Journey in Life: 04/26/21

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg và Tim Cook trở thành kẻ thù như thế nào?

Tim nói 'bảo mật dữ liệu là nhân quyền cơ bản' (“Privacy is a fundamental human right.”)

Mark nói 'Apple đang viết lại luật chơi, chỉ vì lợi nhuận cho riêng mình, mà thôi'
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"Those contrasts have widened with their deeply divergent visions for the digital future. Mr. Cook wants people to pay a premium — often to Apple — for a safer, more private version of the internet. It is a strategy that keeps Apple firmly in control. But Mr. Zuckerberg champions an “open” internet where services like Facebook are effectively free. In that scenario, advertisers foot the bill."

"The executives have also jabbed at each other. In 2017, a Washington political firm funded by Facebook and other Apple rivals published anonymous articles criticizing Mr. Cook and created a false campaign to draft him as a presidential candidate, presumably to upend his relationship with former President Donald J. Trump. And when Mr. Cook was asked by MSNBC in 2018 how he would deal with Facebook’s privacy issues if he was in Mr. Zuckerberg’s shoes, he replied, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”"

"Facebook said Apple’s feature was not about privacy and was instead about profit. “Free, ad-supported services have been essential to the growth and vitality of the internet, but Apple is trying to rewrite the rules in a way that benefits them and holds back everyone else,” 

"In February 2014, when Facebook’s board met to discuss Project Cobalt, which was a potential acquisition of an unidentified large social app, Apple’s power was top of mind. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, argued for the deal partly to protect the social network from Apple’s and Google’s control over smartphone software, according to the meeting’s minutes, which were released last year as part of a congressional investigation into tech companies."

Chim bồ câu - Kẻ tòng phạm chuyên nghiệp trong buôn lậu kim cương


Nguyễn Hương dịch, Minh Thu hiệu đính,

Khai thác kim cương không phải là ngành kinh doanh duy nhất được xây

dựng dựa trên sự lừa dối, dù vậy, huyền thoại rằng kim cương rất khan hiếm nên cực kỳ có giá trị mà ngành này dựng lên đúng là một trong những câu chuyện trơ trẽn nhất.

Các tập đoàn khai thác mỏ ở Nam Phi cung cấp phần lớn thị phần trong nguồn cung kim cương của thế giới suốt nhiều thế hệ qua, đã duy trì câu chuyện sinh lợi không tưởng này bằng cách hạn chế sản lượng được sản xuất ra hằng năm, đó là lý do vì sao buôn lậu được coi là một mối đe dọa như vậy. Kim cương chợ đen – hầu hết do chính những thợ mỏ nghèo khổ tuồn ra ngoài – đe dọa sự khan hiếm ảo đó, do đó việc khai thác từ lâu đã được thực hiện kiểm soát toàn diện.

Trước khi bắt đầu mở cửa vào năm 2007, phần lớn bờ biển phía tây của Nam Phi là

"Play possum" nghĩa là gì?


"Play possum" -> nghĩa là vờ nằm im, giả chết, giả ngơ để không bị người khác trêu chọc, tấn công.

Ví dụ
The theme (chủ đề) of 2021 Earth Day is “Restore our Earth,” focusing on restoring the world’s “ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking.” Don’t play possum. Go to earthday.org. Join this year’s virtual festival. Celebrate nature and our glorious planet!

THOUGH the political process in Kashmir is deemed to have long resumed, other than a few leaders who have tried to respond (phản hồi) to the evolving situation, the political parties have chosen to play possum, behaving as if they don't exist.

Some of these tactics (chiến thuật) can be intimidating (đáng sợ) and scare people, but Lefferts assures, “It’s not in their nature to be aggressive — if given the chance they will flee (bỏ trốn).” These animals are also known to “play possum,” the act of going into a coma-like state to pretend they are dead.

Possums (thú có túi) aren’t particularly aggressive toward humans, Collins said. If you encounter a possum, just “maintain your distance, turn, walk away slowly.” The nearsighted creature will probably scurry away, or, if they feel threatened, they may, well, play possum.

