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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:This (229 comments)

Which legal rights? The constitution of Ukraine only allows such a partition after a nation wide referendum. Russia signed an agreement where they guaranteed to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. It is all a bunch of bullshit. They did not even bother making it a puppet state. They just steamrolled into it.

Do you honestly believe even if the voting was conducted properly that the people voting in that referendum did not feel coerced into it by the presence of Russian military forces during the voting procedure? Fact is Stalin agreed after WWII to let the people of the nations 'liberated' from Nazi Germany have free elections. He basically rigged all the elections to ensure the local Communist parties would win. This is a repeat of the same thing. Putin rigs elections in Russia and mocks the Russian constitution by doing a tag team alternation with Medvedev. Do you seriously think he would not do the same in Crimea?

7 hours ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

cheesybagel Re:BS (221 comments)

If this was true I could have a 100 year mortgage with really low % of income and end up dying and never owning the damned house in the first place.

8 hours ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:This (229 comments)

Just because the government is illegitimate is no justification to proceed to a land grab.

8 hours ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:This (229 comments)

Merely coincidentally the Russian areas of interest include not only the Sevastopol naval base but also the Kharkiv Tank Factory. I wonder if they will also invade Kiev just to get the Antonov manufacturing plant as well.

8 hours ago
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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:This (229 comments)

The proper way to handle that was not via a land grab where they carve up pieces of Ukraine for themselves. For one there were no actual violent actions taken. If there were there are other way to engage in 'peacekeeping' other than this.

8 hours ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

cheesybagel Re:Good (75 comments)

This article is cute considering I was playing The Republia Times yesterday.

9 hours ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

cheesybagel Re:Congratulations are in order. (75 comments)

I thought that guy in the Guardian recently had his computer, with the rest of the files he had, apprehended by British security forces who promptly destroyed all the remaining evidence. Oh right there it is. They 'voluntarily' destroyed the hard drives in front of the security forces.

9 hours ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

cheesybagel Re:Good (75 comments)

Sadat I can sort of understand. He did sign the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty (then got assassinated by someone who did not like it). The other guys (Peres, Arafat) signed the Oslo accords which might be horrible in several regards but at least they enshrined some sort of autonomy for the Palestinian Arabs. de Klerk released Mandela and allowed the ANC to run for elections. Kissinger... uh... perhaps the visit of Nixon to China and reopening that connection. I am not quite sure what he's supposed to have done.

Obama was total nonsense. Was it because they believed his campaign promises of withdrawing from Iraq, Afghanistan, and closing Guantanamo? They need to wait and see before they give it to someone next time.

10 hours ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

cheesybagel Re:Good (75 comments)

There are more people using Huawei telecoms hardware than just the Chinese government. I guess you think we should not discuss Cisco or Siemens SCADA vulnerabilities either.

10 hours ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

cheesybagel Re:BS (221 comments)

A couple decades back a blue collar worker could buy a house on 3 years salary. Can you do that today?

10 hours ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

cheesybagel Re:Surely ironic (260 comments)

It took less than three decades. However after 9/11 laptop and cellphone use on airplanes was banned. I remember at one point Iridium mentioned airplane communications for plane travelers as a possible market.

12 hours ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

cheesybagel Re:It was a "joke" back then (260 comments)

The limiting factor was the size of a pocket. The form factor is the same calculators have used for yonks. Now, it may be that someone makes a smartwatch but do you have any reason to believe those will be more successful in the long term than calculator watches turned out to be?

Smartphones are general purpose computers in a portable format. I doubt they will be replaced or displaced any time soon. Personal computers did not totally replace mainframes either. They just have a larger market. In the case of a smartwatch the problems are how to conduct input and output given the small size. Aside from sci-fiesque projections of virtual displays into thin air what else can you do?

12 hours ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

cheesybagel Re:"Ancient." "Cruft." (244 comments)

For whatever unfathomable reason Microsoft decided to make Winsock use the BSD socket API *but* you need to use Windows specific error handling mechanisms, Windows specific constants, initialization and shutdown functions, etc.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (229 comments)

It is called Realpolitik. It was probably invented by Cardinal Richelieu who joined the Thirty Years War in Europe, of Protestants vs Catholics, by siding with the Protestants despite being a Catholic priest himself because he was not interested in the Spanish Habsburg Empire gaining dominion in Europe.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:"use of force" (229 comments)

Just call it a puppet state like we used to back when it was WW2 time.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (229 comments)

It caused the Cuban 'special economic period' too.

The USSR went bankrupt for all sorts of reasons. Expenses on the war on Afghanistan. Crumbling infrastructure including oil extraction and transportation. Supposedly their oil industry production collapsed just before the crisis happened. Besides the infrastructure they ran out of the easily accessible oil that used to fuel their planned economy. As a result the whole thing came tumbling down. The system was designed to run on cheap oil.

They did not have unfettered access to the worldwide markets either not a lot of goods they could sell to other countries besides weapons. That certainly did not help either.

So the move to thawing relations with the West had to happen regardless of it breaking up or not.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (229 comments)

No state will ever give up land willingly. It is from that taxes are derived. You are naive if you think the only reason the South seceded from the Union was slavery. There was a lot more at stake than that. People tend to reduce issues to slogans or sum things up in simple sentences that do not explain the whole situation.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:is this seriously (229 comments)

You need to learn how to read. What he is claiming is that Ukraine borders NATO countries like Poland and Romania and if the war escalates it may end up involving all of NATO.

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Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

cheesybagel Re:is this seriously (229 comments)

It is de facto Russian. That is what matters. There is a number of disputed territories in the world. We might as well color Tibet differently by this token.

yesterday

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