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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

mar.kolya Re:ActiveX again. (194 comments)

With NPAPI browser doesn't download executable crap without permission. But Firefox now does. And that is the problem.

Before all code that I had running on my machine came from my Linux distribution of choice. _I_ had a choice what to install and whom to trust. Now I'm being forced to trust that Mozilla compiles stuff without NSA inserts. And that NSA doesn't insert things into that stuff while it is being delivered to me. And with all due respect Mozilla's track record in terms of security is far from perfect.

Yes, I'm able to block it but it is still installed by default. Even IE asked before it downloaded and run flash plugin.

And we all know how well 'sand boxing' worked before, so not much hope here either. Once 'stuff' gets run on your CPU you are pretty much screwed.

And all this is also covered with unknown number of patents - that is truly open Internet, yes, right.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

mar.kolya ActiveX again. (194 comments)

So, at least on Linux this 'thing' doesn't come packaged with the browser in a package. Instead browser DOWNLOADS this crap from the net. ActiveX, anyone?

Very-very-very disappointing. Looks like Mozilla have forgotten what their mission was behind all those gay-rights fights.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

mar.kolya Re:Well, that sucks. (522 comments)

Everybody lies (c) dr House.

In this case it's just not part of US plans to partner with Russia on space/science. And it's not Russia's fault.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

mar.kolya Re:Well, that sucks. (522 comments)

Well, it's kind of hard to 'partner' with a country that doesn't know the meaning of word 'equal'.

US manages to show double standards in everything it does, so this seems like a reasonable response.

about 3 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

mar.kolya The only sensible approach - a encrypted key chain (288 comments)

The perception of website owners that I HAVE to remember their password just shows overblown feeling of self-importance for site owners.

The only sensible approach - completely random passwords, generated by some tool and stored in a key chain with good one master password.

Idea that user somehow would remember password for each site he uses is simply stupid. The number of passwords can easily go up to a hundred. And if all sites start insisting on changing them once in 3 days users will likely go insane.

And be damned those site owners who make it very difficult for browser to insert saved password. And the worst I've seen so far is Home Deport's credit services (owned by city bank, I presume).

And yes, I know, passwords are used not only on websites. Nevertherless - in ideal world user just plugs in his encrypted key chain and uses it to access everything he needs with one password. Well, maybe two - personal and work.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

mar.kolya All exported? (818 comments)

Looks like US had exported all democracy it had. :)

about 4 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Well, defending from 'invasion' is not exactly expression of political opinion.

I'm fairly sure that if "well armed and ruthlessness" US (or Russian, for that matter) soldiers put their foot on, say, Iran soil there will be armed response, no matter how fertile.

I do not have many friends in Crimea, but as far as I can hear this is hardly viewed as a forceful annexation by majority of citizens there. So yes, polls may be biased, but not that biased. And yes, people may be afraid to defend themselves - but this goes to a certain point. And this point clearly have not been reached. So far majority of people living there is not against joining Russia.

OTOH I'm very curious were 'ruthlessness' of Russian army is coming from? I didn't quite follow US propaganda, so must have missed something...

about 4 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

2) I already went over this in my previous post: Two wrongs does not make a right. Okay, so you believe that the US steamrolled Iraq. Fine. That means that the US should allow Russia to steamroll Ukraine to "even the score"? Bullshit. In that case, there is no country in the world that is free from guilt. Literally every country in the world has at one point colonized another, attacked another unprovoked, massacred certain ethnic groups, etc. You could then go back to to the invasion of Iraq and say that it is hypocritical for Russia to criticize the US because of what the Russians did in the Chechen War.

Well, Chechen is a Russian territory, so again, non of US business. And yes, the whole topic started because Russians didn't stop working with NASA when US committed stuff in Iraq.

I'm saying that before US (or EU) have the moral right to criticize Russia for its actions they should show how they have changed to prevent actions they've themselves made in the past. Otherwise it's like thieve criticizing other thieve: yes, stealing is wrong, but is a thieve the right person to tell anybody that?

about 4 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

What is THE ACTUAL FACTS? What is truth? How are your facts better than mine? Because they are said by US president? As if he never lies.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

This is false. The reason there's no US troops in Iraq today is that the democratically elected Iraqi government wouldn't agree to a status of forces agreement with us. Status of forces agreements are pretty standard, the US has agreements with every country that we have troops in, especially our allies like Germany and Japan. The Iraqi government decided they didn't want to agree to a SOFA, so we left. If the Iraqi government were our puppets, we would have pressured them into agreeing to the SOFA.