Ngọc Lân

"Know by sight" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Allef Vinicius

"Know (someone) by sight" -> nghĩa là 'biết mặt mà không biết tên'.

Ví dụ
Black parents particularly see him as a role model for their children. Runcie often shows up unannounced at school events, large and small, and is seen as accessible and easygoing. Many Black students know him by sight.

Winters said at least two of the original sea turtle residents are still living in better tanks in the new location. “And every time I’ve returned, I visit “Gerry” and “Merry Christmas.” She swears they know her by sight (at least without a COVID face mask) and swim up to their tank sides to greet her.

Except for shotguns (firing one feels like being punched by a prizefighter), I enjoy shooting. At the range where I practice, most of the staff knows me by sight if not by name. I’m the guy in the metrosexual (chỉ những người đàn ông rất quan trọng hóa và chăm chút ngoại hình của mình) eyeglasses and Ralph Lauren polo, and I ask a lot of questions: What’s the best way to maintain my sight picture with both eyes open? How do I clear a stove-piped round?

Ka Tina

"A sight more" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by K8

"A (damn) sight more (something)" -> nghĩa là khá nhiều, nhiều hơn so với cái khác.

Ví dụ
Talking of languages, if you haven't caught the cracking French detective series Lupin (Netflix), then do. Omar Sy stars as the master thief Assane Diop in a yarn (sợi, chỉ, chuyện luyên thuyên) as tense as Luther and a sight more believable than Poirot. And, what joy for us of a certain age, the subtitles come as standard. Last week's item on doctors withdrawing painkillers (thuốc giảm đau) from patients who think they need the medication (on the grounds that doctor knows best), reminds a reader of her male surgeon (bác sĩ phẫu thuật) who loftily (sừng sững, kiêu căng) informed her before surgery that “the cervix (cổ tử cung) is not a particularly sensitive area.”

It was a sight more than he could bear. At least at first. Home surveillance video shows a man lounging by a pool in Greenfield, Massachusetts, being startled by a curious bear this weekend. The video, shared on Facebook Sunday by Dawn Bete, is dated Saturday. The bear can be seen wandering into the backyard and trying a sip of the pool water. The man is only a few yards away and appears to be sleeping, or at least doesn't react to the bear.

But it does do the other thing, too. Although it’s pretty portly, at 1865kg, the Lusso T lacks the four-wheel drive that was something of a mixed blessing in the V12 Lusso and has four-wheel steering as standard, which means it’s actually a sight more agile than you might imagine a car with a wheelbase 300mm longer than an entire Smart Fortwo. It’s a car that you can hustle and one you can balance on the throttle (van bướm, bộ điều chỉnh). Turn in to a tight corner and you’ll be impressed by how keenly the nose bites into the apex (đỉnh, ngọn), how little understeer is presented yet how strong remains the traction even without front driveshafts.

Ka Tina

“Buy sight unseen” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by freestocks

“Buy (something) sight unseen” -> nghĩa là mua thứ gì mà không xem hay thử trước.

Ví dụ
Before you go out and buy one sight unseen, make sure you have the essentials. Check out our picks for the five suits every man should own below.

"Because of low inventory (bản kê, tóm tắt) and low interest rates, buyers are finding that they may put offers in on 3, 4, 5 different houses and not get them, so when the sixth one comes along and time is of the essence, they will buy them sight unseen," Neaves said.

If you're a developer and you get to the forced sale, you're pretty much home free. First of all, it's an auction on the courthouse steps that's only been advertised in the legal classifieds of some local paper, so no one even knows about it. Second, even if they did, the rules say that no one is allowed to go inspect the land ahead of time, so any prospective buyer would have to buy it sight unseen.

Ka Tina

“A sad sight” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Paola Chaaya

“A sad sight” = cảnh tượng buồn thảm -> nghĩa là trường hợp, tình huống làm dấy lên cảm giác buồn bã, thương hại vô cùng.

Ví dụ
"It's a sad sight," Shelia Salmon said. "Unfortunately, I've seen dead turtles and fish on the beach, but never in my life have I seen a dead whale.

"Witnessing that was a sad sight. I tried to help the other roommate out as much as I could," Stapleton said, talking about the moments after firefighters found a victim inside the unit that burned. "After everything was done, I took a shower and I just sat there for an hour thinking about everything."

Many changes the Pokémon anime made from the games include real-time battles and giving them standalone personalities. A decision that didn't sit well with many fans was the Pokédex cut administered in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Although it was a sad sight to see for many, others found it not too bothersome since not every Pokémon is viable in a competitive sense.

Ka Tina

“Sorry sight” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Shail Sharma

“Sorry sight” -> nghĩa là cảnh tượng thiểu não, đáng thương hại, tiều tụy, nghèo nàn.

Ví dụ
You may be such a sorry sight, but still, the world is your oyster (con hàu) even if you wear your heart on your sleeve. Aye, you have seen better days! We must send you packing. It’s all Greek to you anyway!

Chelsea can only send along Abraham with their best wishes, and a buyback clause, because this one will undoubtedly come back to haunt the club. It’s a sorry sight to see, but right now, it’s what’s best for Abraham. With the current state the club is in, when it comes to being selfish, it don’t have much of a leg to stand on.

An insider source tells the National Enquirer that Nicholson is now “clocking in at around 350 pounds and knows he’s a sorry sight.” His friends are reportedly growing increasingly worried. “He doesn’t want people to see him looking like this and has become a virtual recluse (ẩn dật)!” the snitch (kẻ mách lẻo, ăn cắp vặt) explains. We checked in on the legendary actor’s health here.

Ka Tina

“Not stand the sight of" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by antony

“Not stand the sight of (someone/something)” = không chịu được cái mặt của ai/cái gì-> nghĩa là không thể thích, chịu đựng, chấp nhận; rất ghét, bị kinh tởm.

Ví dụ
Surprisingly, Utesov also noted that Yaponchik did not stand the sight of blood — a rather odd weakness for a person of his occupation.

TV personality, actor, singer and businesswoman Relebogile Mabotja, who is expecting her first child in two months, has not had an easy journey to motherhood as she had been struggling with fibroids (có dạng xơ, sợi) and pregnancy complications. Mabotja has been apprehensive since the early stages of her pregnancy (mang thai) that she could not stand the sight of baby clothes.

At one level, the ugliness of the moment seems a trite (cũ rích, sáo, lặp đi lặp lại) observation to make. And yet it gets to the core of the complicated relationship the rest of the world has with America. In Tinker Tailor, Haydon at first attempts to justify his betrayal with a long political apologia (lời biện hộ, biện giải), but, in the end, as he and le Carré’s hero, the master spy George Smiley, both know, the politics are just the shell. The real motivation lies underneath: the aesthetic, the instinct (bản năng). Haydon—upper-class, educated, cultured, European—just could not stand the sight of America. For Haydon and many others like him in the real world, this visceral (nội tạng, theo bản năng, không theo lý trí) loathing proved so great that it blinded them to the horrors of the Soviet Union, ones that went far beyond the aesthetic (thẩm mỹ).

Ka Tina

“Not a living soul in sight” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Léonard Cotte

“Not a living soul in sight” = không có linh hồn sống trong tầm nhìn -> nghĩa là không có ai ở gần đây; ‘chẳng có ma nào cả’.

Ví dụ
It seems strange to go to a 150-acre dog lover’s attraction without a dog. Even stranger, I think as I stroll around Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vt., is the fact that there’s not a living soul in sight. Granted, it’s a weekday in March — not exactly high tourist season in this part of the country — but I thought that I’d at least be greeted by a tongue-wagging Lab or a sniffing terrier (chó sục, quân địa phương) or two.

While returning from with a recent voyage (du hành) to Atlanta to bathe in the current mutation (sự biến đổi) of the Grateful Dead organism, your crosseyed correspondent (and his band of intrepid pilgrims (người du hành/hành hương dũng cảm)) visited Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon and spent some time near the resting places of Duane and Gregg Allman and Berry Oakley. Rose Hill was more like a magic garden then a cemetery (nghĩa trang), and we were surrounded by singing birds and yellow coins of light that the noon sun flung down, through the bobbling leaves, but there was not a living soul in sight, not as far as the eye could see, even way down among the long lines of plain stones marking the remains of unnamed Confederate soldiers. This visit to Rose Hill rolled over Hambone like a two-ton peach, so, upon his return home, he did some thinking, and some reading, and some listening.

