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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Re:Slashdot jumps the shark (789 comments)

I don't see how more aggressive can't be reasonable. In the case of the whole Ukrainian mess, we don't know based on what information Putin makes his decisions. Although, I bet he sees a vastly different picture than people whose only source is main stream media do. After all, we have newspapers and TV whereas he has arguably some of the best intelligence agencies at his disposal. I'd like to think that whatever Putin does is reasonable, even if just from his own point of view.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Re:Unreal... (789 comments)

Good grief. Some 'stuff' universally 'matters.'

Some stuff that actually happened in this reality sometimes matters.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Re:Unreal... (789 comments)

Yeah, because "field commanders" have access to nuclear weapons. Are you for real?

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

xfizik Unreal... (789 comments)

Regardless of political preferences... I simply can't imagine in what form those threats could have been made. Phone call? Letter? Email? How can anyone be so [IMHO, unrealistically] stupid to mention using nuclear weapons knowing that every word in today's communications is being recorded and would be published by the opposite side?

P.S. Thank you Slashdot for posting at least 2-3 stories about Ukraine every day. I guess this is really the stuff that matters to nerds that much.

about two weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

xfizik And then ... (322 comments)

What are the chances that once it's built, the U.S. will find that Nicaragua is not democratic enough to operate it "independently"?

about a month ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

xfizik Re:Nonsense (115 comments)

Yes, and that could be another rational reason, not isolationism. Btw, Russia also stopped buying Apple products for government use not so long ago.

about a month ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

xfizik Nonsense (115 comments)

"China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology."
Why would they want to isolate themselves from the world? They may be looking to increase security (with the whole NSA mess, I wouldn't blame them) or trying to cut a better deal with Apple. There may be other rational reasons too.

about a month ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

xfizik I'd love to be wrong, but ... (442 comments)

Given that the show is going into season 8, I wouldn't be too surprised if it went downhill from here, like it usually happens to long running sitcoms. It's not like money will reflect the quality of acting.

about a month and a half ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

xfizik Re:For domestic use only (176 comments)

I know your constitution allows it, that's pretty much the whole point of my original comment - you will deal with your government violating your constitution while my (and many other) government(s) doesn't give a shit about your country spying on our citizens. And you know why? Because we are "friends". One-way friends.

about a month and a half ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

xfizik Re:For domestic use only (176 comments)

I'd prefer a coordinated international effort to have more communications bypass the U.S. Many countries have laws against businesses abusing their monopolistic powers, yet the world has been content with the U.S. monopoly on the Internet control.

about a month and a half ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

xfizik Re:For domestic use only (176 comments)

If you didn't give a shit, you wouldn't be spying.

about a month and a half ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

xfizik Re:For domestic use only (176 comments)

No, I'm not nutz and I understand the realities of all this, but the fact is that while you at least get the talk about how "bulk surveillance on U.S. citizens" is bad and a chance that it may one day be stopped or limited, spying on the rest of the world is not being discussed at all. It's not as you say:
1. make them stop spying on US citizens
2. make them stop spying on everyone else
2 will never happen from within the U.S. Our own governments are the ones who have to protect our communications and, as I said, they have not expressed any willingness to do anything in that direction, which is sad.

about a month and a half ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

xfizik For domestic use only (176 comments)

As a non-American I couldn't care less how much the U.S. government is spying on its citizens. What I'm concerned about is the absence of effort to curb the U.S. spying on non-Americans. I haven't heard my government even acknowledging the fact that the U.S. is going through all our communications. Decentralized Internet is badly needed and nothing seems to be in works...

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

xfizik Transparency FTW! (98 comments)

And they say Russia is too secretive. This is the pinnacle of transparency!

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

xfizik Re:Biden is talking coding?? (225 comments)

Success in life in not measured by how well you know coding. Especially when you can hire someone who does know the stuff. It's unfortunate that politicians have little clue about things they talk about, but since I'm not American I quite enjoy these public blunders.

about 2 months ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

xfizik Re:Breaking news (619 comments)

Poor americans. The who gang of NSAs, CIAs, FBIs, DoHSs and others must be practically implanting cheating in their genes.

about 2 months ago

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