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Comment: In Soviet Russia, Cable uses YOU! (Score 1) 464

by Thor Ablestar (#49143875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

If you ask this question, you presumably have no following specific equipment needed for such operations: 44 to 40 pin HDD adapter, PCMCIA to Compact Flash adapter and PCMCIA network card. It's quite strange that you own the book for 20 years and have no such equipment (I live in Russia and I have all three. I prefer a PCMCIA to CF adapter and a 32-GB CF card since it gives me 32 GB of additional removable storage. There are LOTS of them on E-Bay and since all they are passive there is no place for problems. Then you can use any CF reader to move your data anywhere). So the least common denominator is either LPT or COM. Warning! You may want to boot from PCMCIA CF since it's sometimes possible that Windows does not recognize more than 1 GB of CF. So you may want to make it bootable.

If you have a computer with both USB and LPT then make a Laplink LPT cable (2 DB-25M connectors and 11 wires), boot DOS from USB stick and use Laplink or Norton Commander Link to copy files to USB stick.

If you have a computer with both USB and COM (even the newest ones usually have one hidden on m/b) then make a null modem cable and copy files with the same Norton Commander Link via COM. It's a loooooooooong procedure but it at least works.

If you have no other computer with both USB and COM then the situation is more complicated. You will need to install somewhere any terminal host having a Z-modem capability, for instance, some Linux and rsz package (Have no idea about such host in Windows). Then use a USB to COM adapter and null-modem cable. Login to the host and use your preferred terminal program to do the work.

Comment: Re:Does it inject (Score 1) 248

by Thor Ablestar (#49087961) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

Disk firmware version is not a standalone program. It's a Windows (and maybe Mac) parasite as all the Equation group. You cannot catch it without using a Windows. If it does not find a host to infect it has exactly 3 ways: 1) Self-destruct, and the problem is solved, 2) Pretend to be nonexistent, and problem is at least nonexistent while you use Gentoo, 3) Crash and be sent to Kaspersky.

Comment: Re:All the more reason... (Score 3, Informative) 248

by Thor Ablestar (#49087621) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

At least when some our Russian programmer found a hidden Chinese (?) hypervisor in new Intel boards he has found that reflashing actually cures the problem. (in Russian). And also, Russians have a proggie that detects it.

Also, the HDD bug can either run before a system - and it will be quite interesting to look how it will break GELI - or become resident. If it uses VM to become resident - it will be detected. If not - a system (I don't speak about Windows) will overwrite it.

Comment: Re:All the more reason... (Score 1) 248

by Thor Ablestar (#49087369) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers

I have the similar problem with HP book that had no drivers at all except a recovery Win7 CD. My attempt to reinstall a Win8.1 from scratch failed due to absence of drivers. Moreover, there ARE good drivers for it but Win8.1 insists on replacement of them with fresh but incompatible drivers. As a result, I gave the book to my Windows-only friend and switched to Lenovo. I don't use Windows, but at least the Windows drivers for Lenovo are downloadable from their site.

Comment: Re:Russians, help me understand (Score 1) 412

by Thor Ablestar (#48774703) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

I must stress again: The prison moral has escaped to the wild and became moral of the society. And also: There is NO lawlessness in prisons (except from guards, of course). The "Ponyatiya" are VERY strict laws, they are interpreted by "Thieves in Law", fulfilled and their violation is immediately punished. The "Otmorozki" (people who don't observe the Ponyatiya) are not tolerated.

Comment: Re:And the rules for Putin? (Score 1) 412

by Thor Ablestar (#48774595) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

Because there are some photos of Putin either completely naked, with his organ up, (which I believe to be photoshopped), or covered from waist down (which corresponds to Sharia law). H have never seen pictures of Putin covered from waist up. See also "Wrestling" by Donskaya-Khilko.

Comment: Re:Takes attention away from Putin (Score 1) 412

by Thor Ablestar (#48774447) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

1. Russia didn't demand return of Crimea. It was before Kosovo/Kosova, you know. But it changes nothing about Sevastopol. It is NOT a part of Crimea as Washington DC is NOT a part of any of US states. It's a federal property and should become a Russian property according to "Zero variant" treaty duly signed by Ukraine. It was annexed by Ukraine from Russia.
2. Nukes off in exchange for territorial integrity is a letter of intents, not more. The treaty that required Ukraine to be nuclear free is a Lissabon treaty of 1992.
3. The oil prices are set by international traders. You believe it's not possible to influence them? And if you remember 1980-s then you remember that the only real value of dollar after the fall of Bretton Woods is the USA-Saudi agreement and fact that anybody who sells oil for anything except dollar will become democratic - Saddam wanted euros and Iraq is a democracy now. Qaddafi wanted a gold dinar and Libya is a democracy, too. Imagine how much Obama wants to bring democracy to Iran, Syria and Russia. Especially after the SPb, Russia oil exchange began trading oil for yuans.
4. You keep dollar high and gold low. You cannot stop it. And it only means that Putin cheaply buys gold. And he buys gold nonstop. Russian gold resources still grow during all this crisis. Chinese do the same. Imagine how glad is Obama. And how much he wants to make oil cheaper.

Comment: Re:Russians, help me understand (Score 2) 412

by Thor Ablestar (#48774123) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

Some time ago, the Soviet power allowed the prison moral "Ponyatiya" to escape to the wild, which is quite understandable due to repressions. And according to Ponyatiya, there is an hierarchy between the inmates where passive homosexuals are in the lowest position and are untouchable, except as a sexual object. The popular hate to homosexuals has no connection to Christian moral.

About the Gay Pride: I think it's proven that the Gay Pride has no relation to the homosexuals and is the movement paid from abroad and is pressured as such which is OK.

About Crystal Night: I believe it may exist. For long time Putin paid his elites with right to steal. There should come times when it's just not enough oil to steal and the Crystal Night becomes necessary. Unfortunately, I see just the opposite: the elites that openly sabotage the economy according to the best Harvard methods and Putin who either cannot or doesn't want to stop it.

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