Cresting a sandy hill somewhere on the outskirts of the Gorafe Desert, Andalucia, I stopped for a short break to snap some photos. A soft breeze rustled sparse, dry grasses on the slopes of the rolling hills; not a living soul in sight for miles, no traffic noise, and no traces of human activity as far as the eye could see – it felt like for one blissful moment, the world stood still, the sun beating down on the cracked earth, the air almost electric with silence and scorching heat. My only company was a lone, bone-dry bush resembling a phantasmagorical (thuộc ảo ảnh) Joshua tree, and instead of taking the camera out, I simply sat on the bike, engine off, taking it all in, in no particular rush to get anywhere at all.

Ka Tina

“Lower your sights” nghĩa là gì?


“Lower one’s sights” = hạ thấp tầm nhìn -> nghĩa là bớt kỳ vọng, mong chờ.

Ví dụ
‘I see no reason why I should lower my sights. I’m as fit as I’ve ever been, I’m gaining more experience all the time, I’ve still got my length off the tee and I still feel I can compete. So let’s keep going.’

For now, though, Osaka was content to lower her sights and express gratitude for the chance to play at all at this time. “I feel like playing a grand slam now is a super privilege, and it’s something I won’t take for granted,” she said on court. “Thank you to everyone for making this tournament possible.”

Even if you are being presented with a hundred reasons why you ought to lower your sights, don't believe any of them. They are all false. Don't just persevere, deliberately redouble your efforts to pursue a bright vision. With the Sun-Venus conjunction (sự liên kết) you'll find that, if you continue to think high, happy thoughts, you can transcend all the difficulties you currently face. This is a good time to retool your strategies and get things in order. A calculated, well-studied plan will soon present itself. You can make it work. When decisions come directly from the intuitive source of your being, you are guaranteed success. Something big is happening.

Ka Tina

“A sight to behold” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Timothy Dykes

“A sight to behold” = gương mặt để nhìn ngắm -> nghĩa là rất hấp dẫn, quý giá, đáng chú ý/ghi nhớ.

Ví dụ
Leslie Vokacs a member of the Rottweiler club said she’s excited to see these dogs compete. “Is a sight to behold to see all these Rottweilers together in one place and to see how well trained they are, how versatile they are, it’s just amazing to me.” Friday night will be the Top 20 Gala where judges will choose 20 of the best Rottweilers. If you’re interested in attending click the link below for the full schedule.

It’s been a long time coming for Jumbo Joe but the ageless wonder finally showed up with his best game in quite some time. His goal in the first period made him the oldest Leaf ever to score a goal (after having the honour snubbed from him by a Jason Spezza tip on Thursday) and he made it look pretty too. But Thornton’s beef with Ehlers in the third was quite a sight to behold and he was able to get under the latter’s skin a bit. What a legend.

A lush, green lawn is a sight to behold. Many variables are involved in growing and maintaining grass, and water and fertilizer are among the most important components. Knowing how much water and fertilizer to apply and when to apply it can make a big difference in the appearance and health of a lawn. That's because a well-fed and watered lawn will develop a better root system, which makes the lawn less vulnerable to stressors like drought, mowing, foot traffic and heat, according to the Scotts¨ company.

Ka Tina

“A heap sight” nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Waranont (Joe)

“A heap sight” -> nghĩa là rất nhiều.

Ví dụ
I'm looking a heap sight forward to getting out a lot more and exercising and all that.

"It came down a heap sight faster than it was raised and certainly did more damage than the profanity of the bridge constructors when they appreciated what had happened," the Standard quipped.

“I think we’ve learned a heap sight, I’ve been part of it, from Ray Rice, on how we look at violence towards women, or the allegations of violence against women,” Vincent said. “Lisa Friel has led our investigations there, and every case is different, and rather than assuming and jumping out there, you get all the facts in.”

