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Comment: Fear of the past (Score 3, Insightful) 136 136

I read that US is afraid that the Nazism (or National Socialism) will again return to the Western Europe and the Communism (or the USSR) to the Eastern Europe, and that is why it has to watch the European leaders carefully.

On the other hand, if we must follow this absurd logic, we could be afraid that the USA will bring back the Slavery into the world. Were not ancient democratic Greece and democratic Rome based on slavery after all? Were not Slavery rampant in the USA still in 19th century?

In my opinion, it is not possible to enter into the same river twice. And it would be much better to worry about the real problems, - the global pollution, mass unemployment, the life extinction on the planet, etc. But not the ridiculous ghosts of the past.

Comment: Re:15 years in the embassy (Score 1) 262 262

This case is kind of returning to medieval practice of keeping people in dungeons. And it is not in obscure remote parts, but in one of the cultural capitals of humanity, in the spotlight of the international media.

A tiny reliably fenced yard or a garden adjacent to the building where Julian could walk once a day is all that is needed. I do not believe that it is a unsolvable issue for the city of London municipal government.

People do need outdoors exercise. It is vital for the biology and clear to anyone. He will get seriously ill otherwise before long.

Comment: Re:15 years in the embassy (Score 1) 262 262

If he chooses to do this then it is his call. But meanwhile he is sitting year after year in a tiny room of an embassy where he had demanded and got an asylum.

De facto and de jure he is in this embassy room 24/7. Since he is a human I feel there should be still some minimum dwelling standard. I is not difficult for the city of London to arrange it. I do not suggest a park, but a small yard or a garden near the embassy is quite doable.

Comment: Re:15 years in the embassy (Score 1) 262 262

I do not argue about legal and political paradoxes of the case. What I wanted to tell is that it is not fair to compare the immense building of the US embassy in Budapest and a tiny apartment of the Ecuador embassy in London.

If Julian is to spend more years in the Ecuador embassy, I would suggest that the London municipal council adds a small fenced yard to the embassy premises, so that he could walk outdoors for an hour or so.

It is harmful to our common human dignity that a man cannot have a possibility to walk outdoors. Even in the notorious Alcatraz prison there was a yard for outdoors time.

Comment: Re:is there a simple android edit/add client? (Score 3, Informative) 25 25

The best OpenStreetMap editor in my opinion is JOSM . I think it is not only the best mapping application, but one of the best computer program in existence.

I know that many people use Vespucci on Android for mapping. I personally worked a lot with the OsmPad for collecting addresses during on the ground survey.

I work with many computer maps. The OSM is one of the best, if not the best.

Comment: unshakable physical laws security (Score 1) 111 111

It is easy to sneak a back door into a complicated mathematical algorithm. Most people do not understand how it works anyway. And as we know it does happen on an epic scale, from many sides.

But there are impregnable physical laws, which all people understand. Still this type of security is neglected by hardware producers. For example, why there is no a light physical plastic lid, which can be used to close web-camera on a ultra-book physicaly? Why the web-camera lenses are always open? Why people shall use a messy scotch tape to close it? Or rely just on a dubious software security.

Why where is no a similar lid to close a microphone and a web-camera on a smart-phone? If a web-camera is closed by a physical lid it is closed. This is it. And it is not difficult to make a convenient design so that it is opened and closed easily.

Comment: Re:Bet I can guess the solution (Score 4, Interesting) 64 64

...attacks from Russian IP's...

One should realize that there are a lot "pirated" Windows OS installations in Russia. I would guess more than 90%.

These PCs do not have Windows Update, since the OS is not authentic. And consequently hoards of different viruses, trojans and bot-networks run on them. The masters of these malicious networks could mount cyber activity from the IPs' of unsuspecting owners.

I would advise a Pentagon delegation to visit a Russian megalopolis for a cultural exchange trip and learn the real situation on the ground, before retaliating with cyber campaigns on poor people.

Comment: B.C., A.D., ... (Score 1) 686 686

We may dislike or like E.Snowden. But there is no denial, there is the world Before Snowden and After Snowden. I am not sure which one is better, the same as the Dark Ages could be not better than Pax Romana. But that is what happened, and it is impossible to put toothpaste back into the tube.

Comment: Re:What the fuck is "Periscope"? (Score 2) 153 153

...China, or maybe Russia ... are nothing more than a 3rd world country trying to hide that fact...

China and Russia adopted the metric systems still in the early 20th century. Printing press, periodical system of elements, space flight, and many other significant humanity-scale scientific and engineering breakthroughs were made in those parts.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil