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Comment In Soviet Russia, your employer enslaves YOU! (Score 1) 492

You are right. But there are some other factors:

In Soviet Union there was a state policy: The university education is free. If your grades are high enough you even obtain some scholarship money. But after you graduate there is a procedure of "distribution": There is a list of employers pretending to employ the graduates, and the graduates choose the employers. The distribution begins from the best students which can choose the best employers, and then the worst students choose the rest. Then, the employer must give the new worker some place to live and spend efforts for his specialization but the worker must work here 3 years as a payment for his education.

The other state policy was that it was almost impossible to buy an apartment (cooperation and private sector aside). Instead, there was lot of state and employer's place to live rented for the nominal fee - but as a rule with a terribly long waiting list.

And this week I've read somewhere the article stating that the free education and free place to live are necessary to prevent the condition "poor became poorer, rich become richer" and the resulting crash of the society.

Now let's return to the procreation. In Soviet Union there was enough place to family life and enough time for family life. ("In USSR there is no sex" is a famous phrase I personally heard from TV). In USA (and in modern Russia too) you either have no place or no time for procreation since your student loans eat all your free money and correspondingly all your free time which you spend to earn money.

And the second factor is that in USSR your wealth didn't count, you needed something else for girls' attention. Creativity, for instance. Ability to obtain USA jeans. Or CPSU membership :-)

Comment Re:I'm not normally one to say things like this... (Score 3, Interesting) 245

Have you ever talked to Russian people? I mean those who live there. You might be surprised that there's a really common belief that goes back to the days of the tsar that the guy in charge is benevolent and kind and caring ... Khrushchev's time in power was probably the high water mark of the USSR in terms of achievements and quality of life... homicidal maniac Stalin was the greatest leader they ever had.

1. The monarch is never ideal. But he can survive ONLY with his people. Either it makes him at least slightly benevolent and caring, or he is overthrown and killed. In contrast, the democratically elected President can do everything he wishes and run away immediately after his term.

2. The first thing Khrushchev did was to destroy the private agriculture. And we Russians have LOTS of political jokes about him depicting him as an active idiot.

3. Yes, Stalin was a dictator (I tell it as a grandson of Kulak). But Stalin spent the results of his dictatorship EFFICIENTLY. No other maniac in the world did it.

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 3, Insightful) 245

No. As a Russian I think it's just not a Putin's idea. It looks as an initiative of Parliament that went out of control. We name our Duma "a rabid printer". The govt opposes it but cannot do against the law.

For instance, our law requires to add "The terrorist organization prohibited in Russia" every time ISIS (and a lot of other organizations) is mentioned in media. Also, the photos from the famous Victory Parade (where Hitler's banners with Swastikas were thrown to the basement of Lenin's Mausoleum) are banned because they depict the Swastikas. And also it's a requirement for me to know all the list of prohibited information in order to avoid posting something from this list. We use this list as a recommendation list and wait impatiently for the next issue.

Comment In Soviet Russia, Internet never disconnects YOU! (Score 5, Interesting) 245

how-putin-tried-to-control-the-internet (In Russian)

In short: Russian govt (Comms Ministry and Comms Supervision: Minkomsvyaz and Roskomnadzor) had performed a simulation of disconnect of Russia from the global Internet this spring. They have found that Russia is still connected, and they could not understand by what means it stays connected. They think that the problem is in lots of small providers (up to 11000 Internet providers licenses total) that have satellite links abroad.

Full Disclosure: I live in Russia. And I am quite glad that the experiment failed.

Comment No non-lethal technology for the police! (Score 1) 712

Full disclosure: I live in Russia. But I see that power spoils everywhere, not only in Russia.

Do NOT give the police anything non-lethal including the traditional rubber batons.

When the cops use the lethal weapon they always know that their illegal activity may produce the evidence in form of a dead body (or at least some gun wounds that are required to be reported by doctors), and then there WILL be a due process where they should prove that the dead body has been produced legally. If there is some method to incapacitate people without killing them and producing corresponding evidence - the cops WILL use this method against any suspect.

Comment In Fascist Germany, TOR is broken! (Score 2) 122

There is a lot of Soviet films about the Nazis attempting to catch a Soviet agent by selectively powering down the city blocks.

The same method is fully applicable to TOR. You just make a connection to TOR node you try to find and then block/delay anything except well known ports for, say, 5 seconds. If your traffic is correspondingly delayed then you have blocked the part of the network which contains either intermediate or end node. And you can do it in parallel for all the known TOR hidden nodes.

You need a control of all the network but it's quite simple since all the main Internet providers are state monopolies. Also, the infrastructure for doing it is being built due to the internet filtering laws.

The cloud storage networks seem more promising in these circumstances since it's impossible to find post factum who inserted the info to the cloud.

Comment In Soviet Russia... (Score 1) 212

... the police chief told my daddy that the giant dog is the only legal protection. If he eats a burglar it's OK but if you kill a burglar it's a crime. Russian law allows killing the killer, not the burglar.

The second means of protection was a flare launcher. The flare easily burns all the guts of a burglar while it is not legally a weapon, so it's not a crime but only a misbehavior to keep it, and flares are sold w/o license.

And the third: A wireless signal to the police. Prices are quite affordable, property is insured, and there is a nice label that the building is being guarded.

The video system is on 4th place. And my neighbor's recorder is in my basement, not his.

Happily the junkies died off and our neighborhood is safe. Also, many locals don't lock their dogs so they wander around eating the strangers.

Comment Re:Trolls do dis-service to Russians (Score 1) 276

Neo-Fashists? There are NO neo-fashists in Russia. Half of them decided that Russians are "Mongolo-Katsaps" with spoiled genetics and must die. This half went to Ukraine to fight against Mongolo-Katsaps and for European values. The second one decided that their Russian people and Russia is Aryan and Uber Alles and went to Donbass to fight against the first part. So even the Russian neo-nazi sites have been closed. And while I hate Nazism I know both sides fight quite heroically.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.