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Submitted by mi
mi (197448) writes "Ukrainian media are reporting (link in Ukrainian), that Facebook is getting increasingly heavy-handed blocking Ukrainian bloggers. The likely explanation for the observed phenomenon is that Facebook's Ukrainian office is located in Russia and is headed by a Russian citizen (Catherine Skorobogatov). For example, a post calling on Russian mothers to not let their sons go to war was blocked "Due to multiple complaints". Fed up, Ukrainian users are writing directly to Zukerberg to ask him to replace Catherine with someone, who would not be quite as swayed by the "complaints" generated by Russian bots. The last link (in both Ukrainian and English) is also on Facebook. Will it survive for long?"

Comment: Re:Sure, it is all Koch brothers' fault... (Score 1) 525

by mi (#47791053) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

But the problem isn't the cables in most cases, its the service. I no longer have to deal with Cogeco's policies, I get Teksavvy's instead.

Sure, I understand, I had the same deal — with Verizon in place of Cogeco and SpeakEasy in place of Teksavvy. While it worked things were fine. When something went wrong, figuring out, which of the two is responsible was rather difficult.

Because Verizon was selling their DSL service — direct competition with SpeakEasy — they weren't exactly anxious to help SpeakEasy resolve problems...

Comment: Re:Different era (Score 3, Interesting) 180

by mi (#47780741) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Yes, Yes he is.


Union breaker .... You fucking got me started

I wish, you had anything on-topic to offer, when you get "started"... The topic, in this case, being the abuse of the Executive Order 12333 by the intelligence community decades after the order was signed.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 823

by mi (#47780693) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Sure, precision weapons. Solves all problems.

Fallacy of excluded middle. No, it does not solve all the problems — but it does solve many...

So long as we redefine "premature" to be a synonym for "forever", then yes, "we withdrew prematurely."

We are still stationed in Germany, Japan, and South Korea... Maybe, it is time to leave those places now — many decades since the fighting ended. But leaving when such a major force as ISIS remained in Iraq was irresponsible and stupid.

Your position has lost popular support

Not in the US it has not... When the troops stopped dying, the public was willing to see us remain in Iraq as we remain in Kuwait nearby... And we are still in Afghanistan without much outcry. Oh, and even the Gitmo is still open...

charismatic nut job à la Hugo Chavez.

Haterz gonna hate...

Comment: Different era (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by mi (#47780575) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

That data ranges from e-mail content to Facebook messages, from Skype chats to practically anything that passes over the Internet on an incidental basis.

None of those things existed, when the order was signed, though. And if none of the subsequent Presidents — including the current "tech-savvy" wonder — have abolished it since then (when the explosive use of computers made it truly dangerous), then is Reagan really to blame?

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 823

by mi (#47780479) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

It's not even clear that the issue is weapons. This isn't 1980s Afghanistan we're talking about. Ukraine is a former member of the USSR and was within spitting distance of NATO, so they're armed with fighter and attack aircraft, helicopter gunships, transport aircraft, artillery, armored personnel carriers, etc. etc.

None of it in a particularly good order, most of it a generation behind. And not enough of it to withstand Russia, which poured their gas-monies into weapons and training — in addition to skilful propaganda relying not only on the Leftists traditionally sympathetic to anything "revolutionary", but also on the Rigthists this time...

early on in the conflict, a group of soldiers simply surrendered their armored personnel carriers without a shot being fired

And the keyword here is "early in the conflict". Up until late Spring Russian television was allowed to broadcast in Ukraine... But, yes, Ukrainian's regular military does have issues of its own — many senior officers entered service during Soviet times. But not the newly-formed National Guard volunteers, who remain the shining edge of Ukraine's otherwise rusty blade. And they had to scrounge equipment themselves — from guns and ammunition to infra-red detectors to life-saving Celox...

presumably they're offering intelligence support such as satellite photos as well

Yeah, "presumably". Maybe, now they do alright. But what prevented them from doing it before Crimea got invaded? Russia was massing forces for it for a month in advance — had Pentagon not seen it from above? They had... And they surely had informed the President. But Mr. Incompetent did no see fit to inform Ukraine — neither side of the political fight there — so the invasion was a complete surprise for them... Ukrainian units stationed on peninsula did not know, what to do, and the new leaders did not have a worked-out policy. Their excuse is, they had more important things to do, what's Obama's? Too busy signing people up for Obamacare?

The US has sent body armor and night vision goggles.

Only in June! Four months since Russia first invaded — and only after multiple people, both Republican and Democrats, demanded it. Had Obama been anything more than a pathetic "community organizer", he would've reacted in March instead of trying to glue the pitiful attempts to "Reset" his relationship with Russia back together. But then, if he had been, Putin might not even have dared to invade in the first place...

Perhaps more importantly, the West has committed $27 billion in aid to Ukraine over the next two years

First of all, it is an IMF loan, not true aid. It is still welcome, of course, but it will be a while before it helps troops on the ground. Putin remains a step ahead of our amateur, who is training on-the job (as his own Vice-Amateur once said).

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 823

by mi (#47779221) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

If Maliki's politics are to blame, then Bush is ultimately the one to blame for Maliki

Tenuous in the extreme...

Except wait a minute, who was it who approved a Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that called for all U.S. troops to leave in 2009... hm, it'll come to me... oh, that's right, it was BUSH!

The forces withdrawn under the agreement left in December of 2011. Obama was in charge for three years...

They're pretty badass, they act more like an occupying army than a terrorist organization. Turns out, there's a reason for that- they include a whole bunch of former Iraqi Army officers, who went to military academy and everything. Iraqi army officers who joined the insurgency after the Iraqi Army was disbanded by, wait for it... George W. Bush.

Yeah, Bush disbanded it the same way his predecessors disbanded German military. He also started de-Baathization of Iraq the same way we de-Nazified Germany after winning there.

And, guess what, those Nazis — fired from the army and banned from public life were pretty upset too — had we left West Germany to its own devices back then, there could've very well have been a similar insurrection there too (happily encouraged by the USSR-occupied East)... Obama should not have withdrawn from Iraq, period.

The "might not have handled things terribly well" is rather damning indeed, considering the source...

"The vast majority of successful major crimes against property are perpetrated by individuals abusing positions of trust." -- Lawrence Dalzell