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Comment No non-lethal technology for the police! (Score 1) 624

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.

Comment Re:It's very real (Score 0) 276

Really I have enough proof of Russian involvement in the conflict: about 5 per cent of rebels are Russian citizens. But I still have no conclusive proof of Russian, rebel or Ukrainian involvement specifically in MH-17. I have only questions, maybe you know the answers?

1) Why Dnepropetrovsk air control sent MH-17 to the war zone?
2) What was the UFO seen by Russian air control near the MH-17?
3) Why nobody has seen a starting BUK? (It weights 1 ton, roars as a hell full of devils and produces a pillar of smoke from the launcher to the target - in daytime and on the territory where every second phone has a camera)
4) Why the locals told that bodies smelled formaldehyde and had no running blood while cockpit was bloodstained?
5) There are rumors that there were unusually low number of mourners. Is it true?

Comment Re:It's very real (Score 1) 276

You mean a woman in SPb that had not received her 30 silver pieces from Putinists for trolling contract? Ha-ha-ha.

I don't state that Putin's trolls are not existent. I am just tired as [beep] from trolls from the opposite side. You understand that during 1917-2015 we Russians have trained to ignore the propaganda.

Q: Radio states that there is a plenty of food in Soviet Union, but my fridge is empty.
A: Feed your fridge from the radio.

Comment Re:And? (Score 2) 276

Well, in theory. Russia sort of is a despotic shithole where success means being jailed/murdered so your assets and company can be annexed by one of Putin's business buddies.

You are basically right. Russia is sort of beephole where crablike Putin jails the oligarchs etc. Problem is that the side being jailed is not an angel, too. Especially - if the other side is not only the oligarch but the 5th column too. I had some positive emotions towards jailed Khodorkovski, jailed Bolotnaya square demonstrators etc. Now I have no positive emotions: I've seen what kind of people they are.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.