2018年3月30日 星期五

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Spooked by Russia, States Press to Update Voting Systems

  • Reacting in large part to Russian efforts to hack the presidential election last year, a growing number of states are upgrading electoral databases and voting machines.
  • The plans — from both Democrats and Republicans — amount to the largest overhaul of the nation’s voting infrastructure since 2000.

Some buyers have been spooked.
This $100 billion Chinese-made city rising from the sea has hit a roadblock.

The London Necropolis Railway was the spookiest, strangest train line in British history.
Via BBC Autos

Like many, I downloaded the data this week that Facebook compiled about me over the years, and frankly, it was spooky.

Devoted to carrying corpses, the London Necropolis Railway was the spookiest, strangest train line in British history – but also possibly the most useful.

Beneath its verdant soil lay a prize that the Americans believed held the key to victory. It was the race to control it that brought the spooks to Leopoldville. The prize was uranium, the atomic bomb's essential ingredient

Germans know that whenever others get angry at them, they'll draw a Hitler moustache on posters of their chancellor

What the Führer means for Germans today
As "Mein Kampf" loses its copyright, German society is more complex than ever.

Data science can be a little spooky sometimes .
The FBI claims to have caught Putin’s spooks in New York, but what were the clues? Evidence suggests a lengthy period of suspicious observation; folded newspapers and the like during fleeting encounters http://econ.st/1v107J0

Gerard Baker discusses Tehran funding the Taliban, Dick Costolo’s departure, slack-fill packaging and more.

Halloween Witch interactive Google doodle to spook you out this Halloween

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Halloween Witch interactive Google doodle to spook you out this Halloween: Google wants to have some Halloween fun with a new interactive ...

Which of the foreign diplomats in your country are spies? Which of your spies is a double agent? And which foreign leaders are planning to bomb their neighbours? All governments strive to answer such questions. American spooks think studying body language may helphttp://econ.st/1yMaeqr

Halloween Tours That Give You the Creeps

Looking to spend Halloween season somewhere spooky? Here's a guide to several scary spots in the Northeast.

Also on the program, Kent describes how he got locked inside Westminster Abbey with Handel's grave just under him. Spooky!

Kodak shares fell after it said it borrowed $160 million against its credit line for "general corporate purposes," spooking shareholders worried about the company's cash position.

Crisis Rocks Mideast Power Balance
The unprecedented turmoil in Iran is threatening to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East, spooking some Arab regimes with the specter of similar uprisings.

Google Posts Strong Earnings and Beats Expectations

Google’s high-priced acquisitions and new businesses have spooked shareholders, but its third-quarter earnings offered some assurance that its central business is sound.

Intel's profit sank 90% as sales dropped 23% amid a rapid deceleration in computer demand and pricing pressure during the key holiday season.

Putin cast himself as a father-of-the-nation figure in a TV appearance that analysts said was designed to calm Russians spooked by the financial crisis.

A Highflier Loses Altitude as Google’s Clicks Go Flat
Investors were spooked by a report by the research firm comScore that said clicks on Google ads in the United States were flat in January.

36 Hours of Alarm and Action as Crisis Spiraled
The extent of the credit crisis that unfolded from the morning of Sept. 17 to the afternoon of Sept. 18 was unseen to the public but spooked policy makers into action.

The financial crisis that began late last summer, then took a brief vacation in September and October, is back with a vengeance. How bad is it? Well, I’ve never seen financial insiders this spooked — not even during the Asian crisis of 1997-98, when economic dominoes seemed to be falling all around the world.
Published: December 3, 2007

A reprieve for China's online video operators

Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on February 06
So much for that scare. Chinese regulators spooked the country’s would-be YouTubes last month with new rules that, on their face, seemed to require government ownership for any company showing video clips on the Net. At the time, I wrote about the worries that some of the operators had. (Here’s the link.)
But now it seems the entrepreneurs can enjoy their Year of the Rat celebrations in peace.

high-flyer, high-flier
noun [C]
someone who has a lot of ability and a strong desire to be successful and is therefore expected to achieve a lot:
High-flyers in the industry typically earn 25% more than their colleagues.

group noun [C] (ALSO high-flier) MAINLY UK
an extremely successful organization, business or team

adjective [before noun]
extremely successful:
a high-flying investment banker

noun [C]
height above sea level:
We are currently flying at an altitude of 15 000 metres.
Mountain climbers use oxygen when they reach higher altitudes.

━━ n. 高さ, 高度; 標高, 海抜; 高所; (天体の)高度.

altitude sickness 【医】高度病, 高山病.

在飛行或滑雪等經常會碰到 to gain altitude /to LOSE altitude
反之 To
Lose Altitude 表示突然 "高空直墜"或叫"高空失重" 是危險的-- 它被用來當市場或民眾"評價直落"的比喻
LME nickel prices lose altitude.
Pryor knew it well, because he was personally petrified of flying after a friend had recounted an altitude-loss experience to him.
This method of control is similar toskid steering, but with nothing to skid on, and is accomplished by running one engine faster than the other to turn the plane, and accelerating/decelerating in order to gain or lose altitude.
Anything that falls can easily trade height for some forward motion, and get lift from aerofoils. A glider is usually defined as an aerofoil craft that relies on starting height rather than its own generated energy. But having an internal source of energy (an engine) doesn't always mean it is an aircraft rather than a glider; the engine may be so weak that it doesn't influence the craft's flight. How strong does the engine have to be before it is considered a true aircraft? A good breakpoint would be if the craft provides enough energy that it doesn't lose speed or altitude for a long period.
Kurt Campbell, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Yasukuni issue has "undermined decades of good will and has caused Japan to lose altitude and air speed in Asia, not just with China but in South Korea and elsewhere."
Traversing is another way t lose altitude without needing to travel fast.
Side slipping is often regarded as "last resort". Perhaps it is not a quick or pretty way to lose altitude, it is nevertheless very effective and safe.

Pronunciation: /spuːk /informal

Definition of spook in English:
chiefly North American spy:
CIA spook
US offensive , dated black person.


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1Frightenunnerve:they spooked a couple of grizzly bears
1.1 [NO OBJECT] (Especially of an animaltake fright suddenly:
he’ll spook if we make any noise


early 19th century: from Dutch, of unknown origin.

spook (SPIRIT)
noun [C]
The film was dreadful - all spooks and vampires.

verb [T] MAINLY US
to frighten a person or animal:
Seeing the police car outside the house really spooked them.

adjective INFORMAL
strange and frightening:
It was a spooky coincidence.


━ n. 〔話〕 幽霊; 〔俗〕 変人; 〔米俗〕 スパイ; 〔米俗〕 〔軽蔑〕 黒人.━━ vt. 〔米話〕 (動物を)驚かせて走らせる; 〔話〕 (幽霊が)出る.
spook・y ━━ a. 〔話〕 うす気味の悪い.

  1. Informal. A ghost; a specter.
  2. Slang. A secret agent; a spy.
  3. Offensive Slang. Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.

v. Informal, spooked, spook·ing, spooks. v.tr.
  1. To haunt.
  2. To startle and cause nervous activity in; frighten: The news spooked investors, and stock prices fell.
To become frightened and nervous.

[Dutch, from Middle Dutch spooc.]

  1. 1.
    be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something).
    "I've lost my appetite"
    synonyms:be deprived of, suffer the loss of, no longer have, stop having
    "he's lost a lot of blood but his life is not in danger"
  2. 2.
    become unable to find (something or someone).
    "I've lost the car keys"