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Comment: In Soviet Russia, Content creates YOU! (Score 1) 160

by Thor Ablestar (#49553339) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

I,too, am a content creator, and it's disrespectful at best and harmful at worst to pirate content. I don't care what words you choose to use to refer to it (copying, stealing, liberating, whatever), it treats the creator with a disregard to his well-being.

Deep Purple’s Concert Violates Deep Purple’s Rights

        Jul. 7th, 2009 at 7:22 PM

The Russian Authors Organization (RAO), a collective right-management organization, sued OOO Yug-Art, a Russian company that had organized in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, a concert of Deep Purple, a legendary English rock band. RAO demanded from Yug-Art compensation for “unauthorized pubic performance” of songs copyrighted by Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, and Ian Paice, on whose behalf RAO allegedly acted. The peculiarity of the case is that on the concert Gillan, Glover, Morse, and Paise (the Deep Purple members) performed their own songs themselves. Nevertheless, the court agreed that the performance was indeed “unauthorized.” RAO won the award of 450,000 rubles (cr. $15,000, or $1,000 per song). http://russian-law.livejournal...

Comment: Re:How far would this law go? (Score 2) 134

by Thor Ablestar (#49455609) Attached to: U.S. Gov't Grapples With Clash Between Privacy, Security

As I know there is a thing named Arduino. Also, there is a thing named Arduino GSM shield. Basically it means that it's possible to make a primitive communication device with almost totally user-controlled code. (Almost - because the GSM shield has a firmware in it, but it's interface can be controlled). You can use it to make an encrypted communication between parties but unfortunately it doesn't save you from collecting metadata; it still needs a solution (Such as "Diverter" in good old days of blueboxing).

Comment: Re:Would We Even Want That? (Score 1) 324

by Thor Ablestar (#49376721) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

You may grow the equals. As a result you will not grow bright engineers capable of building a new American Nuclear bomb capable of destroying Commie Ruskies.Being a Commie Ruskie I would be quite glad. And I would be doubleplusglad since it would be the quintessence of Communism in separately taken USA.

Comment: In Soviet Russia... (Score 1) 324

by Thor Ablestar (#49376629) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

... in 1960-th there was a toy - a metal constructor. It was a big box full of different plates, axes, wheels, nuts, bolts a.s.o. It was relatively cheap (since it was produced basically by the same plants where the nuclear bombs were made). It was needed to have some brains to model something with this toy. There were lots of cheap magazines publishing projects for this toy. Sometimes it was problematic to subscribe for these magazines (it's Russia!!!!1111) but they still were cheap.

About 2010, I needed such a constructor to model some of my ideas before I implement them in full scale metal. I went to the toy shop. And I found that no such constructor is sold now. There was only a Lego. During some more searches I found the old-school metal constructor but it was extremely costly.

So, what do I think about this: 1) It was a deliberate policy of Commie Ruskies to grow bright engineers that would produce the Kuzkina Mat' (H-Bomb) of next generation; 2) It is a deliberate policy of modern Russian (and USA too since Lego is your production) to grow a controllable population.

Comment: Re:The true sticking point - China (Score 1) 152

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."

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) 152

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) 152

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.

Logic is a pretty flower that smells bad.