combat global warming.

Died the winner of “Eurovision” Liz Assia

In the hospital the Swiss Zurich on 95-m to year of life has died the winner of the first Eurovision song contest Liz Assia. This publication reports the Metro.

the pop singer brought victory at the Eurovision song contest 1956, where she performed with the song Refrain. Then Assia represented Switzerland in 1957 and 1958.

the Singer was born in 1924 and was the youngest of 12 children in the family. Her career began as a dancer, and first sang from the stage in 1940.

In the last years of his life Liz Assia participated in various events dedicated to the “Eurovision”. In particular, was the guest of honor at the contest in Baku in 2012.