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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

Yomers Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

I've been to Crimea a few years back, and IMO 97% can be true in this case. A few reasons:
Crimea was russian territory until Chrushev gave it to Ukraine about 50 years ago. Everybody speaks russian there, most of crimeans think of themselves as russians.
In Crimean cities people get water from the tap couple of times a day, electricity is also unstable.
Pensions, salaries to public servants about twice higher in Russia.
Ukraine did not invest much, if at all, to local public services - public transport was still from USSR times, etc.

about a month ago
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GOCE Satellite Is Falling To Earth But Nobody Knows Where It Will Land

Yomers Re:Looks like it's going up! (122 comments)

Ah it's just elliptic orbit. Anyway TFA says it's 80 km above surface, ~170 km on tracking page.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

Yomers Re:And nothing of value was lost... (330 comments)

Viber is Skype in earlier phase of development - it's proprietary software with closed protocol. Give them some time to get user base and they will sell it out to highest bidder. What's the point of using it instead of Skype?

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work

Yomers Re:And nothing of value was lost... (330 comments)

Exactly. My 87 years old granddad use skype. Skype is the single non-opensource piece of software I have installed on my laptom, BTW all bunch of 32-bit compatibility libs are installed on my system only because of skype. I hate it, but there are no workarounds, I need it.

I hope something will force Microsoft to open Skype protocol.

about 5 months ago
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Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

Yomers Re:Hell Desk (328 comments)

According to initial tweet on Russian he'll be supporting one of non-government internet portals - more like system administrator, not customer support.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Yomers Any inkjet modified with continuous ink supply (381 comments)

Here in Thailand inkjet printers retrofitted with continuous ink supply system are popular. Big ink tanks glued to the side of the printer, plastic hoses supply ink to printing head. With this mod if you print a lot you will have to refill those big tanks about once a year with very cheap ink.

about 6 months ago
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Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will

Yomers Re:appearing to have free will (401 comments)

Human decisions are unpredictable in a same sense as a dice roll is unpredictable - just too many variables. For dice roll that would be the exact specks of the dice, force and vector used on dice while throwing, surface where it lands, air density, wind, etc. For human decision that would be genetic specks of human, all his/her previous history from birth - all experience, etc. If you exactly duplicate everything for dice or for human - roll outcome would be the same. So what about free will?

about 6 months ago
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Swartz-Designed Whistleblower Tool "SecureDrop" Launched

Yomers Re:LET THE GAMES BEGIN! (79 comments)

I can answer one of your questions - why some Russians have dash cameras on their cars.

- Dash cam means in case of any kind of traffic accident that can lead to legal conflict you have video of accident and an ability to use it or not. If recorded evidence is not in your favour - delete it. If it shows how this cute child jumped on the road from behind the truck right in front of your car - it might help you to avoid some jailtime.
- Set ups are not frequent any more - everybody have liability insurance so it does not make sense now, everybody is calling insurance after incidents as small as a scratch.
- You might get lucky and record plane crash,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHqFDsKq5DA
or meteorite,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FCJOuLXIz4
or, at least, just a deadly accident.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRWtf0000e0
- Dash cams are cheap.
- In Russia you do not need permit to use dash cam.
- So why not to get dash cam?

P.S. You say "have to have dash cameras on their cars" as if it is something bad. I disagree - youtube would be boring without Russian dash cams! And while cams are not feeding stream to central location but just record it on a flash - to be erased on a next day, if nothing of interest has happened - cams are not really a threat to privacy.

about 6 months ago
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Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

Yomers Re:books are on computers now (149 comments)

Exactly, why would anybody go to library when any book can be downloaded from torrents and read on device with e-inc screen? And if it's immoral to download 'pirated' book - what is the difference between downloading a book and taking it from library?

about 6 months ago
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Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future

Yomers Re:Books perhaps... (149 comments)

There's something about sitting down with a book that just doesn't work as well with a digital device, at least not yet.

Try kindle or other reader with e-inc screen. If you still prefer old style books - that is probably because you used to it, in less than 100 years paper books will be no more than curiosity, like scrolls or stone tablets with inscribed symbols. There is certainly something about sitting with stone tablet that just does not work as well with the books, but stone tablets, paper books or books on a digital devices are essentially the same - information in human readable form. Digital reader is more convenient than a paper book, same as paper book is more convenient than a stone table - information density is higher, reproduction cost is lower (practically zero for digital devices). But newer formats are less sturdy - it's not easy to destroy stone tablet, paper books burn and rot, digital devices are even more fragile. So use stone or metal tablets if your want your message to be read in couple thousands years, digital reader for everyday reading.

Always yours, Captain Obvious

about 6 months ago
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Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

Yomers Re:Reference Newspapers (239 comments)

As a Russian I can not agree with you on Novaya Gazeta and Echo Moskvi. AFAIK those are very boring - whatever happens it's always one conclusion - Russian government is shit and country is going down. For example Snowden? Same - http://www.echo.msk.ru/blog/dobrokhotov/1127964-echo/ . Really, anything that happens anywhere - conclusion is always the same, it's just boring. Unbiased news source? LOL

about 6 months ago
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EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

Yomers Re:Self-censorship then? (246 comments)

Yes she does seems to promote sensible things and seems to understand what's going on. Comparing to our Russian counterparts that just add new topics to be included in firewall 'DROP' list in order to protect 'children' and rights holders - very very sensible.

about 6 months ago
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EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

Yomers Re:Self-censorship then? (246 comments)

Does not it make it kinda even more difficult to operate discussion forum, or IRC channel, or, I dare say, anonymous imageboard like 4chan? By what logic operator may be held liable for user's postings? If unidentified person offended other person in, say, supermarket - would supermarket owner be held liable? Operator may be forced to delete offending content by court order, or at least as with DCMA complaints - by the letter from offended person, that's understandable. But to hold operator liable for user's postings - means say farewell to any forms of discussions on the internet, except where user posted content is premoderated or user have to somehow authorise with his real identity.

about 6 months ago
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EU Court Holds News Website Liable For Readers' Comments

Yomers Re:No freedom of speech in Europe (246 comments)

AC that posted offending comment ought to be responsible. Can not find him? Oh well...

about 6 months ago
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Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

Yomers Re:false diversity (239 comments)

BBC and Fox often present the same message different ways. For example on foreign wars - BBC shows some children in caves, children are suffering - cold, hungry, afraid of bombings by pro-government forces and want to return to normal life. After successful campaign children miraculously disappear - like in Libya, where anarchy currently is so widespread that PM was recently kidnapped. But evil dictator is dead, so children must be ok now, sure :) Fox message is just like "He is an enemy of US, we will destroy him!" - more straightforward, less sickening.

I remember how those "think of the children" news are made - I was around 15 y.o. in Moscow, it was around 1992, presumably Japanese news channel (there was russian producer who told us that) filmed as as "Russian punks". They told us to come to building in our block that was scheduled for demolition, generously gave us each 2 packs of marlboro and some vodka, somebody brought a guitar. So we were to sing russian punk songs while drinking vodka from a bottle and smoking cigarettes, all this with broken windows and overall mess of a building scheduled for demolition as a background. I do not know if it was shown or not, if shown we could be orphans of war near dwelling, half destroyed by government aviation in Chechnya, or where it was needed at the moment.

about 6 months ago

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Fukuppy, Fukushima Industries new mascot.

Yomers Yomers writes  |  about 6 months ago

Yomers (863527) writes "Fukuppy — the mascot of Osaka-based Fukushima Industries, which makes commercial freezers. It's a smiling egg with wings. "I'm Fukuppy. Nice to meet you," the mascot says on the company's website."
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