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Comment I would prefer a train where I board in a city (Score 3, Insightful) 65

center and arrive at a city center with my suitcase in the same train car.

And no need of x-rays, body searches, waiting in lines before security and passport controls, taxi drivers, cosmetics thrown to garbage, etc. Take with you about whatever you want and as much as you want.

Just make a normal working WiFi in trains. Still in 19th century there was a direct train from Saint Petersburg to Nice via Vienna. Nowadays despite a lot of talking about European Union Association for such countries as Ukraine, it is not possible to go by train from Vienna to Kiev directly. The same as during the Cold War, nothing changed.

Submission + - I cannot believe that John Podesta did not use the 2-Step Verification on Gmail (

Max_W writes: I read at The Intercept_ that Mr. Podesta just did not use the 2-Step Verification for his Gmail account. I find it hard to believe. Someone else is not using it?

In the Wikipedia article of Mr. Podesta it is written that he has taught technology among other subjects at the Georgetown University.

Would the the 2-Step Verification prevent this leak? Or, perhaps, The Intercept_ has got it all wrong, and it was still used, but it did not help?

Comment Re:What a dumbass (Score 1) 205

People in Russia are just as lazy and arrogant as Americans, and twice as drunk.

Alcohol consumption in Russian Federation is 15.1 liters per year per capita, and it is 9.2 liters in the United States. It is not twice, but 67%:

It is a lot, but still not twice. And there is also a factor of Mormons too, and some other factors. There are several millions of Mormons in the USA who do not consume alcohol at all.

Another figure is beer consumption per capita. Here the US is well ahead of Russia, probably, due to a warmer climate:

Comment Re:Funny, but meh (Score 4, Insightful) 205

Russia ... pays ... [for] ... propaganda... One person from the U.S., doing this on his own without government backing...

Do you mean the government of the United States does not allocate money to promote actively its policies online? It would be interesting to know if there is such an expense in the US budget and, if still yes, to compare it with Russia's spending in this domain.

I looked at Wikipedia article on the US budget 2016, but I could not find detailed expenses

Comment In the long run (Score 2) 116

Even though these revelations may hurt certain politicians or parties, in the long run I think it is beneficial for everyone. In the past we would hear about a candidate like D.Trump that he helped poor women and children all his life untiringly, or that a competing candidate of the DNC, remarkably selfless one, is selected via popular vote, that our e-mails and browsers are secure, etc.

Now we know the truth. Yes, it is a bitter stunning truth, probably harmful truth, but it is the truth. And we could start to figure out what to do about it as grown up people, as opposite to deluded children.

In the Japanese language there are two words for reality. On is a reality as it seems, and another is the reality as it actually is. We need more of the latter and not only from the US.

I do not believe these were pure hacks. I am almost sure that there were inside helpers, individuals who want us to know the reality as it is.

Comment Re:Still Confused .... (Score 0, Troll) 435

In the former USSR a lot of people, if not a majority, are still running broken Windows XP and even piratated Windows 3.1. I saw PCs with several botes running along simultaneously. These PCs do not receive security updates (or receie them from teh bot owners' servers).

Since these people do not use credit cards online, they do not care about security. It is so easy to simulate a hack from these parts or even DDoS attack, as bot owners can copy parts of text in Cyrillics directly from these PCs as de facto they co-own them too.

I would prefer a solid evidence like a witness account or copies of government documents. Russia cannot produce a single PC, notebook, or even a smartphone. I would not believe that it has got supernatural powers to enter firewalled hardened US government servers.

Comment A new feature? (Score 1, Flamebait) 251

What if we look at it as a feature, not a bug? An initial hypothesis for further brainstorming, - imagine if a person breaks a law, and there is a court decision for it, the special message is sent to the criminal's smartphone, wherever he is, and the smartphone ignites.

It could be used also in cases when a smartphone is stolen.

Comment Political Science Nobel Pize for WikiLeaks (Score 2) 689

Thanks to WikiLeaks we understand now better how the US political system really works. We know more about DNC, about funding, candidate selections, political figures' backgrounds, etc.

WikiLeaks did more in political science than generations of academic researchers. It is a revolution in political science, a new brave world.

Comment Understanding democracy better (Score 1) 756

In my opinion such leaks are beneficial as people beginning to understand better how the US democracy really functions. For example, it is not possible to build a machine if one is given only part of a technical documentation, even if it is the best part.

The same is here, - there are good strong parts in the US democracy, and there are certainly weaker dubious parts, as with everything in the world. In any case, it is useful to see and understand how the whole thing works.

Comment FCC & EC. How is it done? (Score 1) 55

The FCC and EC regulations about the power of a transmitter are the same for all. Hover, the range of DJI quads is much higher then usual. I flew DJI Phantom 3 Advanced up to 2.4 km away and back.

What do DJI OcuSync Transmission System or DJI Lightbridge mean exactly? And why do they provide a higher range?

Do these FCC and EC regulations make sense? Transmitter Power (EIRP) FCC - 26 dBm, CE - 20 dBm. Why cannot we use say 200 dBm and have a range of a hundred kilometers. Certainly for such long range it would be necessary to use a fixed-wing aircraft or a hybrid, Are these just bureaucratic arbitrary limitations as D.Trump talked about, - "layers upon layers of regulations..."?

Comment Re:A drone version of NEACP (Score 1) 25

...One purchases hundred or thousands of drones, slightly larger than the typical Phantom class and capable of hauling, say, a stick of dynamite or C4, and runs them through a civilian target. Pretty easy to do. Pretty easy to defend against but you would have to rig it up specifically for this level of threat - F35's are probably not going to be real useful here...

Drones are no good as weapons while fighting with peers. With savages - yes, but not with peers. Drones' control radio-signal is extremely vulnerable to jamming by the electronic warfare (EW) systems. For example, if something like this is switched on it will not be a good flying day for a drone pilot.

Comment There are always honest people (Score 1) 278

...did "tremendous damage"...

to bloated shills.

Edward's whole family way back several generations fought and worked for the United States. He is a honest man. He did not do any damage to great working people of the United States, such as John Steinbeck, Angela Davis, and the like.

This is what they cannot get: there are always honest people who do not like lies, fraud, greed, hypocrisy. They are ready to blame anyone - hackers, foreign countries, etc., but they should look at yourself first. And remember that there are always good people around. It could be a secretary, an IT man in a cellar, etc. who should report a sham to the community.

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