Sounds naive. US left Iraq because no powerful US corporation was interested enough in staying. Probably because there is not much to gain there anymore. Or because Iraq government is controlled well enough without military presence. The goal is not a military presence, the goal is to get rich. Military is just a tool.

That's different. bin Laden was hiding out in Afghanistan and launched terrorist attacks against the United States. The Taliban was supporting him, both before and after the 9/11 attacks. If you go around committing acts of war, you can expect a military response.

In other views the reason to invade Afghanistan was Afghanistan Oil Pipeline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afghanistan_Oil_Pipeline).
OTOH, can fact that country doesn't extradite a criminal be a reason for invasion? What's next: invading Ecuador for Assange and Russia for Snowden?

Actually, the United States was in Vietnam at the request of the South Vietnamese government, who wanted our help repelling the North Vietnamese army, who had invaded South Vietnam in violation of a UN order. So yes, the US was asked to intervene in Vietnam.

Democratically elected president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych use asked Russia to use force in Ukraine (not in exact this words, but fairly close), after he had to flee Ukraine. People of Crimea have had a referendum and by vast majority decided to join Russian Federation. The whole 'annex' thing happened without shots and with much celebration in Crimea. So yes, Russia was very much asked to come to Crimea.

US (and EU), on the other hand, openly supports and funds people who using force overthrown democratically elected government in Ukraine - and those people have never been elected. Clear invasion in Ukraine's internal business. Just like Iraq - we will tell you whom you can democratically choose from.

I'm not defending Putin's actions. I'm just saying that US is as bad and is leading by example. And overall it's not that people are bad, it's the structure of life, law of the nature.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

90+% and the fact that Crimeans are not fighting suggests that that is quite unanimous. And people in Iraq were fighting with US, weren't they?

And since when unambitious vote of DELEGATES is equal to unanimous opinion of people in those states?

My main point is that those sanctions are just hypocrisy. "Yes, we've done that. But you are not allowed to!" type of stance.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

I guess that just shows difference between intention and implementation :).

about 3 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Well, I guess if Crimean people ask Russians to leave you would have a fair point. As of now they've asked them to stay - it's their choice.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Typo: "my same applies on elections help in Iraq while under US invasion." needs to be "but same applies on elections held in Iraq while under US invasion."

about 3 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

And couple of more things about Crimea that everybody seem to be conveniently forgetting.

Russia didn't just 'annexed' it. There was a referendum and citizens of Crimea voted to join Russia. There may be different points of view on legitimacy of that vote - my same applies on elections help in Iraq while under US invasion.

And secondly - I do not really see Crimeans fighting against Russian invasion. No attacks on Russian solders, no IEDs on the roads. At least not yet. But still - compare that to Iraq. How many civilians were lost in Iraq war? How many US soldiers?

Russian approach seems more humane, I'd say :).

about 3 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Well. I hardly can imagine free elections with a gun pointed to ones head (figuratively speaking). Not to mention that US propaganda machine was running at full steam there. There is no way those elections were not influenced by US. They very much were. So US got what US wanted (oil, I presume) and left, fair enough.

Now in Ukraine: there was an elected government that was overthrown by armed riots. ELECTED president fled to Russia and asked Putin for protection - this is his official position. And US comes in and helps those armed rioters who stared whole thing on the first place. Notice: those rioters were not elected. They are just convenient for US to mess with Russia.

Disclaimer: I'm Russian myself, although I currently live on North America.

But in my view Russian actions in Crimea are no better or worse then US actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam or many other numerous places were US soldier had set his foot, many times uninvited. It's true that US didn't annex those territories - but that's just it didn't make much sense to officially annex them. Imagine 'state of Iraq' as a part of US - this just would not have worked. Mainly for cultural and language reasons. If people in Iraq spoke English Iraq would have been US state by now. And people in Crimea speak Russian and are actually ethnic Russians in their majority.

Note: I do not say that Putin is good. My point is that Putin is no more evil than any US president. And that's just how world works - larger countries control smaller countries, in one way or another. And nobody is free.

And all that hysteria how Putin is new Hitler is just good job in US propaganda. As well how 'Putin brings freedom to oppressed Crimeans' is a Russian propaganda.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

mar.kolya Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

Iraq is it's own sovereign country, we didn't keep even a runway or military base there, but left when the elected government of the country told us to leave.

