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Comment: Re:The true sticking point - China (Score 1) 114

by Thor Ablestar (#49363861) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Wikipedia: The Soviet famine of 1932–33 affected the major grain-producing areas of the Soviet Union, leading to the deaths of millions in those areas and severe food insecurity throughout the USSR. These areas included Ukraine, Northern Caucasus, Volga Region and Kazakhstan,[1] the South Urals, and West Siberia.[2][3] The subset of the famine within the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic is called Holodomor or "hungry mass-death." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

If you look at the map there you could see the hunger hit all the grain producing regions (which supports my theory that potato-producing regions survived). But you remember Ukraine ONLY, not North Caucasus, not Volga region. Why?

Comment: Re:The Russians poisoned the well (Score 1) 114

by Thor Ablestar (#49363675) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Yes, it HAS a say according to Gorbachev's agreement about reunification of Germany.

You may deny that such agreement took place. Then, you should either agree that Cuba has the same right to change allegiance as Baltic countries and Poland and do not suffer US embargo, and that placement of US rocket defense in Baltic countries and Poland is as legal as placement of Russian nukes in Cuba,

or confirm that the US is the only superpower using this fact against the interests of others, and the others have at least moral right to protect theirs interests.

Comment: Re:The Russians poisoned the well (Score 1) 114

by Thor Ablestar (#49363643) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

No. Gorbachev agreed to reunification of Germany in exchange to nonproliferation of NATO. Proliferation of NATO occurred well before Putin's rule, in 1999. NATO is simply not trustworthy. Moreover. You Americans told us Russians that we are freed from terrible Bolshevik oppression and are part of Free World. For your internal use, you won in Cold War and coined a medal in commemoration. We Russians tried to be part of your World Economy and quite soon found that our oil money cannot buy anything except consumer goods. It took us about 20 years to understand it. The Chinese have the same problem.

Do you remember Gadhafi? Once he leased European politics quite a lot of money. What did you? You asked us to support the no-flight zone. Imagining ourselves a part of you Free World we agreed like a last idiot. Instead of no-flight zone, you simply bombed Gadhafi out of existence. No Gadhafi - no debt. Are you trustworthy at all?

Remember "Marschal Taburetkin" Serdyukov? He had a task to convert Russian army to money and invest these money to the world economy. Well, he almost killed Russian army but it was you who didn't allow the money to be invested. No problem. Shoygu and Rogozin do what they should. You just taught us the hard way.

Comment: Re:The true sticking point - China (Score 1) 114

by Thor Ablestar (#49363377) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

1) "Terror" famine in 30-s was EVERYWHERE in USSR. There are some territorial variations of famine but they are depended on structure of agriculture, not on nationality. Being a grandson of kulak I know these facts from my parents.
2) The famine was result of mass exchange of grain to Western industrial technologies, and destruction of peasantry created masses of hungry industrial workers. Both were needed to survive WWII.

Comment: Re:call it the Ukraine-2 (Score 1) 114

by Thor Ablestar (#49363343) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

Well, the situation in Ukraine isn't the doing of the folks at Roscosmos (I'm guessing mostly scientists, engineers, managers and administrators like Nasa),.

Why? There was a military installation in Ukraine - the rocket testing facility or something. All the personnel was nominally military and really scientific. When all this Ukrainian crisis began all they were to be sent to Donetsk to kill "vatniks" and "kolorads". They plainly refused, were fired and I believe they work for Roskosmos. We Russians are in need of good personnel.

PS. Vatnik is a derogatory term for a person incurably poisoned with Soviet Communist propaganda ("vatnik" was a jacket with cotton heat insulation worn by Soviet soldiers and inmates). Kolorad is a derogatory term for Donetsk rebels due to similarity of their insignia to a back of Colorado beetle.

Comment: Never (Score 1) 72

by Thor Ablestar (#49363307) Attached to: How long until our skies are filled with drones?

The most important problem is that every smallest drone is an obstacle for the aircraft. 1-2 collisions - and ALL drones except officially licensed will be banned. The strict rules would not help: See the road traffic rules and their violation.

The economical reasons that disallow every citizen from owning a helicopter instead of SUV are secondary.

Comment: Re:Why??? (Score 1) 86

by Thor Ablestar (#49359157) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

Same for me. But you could install a memory rack over the i/o rack in processor box and find a HDD controller instead of removable packet drives. It would give you an usable PDP-11 in a half-height 19-inch rack (Processor/memory, FDD and HDD in it, magtape controller). I fed my PDP-11 from a simple outlet while the electricians invented the special attachment.

Comment: Re:Cut My COmputing eye teeth on the original (Score 2) 86

by Thor Ablestar (#49359091) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

When my first PDP-11/70-like arrived I just took a random book from it's dox. After 2 hours of reading I got a terrible headache, threw RSTS away and installed Unix v.6. It was needed to make a binary patch of Fortran-4 compiler to make it understand Russian but we made a really useful system. We had 5 terminals and forgot about the machine time allocation sheets. And students who did the graduation practice printed their graduation works with printers, not with mechanical types. It was a little victory.

The time allocation sheets went back when IBM PC arrived (1988). It was a good eye candy not applicable to anything serious. And only about 1998 IBM PC became powerful enough to replace the PDP-11.

Comment: Re:Ah, PDP8 (Score 2) 86

by Thor Ablestar (#49359029) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

Oh, the paper tape... When I was a Comsomol member there were FS-1500 tape readers made in Chechoslovakia. They were really high speed - 1500 bytes per second. The tape just flew through them nonstop. When the first Western readers arrived (made in Poland by US license), they were slow as snails. But the Western tape punchers were really good.

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