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Comment: Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (Score 2) 623

by Yomers (#46518621) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine
I've been to Crimea a few years back, and IMO 97% can be true in this case. A few reasons:
Crimea was russian territory until Chrushev gave it to Ukraine about 50 years ago. Everybody speaks russian there, most of crimeans think of themselves as russians.
In Crimean cities people get water from the tap couple of times a day, electricity is also unstable.
Pensions, salaries to public servants about twice higher in Russia.
Ukraine did not invest much, if at all, to local public services - public transport was still from USSR times, etc.

Comment: Re:And nothing of value was lost... (Score 2) 330

by Yomers (#45307293) Attached to: Microsoft To Can Skype API; Third-Party Products Will Not Work
Exactly. My 87 years old granddad use skype. Skype is the single non-opensource piece of software I have installed on my laptom, BTW all bunch of 32-bit compatibility libs are installed on my system only because of skype. I hate it, but there are no workarounds, I need it.

I hope something will force Microsoft to open Skype protocol.

Comment: Any inkjet modified with continuous ink supply (Score 1) 381

by Yomers (#45211487) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?
Here in Thailand inkjet printers retrofitted with continuous ink supply system are popular. Big ink tanks glued to the side of the printer, plastic hoses supply ink to printing head. With this mod if you print a lot you will have to refill those big tanks about once a year with very cheap ink.

Comment: Re:appearing to have free will (Score 1) 401

by Yomers (#45195247) Attached to: Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will
Human decisions are unpredictable in a same sense as a dice roll is unpredictable - just too many variables. For dice roll that would be the exact specks of the dice, force and vector used on dice while throwing, surface where it lands, air density, wind, etc. For human decision that would be genetic specks of human, all his/her previous history from birth - all experience, etc. If you exactly duplicate everything for dice or for human - roll outcome would be the same. So what about free will?

Comment: Re:LET THE GAMES BEGIN! (Score 1) 79

by Yomers (#45149161) Attached to: Swartz-Designed Whistleblower Tool "SecureDrop" Launched
I can answer one of your questions - why some Russians have dash cameras on their cars.

- Dash cam means in case of any kind of traffic accident that can lead to legal conflict you have video of accident and an ability to use it or not. If recorded evidence is not in your favour - delete it. If it shows how this cute child jumped on the road from behind the truck right in front of your car - it might help you to avoid some jailtime.
- Set ups are not frequent any more - everybody have liability insurance so it does not make sense now, everybody is calling insurance after incidents as small as a scratch.
- You might get lucky and record plane crash,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHqFDsKq5DA
or meteorite,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FCJOuLXIz4
or, at least, just a deadly accident.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRWtf0000e0
- Dash cams are cheap.
- In Russia you do not need permit to use dash cam.
- So why not to get dash cam?

P.S. You say "have to have dash cameras on their cars" as if it is something bad. I disagree - youtube would be boring without Russian dash cams! And while cams are not feeding stream to central location but just record it on a flash - to be erased on a next day, if nothing of interest has happened - cams are not really a threat to privacy.

Comment: Re:You'd think they must be joking, but... (Score 1) 2

by Yomers (#45144351) Attached to: Fukuppy, Fukushima Industries new mascot.
It looks to be real, here is Fukuppy on company website http://www.fukusima.co.jp/character/index.html - according to Guardian english name was removed from website not long ago. This company have nothing to do with Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant besides similar name - they produce refrigerators, maybe it's a bit strange PR stunt.

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