This is very much a matter of opinion. US had left when people in Iraq had elected government US wanted. Does this make Iraq a sovereign country? I think not. Iraq is pretty much controlled by US. As well as all NATO countries, especially east European ones. BTW, did anybody invited US into Iraq? Afghanistan? Vietnam? So yeah, look at yourself first and mind your own business - and your business has nothing to do with east Europe. US has much more imperial ambitions than any other country.

about 3 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

mar.kolya Copyrightable color - this is insane (653 comments)

IMHO this is insane. Copyrighting color, form or shape - this is totally insane. And this event and also Apple vs Samsung event shows it.

One should not be able to copyright form or color. One can already copyright name and logo - this is enough. If company wants people to recognize their products - the can put their name/logo in a prominent place and then sue everybody who puts same name/logo without licence. But saying that only them can make yellow multimeters and rectangular phones - this is simply insane.

about 4 months ago
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Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

mar.kolya Re:Drivers are responsible for accidents, not came (348 comments)

I must say I do not associate myself with any political party and do not even live in US.

But anyway, since you mentioned DOT, I'd assume you are in US. And as a matter of fact there is a standard 'Yellow change intervals' in US: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/signtech/signdel/trafficmanual-current.htm , chapter 9, section 9-04.5. It didn't take me too long to find that.

So, this effectively means that either US authorities on some levels were engaging in awfully dangerous and illegal activities by shortening yellow light time or that shortening is purely perceptual. I'm not sure which one it is :).

But RLCs have really nothing to do with any of this. If some authority can go against the law and make yellow light shorter than required - that is the problem unrelated to RLCs. It's like banning bullet proof vests after some policeman suffocates his wife in it.

RLCs act as a deterrent for some drivers to run red lights, and as such they can save lives, and so they should be used, not banned.

about 7 months ago
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Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

mar.kolya Re:Drivers are responsible for accidents, not came (348 comments)

I'm not exactly sure the shortcomings of the law that you have described are actually shortcomings, for the following reasons:

1) Yes, van with older tires should keep larger distance - this is lawful and ethical thing to do. Just because it's a van, heavy vehicle , with, well, older tires. Thus it has longer stopping distance. The fact that drivers of such vehicles (or any vehicle for that matter) usually do not want to realise.

2) I'm not sure which country you live in, but I have a feeling that in any country getting insurance payments is hard enough that you would be willing to search for a buyer for your vehicle instead. And that's not to mention that you may be injured in such collision, more than you think, especially if you goal is to 'total' the vehicle. So, no person in their right mind would attempt this.

3) Probably most importantly. If you hit the brakes and someone hits you from behind - yes, they were following to closely. This is by the definition. And following to closely (and hitting someone as the result) is against the law. You might have done something ethically wrong by hitting the brakes for no reason and there is no law to punish you - that is true. But the other side did something ethically wrong and unlawful - and got punished. That is what law was intended to do.

    So I guess my point is that yes, law is not perfect. And yes, you can quickly change lanes and brake in front of somebody not giving them opportunity to get back far enough. But I would argue that current law is the best that we can get with currently deployed technology.

    Is better law possible? Probably, with onboard recorders, dash cameras and stuff, mandated by the law - better law would be possible. But I can only imagine the amount of whining about 'privacy' from people why think that are entitled to drive +20-30km/h over the speed limit.

    All in all - current law is probably the best possible in current situation. Which means that we, as a society should do our best to obey it. And not to blame the guy who was stopping for red light/squirrel/kitten or child on the road.

about 7 months ago

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Stephen Fry: An Open Letter to David Cameron and the IOC

mar.kolya mar.kolya writes  |  about a year ago

mar.kolya (2448710) writes "I write in the earnest hope that all those with a love of sport and the Olympic spirit will consider the stain on the Five Rings that occurred when the 1936 Berlin Olympics proceeded under the exultant aegis of a tyrant who had passed into law, two years earlier, an act which singled out for special persecution a minority whose only crime was the accident of their birth. In his case he banned Jews from academic tenure or public office, he made sure that the police turned a blind eye to any beatings, thefts or humiliations afflicted on them, he burned and banned books written by them. He claimed they “polluted” the purity and tradition of what it was to be German, that they were a threat to the state, to the children and the future of the Reich. He blamed them simultaneously for the mutually exclusive crimes of Communism and for the controlling of international capital and banks. He blamed them for ruining the culture with their liberalism and difference. The Olympic movement at that time paid precisely no attention to this evil and proceeded with the notorious Berlin Olympiad, which provided a stage for a gleeful Führer and only increased his status at home and abroad. It gave him confidence. All historians are agreed on that. What he did with that confidence we all know. — See more at: http://www.stephenfry.com/2013/08/07/an-open-letter-to-david-cameron-and-the-ioc/#sthash.LjhXn5Wn.dpuf"
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