Ka Tina

"Pester power" nghĩa là gì?


"Pester power" = năng lực quấy rầy -> nghĩa là trẻ em nài nỉ, khóc lóc, đòi bằng được bố mẹ mua đồ chơi mình muốn. 

Ví dụ
That was the day the pester power tap got turned to 11 and the floodgates opened, and it was only a matter of time before they got their own way.

Finally, enlist the children as water-conservation (tiết kiệm nước) police. There are loads of great online resources where they can learn how to reduce household water use. Then, use pester-power to make sure all of those no-cost behavioural changes happen. Check out Tap Tips for more information.

In 2019, children are ‘pestering’ for change and parents are listening. This isn’t pester power as we’ve known it for generations gone by, this is progressive (có tiến triển) and positive pester power. 

Pester power – when kids try to get their parents to buy something, or change their behaviour – might usually be associated with nagging (mè nheo) for lollies at the checkout, but in this case it could be working towards positive change instead.

Ngọc Lân

"Pass muster" nghĩa là gì?


"Pass muster" -> nghĩa là chấp nhận được, vừa đủ. 

Ví dụ
Because while the bro might have squeaked (cót két) by on the charms of Neil Patrick Harris’ performance back when HIMYM was on the air, his behavior would not pass muster in 2021.

If they pass muster the member states will take up to four weeks to give the go ahead and then, one official said, "we´ll see money start to flow in July."

It has become de riguer for companies to have their compliance (đồng lòng) programs pass muster before settling cases with the government. Sometimes prosecutors lack sophisticated (sành điệu) knowledge of how compliance programs actually work.

This represents (đại diện) a difference of R38 for every ton hauled, demonstrating a tariff that will not pass muster with our competition laws.

Ngọc Lân

"Pad the bill" nghĩa là gì?


"Pad the bill" có pad là nhồi nhét thêm -> cụm từ này nghĩa là đội giá hóa đơn bằng cách cho thêm những thứ không cần thiết, lặt vặt vào. 

Ví dụ
Now is not the time to pad the bill with $500 million to study transgender lemurs (vượn cáo) in Madagascar. Focus solely on helping the American people – period.

If you’ve ever bought land or a home, you likely encountered the term “title insurance” (bảo hiểm trên giấy)—one of many potential mystery fees frequently paid at real-estate closing. But this fee has little in common with service charges and other vague-but-sort of-legitimate-sounding expenses seemingly designed to pad the bill. Instead, the title-insurance bill is an investment in peace of mind.
    
I know from experience the ambulance staff on the island was engaging in insurance/medical fraud (lừa đảo) 18 years ago. It’s sad even with already sky high medical bills, they’ll do absolutely unnecessary things to pad the bill even more, and make it so you can’t trust the people you need to trust when you’re most vulnerable. Vultures. I hope the FBI cleans the place up so they become worthy of our trust.

$3 trillion with lots of off subject riders tagged on or $1 trillion focused on the intent (mục đích) of the bill. Guess what? Get a few jobs because taxes are going up in the next few years. The dems are trying to pad the bill for $$$$ to pet projects. Pelosi has been blocking to help BIDEN, not us.

Ngọc Lân

"The big smoke" nghĩa là gì?

Photo by Eva Dang on Unsplash

"The big smoke" -> nghĩa là thành phố lớn của một nước (ví dụ: London của Anh, Dublin, Ireland; Toronto, Canada; Sydney, Úc), thường là thủ đô.

Ví dụ 
We are not living in the big smoke, we are not living in a big city, people want reality and with me what you see is what you get.

The actress recently told The Sydney Morning Herald that there are downsides to moving from the laid-back seaside (vùng đất ven biển) enclave (vùng đất bị bao quanh bởi nhiều vùng đất khác) of Byron Bay to the big smoke in Sydney.

Over the years, the Mississauga housing market (thị trường nhà ở) has benefited from Toronto’s enormous growth. Like Vancouver and nearby regions, the impressive numbers in the Big Smoke have seeped into local areas, such as Mississauga, Oshawa and Barrie.

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